Greetings from Hyperspace!
After all the stress of the election season, it's nice to wind down with an energetic creative event. Fortunately, there are two exciting things happening this coming weekend.
If you are on the West Coast, check out the Visionary Tattoo Art event at the beautiful Canvas LA Gallery, where we recently hosted the final Scratch Art show. Todd Burnes of Canvas LA has taken on renowned tattoo portrait painter Shawn Barber as consultant and co-curator, and as their first show they are hosting "Visionaries 2008", an exhibition of visionary art by tattoo artists that will include such names as Paul Booth, Timothy Hoyer, Jeff Gogue, Corey Miller, Kim Saigh, Hannah Aitchison, Guy Aitchison and Michele Wortman, along with many others. The opening exhibition will be this coming Saturday evening, and the show will hang until January 4 of 2009. This promises to be an incredible collection of brand-new artwork; if you are in the area, don't miss the chance to see this work in person. Expect a large group of California tattoo artists to be there on opening night.
Unfortunately, Michele and Guy can't be present that evening because they will be at another event, the Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention, at the Hyatt Regency on 151 E. Wacker Drive in Chicago. This will be the first large-scale tattoo convention in Chicago since the Tattoo Tour that was held there over 10 years ago. Although this convention will be featuring many of the world's finest tattooists working in their booths, that isn't the reason we'll be there. For most of the convention, Michele and Guy will be painting on stage in the Visionary Primitive live art performance, which will also feature tattoo luminaries Chris Dingwell, Hannah Aitchison, Jon Clue, Kim Reed and Cory Kruger. In addition to providing live art entertainment through the entire weekend, this convention has a punchline: on Sunday night, in celebration of his 20 years in the tattoo profession, Guy will be roasted by a panel of his colleagues including Jack Rudy, Gill Montie, Trana Riedling, Craig Murphy and Chris Longo. This will be an all-vegetarian roast, but that doesn't mean that Guy's fellow artists plan on being easy on him. It should be an entertaining night, following an artistically inspiring weekend. Be there if you can; for more information, go to www.tattooedkingpin.com.
Thanks, and we hope to see you this weekend!
Guy & Michele