Camila Rocha is an internationally recognized Brazilian fine artist who’s also been representing her work via tattoos for over twelve years. In Brazil, she learned Japanese millenary silk-painting with Sensei Kaoru Ito, but she’s been living in LA for past three years working with Kat Von D at High Voltage Tattoo. Her art is so classy, amazing and addictive.
No doubt these tattoos will soon belong to the ‘it seemed like a good idea at the time’ backwater of tribal tramp stamps and obscene Kanji. Whatever the case, at least they don’t occupy too much real estate.
Isn’t it amazing how sometimes you have an idea, and then find out that someone living half the world shares the exact same idea? I’ve been mildly obsessed with the idea of tantoos (temporary tattoos from suntanning) for the longest time, so it tickles me a little to know that London-based artist-designer Dariusz Boron recently put up a funding campaign on Indiegogo for SunTanToos. If funded, the project would allow people to make their tantoo design online for a painless tattoo session with the sun. Alas, only $20 of the $8,000 goal has been raised to date, with over 50 days to go. Well, you know what to do if you’ve been thinking about tantoos too.
Every child either wants to be a Disney princess or be with one (maybe even both). Artist Tim Shumate appeals to the latter with his Tattooed Princesses’ series: a collection of Disney favourites transformed into pinup bombshells. And if sci-fi is more your thing, he’s also done a smouldering Princess Leia just for you.
Simon Watts is loosening the uptight world of the tattoo. With a nod to the doodle and the works of Alberto Giacometti, these designs are for those tired of cliche and looking for a new one. You’ll find this wandering gypsy of a tattooist in Los Angeles.
Some of Amanda Wachob’s tattoos are more traditional than others, but they’re all rooted in high art, with some of her work mimicking paint strokes to create abstract pieces that very much play on the notion of the human body being a canvas.
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.
OC Weekly just posted a dozen photos of food tattoos. I’ve seen some of them before, like the breakfast plate on the guy’s head. The best food tattoo I’ve ever seen though was on my old roommate — he had two eggplants spooning each other. They weren’t even anthropomorphized, they were just straight up eggplants positioned next to each other to make them look like they were in love.
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 don’t have any ink, but if I was to get some, I’d probably get it done by French artist Yannou — if only to blend in amongst the swathes of hipster cats that swagger down the streets of Brooklyn. Ah, yes, conformity is safety in numbers. Wink.
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.