New Beginings

I find it quite difficult to put into words what living and working in Austin TX the last 8 years has meant to my family and I, add onto this, the amazing 6 years in NYC prior to TX makes it even harder, the opportunities for tattooing, painting, connection and inspiration whilst living in the USA have been far too many to count or even attempt to remember with any accuracy. I am so grateful fo the privilege of having such an amazing group of clients and friends the world over, like I said I cannot find the words to truly describe the gratitude. Thank you.

During the last year I have been working on quite a few projects that I decided to not share any pictures of, until they where finished. Ryan has been an amazing client, he first approached me 10 months ago with the idea of getting a large bold solid black work piece inspired by nepalese art and weaving / tapestries.

I will publish some of the process photos and various session stages in another post, but for now here is the finished tattoo, thank you Ryan, your patience and fortitude are amazing.

Thank you to the amazing crew at Rock of Ages, all the friends and community all over the world for all the support on this huge transition from ATX to East Sussex UK. 
I will be setting up my schedule and place of work in the next few weeks, in the meantime please feel free to use the contact form on this website via the link above to start the conversation about getting tattooed or commissioning a painting, I’ll be giving priority to larger full body torso tattoos that draw inspiration from my recent black and white and colorful paintings. 
Thank you for the support.

Thomas.

108 sleeves

How is everyone doing out there?

I hope anyone reading this is doing ok and finding time to be healthy and safe during this crazy period.

This weekend I took up a fun little social media challenge from my friend @tomastomas108 – the  #108sleevesinternetchallenge
I decided to post them on here also as it is quite a broad spectrum of my work, from my first ever sleeve on @jorgeteran into a selection of sleeves in somewhat chronological order, ending with one I finished a few weeks before the lockdown started. This represents approximately 17 years of tattooing.
I strongly recommend checking out @tomastomas108 work if you haven’t seen it before, totally mind blowing and his contribution to the art of tattoo is phenomenal. Thank you, to all the amazing clients through the years, can’t wait to get back to work. I’d also like to say sorry to those I didn’t include in this with sleeves from me, I don’t have all my photos anymore.

Stay safe and healthy out there.

Thank you for looking – Thomas.

Abstract moments carved into time like wood carved with memories.

Collin is a wonderful human being and I am extremely grateful to have not only met him, but to have accompanied him on his journey over the last five years getting his two sleeves.

To call Collin a master craftsman would be an understatement, he is a timber frame carpenter who uses traditional methods and combines them with modern functional homes, it really is something you have to see to appreciate, his new website is at this link-

http://www.collinbeggs.com

He has travelled from Sandpoint Idaho to visit and get tattooed by me in Austin multiple times each year and the photographs below are of the finished project, though I doubt we are finished as I think there maybe a few more tattoos on the horizon.

Since the beginning of the year, I have been fully immersing myself in capturing my tattoos on film and decided to take full advantage of photographing Collins sleeves.

We set up a little back drop outside at my home on an overcast Sunday with a few reflectors for fill light and to reduce some shadows, I used a Calamut 4×5 mono rail camera with a old 20/30’s compur Lens and a Hasselblad 500cm with a 150mm lens.

The first image above and images below were shot on a Hasselblad 500cm with a 150mm lens.

Thank you Collin for making all the trips and following through to see this project to its completion.

Neurosis Album Fine Art Prints – Fires Within Fires.

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Fires Within Fires is the eleventh studio album by Neurosis, a band I have been following since I was a teenager, that’s 25 years!!!! The album was released on September 23, 2016, via the band’s own record label, Neurot Recordings. I am very grateful to have teamed up with their record label Neurot and my good friends at Deathwish to make available for the first time, museum quality prints of the art I created for this album.

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Making art for them has been a dream of mine and always seemed like it would be out of my league. So when I started making t-shirt art for the band and working with them on solo album projects I was honored and humbled to say the least.
When the opportunity arose to make an album cover for them,  I jumped at the chance and poured every bit of creative energy into the project, creating not just a cover but a full album package and layout for the gatefold LP, even down to hand painting the bands logo, album titles and writing the lyrics page with recording info.

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The first sketch that I created for the album that struck a chord with the band and led to ideas for the finished cover and layout.

I wanted this piece of work to be a landmark achievement for my creative outlet that I like to call painting but at times feel is just illustration. It was a hard project to get a visual grasp of as I didn’t want to embed my artistic personality into their music and also wanted to represent their monumental legacy and iconic visual identity without repeating previous art they have used.

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The Sumi ink sketch that became the main element of the final painted back cover.

Carrying themes from their lyrics and weighted music, this was the final outcome……

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Like Neurosis’ previous albums, Fires Within Fires combines “elements from the post-metal genre they co-created with elements of industrial, doom, punk and folk”.

You can listen to the album hear and discover more about the band here.

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The prints are available here via Deathwish.com

There are two sizes available
Medium: 12.5″ W X 24″ H
Large: 18.5″ W X 36″ H
Printed on: Fine Line, Coarse Watercolor, 315 GSM
Museum Quality Giclée Prints.
Poster tube included with each order. Ships within 7-10 business days.

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https://deathwishinc.com/collections/thomas-hooper/products/thomas-hooper-fires-within-fires-giclee-print

Thank you the all the members of the band for trusting me with this project and to Jacob Bannon for all his help making the art available as prints.

Nine Inch Nails X Revolver Magazine X Thomas Hooper

 

Last month I had the incredible honor of making art for Revolver Magazines artist feature page “The End” – the artist they featured in this issue of the magazine was none other than Trent Reznor // Nine Inch Nails, I’m still floored that I got the opportunity to create art for such an iconic musician.

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12 x 16″ Acrylic, ink, enamel and gouache on paper mounted onto birch board.

 

The commissioned artwork for Revolver’s DEC/JAN 2020 issue was inspired by the lyrics of Nine Inch Nails’ “Into the Void” as voids, absence, space and loss of form play important roles in my work.

 

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Along with the feature in the issue that is available now there is also an Art print available, a 18” x 24” limited-edition silkscreen poster printed by Burlesque of North America. The six-color screen print on 100 pound Cougar White, acid free, archival paper is hand-numbered, embossed and signed by Me!
(Includes a one-year subscription to Revolver!)

 

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