At the Pagoda City Tattoo Fest last month, I fell in love with the work of woodcut artist Deerjerk, aka Bryn Perrott, and had to take one of her carved ladies home. Bryn's woodcuts often reference strong traditional tattoo imagery, with her own spin to it, making it a perfect fit for conventions -- and my living room.
Having worked at Wild Zero Studios in her hometown of Morgantown, West Virginia, Bryn was not only exposed to a wider tattoo art vocabulary, but also learned that tattoo artists and collectors are interested in this type of artwork in different mediums, particularly in woodcut objects. By offering this unique work (and at an affordable price) Bryn was able to transition from her job as a counter person for the studio, to making a living solely from her art. There's a great Q&A with Bryn in The Hairpin, in which she discusses this in detail. Also in that article is a discussion of tattoo's impact. Here's a taste:
What impact has the tattoo world had on your work?While Bryn is best known for her woodcuts, she's also designed for beer labels, band merchandise, and apparel designers like Shirts and Destroy.
Check more of Bryn's work on Instagram. You can place orders by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Known for strong, traditional tattooing, especially the bold-will-hold black variety, Sway of Sacred Electric in Leeds, UK, was recently interviewed for the Brighton Tattoo blog. In that Q&A, Sway talks about Sacred Electric, his crew, and how they find inspiration for their work. Here's a taste:
Firstly how did you get into tattooing? How long have you been tattooing?Read more on the blog.
For those in the US wanting to get work, Sway will be traveling to the East and West Coast this summer. And in addition to the Brighton Tattoo Convention next weekend, Sway will be at the Nepal convention in April.
See more of Sway's work on Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr.
More and more I'm seeing tattoo interpretations of woodcuts, etchings and engravings -- and I'm loving them. They are highly graphic tattoos that will stand the test of time, and they have a truly old school power to them with a modern styling.
One artist who specializes in this style is Kim Papanatos Rense of Papanatos Tattoos in The Hague, the Netherlands. I recently found Kim through Some Quality Meat, a fun tattoo portal with tattoo videos, images, and news items.
They also are producing a video series called "The Craftsman," which highlights "talented and upcoming tattoo artists from around the globe." Their first video features Kim. It's embedded below. Check it.