Greetings from Hyperspace Studios! We kicked in the new year with a lot of momentum towards our various art and publishing projects; a great way to start 2006! Our wheels are turning full speed as we roll towards Spring and reflect upon the past few months here.
We'll start with the most exciting news development: OUR BOOKS ARE DONE!!!!!! Finally, after many setbacks and hard-learned lessons, Proton Press' first two releases, Guy Aitchison's Organica and Michele Wortman's Moments of Epiphany are printed and bound and headed for our warehouse in several large crates. The official arrival date is March 30, and we will be shipping them out to customers who have pre-reserved copies as soon as we have them. We received our advance copies last week... they look amazing, and we are delighted to be on this end of the process.
We had several occasions where we had the dilemma of either making important last-minute improvements to the books, or having them finished on time. Needless to say, we are happy with our decision to go ahead and make the final adjustments. For those of you who have prereserved books on or before today's date (March 7 2006), in recognition of your patience, we will be including special edition signed canvas art prints with your books when we ship them.
To read more about these exciting new art books or to order copies, go to http://www.hyperspacestudios.com/storeindex.html.
Michele's musical project Sunchannel is ready to launch. We are pleased to announce the arrival of Sunchannel's debut release Tune in, an engaging 19 track electronic journey of bright sounds and rhythmic beats. Sunchannel has been described as "space age" and "dreamlike" by many of its listeners. The CD packaging is a beautiful glossy 8 panel eco-pak showcasing Michele Wortman's visionary photography. To hear a sampling of go to www.sunchannelmusic.com and dial Music. Tune into Sunchannel and order your copy today!
Activities here at Hyperspace have been in full force as usual. We had noted Southern Californian tattooists Mike Cole, and Cars
on Hill out for a week long collaborative tattoo jam, with Mike and Guy doing an intensive laser cover-up sleeve project on Carson. There had already been a few laser sessions on the arm, making a far better coverup possible, but there was still some serious old junk to contend with carsonBefore. Mike and Guy began by mapping out the parts of the arm that were the lightest to begin with, making those the luminous parts of the design; the rest of the composition flowed from there (G&Mdraw1, G&Mdraw2, G&Mdraw3, carsonDesign).
Then, for three days Guy and Mike did as much of the tattoo as Carson could take (G&MdrillCarson1, G&MdrillCarson2, G&MdrillCarson3, G&MdrillCarson4). We hope to have some good pictures to show you in the next newsletter. Swelling made it necessary to stop before much color could be done, but they hope to have a chance to get a few serious sessions in over this Spring. Later, Mike did a small laser coverup on Guy, and Guy continued work on a long-standing massive laser coverup project he's been doing on Mike.
Gail, her daughter Lynn and son Karl made it out for a family tattoo outing. Gail got more work on her heart collection from Michele, expanding and refining a theme that she and Michele have been working on for years (gail2, gail3,). Lynn got her first tattoo, a heart and blossoms on her neck (lynn). Karl's tattoo by Guy was a whimsical take on a fiddleback spider, standing across his ribs (spider).
John Michael came by for another session. He has a set of complimentary calf sleeve tattoos from Guy and Michele (jm11n,jm7n,jmlegs1). John in known for his nonstop marathon sessions with both Michele and Guy. He truly is a work of living art.
Michele worked on Erin and Adam from Ohio. Erin got an extension off a Jon Clue piece (erin) and Adam got a complex geometric shape on his chest. Kristi from Chicago got her first tattoo from Michele, a tinted black and grey feather and wind design (kristi). Michele also did two long sessions on the symmetrical set of 3/4 sleeves that she is doing on Chanel from Arizona (chanelClose1, chanelClose2), and a boquet of spring flowers on Jennifer from Chicago(jen).
Free, a glassblower from New Mexico and his tattoo artist wife Amy visited from their native Roswell. Michele tattooed a brightly colored glass design on Free, based on a photo of one of his glass pieces (free). The next day, she and Guy began a large black and grey collaborative half sleeve on Free, also basing parts of the design on his glass art. The project is already beginning to take shape and promises to be a dynamic and unexpected tattoo (free1, free2).
On Valentine's Day, Michele and Guy spent the afternoon doing two collaborative paintings (valCollab1, valCollab2). Both paintings traded hands at least a half dozen times before being declared finished. Michele laid out a simple geometric composition, which both artists chose to keep smooth. Guy laid out a basic organic composition, and they agreed to let it take on a lot of texture. The finished paintings are opposite and complimentary. It was their thirteenth Valentine's day together.
Deano Cook visited from Atlanta to trade work with Guy. He continued on an ongoing rework and completion project on Guy's leg, while Guy came close to finishing a large project on his chest. Deano is an active scuba diver and underwater photographer, as well as an up and coming oil painter. He and Guy started a collaborative painting of a fantasy underwater theme. They built a clay model of an alien coral bridge (bridge1, bridge2, bridge3, bridge4), then completed the Photoshop work to get the design ready for transfer to canvas. Guy then projected and traced the design in colored pencil onto a canvas. Deano now has the painting and is finishing his turn and preparing to ship it back.
Guy painted an electric guitar, an experience he felt like was designing a tattoo bodysuit for a small alien (guyGuitar2, guyGuitar1, guyGuitar). This was part of a group project to honor the late guitar great Dimebag Darrell of Pantera and Damageplan, who was gunned down on stage by a crazed fan. The finished collection of guitars is painted by a diverse list of musicians including heavyweights such as Rob Zombie, James Hetfield and Billy Idol. A group of tattooists was invited to participate as well, including Guy, Filip Leu, Paul Booth, Jack Rudy, Bob Tyrell and Aaron Cain. Paul's piece is a resin cast head and hands melded onto the guitar body; Aaron's is an insanely elaborate woodcarving masterpiece. The collection is worth checking out; to see the galleries and read more about the project, visit www.Deanguitars.com/sixstringmp.
Guy finished a large painting project, Lightform 10. This painting has been in progress for a long time, and was one of Guy's biggest design challenges. It will be available as a signed canvas art print soon. He also finished a number of big tattoos including a major leg sleeve project on Ross Craven from Ivory Tower Tattoo in Georgia. The tattoo is part of Ross's larger theme of time and memory, and features an elephant's graveyard in an overgrown ruin (rossLeg1, rossLeg2, rossLeg3). Guy also did another session on an older piece of his work on Ross's forearm, bringing it back to life (rossForearm1).
Other news on the front-- we have a new clothing line, including brand new shirt and jacket items from Guy and a whole variety of jackets, shirts, hats and fashion items from Michele. We're just getting everything inventoried and then we'll have everything up at our online store, hopefully by the third week of March. We'll be sending out a special news bulletin when these items are ready.
Wishing all of our subscribers all the best and we will be in touch in the future.
Guy Aitchison and Michele Wortman www.hyperspacestudios.com