New Beginings

I find it quite difficult to put into words what living and working in Austin TX the last 8 years has meant to my family and I, add onto this, the amazing 6 years in NYC prior to TX makes it even harder, the opportunities for tattooing, painting, connection and inspiration whilst living in the USA have been far too many to count or even attempt to remember with any accuracy. I am so grateful fo the privilege of having such an amazing group of clients and friends the world over, like I said I cannot find the words to truly describe the gratitude. Thank you.

During the last year I have been working on quite a few projects that I decided to not share any pictures of, until they where finished. Ryan has been an amazing client, he first approached me 10 months ago with the idea of getting a large bold solid black work piece inspired by nepalese art and weaving / tapestries.

I will publish some of the process photos and various session stages in another post, but for now here is the finished tattoo, thank you Ryan, your patience and fortitude are amazing.

Thank you to the amazing crew at Rock of Ages, all the friends and community all over the world for all the support on this huge transition from ATX to East Sussex UK. 
I will be setting up my schedule and place of work in the next few weeks, in the meantime please feel free to use the contact form on this website via the link above to start the conversation about getting tattooed or commissioning a painting, I’ll be giving priority to larger full body torso tattoos that draw inspiration from my recent black and white and colorful paintings. 
Thank you for the support.

Thomas.

Nine Inch Nails X Revolver Magazine X Thomas Hooper

 

Last month I had the incredible honor of making art for Revolver Magazines artist feature page “The End” – the artist they featured in this issue of the magazine was none other than Trent Reznor // Nine Inch Nails, I’m still floored that I got the opportunity to create art for such an iconic musician.

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12 x 16″ Acrylic, ink, enamel and gouache on paper mounted onto birch board.

 

The commissioned artwork for Revolver’s DEC/JAN 2020 issue was inspired by the lyrics of Nine Inch Nails’ “Into the Void” as voids, absence, space and loss of form play important roles in my work.

 

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Along with the feature in the issue that is available now there is also an Art print available, a 18” x 24” limited-edition silkscreen poster printed by Burlesque of North America. The six-color screen print on 100 pound Cougar White, acid free, archival paper is hand-numbered, embossed and signed by Me!
(Includes a one-year subscription to Revolver!)

 

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Apparel update.

Thank you so much to everyone who has picked up something from my Deathwish webstore, the support has been truly incredible and I am blown away by how many people like what I’ve made for the store.

Myself and the guys at DW decided to reprint one of the long sleeve shirts from january as short a sleeve shirt, change the color on another shirt and offer a new design, one that I’ve actually had drawn since last year but been waiting to print.

Link to the webstore below

http://dthw.sh/thomashooper

The drawing below is the original pen and ink art for the “Nothing in the End” t shirt.

Thank you – Thomas.

Paradox of Communication

I realize haven’t posted any new tattoos on here for awhile, in part due to laziness and also because of the ease of posting on Instagram. As the algorithms change in social media I am left with the problem of how to communicate what I do and what I have to offer to people who are interested in my work…….

How would you like to see my work?

That is the main question that keeps presenting itself. As I grapple with this obstacle I thought it might be nice to post some recent tattoos on here, maybe some of you have seen them, or maybe my feed doesn’t come up for you to see it and maybe some of you are not on social media, either way enjoy and as always an endless thank you for your continued support and interest in what I do.

First up is hunters recently completed sleeve…..

I really enjoyed this one, mixed some very old Polynesian influences against some of my more current geometric simple shapes and more complex dotwork mandalas.

Next up is Michael Waters finished and healed back piece, this I really enjoyed as we got to do some color mixed in with pattern work, a horse, wolf and a giant ornate human skull. This took a few years to compete as we finished the skull and took a break, thank you for your trust and patience Michael, it is immense!

April has been a good month for finishing projects! Here’s is Allen’s leg all finished up, really excited with how this one came together, I’ll let the pictures do the talking, thank you Allen.

Really happy with how Marks piece turned out below, a very non literal interpretation of a volcano. I love how this one sits on the arm by itself and has such a strong simple overall shape.

Below are some images of Kian’s sleeve, Really loved doing this one, the mix of Persian and Arabic ornament was a lot of fun and really interesting to research the beautiful historic art.

And the last images for this post are of Alana’s torso, I got to add to a really incredible collection of work, tattoos by Scott Sylvia, Jeff Rassier and Tim Lehi to name a few. Thank you for your trust Alana and patience to see this one through to the end.

Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my work and read through this post – Thomas.

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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