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I was once told by a Maori artist, who wore and tattooed his ancestral Ta Moko designs, that you're not really tattooed unless you have a badass skull on you. [His was an 80s metal version.] Skull imagery hold a sort of power, a reminder of our mortality that can evoke fear or defiance (a la 80s metal skulls). Its artistic interpretations are vast, particularly in our tattoo community. Paying homage to memento mori is Cranial Visions: Exploring The Skull Through Artistic Interpretation.
This 240-page hardcover, released by Memento Publishing, is the brainchild (sorry) of Mike DeVries and Jeff Johnson and edited by the wonderful Jinxi Caddel. Here's what Jinxi says of the project:
Cranial Visions honors the skull through artistic interpretations and many different mediums, including: tattoos, paintings, sketches and drawings, mixed media, digital art, graffiti, photography, and "skullptures." Each chapter is dripping with inspirational images created by masters of their crafts. Over 800 diverse, bold, and creative images of skull-related artwork. An outstanding book for reference if you are a tattoo artist, as it features angles and ideas from all sorts of perspectives.You can purchase the book on Mike's online store for $69.99. I highly recommend it.
Cranial Visions: painting by Shawn Barber
Cranial Visions: tattoos by Daniel DiMattia
See more samples from the book on Jinxi's blog.
As I'm going through the tattoo news, I found this article in The Oregonian, which looks at Jeff Johnson, co-owner of The Sea Tramp Tattoo Co.-- the oldest tattoo studio in Portland.
But the article is less about the shop and more about Jeff's recently published book, Tattoo Machine: Tall Tales, True Stories, and My Life in Ink.
I'm seriously looking forward to curling up to Jeff's memoir of his tattoo life because, word is, the artist knows how to tell a story, from shop pranks to tattooing a suspected serial killer.
The Oregonian says: "There's talk that Tattoo Machine could do for tattooing what Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential did for the restaurant business -- take a snappy, irreverent look at something people are curious about but don't really understand."
You can order the book on Amazon.com for $16.50.
Or even better, if you're in Portland, pick it up at one of Jeff's readings:
Hopefully, I'll get to a proper review of my copy very soon. Ok, the news is up next.