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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!

 

 

New Hyperspace Studios Video And Michele Wortman Card Set

Have you seen the video that Guy and I put together recently? In it we discuss our art, what we do, what motivates us and the things we hope to accomplish. This includes a little about our artistic styles, including Guy's biomech, and how I arrived at the unified feminine style that I'm known for. You can see it at our YouTube channel, TattooTelevision.
 
 
I've just put together a new postcard set featuring some of my favorite recent paintings. The set by itself includes two 2-sided oversized cards, and are a great low-priced collector's item. I'm also offering them along with my two most recent Sunchannel CDs in a discounted package. Sunchannel is my electronic music project.
 
 
I also wanted to mention that I'm booking late Summer and Fall appointments now. If you're curious about collecting work you can come to the Appointments link at my website for more information, or to book a slot. You can see my work at www.MicheleWortman.com, and you can follow me on Instagram to see shots of in-progress work and other fun stuff.
 
Thanks, and I'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!

 

Guy Aitchison


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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 VideosHyperspace 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 AtkinsonDeano CookMarisa 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!

 

With just 4 days left before the cutoff date for guaranteed Christmas shipping in the US, we wanted to show you a few items that are excellent holiday gifts for both artists and art fans. We have a few great books in our store that are so chock-full of visual material that you can open them up again and again and always find something new.
 
 
The most recent release is Antennae Of Inspiration, a collection of tattoos and other artwork in a broad range of media including an amazing array of paintings, drawings and multi-media work. The theme of this book is insects and other tiny creatures, and includes work from hundreds of artists from all over the world. Hardcover, 480 pages.
 
 
Next is Antennae's sister project, 8 Arms Of Inspiration. It's a visual exploration of the octopus- along with other tentacled forms- which has always been a favorite motif among tattoo collectors. 8 Arms shows just how far artists were able to run with imaginative interpretations on the octopus theme, with nearly a thousand images by 440 artists in a heavy duty hardcover volume.
 
 
Then comes Tattoo Extremities, a fun collection of tattoo work on heads, necks, hands, and feet. These are parts of the body that somehow invite a particularly bold and expressive kind of tattooing,  and over the course of 240 pages you'll see examples from an extensive list of artists who work in all different styles.
 
 
We also have a few nice budget-priced items, such as Tattoo World, which contains over 1000 images by 125 artists from all styles and traditions, including work from Guy and Michele. It's a big thick shiny book with a cool die-cut hardcover, and a great gift.
 
 
Finally there's Pint Sized Paintings, a collection of very small (2x3") paintings done by over 120 different tattoo artists. The idea of the project was to see what artists would do with such a small canvas, and the result is something you'll have to see to believe. It's a fun little book with a lot of great work, and an affordable stocking-stuffer.
 
We also have a few discounted gift packs if you need to fill things out a bit- take a look. We hope to help make your holiday shopping a bit easier with these great gift items. Guaranteed shipping before Christmas on all US orders received by December 17th.
 
Thanks, and have a great holiday season!

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

 
With all the new digital formats of e-books and video content coming along, it's always refreshing to see the release of a substantial new hardcover coffee table tattoo art book. Out Of Step Books, who recently brought us Eight Arms Of Inspiration- a creative and fun collection of octopus-related art- has just come out with an eye-popping new anthology book featuring over 1650 images from hundreds of artists. Antennae Of Inspiration picks up where Eight Arms left off and shifts its focus to the insects and other small creatures that live underfoot. It's a great subject that allowed this talented and diverse cross section of the art world to explore Nature in every direction and in every medium, including a large section of tattoos followed by works on canvas, paper and a medley of other art forms. 
 
 
At 480 pages it's a weighty volume that will show you something new every time you pick it up. It's ideal for every tattooist's book collection and perfect for the waiting room of your tattoo studio. We are psyched to have this amazing book in our catalog- available now at our online store!
 
Thanks, and we'll be in touch soon!

Hyperspace Studios Seeking an Apprentice!

 

 
When I first started tattooing 25 years ago, I got a lucky break in being offered a proper apprenticeship at one of Chicago's more progressive shops, Bob Oslon's Custom Tattooing.It was a huge deal for me- I really wanted to learn the right way and didn't want to start out in my kitchen scratching on people. The two years I spent there were instrumental in my having the kind of foundation that allowed me to experiment and explore the tattoo medium without fear.
 
Although I've been involved in www.tattooeducation.com for much of my career, I've never actually taken on an apprentice in this traditional manner. Now it's time. Michele and I are looking for someone with a strong artistic background who wants to learn the tattoo medium in our private, cutting-edge studio environment. It will be a one year position with a curriculum spanning the full range of artistic, technical and professional aspects of tattooing. Although we are reaching out now, the position will be starting in late Spring or early Summer of 2014. If you believe you are the right person for this apprenticeship, go to our apprentice page for more information, or to fill out our application.
 
Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you!
Guy Aitchison
Michele Wortman

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!

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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!

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Webcast Interview

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.

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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,

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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,

Hyperspace Tattoo Magazine coverage

Our video vault, hosting short documentary and music video work produced by Michele and Guy,

Hyperspace tattoo video vault

Concise new interface for Reinventing The Tattoo owners to access the book's online features, including the newly updated member forums,

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Plus the Hyperspace Studios online store, where we carry books and DVDs about tattooing and related art subjects, along with high-quality art prints, wearable items, and a bunch of other fun stuff.

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This update has been long in the making, and we hope you enjoy navigating through the new site!

New website!

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...
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I am currently taking new appointments for spring and summer, as well as painting commissions.

 

Stay tuned, join my mailing list, and check back regularly to see updates to the site and my latest blog.

 

Thanks and happy winter,
Michele Wortman

 

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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!

Guy Aitchison
Michele Wortman


www.hyperspacestudios.com
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The Paradise Artist Retreat

October 16, 2012

Greetings from Tattoo Education!
 
For as long as Michele and I have been traveling together to tattoo conventions, we've always had an interest in being involved in side projects, events that brought together tattooists who have interests in other art forms besides skin. Several of these projects were alongside major tattoo conventions, taking advantage of the fact that so many artists were already traveling to be under one roof. More recently, we've been involved alongside TattooNow's Gabe Ripley in the Paradise Artist Retreat, which is a stand-alone fine art event catered to the tattoo industry.
 
 
The first Retreat happened in late 2010 in Massachusetts, and brought together a diverse group of talent to take part in a stellar array of classes, workshops and seminars. Parenting duties caused us to miss the second one... But coming in March of 2013 we'll be co-hosting the third Retreat, this time in New Mexico. As with the first Retreat, we'll be starting each day with a live figure drawing workshop before embarking on that day's workshops, then closing each day with a high-powered panel talk followed by open studio time. This time, though, we've expanded the curriculum to include several well known visionary artists from outside the tattoo world including noted dark surrealist Chet Zar, and world-renowned visionary artists Alex and Allyson Grey.
 
 
Michele and I met the Greys at a workshop they were giving at the Omega Center in upstate NewYork, back in 1999. The class was intended to help artists open up their visualization process, expand their vocabularies, and empower them to dig deeper into their imaginations. We enjoyed the class so much, and enjoyed their unique style of teaching, that we ended up going back a second time. Since then, we've had the honor of painting alongside them on a number of occasions, including some tattoo events, the most recent one at their CoSM gallery in upstate New York. The two of them incorporate a deep historical perspective into some truly novel modern approaches, and have a lot to offer for anyone looking to expand their skills.
 
Other instructors include myself, Jeff Gogue, Nick Baxter, Shawn Barber and Hannah Aitchison. A single fee for the week covers tuition for all the classes. Right now we are offering an early bird special for signing up now, which saves you $150; for more information, come visit our online store.
 
Thanks much, and we'll be in touch soon!
Guy Aitchison
Michele Wortman
 
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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 info@mokshafamily.org or call them at (305)757-7727.

Win a FREE Tattoo from GUY AITCHISON

Guy 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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