Created by artist and visionary Jun Cha, MONARC encompasses a fascinating new genre of art. Merging tattoo art with fine art and design, Jun Cha opened MONARC as a space to expand the unique creative collaboration. Located in downtown Los Angeles’ arts district, MONARC keeps the focus fairly simple: black and grey tattooing.
Whether you’ve got a sleeve of tattoos or you couldn’t imagine getting one, you have to admit that a tattoo artist is incredibly skilled. And if you’ve ever had the pleasure/discomfort of getting a tattoo, you’ll no doubt have felt a thousand little needles entering that skin. But did you see just how incredible each puncture was as it broke the skin and entered ink into the flesh?
If you’re into ink, you’ll know that the ninth London Tattoo Convention took place this month where tattoo artists and tattoo lovers joined in a celebration of inked body art. The convention saw 300 artists with 25 stalls offering new designs and of course, spur-of-the-moment tattoos by some of the best in the business (the […]
I’ve long wanted to get a back tattoo and have been looking for just the right artist. It’s important to me that he/she has a signature technique and sensibility. That’s how I discovered David Hale. I had never seen such preciseness in a tattooist.
Marcin Aleksander Surowiec has a very specific, striking tattoo style. His technique is consistent all across the board, yet each tattoo is a unique masterpiece of skin and technicolor. From funky cartoonish illustrations to sweet, Day of the Dead-style sugar skulls, this is the man I’d go to see for a David Bowie portrait piece. […]
Michael Aul is a talented painter who creates artwork which are meant to project the power of spirit and the importance of imagination. His paintings filter mysticism, native elements and magic to reveal a beautiful, inter-connected imaginary world.
Nick Chaboya is a well-known San Francisco-based tattoo artist who is involved in numerous creative endeavors outside the realm of tattooing. Raking Light Projects recently produced a triptych of Chaboya’s works titled Fruit of Thy Womb, Flower of Life and Special Spirit. Originally created with watercolor on paper, they are available on rakinglightprojects.com as limited […]
Liam Sparkes’s medium is ink on skin. He is a tattoo artist based out of London, mostly. His tattoo imagery looks of old school book illustrations and woodblock prints. I like the lines and cross hatches.
In New York-based tattoo artist Amanda Wachob’s hands, a limb, chest, neck or back is not so much a body part as a very real — and permanent — canvas on which to create her wistful, soft and decorative artwork. Her tattoo work is beautifully original, with not a skull or crossbone (or ‘Hey Mum’, for that measure) in sight.
Wow, wow, wow (or should that be ‘ow, ow, ow’?) There’s really no other way to sum up the tattoo work of English-born New York-based artist Thomas Hooper, who studied Drawing at The London Institute of Art & Design before moving to NYC to pursue his interest in stunningly creative and elaborate body art.
Ok, so these mightn’t be quite as cool as the real deal, but they’re the next best thing, and sometimes, well, that’ll just have to do. Designed by Hector Serrano, Animal Hands and Monster Hands are temporary tattoos for your hands. Perfect for your next night big out on the town.
I must be the only cat in Brooklyn not sporting any ink. Yup, the streets are lined with people rocking all manner of tattoos, some kitsch, some serious, some that probably should have stayed inside the mind of their creators. If I were to get some work done, I’d probably go to Yannou who takes a playful approach to the art of body re-styling.