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January 10, 2011

Cranial Visions for sale

Greetings from Tattoo Education!

One thing that all tattoo artists and collectors are familiar with is the human skull; this universal icon is as much a part of tattoo culture as the ink itself. It's a subject that has been explored not only on skin but in many other mediums. Noted color realist Mike Devries, with help from Jeff Johnson and others, has brought together an epic collection of skull-related art like nothing before ever published: Cranial Visions: Exploring The Skull Through Artistic Interpretation.
cranial visions
Forming as an idea, progressing into a collection of efforts, and ending on the coffee table, this book is not merely two covers, a binding, and 240 pages; it is a display of thousands of hours of work, in which artists have created a compilation devoted to one of the biggest inspirations in art since the beginning of self expression. The book itself is 8x12", hardback, and features a painting by Shawn Barber on the front cover. That painting is just a taste of all that you will find on the inside.
nikko skull art
Artists like Shawn Barber, Jeff Gogue, Nick Baxter, Bugs, Nikko Hurtado, and Carlos Torres have translated their paintings into tattoos and vice-versa; opening the doors for the possibilities of each medium to grow. There are multi-media pieces by Simon Hayag, Dan Hazelton, and Cam De Leon that introduce us to the potentials of a new age, while keeping the traditional subject matter as something we can recognize.
 guy aitchison skull tattoo

There are drawings from the minds of Alex Grey, Chris Winterson and Andrey Barkov. The sculpture section is a masterpiece all its own. From mosaic-covered skulls by Stan Young and Crystal Thomas, to hand-built machines by Aaron Cain, these three- dimensional pieces demand attention and emotion from the viewer. There is outstanding photography by Jean Baptiste Carhaix, Russell Haig and Julius Motal, presenting the skull in its raw form; as well a portion of the photography section that features shots by Mike DeVries, as he captured skulls from his own collection, providing the reader with inspiration and reference from all angles.
 josh duffy skull tattoo

Featuring over 800 images from more than 250 artists, Cranial Visions: Exploring The Skull Through Artistic Interpretation. is not meant as a book of flash, but as a source of exploration and inspiration for all artists. Available now at the Tattoo Education online store for only $70!


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