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TATTOOED LOVE BOYS
A little while ago, I was coming off a literal high from Anti-Gravity Yoga at Crunch gym and decided to settled down on the stationary bike with the September issue of Blackbook mag.
In my zen-like state, I flipped through the Fall fashion preview (the season is all S/M ya know) and came to a punk-inspired spread that they called "Tattooed Love Boys," playing off the old Pretender's song by the same name.
Now, some of you may remember from my old Needled blog days that my biggest argument with fashion mags was that they'd feature heavily tattooed models but never credit the artists whose work is shown. If they credit hair and make-up artists and stylists, why not the tattooists?
That question was first posed to me by legendary tattooist Spider Webb about ten years ago. Back then, you didn't have the mass appeal of tattooing as you do today in mainstream media nor as many heavily tattooed models. But today, high fashion tattoo models are ubiquitous in magazines, and their agencies need to be providing editors with tattoo artist credits especially when the tattoos are central to the spread like they are in this month's Blackbook.
Check the full Blackbook layout on the Steel Machines blog.
What you won't be able to read clearly is the credits at the end of that layout, which not only include hair, make-up, stylists, their assistants, interns, but even the freakin caterers. It seems egregious to have a full page of a sleeve and hand tattoo and not note the canvas on which the Cartier rests. But the guy who delivered your paninis, no prob.
And so I'm pissed. And right after yoga no less.
This Sunday, join me in celebrating the opening of Jaz Toeque's Black Lotus Gallery right in my own Brooklyn hood of Clinton Hill/Fort Greene. I got a private preview of the tattoo studio/art gallery -- which means I passed by uninvited and asked Jaz for an impromptu tour. And I was impressed. The space is gorgeous with exposed brick walls, hardwood flooring and perfect lighting for tattooing and viewing fine art. See photos of the space in the NY Times blog post on Black Lotus.
But the real draw is Jaz's tattoo work and those of a stellar line-up of guest artists including black and grey tattoo veteran Tony Olivas of Sacred Heart Tattoo in Georgia. Tony is taking appointments at Black Lotus now. [I just have to find some available space on me!]
Tony will be leading the Art Fusion Experiment at the opening -- that is, live collaborative drawing between artists where you can watch a work of art come to life. See videos of Art Fusion around the world here.
Tattooist and painter Mark Pinto of Thick as Thieves Tattoo in Denver, Co is also a guest artist and will be showing his fine art at the party as well.
The opening runs from 4-9PM with the after party at Sweet Revenge. Hope to see y'all there.