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H.R. Giger inspired tattoo by Paul Booth.
The tattoo world has lost one of its greatest artistic influences: surrealist H.R. Giger. As Rolling Stone reported, the 74-year-old art icon died Monday, following hospitalization for falling down the stairs in his Zurich home.
Many news outlets discuss his legacy as the designer of the Alien creature; however, for the tattoo community, he is much more. He inspired a whole genre of tattoos: biomechanical art -- art that conveys man and machine fused in surrealist dreamscapes to stunning effect.
The world's most renowned tattooers, such as Guy Aitchison and Paul Booth (whose work is shown above), cite Giger as one of their greatest artistic influences. There are, indeed, countless Giger-inspired tattoos worldwide, including an entire bodysuit project.
Giger's impact on tattooing has been so profound that a number of collectors have dedicated their skin to portraits of the artist, as show below.
H.R. Giger will be missed, but on the bodies of his fans, his legacy lives on.
For more on the artist, visit HRGIGER.COM [currently unavailable] and HRGIGERMUSEUM.COM.
Tattoo above by Benjamin Laukis.
Tattoo above by Dmitriy Samohin.
Tattoo above by Bob Tyrrell.
With the news of Neil Armstrong's passing this weekend, I thought about giant leaps for mankind and how space and curiosity of what lies beyond earth have not only inspired science lovers but artists of all disciplines, including tattooing. Just a Google image search on "space tattoos" will show how widely popular they are. I also put a call out on Twitter and a number of great tattoo artists sent me photos of starscapes, spacecrafts and astronauts.
One artist whom many associate with cosmic tributes -- as well as bio-organic and trippy dystopias -- is Brooklyn's own Jon Clue. Tattooing since 1993, he became particularly known early in his career for his "new school" graffiti-influenced color bombs. That vivid color saturation is found in his work today, but with less literal and more surreal subject matter. You can see influences of Guy Aitchison, with whom he's worked closely, as well as Aaron Cain and Paul Booth, among others. Prick magazine has a good Q&A with him, although now a bit out of date as Jon is back tattooing in New York.
Check Jon's work on his site and that of East Side Ink.
Tattoo in progress.
I've been a long time fan of Italian tattoo artist Alex de Pase and his realism and surreal tattoos. I just received images of his recent work for my next book project and couldn't wait to share some with you.
Alex is a self-taught tattooist who has had a passion for the art for over twenty years. Today, he has his own studio in Grado, a small island in northeast Italy, not far from Venice. He says of his early start in tattooing:
At age fourteen, I met a guy who had many tattoos all over his body, which meant one thing only twenty years ago: prison. In fact, this fellow learned how to tattoo in jail, and when he told me that he knew how to do them, I begged him to teach me everything he knew. He taught me the basic skills for tattooing by hand with a Bic pen melted with needles. It made quite on impression on me because, ever since, I have not stopped tattooing.Eventually, Alex learned to work a tattoo machine, and studied everything he could get his hands on. After some years of doing every type of tattoo, he started focusing on realism and portraits.
This kind of style has the artistic expression that I prefer. It has no limits on technical improvement, although one of the most fascinating aspects of realism is not technique. It is more than a mere reproduction of something already existing. It also encompasses the artist's sensibility, personal interpretation, perception of colors, and so on. Each artist brings to the tattoo their own experience, imprinting a bit of themselves in the work.
Check his site to view more more work as well as his Facebook page for updates on his convention and guest spot schedule. He'll be in the US at the Paradise Tattoo Gathering, September 15-18.
Special thanks to Marco for his help with the images and biography.