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Sang Bleu 5 Launch & Exhibtion

by on Jun.14, 2010, under

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I’ve been a long time fan of Sang Bleu, my first appearance in any sort of publication was in Sang Bleu #0 back in 2006. I recently had the pleasure of finally meeting & being tattooed by Maxime Buechi (Sang Bleu creator) last week.

Sang Bleu is happy and proud to announce its first official event in
NYC! Hosted by Envoy Enterprises, the show will present a selection of
works by Thomas Hooper, renowned tattoo artist and editor of Sang Bleu.
Thomas’ pictorial work although directly complementary to his skin-based
work, sails far from the world of tattooing to explore a very
medium-orientated abstraction. Mixing with ease orthodox and unorthodox
painting techniques, organic textures with computer-enhanced patterns,
accidental stains with geometrical entities, witnessing an undeniable
although alienated legacy from Abstract Expressionism. In addition to
the paintings, a projected composition based of found 8mm footages turn
decay and memory into an abstract artistic language.

The second part of the launch will feature performances curated by
performance artist Jack Ferver whose

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Chef Tattoos

by on Jun.14, 2010, under

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It’s not hard to mistake Top Chef with LA Ink, considering both shows are heavy on the tattoos and cheese. It almost seems like high-end NY eateries require full sleeves for a souffle.

Taking a look at the art of chef tattoos is Zagat’s Tattoo Tell-All series.

Aside from the use of “tats” and my usual pet peeve of not naming the tattoo artists behind the work, it’s a good read–particularly the “Ink Insight” section addressing the why question.

Here are some quotes to give you a taste:

“There are a lot of tattooed punk-rock kids in the kitchen because it
has punk-rock energy. If you’re a banker giving out million-dollar
loans, you can’t have a tattoo on your hand, but it’s funny that someone
tattooed, like Nate Appleman, might have a great
career, but some people wouldn’t want to sit next to him on the subway.”
– Jamie Bissonnette, Coppa
and Toro

“Maybe chefs like tats because we are always burning our arms? I’ve
never gotten one to cover a burn but I’ve gotten burned on top of my
tattoos. Gives it a three-dimensional look.”
– Seamus Mullen, Boqueria
[shown right]

“I consider tattoos [to be] art like cooking is an art. My tattoos don’t
scream, ‘look at me, I’m a chef!’ I just like to create little things
that send little messages about who I am as a person. I do the same
thing when I cook.”
– Michael Voltaggio, Langham
Huntington Dining Room

Read more on the Zagat Blog.

UPDATE: LA Weekly also has an extensive article on chef tattoos with a juicy slideshow, including the one below by Amy Scattergood of Carolynn Spence, Chateau Marmont.

chefs-with-tattoos.4912982.87.jpgThanks, Kir Bostic, for the link!

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Chef Tattoos

by on Jun.11, 2010, under Needles and Sins Blog

Seamus-Mullen-Boqueria-Courtesy-Food-Network.jpg
It’s not hard to mistake Top Chef with LA Ink, considering both shows are heavy on the tattoos and cheese. It almost seems like high-end NY eateries require full sleeves for a souffle.

Taking a look at the art of chef tattoos is Zagat’s Tattoo Tell-All series.

Aside from the use of “tats” and my usual pet peeve of not naming the tattoo artists behind the work, it’s a good read–particularly the “Ink Insight” section addressing the why question.

Here are some quotes to give you a taste:

“There are a lot of tattooed punk-rock kids in the kitchen because it
has punk-rock energy. If you’re a banker giving out million-dollar
loans, you can’t have a tattoo on your hand, but it’s funny that someone
tattooed, like Nate Appleman, might have a great
career, but some people wouldn’t want to sit next to him on the subway.”
– Jamie Bissonnette, Coppa
and Toro

“Maybe chefs like tats because we are always burning our arms? I’ve
never gotten one to cover a burn but I’ve gotten burned on top of my
tattoos. Gives it a three-dimensional look.”
– Seamus Mullen, Boqueria
[shown right]

“I consider tattoos [to be] art like cooking is an art. My tattoos don’t
scream, ‘look at me, I’m a chef!’ I just like to create little things
that send little messages about who I am as a person. I do the same
thing when I cook.”
– Michael Voltaggio, Langham
Huntington Dining Room

Read more on the Zagat Blog.

UPDATE: LA Weekly also has an extensive article on chef tattoos with a juicy slideshow, including the one below by Amy Scattergood of Carolynn Spence, Chateau Marmont.

chefs-with-tattoos.4912982.87.jpgThanks, Kir Bostic, for the link!

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Chef Tattoos

by on Jun.11, 2010, under

Seamus-Mullen-Boqueria-Courtesy-Food-Network.jpg

It’s not hard to mistake Top Chef with LA Ink, considering both shows are heavy on the tattoos and cheese. It almost seems like high-end NY eateries require full sleeves for a souffle.

Taking a look at the art of chef tattoos is Zagat’s Tattoo Tell-All series.

Aside from the use of “tats” and my usual pet peeve of not naming the tattoo artists behind the work, it’s a good read–particularly the “Ink Insight” section addressing the why question.

Here are some quotes to give you a taste:

“There are a lot of tattooed punk-rock kids in the kitchen because it
has punk-rock energy. If you’re a banker giving out million-dollar
loans, you can’t have a tattoo on your hand, but it’s funny that someone
tattooed, like Nate Appleman, might have a great
career, but some people wouldn’t want to sit next to him on the subway.”
– Jamie Bissonnette, Coppa
and Toro

“Maybe chefs like tats because we are always burning our arms? I’ve
never gotten one to cover a burn but I’ve gotten burned on top of my
tattoos. Gives it a three-dimensional look.”
– Seamus Mullen, Boqueria
[shown right]

“I consider tattoos [to be] art like cooking is an art. My tattoos don’t
scream, ‘look at me, I’m a chef!’ I just like to create little things
that send little messages about who I am as a person. I do the same
thing when I cook.”
– Michael Voltaggio, Langham
Huntington Dining Room

Read more on the Zagat Blog.

UPDATE: LA Weekly also has an extensive article on chef tattoos with a juicy slideshow, including the one below by Amy Scattergood of Carolynn Spence, Chateau Marmont.

chefs-with-tattoos.4912982.87.jpgThanks, Kir Bostic, for the link!

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"Covered" Documentary: New Clips

by on Jun.10, 2010, under TattooAftercare.org

In April, we posted on the documentary on female tattooists and collectors called Covered.

Now the filmmaker, Dr. Beverly Yuen Thompson, of Snakegirl Productions has released even more clips from the film, including interviews that didn’t make final cut like the video above (found here on YouTube).

As a daughter of an immigrant from a country that is not yet accepting of tattoos (but not paying taxes is ok), I completely relate to this clip of tattooed women who have to deal with the extreme cultural differences between their lives as first generation Americans and their immigrant parents. In one scene, the heavily tattooed Korean woman says that she has not seen her father in three years after revealing that she is tattooed–in my case it was only three months–but the grief of having that separation from one’s family simply because we’ve decorated our skin is not limited to rare cases. I only wish these clips were not on the cutting room floor because the interviews are so powerful, but I’m glad they are available on YouTube.

Check other clips like this one on Jennifer Wilder and her apprenticeship under Johnny Williams of Abstract Art in Webster, TX.

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Sang Bleu 5 Launch & Exhibtion

by on Jun.10, 2010, under

SB-NY-352x499.jpg

I’ve been a long time fan of Sang Bleu, my first appearance in any sort of publication was in Sang Bleu #0 back in 2006. I recently had the pleasure of finally meeting & being tattooed by Maxime Buechi (Sang Bleu creator) last week.

Sang Bleu is happy and proud to announce its first official event in
NYC! Hosted by Envoy Enterprises, the show will present a selection of
works by Thomas Hooper, renowned tattoo artist and editor of Sang Bleu.
Thomas’ pictorial work although directly complementary to his skin-based
work, sails far from the world of tattooing to explore a very
medium-orientated abstraction. Mixing with ease orthodox and unorthodox
painting techniques, organic textures with computer-enhanced patterns,
accidental stains with geometrical entities, witnessing an undeniable
although alienated legacy from Abstract Expressionism. In addition to
the paintings, a projected composition based of found 8mm footages turn
decay and memory into an abstract artistic language.

The second part of the launch will feature performances curated by
performance artist Jack Ferver whose

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