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One of the most innovative, and controversial, tattooers today -- a result of his multi-body works and the avant garde style in which they are rendered -- is Little Swastika (his name being a reclamation of the peaceful ancient symbol and not one of hate). In a private atelier deep in the countryside of South Germany, tattoo collectors from around the world offer up large swaths of their skin (he only does big work) for Little Swastika to realize their visions in a feverish, audacious style that is both brutal and sophisticated at the same time.
Exploring Little Swastika's work and life is Ink, Blood, and Spirit, a 15-minute documentary short directed and produced by Claudio Marino and shot and co-produced by Maciej Ustarbowski. A quick teaser of the film is below.
There are a number of screening dates worldwide. In NYC next Thursday, May 22, the film will be shown at Sacred Gallery in SoHo at 8:30pm. It should be an eye opening and inspiring evening, which I'm looking forward to. You'll also get a chance to view the works currently showing at the Sacred Gallery.
See the Facebook event listing and also the film's page on Facebook.
For more on Little Swastika, check his site and Facebook fan page. He will also be showing fine art works, as well as screening the film, in an exhibit in Cologne, June 13-15, and celebrating ten years of tattooing in Tengen, Germany, July 11-13.
For even more, read about Little Swastika's work on previous blog posts here and here.
There's a lot of love going around Facebook for this wonderful love tattoo by Little Swastika, but in case you didn't see it, I wanted to share it here. In February, we featured his couples tattoos, but this massive 4-person tattoo has gone even further and is an amazing feat of tattooing, and I believe, a first.
On his Facebook page, he explains the story behind the work (words are reprinted exactly):
somewhere in middle of italy in a private living room. 4 peoples and a total of around 32 hours of tatuing over 4 days on two working spaces. this was in a way killing me, but in another way shows me what is posibly. when i started a few years ago with my first double piece i was just dreaming of making a tatu in a size like this. without much compromises at all. mille gracias gazzooosss. many thanks to all you 4 and to all other pieces who made me walk more than once over my boarders of dreams and reality.Staying true to the original meaning of the swastika, which was about luck and creation and not hate as appropriated by the Nazis, Little Swastika crafts tattoos as talismans, imbuing his massive pieces with a special magic. With this tattoo, the magic of love and friendship could not be more powerful.
Check the individual works below, followed by Little Swastika's "Japanese Tattoo Master" photo, where he is surrounded by his living artwork.
On this Valentine's Day, I want to share the ultimate in tattoo love -- being part of a larger art work beyond one's own skin. Artist Little Swastika has been creating full scale tattoos that span two and even three bodies.
I asked him to tell me a bit more about his work. Here's what he shared:
Skin is just a canvas. I try to use the human body as such. To go so far as I can away from what I know about classical tattooing. To create my work free on the body. To play with the shape and dimension of it. I never search the technical perfection or go too much into details. I love it bold and big. To create art not tattoos...