"Tattoo Age" Video: Grime
Just back from vacation and catching up on the tattoo goodness I missed while helping the Greek economy with my food and bar tabs.
One such piece of goodness is the latest in Vice's VBS.TV series "Tattoo Age," which profiles renowned tattooers without any stomach-churning faux drama. Last month, the show featured Dan Santoro. Now August's three-part close-up is on the inimitable tattoo, graffiti and fine artist Grime of Skull & Sword in San Francisco.
Part 1 of Grime's profile focuses on his "tweeked out" portfolio, with plenty of tattoo images interspersed between commentary from the Skull & Sword crew as well as Saved Tattoo's Chris O'Donnell and Civ of Lotus Tattoo. In the video, Grime discusses how he approaches his work so that it "doesn't look like anyone else's" (otherwise, why would clients go to him, he says). Chris adds that he believes Grime came onto the tattoo scene "angry at the status quo" and wanting to change things up; while Civ talks about how Grime's burn accident as a kid shaped his intense drive to continually challenge himself. Watch the episode below.
At midnight, Vice will air Part 2, a more intimate view of the artist. I got a sneak peek and enjoyed watching Grime riffle through his old drawings and stencils, and show of his custom skate deck collection. Of course, there's plenty of tattoo talk, especially on his artistic influences like Marcus Pacheco of Primal Urge in Oakland. Also well worth the watch.
UPDATE: Here's the direct link to Part 2 of the Grime series.
Following Grime's profile is Troy Denning, Mike Rubendall, and Freddy Corbin. Will post links to those videos when they're up.