An innocent moment of joking around with a fellow tattooer and creating a challenge between the two of them morphed into an Instagram live stream of drawing battles amongst tattoo artists in the USA. The idea was born thanks to Austin Spencer of Studio 21 Tattoo Gallery and Jonathan Penchoff of Black Lotus Tattoo. The rules were created and the battles began on Instagram @TattooFightClub. The enthusiasm and frenzy of participation has been overwhelming, 10,000 followers in less than two weeks is an exciting marketing accomplishment for the two artists. The elevated artistic level of tattoo artists has always been out there, but not everyone has had the opportunity to be exposed to it. Through Instagram, anyone can follow the feed to see all the crazy creative talent posted by tattoo artists. The Tattoo Fight Club has captured the attention of both artists and fans. For more information on the brilliant idea of Austin and Jonathan, the Las Vegas Weekly was on the stands last week.
Athena Funk will be guest spotting at Studio 21 Tattoo Gallery February 16-20th. If anyone is interested in getting tattooed by Athena during those dates please call the shop for more information. Athena, tattoo artist/ illustrator/ fine artist keeps a busy schedule in addition to playing roller derby so take advantage of the opportunity and check out her work.
Studio 21 Tattoo and Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum present the 2nd Annual Sailor Jerry Tribute at our studio. Phil Luck, our resident tattoo historian will set up a vintage window display, showcase his traditional style tattoo artwork and hold a mustache contest for the event. This event is sure to be an outstanding good time and the proceeds from the event raffle will benefit Las Vegas local Animal Foundation.
Photo: Artwork submitted by Charlie Spencer for the opening.
Hanky Panky’s (Henk Schifmacher) official opening of the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum is scheduled for Nov. 5, 2011. The museum will house an extensive permanent show covering the history of tattooing, and both today and tomorrow. A unique collection of books, magazines, dairies, flash, photographs, tattoo machines, paintings, carvings as well as tattooed human skin. Guest artists for the first week include Horishige (from the Horitoku family from Japan) who will be tattooing traditional Japanese style, “tebori” meaning by hand at the opening.Other guest artists are scheduled from New Zealand, Mexico and California. Appointments can be booked online as well as purchasing entry tickets. The property includes: cafe/bar/finer foods/bookstore & souvenirs/research center/library/tattoo shop. Check out the official website for more informationhttp://www.amsterdamtattoomuseum.com/
If you speak dutch…
Studio 21 Tattoo Gallery will be holding an event at our studio Sept. 18th, 2011. Pick Your Poison will be the feature of the event, showcasing their delectable alcohol, soda and fruit infused cupcakes. Lulu’s Pastries will also be attending with an assortment of fantastic pastries and Grouchy John’s Coffee will help wash it all down. Who could ask for a better way to top off the taste buds for the night. Naturally, the theme for the art show is “sweet tooth” anything reflecting sweets in whatever environment you choose. All art needs to be in by the 14th of September, any medium accepted. The clocks ticking, looking forward to seeing the entries.
When attending the international MAGIC convention in Las Vegas, NV, we ran across this skateboard exhibit in the S.L.A.T.E. area. SLATE highlights the newest & latest underground street labels, fashion and lifestyles from inspiring individuals setting trends for anything related to skate/art/surf and music. The original works of art on recycled skateboards is a traveling exhibit by over 90 artists, a project of SK8OLOGY, combining counter culture with fine art. This is a small example of all the boards on display. MAGIC/S.L.A.T.E. is an insider view of trends to come and a sensory overload of creative forces combined. It’s a lot to take in, everything from product display, live art exhibits, skateboard contest, etc. The creative energy of designers and artists is beyond inspiring.
Charlie Spencer, Studio 21 Tattoo artist and owner, spends his spare time creating black and white pointillism artwork. Pointillism, a popular 19th century French painting technique uses small dots of pure color placed next to each other and when viewed from a distance tones appear to blend together. This style goes back to the neo impressionist art movement, Georges Seurat, being one of the most popular painters of this era. Charlie has chosen this style of tediously applying dots over and over with Micron pens to achieve the darks and lights of tonal value desired, creating great detail. In black and white pointillism the two dots placed next to each other create “optical mixing” creating a perceived single tone. His artwork has been displayed at various themed art venues and events including Cornerstone Gallery and Studio 21 Tattoo Gallery.
Art takes on many forms of expression influenced by countless things in our life: music, film, painting, sculpture, etc. Phil Luck, a traditional tattoo artists at Studio 21 Tattoo received this creative piece of art from a client. For those who know Phil, his passion is anything Coca Cola. Another unique and well executed piece to add to his vast collection. Artist: Sean Douglas
Enjoyed the opportunity to hang out in the studio last week with SEEN and Olivia and catch up on the latest in his busy life, truly and interesting and inspiring individual with endless stories. Richard Mirando (SEEN) “The Godfather of Graffiti”, born and raised in the Bronx, began painting grafitti in the NY subways, his influence in the graffiti world was of a monumental scale. SEEN now travels the globe attending gallery shows and promoting his own large scale projects and other forms of art.http://www.seencity.net/
Mike Biggs is one of our artists at Studio 21 Tattoo Gallery who skillfully works in various art mediums including digital art. Mike’s art delves into the contradictions between reality and fantasy. Click on the link to see Mike’s time lapse work on a zombie buick piece and witness his illustrative technique.