I am extremely fortunate to have been featured in the ALUMNI video series by DIG BMX Magazine. I have been reading this magazine since it’s first issue in 1993. So I am blown away that they chose to feature me, intact i think this might be my most indepth and wholehearted interview I have had to date. Thank you for looking and thank you for the support. Alumni is a DIG BMX production. Directed by Fraser Byrne
Cant wait to see the rest of the series. Thanks to Will, Steve, Sandy, Fraser and everyone else at DIG BMX.
Great progress with travis’s back this week. Thank you for your endurance and patience Travis, safe travels back to LA.
The Friday I will receive the first copies of Book of Patterns Volume II, 694 brand new patterns of hexahedron based tessellating patterns.
This will also mark the closing of my Blurb books e-store, from this point forward all books will be available through Rakinglightprojets.com
Here is the Front Cover
And some process shots of the book being made, thanjs
The Traveler by Thomas Hooper
Raking Light Projects is proud to announce the publication of TheTraveler by Thomas Hooper. The Traveler is a varied edition of 70 hand-embellished letterpress prints printed by Master Printer Paul Mullowney. The Traveler will be available for viewing and purchase at the Raking Light Projects hand-embellished print exhibit at the London Tattoo Convention on September 23 – 24 – 25.
The Traveler began with an intricate hand-drawn illustration by Thomas Hooper. To complement the intricate key imagery, Thomas utilized ink, watered-down gouache and bleach to transform Arches Watercolor paper into 70 uniquely embellished backgrounds measuring 20” (h) x 13” (w).
Faced with the challenge of printing a detailed image onto hand-finished paper with different colors and textures, Paul Mullowney printed the key image in white and finished the edition by hand-dusting traditional Japanese GoFun pigment onto the fresh white ink to add opacity and shimmer in the manner of a technique employed on Ukiyo- e prints of the 19th century.
The first 20 The Traveler multiples will be available exclusively at the London Tattoo Convention as part of the Raking Light Projects hand-embellished print exhibit taking place in the Upper Gallery space.
The remaining edition will be featured in exhibitions presented by Raking Light Projects in Chicago and San Francisco with a portion of the edition reserved for release online.
For additional information on The Traveler, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
London Tattoo Convention Tobacco Dock
50 Porters Walk
Earlier this week I had the pleasure of finishing Ema Sweeney’s sleeve of Bath Street Tattoo Collective.
This piece was a lot of fun, a great mix of both my early and current styles, simple and bold areas with detail and intricate elements. Ema and I have a lot of work ahead of us as we embark on larger projects, and I cannot wait.
Always a pleasure and honor to tattoo a fellow tattooist.
Earlier this year I was very lucky to start a project with Innis from Fine Light Trading, the premise was to design one skull ring based on some of my drawings and tattooing. This soon be came a set of six rings, a collection was accidentally created.
Hexad MMXIV Six Sterling Silver rings designed by me, Thomas Hooper and made by Fine Light Trading here in the USA.
For more info on this project head over to http://www.finelighttrading.com
Earlier this week I had the pleasure and honor of tattooing Alvaro Flores, starting a chest piece and half sleeve for him.
Very fun project on a awesome guy. Alvaro will be tattooing at Rock of Ages this coming Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. 10th, 12th, 13th May 2014. You can check out some of his fantastic work here – http://alvaroflorestattooer.com
Today I was thinking about how lucky I am to have the privilege to tattoo people, to use the skin as one of the mediums for my art.
It truly is an honour to have people trust me enough to do this, and when you get to see your work healed and settled into peoples skin, clean and solid, as its going to be for the rest of the individuals life, its such a pleasure and a sense of achievement to feel “I created this image inside living tissue on a human being”.
The top row is Native American Navajo and Iroquois inspired pattern work around a Native American Crucifix, and the last set is a piece inspired by the Medieval European Pelican in Her Piety image with a twist representing family.