New Tutorial Available- Coverup: A Fresh Look
The first seminar I ever gave, over 20 years ago, was on the subject of coverup tattooing. As the tattoo art form continues to evolve and grow in popularity, knowing what to do about unwanted tattoos is becoming more and more crucial for tattoo artists. Despite the enormous artistic growth in tattooing over the past two decades, there still seems to be a fundamental gap in understanding what coverup tattooing is all about and how to avoid making dark, dense, obvious coverups.
So I've been gathering photos and video clips over the past five years or so which I've just finished crunching into a comprehensive tutorial. For subscribers to Reinventing The Tattoo, it comes free with your subscription as a part of the curriculum. Simply log on and check the Table Of Contents, and you'll find it in Part 8. It includes chapters on several different types of coverup projects from small, single-pass pieces to large, epic transformations, and everything in between. It also goes into detail about the laser, showing several sample projects and discussing in detail the realities of the laser, including a lengthy FAQ that you can share with your clients when talking about the possibility of laser treatments. There is also a chapter on scar coverups, with examples of surgical scars, burn scars, electrical burns and other types of scarring, with strategies for effectively tattooing over even the trickiest skin.
In addition, the tutorial includes a recent video production of mine. Coverup: A Fresh Look was filmed at the 2015 Worldwide Tattoo Conference, and was designed to go over the most crucial theory behind what makes coverups either work or not work, and shows many examples in both photo and video form, alongside a detailed discussion of each example. The live format also allowed for some insightful audience questions to round out the program. This video comes free as part of your Reinventing subscription, or can be purchased separately as a DVD for non-subscribers.
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If you are not yet a Reinventing The Tattoo member, it's a subscription-based educational package that gives you access to the entire Reinventing curriculum, which comes in a combination of e-book and video format and covers everything from the fundamentals of good tattoo design to working with references, using digital tools, expanding your skills through painting and other mediums, plus exhaustive chapters on tattooing technique. Since the electronic edition was released in October we've been steadily expanding the curriculum with guest chapters by Russ Abbott, Nick Baxter, Megan Jean Morris, Don McDonald and Halo Jankowski, plus new chapters by me about rotary machines and needle cartridges. We have a chapter in the works from realism maestro Phil Garcia, plus a number of other guest chapters that we'll be adding throughout the year by some of the industry's biggest names. The coverup chapters are just one of the many things that we've added this year to this expanding, high-power educational package. Drop by ReinventingTheTattoo.com if you want to read more about it.
Now In Stock: Reinvent Yourself, A Photoshop Tutorial Specifically For Tattooists!
For the past two decades of my tattoo career, I've been using Adobe Photoshop as an essential part of my workflow in everything from design compositing to portfolio page layout. It's been such an important tool that I've included it in the core of my Reinventing The Tattoo educational package since its first edition back in the late Nineties. The current electronic edition of Reinventing was recently edited to bring it up to date with today's version of Photoshop, with plenty of tools and tricks specifically intended for the tattoo artist's workflow.
If there is one thing I've learned about Photoshop, it's this- Every Photoshop user will have something to teach you. I recently watched a new video by Halo of Black Lotus Tattoos in Maryland called Reinvent Yourself: In Depth Photoshop for the Tattoo Artist. It's also meant specifically to be useful for tattoo artists, but he's got a whole range of tricks that I'd never heard of in 20 years of using Photoshop. It's an in-depth tutorial that shows you a live screen capture of a number of demonstrations, all which are useful for use in tattoo design. He covers subjects such as:
- Basics even for a beginner
- Learning each tool step by step
- Correcting very poor references
- Manipulating photos for tattoo designs
- Making caricatures of people
- Merging two photos to make one
- Painting out unwanted background
- Endless color choices
- Making a perfect ink palette from a reference
- Making a flawless stencil to save time and stencil ink
It's a downright useful tutorial and will give you a lot of bang for your buck- Halo has taken not only his experience but all the stuff that he learned in a digital art college course that he thinks is the most useful to tattoo artists, and distilled it down into an hour and forty minutes of smoothly produced information. You can even open the DVD on your desktop and then open Photoshop right next to it, and try out the things that he's demonstrating. I highly recommend Reinvent Yourself for all Photoshop users- even if you have lots of practical experience with Photoshop, I assure you you'll learn something from this course. We've got in in stock now in our online store.
Reinvent Yourself is a great compliment to a DVD set we already carry: Get Digital, by Mike DeVries and Jamie Parker. Get Digital covers a lot of fundamentals, but approaches it much differently than Reinvent Yourself. It's geared toward projects such as business cards and banners that can be of immediate use in your practice, along with many great tricks for working with reference material. Save on shipping by ordering both DVDs, and you'll have a comprehensive library of Photoshop tricks and tools that is sure to get you up to speed and working with digital tools in a way that empowers you as a tattoo artist.
Learn the Fundamentals of Painting Classic Tattoo Flash!
Back in the days of my apprenticeship, one of the first things I was asked to do was draw flash- twenty full pages of it before I would be allowed to pick up a machine. Flash drawing was a totally new skill for me to learn, and to make matters more complicated, my boss asked me to do the first set using ink washes, the black and white cousin of watercolor painting. It was an adventure to say the least, and a great learning experience that helped to prepare me for the steep learning curve of actual tattooing.
Drawing and painting flash remains an important skill, not only for apprentices but for any tattoo artist who wants to reach a wider audience than they can personally tattoo, or simply wants to share their own unique style with other artists (and possibly sell a few sets now and then!) So it's great news that Joe Swanson has made a detailed, comprehensive tutorial on painting tattoo flash step-by-step. The 2-DVD set, simply called Paint Tattoo Flash, covers every step from selecting the right materials to design transfer, inking, coloring and finishing touches, plus bonus sections on practice exercises and antiquing effects. The set comes with a small booklet that you can keep with you at your drawing table for a quick guide. It's a highly useful and practical tutorial, aimed at getting you functional from a point of starting with zero knowledge but still demonstrating some fairly advanced techniques, all for a very reasonable price. We've got it in stock now at the Hyperspace Studios online store!
While we are talking about watercolors I also wanted to mention Myke Chambers' Watercolor 101 DVD, which overlaps in a few places with the material in the Joe Swanson tutorial but also ventures into all kinds of other interesting places, working with a larger scale design, comparing watercolors with liquid acrylics, different methods of color blending and lining, and taking longevity into account. Both tutorials are highly recommended, and you can save on shipping by ordering them together. Learn all about watercolor techniques with these two great painting tutorials by experienced working tattoo artists. Drop by the Tattoo Education online store to find out more!
An Innovative Sketchbook Idea For Tattooists!
For many years I've had the practice of taking photos of my clients' blank body parts, printing the photos at low contrast, and then doing my sketching directly on these photos. It's a great way to get an overall scope of the shape and flow of the design and to make it fit the body nicely. It's not always possible to get blank body photos though, and the extra steps are sometimes hard to make the time for... that's why I'm so psyched that Memento Publishing, who brought us the epic Tattoo Prodigies and Tattoo Prodigies 2 books, has released The Body Sketch Book. It's a classic spiral bound paperback sketchbook made using high quality Canson acid free drawing paper, but it comes with the blank body parts already printed on its 150 pages, low-contrast and ready to use, both for upcoming clients and just for doodling new tattoo ideas.
Having the body part available isn't just for making your drawing fit the client. Working directly on the images in The Body Sketch Book is a great way to inspire yourself to think in terms of flow and fit, which can lead to different approaches to design, even in cases where you don't have a client and are just wanting to draw. The body parts are printed in non-photo blue, so you can use a photocopier to duplicate your drawings with the body parts invisible. This item is highly recommended, and would be a perfect low-cost gift for your favorite artist. Or just treat yourself- in my experience, anything that can give you a good start in your tattoo drawings will put you ahead of your game. We have it now at the Hyperspace online store.
Announcing The Beta Phase of the Reinventing The Tattoo Electronic Edition!
Ever since the second edition of my flagship educational package Reinventing The Tattoo was released, I've daydreamed about making an electronic edition which could be updated to keep up with the rapid pace of change in our industry. It's been a long time in the making, but we now have the beta edition of the Reinventing e-book available, and I couldn't be more excited! For starters, it's given me a chance to go back through the entire text and rewrite parts of it to reflect our current understandings of tattooing, plus it was a chance to get the Photoshop chapters current and talk about the changes happening with equipment. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. This new edition is subscription based, with the goal of adding new content regularly so that your Reinventing experience is constantly evolving and can be customized to your path as a developing artist. The current version offers:
> Updated chapters from the original book
> Instant access to all supporting video material
> New chapters from guest writers Nick Baxter, Russ Abbott and Megan Jean Morris
> Handy format that adapts to any device and works well on your phone
> Access to new forums focused on critiquing
As we get into full swing over coming months, we will continue to refine and build the curriculum and the interface to include such things as:
> Text or email notifications of new material
> Smoother and more intuitive interface
> Special version focused on apprenticeships
> New tutorials including an acrylic painting workshop and an updated look at coverup tattooing
> Additional guest chapters from many of your favorite artists!
During the beta phase, we are offering a special one-time discount to subscribers with the understanding that you will be helping us to make the Reinventing educational experience as perfect as possible. That includes not only helping us find small glitches in the format, but also to give us your suggestions about what you'd like to see added to the experience. There's already more to offer than the classic book/DVD package (which is now out of print) ever had, so hop on board and be part of the group of professionals that helps us make the transition into the new dynamic electronic format! Special pricing will only be in effect for a few more weeks. You can subscribe now at the Tattoo Education online store.
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Now Available: Sketched Out, A Book Of Sketches By Your Favorite Artists!
We're always psyched to add a new anthology book to our catalog, and we can count on Memento Publishing to deliver- they've consistently put out some of the most compelling books available in the tattoo world, including the recent Tattoo Prodigies II, in which I'm proud to have a few pages of my work. Their most recent release, Sketched Out, is nothing but pure fun: Sketchbook pages from 100 tattooists from a variety of styles and artistic backgrounds. It's a thick, large format softcover book at a reasonable price, making it a must-have for any collection.
Some of my personal favorites featured are Chet Zar, Gunnar, Cory Norris, Tom Strom, Mike DeVries, Brett Herman, Jamie Lee Parker, Terry Ribera, Joey Foote, Oleg Turiyanskiy, Pooch, Phil Robertson, Spencer Caliguri and Kate Crane. This just scratches the surface of the broad variety of styles this book has to offer. Perfect for your personal collection or waiting room, available now at the Hyperspace Studios online store.
I also wanted to remind you all of the contest we have going this month at the @Biomech_Collective Instagram feed: The Biomechanical Skull. We've already seen literally hundreds of amazing entries, but this is a subject that I think a lot of you could really sink your teeth into. The contest closes on Halloween, and judging results will be announced shortly thereafter. Prizes include some cool skull-themed books from the Tattoo Education online store, with the grand prize being an original collaborative painting (still in progress, or I'd show it!) done by myself and Kurt Windish, my co-conspirator at @Biomech_Collective. Let's see your gnarliest, most surprising and original take on this subject... there's still time!
The Bloom Project!!
This Halloween I celebrate my 17th year as a tattooist, and can think of nothing better to commemorate these years then seeing my friend and client Mindy on the cover of Tattoo Magazine! She has been getting work from me for the entire span of my career, and is one of the first ladies to get a floral form bodyset which I am known for. Her collection helped pave the way for others to follow by inspiring such a beautiful look on such a lovely lady. Mindy is part of the Bloom Project, which started with a desire from me to see a more unified and flowing female esthetic in tattooing. In addition to the use of soft, feminine imagery in my work, I've always emphasized laying the tattooing out on the body in a way that is balanced like a nice garment- rather than thinking in terms of bodysuits, I've come to think of the collections I put on my clients as "bodysets". Many of these sets began with shoulder cap coverage gradually becoming full sleeves and beyond.
I have been documenting this process, and the Bloom Project is a direct result of passion, dedication and a desire to push the evolution of this project further. This has resulted in a core clientele who are all representives of the Bloom Project. I chose this title as many of my clients request floral motifs from me, and I've found that the process of unfolding through layers of ink, adding on over time, and the personal transformation that occurs, can be likened to the process of a flower bloom opening. We are all in a state of becoming and growing from our experiences. I have a great appreciation for the beauty and wonder of Nature which I believe we are all a part of. From my clients to my artistry, this is the energy that we synchonise with and resonate from.
Check out some updates in the Bodyset gallery, and check back soon as I continue to update MicheleWortman.com. I have added some more Video portraits featuring the ladies of the Bloom Project. There is also a copy of Mindy's current spread in Tattoo Magazine posted in my Press gallery. Drop by the site and take a look. Give a follow on the Facebook Bloom page and at Michele Wortman, where I post updates on the Project and art related news as well.
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The Portland Worldwide Tattoo Conference is just weeks away!
The Worldwide Tattoo Conference has always been one of the more unique events in tattooing, with the entire focus being on educational seminars rather than squeezing them in around a lot of tattooing and contests. I've enjoyed teaching at these events because the audience tends to be made almost entirely of intelligent, open-minded artists who are there to learn and network. So I'm psyched about this upcoming WWTC in Portland, Oregon October 19, 20 and 21.
My class this year will be called Coverup: A Fresh Look, and will be a solid two hours of nuts-and-bolts technical guidance about the most up-to-date methods for hiding old tattoos without making a dense new piece. This will include plenty of closeup video footage of the needle at work, along with enough time at the end of the session to answer audience questions. I haven't done a coverup seminar in a very long time, so I'm amped to talk about all the things that I've learned about the subject in recent years.
Tickets for the WWTC include all seminars and discussion panels, and the lineup this year is solid gold. I'll be teaching alongside some of my favorite tattooists in the industry including Nick Baxter, Jeff Gogue, Nikko Hurtado, Adrian Lee, Alex De Pase and Ralf Nonnweiler... Even the great Horiyoshi III will be skyping in!
Tickets are available now at TattooEducation.com. Airline tickets are reasonably priced right now- why not treat yourself and get a brainful of knowledge and inspiration? Thanks, and I hope to see you there!
Coming Soon: The Portland Worldwide Tattoo Conference!
The Worldwide Tattoo Conference has always been one of the more unique events in tattooing, with the entire focus being on educational seminars rather than squeezing them in around a lot of tattooing and contests. I've enjoyed teaching at these events because the audience tends to be made almost entirely of intelligent, open-minded artists who are there to learn and network. So I'm psyched about this upcoming WWTC in Portland, Oregon October 19, 20 and 21. I'll be teaching alongside some of my favorite tattooists in the industry including Nick Baxter, Jeff Gogue, Nikko Hurtado, Adrian Lee, Alex De Pase and Ralf Nonnweiler... Even the great Horiyoshi III will be skyping in!
Here's a short interview that I just finished with the WWTC promoters:
WWTC: How do you feel the new wave of educational seminars have affected the tattoo at large?
G: I think it's clear that the high level the tattoo art form has reached has a lot to do with the sharing of information that's been happening in the tattoo community, a tradition which began at the conventions and still remains centered at tattoo related events.
WWTC: What do you love the most about Tattooing?
G: It's hard to define what I think makes tattooing so great... I was drawn to it as if to a powerful magnet at a young age and the interest only deepens as I spend more time with it. I think that some people are just fortunate enough to find that thing which fits them perfectly, and I am certainly one of those people.
WWTC: Do you feel anyone can be a great tattooer like you? What are the essential ingredients to being a great tattooer?
G: If tattooing fits you perfectly then you'll create work that fits others just as well. It will take time, dedication and hard work to find your groove. Remember that what you do matters, and that you are affecting the lives of others. Finish every tattoo as if it were on your own skin, with care and attention to detail. Your clients will notice the difference.
WWTC: What will people learn from you at the WWTC?
G: This October I'm focusing specifically on coverup tattooing, taking an updated look at the possibilities and limitations, with plenty of step-by-step photos and up close video footage of the machine in action. I'll be getting into great technical detail about my very nuanced approach to hiding old work without making a new piece that's obviously a coverup.Tattoo Education
Reference Photo Art Contest Happening This Month!
As some of you may already know, I co-host the @Biomech_Collective Instagram page along with my friend Kurt Windish. This month we're holding a contest there inspired by all the great reference photos that have been popping up in the #biomech_collective hashtag feed. It's important to get people involved in the genre, enthusiasts as well as artists. While the weather is prime we would like to encourage everyone to get out and explore the microcosmos! We will be holding a two-part contest, as such:
Part 1 (Photo Reference Contest)
Post reference material that is in any way relevant to biomech design, tagging @biomech_collective and #biomech_reference . Mechanical, organic, natural, or industrial... good lighting is important. Remixes of other artists' work or photos will not be eligible; we want original creative photos. But almost anything else is fair game!
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Part 2 (Art From Reference Contest)
Make a piece of abstract art based on one of the many references posted by contestants from Part 1 of the contest. All photos from the #biomech_reference feed are available to use for your art reference, including combinations of multiple images. Post your artwork on your Instagram profile, tagging @biomech_collective and #biomech_reference .
Judging for part 1 happens August 5, and for part 2 on August 21. Prizes will include shirts, art prints, critiques, original art and the grand prize package including an Inkjecta Flite V2 tattoo machine! If interested, please read the full list of rules at TattooEducation.com/contest/, where we also have listed all of the prize packages we'll be offering.
Now In Stock: The Much-Anticipated Force In The Flesh 2!
OK, so there are a lot of Star Wars nerds in the tattoo industry. Don't ask me how or why that happens to be the case, but I'm personally guilty of being one of them, having ridden my bike countless times through dangerous traffic to see The Empire Strikes Back as a teenager. The Star Wars films, to me, were not only a great cinematic adventure but also an example of what a crew of creative people could do if they set their minds to it... and a reminder that the instructions that come in a model kit are really just suggestions. If you want to use the parts of a battleship to make a star cruiser, all the more power to you.
So it was fun to be invited to submit work to the original Force In The Flesh Star Wars Tattoo Art project a few years back. Star Wars fans in the tattoo industry were still just starting to emerge from the woodwork, so it felt like being part of an exclusive club. SW tattoos are way more common now, and with so many incredible artists doing their take on the theme, it was inevitable that a follow-up book project, The Force In The Flesh 2, would need to be published. Force 2 has just rolled off the press and it is indeed a powerhouse book, far thicker and more visually rich than its predecessor. As a tattoo book goes, it not only celebrates the Star Wars story in a graphically dazzling way but shows the incredible capability of the tattoo art form today.
We still have a handful of the first edition in stock, but they are going fast- literally, I can hold them all in one hand. If you are interested in a copy of Force 1, now is your chance. But the new edition is a bigger, thicker volume with a dizzying array of Star Wars tattoo work from a broad variety of artists working in different styles, everything from traditional to realism and everything in between. It'll make a great addition to your art book collection or waiting room library... and we have them in stock now at our online store.
I also wanted to mention that I have a new painting listed at eBay. This one was just completed the other night, and is a 12x12" acrylic spatial study from a series that I'm presently working on. I've got it framed and ready to hang... drop by our eBay store to take a look at the listing.
Wacom Weekend Coming Right Up... And New Aitchison Painting on eBay!
With our Wacom Weekend digital workshop coming up in only a few weeks, Russ Abbott and I are busy preparing the material for our classes that we'll be teaching there. This is a big deal for us, with it being both of our first effort at presenting this kind of fundamental computer graphic education for tattoo artists. We both have used digital art tools for many years and feel that it's given us an important advantage in our tattoo workflow, so having this chance to share our experience is a big deal, made possible by the backing we're getting from Wacom Inc, maker of popular graphics tablets, and the Hell City Tattoo Fest, where we'll be holding these classes on May 1 and 2 at the Downtown Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio.
I speak to a lot of artists about their struggles and it seems that getting past the basic digital hurdles is one of the big ones. It's something that took me many years of trial and error to get past, since there were so few tattooists using computers back in those early days. Now it's a different story, and we've designed our weekend curriculum to help tattooists with both beginning and advanced levels of digital experience, with everything from Photoshop 101 to detailed digital tattoo design. We'll have Wacom Cintiq tablets on hand to make sure that all participants get hands-on time with the equipment under our close instruction. If you've ever wanted to know more about using computers to expand your tattoo vocabulary, I can't think of a better opportunity than this one. You can get tickets now at the online store of our sister site, www.tattooeducation.com.
I also wanted to mention that I've just listed a new acrylic painting on eBay, fresh off the easel from two weeks ago. It's one of my painterly realist texture studies, which I filmed the painting process of for a tutorial I just taught at the Paradise Artist Retreat in New Mexico last week. It comes in a handmade gloss black frame, signed and dated, ready to adorn your workstation or art room wall. It's listed now at our eBay store.
March Special at Tattoo Education!
We are psyched at the way our new website turned out, and wanted to celebrate with a March special. For any tattoo professionals who order $250 or more from our catalog this month we'll send you a free copy of the Worldwide Tattoo Conference DVD. It's a great disk in terms of both information and inspiration... my own experiences teaching at these events have always been hugely inspirational, with a good sized group of hard working tattooers taking two days just to soak up information. The WWTC DVD is a great recap of the event, with choice samples from many of the talks given there.
I also wanted to remind you of the upcoming Paradise Artist Retreat, from March 31-April 2. I'll be teaching at that one, alongside a group of artists including Nick Baxter, Jeff Gogue, Tony Moore, Gabe Leonard, Hannah Aitchison and Chet Zar. There are only a few tickets left... if you are available that week this is an event not to be missed, in the spirit of the WWTC event but hands-on and relaxed in a beautiful environment. We have tickets now at the Tattoo Education online store... plus tickets for this year's WWTC, which will be happening in Portland, Oregon.
Coming Soon: The Paradise Artist Retreat!
Two years ago, Michele and I were involved in organizing the Paradise Artist Retreat at the Tamaya Resort in New Mexico. We had invited renowned visionary artists Alex and Allyson Grey as feature artists there, and the workshops they hosted were extremely well received. Other workshops, including Shawn Barber's late night Ala Prima session, left a lasting impression on the artists who attended. It was a beautiful experience, with a great core group of artists taking over this quiet desert mountain resort, getting rejuvenated after the long winter and going home inspired and ready to start the spring season. It was definitely one of the highlights of our year: high-energy inspirational workshops followed by drinks by the fire, under the stars.
So we're psyched that the next Paradise Artist Retreat is coming right up. This year I'll be hosting a hands-on painting workshop, where I'll be showing you my methods for creating convincing 3D effects on canvas. It'll involve both an early evening instructional session and a late night hands-on art jam. This will be my first workshop of its kind and I've got plans for it that I hope will make it both useful and memorable for everyone. Tuition is included in the weekend ticket price, along with workshops and seminars by an incredible roster of instructors including Jeff Gogue, Chet Zar, Nick Baxter, Tony Moore, Gabe Leonard and my sister Hannah Aitchison. Tickets are available now at the Tattoo Education online store, including tickets with special group rates. There are only 20 spots left, so now is your chance! We also offer tickets for the LiveStream edition- if you can't make it in person but want to take part in the experience online, you can stream the whole thing in HD to your home or studio.
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Hot Off The Presses: Tattoo Prodigies 2!
Tattoo Prodigies 2 has been 2 years in the making, and it's finally here! This is a high quality, hardbound coffee table book that is 10 inches wide by 13 inches tall and about 2 inches thick. This book is a monster, weighing in at 9 pounds! All 600 pages are printed in full color and include 170 hand-picked tattoo artists with over 2,000 photos, 68 artist interviews plus a collaboration section in the back of the book.
Mike Devries, who published both Prodigies volumes under his Memento Publishing label, says of the project: "What amazes me the most, besides the awesome tattoos, is all the similarities in the interviews- the work ethic and determination, the passion for the art and the respect, amongst many other things." Tattoo Prodigies 2 has double the amount of artists, with over twice as many pages as the first Prodigies, yet it sells for the same price. In addition to its mind-boggling art, the book also features inspiring stories and interviews throughout, and a lot of the interview questions are not your typical questions you would get in most interviews- you'll have to read it to find out. Not only is this book eye candy for ink collectors and artists alike, the content is sure to motivate those seeking to advance and learn. Pick up your copy today and enjoy an inspiring journey!
Michele Wortman's Bloom Project Featured in Tattoo Magazine, and in a New Video!
Michele Wortman is known in tattooing for her innovative body sets. She has been designing a signature look for her mainly female clientele throughout her tattoo career. Starting with a desire to see a more unified and flowing female esthetic, 15 years ago, Michele embarked on an artistic journey to redefine more options for women wanting a lighter softer, balanced look within their tattoo collection. Many of these sets began with shoulder cap coverage, and gradually Michele's clients found themselves inking their way down to full sleeves and beyond. She began documenting this process, and the Bloom project was born.
Michele identified with the word Bloom as many of her clients requested floral motifs from her, and she likened this process of unfolding through layers of ink, adding on over time and personal transformation to the similarities of a bloom opening to flower.
Michele has inked several body sets and is currently working on an art book showcasing the lovely ladies she has been honored to tattoo and their process of collecting work through the years. The book will feature in-depth photos of her work as well as many of her clients who have come to be known as The Bloom Sisters. She is currently taking on new clients with this project in mind as well as trying to finish up work in progress in time for the 2020 publication.
You'll be able to meet The Bloom Sisters in an ongoing series of articles in Tattoo Magazine, starting with a feature on Kristen Blinne in issue #304, which is on newsstands now. Michele has also produced a short video about the Bloom Project, offering a sneak preview of what you can expect when the book is released.
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Available In Time For Christmas: Michele's New Hand-Retouched Metal Prints
As we close 2014 with a celebration of the season and welcome the New Year I thought it would be a good time to offer some of my favorite recent paintings to add to your art collection as unique prints on sheet aluminum. Several of these I have taken further by repainting the ferns, flowers and other details directly into the print making each one an original mixed media piece. You can see the detail examples below. The overall look is modern, shimmery and ready to hang. The surface, both reflective and painted, adds to the dimensional shift of luminosity. These would look great as a grouping or as individual pieces.
I also have a collectors' card set for only 5 bucks featuring a nice sampling my paintings, a perfect stocking stuffer.
Shipping in time for Christmas is guaranteed for all orders received by December 16. Thanks, and have a great season and happy New Year!
New Ask Guy Critique Column, Plus A Few Great last-Minute Gifts!
So another edition of my Ask Guy column has hit the newsstands, this time another one centered around a critique of another artist's work. Art critiques have been a standard part of artists' educations since time immemorial, and are something that you'll encounter at art school quite frequently. Many of us in the tattoo industry haven't run across this practice very much, though, which can make it tricky to get honest feedback from others in the profession. I've been enjoying the critique format of the Ask Guy column and have had some very positive feedback. You can see the latest edition in Tattoo Magazine #305, which is available now and also includes a fun interview that I did with artist Adrian Dominic, plus a lot of other fun stuff. You can also check out the column in the Ask Guy archive at my educational website, www.tattooeducation.com.
I also wanted to mention a number of gift pack options that we carry at the Hyperspace Studios online store, some which present a collection of items that can really help fill out your gifting list. This includes things like the Book Jamboree Gift Pack, which has copies of my book Organica, Michele's book Moments Of Epiphany, the multi-artist effort Scratch Art, plus high-quality collector's cards from both Michele and I. Alternately, there is the Tattoo Community Project Pack, which includes a number of books and DVDs about big artistic projects done within the tattoo industry including Scratch Art, the book and DVD set Innerstate, the tiny yet epic Pint Size Paintings book and Paul Booth's documentary The ArtFusion Experiment. Each of these combo packs gives you a great collection of items at a discounted price. Take a look through the Hyperspace Studios online store for more ideas- we guarantee shipping in time for Christmas on all US orders received by December 16th.
Vibrant New Art Print From Guy, Plus Major Gallery Update!
When I completed my recent painting Radiant Flux, I had a lot of positive feedback, with a number of people asking me for prints. So it's finally been photographed properly and archival fine art canvas prints are rolling off the presses right now. They're a good mid size- 16x20"- with a wide border to allow for easy mounting. We are also offering it pre-stretched, so if you know of someone that this eye-catching image would be a perfect gift for, it can arrive stretched and ready to wrap in your favorite gaudy holiday wrapping paper. It's in the print gallery now at our online store, along with a broad catalog of other prints by both Michele and myself. We can guarantee shipping in time for Christmas on all US orders that come in by Dec.16.
We've also updated my New Paintings gallery with 17 new images from this past year. In addition to Radiant Flux, I've also added 16 organic studies that I did over the past 6 months. Anyone who follows me on Instagram has likely seen at least some of these, but the Hyperspace galleries give you the full collection of uncropped images at a much higher resolution.
New Skeletal Anthology Book, Plus Another Painting On eBay!
We've enjoyed all the great anthology books that have been released in the past few years by publishers such as Memento Publishing and Out Of Step Books, featuring work from diverse selections of artists, sometimes hundreds in a single volume. This would include books such as Tattoo Prodigies, Antennae of Inspiration and the more recent Cranial Visions, featuring a fun sampling of skull-and-bone themed work in every imaginable style and medium. Now comes a new release, Excavate, which presents a collection of macabre and thought-provoking skeletal art on skin, canvas, paper and sculpture by a list of artists too long to include here. It's over 400 pages, hardcover and laid out in a way that will keep you coming back and opening its pages, discovering something new each time. It's a great gift or a perfect addition to your studio or waiting room book collection, available now at our online store!
I also wanted to mention that I've listed another painting at eBay. This one is acrylic, 7x9", from 2009, and is signed and framed. It's an organic spiral from a period when I was exploring a crusty new direction with my texture and depth. Drop by our eBay store and check it out.
Exciting new gallery catalog, limited run!
Over the summer I had a painting hanging in the Somerset House in the UK, along with pieces by such amazing artists as Filip Leu, Titine Leu, Horiyoshi III, Don Ed Hardy, Shawn Barber, Timothy Hoyer, Grime, Paul Booth, Chris Garver, Robert Hernandez, Marcus Pacheco, Jeff Gogue, Sabine Gaffon, Nick Baxter, Eddy Deutsche, Joe Capobianco, Bugs, Ichibay, Nikko Hurtado and Ami James. It was a humbling experience to be invited to be shown alongside these talents, and for the show I produced Zero Hour, which is available as an archival canvas art print at the Hyperspace Studios online store. Anyway, we have managed to secure a limited amount of the catalogs from the show, which come in the form of a large-format 144 page softcover art book. It's a thought provoking and beautiful art collection centered on the theme of Time, in a rich variety of artistic styles. It's available now in our online store.
I also wanted to mention that Wacom has extended the promotional code for their Cintiq display tablets until Sunday, November 9. It's a tattoo industry specific promotion that saves $50-100, depending on which model you choose. This is in addition to a temporary lowering of the prices of these units, so that the baseline model of Cintiq Companion, the DTHA1300L is only $999 with the promotional code. Just enter TATTOO_GRWEB in the promotion code box at checkout. At any rate, these are great devices that can bridge the gap between digital and analog, allowing you the most intuitive way to draw directly into your Mac or PC using the software of your choice. You can get more info at Wacom.com. If you've been thinking about picking up a Cintiq but balked at the price, this is your chance.
Thanks, and we'll be in touch soon!
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Now Available: Feathers Of Inspiration, An Epic New Art Book Set!
Over the past few years, Jinxi Caddell of Out Of Step Books has assembled a number of incredible tattoo art anthology books, most of which we carry at the Hyperspace Studios online store. These include the recent releases Eight Arms of Inspiration and Antennae of Inspiration, hardcover large-format coffee table art books featuring hundreds of pages of art from a long list of incredible artists, including many of your favorites along with many that you'll be discovering for the first time. They're great books for both artists and collectors, and I can tell you from experience that they go over extremely well both as gifts and as reading material in the tattoo studio waiting room.
So we are psyched to be adding the latest one, Feathers Of Inspiration: The Bird Art Project, to our online catalog. It's a project that became so massive that they chose to break it up into two separate volumes, one of just tattoos and the other of all kinds of other mediums including oils and acrylics, watercolors, drawings, sculptures, photography and more. This is a limited edition pressing with only 750 sets available, which are sure to be gone by the end of the year. Works include a number of pieces by our very own Michele Wortman, plus hundreds of other artists of a broad range of styles. You can find this incredible book set now at our online store!
I also wanted to mention that I have another painting from my book Organica posted on eBay this week. This is a little guy, 3x4" inside an extra-thick gloss black frame that can be hung or placed on a shelf, and would make a great little addition to your home or studio art collection. The small, affordable pieces from Organica are mostly gone at this point, so now is your chance to pick up a part of this collection.
Thanks, and I'll be in touch soon!
New Ask Guy Now in the Newstands... Plus Another Organica Painting Listed at eBay!
For my monthly Ask Guy column in Tattoo Magazine, I've gotten a great variety of questions ranging from artistic to professional to healing concerns, and I've been enjoying the diversity of conversation. This month, though, I'd like to touch on something a little different. We all know that tattooing can have an ugly side- as the artistic standards rise to amazing heights across the profession, the garbage being done on skin by untrained scratchers just looks worse and worse. These folks are also all too willing to tattoo minors, which we discuss in detail in this month's edition. But I believe that even situations like this one can be resolved in a positive way with a great tattoo. It's on newsstands now, or you can see it, along with all past columns, at the Ask Guy page at our sister site, www.TattooEducation.com.
I've also just listed another original oil painting from my book Organica on eBay. We've already moved one of them, and will be listing a number of these originals over the coming months. All of them are framed, signed and dated. Drop by the eBay store now to see the current bid, and follow me on Instagram or Facebook for updates on the latest posted pieces.
Guy Aitchison Now Listing Original Paintings on eBay!
Now that I've been getting back in front of the easel and am cranking out some new paintings, I thought it might be time to go through some of my favorite unsold pieces and list a few of them on eBay. So I've selected 16 pieces, all featured in my hardcover art book Organica, and will be rolling them out once a week over the course of the summer. These are original pieces done in either oil or acrylic paint, with most of them mounted in handmade black wooden frames. You can follow me on Instagram or Facebook if you want to see announcements of new pieces being listed as they go up. The pieces being listed range in both size and price from very small and affordable to some pieces that are much more deluxe. You can take a look at the first auction right now and see what's been listed so far.
Thanks, and we'll be in touch soon!
Great New Oil Painting DVD By Ian McKown, Available Now!
I've always encouraged tattooists to try working in other artistic mediums, particularly in oil or acrylic paint, because developing a stronger and more well-rounded set of art skills always translates to better tattooing. And painting can be so immensely enjoyable too. We haven't had a new oil painting DVD in the catalog since Shawn Barber's long-sold out Foundation Oil Painting DVD, so we are excited to announce the latest addition to our catalog. It's by Ian Robert McKown, who has been teaching seminars in the convention circuit over the past few years and has become known for his distinctive high-contrast painterly style on both skin and canvas. He also has a book on Light and Shadow available at our affiliated website, www.tattooeducation.com.
Painting A Rose From Reference In Oils is a beautifully produced DVD, loaded with great step-by-step tools and detailed background information. It shows the project from a variety of camera angles so you can really see it develop up close and follow the brush as paints are mixed on the palette. The project is shown over the course of close to two and a half hours, with every step described thoroughly. The DVD also includes a slideshow of Ian's work in a variety of different mediums. It's a great course, not only for new painters but also for those experienced in oils who are looking to expand their technique. We've got it now at our online store.
Thanks, and we'll be in touch soon!
Latest Ask Guy Column Now On Newsstands, Plus Gallery Update!
It's been a while since I've had a chance to update my galleries of paintings and tattoos... so you'll be happy to know that we've just added a variety of new pieces to both the New Tattoos and New Paintings galleries. Enjoy... and as always, you can check out my Instagram profile to see works in progress and other fun stuff.
There's also a new Ask Guy column on the newsstands in this month's Tattoo Magazine; this time the questioner wanted to know about the collaborative process, which I tried to go into in detail, including some progress shots of a piece I did with my sister Hannah. I've been privileged to be able to collaborate with many of the industry's most innovative artists, and it's a process that I can't recommend enough when it comes to learning, inspiration, and just plain old artistic fun. You can see the column in the Ask Guy archive at www.tattooeducation.com.
Thanks, and we'll be in touch soon!
Hot Off The Presses- Two New Guy Aitchison Prints
It's been a while since I've added new art prints to our catalog, so I'm excited to announce these two new medium-sized affordable giclee prints, based on two paintings that I completed for themed art shows over the past two months. Zero Hour is about my experience of time- there's just never enough of it for all the competing priorities and onrushing deadlines... but I had a lot of fun with it. And Perennial is about rebirth- a continuous process of gaining new strength and insight from the decaying mulch of the past.
I want to thank Miki Vialetto and Adrian Lee for inviting me to be in the shows that inspired these works. This is subject matter I can really relate to, and both were fun projects. I've got the signed, gloss-finish archival canvas prints available now at our online store.
Thanks, and I'll be in touch soon!
Finally Available: Guy Aitchison's Technique DVD
For a decade and a half now I’ve been perfecting my Reinventing The Tattoo curriculum, which teaches some of the fundamentals of artistic design in a way that can be applied toward making your tattoo work stronger, more dynamic, and more unique. It aims to balance understanding of artistic essentials with cutting-edge technical knowledge to give students a broad base of understanding toward being better artists across the board.
I’d like to announce the release of the latest installment in the Reinventing series, Technique. It’s a four disk set that shows you closeup footage of the machine in action as I work through five different projects, presented in a concentrated format. The first two disks are a special edition cut of my Guy’s Bag Of Tricks webinar, showing a project being done from start to finish as I answer a variety of questions from the audience. The other two disks, Tightening 1 and 2, go into detail about finishing techniques, showing four projects up close, with a voiceover describing every move in detail as I demonstrate line building, detailing, smoothing and other development.
This four disk set is about as technical as it gets. It’s a natural follow-up from the material I teach in the original Reinventing The Tattoo book and DVD set, but is also made to serve as a stand-alone educational experience whether you’ve read the original book or not. It’s intended for professional tattooists only, or apprentices working under the guidance of a professional. Available now at our online store!
Thanks, and we'll be in touch soon!
The Latest Ask Guy Column: What About My Sore, Tired Back?
Over the course of 25 years of tattooing I've encountered my physical limits a few times; I've had my back lock up on me, along with some pretty frightening hand and wrist issues that I could only resolve through making lifestyle changes, which fortunately seems to have resolved the problem. This is an issue that many tattooists face at one point or another, sitting for long hours day after day across the years in less-than-ideal body positions... eventually it all catches up with you.
I've always believed that surgery and that kind of invasive therapy can often be avoided by being more conscious of how you work and by making the right changes where needed. I still work long hours sometimes but have found other ways of pacing myself, and hope to be tattooing still another 25 years from now. In this month's Ask Guy column, now available on newsstands in Tattoo Magazine #297, I go into some detail about workstation adjustments and stretches that are specific to relieving back pain, including a few illustrations. I hope you all find it helpful... and I invite you to submit your own toughest tattoo related questions at my Ask Guy contact link. You can read past editions of the column at the Tattoo Education Ask Guy archive.
I'd also like to remind you of my two upcoming seminars- Reinventing The Tattoo, which will be offered next week on April 8 and 9, and can be attended either via online, or in person here in southern Illinois. It's an immersive, intensive workshop meant to focus on the fundamentals of good tattoo design and the techniques for making it happen on skin. Then, on April 12, I'm having another seminar, Structure, at the Hell City Tattoo Fest. A combination ticket is available for anyone wanting to participate in both. The Reinventing workshop is limited to 30 tickets which are almost gone- you can purchase tickets and find more information in the Tattoo Education online store.
Thanks, and I'll be in touch soon!
Two Upcoming Seminars, Now Available As One Great Ticket!
After the great successes of the seminars we produced from Jeff Gogue's Off The Map location in Oregon, I'm excited about the two upcoming classes I'll be offering in the beginning of April. These are classes for professional tattooists only, or for apprentices of professionals, and go into great detail about both design and technique, a balance which I think is essential for doing top quality tattoo work.
On April 8 and 9 comes the first seminar, Reinventing The Tattoo, which is based on the long-format classes that I've given in the past; but this time I'll be offering it for both live and online participants. I'm offering a total of 30 tickets, since each student will have their work critiqued on the big screen, and will be given exercises that I'll be grading live as well. It's an immersive, interactive 2 day experience that gets right down to the artistic fundamentals important in good tattoo design, along with a lot of technical detail. I'll be answering questions from participants, both live and online- the webinar format can be just as rewarding as being there in person. Tickets are available at the Tattoo Education online store.
The weekend after that is the Hell City Tattoo Fest, where I'll be giving my other seminar, Structure, from 6-8pm on Saturday, April 12. Here I'll be focusing on ways to make your work stronger and more readable, both from across the room or across the decades. This is something that can be achieved in any style of work, including elements that are meant to be softer or lower contrast, and I'd like to share the things I've learned in the course of 25 years of experimentation. You can get tickets for this at our online store, or just drop by the Hyperspace Studios booth, where I'll be tattooing, signing my new prints and selling my new professionals-only DVD set.
For those looking to get the full spectrum experience I'm now offering a combination ticket where you'll get a $50 savings for enrolling in both classes, which cover different aspects of tattooing. I scheduled the Reinventing class to give artists time to travel to the convention, making it easier to attend both, whether it be live or online. You can find the combination ticket in our catalog as well.
Thanks, and I hope to see you there!
Coming in April: Reinventing The Tattoo Immersive Webinar!
For a decade and a half now I've been perfecting my Reinventing The Tattoo curriculum, which teaches some of the fundamentals of artistic design in a way that can be applied toward making your tattoo work stronger, more dynamic, and more unique. It's an educational program that has been attended by many artists who are now among the industry's top artists and educators. So I'm psyched to offer this first installment of Reinventing The Tattoo in interactive webinar format. That means that you can attend it online from anywhere in the world but still participate in the critiques, exercises and discussion. I'm offering a limit of 30 tickets so that everyone's work gets enough time on-screen, where I not only critique it but also use Photoshop to demonstrate ways of improving it. It can also be attended in person at a hotel near us in Marion, Illinois, but many webinar participants have found that the closeup, high definition experience they get on their computers is almost better than being there in person.
It starts on April 8, where I'll begin by going over the Reinventing fundamentals: Flow and fit, positive/negative relationships, contrast, priority and reserve, lines and edges, depth, and lighting effects. We follow that by doing an on-screen critique of each participant's work, applying the concepts that were demonstrated at the beginning of the day. At the end of the session I'll be handing out exercises for everyone to work on that night. Then, on April 9 we'll go over everyone's exercises so we can see how all the important fundamentals have been applied, and then follow up with a group of closeup video clips that demonstrate my latest understandings about technique. The Reinventing The Tattoo webinar is both immersive and interactive; wherever you live you can a part of this concentrated learning experience. Tickets are available now at the www.tattooeducation.com online store!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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