As some of you may know, I had my first major art gallery appearance in many years this past July at Sacred Gallery New York, sharing the room with fellow artist Adam France in our joint exhibition Surface & Space. For anyone who was not able to make it, most of the pieces are now on display at the brand new Off The Map Gallery in Easthampton, Massachusetts, attached to the gigantic new Off The Map tattoo studios. We will be having an opening reception this coming Friday October 8, in conjunction with the local Artwalk event. For those of you already in the area or visiting town for a tattoo or any other reason, this should be a fun party; Adam and I can't be there in person, but will be attending via Skype and will be taking questions from gallery guests. It's a chance to see these pieces in person before they are shipped off to their new homes. A few of the originals are still available, plus I am offering a limited edition print of one of the pieces, Surface 1, which will only be available until this coming Sunday, October 9 at midnight.
I also wanted to remind you of the Paradise Tattoo Gathering later this month, October 20-23, also in Massachusetts in the beautiful alpine setting of the Jiminy Peak resort. The event features a whole list of seminars by a variety of artists, including two courses by me: the first one, Coverup: The Next Level, is a follow-up on the coverup seminar I held last fall at the WorldWide Tattoo Conference in Portland, Oregon. This time though I'm featuring all new material, including work by a variety of different artists, plus I'm asking participants to bring photos of their own coverup challenges to discuss on the big screen. The other class, Flow & Fit: A Hands-On Workshop, is a series of short lectures on the theory behind making attractive work that fits the human form, with exercises between each lecture so that participants can put that theory into practice while it's fresh on their minds.
We are also offering a package deal- sign up for both courses and you can get a subscription to Reinventing The Tattoo for 50% off! If you are already a member, you can apply this offer toward a gift subscription, or toward renewing your own membership. We also carry weekend and day passes to the Paradise Tattoo Gathering, which are needed in order to attend any seminars.
We are excited to announce the next in the series of art contests that we are hosting at the @biomech_collective Instagram page. These six contests are aimed at creating new art material for the upcoming Biomech Encyclopedia book project, which we hope to have ready for distribution in the spring. Already we have had some great submissions from various artists for the Architectural Biomech and Steampunk Biomech contests, and have just kicked off the third contest: Geometric Biomech.
Geometry: It's everywhere, hinting at the codes of creation! There are countless creative ways that geometry could be combined with biomech, and we are curious to see how you all do it. This is a chance to mix and match tattoo styles in ways never attempted! Imagine an organic environment peeling away to reveal complex and flawless otherworldly mathematical forms. Robotic elements with geometric motifs mapped over their surfaces... where else can this go?
We are looking for drawings, paintings or work in other mediums, anything besides actual tattoos. Winners will be published in the upcoming Biomech Encyclopedia. This means that there is a chance that some of these images will be used by other artists for inspiration- in other words, you don't want to submit designs for actual tattoos that you have done or plan on doing. Winners will be judged based on:
-Clever incorporation of geometric and biomech elements
-Designs are made to flow nicely on the human body
-Overall composition and execution
Entries can be done solo or in collaboration; we encourage collaborations because it's fun and results in surprising things. You've got two weeks, and then it will be time for the next theme, which will be announced on October 12. These coming months will consist of nonstop art contests at @biomech_collective, and we hope you'll be involved! Just remember to tag #categorycrunch with each submission so that we can see it.
I also wanted to remind you of the two seminars that I'll be offering at the Paradise Tattoo Gathering next month on October 21 and 22. First comes Coverup: The Next Level, which is built around a recent coverup tutorial that I made for Reinventing The Tattoo but goes much further, with many new examples of photos and video material from this past year's coverup projects. Participants will be asked to bring along photos of their own coverup challenges that we can discuss in detail and find the best solutions for. Then, on October 22, I'll be teaching a class called Flow & Fit: A Hands-On Workshop, where we will go into depth about theory on making graceful, powerful compositions on the human body, which will include several short exercises which will be evaluated in the class context. You can read about both courses at TattooEducation.com, where we are also offering a deal for anyone who wants to take both classes- buy both tickets and you can get a subscription to Reinventing The Tattoo at 50% off! If you are already a member, you can apply this special offer towards a gift subscription, or toward renewing your own subscription so that you don't miss all the cutting edge new material that is being regularly added to the curriculum.