Interview By Jason Brooks
Jason Brooks: Okay, let’s start by talking about your background. Go ahead and introduce yourself, how long you’ve been tattooing.
Tim Lehi: My name’s Tim Lehi, I’ve been tattooing roughly 22 years.
How did tattooing come about for you and when and where did this happen?
I first got introduced to it through my first job, which was washing dishes at a college and I worked with an ex-con and he saw that I liked to draw and he encouraged me to get into it. I also simultaneously was doing flyers for local shows in Wichita, Kansas for a lot of death metal and hard rock shows and I met a local tattooer in Wichita and between those two encounters that’s how I got really into tattooing and got sort of nudged into beginning to tattoo…
Please join us for the opening reception:
Thursday, November 3, 2011
6pm – 9pm
SMITH ANDERSEN EDITIONS presents TASTE OF TATTOO, an exhibit that features prints from the Tattoo Project, and highlights the relationship between marking on skin and marking on a printing plate. In our most recent project, we invited ten artists to make work influenced or inspired by tattoos. Five of the participants are known for tattooing and five for printmaking. For Ross K. Jones, Mary Joy, Jen Lee, Jeff Rassier, and Kahlil Rintye, who generally work with skin and ink, the project afforded the opportunity to collaborate with a master printer, to experiment with new materials, and to embrace the spontaneity atypical of tattooing. For the printmakers, Enrique Chagoya, George Herms, Kathryn Kain, Kara Maria, and Richard Shaw, the tattoo project encouraged the investigation of new symbols, styles, and ideas….
The following videos were previously released on the CD ROMs and DVDs that accompany each issue of Tattoo Artist Magazine from 2002-present. The $1.99 videos include artists, Jeff Gogué, Shige, Thomas Hooper, CIV, Alex Reinke, Chad Koeplinger, Chuck Eldridge, Dana Helmuth, Frank Lee, Jason Brooks, Jeff Rassier, Matt Arriola, Matt Shamah, Wido de Marval, Sid Stankovitz and Nikko Hurtado.
The $0.99 videos include artists, Uncle Allan, Ernie Gosnell, Tony Hundahl, Trevor McStay, Mick Tattoo, Mike (Rollo) Malone, Oliver Peck, Tim Hendricks, Keith Underwood, Jim Rosal, Joel Long, Juan Puente, Hunter Spanks, Horiyoshi II, Filip Leu, Eric Doyle, Chris Trevino, Chris O’ Donnell, Chad Soner, Beppe Strambini and Aaron Bell…
Bio from Tyson McAdoo’s Site:
Born from the secret love affair between a famed Scottish ballerina and the Wolfman, Tyson McAdoo spent his younger years leaping and howling in the dark woods of Carlisle. At age 18 his talents of corn dog sculpture garnered the attention of the Joe Kubert School of Cartooning and Graphic Arts… [Video and Pictures on expanded page] (more…)
By Jeff Rassier:
Beppe is one of those rare tattooers that learned to tattoo without any direct local influences. Because of this, he developed a style that is all his own. His tattoos are rooted in the classic styles but developed in a different way than most of the tattooers I know. He is so devoted to tattooing in all he does that whenever I visit him it amazes me how many days a week he works and how many hours he puts into his drawings. [Video on expanded page.] (more…)
Beppe: First tattoo shop was my tattoo shop, Ink Addiction. I know it sounds weird in some ways, but where I live there was no way to get a proper apprenticeship. It’s such a small town and nobody would give me any help.