A great but slightly strange suspension poster from St. Petersburg’s Arseniy Andersson of Total Ink. This shot pays homage to their latest show, “Breathe of Apocalypse: Awakening of Gods”, at Arktika Club on the 22nd of September, a short performance piece about ancient Aztec cultural events, dedicated to the Goddess of the Moon. Click the photo to blow it up to desktop wallpaper size, or watch the video below to enjoy the show (you won’t regret putting aside the time, and they’ve uploaded it at 1080p so you can watch it on your bigscreen).
I’m not sure what I should call this microdermal project by John Danger Alonzo of Superstition Tattoo (superstitiontattoo.com) in Massapequa, NY… Since I don’t have a good name for it, I’ll just leave that as “a big question mark” for now. Har har har.
Rafael Leão Dias of the full-spectrum bodmod studio Dhar-Shan Body Art in Jundiaí tells me that he’s the first Brazilian artist to offer eyeball tattooing, having recently done a few of them, including the one pictured here. As I’ve written elsewhere, it makes me equal parts happy and nervous seeing the multitude of artists (both experienced artists like Rafael, and those with virtually no experience at all) that have decided that they don’t need to wait for others to finish developing the safety aspect of this procedure and are forging ahead reinventing the wheel on eyeball tattoos. I just love the way eyeball tattoos look — not much can compare to it, both for its visual effect and it’s political impact as it’s the only mod where there’s absolutely no going back (other than amputation) — but the speed at which it’s exploding has also meant that there are a lot more people with stained eyes, lumpy eyes, and so on, than there perhaps need to be.
But like I said, this procedure is so exciting that the more you tell people to wait, the more they are raring to get it done TODAY… And I can’t really fault someone for this, because like I also said, it’s that forging ahead that’s always made this community really exciting and fun for me. I just really hope this procedure stays as safe as believe it is and we don’t have an “oh no, what have we done” nightmare moment. Click to see this picture bigger.
I’ve said this a few times, and I hope no one takes offense, but after being constantly exposed to the current deluge of stunning — and it really is amazing work — blackwork, oft-sacred geometry, neotribal, it all starts to look the same, without any particular message or explicit unique personality. Simultaneously empty and profound — I think that’s part of the beauty of math, especially when encoded in flesh. Meditative emptiness in a tattoo. But it’s hard for me to separate myself from the ego, and I always enjoy expression that comes with an easily identified unique identity. A good example of that is this backpiece by Marc (little-swastika.com), which combines his bold art-tribal with a traditional Japanese Hanya mask, done in a sketchy trash style… A great fusion of different styles in a tattoo that is unlikely to get mixed up with anyone else’s.
Iestyn Flye, normally of London’s Divine Canvas (divine-canvas.com), has recently been in Italy doing a guest spot at MaxArt in Rome. While there he did this amazing scalp cutting and skin peel, originally designed by Paul Kennerley as a full star (ie. this is only half of the original design), with the small cuts that radiate out from the centre aiming to give it the illusion of 3D form. Over the years Iestyn has built up an incredible portfolio (oft-featured here), so I have no doubt that this piece will look amazing healed. Click to see it even bigger.
My friend Tony Snow (of Voodoo Tattoo in Paradise, Nevada), who I first at a taco shop while passing through Nevada about a decade ago, did the scar-half of this superb tattoo/scar combo piece. A lot of the time when tattoo/scar combos are done, the scar can stand on its own, but at some later point the tattooing is added to breathe more life into it. In the case of this piece though, the two artforms dance beautifully, with each half desperately needing the other half. The scars that Tony did keloided beautifully, raising up like flames of tissue hinting at some subcutaneous inferno, hinting at the demonic skull that the tattooing then draws into focus.
Dave Temby, AKA Bleach Methane (bleachmethane.com), is a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based tattoo artist that did this pair of negative/inverse-level tattoos on Joe Galkin, garnering him constant compliments on their uniqueness. I’m sure if you stare long enough at them and let the image work its way into your rods and cones, and then stare at a blank wall, you’ll see the real image floating in front of you, but I’ve made it easier by animating the process for you. Click the picture to see it bigger (but un-animated).
This isn’t really an implant of course — it’s a cross that’s been semi-permanently mounted on the wearer’s chest using three microdermals to hold it in place. Christopher Lee Shelafoe of Marquette, MI’s Rendezvous Tattoo & Body Piercing (I recently featured an anarchy scar he did) is who installed it, said that in an ideal world he would have like to use a lighter cross, but the client specifically needed that exact cross because it had belonged to his child. So they did it as best they could, with the understanding it was an experiment. It was still in place last time he spoke with the wearer, who has since moved away. Christopher and I were talking about how he’d tackle this next time, and he’s working on having microdermals mad with magnetic ends so that the cross (or whatever) can be solidly mounted, but will pop off without injury if it gets snagged.
I want to share with you this alluring scarification done by Italy’s Alicia Lady Mamau (ladymamau.tumblr.com). The cutting is well scarred at ten months into healing. For those that don’t already recognize it, this is the triple moon Wiccan goddess symbol, which refers both to the Goddess and the phases of the moon.
About a year ago Misty Forsberg of Southtown Tattoo and Body Piercing (southtowntattoo.com/) in Fort Smith, Arkansas, did a suspension-themed cutting (note the accuracy of the knot) on Kyrsten, which was then rubbed with magenta ink, which you can see here fresh. The right side picture was taken at eleven months, showing the scar successfully mottled with color, the magenta tint giving making it look permanently inflamed.