Greetings from Hyperspace Studios!
The Scratch Art project is gaining incredible momentum; as of this week we've got over 100 boards from artists worldwide (see list below). They cover a stylistic range so broad that you would only ever see this variety in a field as dynamic as tattooing. The August 15, 2007 deadline is coming right up; if you are interested in participating be sure to contact us immediately so we can reserve a space for your piece.
WE HAVE RECEIVED SUBMISSIONS FROM THE FOLLOWING ARTISTS:
David M. Evans
Jim Jack Gambell
Jorge A gWooki
Eric J. Limas
Joshua Philip Ruff
Junii & Bill Salmon
Brian “Monk” Taylor
Dave C. Wallin
Rev. Chad A. Wells
The scratch art medium is unique in its handling and its finished look. The variety of techniques we've seen coming in is as diverse as the art itself. If you haven't started your boards yet, here are some suggestions.
1) Be ready to throw away at least one board- a lot can be learned from a little experimentation.
2) Anything can be used for scratching, but the tools made specifically for the job are definitely helpful. Ampersand Art sells a tool kit at many art supply stores that includes a stylus, a curved blade for cleaning larger areas of the board, steel wool for soft gradients, a fine wire brush for making soft brush strokes, a coarse wire brush for random scratch effects and a tool that looks like a flat tattooing needle group. Tattoo needles are also good for scratching but handle differently from these other tools.
3) You can touch up small mistakes with black India ink; when the board is finished, a clear coat of acrylic spray will even out the black finish.
4) Ink washes can be used to create soft gradients over scratched areas, although these effects can be achieved through scratching alone.
5) The black board can be drawn on with light colored pencil; you can even use a projector if desired to lay out your design.
We can't wait to start laying the book out in September!
Also in the news this month, look for the September issue of Mac Life Magazine, which features Michele Wortman as a multimedia cyber tattooist. Mac Life has been featuring a creative person in each issue; their choice to feature a tattoo artist is a groundbreaking first. Subscribers already have the September issue in their hands, and newsstands will be carrying it this coming week.
In addition, we will be visiting the Hell City Convention in Pheonix, Arizona on August 24-26. Michele will be tattooing at this show, while Guy will be there to perform in a contest called "Tattoo Wars" with celebrated biomech tattooist Aaron Cain. This contest will be televised on TLC this fall. Michele and Guy will also be participating in ArtFusion Experiment performances that weekend, and will be signing copies of their art books Organica and Moments of Epiphany. It promises to be an event-filled weekend; if you plan on being there, come visit us at our booth.
We'll have two new shirt designs with us at the Hell City show, which will then be added to our online catalogue when we return at the end of the month. Both designs are by Michele Wortman, and include a men's and a women's design. Printed in vintage inks on organic cotton shirts, both are attractive contemporary designs for the tattoo fan.
We also have a new print available, "Rotator 1", which is a collaborative oil painting done by Guy Aitchison and renowned geometric tattooist Mike Cole. The original painting was just finished and isn't even dry yet; this new print is literally hot off the presses. We'll have copies of the print on archival canvas, signed by both artists, available at our booth. We hope to see you there. Have a great August, and stay cool!
Guy & Michele