Adventure Time with Jeff

 

I’ve been tattooing Jeff Zellner for the past 8 years, we started at Saved Tattoo in Brooklyn NY when I was a resident there, now we’ve both relocated and I’m extremely grateful that he continues to travel to get tattooed by me. Both hands, sleeves and back are by me, his chest panels are by Michael Aul and the torch on his sternum is by his wife Lana Zellner.

I am extremely grateful for the trust he has given me and the opportunities to explore new ideas on his skin that he continues to give me the freedom to do.

These photographs were taken yesterday at the end of a session on his back.

Thank you Jeff!

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A Canadian Body Suit

Edwin Lawes first came to get tattooed August 27 2012, when I worked at Saved Tattoo in Brooklyn NY. Six years later as we draw closer to finishing his body suit which will conclude in the next few years with tattooing his sleeves, I have the opportunity to reflect on what an amazing project this has been.

Tattooing is an amazing experience, both as the artist and as the client, which I have had the honor of being both for 20 something years. Working on this project has been a challenging and rewarding experience with a massive learning curve both in how to conceptualize such a large body of work but also to make progress without causing too much physical pain each visit. Edwin and his wife Jennifer (an incredibly talented tattooist) travel to see me once or twice a year from Port Perry Canada, we usually do 3-4 days in a row. This is an extremely difficult way to get tattooed, very painful and a drain on the body’s immune system. This last trip we did 5 days in a row, two long sessions and 3 short sessions. Below you can see some photographs from the results of this last trip, a lot of healed areas and the final sections of his torso and legs mapped out before we move onto his sleeves. The final task with his torso and legs will be to add shading to separate all the layered elements, this will give the shapes space and depth and make the overall look of the imagery much less confusing and chaotic.

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Ted is an amazing woodworker and made my family a beautiful chess set as a thank you.

Thank you so much Edwin and Jennifer for all the trust and commitment.

You can see some more of Edwin’s beautiful carpentry here –

https://instagram.com/tedtables?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=1va1qmbzpwldq

And some of Jennifer’s amazing tattooing here –

https://instagram.com/jenniferlawes?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=10s2i0xye7zdv

The Mandrake

One year ago today the Mandrake Hotel in London opened its doors for the first time. Below is a time-lapse of me putting the finishing touches on a piece of art I was asked to create for the interior of the hotel’s lift shaft. The project took over 2 years to complete from the initial drafting of ideas to the finished painting being installed, approx 1.7m wide X 12m tall. I cannot thank @ramipistache enough for including my work inside his incredible hotel. Thankyou Rami and happy 1st birthday @themandrakehotel

 

Below are some shots from the few days prior to the installation, here I was adding the final protective layer of varnish.

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Here are a few images of the piece from inside the elevator, from the bottom of the shaft and looking down from the top of the elevator car.

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I also created two additional pieces, a black and white blue print of the main elevators art and design and the other a light box for the basement level of the elevator shaft.

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And finally, the full piece, which was photographed as individual panels then stitched together digitally. click on the image below to see a larger version in a new window……..

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Thank you for looking.

https://www.themandrake.com

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Looking back to move forwards

I think that for my work to have a steady progression and to still use the visual language I employ in my tattoos, that it is necessary to look back at my older work and see what it is that worked in the designs, how did they fit the body? how did they look from afar? and how will they age? More importantly to study what it is the customer and myself enjoyed about doing it!

I have a few openings at @londontattooconvention end of this month and in LA in October, as well as in Austin towards the end of the year. I will give priority to simple large-scale work as I have a lot of intensely detail and layered projects on my schedule right now.

A few examples of the older work I am wanting to reference, a layered Borneo and Thai ornament inspired sleeve from around 2008, done in NYC, a very simple negative Borneo inspired piece that incorporated a lot of cover ups, from 2005 and a simple Borneo piece on a hand to cover up some old handpicked tattoos from 2004.

For more examples please see my archives here ————-> Archives

Thank you for you support. Please don’t DM me about projects, I have a new contact page here ————-> Contact