Abstract moments carved into time like wood carved with memories.

Collin is a wonderful human being and I am extremely grateful to have not only met him, but to have accompanied him on his journey over the last five years getting his two sleeves.

To call Collin a master craftsman would be an understatement, he is a timber frame carpenter who uses traditional methods and combines them with modern functional homes, it really is something you have to see to appreciate, his new website is at this link-

http://www.collinbeggs.com

He has travelled from Sandpoint Idaho to visit and get tattooed by me in Austin multiple times each year and the photographs below are of the finished project, though I doubt we are finished as I think there maybe a few more tattoos on the horizon.

Since the beginning of the year, I have been fully immersing myself in capturing my tattoos on film and decided to take full advantage of photographing Collins sleeves.

We set up a little back drop outside at my home on an overcast Sunday with a few reflectors for fill light and to reduce some shadows, I used a Calamut 4×5 mono rail camera with a old 20/30’s compur Lens and a Hasselblad 500cm with a 150mm lens.

The first image above and images below were shot on a Hasselblad 500cm with a 150mm lens.

Thank you Collin for making all the trips and following through to see this project to its completion.

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.

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.

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.⠀