I'm crazy excited about this upcoming exhibit opening December 10th at Tattoo Culture in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The Ladies Ladies Art Show features the fine art of 50 women tattooists, from long-time veterans of the craft to rising stars. See the full artist list below.
It's an event where tattooed women are celebrated for their artistry and not how they fill a bikini. [So let's just see how many tattoo mags actually cover the show.] I'll be there with my signature out-of-focus photo skills and let you know how it goes down. The opening party runs from 7-10:30PM.
Here are a couple of paintings that will be on view. See more on their Facebook page.
Painting by Titine Leu.
Painting by Maria Sena
Photo by Dan Kozma
For our Vancouver homies, starting tonight through the weekend, The Tattoo Project takes over Performance Works Granville Island for an exhibition that showcases the work of 12 photographers who shot 100 tattoo collectors in just three days. They sequestered themselves in the Vancouver Photo Workshops studio space. Here are the results.
The exhibit is produced Vince Hemingson of VanishingTattoo.com. [Their videos on tattoo culture are some of my favorites.] Curator Pennylane Shen gathered Vancouver's most esteemed photographers for this show: Wayne A. Hoecherl, Melanie Jane, Marc Koegel, Spencer Kovats, Syx Langemann, Aura McKay, Pooya Nabei, Rosamond Norbury, Johnathon Vaughn, Jeff Weddell and Dan Kozma (whose work is shown above). Vince's own photography is part of the exhibit as well. The exhibit asks viewers to reflect on this:
See the video below for a behind the scenes peak:
The Tattoo Project will be the subject of an upcoming documentary film. More on that as it progresses. Admission to the exhibit is free, but a calendar from the project will be on sale, and the proceeds will go to DTES Vancouver's Ray-Cam Community Centre.
Just got to downtown Detroit's Marriott at the Renaissance Center for the 15th Annual mega Motor City Tattoo Expo, which begins tomorrow and rocks through the weekend. Will have my usual bad photos and redux at the end, but in the meantime, check my tweets (yeah, I'm embarrassed saying it too). Here's the latest feed below. To read it all, go to my Twitter account.
Brighton, UK is known for its beaches, bars, bands and now tattooed bods with its third year of the mega Brighton Tattoo Convention.
This weekend, Jan.30-31st, the Brighton Racecourse will feature thoroughbreds of tattoo including Xed Le Head, Robert Hernandez, Benjamin Moss, Liorcifer, the fabulous Frith Street crew, and a personal fave of the avant garde style--the artists at Boucherie Moderne from Belgium, plus many more.
There will also be plenty of walking works of art, as shown above and in the photo gallery from last year.
Beyond top tattoo work, live music, art exhibits and tattoo contests round out the weekend. Check the events listing here. Convention organizer, Woody, knows how to put on a show (he's also been behind the scenes at the London Tattoo Convention) so it should be a party.
Take pictures, send 'em here to share, and let us know how it goes.
December and January are usually pretty quiet as far as tattoo events go, but there are a couple of impressive gallery shows and conventions to check over the next few weeks.
This Saturday, December 19th, head to Sacred Gallery -- part of Sacred Tattoo -- on the Chinatown/SoHo border in NYC for their first annual "Un-Holiday Party." This one day event -- a soft launch of the gallery -- will feature the fine art of tattooists including Paul Booth and his Last Rites crew, Jon Clue, Mike Bellamy, David Sena, Adam Hays, Vinny Romanelli, Picasso Dular, Matthew Adams, Lalo Yunda, Shey, Betty Rose and Vincent Castiglia (whose blood painting is shown above), among others. Live music and drinks abound. Party starts at 9PM.
Mark your calendars for our own sponsored art show: On Friday, January 15th, Needles & Sins presents "Girls," an exhibit of sultry photography by Maria Guido at Tattoo Culture in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. More on that show to come.
On the convention tip ...
It's not too late to book your flights to Singapore for the Second Annual Singapore Tattoo Show January 8-10, 2010. Every tattoo artist I spoke to who attended last year said it was one of the best conventions they have ever done -- a real feat for a first show. Everything from tight organization to interesting seminars to enthusiastic crowds make it a top tattoo vacation. Check the 300+ artist list. It's reads as a Who's Who of the world's best.
The following weekend, January 14-17, is a long-running favorite: The 15th Annual "Marked for Life" Female Tattoo Artist Expo in Orlando, Florida. Men and women alike are welcome at the Embassy Suites Orlando Downtown hotel to get tattooed from female veteran artists and rising stars. Art work created during the Art Fusion Experiment live drawing project will be auctioned off Sunday and proceeds will be donated to the Shriner's Hospital.
Tonight, The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco presents Shawn Barber's Tattooed Portraits: Snapshot,18 new works capturing the spirit and soul of tattoo artists and collectors.
I've been a fan of Shawn's Tattooed Portrait series since he began it in 2004, particularly for the seductive, fluid renderings of tattooists, whether it be full portraiture or intense focus on their hands. Tattoo artists can be hard people to crack, to convey their soulfulness beyond tough exteriors, but Shawn's open, friendly nature brings down those barriers and the results are very personal and engaging.
One of my favorites is actually not of a tattooist but of actress/activist/hottie Margaret Cho, who is shown (below) getting tattooed by Mike Davis and sucking on a loli (the minx!).
Read more about Shawn's work in his Fecal Face interview. Also check his latest book Forever and Ever available for purchase on his site.
The Shooting Gallery show opens at 7pm tonight and runs until September 8.