Results tagged “Genko”

May201301
08:37 AM
sean herman-monazappa.jpgSean Herman's Mona Lisa/Frank Zappa tattoo above.

ed perdomo tattoo.jpgEd 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.

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Tattoo by Genko.
Jun201116
06:24 PM
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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.

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.

For a sneak peak into the book, check out the Color Tattoo Art Flickr set.
  
Genko_tattoo_LOW.jpgTattoo by Genko


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.

Joe_Capobianco_tattoo_low.jpg 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.]

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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.


Gunnar_art_low.jpg Fine art by Gunnar
Mar201121
08:15 PM
Genko Tattoo2.jpgWe've been checking in with a number of tattooist friends in Japan and happy to say that all those we contacted are safe and continuing to work through the disaster. One such artist is Genko of Nagoya. Genko's work will be featured in my next book for Edition Reuss Publishing that focuses on comic, cartoon and more "new school" tattoo styles. But I wanted to give y'all an early taste of what we'll be showing.

Genko's portfolio includes everything from blackwork to Americana to traditional Japanese tattoo themes. But it is his particular renderings of these classic tattoo styles--amplified and mutated into monster-sized figures, often with an ironic wink--that has made him a part of the new generation of Japan's tattoo master class.

The son of a Buddhist altar craftsman, Genko chose tattooing as his own craft after becoming a client of renowned new school artist Sabado of Eccentric Super Tattoo in Nagoya. After years of sitting in the tattoo chair, Genko transitioned from client to artist under Sabado's direction.

In 2006, he went on his own and opened up Genko Tattoo while keeping close ties with the studio that gave him his start. Today, Genko stays true to his Eccentric education by approaching tattoos in a modern way, but with his very own, distinct flair. When not at his studio, Genko is on the road at a number of international tattoo conventions.

See more of his work here.

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