A slow crawl through chaos to find order.

Creating art is something that I have found to be a necessary way to feel at peace and ease with myself and my surroundings, creating art and ornamental decoration for the human body is a complete privilege and a total honor. It is something I constantly marvel at, it feels magical and is a totally surreal occupation for both the artist and canvas. Ted has been coming to get tattooed by me since 2012, we started at Saved tattoo in Brooklyn and continued in Austin Texas, at Rock of Ages, he is one of only a few customers who only get tattooed by me, a stoic and kind man who has constantly followed through, completing each stage of his body suit with a keen integrity. His level of commitment traveling from Port Perry in Canada to get tattooed is nothing short of incredible. As we round the corner to the final stages with only one session left on his legs and his sleeves to start and complete, I wanted to take a moment to thank him and share some images of our last two sessions that we just finished up this week whilst I was guesting at Saved Tattoo.

Thank you Ted for sticking with it on this journey, I really can’t put into words how grateful I am.

JBXTH I II III IV

The first print in the JBXTH Series is available via the Burlesque of North America website.

https://burlesquedesign.com/collections/jacob-bannon-x-thomas-hooper

Last month I had the honor of collaborating again with my old friend and peer Jacob Bannon on a new print series called JBXTH.

Each print was made live at Full Bleed Exhibition last month in the Netherlands. A total of 100 hand painted were created alongside 80 mono printed backgrounds.

Embellished and mono printed 15×22” & 16×20″ prints, silkscreened and mono printed live at @fullbleedexhibition by @gemma_monostereo & @benbrlsq, each print in the series is an edition of 25/15 respectively.

These were available at the exhibition all weekend in April, and now the prints we set aside for online sales will be placed available consecutively in the coming weeks on the @brlsq website, starting this Tuesday with JBXTH I.

Thank you for your support and to everyone who came by the exhibition, said hi and/or picked up a print.

-Thomas.⠀

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.