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The latest episode of Scott Harrison’s MIRROR CAVE podcast features a 30 minute chat with Electric Tattoo’s Robert Ryan. The episode’s focus is on Robert’s connection with Eastern religion, experiences with Ayahuasca and his first visit to India; while not directly connected with tattooing it’s a great insight into his aesthetic output.
The folks over at Featherproof Book are offering a deluxe bundle of Robert Ryan’s INBORN ABSOLUTE this Holiday Season, featuring the hardcover book, Raking Light Productions seven color letterpress print of Robert’s PURUSHA AND PRAKRITI (edition 100) and a t-shirt available only through Featherproof.
These are only available until 25th December or as the inventory lasts. You can find out more information at Featherproof‘s website. I’m working on getting a proper review up for Inborn Absolute by the end of the year, but needless to say most OV readers should know that it’s a must have. From the press release:
The Inborn Absolute collects the artist’s past five years of Eastern deity paintings, mandala studies, and even an unfettered glimpse into his sketchbook. It also includes interviews with iconic performer and artist Genesis P. Orridge and legendary tattoo artist Freddy Corbin that serve to contextualize Ryan’s work and his progression as an artist. Ultimately, The Inborn Absolute is a celebration of an artist’s masterful blend of skill, tradition, and a knowledge which can only be passed down through oral traditions and ancient practices.
A few months ago our friends over at Yellow Beak Press sent a box full of VHS cassettes for archival and preservation. The tapes were a few decades old and in various states of magnetic decomposition; audio loss, video loss or spot on perfect. It’s always different and surprising what I’ll find when I pop a tape into an equally aged VCR and push play.
This short clip that dates back to the early 1990s features Calamity Jane of Tomboy Tattoos talking about her career and being a female tattoo artist in a time where it wasn’t so common. The audio had degraded substantially (I bumped it up 400% and tried to balance out the resulting hiss) but it’s worth watching.
Late last night I had a conversation about bullfrogs. Earlier tonight I had a conversation about Philly tattooists and Chris Kline’s name came up. These two events are probably not directly connected, but Mr. Kline’s affection for the noble Bufonidae is well known so, really, who can say.
Chris is one of my favorite local tattooers; if I were to do a ‘five to watch in 2017’ you can bet his name would be on the list. You can follow him on Instagram or shoot him an email for appointment information: Christopher.email@example.com
“In all societies, the man or woman who is not decorated in some way – changed from their natural state – is, in a sense, decoratively inarticulate…body decoration is a type of language or code, which is spoken through hairstyles, mutilations (pierced ears), tattooing or painting (makeup). In the West, because of our obsession with clothing for almost all parts of the body…we have restricted the amount of skin available to be used as a cosmetic language. Most of us have forgotten that perhaps the first works of art dedicated to the combination of form and color were carried out on the skin.” – Mary Jane Haake
Another VHS tape sent in for archival by the fine folks at Yellow Beak Press, The World’s Greatest Tattoo Fan is a 1989 documentary on legendary tattoo fan Elizabeth Weinzirl. I’d write something up about Elizabeth and her friendship with Bert Grimm and her connection to the tattoo world, but that’s all covered in the documentary. Instead, I’ll encourage you to read the Wiki page on director/tattoo artist Mary Jane Haake to find out more about a very under documented tattoo culture personality.