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More Thom deVita goodness from Vice's Tattoo Age series.
In the fourth installment of this five-part feature, Thom talks about living and working in NYC's Lower East Side, with its grit, guns and junkies, before the luxury hotels and couture boutiques of today. An added bonus is artist and documentarian Clayton Patterson offering some history of the tattoo and art scene of LES, including stories and photos of Mike Mallone and Kate Hellenbrand's time with Thom, which changed their lives. Ed Hardy, Nick Bubash and other tattoo legends also share some of their own personal stories about Thom's innovation and influence.
For me, the highlight is right at the beginning: Thom removing his shirt to show his Huck Spaulding dragon backpiece done in the sixties, a massive work tattooed at a time when people just didn't get big work. And you know, it still looks fantastic -- true to the adage, "Bold will hold."
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Photos by Clayton Patterson
In the Villager, artist, activist and documentarian Clayton Patterson offers some history on the NYC Tattoo Convention, which runs this Friday through Sunday at the Roseland Ballroom. He also notes in the article what you can expect from this weekend's show, including traditional tatau by Brent McCown. There will also be other artists doing hand tattooing in addition to buzzing machine work from stellar artists from around the world.
I'll be there Saturday and Sunday. Hope to see y'all there!
Because I didn't want to leave you with the taste of that Diana image for the weekend, here are some events to check out in NYC, LA and Portland.
In LA tomorrow, from 8pm until Midnight, Canvas LA will present a solo show of new works by NORM AWR MSK, tattoo, graff and fine artist. Since October 1st, NORM has been doing an installation piece on the front of Canvas Los Angeles, and everyday, they've been posting the progress of the installation. The show should be full of eye candy in various mediums like his work above.
In NYC, LES fixture and tattoo culture veteran, Clayton Patterson, will be signing his book Captured this Sunday at the A Life Gallery from 3 to 5 PM in conjunction with his photo exhibit LES Captured -- which Bobby Fisher wrote about last week. You can also read more about Clayton & his art on the latest NY Times article profiling him.
And in Oregon, the Portland Tattoo Expo kicks off today and runs through the weekend with your standard fare of contests, pin-ups, burlesque shows, vendors, and about 300 tattoo machines buzzing. If you go, send me the gossip and any pics.
Ok, I'm out. Have a fabulous weekend!
It is a poor man's game to lament the gentrification of the Manhattan's Lower East Side.
The L.E.S. was a gloriously, criminally negligent community tying its universal tattooed arm off into one future oblivion of creative destruction, punk-guilty contamination and reckless, wreckful abandon -- an indulgent heaven, a beautiful hell.
But, more than anything, it was reality. It was a home. It was a community forced together by isolation or rejection of the outside that found a common connection.
Like the one found between object and camera. Like the one Clayton Patterson found.
Clayton has lived on the L.E.S. since its hellday and spent his days documenting the degradation and self-imposed incarceration around him. His pictures are a photo album of the most delicious and deliriously dysfunctional family of quite some time and you are forced to look, knowing that in their crazy lies a taste of your own sanity.
Today, Clayton has no illegal tattoo parlors to snap. There exist very few active gang members, even fewer drag queens, prostitutes and hard-core racist Doc Martin wearing skinheads. Today is the day that being there, being there then, pays off. Today is the day that a major art gallery writes a check and puts Clayton Patterson right next to Earsnot (shown below): two proud hold-outs of a bygone time of dizzying depths who know enough to earn what they earned.
The A Life Gallery is presenting Clayton Patterson: L.E.S. Captured until November 8.
Read more about the exhibit in this recent NY Times article.