The Mandrake

One year ago today the Mandrake Hotel in London opened its doors for the first time. Below is a time-lapse of me putting the finishing touches on a piece of art I was asked to create for the interior of the hotel’s lift shaft. The project took over 2 years to complete from the initial drafting of ideas to the finished painting being installed, approx 1.7m wide X 12m tall. I cannot thank @ramipistache enough for including my work inside his incredible hotel. Thankyou Rami and happy 1st birthday @themandrakehotel

 

Below are some shots from the few days prior to the installation, here I was adding the final protective layer of varnish.

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Here are a few images of the piece from inside the elevator, from the bottom of the shaft and looking down from the top of the elevator car.

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I also created two additional pieces, a black and white blue print of the main elevators art and design and the other a light box for the basement level of the elevator shaft.

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And finally, the full piece, which was photographed as individual panels then stitched together digitally. click on the image below to see a larger version in a new window……..

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Thank you for looking.

https://www.themandrake.com

20-21 Newman St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1PG, UK

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

New Hoodies, Shirts and Bandanas.

Following up from last month, I have refined my webstore and made it run a bit smoother. Thank you to everyone who picked up something from the clear out I had, I really appreciate it!

I took a lot of time off from tattooing over the last two months due to an accident and spent a lot of time at home, so I used the time well and did a lot of drawing!

Here are a couple of time lapses I made whilst drawing two of my new T-shirt designs.

So  I’ve been working on these new designs for the last two months and they are finally ready. I’ve switched everything over to selling and fulfilling them all myself, so its now all packed and shipped by me. Thank you for the support, Thomas.

https://thomas-hooper.myshopify.com