The suggestion that “tattoos are not just for sailors any more” is a familiar one. It might be surprising to learn, then, that the popular media has been reporting the arrival of tattooing in high society for nearly one hundred years. To celebrate the release of “Forever: The New Tattoo”, Gestalten hosted an evening of informative and entertaining talks by renowned tattoo artists Alex Binnie and Duncan X, as well as by heavily tattooed art historian Matt Lodder, author of the book’s preface. Further tattoo protagonists, namely Jon John, Liam Sparkes and Zoe Binnie, attended the event at the Gestalten Space in Berlin and gave us additional insight.
The book shop.gestalten.com/forever.html
See photos from the event here bit.ly/V4w6rP and bit.ly/Sqd5uW
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By Melissa Fusco
Men and Woman look at life through a different lens. There are plenty of professions where women out number men, and each man in that field will approach their projects differently than a woman. On the flip side, there are many professions that men out number women. It seems that most of my life I have found myself in a field that I enjoy where men greatly out numbered women. I can honestly say that I have felt the stress of being a woman in a predominately male dominated industry multiple times in my life. This has always pushed me to work harder to really become the best that I could be. I strived to keep up, and always felt good when I gained the respect from those I looked up to. I feel in the flash back I am reflecting on my years of competitive snowboarding.
However, even in my years of college there were more men than women in my classes, and artistically I excepted the fact that I am a woman, I see things differently than a man. I approach projects differently, from my overall vision, application, execusion, and time frame within each project. Within the art world I immersed myself in, I never really felt the stresses of man vs. woman. Then in 2003 my life change with my newly found passion of tattooing.
Nicki is working the Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts this weekend at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Hotel! If you’re in the area, stop by and check it out. The line up at this show is amazing, and there’s some amazing limited edition art prints and merchandise you can pick up!