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!!!!

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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/

 

Website and Portfolio updates

Hello, I’ve given this long standing website of mine a little overhaul, new art and tattooing portfolios, a new contact form and books, prints and ephemera website links.

thank you for looking!!!

Art Portfolio

Tattooing Portfolio

Contact Form

Books

Raking Light Projects

Burlesque Design

 

Mean Folk

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Andrew at Raking Light Projects has also updated my section on his website, Thank you!

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ERODED SUN

ERODED SUN – available now via @brlsq – Burlesque of North America.Eroded Sun is based on a painting (approximately the same size as the reproduction) That I created for Neurosis’ Summer 2016 European tour, designed to be a complement to the artwork I created earlier in 2016 for Neurosis’ “Fire Within Fires” album.
Neurosis holds a special place in my heart and that pressure helped me create something for the band that I feel helped push my art further than before. The multiple layers and textures where all hand-drawn, painted and sanded in the original artwork. No computers were used to enhance the original at all.
The extremely talented @brlsq crew broke down these heavy textures into 14 layers, all expertly commited to paper by THE man Ben LaFond, making this one of my favorite prints I’ve ever released.
24 x 36″

14 color screenprint on French Whitewash paper
Standard edition of 81 prints

signed + numbered by the artist

Metallic Variant edition of 24 prints

signed + numbered by the artist

THANK YOU for your support.

Link-

https://burlesquedesign.com/products/thomas-hooper-eroded-sun