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08:32 AM
Filip Leu Skull.png One of the most influential tattoo artists in the world, Filip Leu, offers a some wonder insight into his tattoo and fine artwork, as well as the industry in general, in this video interview (embedded below) with Kintaro Publishing taken at the Mondial du Tatouage 2016.

The springboard for the interview are the three skull paintings -- entitled "Stop," "Look," and "Listen" -- that Kintaro commissioned for prints. Those prints were available at the Paris show and can be purchased here on their online store. However, the interview reaches across many subjects, which I find wildly interesting for tattooers, collectors, and all art lovers.

The 20-minute video (which flies by), begins with his discussion of the process for achieving the looks of the skull prints. It then moves towards distinctions between tattooing and painting. He talks about tattoos being "on demand, in public, with a time limit," likening it to performance art. While tattoos have an end, Filip says that his paintings are never finished.

He also talks about the constant learning process and his work towards simplifying and achieving a "less in more" approach in his art. Filip further reflects on trends in tattooing, tools, inspiration, and how he's more of a homebody and never was a barfly. And much more.

I highly recommend watching it. Also check Filip's work on the Leu Family site and follow the #filipleu hashtag on Instagram.

09:09 AM
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Particularly for those, like myself, with a passion for ornamental tattoos, the carved skulls of Portland-based artist Jason Borders are incredibly engaging, with their hypnotic patterns and beautiful lines. They're the ultimate in postmortem adornment.

Using a dremel, akin to using a tattoo machine, Jason approaches his work on bone through "personal subliminal exploration," adding in his artist statement, "my work reveals the blurred line between imagination and reality, animal and human, life and death."

A number of these works are available for sale at Paxton Gate in San Francisco and their online store, such as the Dremel Drill Bull Scapula for $275 or the Dremel Dril Horse Skull for $1,500, among others.

Also, check Jason's work in other mediums, which also offer a nod to tribal tattoo culture.
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01:15 PM
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I was once told by a Maori artist, who wore and tattooed his ancestral Ta Moko designs, that you're not really tattooed unless you have a badass skull on you. [His was an 80s metal version.] Skull imagery hold a sort of power, a reminder of our mortality that can evoke fear or defiance (a la 80s metal skulls). Its artistic interpretations are vast, particularly in our tattoo community. Paying homage to memento mori is Cranial Visions: Exploring The Skull Through Artistic Interpretation.

This 240-page hardcover, released by Memento Publishing, is the brainchild (sorry) of Mike DeVries and Jeff Johnson and edited by the wonderful Jinxi Caddel. Here's what Jinxi says of the project:

Cranial Visions honors the skull through artistic interpretations and many different mediums, including: tattoos, paintings, sketches and drawings, mixed media, digital art, graffiti, photography, and "skullptures." Each chapter is dripping with inspirational images created by masters of their crafts. Over 800 diverse, bold, and creative images of skull-related artwork. An outstanding book for reference if you are a tattoo artist, as it features angles and ideas from all sorts of perspectives.
You can purchase the book on Mike's online store for $69.99. I highly recommend it.

CV8.jpgCranial Visions: painting by Shawn Barber

Dan in Cranial Visions small.jpgCranial Visions: tattoos by Daniel DiMattia

See more samples from the book on Jinxi's blog.
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