Results tagged “Sean Herman”

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

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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.

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.
  
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
Jan201105
08:52 PM
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Every time I get another batch of photos for my books, I squeal and do a happy dance. Today, I'm squealing over the wonderful Sean Herman of Alabama's Royal Street Tattoo.

My next tattoo tome, called "Color Bomb," will feature animated work, influenced by comic/cartoon imagery (think "new schoolish"). While Sean tattoos in a variety of styles, as seen here, his humor-filled illustrative work will fill pages in the book along with other favorites.

I'm a fan of Sean beyond his tattooing. He's an activist in a variety of causes, including the Free the West Memphis 3 movement, of which I am a part. His blog is a great read for social justice issues as well as art musings. And he's a good egg with a great spirit.

So without further mush, more goodness below from Sean Herman. Check his site for more.

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May201028
12:38 PM
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Our beloved tattoo and poetry journal, Holly Rose Review, has published its last issue but it leaves on its strongest note ever. As always, the poetry is finely curated by Editor and Publisher Theresa Senato Edwards, and the words are illustrated by the tattoo work of Luba Goldina, Maxime Lanouette, and Sean Herman.

The theme of this issue is Worry, as Theresa explains:

The poems share worries of all sorts: impending storms, the world ending, death, failure, germs, and aging. There is also an underlying motif of what transpires in dreams or when one lacks the capability to have them. There are questions of love, of living dishonestly, of inequality, even a subtle query of the laws of physics.

The art stuns us with facial expressions; well, let's face it (pun intended), the face is the first place where worry seems to land. And there is a vibrancy in the art, capturing the landscape of worlds filled with a tugging, terror, both real and surreal.

We're sad to see such a wonderful publication come to an end, but grateful for a project that brought our favorite art forms together so fluidly.
Mar200924
03:04 PM
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It's hard to pigeonhole the work of tattooist Sean Herman. In one month he can rock a zombie Laura Palmer portrait to gentleman walrus, with equal adeptness and aplomb.

What is constant is his activism, as evidenced on his blog, so it comes as no surprise that he has volunteered his time to my favorite cause: working to free the West Memphis 3.

On April 3rd, 2009, the auction for tattoo work by Sean will begin. The highest bidder will receive five hours of tattooing valued at $800. The starting bid is $500.

While Sean works at Royal Street Tattoo in Mobile, Alabama, he travels frequently to conventions and guest spots, so it is an amazing opportunity to get top tattoo art and help a most important cause.

I posted a great deal about the WM3 on Needled.com, but for those new to the cause, here's some background:

"Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin -- all teenagers at the time -- were convicted in 1994 for the brutal murders of three eight-year-old boys in West Memphis, Ark. Despite flimsy circumstantial evidence -- the bulk of which centered on the trio's alleged involvement in a Satanic cult -- and a questionable and factually-inaccurate confession extracted from mentally-challenged Misskelley -- the three have been serving stiff prison sentences for over a decade. Misskelley was sentenced to life plus 40 years, Baldwin is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole, and Echols -- who was deemed the ringleader of the attacks thanks to his love of black clothing and Metallica -- is currently on death row as he waits for the outcome of his appeals."
You can donate to their defense via Skeletonkeyauctions.com or through their online store.

Like on Needled, you'll be reading more updates on WM3 here. As people often judged simply by our tattooed appearances, it's a case that hits close to home for all of us.
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