Artist Profiles: Conspiracy Inc.
Tattoo by Uncle Allan
When Americans think of Denmark, images of Vikings and Brigitte Nielsen come to mind; a mythic country that has exported Legos, Lars Von Trier, and Lars Ulrich. Actually, it's more likely that most Americans think Denmark is that place on the corner where you can get milk for under two bucks and a cheap but decent ham. When I think of this Scandinavian kingdom, it's all about some royal tattoo work that is being done across the country.
One of my favorite studios there is Conspiracy Inc. in Copenhagen, home to tattooists Uncle Allan, Electric Pick, and Eckel. Co-owner Amalie, aka Princess Inferno, keeps everything running smoothly, all the while making her fabulous hats and accessories.
I had a chance to meet Allan and Amalie at this last London Tattoo Convention, and they were a blast. It's always cool when artists whose work you really dig end up being just as awesome (despite their love for watching "How I met your Mother" on DVD). Allan has been tattooing his stellar Americana work since 1999. Here's just a taste. Check more on his blog.
Tattoo by Uncle Allan
Also, rockin the traditional and neo-traditional tattoo work is German-born Eckle, who joined the Conspiracy crew in the summer of 2009. When not at the shop, Eckel can be found on the road at conventions and guest spots. [From Jan. 24-28, he'll be at London's Frith Street Tattoo.]
Tattoo by Eckle
For trippy animated art, there's Electric Pick whose work I'll be featuring in my upcoming monster tattoo book called "Color Bomb" [to be released in September, following the series of encyclopedic volumes published by Edition Reuss]. Pick's is a sexy illustrative style of kick-ass characters. His blog offers a look into his design process. As you can see from the photos stolen from his site below, he shows how the work is sketched out on the body and then posts the finished tattoo. There are some fun stories behind the works plus his musings on culture and politics. Also check his original art, prints and shirts, available for purchase online here.
With all these artists in one place, I'm thinking of Copenhagen for my next tattoo vacation.
Tattoo above ( and freehand sketch below) by Electric Pick
Drawing by Electric Pick