Continuing Old Themes

I've been in San Fransisco on vacation for a little over a week, seeing museums and visiting the natural wonder of the Redwoods and the surrounding pacific coastal landscape. I found myself tattooing some of my old clients at one of my favorite tattoo shops in the world, Temple Tattoo in Oakland.
Damon came in and we continued working on his arm outlining it into a full sleeve, more on this one to come in the future, but for now our progress……

Thank you Damon for your trust and time.
Below are a few images from my trip to the coast, Point Reyes Lighthouse. I shoot a lot of landscapes and textural images with my Fuji Xt1, they provide me inspiration for paintings and illustration.

Horse and Goat. 

Jay was in today and we outlined his ribs, this was a fun one! We also got some healed photos of his Neurosis inspired horse piece on the other ribs. Jay is a very talented drummer and painter, it’s always great hanging out with him and talking music, art and shop thanks man.

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Repeat then Repeat 

As my trip to the U.K. Comes to an end I’m looking back at my photographs, mostly of visits to museums and old castles and family fun. But a certain group of images stick out, whilst here a very dedicated and patient client came three times to get work from me, it’s always a pleasure to tattoo Karen. 

Below is the document of the dedication she has, we finished her right sleeve, started and finished her left armpit and started her back with a giant chrysanthemum. Thank you!

New Prints and a Print Give Away!!!!

Hello! its been awhile since I last posted, I have a lot of new tattoo photos that I will be posting over the next few weeks, trying to move away from instagram and focus on this website again…. (famous last words?)

In the meantime I wanted to offer this give away to you, my readers of this little blog first before I post to instagram as supplies are limited…..

I have two new screen prints available on www.rakinglightprojects.com and those prints along with any other available prints or original artwork will come with a free letterpress print, printed by Paul Mullowney.

Heres some pictures and info………

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The above giveaway prints measure 20″ (h) x 13″ (w) / 51 x 33cm and were printed as single editions of 75 by Paul Mullowney. They will be randomly selected from the two letterpress editions pictured above. If you are interested in a specific version, please say so in the notes section of the RLP checkout process. We will do our best to accommodate requests. Supplies are limited.
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The Future Obelisk (above)
Four color screenprint on French Grout Grey paper
24” (h) x 18” (w) / 61 x 45.7cm
Single edition of 50, signed
Print Price – $40
AVAILABLE NOW
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OPskull IV (above)
Three color screenprint on white archival paper
24” (h) x 16” (w) / 61 x 40.6cm
Single edition of 50, signed
Print Price – $40
AVAILABLE NOW
Below is some of the other art available on www.rakinglightprojects.com

http://www.rakinglightprojects.com

Three New Prints

Last month I exhibited three paintings ash the new Austin gallery “The Volcom Garden”

It was an awesome show with all local Austin artists, curated by Micheal Sieben. There is a small write up about the show here….. 

I posted my three paintings that I made for the show on instagram last month and had a few people asking if i was going to make any prints…. well I just got the samples back from the printers…. I decided to make a short run them, printed with archival Epsom pigments on Somerset Velvet Rag.

The link to the web store is here – http://thomashooper.bigcartel.com

Void Sunset 12 x 24 inches.Hooper Scan 05-26-17-1 adj

Skull Horizon 12 x 16 inches.Hooper Scan 05-26-17-2 adj

 

Hole III 11 x 14 inches.Hooper Scan 05-26-17-3 adj

Thank you for looking – Thomas.

2017 T-shirts and more. 

Starting off the new year with a fresh round of soft goods…….
We wanted to go with a simple classic collection of art that repsresnted my work currently and touched on some of the last ten years of printing shirts with Ryan and Shirts and Destroy. As always all made in the USA and printed by hand by Ryan. Thank you. 

Available now via

http://americandarkness.website/thomas-hooper/


Thank you. 

http://americandarkness.website/thomas-hooper/

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
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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.