Getting tattooed by Scott Harrison was one of the raddest tattoo experiences I’ve ever had.
For a small tattoo it seemed to take forever; normally that would be a bad thing but with Scott it means that he’s telling story after unforgettable story, each one better than the last. I was lucky enough to be tattooed by him next to Thomas Hooper; an artists Scott had worked alongside for a while and who’s reparte added to the whole experience.
Aside from being Mr. Fancy Pants tattooer, Scott is also a respected painter who’s output- stunning black and white watercolors- often blur the lines between comical, pornographic and surreal.
When I showed Ed Hardy my fresh WELT tattoo he said “Scott Harrison is the real deal“.
If you’d like to see works by the real deal himself- curated by Thomas Woodruff (who’s art adorns the cover of Hardy’s Tattoo Time V: Art from the heart) and featuring works from a score of other amazing SVA graduates (including James Jean) you should check out “The Pond, the Mirror, the Kaleidoscope,” August 20 – September 14, 2013.
Posted by Shawn Porter on June 3, 2013
After watching the Thom DeVita episodes of ViceTv’s groundbreaking Tattoo Age series, I decided that I should head to Pittsburgh this summer and get tattooed by the incomparable Nick Bubash. Earlier today I saw that he’s going to be having a solo show at the Warhol. This summer.
I like it when everything lines up.
From the Warhol Museum:
The Patron Saint of White Guys That Went Tribal and Other Works, the first solo museum exhibition of work by Pittsburgh artist Nick Bubash features a recreation of the artist’s studio which focuses on a large group of found object sculptures. These sculptures reveal a playful approach to the artist’s practices and sardonic sense of humor. Bubash has exhibited extensively across the US since 1989, with work exhibiting a wide range of media and diverse stylistic approach. Bubash is also a nationally recognized tattooist and is the owner of Route 60 Tattoo in McKees Rocks.
Read more at warhol.org:
I think this is going to be one of those ‘worth the commute’ sort of things, so if you can make Pittsburgh part of your travel plans, you might just oughta!
Posted by Shawn Porter on May 15, 2013
Buying records in Philadelphia is much harder than it should be. While we have a few decent record stores, none of them ever seem to actually get new releases (at least in the two weeks surrounding their release) instead offering a friendly “we can order it for you though” in place of the CD/LP/Cassette I want.
So while waiting for ‘The Godward Way’ to arrive from Thrill Jockey I swung by Repo Records on South Street to see if there was anything new and interesting out that I may not have heard of and was surprised to see yet another new Higgs release.
From Wild Sages:
WSR5 DANIEL HIGGS Cassette & Digital Download + 3 Songs @ around 13 Minutes Recorded In A Wintery 2010/11 by Nathan Bell & Re-Mixed By N. Shineywater, Mastered in LA using 1930′s era EQ, this unique combo of Digital Download MP3 & 2 Sided Cassette compliments modern & vintage listening devices. (sold separate)
As the cover art suggests a mighty lion holding the sun, eating floating green diamonds, we bet the track “Throne Of The Kind A Light Upon My Mind“ will get your lion a little more iron!
4.20.2013 MAIL-ORDER FROM SAN FRANCISCO:
The link above has both the cassette and the digital download, for whatever tickles your fancy.
Posted by Shawn Porter on May 8, 2013
For folks into the music of former tattooer/Lunfish singer/poet Daniel Higgs, Southern Records has released a new Higgs project on vinyl and cd titled “The Godward Way”.
From Southern’s Website:
1 song, 23 minutes. Exclusive recording from Daniel HIggs, visionary artist and former frontman of Lungfish. 500 numbered, hand-packaged CDs in foil blocked origami style folder with colour insert. Also available in an edition of 1000 LPs – 180gm white or black vinyl with numbered, hand-packaged sleeves including foil-blocked inner and colour insert. Cover artwork by Daniel Higgs.
I ordered mine from Thrill Jockey, but if you’re a vinyl collector and you want both colors (I think TJ only got white? I may have read it wrong) you can order directly from Southern.
Thrill Jockey Records.
Posted by Shawn Porter on May 5, 2013
It’s been damn near eighteen years since I was tattooed by Jason Minauro.
Back then he was really finding his voice as a tattooer. In the years that have followed he’s more than found it; his work is subtle while still being bold and while most certainly influenced by those who’ve come before him is able to stand on it’s own. For my money Jason is also one of the finest pin-up tattooists currently working.
He’s been dropping additions to his ‘red pencil club’ to a Facebook gallery, which you can find by following him here, that are just stunning. I was hoping to meet up with him when I was in Florida getting tattooed by David Bruehl, but sadly my schedule didn’t allow for it. If you find yourself traveling to the Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater area and are looking for a kickass new tattoo- get in touch with Jason. You wont regret it.
Posted by Shawn Porter on May 1, 2013
This is a formica table. Green is it’s color.
Ron Henry Wells. Twin Peaks. I really don’t need to say more. He’s a man obsessed and I’m obsessed with the results, so… any time I see one, it’s going up here. Simple as that.
If you want to find out more about the ‘Man from Another Place’ you can swing by the Wiki Page on him or better yet… watch the show.
If you want to find out more about Ron Wells- visit The Laughing Hyena.
Posted by Shawn Porter on April 23, 2013