Results tagged “Kurt Wiscombe”

Sep201313
08:54 AM
Leu Wiscombe tattoo.jpgAs Demetra Molina wrote in her guest blog on the Montreal Art Tattoo Convention, collaborative one-sitting backpiece projects were created each day by Filip Leu and Kurt Wiscombe on some very lucky -- and strong -- collectors. One such collector is tattoo artist Lee Conklin, whose backpiece is shown above.

I sent Lee some questions on what the experience was like, and here's what he said: 
 

The design was left mostly up to Filip and Kurt, aside from the fact that I wanted it oversized, so the whole image goes beyond the space provided. My input was just that of the scale. The drawing took about two hours and the tattoo itself was about four and a half.

Having two artists working at the same time was a new experience, they almost balanced each other. When one would stop, I could really feel the other. I preferred when they were both working.

It didn't bother me at all having an audience. It was nice to have a bit of a distraction when I could lift my head and look around. 
I also asked Lee, rather morbidly, I know, if he would ever consider preserving his backpiece port-mortem, considering it is such a work of art. He replied, "I haven't thought much about whether I'd like to preserve the piece or not. Being a skull, it's somewhat of a reminder of our mortality and to just live life as it comes."

You can see more photos from Lee, and check his own tattoo portfolio, here on Facebook.

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Sep201313
07:53 AM
tattoo_montreal.jpgPhoto above from the Montreal Art Tattoo Show. Photos below by Demetra Molina.

We have another wonderful guest blog from Demetra Molina of The Hand of Fate Tattoo Parlor in Ithaca, NY. Instead of talking wine, she shares the highlights of the Montreal Art Tattoo Show, which took place last weekend.

BY DEMETRA MOLINA

Montreal is a magical city. It's beautiful, cultured, and the ideal place to hold an exceptional tattoo convention. This past weekend, September 6-8, was the 11th annual Montreal Art Tattoo Show, presented by Mr. and Mrs. Pierre and Valerie Emond of Studio Tattoo Mania in Montreal. Once again, there was magic in the air, and the weekend was truly like no other. The level of artistry is top notch, as you can easily see from the roster of renowned tattooers. The setting, the performances, the fine art exhibitions -- all quality, year after year.

For the very first time, my husband Eddie Molina and I did not work the actual show. Things at our shop worked out a certain way, and we saw an escape for a quick weekend road trip. Art, tattoos, good friends, and Montreal smoked meat with poutine? Yes, and yes, please. 

The entrance line was down the street when we arrived at the convention site, Gare Windsor Station, a stunning historic venue. Glass ceilings in the old train station allow the artists to work with natural sunlight, a rare luxury at any venue. Tattoo machines  were already humming away, as collectors excitedly looked at artist portfolios. We slowly made our way around the main aisle, saying hello and wandering, and noticed several other artists had also had the same idea -- a weekend away networking and enjoying Montreal. One of the main reasons? The Leu family had travelled from Switzerland to be part of the show.

The Leu Family Iron booth was an experience unto itself. Crowds lined up to watch Swiss tattoo artist Filip Leu work in collaboration with artist Kurt Wiscombe on one-sitting backpiece projects each day. Absolutely an amazing opportunity, and several tattooists had "art nerd moments" rarely witnessed in public. The entire Leu family was very gracious, talking with everyone and posing for endless photos. I even had a chance to interview artist Loretta Leu, matriarch of the family (photographed below). She was a delight to talk to, answering my questions with smiles, colorful stories of living an amazing life, and of course Frank Zappa lyrics.

Montreal Tattoo Art Show 2013 was a convention weekend completely out of the ordinary. The level of talent, artwork, and enjoyable company is something every tattoo lover should experience.  I had no time for wine touring this trip, too much for us to do at the show...rare on all accounts...and I didn't miss the booze.

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For more photos of the convention, photographer John Whelan captured some great moments and posted them to Facebook here.

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Jul200929
11:08 AM
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I'm feeling the pressure of the recession, so to combat it, I'm immersing myself in art shows where my money troubs are pushed aside and I can dive into wild worlds of vastly different imaginations. And yes, it helps that the booze is free as well.

The wildest in NYC are often found at Last Rites Gallery, where this Saturday, August 1st, another sinister show opens entitled New Breed.

Working with the thread of mortality, dark sexuality, beauty and ugliness, the group exhibit features ten artists who have never shown before at the gallery: David R. Choquette, Shay Davis, Mickey M Edtinger, Paul Gerrard, Charlie Immer, Sara Antoinette Martin, Richard Meyer, Reuben Negron, Chris Peters, and Kurt Wiscombe.

In many, you'll also see the influence of tattoo imagery, for example, in the comic grotesque oil paintings of Richard Meyer, in the graphic acrylics of emerging artist Sara Antoinette Martin (see preview/in progress photos here), and in the lush, seductive drawings of renowned tattoo and fine artist Kurt Wiscombe of Winnepeg, Canada (whose tattoo work is a must view).

The opening begins at 7 and runs until 11. And again, the only price of admission -- considering the venue -- is your soul.
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