Results tagged “Ed Perdomo”
Sean Herman's Mona Lisa/Frank Zappa tattoo above.
Ed Perdomo tattoo above.
Throughout the day, I'll be posting on the Needles & Sins Pinterest Tattoo Board images of some of my favorite cartoon and comical tattoos, beautifully executed by tattooing's top artists from around the world.
The idea behind it is that funny tattoos don't need to be funny looking. They don't need to be a Patrick Swayze as a Chippendale centaur tattoo. Cute tattoos need not be a catastrophe.
I was asked to pull some of top picks for humor tattoos by Oxygen media, the folks behind Best Ink, the tattoo competition show judged by Joe Capobianco, Hannah Aitchison and Sabina Kelly, and hosted by Pete Wentz. Turns out that they have a sense of humor and liked out Best Ink Drinking Game. And as I wrote in my post on the show, perhaps it's time to help offer a better representation of tattooing by reaching the massive audience these shows possess. That's what I'll be doing today on Pinterest.
So, tonight's episode, which airs at 10PM EST, looks at tattoos that convey a sense of humor. The artists are asked to draw caricatures of each other (some are really good!) in their Flash challenge. You can get a preview here. For the tattoo challenge, they have to create positive and fun tattoos based on the hardships faced by the clients. I know. Drama. I'm not a fan of hearing about someone's drug addiction before they get tattooed, but that's television.
I got a sneak peak at the episode and I have to say that some of the tattoos created in that five hour period are really strong. And some are a mess.
The tattoos I'm posting today, like those here, are what fun tattoos should look like.
Tattoo by Genko.
In the latest issue of Skin & Ink magazine (February 2012), I profile Ed Perdomo, who works his illustrative awesomesness in Gothenburg, Sweden at Heidi Hay Tattoo. Before settling in Gothenburg, the Columbia-born artist traveled the world to learn more about tattoo culture and improve his skills -- and of course have some fun personal adventures. Over time, he developed a style that reflects his personality: he is an eternal optimist, and his outlook on life is most evident in his bright, humoristic tattoo work.
In the article, Ed shares stories of his travels, how he developed as an tattooist, and highlights of his career. Here's a bit from that:
I had a collector from Germany who refused to look at the tattoo (on his back) until I finished. It was his first tattoo, and he traveled to Sweden for a 10-hour session. When we were done, he finally looked at it and then just broke into tears. He couldn't stop crying and laughing at the same time. When he caught his breath, he hugged me and thanked me for it. It was quite satisfying knowing that what I do makes some people really happy.
Ed also discusses his first tattoos, done by his own hand:
Back in early '90s, maybe '92 or '93, I wanted to have a tattoo so badly, but I didn't know anyone who could do it, so I attached a little motor to a mechanical pencil and tattooed myself. It was a little tribal that I saw in a magazine. [It's gone now.] I did five tattoos on myself before I did any on friends. And that's how I got started. [...] It wasn't my plan to make my living out of tattooing. I was just trying it for fun, but rapidly the word spread, and at some point I didn't need to work at anything but tattoos. Eventually I fell in love with it.
And as is stressed in the profile, Ed believes the key to creating better tattoos, is constantly bettering your drawing. He says that he continues to learn, adding humbly that he hasn't succeeded in where he wants to be artistically, but he won't give up.
I think his work is playful and bold and inspiring, especially to those with a particular bent towards cartoon-styled work. See more of his tattoo and fine art on EdPerdomo.com and his Facebook page. You'll also find him working various international tattoo conventions.
Ed is featured in my Color Tattoo Art book, available for purchase in our online store.
Dragons mutated and infused with psychedelic colors in trippy tableaus. Preening pin-ups with the luscious, highly exaggerated proportions of adolescent fantasy. Creepy cute children inhabiting dark freakscapes. Political satire played out in anthropomorphic caricature. Kittens and rainbows.Tattoo by Genko
They're all in Color Tattoo Art: Cartoon. Comics. Pin-Up. Manga. New School.
Yup, we've given birth to another monster in the series of large format, too-heavy-to-carry hardcovers for Edition Reuss Publishing. This time it's an ode to color bombs -- 496 pages filled with them. I'm honored to have worked with 42 exceptional artists from around the world (they are listed below), selecting 580 images of their stellar tattoo and fine art, as well as interviewing a number of them for thoughts on tattooing (and some personal gossip). It was a helluvalotta fun.
If you're interested in purchasing one of my limited author copies, they're available for the discounted rate of $150 plus shipping. [They retail for $199.] Hit me up at marisa at needlesandsins.com for info.
The books are also available to my Europeans friends for 98 Euros and can be purchased via Hermansky Books.
For a sneak peak into the book, check out the Color Tattoo Art Flickr set.
Color Tattoo Art: Cartoon. Comics. Pin-Up. Manga. New School. It's a highly literal title to describe a book dedicated to graphic, animated tattoos as well as the paintings and drawings of tattooists. Were this book to be published in the 80s and early 90s, it may have simply been called New School -- a label often used to describe art that didn't fit into traditional tattoo categories like Americana, Tribal, & Japanese. But today, with styles blurring and evolving at a great pace, these highly saturated works are moving in different directions, defying easy classification with a catchy title. I briefly discuss this movement in my introduction and in the artist interviews, but we've largely let the work speak for itself on these full-color pages.
Tattoo by Joe Capobianco
In the book, you'll find the awesomeness of these international artists featured:
Joe Capobianco, Tony Ciavarro, Genko, Gunnar, Kristel Oreto, Jime Litwalk, Kowhey, Fred Laverne, Ed Perdomo, Jee, Joako, Eva Schatz, Ulrich Krammer, King Rat, Leo, Sean Herman, Bammer, Daveee, Woodpecker, Josh Woods, Steph D., Jason Stephan, Dimitri, Broda, Slawek, May, Tiraf, Holly Azzara, Naoki, Fide, Electric Pick, Leah Moule, Jesse Smith, Morof, Kozuru, Ivana, Dave Fox, Gerrit Termaat, Peter Bobek, Scott Olive, Kosei, Olivier. [Olivier's work is featured on the cover.]
BOOK RELEASE PARTY: I hope you'll join us Saturday, June 25th, from 8-10PM at Sacred Gallery NYC in SoHo to celebrate the release of Color Tattoo Art. Copies of the book will be on sale for the discounted rate. [As well as discounted copies of Black & Grey Tattoo.] More info on the party to come.
Fine art by Gunnar
big ass book
Color Tattoo Art