Results tagged “black and grey”
The Dark Lord of Tattooing, Paul Booth, just broke his facial tattoo taboo and created his version of Moko in this demonic piece on a fellow tattooer. As noted on Paul's Instagram post, the tattoo is designed to change depending on the point of view.
Naturally, with a work like this, the tattoo has gone viral across social media, garnering hundreds of comments -- and within those comments are critiques on changing someone's appearance so drastically and the ethics in doing so. The discussion of tattoo ethics has been a hot topic lately, particularly driven by the "f*cking neck tattoo" debate, in which Dan Bythewood at NY Adorned refused to put a neck tattoo on a women who only had three little tattoos; the woman then whined about his refusal on the internet.
This is different.
I'm a fan of beautifully done facial tattoos on those who are seriously committed to tattoos and in a good place in their lives, and I feel that the decisions to tattoo people wanting this type of work is best done on a case-by-case basis. In this case, Paul felt that this client and this type of work made the right moment to break his taboo.
Here's how Paul explains it:
[T]o answer some questions I'm getting a lot of, I thought I would answer some here. Old School Tattoo shop Mythology dictates we don't do hands and faces. My reasons included not wanting to be responsible for... At THAT time... A truly regret filled bad decision. Society did not find tattooing even remotely acceptable. Of course, even today, a face tattoo severely limits you with career options. So it is generally unethical practice and therefore "taboo". However... While i have thought up heaps of sick ideas for faces over the years because after all, isn't what is taboo to you always quite alluring?! It was just my ethics wouldn't allow it. Now it's not that i have lost them by choosing to do a face... It's that i was finally approached by someone who not only met the requirements for me to keep my ethics intact but also was doing it for many of the same reasons i did it. It was a Ritual for both of us. He is a 30 year old tattoo artist who needed and was ready for the ultimate commitment to our craft. Do you have any concept of what it takes to literally go to your mentor and say tattoo whatever you want all over my face. It's about extending trust at a level most couldn't understand. He is tattooed to his knuckles and the reason his chest and shoulders are bare is because he has been saving them for me for years. He endured the suffering for 3.5 hours as he insisted on one sitting from the start. It's important to suffer... Especially if this is a Rite Of Passage for you. He barely squirmed. Seriously dedicated tattoo warrior right here and he deserves respect, not opinionated scorn. Besides... "Mr. Can't get a job " probably makes more money than you. He's a Tattoo Artist.Yup. He probably does. Kudos to them both for a beautiful tattoo and the discussion surrounding it.
It's been a while since a profiled a black & grey tattoo specialist, so here is some stunning work from Miguel Bohigues of Aldaia (Valencia), Spain. Miguel has won numerous international awards for his soulful realism, and it's easy to understand why.
For more, you can check this video interview with Miguel (in Spanish) and also find his work on Facebook.
Athletes bodies are generally not known for great works of art, despite the money available to them. One tattooist explained to me that he felt the reason why the tattoos of celebrities were so bad was because they are used to getting what they want, when they want it. And if you have someone who lacks impulse control and foresight, well, that can be a recipe for a tattoo disaster.
So, when I come across a story about a sports star who really put thought and research behind his tattoo, it stood out.
The Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp was in the news last month for his chest piece honoring his grandparents (his grandfather had passed away just a month before he was tattooed). The work was done by black & grey rising star, Jun Cha, who works out of a private studio in LA.
A couple of days ago, a behind-the-scenes video look of the tattoo, and Kemp talking about his thoughts on getting this tribute, was posted on Jun's site (and embedded below). In it, you'll also see Jun's process in creating the work and his interesting stylization of the portrait. Worth a look.
Part of my weekly To Do list is checking out tattoo artist blogs to see new work, and today I came across a year-in-review post by Jason Butcher: "10 from 2010," which I loved. Jason writes: "This is a list of 10 of my favourite tattoos from 2010. I've been lucky enough to do some really cool work this year so it's hard to choose, but here they are."
I'm a long time fan of Jason's work and featured him in my Black & Grey Tattoo tome. You can find Jason at Immortal Ink in Essex, UK and at tattoo conventions worldwide.