Tattoo Art

Paintin’ for Satan

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Current Church of Satan Magus Peter H. Gilmore is a pretty fascinating guy. I’ve been following his tumblr a while for his amazingly detailed cinema reviews (his two part review of the 2015 Godzilla remake would make a PhD thesis seem like it didn’t try hard enough) and thoughts on life and generally thought he couldn’t get much cooler.

Then I saw that he was curating a show for the folks at the HOWL TATTOO Gallery down in Florida. It’s one thing to mix Satan with cinema, but when he gets his scaly mitts on tattooing it seems like it could be the perfect combination. I can’t wait to see the book!

From Gilmore’s introduction:
For The Devils Reign, our artists work in many styles to evoke the fantastic and demonic. Their renditions of the dread names from Anton LaVey’s The Satanic Bible serve as keys to unleash oft-hidden aspects of the human psyche. As he said himself, “There is a beast in man that should be exercised, not exorcised!.” Devilish art may mock authority, frighten the gullible, and embody complex emotions. Here you’ll find gateways for self-reflection, for opening one’s mind to unique perspectives.”

Exhibition on Display: December 5th, 2015 – January 30th, 2016
Opening Reception & Book Release: December 5th 7-11pm (18+ Only)
Gallery Hours: 11am-8pm M-Th 12-10pm Fr-Sat
Address: HOWL Gallery/Tattoo – 4160 Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33901
Admission: Free
HOWL Gallery Facebook: www.facebook.com/HOWLGALLERYTATTOO
HOWL GalleryTwitter: @howlgallery
If you’re in the area you should stop by and check it out!

The full press release/artist listing follows-

Fort Myers, FL – September 3, 2015 – Church of Satan High Priest, Magus Peter H Gilmore, has curated an art exhibition and accompanying book to both debut December 5th in Fort Myers, Florida. HOWL Gallery/Tattoo will host The Devils Reign, a two month art show featuring many of the world’s best known tattoo artists, as well as illustrators, photographers, painters and sculptors. The show also includes work by members of the Church of Satan’s hierarchy. Over 60 artists were selected by Magus Gilmore for the exhibition that runs from December 5th until January 30th, 2016 at HOWL Gallery in Fort Myers, FL. The limited-edition hardcover exhibition book will be available during the opening reception and afterwards.
The Devils Reign features images depicting devils and dark gods from current and past cultures, as well as monstrous characters inspired by HP Lovecraft’s Cthulu mythos. The Satanic Bible, first published in 1969 and written by Church of Satan founder Anton Szandor LaVey, was used as inspiration for the exhibit. Artists referenced LaVey’s roster called The Infernal Names which features a list of more than 50 devilish deities compiled from world mythology, including Satan, Lilith, the Greek fertility god Pan, Dracula, Loki, and even Hindu divinities Shiva and Kali. This is the first show and published art book of its kind associated directly with the Church of Satan.
Notable artists in the exhibit include rock poster icon Derek Hess, whose work is included in the collection of The Louvre Museum in Paris and The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Modern day tattoo legends Tim Lehi, Jef Whitehead, Derek Noble, Dusty Neal, Curt Baer, Uncle Allan, and Timothy Hoyer all accepted invitations to participate. Well known heavy metal album illustrators such as Seldon Hunt, Shaun Beaudry, Palehorse, and Florian Bertmer also contributed artwork. Stylistically, the works range from the gothic and grotesque to art influenced by Japanese and traditional tattooing styles. A complete list of artists is available below and on the gallery’s website.
The Devils Reign hardcover book features art from the exhibition as well as additional pieces not displayed in the gallery. The book is being produced and designed by gallery co-owner and accomplished tattoo artist Andy Howl and published in association with the Church of Satan. This limited edition features a two-color metallic cover and the more than 80 full-color pages. Retail price of the book is $60. Pre-ordered copies will come signed by High Priest Gilmore and orders are now being taken on the gallery’s website. www.howlgallery.com
From Gilmore’s introduction: “For The Devils Reign, our artists work in many styles to evoke the fantastic and demonic. Their renditions of the dread names from Anton LaVey’s The Satanic Bible serve as keys to unleash oft-hidden aspects of the human psyche. As he said himself, “There is a beast in man that should be exercised, not exorcised!.” Devilish art may mock authority, frighten the gullible, and embody complex emotions. Here you’ll find gateways for self-reflection, for opening one’s mind to unique perspectives.”
Curator Gilmore has also noted that, “For the first time, the legendary denizens of Hell as denoted in LaVey’s The Satanic Bible are evoked in brilliant, blasphemous detail for you to savor.
Complete list of artists in the exhibition:
AW Storm Anderson
Adam P Campbell
Alexandra Snelgrove
Andy Howl
Cameron John
Chris Reed
Christopher Lee
Clay McCay
Curt Baer
Daniel Byrd
Dave Berns
David Sinclair Smith
David Wallace
Derek Hess
Derek Noble
Dusty Neal
Dylan Garrett Smith
Eric Vernor
Florian Bertmer
Francisco D
Herb Auerbach
Jason Leach
Jef Whitehead
Jeff Srsic
Jett Vincent Bailey
Joao Werner
jondix
Josh McAlear
Josie Gallows
Kim Rice
Laney Oleniczak
Lilith Coose
Marilyn Mansfield
Markus Mayer
Matt Lackey
Michaelanthony Alton Mitchell
nico TDM LEGRAND
N! Satterfield
Pale Horse
Pooch
Robert Lang
Samantha Roman
Sara Ray
Sean Bonner
Seldon Hunt
Shaun Beaudry
Shayne of the Dead
Skot Olsen
Steven Anderson
Stevie Floyd
Thomas Thorn
Tim Lehi
Timothy Hoyer
Tony Karnes
Tracey Pryor
Uncle Allan
Valentin Schwarz
William J Butler
Zac Scheinbaum
Zack Spurlock
Zoth Ommog
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Traditional Tech

Instagram @himmelworks

Instagram @himmelworks

I’ve already seen the hashtag #nophotoshop popping up on my social networking feeds, with tattooers drawing a line in the sand between traditional drawing techniques and computer aided drawing. In the right hands it can be a valuable tool; Thomas Hooper used Photoshop to quickly lay out the mandala design he put on my fingers, Guy Aitchison and his ‘bio-mech collective’ participants make use of Wacom tablets and 3D modeling for laying out complicated drawings and light sources. In the wrong hands it can turn tattooing into graphic design and breed a generation of tattooists who know more about fonts and kerning than they do hand lettering.

It’s potential for abuse shouldn’t automatically mean it’s bad. Time will tell.

That has absolutely nothing to do with this 3D model of a Mike Wilson painting by his old co-worker John Himmelstein. John has been interested in computer animation/drawing since the 1990s and is bridging the gap between 2D illustration and fully three dimensional models. As 3D printing becomes more affordable, ‘studies’ like this could help artists with more realistic drawings and light sources.

It’s also pretty damn cool.

(Personal anecdote: John drew the original design for my Wilson backpiece. Mike was having a hard time conceptualizing what I wanted, so John did a quick sketch to help lay everything out. The two worked together in the early 1990s in Daytona Beach.)

http://www.instagram.com/himmelworks

Blueprints!

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It’s always a good day when I get information on a new Yellow Beak Press project in the mail.

In 2015, Yellow Beak Press will be releasing their upcoming biography Sailor Vern. Leading up to the release of the Sailor Vern book, Yellow Beak Press will be selling limited prints of selected Percy Waters blueprint sheets from Sailor Vern’s personal collection. They will be 18×24 offset printed posters on 80lb gloss paper. Every one of these sheets carry with it classic imagery from one of the greats, presented in Waters’ unique printing method. We will be releasing each sheet individually over the course of the next few months and will reveal more detailed descriptions of each as they are listed. The first in the series will be released this week! Available now in the Yellow Beak Press store. Aaron LeGore will be selling them as well on ebay and through his shop, Calamity Jane Tattoo (970)424-5065.

Stay tuned for more details about the Sailor Vern book and follow us on instagram @yellowbeakpress or check our blog for more updates!  

The photos I’ve seen from the book are amazing; when the pre-order comes out I’ll get the information up.

Fundraiser for Japan

Sacred NYC will be hosting a fundraiser to support relief efforts to those affected by tsunami, earthquake and radiation exposure in Japan. The list of contributing artists is impressive and all artwork will be priced under $200; this could be your chance to score a modestly priced original or print far less than ‘going rate’ and the money goes to a great cause.

For more information including a list of contributing artists, check here.

The above piece is by Syracuse NY’s Rick Lohm, who was recently featured right here in OV.