Private Portraits

BME was sent the following press release:
The German photographer Stefan Richter worked from 1983 until end of the 90s on the body arts, with two books (Tattoo, Quartet 1985; Hidden Exposures, De Vaar 1994). This brand-new, self-published work – a nostalgic visual feast – is a choice of his best images – most of which have never been seen before – heightened by biographies based on interviews. Portrayed are – in mostly nude photographs and in-depth texts – numerous deceased tattoo legends, including Alan Oversby, Karl Green, Isobel Varley, Rusty, Michael Kickham O’Farrell, Rocky, Tattoo Theo, Samy, Herbert Hoffmann, Karlmann Richter and many more. This sumptuous new volume illustrates a time gone by, when the body arts were still shrouded in veils. A lovingly crafted high-end book: a true collector’s item with an unforgettable ambience.
Large Format 30 x 30 cm (12 x 12 in)
Digital Printing (Please note: Digital printing is more expensive than ‘normal’ offset printing)
Drum Scan Origination (Heidelberg Tango)
Dust Jacket on Hardcover (100% rayon with tissue backing, which increases durability)
Premium Matte Photo Paper 148g/m² (100 lb.)
Weight of the book ca. 1.5 kg
148 Pages
71 full colour Photographs
Extensive Biographies (all text in English)
This sophisticated art book is only (!) available at the BLURB bookstore and not via Amazon or any bookshop. Please note: the European version and the American version of this book are absolutely identical in every aspect, but shipped either from the Netherlands or the US. To save shipping costs, order your copy from the source nearest to you (see below) !
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By the way, the BLURB-bookstore PREVIEW only shows 29 images (out of a total of 71). There are 42 more absolutely extraordinary visual surprises in this book !
Have a look (public visibility) at this promotional Facebook-Page:

Little Swastika Book

Marc, better known as Little Swastika, is an avant garde tattoo artist that’s a leader in the new worlds of dotwork, geometry, “trash” tattooing, neotribal spiritualism and fine art tattooing. He has just released a limited edition book of paintings and sketches done between 2005 and 2009. It is 108 pages long, printed in a limited hand-numbered and signed edition of 108 copies, and costs 108 euro (about $140 USD). This is a must-have for any tattoo studio — it’s not flash, but it’s a wonderful design resource — or tattoo artist interested in this style as well as art collectors. You can click below to take a closer look, or visit little-swastika.com to find out how to get your own copy of this incredibly special book.

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Marc’s work has been featured on ModBlog ever since I first saw his work, at the time at his earlier studio Swastika Freakshop, but while I have your attention, let me show you two recent creations. On the left, and amazingly dense and manic chestpiece that somehow mix the scrawlings of a madman with ripples and spirals and sacred geometry, and on the left, an evocative backpiece in dripping in saturated full color, with multiple layers of both scribbled block printing and Marc’s highly stylized and very recognizable red script. If you enjoy art tattooing, Marc is one of the best, creative and technically gifted.

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Finally, since they have not yet been covered on ModBlog, I want to give coverage to Marc’s work with double backpieces. Marc’s art is sometimes so big and powerful that it takes more than one person to contain it, as he splashes his striking visions across friends and families. Here are three examples of multi-person tattoos that he’s performed, as well as a shot of him working on laying down a stencil on two of his latest subjects. I love all of these (even though the one in the top row does cover up a BME logo!).

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Again, you can find Marc online at little-swastika.com, or click here to see a collection of ModBlog entries of his work. I just spent a few minutes going through it myself and found lots of wonderful pieces that had slipped my memory — his portfolio is beyond incredible. Have I mentioned what a fan I am? Finally you can also track him down on Facebook at facebook.com/tattoingisdeath. There are very few artists who I whole-heartedly endorse. Marc is one of them.

Learning to Fly

There’s less than one week left to pre-order a copy of the Wings of Desire 10-year anniversary book “Learning to Fly”.  The pre-orders are important, as WoD is self-publishing.  This means that in order for the book to go to print they need 500 pre-orders.  Well with 5 days to go, they’re really close to that deadline.  They need less than 10o pre-orders in order to make this happen.  For those that don’t know, Wings of Desire are one of the world’s finest suspension teams.  Over the past 10 years they’ve accomplished incredible things, all of which are detailed in this book.

The book has been a long term project; planned since the very beginning of the Norwegian chapter in suspension history. Helene, our photographer, has been present since Håvve first came out as a Fakir in 1991 and has followed his work for more than two decades. As our official photographer, most of the body suspensions facilitated by Wings of Desire (WoD) can be found in her archives.

Helene’s photographs show more than the beauty of suspended bodies, they also capture the emotion of the moment. There are also a multitude of stories belonging to the people depicted. To give a slight impression of their various feelings and experiences, we have included selected quotes from people who have been suspended by Wings of Desire.

The foreword is written by Håvve’s first mentor, Allen Falkner. The history and philosophy behind WoD practice is put into words by the Norwegian suspension pioneer and creator of WoD, Håvve.

Instead of choosing a publisher, we have decided to publish this book ourselves. We know that we have the experience and ability to make this book a striking visual and emotional testimony—as well as an historical artifact of a decade’s worth of continuous improvement of equipment and technique. What we need is your help to make it happen!

To pre-order, simply visit http://www.ulule.com/wod/ and follow the instructions.  It’s a kickstarter-like website for authors who want to self-publish, and all proceeds from the book are going directly into the production costs.  So help make this book come to life.  Order yours today.

Learning to Fly

For those of you unfamiliar with Wings of Desire, they’re one of the world’s finest suspension teams and hosts to The Oslo SusCon.  Håvve and the rest of the gang are always at the forefront of modern suspension and now they’re about to do something that hasn’t been accomplished in many years, and that is publish a book on suspension.  Now in order for the book to be published, a minimum number of pre-orders need to be made.  The book, featuring the photography of Helene Fjell, is a chronicle of the past 10 years that Wings of Desire has been together.  Here’s a bit more about the book.

The book has been a long term project; planned since the very beginning of the Norwegian chapter in suspension history. Helene, our photographer, has been present since Håvve first came out as a Fakir in 1991 and has followed his work for more than two decades. As our official photographer, most of the body suspensions facilitated by Wings of Desire (WoD) can be found in her archives.

Helene’s photographs show more than the beauty of suspended bodies, they also capture the emotion of the moment. There are also a multitude of stories belonging to the people depicted. To give a slight impression of their various feelings and experiences, we have included selected quotes from people who have been suspended by Wings of Desire.

The foreword is written by Håvve’s first mentor, Allen Falkner. The history and philosophy behind WoD practice is put into words by the Norwegian suspension pioneer and creator of WoD, Håvve.

Instead of choosing a publisher, we have decided to publish this book ourselves. We know that we have the experience and ability to make this book a striking visual and emotional testimony—as well as an historical artifact of a decade’s worth of continuous improvement of equipment and technique. What we need is your help to make it happen!

Wings of Desire have partnered with a Kickstarter-like site for independent authors.  What this means is that all the funds that go directly into the creation of the book, with nothing being tacked on by a publisher.  The down side to this is that in order to be published, they need to sell 500 pre-orders by May 7th.  So if you’re interested in getting a copy of what is sure to be an incredible book, head on over to this site to order your copy.

Piercers looking for their 15 minutes….

If you are a piercer, or a piercing enthusiast and have wondered how to get your photos published, well here is the opportunity you have been waiting for.

We, Sean Dowdell (of  Club Tattoo) and Matthew Martyr, are putting together a coffee table book. We are looking for piercers who are interested in taking part in this project, as the ultimage goal is for this to be a community collaboration.

It will be a photograph-heavy book on beauty in body piercing. The photo content will range from elaborate corsets, to simple nostril piercings.

If you are interested (or know someone who may be interested), please send an email to submissions.matthewmartyr@gmail.com for more information!

Thanks,
Matthew Martyr and Sean Dowdell

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Elayne Angel Podcast and Book Review

Elayne Angel admits she’s more conservative about piercing than many others, and as far as her new book, The Piercing Bible, is concerned, that probably works to her advantage. Over five years in the making, the book is billed as “the definitive guide to safe body piercing,” which ostensibly seems like a dicey proposition; there could be some (understandable) apprehension to an actual guide to piercing for public consumption. Angel cuts this off at the head, though, in an early section in which she states that “piercing (is) not a do-it-yourself hobby,” and that this is not meant to be a handbook for hacks or people who think they can blow off an apprenticeship. On piercing kits sold in some shops, for example, she writes, “These are no safer than a home root canal kit and must be avoided.”

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Pew Pew Pew


Hey, that’s a pretty good self-portrait, HEHNGHH? Oh wait, never mind, Tomasz fills us in:

The Shrike is designed by Artur Szolc, on the basis of excerpts from the book Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons. It’s not based on any other drawings of the creature, and it’s supposed to be as accurate as possible. The head is only the first part of the tattoo. The upper body of the Shrike will cover my whole arm, and Shrike’s four arms will encircle my arm and go all the way up to the shoulder and down the elbow. Its blades shall seem to pierce the skin. Possibly, a thorn-tree background will be added as well to complete a half-sleeve.

Thanks, Tomasz! A closer shot of the tattoo, after the jump.

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