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

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

Numbers 6 and 7

After the amazing response I received for the paintings in the A state of Matter exhibition (see previous post) I found myself inspired and motivated to continue the Raven series rather than moving on to another subject matter.

And here I find my self with Unitled Ravens VI and VII – this is unlikely the end of this.

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22 x 30″ ink on paper.

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22 x 30″ ink on paper.

 

I managed to capture the whole process of Raven VI and turn it into a time-lapse.

Here are a few photographs of the process, look for some raven prints soon.

 

Thank you for looking.

A State of Matter Exhibition

A State of Matter -1On Thursday, November 9, “A State of Matter” opened at the Volcom Garden in Austin, Texas featuring work by Arik Roper, John Baizley, Jacob Bannon, and myself. I am very fortunate that I helped bring this exhibition together with the help of Michael Sieben, the gallery curator.I have been inspired by Arik, John and Jake for years, and when the opportunity arose to have a group exhibition together, I had to make sure it came to be.

Although our work is different and comes from a multitude of backgrounds and disciplines, it has a familiar thread running through it.
It is this thread that I wanted to explore and place in a state of physical being, placing our identities together for a short period to allow them to become a solid presence.Below are images of the work in the show, all are available for purchase unless otherwise sold. please contact Esteban Rey for information-  erey1975@gmail.comWork by Thomas Hooper.

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Work by Arik Roper – http://arikroper.com

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Work by Jacob Bannon – https://jacobbannon-com

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Work by John Dyer Baizley – http://aperfectmonster.com

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Some images from the install, our friend Richey Beckett come bay and said hello and burlesque were incredible and helped out so much.

The poster printed by Industry print shop.

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And below some images by Camille Mayor from the opening night, over 1500 hundred people attended, beyond our wildest expectations!!!!

http://instagram.com/camijosephine

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Below is a link to the Gallery’s website.

https://www.volcom.com/truetothis/a-state-of-matter-exhibition-arik-roper-john-dyer-baizley-jacob-bannon-thomas-hooper-volcom-garden/