Results tagged “collaborative tattoo”
Tattoos above by @alan_ink @beestingtattoo @meganjeanmorris @tattoos_by_anam @jesselevitt @boristattoo.
Tattoo above by Boris of Hungary.
Tattoo above by John Wayne.
Tattoo above by Randy Engelbard.
I'm embarrassing at tattoo conventions. When I see someone wearing or creating beautiful work, I get ... overenthusiastic. This has led to many walking away from me, with a mix of fear and confusion. But it has also led to many friendships, based on a shared loved and excitement for tattoos. Thankfully, Todd Torres falls in that latter category.
I first met Todd via the tattoo social media web and got to admire his growing collection posted online; however, meeting him at the Toronto Tattoo Convention last year, and seeing how wonderful the tattoos look in person, brought out the true tattoo geek in me. You'll understand why when you check this list of artists who have tattooed him:
Randy Engelhard, Boris, Anam, Marshall Bennett, Megan Jean Morris, Joe Riley, Jason Peacher, Mathew Clarke, Rember, Dmitry Vision, Dan Henk, Lalo, Alan Ramirez, Jessie Levitt, and John Wayne.
Yup, an amazing collection -- which was recently featured Sullen TV's Tattoo Collector series.
In the video, Todd shares some of his tattoo stories and thoughts on collecting. He's refreshingly straight forward, with none of the grand monologues you see on reality TV about deep existential experiences behind every ounce of ink; in fact, he says that only one tattoo, a rose in tribute to his grandmother, holds meaning beyond the artwork. Todd explains that his tattoos are a hobby, one that he gets to indulge in as he frequently travels being a professional poker player.
Check the video (embedded below) to see more of Todd's work. You may also want to check the tattoo feed that Todd curates on Instagram for @thebragartlist, a mobile app designed to help people easily find where they can get great tattoos.
I'll be doing more posts on tattoo collectors like Todd, in addition to artist profiles. And yes, they will all be overenthusiastic.
As 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.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.
Brooklyn's own Saved Tattoo is a powerhouse of talent with collectors traveling the world to get work that spans all genres. What's particularly exciting is when tattooists collaborate on a piece, melding their own unique artistry into one cohesive work on a very lucky client. This is brilliantly illustrated in Taylor Toole's video of Chris O'Donnell and Thomas Hooper working together on a backpiece for Ryan Begley (founder of Shirts & Destroy). The film pulls together footage from sessions 2 through 8, and it's a great peak into the process, especially for such a large tattoo.
Outside of tattooing, Chris, Thomas and Ryan are collaborating on a publishing venture specializing in hand crafted books and art editions: Artifact Publishing recently released Winter Solstice: Black Mandalas, Series One, which is a set of 28 prints each measuring 5.5" x 5.5". Each collection of prints is enclosed in a hand-stained wooden box and is a limited edition of 100. Details here. Chris and Thomas have also designed for Shirts & Destroy collections.
Looking forward to seeing more from them on skin, canvas, print and apparel.