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January 23, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

 Friday, January 22, 2010
Winter is a good time to buckle down and focus on things that there normally isn't time for during better weather. I usually book very few tattoo appointments in Jan/Feb, and this year I'm using this chunk of time to edit the Innerstate video footage that we shot at last year's Hell City Tattoo Fest in Columbus, Ohio in late May. Innerstate was a live art event featuring 40 artists- all tattooists who seriously work in alternative art media besides skin- and over its 5 day course our friends from Above The Shop Productions in Toledo, Ohio shot some really great HD video footage of the event, including some in-depth interviews with the artists. This should be an exciting documentary that will appeal in particular to the community of tattoo artists and collectors; we plan on debuting the documentary this coming May at the Hell City Fest.

In the meantime, I have been working alongside California realist Mike Devries in releasing a new book called Tattoo Prodigies. This book is a large-format coffee table art book featuring tattoo art by a collection of some of the most renowned tattooists working today in all different styles. The book will look amazing, and we hope to have them in hand by this coming Spring and definitely will have them with us at the Hell City Tattoo Fest when we debut the Innerstate documentary. Some cool stuff will be happening at that show, including some other surprises, so keep an eye out at their website (www.hellcity.com) for more info.

I had only two appointments this month, but in the spirit of the Tattoo Prodigies project they were two very different kinds of tattoo- a biomech sleeve and some color portraits. I am of course known for my abstract biomech stuff, but I also enjoy working in many styles and believe that it is important for an artist to work in a variety of styles and mediums to keep their skills sharp and their perspective open. Portrait and figure drawing is a very particular skill that requires being able to see an object in real life and break down its proportions and component parts to be able to reproduce the face or figure on paper or canvas. Drawing a portrait from a live model requires an even deeper level of focus and concentration than working from a photo; and the skills learned from doing this can translate back into any style, even the wacky abstract stuff that I do. We will be involved in helping host a number of classes and workshops this year featuring renowned figure painter Shawn Barber, among others- we'll have more information for you on this subject very soon. Be sure to subscribe to this blog if you want to be the first to know about these things.