Coming up in April: Guy Aitchison Seminar at the Hell City Tattoo Fest!
With the tattoo art form spreading into every conceivable artistic style, it's important to take a step back every now and then and ask: What does this need to succeed as a tattoo? The question of longevity is the obvious issue, but the larger underlying importance of giving your work strength and clarity is not just about durability across time, but readability across the room.
In Guy Aitchison's new seminar, Structure, he demonstrates ways of strengthening your work, both in design and execution. It starts with a well balanced composition, with good flow and fit and strategic use of dark and light, which is then applied to skin using a variety of different ways, some which are shown in closeup video clips. Structure reflects Guy's most recent understandings of making your work strong and dynamic... if you're attending the Hell City Tattoo Fest this coming April 11-13, be sure to take advantage of this opportunity! It's happening in the prime slot on Saturday evening from 6-8pm in the Hell City Seminar Room. You can sign up at the Hyperspace Studios booth on the convention floor, or prepay at the Tattoo Education online store.
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New Tattoo Coloring Book In Stock Now!
One of the big surprise hit items that we've carried in the past few years was The Coloring Book Project by Memento Publishing, which features line drawings by a wide variety of artists touching on a broad range of tattoo themes. it's a fun book, great for kids, apprentices and adults, and can be very inspiring for artists looking to develop their artistic styles. Now comes the second edition of the Coloring Book project, this time bigger and better with more pages and a lot of new artists featured. Both books are collections with work by an incredible variety of tattooists, some names you are familiar with and others you'll be encountering for the first time. We are also offering both books together at a package price... available now at our online store!
I'd also like to remind you all about the upcoming 3-day seminar marathon that Jeff Gogue and I will be holding at the Grant's Pass, Oregon Off The Map Tattoo location. These seminars can be attended in person at the shop, but for most of you the best option is to enjoy them via live webcast from the comfort of your home or studio where you can submit your questions via the chat feature. The first workshop on February 9 will be webcast free to the public from www.tattooNOWtv.com, and will feature Jeff and I doing a large collaborative sleeve project that will include both traditional Japanese elements and some more modern techniques and effects. This will be an unprecedented opportunity for you to sit in on a unique project.
The other two seminars are available to professional artists only. On Feb. 10 will be my class, Structure, where I'll be doing a large calf piece with both illustrative and abstract elements and a number of different effects, all with the emphasis on giving the piece strength and flow. Finally, on Feb. 11 Jeff will be tattooing my hand in a seminar called Size Doesn't Matter, which will give him a chance to demonstrate how he handles a complete project from start to finish. For obvious reasons, I'm pretty psyched about that one. Tickets are available now!
Thanks, and we hope to see you there!
Announcing the Aitchison / Gogue seminar intensive!
Last year's live webinar, Guy's Bag Of Tricks, had such a great response that I've been psyched to line up the 2014 online seminar schedule. The first one, coming up in less than a month, is particularly exciting for a number of reasons. I'll be visiting Grant's Pass, Oregon to do a brief guest spot at the Off The Map location there for three days of seminars with the legendary Jeff Gogue, featured last month in Hypercast 6: The Japanese-American Connection.
On February 9 is the first class, and it will be webcast live for free to the public at www.tattooNOWtv.com. This seminar won't be going into deep technical detail, as it will be available to the public, but will cover all kinds of other things pertaining to how Jeff and I design and execute large tattoo work. It'll be a collaborative project where we will be working together on a sleeve project that fuses traditional Japanese elements alongside cutting-edge techniques. We'll be taking audience questions, so mark that day in your calendar- it'll be a rare glimpse inside a high-energy creative process.
Then on February 10 I'll be giving a seminar, Structure, where I do a large calf piece that will include both abstract and representational elements and employ a whole range of techniques. This one will get quite nuts-and-bolts technical about all stages of the process, and I'll be taking audience questions as well.
Finally, on the 11th Jeff will be giving a seminar where he will be tattooing my hand. This project will be smaller but provides an opportunity for Jeff to demonstrate his magic on a small and personal scale. For obvious reasons I'm pretty psyched about this one but I think it will be an amazing learning opportunity for all of you as well. So tune in to the free webcast on February 9, and be sure to sign up in advance for webinar tickets for the 10th and 11th. There is also limited seating available for anyone wanting to attend the seminar in person at Off The Map Tattoo- be sure to get your tickets now at the Tattoo Education online store!
Thanks, and we hope to see you there!
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TattooTelevision upgrade, and Sunday night movie screening!
We've been working hard over the winter to complete a bunch of video projects, and thought that a great way to kick off the New Year would be to upgrade our YouTube channel, TattooTelevision, with some new material, new channels and a freshly reorganized front page. We now have a channel just for our Hypercasts, another for Michele's Bodyset Portraits, and others for Educational Videos, Hyperspace Videos and Music Videos.
This includes two new uploads: Check out our latest, What Is Hyperspace Studios? It's a quick statement by Michele and I about what we do, and what inspires and motivates us. Also take a look at Goddess Bodyset, the latest Bodyset Portrait by Michele featuring her client Charity. We'll be uploading more new material over coming days, so stay tuned!
Also, coming tomorrow night via live webcast will be a long night of entertainment and fascinating discussion as Jeff Gogue screens his new film, Tattoo As I See It, starting at 8 pm Eastern time. This will be followed by a Skype interview session with Jeff- he's a great interview subject, as we discovered in our latest Hypercast, The Japanese-American Connection. After the interview, from 10-11:30pm Eastern time will be a variety of guests beaming in including Watson Atkinson, Deano Cook, Marisa Kakoulas and Tom Strom. Finally, starting at 11:30, will be a screening of our documentary film Innerstate, featuring 40 of your favorite tattoo artists working on fine art projects. This whole evening of webcasting is free- just tune in to www.tattooNOWtv.com tomorrow starting at 8 pm and enjoy. If you're working that night, play it for the whole shop!
Thanks, and we'll be in touch soon!
New Ask Guy column, plus improved Hypercast page with new episodes!
We hope you all had a great New Year celebration. We had a great time rounding off the year with Hypercast Episode 7: Tattooing Past, Present and Future where we interviewed Tattoo Archive historian Chuck Eldridge, along with convention personality Chris Longo and upstart UK tattooer Bez. We'll be posting the edited version soon- but in the meantime we wanted to bring your attention to two previous episodes that we've posted recently.
There's the Collab show, featuring Litos, Don McDonald, Ty McEwen and my sister Hannah Aitchison, talking about collaborative projects in various mediums. Then there's the edit I just completed of The Japanese - American Connection with Jeff Gogue, discussing tattoo style and the interesting territory between Japanese and Western tattooing. Both episodes are filled with great visual material along with some compelling conversation about tattooing and fine art in the tattoo world.
Hypercasts are long-format interview shows, an hour or so per episode, allowing us to really get into depth with our interview subjects. We've just cleaned up the Hypercast page here at www.hyperspacestudios.com, putting all the completed episodes in easy reach. These are perfect for playing at the tattoo shop, intended for both artists and collectors.
I also wanted to mention that the latest Ask Guy column is now on the newsstands in the February 2014 issue of Tattoo Magazine. This month I answer two questions related to style and career, always interesting subjects. Pick up a copy, or you can take a look at the column in the Ask Guy archive at www.tattooeducation.com.
Thanks, and we'll be in touch soon!
Great Gift Ideas from Hyperspace Studios!
Shoot It Right: A Photography Tutorial Just For Tattooers!
As long as I've been tattooing I've struggled to get good photos of my work. In some cases it takes a few attempts in different lighting conditions just to get something halfway decent, and once the client walks out the door you never know when you'll get another chance to re-shoot their piece. Even good photos usually fail to really convey the qualities of a well done tattoo. And these days many artists have all but given up, using just their phones to document even their most epic pieces.
I can tell you from experience that these low quality photos are a way of cheating yourself. In particular, often they are not good enough to submit to magazines or book projects. Taking that additional step to haul out a real camera and document a finished piece is always worth the extra few minutes. But even then, the pictures are often nt great, especially when shot at nighttime.
Finally, an experienced professional tattooer has produced a tutorial on getting good tattoo photos. Mario Rosena has a long history as a tattoo artist but has recently been working as a pro photographer as well, shooting for several publications including high-end fashion magazines and documenting events such as the X-Games. He brings all this knowledge together in Shoot It Right, a DVD and booklet combo that provides you with all the important information you need to finally get solid documentation of your work. Good photos help you to keep up in this competitive industry, and Shoot It Right presents you with the right tools to accomplish this. It's available now for a special rate at our online store!
Thanks, and we'll be in touch soon!
New Book Available: The Antennae Of Inspiration
Hyperspace Studios Seeking an Apprentice!
Latest Hypercast with Russ Abbott now on Youtube, and new Ask Guy on newsstands!
Last week's Hypercast with Russ Abbott, Teresa Sharpe and Kelly Doty ended up being an epic conversation, stretching to close to two hours and covering a broad range of topics, including audience questions and some tattoo critiques. This time, just for fun Michele and I submitted works for critique as well. It goes to show that no matter how experienced you are there are many things that you can learn and improve.
This was our third Hypercast, where we are interviewing some of the industry's top talents and talking about the state of the tattoo art world, with this episode focusing on illustrative tattooing. Russ Abbott is one of the style's leading proponents and has released a number of top quality educational items, including Iron Clad: Built To Last, a DVD about technique, and Ornamental Archive, a reference book about flowing ornamental motifs that can be used in combination with other graphic elements in a tattoo. You can check out the edited version of Hypercast 3 at our YouTube channel, Tattoo Television.
I also wanted to mention that installment #6 of my Ask Guy column in Tattoo Magazine is now on the newsstands. This month I cover two topics: Acne scarring, which is something I have dealt with personally, and dealing with clients who seem to need too want changes in a design, a delicate situation to encounter as a tattooist. You can pick up a copy at the newsstands now, check it out at Tattoo Education, or send me your own questions at the Ask Guy link there.
Thanks, and we'll be in touch soon!
Hypercast #3 Featuring Russ Abbott, Tonight!
October 27, 2013
Hypercast #3 Featuring Russ Abbott, Tonight!
So far Michele and I have hosted two Hypercasts, the first one featuring Durb Morrison of Hell City fame, the second one with legendary realist Nikko Hurtado. Tonight we interview Russ Abbott, known for his strong illustrative sensibility which combines a solid traditional foundation with more modern techniques and approaches. We'll be interviewing him about his new book, Ornamental Archive, and his upcoming DVD release. We'll also have special guests joining us including Theresa Sharpe, winner of last season's Best Ink, to join us in our discussion, in taking live questions from viewers, and in critiquing a few tattoos toward the end of the show.
Hypercasts are a long format interview show, focusing on topics related to fine art in the tattoo world. They are available for free through TattooNOWtv- all you need is a computer an a good web connection. We also archive all episodes- you can see both the Durb Morrison episode and the Nikko Hurtado episode at our YouTube channel, Tattoo Television. And if you are in the LA area, definitely take a look at the Nikko episode, where he discusses his current gallery show at the Copro Gallery.
Thanks, and we hope you can join us for tonight's Hypercast!Posted from Tattoo Education
Nikko Hurtado Webcast Tonight
October 16, 2013
Michele and I are excited about the results of our first Hypercast that we hosted two weeks ago, with guests Durb Morrison and Mike Cole. We interviewed them and discussed the crossover of fine art and tattooing, and how second mediums can enhance a tattooist's career. We then wrapped things up with a few audience questions and tattoo critiques. It's on archive permanently now for you to check out any time you want.
The second episode broadcasts tonight, Wednesday October 16. This week we are interviewing Nikko Hurtado, whose reputation has exploded lately as the public has discovered his almost unbelievable realism skills in both tattoo and oil paint. His Tattooing De Los Muertos DVD has been a bestseller at our store since its release. We've known Nikko since his very first paintings and have stood back in awe as he has embraced this classic medium and mastered it in just a few short years. He currently has a solo exhibition of new work showing at the Copro Nason gallery in Los Angeles. We'll be talking with him about galleries, painting, tattooing, the industry, and where realism is going next. You can tune in at TattooNOWtv tonight at 11:00pm Central time, or you can watch an archived cut of the show starting this Friday at our YouTube channel, Tattoo Television.
Speaking of YouTube, Michele has just completed another short client portrait video starring her client Sabrina, who has collected half sleeves and an upper backpiece from her. It's a great little video documenting Sabrina's journey from having a small flash tattoo to collecting larger work, lasering and covering the old piece, and then bringing it all together into a single unified look. Come check out the video, Woodland Window, at Tattoo Television.
Thanks, and we'll be in touch soon!Posted from Tattoo Education
October 4, 2013
Michele and I have been talking about doing a webcast interview show for a long time. We have such an amazing community of fellow artists and original thinkers around us, it has always felt like something that we needed to do. We've finally had our first episode, which some of you were able to catch this past Wednesday night at tattooNOWtv. It was a great show featuring an interview with Hell City's Durb Morrison, who has always put a high emphasis on the fine art aspect of tattooing, both in his studio and his convention, which is the best attended tattoo show in America. We also had special guest Mike Cole, who is not only an incredible tattooist but is doing a lot of mind-blowing paintings as well. Finally we wrapped up the show with some audience questions and tattoo critiques.
It was a great first episode, which you can check out now at our youtube channel. Stay tuned for our next episode on Wednesday, Oct.16 at 11pm Central time. Our guest will be world renowned realist Nikko Hurtado, and we'll be talking with him about the epic solo painting show that he's working on now. Tune in and submit your questions for Nikko, Michele or me through the tattooNOWtv chat. Or go ahead and submit tattoo photos now for critiquing on the air.
Also this week we have a new installment of my column, Ask Guy, in Tattoo Magazine. This issue focuses on various kinds of scars and how best to cover them with tattoos. Scarring can be a challenging obstacle for both clients and artists, but there are answers to these puzzles. Check out this month's article either at the newsstand or at guyaitchison.com, and don't be shy about submitting your own questions- you are the ones that make this column possible, after all.
Thanks, and we'll be in touch soon!
Introducing Hypercast with Guy Aitchison and Michele Wortman
Join Guy and Michele at 11pm Central time every other Wednesday for Hypercast, a live webcast show featuring interviews, portfolio reviews and other subjects related to tattooing and the fine art coming from the tattoo community. Webcasting is being provided by TattooNOW through their online channel, www.tattoonowtv.com, where you can submit questions during the program via the tattooNOWtv chat.
Ask your questions in the chat room!
New Hyperspace Studios website!
Greetings, and welcome to the new Hyperspace Studios website! Multimedia artists Guy Aitchison and Michele Wortman have maintained hyperspacestudios.com since 1996, and it has gone through many changes and additions during that period. This time, the site has been rebuilt from scratch, featuring a streamlined interface that navigates easily so you can enjoy the wide variety of creative content that we have here.
Check out our brand new and updated galleries, featuring work in a variety of mediums by both Guy and Michele,
our archive of tattoo magazine articles and features going from present day back to 1989, with engaging interviews and photos that you won't find in any other galleries,
Our video vault, hosting short documentary and music video work produced by Michele and Guy,
This update has been long in the making, and we hope you enjoy navigating through the new site!
Greetings, and welcome to MicheleWortman.com. This is the first blog at my new site. Here you can take a look at paintings, bodyset and singular tattoos for women, and photography of subjects that inspire me, along with a collection of figurative sketches that I have done over the years. You can also listen to my music project Sunchannel and check out the music videos.
Recently I was featured in Inked Magazine discussing the distinct approach to tattooing that my work is known for, and colorful partnership with fellow artist Guy Aitchison, the other half of Hyperspace Studios. Here's a brief excerpt from the article:
INKED: Would you say your style is more feminine?
MICHELE: It’s interesting you should say that because, originally, I had wanted a half sleeve of flowers and this girl looked at me, rolled her eyes and said, “You would get that. How typical of you.” That bothered me, so I decided I would rebel against my “feminine nature” and get architecture, which is very masculine in my opinion, very man-made. The fact that I rebelled against my feminine nature in the beginning only to come back to it later was an interesting lesson for me...
Stay tuned, join my mailing list, and check back regularly to see updates to the site and my latest blog.
Thanks and happy winter,
Photo by David TorrencePosted from Michele Wortman
Featured Article in Inked Magazine
December 7, 2012
Greetings from Hyperspace Studios and Tattoo Education!
Although Michele and I have been featured in quite a few magazines over the years, on only a few occasions have we shared articles. So we're excited to announce our new feature in the December issue of Inked magazine. Inked is a NY based publication that's done a bit differently than most of the familiar tattoo magazines, with a large emphasis on style and culture. This is the first time we've worked with them, although we're quite familiar with their writer, Marisa Kakoulas, who had a guest blog at Tattoo Education several months back. The issue is on the newsstands now, or you can check it out online.
We also want to remind you that we have a variety of unique gift packages available at Hyperspace Studios, and can help make your holiday shopping easier and keep it affordable. For starters, we have a number of great book packages, such as The Book Jamboree Gift Pack, which includes Organica, Moments Of Epiphany, Scratch Art, and both the Guy Aitchison and Michele Wortman art card sets. In addition, we have a variety of mixed packages with art books, wearable items and some fun stocking stuffers, like with the Guy Aitchison Gift Pack or the Michele Wortman Gift Pack, which include our art books along with shirts, cards, prints, and music.
Then, at Tattoo Education, we have high quality educational packages such as the Tattoo Education Combo Pack, which brings together Reinventing The Tattoo, our most comprehensive package featuring a 368 page book about all aspects of design and technique, plus a detailed DVD that is designed to integrate with the lessons in the book; in addition, this package features Standards Of Practice by Health Educators, the definitive DVD about cross contamination prevention.
We also have the Tattoo Community Project Pack, which includes Scratch Art, the Innerstate book and DVD, Pint Size Paintings, and the ArtFusion documentary. These items feature work by hundreds of tattoo artists at their most creative and energized, and are a reminder to all of us of what we can be capable of when we push ourselves past our comfort zones.
We've got a lot of other great stuff at both stores, both for artists and collectors, and we're offering these package deals to help you stretch your holiday dollar a little further. We're guaranteeing shipping in time for Christmas on all US orders placed by December 16.
Thanks, and we'll be in touch soon!
The Paradise Artist Retreat
October 16, 2012
Pre-Order Guy Aitchison's Reinventing the Tattoo Second Edition now!Guy Aitchison is proud to announce, after over 3 years of work, you can pre-order the second edition of Reinventing The Tattoo. In this long-awaited second edition to his educational book, he has upgraded the format to a full-color, 368 page hardcover boxed edition, including a DVD with 40 detailed video clips that relate directly to material in the book. Rather than being a simple A-Z guide, Reinventing The Tattoo taps into Guy’s unique vision and his 20 years in the tattoo profession to provide an inside look into what it takes to improve your overall artistic ability and to put these skills to work on skin to get the results that you want. Although still following the same basic format as the first edition, the text has been trimmed down, cleaned up, expanded, illustrated and captioned to make for an educational experience unlike anything else available in the tattoo industry. Whether you’re an experienced professional or an apprentice working in a supervised setting, this book and DVD can provide you with valuable new tools for improving your work. Reinventing The Tattoo is for professional tattooists only! $250 *PLEASE NOTE, THIS BOOK WILL NOT SHIP UNTIL 2/27/09* http://www.hyperspacestudios.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=32&products_id=249 Reserve your copy today!
Live visionary painting by Alex Grey, Allyson Grey, Guy Aitchison, and Michele Wortman in Maimi this weekend!This year we've had the chance to be involved in a lot of great events… and we're capping it off with one final live painting performance this December. On the 4th through the 7th of this month, CoSM, Moksha Family and Community Arts & Culture will be hosting The Visionary Art Of Alex Grey, in conjunction with the Art Basel festival in Miami. This event will begin on Thursday the 4th with a gallery opening, followed by a panel discussion featuring Alex Grey, Allyson Grey, Guy Aitchison, Michele Wortman, Prof. Manolo Torres and Donna Torres. The talk will focus on entheogens, the visionary experience and the art that is inspired by this, and will be followed by an audience Q&A. On Friday the 5th, Alex and Allyson will be holding a benefit night for the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, which will feature Alex's famous visionary art presentation. Then on Saturday the 6th will be the main event, which will start at 7pm and go all night. This will be an evening of live painting performance by Alex Grey, Allyson Grey, Guy Aitchison and Michele Wortman, along with a vibrant lineup of DJ's, live music performers and video artists. It promises to be a high-powered sensory experience. On all days of this event, the gallery is open for free. Guy and Michele plan on bringing some affordable originals and reproductions, perfect as gifts for your favorite tattoo fan. Tickets are required for the evening events, and pre-sale tickets are recommended. Click here for more information on ticket sales or other details about the weekend. You can also email the promoters at email@example.com or call them at (305)757-7727.
Win a FREE Tattoo from GUY AITCHISONGuy Aitchison has long been known for his stand-alone tattoo style and his innovative techniques. For several years now, the waiting list to get tattooed by this modern legend has been all but closed to anyone but his established regular clients. This Spring, Guy is having a raffle-style contest where the winner will get a free 4-hour tattoo from him, to be given at the Hell City Tattoo Festival in Columbus, Ohiothe weekend of May 16-18. That's a tattoo valued at $1000, but more importantly, a chance to get an appointment from one of the most inaccessible tattoo artists operating today. There will be a A second and third prize offered as well: second prize will be one of Guy's canvas art prints (retail value $200) and third prize will be a choice of either Guy's art book Organica or Michele Wortman's photography book Moments Of Epiphany (retail value $65). Winner will be selected randomly. Contest results will be announced at the Hyperspace Studios website on May 1. Only 1 entry allowed per person. In addition to the tattoo contest, Guy and his wife and partner Michele Wortman will be hosting a number of different events at the Hell City show, including some live painting performances and a book release party for a new tattoo community book project, Scratch Art. This convention will be one of the most exciting tattoo events all year, so be sure not to miss it! If you can't make it, though, the Scratch Art book will be available through Guy and Michele's website, www.hyperspacestudios.com, along with their groundbreaking art books, Organica and Moments of Epiphany, and Guy's bestselling educational volume, Reinventing The Tattoo. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter for announcements of any future book releases and other events that Guy and Michele are participating in.
Guy on LA Ink this Thursday!A couple months back, Guy and Michele made a trip out to Los Angeles, partly for a painting performance and partly so Guy could appear in a guest spot at Kat Von D's tattoo shop in Hollywood, for the purpose of filming an episode of TLC's hit TV show LA Ink. Guy's sister Hannah Aitchison has been a cast member of the show since its pilot last year, and has been impressing the viewers in TV land with her stunning figurative tattoo work. For the episode with Guy, brother and sister teamed up to do a large collaborative backpiece project, which they completed in one intensive visit. That same week, Guy also did a biomechanical 3/4 sleeve as well, also under imposing time limitations. We can't show you these pieces here because the show hasn't aired yet- but if you tune in to TLC this coming Thursday the 27th, you can check out these two epic projects.
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