MINIATURE INK II: Tattooed Kewpie Doll Collection
Kewpie by JondixKewpie by Sadee Glover.
Tattooed Kewpie dolls! I want them!
Alas, I'm buried under work in Brooklyn, but if you're in London -- and many are traveling to the London Tattoo Convention next weekend -- you must head to Miniature Ink II, presented by our friends at Things&Ink in collaboration with Atomica Gallery. The opening reception is Wed Sept. 23rd, 6-9pm, at the Atomica Gallery Pop-Up, 55 Neal Street in Convention Garden. Drinkies sponsored by Sailor Jerry and Huber Beer. The exhibition runs through October 2.
The kewpies are designed by top tattooers from around the world, including Alex Binnie, Annie Frenzel, Anthony "Civ" Civarelli, Antony Flemming, Big Sleeps, Clare Hampshire, Deno, Drew Linden, Friday Jones, Guy le Tatooer, Hannah Pixie Sykes, Jody Dawber, Jondix, Keely Rutherford, Lal Hardy, Lauren Winzer, Lou Hopper, Michelle Myles, Nikole Lowe, Rachel Baldwin, Rose Hardy, Sarah Carter, Sasha Unisex, Wendy Pham and more.
All featured artwork is available to purchase on a first-come, first-served, basis. Atomica Gallery will also have a selection of limited edition prints, original artworks, ceramics and books and other artist-made rarities available for sale. What's even more awesome is that profits from the sales will benefit Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
Alice Snape, Things&Ink Editor and curator of Miniature Ink II, offers more on the event:
Kewpies were common as illustrations, dolls and tattoo designs in the early 1900s before falling out of popularity in the 50s. With respected contemporary tattoo artists such as Mike 'Rollo' Malone (1942 - 2007) and Dr Lakra reviving their status, the cherub-like characters are once again in vogue as both tattoo flash and recognised artworks; decorated kewpie dolls by Mexican artist Dr Lakra have even appeared on display at Tate Britain and Somerset House.The exhibition also marks the three-year birthday of the magazine, so this opening is going to be quite a party -- and a hot ticket, so RSVP in advance via email firstname.lastname@example.org or join the Facebook event.