H.R. Giger Art at the NY Empire State Tattoo Expo
The NY Empire State Tattoo Expo kicks off tomorrow, and I'm excited to take my baby bump over there to have fun at the show (not working! yeah!). It'll also be my husband's first tattoo convention -- he's already studied "How Not To Get a Tattoo at a Convention" - and so I'm lining up a list of highlights, kind of like a convention plan of attack.
The first thing on my attack list is to view the art of one of tattooing's greatest artistic influences: H.R. Giger. While his legacy in pop culture is his acclaim for designing the Alien creature, for the tattoo community, he inspired a whole stylistic genre: biomechanical tattoo design -- art that conveys man and machine fused in surrealist dreamscapes.
The H.R. Giger works on view will be Harkonnen Chair, the Nubian Queen, and the Birthmachine Baby sculptures.
On the last day of the show, Sunday, July 17th, at 5pm, there will be a contest for the best H.R. Giger Inspired Tattoo (like the one shown below). The prizes are stellar: 1st Place Winner will receive the Tattoo Biomechanoid, a Limited Edition Giger sculpture; and the 2nd Place Winner will receive the Tattoo Biomechanoid Ring, also designed by Giger.
Once we've checked Giger off our convention To Do list, we'll be checking out the other tattoo competitions, viewing portfolios of the top artists in attendance, and buying lots of cool stuff (including tattoo baby clothes!). For tattoo artists, the seminars are a must-see, with the very best in the industry sharing their secrets.
I'll be posting photos from the show on my Instagram and later on the blog. Hope to see you there!
H.R. Giger inspired tattoo by Paul Booth.