New Reinventing The Tattoo Content
With larger tattoo work, swelling can be a factor that needs special consideration, particularly with clients who are coming for multiple days. With scar coverups, these considerations become that much more important because the skin is far less elastic, meaning that the inflammation might be contained inside a part of the body that can’t readily accommodate the swelling. I recently did some large scar coverup work on a lower leg where we encountered this problem to a fairly severe degree, and although the piece healed well it was a painful recovery for the client- a situation that we always want to avoid. For his second visit we tried doing things differently with great success, allowing us to get all the work done while avoiding swelling issues through careful timing and the use of a fancy orthopedic device, the Game Ready compression boot. You can read detailed project notes in the Scar Coverup chapter of your ReinventingTheTattoo.com subscription.
FREE Reinventing The Tattoo seminar!
This coming July 19-21 at the Empire State Tattoo Fest in NYC Guy will be hosting three events. This starts with a free Reinventing The Tattoo seminar that Friday evening at 7pm; this class is intended for professional tattooers and apprentices of professionals looking to broaden their knowledge of tattoo design and application, using examples from a variety of artists to showcase a broad range of approaches to successful tattooing. Existing Reinventing members are encouraged to attend as well.
The following morning, Saturday July 20 at 9:30am Guy will be hosting his Biomechanical Composition seminar, aimed at artists wanting to expand on their knowledge of composition on the human body with emphasis on the abstract end of the spectrum. Includes an hour-long presentation dissecting the fundamentals of abstract anatomical composition followed by an hour of drawing exercises which Guy will critique at several stages. Bring your pencils and erasers or your iPad. $200. You can sign up at tattooeducation.com.
That evening will be the Biomech Paint Jam which is free to anyone attending the Empire State Tattoo Fest. Students from the Biomechanical Composition seminar will get pointers and critique from Guy, but everyone is welcome to bring art supplies (or their tablets of course) and get into the creative vibe. The evening will include both solo and collab projects. Drop by our booth during the show for location info.
The Biomech Encyclopedia is Here!!
So the big moment is here! The Biomech Encyclopedia has been in production for over eight years and involves the artwork and efforts of nearly 150 artists. It’s a hard book to classify or describe; it contains a bit of history, a lot of instruction, quite a lot of inspiration and countless visually rich images in all media. Topping off at two volumes of 336 pages each, the Biomech Encyclopedia is part high-quality coffee table art book and part high-powered educational material with writing by dozens of artists from the tattoo, painting, sculpting, digital and filmmaking fields. Includes in-depth interviews, step-by-step instructional features and exhaustively researched biographical material. The top goal of The Biomech Encyclopedia is to help empower creative people to find and develop their own unique voices in the world of abstract art, and almost every bit of material between its covers is presented in a way that serves that purpose. It is now available at Hyperspacestudios.com/books. We have them in our warehouse now and are shipping copies out to our Kickstarter supporters first, so any new orders might take an extra couple weeks to ship out (since the Kickstarter orders get our priority) so expect about 3 weeks shipping time in the US.
Juan Salgado & Guy Aitchison Print Available Now!
@juan_salgado and I have been waiting for the right moment to debut the print of our recent collaboration, “The Cleanse”, and we recently crossed paths at the @hell_city tattoo fest and were both present to sign the prints. They are 16x28” plus a 1” black border for mounting purposes, on archival canvas, signed by both artists, $150. We have them in limited quantities because of the difficulty of getting them signed.