Saturday, August 14, 2010
Introducing The Tattoo Community Project Pack!
One of the most exciting things about being part of the tattoo community is how many cool projects there are to get involved with. More than any other art scene, tattooists tend to be very comfortable working together on collaborations, performances and other art projects, allowing them to explore a wider range of techniques and styles than an artist would just working by themselves. Over the past decade we have been involved in a number of such projects, all of them very different from each other but each exploring a different aspect of vision, creativity and collaborative energy. In The Tattoo Community Project Pack, we feature books and DVDs from four of these projects: The ArtFusion Experiment, Scratch Art, Innerstate and Pint Size Paintings.
The ArtFusion Experiment was started by renowned dark artist Paul Booth, working in conjunction with Filip Leu, Guy Aitchison and a host of other artists from around the world. The goal of this project was to put artists in situations where they were collaborating with other artists, both on skin and canvas, under pressure and with little chance to do any conventional planning. The results of these projects have been unpredictable, fun, frustrating and invigorating, giving the participants a unique look at a totally different approach to the creative process. Paul Booth produced the ArtFusion documentary based on these experiences, and it has become an important mainstay in many tattooists' video libraries.
The Scratch Art project is the brainchild of Hyperspace Studios' Michele Wortman, who noticed that the scratchboard medium had many interesting parallels to tattooing and wondered what would happen if a large group of tattooists had a chance to try it out. The result is a fantastic collection of different imagery, styles and techniques, all done in the scratchboard medium. This 272 page book is absolutely chock full of surprising, innovative imagery from hundreds of tattooists, including some of the industry's biggest names.
Innerstate was a 5 day gathering of 40 tattooists held in conjunction with the 2009 Hell City Tattoo Fest. The artists invited worked in many different styles, but all had one thing in common: Every one of them is not only an experienced tattooist but also a dedicated practitioner of some other artistic medium outside of skin art. After warming up for 2 days in private, the group completed their projects in a live public performance setting, all in the face of time and crowd pressure. It was very much in a similar spirit to the ArtFusion Experiment, but with a key difference: artists were encouraged to plan their projects ahead and spend the weekend bringing it to completion, as opposed to the ArtFusion goal, which was to mix and match different artists' visions in a random blend. After the Innerstate event, we produced a 100 page full-color book highlighting the event and featuring color plates of all the finished pieces in this surprising body of artwork; in addition, Guy Aitchison produced a 50 minute documentary about the experience.
Pint Size Paintings is the invention of Hell City's Durb Morrison, who began experimenting with very small paintings and decided to ask the entire community to submit work for the project. All pieces are 2x3 inches, but the similarity ends there; as with the Scratch Art book, every variety of vision is represented here in vivid colorful detail. And like Scratch Art, it is a small book that you will find yourself flipping through again and again, and finding surprises each time.
This collection of 3 books and 2 DVDs would normally retail for a total of $145, and if you already have any of these items, they are all available separately. However, we are now offering a special bundle price for the whole collection- only $130 for everything. Fatten up your tattoo library today with these essential inspirational items. Makes for a great gift too!
In addition, our associates at www.tattoodesigns.net are working hard at representing the art coming out of the tattoo industry. This week they have a new article posted about Tattoo Education's Guy Aitchison. It's a great article, and part of a collection of nicely presented features about various artists in our community. Next time you've got a spare moment, drop by and take a look!
Thanks, and we'll be in touch soon-
Guy & Michele