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woodcut guiltar.pngAt 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?
Tattooing is like any other visual artist that you're influenced by. Like, "Oh, I like the way they patterned this," or something, and you take that in without ripping it off. A lot of tattooers paint and draw, too. People argue they're craftspeople and not artists. But I think they're artists.

It's also impacted my work, in that many shops have had people bring in images of the wood cuts and want tattoos of them. Which is cool and, done right, can be really great. I've seen some really great tattoos and I've seen some really bad ones. It just depends. If a good tattooer does it, they know how to change it enough to make it a good tattoo, because they're two different things.

If it's on the internet, you can't prevent it. People are going to get tattoos of your work. Lots of artists have their work tattooed on other people without them knowing it or being asked. I stopped fighting it.

So at first you weren't into it?
I wasn't into it. Sometimes it would be a commission for somebody, so it's like, I know you like the image, but the image was created for another person. But I don't fight it anymore, there's just no point.

But then some people get really great tattoos, and it's really flattering. Laura Jane Grace from Against Me! got a woodcut of a cobra tattooed. It's small but it's done really well, by a guy named Oliver Peck who's a well-respected tattooer.

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
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02:19 PM
blackwork tattoo sway.pngsway traditional tattoo.pngKnown 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?

I can't remember not being into tattoos. I always drew on my arms when I was a kid. I started getting tattooed when I was way too young with designs I had done- stupid idea. I just  took my drawings to the shops I got tattooed in, asking for a job. I started tattooing maybe 10-11 years ago. I can't remember now my memory is so bad. I did my apprenticeship with Chris Wright of Viking Tattoo in Jarrow. I never see him anymore, but I'm always grateful for the time he gave me and his help getting me started in 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.

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08:01 AM
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.
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