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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.
Scott Harrison recently released the second volume of his WELTWORLD series, featuring “24 pages of extremely dark humor. Meet the Netherberries, and Rick Rudkus of Laser Patrol. Go on a date with Josh and Teagan. Make a wish on the magic monkey hand, and of course, make inquiries into the nature of Mrs. Goldberg.”
“Scott Harrison is an internationally recognized tattoo artist, infamous for his peculiar cartoon imagery and lack of finesse.”
I grew up with Sunday Morning Comics; waiting for my Dad to finish the paper so I could get my crack at Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County, Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes and Gary Larsen’s The Far Side. As I got older and more interested in sequential art I discovered Windsor McCay’s Little Nemo, Richard F. Outcault’s Yellow kid and Jim Woodring’s dream-based Frank.
Frank is of special consideration when talking about WELTWORLD, the new newsprint compilation of artist Scott Harrison’s Knobby Mcbumps strips, currently available from his online store. Woodring’s Unifactor could easily run parallel with Harrison’s dream-state Weltworld; including it’s start black and white aesthetic and it’s distantly related frog characters.
Having been tattooed by Scott (who did what may be, after 25 years of getting tattooed, my favorite oneshot piece) it’s easy to see the characters in the 79 strips collected in this 16 page newspaper talking in his voice; the man is a natural story teller and his sequential art ties very well into the overall output of one of the most enigmatic tattooers to come out of the 1990s tattoo scene.
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.
In honor of Tattoo Age’s Thom deVita episode, VICE is holding an art show and sale at Mike Rubendall’s King’s Ave Tattoo shop in NYC from January 11th-13th. Thom’s one of a kind creative rubbings from tattoo stencils, art boxes, signed books, and more will be available for purchase. The legendary artist himself will also be present to talk about his art and Scott Harrison will be tattooing deVita inspired tattoos Saturday and Sunday.
What: Thom deVita Pop Up Gallery with VICE’s Tattoo Age
When: January 11th-13th
Where: King’s Ave | 188 Bowery, NYC(second floor)
Time: 12pm – 9pm Daily Friday and Saturday, 1PM-7PM on Sun
Be sure to stop by! VICE is excited for this special weekend, and is proud to bring you Thom’s art up close and personal, in celebration of the Tattoo Age series.
Besides the usual crew tattooing at King’s Ave, Chris O’Donnell and Timothy Hoyer will be on hand as well. The amount of quality art and tattooing that will be coming out of this shop that weekend will be astounding, don’t miss it!
All tattooing is folk art.
Vice.com has finally begun airing the Thom DeVita arc of their ‘Tattoo Age’ series, with episode 1 currently streaming.
You can check it out here.
The first episode features Ed Hardy, Nick Bubash, Clayton Patterson, Scott Harrison, Angelo Scotto, John Wyatt, Robert Ryan, Bubba Reeves and of course Thom. If you use the Freddy Corbin arc of season 1 as a yardstick for quality, it’s really hard to imaging it getting any better. But seeing the enthusiasm that other people have for Thom and his work wins you over. Harrison’s face lights up when he talks about his ‘bad’ DeVita tattoos. These episodes- five in total- will end up being a once in a lifetime view into the life of an iconic artist.
Last year I was lucky enough to have been tattooed by Scott Harrison.
After the tattoo I had plans to swing by the Vice offices to drop off a VHS copy of Frisco Skin and Tattoo Ink to Chris Grosso, the producer of the Tattoo Age series. At the time only a few of the episodes had aired and it was already shaping up to be and amazing tattoo documentary series; the perfect alternative to the cable network atrocities that were airing.
Harrison is a natural story teller, and as the tattoo continued he told me about Tattoo Age filming with him and Thom Devita. I was floored. DeVita. I had seen his work, of course, and compared to the relatively young tattooers featured so far he was a major score for the Tattoo Age folks. Scott detailed how they got Thom to talk on camera, shared a few great anecdotes and we eventually moved on.
Of course when I got to the Vice offices and met Chris, the first thing I brought up was the DeVita footage. At the time, I’m fairly sure they were editing the Corbin episodes (thus the VHS I was dropping off) and the season if thats what you want to call it was coming to a close. So… when was Thom’s arc going to air?
Chris didn’t have an answer. At the time there was no official word about season 2 so that footage could have potentially never seen the light of day. That would have been a tragedy. When I left the Vice offices I was worried. Several months later I was getting tattooed by Robert Ryan and we started talking about DeVita, and he mentioned that he had just completed an interview for Vice, for Thom’s segments.
I’ve been waiting for these episodes since last year, and I couldn’t be happier that they’re finally going to air. The first episode airs on November 21.
Update: Just got word from Juliette from Vice- The DeVita arc will be FIVE episodes long. Five. Feel the love.