DIG BMX – ALUMNI Ep.1

I am extremely fortunate to have been featured in the ALUMNI video series by DIG BMX Magazine. I have been reading this magazine since it’s first issue in 1993. So I am blown away that they chose to feature me, intact i think this might be my most indepth and wholehearted interview I have had to date. Thank you for looking and thank you for the support. Alumni is a DIG BMX production. Directed by Fraser Byrne

Cant wait to see the rest of the series. Thanks to Will, Steve, Sandy, Fraser and everyone else at DIG BMX.

Book of Patterns II

Over the past year I have been compiling a new collection of hexahedron based patterns for my tattooing and art.

The end result was 1600 patterns, I felt that this collection was something I wanted to share with people who like my work, so I edited it down to 694 of the strongest ones. The result being a 694 page, 5×8 book of patterns, weighing in at 2.5 lbs / 1.2 kg.

I am really happy with how the book turned out as I hope some of you will also be, I did all the preproduction from the patterns to the design and layout of the entire book.

The first 200 books purchased include two 8″ (h) x 5″ (w)  letterpress prints of patterns based on the front and back cover.

Follow this link to see more http://rakinglightprojects.com/products/book-of-patterns-volume-ii  – and yes it ships worldwide.

Here is a little trailer I made for the Book, some sample patterns and pictures of the book itself.

Thankyou

Thomas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book of Patterns Volume II

The Friday I will receive the first copies of Book of Patterns Volume II, 694 brand new patterns of hexahedron based tessellating patterns.

This will also mark the closing of my Blurb books e-store, from this point forward all books will be available through Rakinglightprojets.com

Here is the Front Cover

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And some process shots of the book being made, thanjs

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The Route to The End

The Art of Thomas Hooper

Today, September 23rd 2016, the Neurosis album Fires Within Fires gets released, if I were to say I am excited, it would be a huge understatement. I wanted to share some of the art that was created during the whole process. Neurosis is a band that has influenced my art since I first discovered them, to have come full circle and create images to accompany their music is very surreal, and has been a huge honor.

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Here is the final cover, all hand painted, no photoshop or digital retouching, it is part of a larger piece that is 15 x 30″ – ink, gouache, acrylic and charcoal on paper. Before I show the finished pieces that make up the cover and album packaging I wanted to show a sample of the pieces that were created during the journey to the final art.

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August 26th 2015, this was the very piece that struck a chord with the…

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The Traveler

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The Traveler by Thomas Hooper

Raking Light Projects is proud to announce the publication of TheTraveler by Thomas Hooper. The Traveler is a varied edition of 70 hand-embellished letterpress prints printed by Master Printer Paul Mullowney. The Traveler will be available for viewing and purchase at the Raking Light Projects hand-embellished print exhibit at the London Tattoo Convention on September 23 – 24 – 25.

The Traveler began with an intricate hand-drawn illustration by Thomas Hooper. To complement the intricate key imagery, Thomas utilized ink, watered-down gouache and bleach to transform Arches Watercolor paper into 70 uniquely embellished backgrounds measuring 20” (h) x 13” (w).

Faced with the challenge of printing a detailed image onto hand-finished paper with different colors and textures, Paul Mullowney printed the key image in white and finished the edition by hand-dusting traditional Japanese GoFun pigment onto the fresh white ink to add opacity and shimmer in the manner of a technique employed on Ukiyo- e prints of the 19th century.

The first 20 The Traveler multiples will be available exclusively at the London Tattoo Convention as part of the Raking Light Projects hand-embellished print exhibit taking place in the Upper Gallery space.

The remaining edition will be featured in exhibitions presented by Raking Light Projects in Chicago and San Francisco with a portion of the edition reserved for release online.

For additional information on The Traveler, please contact andrew@rakinglightprojects.com.

London Tattoo Convention Tobacco Dock
50 Porters Walk
Wapping

Echoes Exhibited

Ill keep the explanation short on this one……………………

Jim’s paintings are in the brown frames and mine are in the grey frames.

The exhibition will be up for three weeks at

Fleet Gallery
53 Norman Road, St Leonards on Sea. TN38 OEG
Opening times: Wednesday-Saturday – 10am – 5pm

 

http://www.fleet-gallery.com

https://jimmacairt.com

 

for Enquiries about purchasing and viewing  please email patrick@fleet-gallery.com

or call +44 (0)1424 200220

 

thank you.

 

The Sweeney

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of finishing Ema Sweeney’s sleeve of Bath Street Tattoo Collective.

This piece was a lot of fun, a great mix of both my early and current styles, simple and bold areas with detail and intricate elements. Ema and I have a lot of work ahead of us as we embark on larger projects, and I cannot wait.

Always a pleasure and honor to tattoo a fellow tattooist.

Echoes – Thomas Hooper and Jim Macairt

I have an exhibition opening his Friday and Saturday that I am very proud to announce. 


ECHOES & Tattoo Meditations, Thomas Hooper & Jim MacAirt.
Please Join us for the Preview of our new exhibition on Friday July 8th from 6 – 8pm, at Fleet Gallery, 53 Norman Road, East Sussex, St. Leonards, TN38 0EG
This is the first joint exhibition of Art Work by Thomas Hooper and Jim MacAirt and features new work by these two internationally respected Tattoo Artists. The work shows another side of the arts practice of Thomas and Jim, who both trained as Fine Artists before becoming Tattooists.
Their experience and practice as Fine Artists reflects the range of influences and skills that informs their Tattoo Art. They decided to show their work together at Fleet Gallery to reflect the longstanding creative conversation between them as Artists and friends.
For more information go to:

Jim MacAirt: https://jimmacairt.com/
Fleet Gallery: http://fleet-gallery.com/


Jim Macairt 2016. 


Thomas Hooper 2016. 

New Limited Merch for winter 2016

I have some new merch available until FEBUARY 16th. Part of news series of limited release t shirts and Apparell that shirts and destroy are doing through their new website. 

You can find all my new stuff here

http://americandarkness.website/thomashooper/

Below is a short press release from Ryan at shirts and destroy about this new direction. 

Shirts & Destroy has a new website where the company will house it’s new Limited Edition Artist Merchandise. Consolidating resources with sister company TrueBlack, Shirts & Destroy will continue to release weekly Artist T-shirts and other goods in collaboration with it’s expanding community of true underground genre defining illustrators, Fine Artists, Tattooers and musicians. The previous website will remain fully functional as existing stock is migrated over to the new online store. 
The first release on TrueBlackUSA.com <http://trueblackusa.com&gt; is with long time collaborator and friend Thomas Hooper. This collection of merchandise will only be available for purchase for two weeks until February 18th. 
Shirts & Destroy is committed to producing all merchandise moving forward on ethically sourced textiles that are MADE IN THE UNITED STATES. 
We can no longer ignore the inhumane working conditions, environmental impact and social irresponsibility of T-shirt manufacturing in China, Mexico, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and other areas of the so called “third world”. Your support allows us to offer an alternative to these practices while contributing to a community of artists who rely on your participation. Thank you for being a part of SHIRTS AND DESTROY!!!

   
    
 

  
   

Thank you so much for your continued support.