August 2, 2010
Greetings from Hyperspace!
Since the fall of last year we've been working with Gabe Ripley of www.TattooNow.com on organizing this year's Paradise Artist Retreat, which promises to be an event like no other. With its focus primarily on the fine art being done by tattooists outside the tattoo medium, the Retreat will provide an unprecedented opportunity for tattooists to explore alternate art mediums, develop existing art skills and work these skills into a larger artistic understanding that can help to make each of them into better, more well-rounded tattoo artists. The Paradise Artist Retreat will be held Sept. 16-19 at the Jiminy Peak Resort, located in the scenic hills of Western Massachusetts. Among other things, we'll be offering:
Fine art workshops by some of the industry's leaders, including painting workshops by Nick Baxter, Shawn Barber, Chris Dingwell and Dana Helmuth, along with Guy Aitchison's Texture class, Adrian Dominic's Photoshop painting workshop, and every morning, a live figure drawing session to get warmed up each day. Many of these workshops are free to all registered guests;
Nightly discussion forums focused on developing fine art skills and overall vision, working alternate art mediums into your life and nurturing a career in painting alongside your tattooing career;
Space to work on personal art pursuits, where you can work on the art project of your choice alongside a large group of like-minded peers, in any medium you want, in the times between workshops and forums;
Options for kids, including a children's art workshop and some scheduled daycare by highly qualified professionals in the evenings to give parents a break. Jiminy Peak also has a number of carnival rides and other offerings to keep the whole family entertained.
This is truly the ultimate artistic getaway for the busy tattoo professional; a fun and exciting way to brush up on your skills, open new artistic doorways and network with other tattooists who are also looking to broaden their horizons. Registration for the weekend is only $150 per artist (no fee required for family members); since it's off-season, the resort is very reasonably priced; many rooms have their own kitchen, and there's a small grocery store on campus if you want to save a little money. The resort also features two restaurants and a brewery. This is truly an experience not to miss! There are still some rooms left- register now while you still have the chance. Bring the whole shop- imagine how inspired everyone will be after returning home from this unique artistic event.
Thanks, and we hope to see you there!
Guy & Michele