The art of HANDIEDAN

Dutch artist Handiedan creates beautiful hand-cut collages inspired by traditional imagery drawing upon vintage female pin-ups. Handiedan collects the vintage frames herself to house her computer montage and scuptural collages.

The classic pin-up body parts are collected from old playing cards, antique sheet music, stamps and ornaments and laid over baroque and Victorian backdrops.

View more artwork at www.handiedan.com

The Expose Project

Activist blogger Jes Baker creator of The Militant Baker teamed up with photographer Liora K to create The Expose Project. An incredible collection of photographs proudly showcasing women, as they really are. Un-Photoshoped, un-airbrushed and unbelievably beautiful.

Women you wouldn’t normally see on billboards or adverts. Women just like you, with bodies likes yours, with scars, stretch marks, cellulite- everything we are told to hide. Undressed and baring all these women showed the world that they are more than enough!

When was the last time you opened up your browser and saw a beautiful image of a body shape that looked just like yours?

Jes Baker

 

 

To see more photographs that celebrate the female body go to www.theexposeproject.com

Jes Baker quoted from her blog

Lady Tattooers

With the recent launch of Lady Tattooers, a website dedicated to showcasing some incredible work from female tattooers around the world, we spoke with one of the website’s curators Betty Rose to find out all about the site, how tattooists can get involved and of course her own tattoo career.

My name is Betty Rose and I’m a Brooklyn-based tattoo artist and painter at Eight of Swords Tattoo in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. My career began with an apprenticeship in 2004 and after eight years of working at a studio in Manhattan, I left NYC to travel for a year. Returning in 2013, I took up residency at Eight of Swords Tattoo.

I enjoy travelling for work, but after doing it for a year I decided to take a break from anything too far out of the way.  My next foray will be the Westchester Tattoo Convention in October.

 

What inspired you to become a tattooist? What draws you to tattoos?

What originally inspired me to create tattoos was my years as a punk rock kid. When I was growing up I bounced around schools and had trouble making friends. The first group that I felt at home with were these punk-rock/skater kids I met in Junior High, who helped me to see how tattoos were both a way of expressing myself and taking the things I cared about with me everywhere I went. A few years later, I got my first sleeve and I started to realize that I wanted to be the girl holding the machine, not just the girl getting tattooed.

What was your first tattoo?

The first tattoo I got was a small fairy on my forearm based off a pair of earrings my mother had from the 60s.
What is the Lady Tattooers website and what does it hope to do?
When did you launch the website and Instagram?

Lady Tattooers is an inspirational art platform focused on promoting the top female tattoo artists. We maintain a list of tattooers curated by myself and a few friends. There are so many talented artists around the world and we plan to make people aware of who they are and how to find them. Our goal is to become the online resource for female tattoo art.

Lady Tattooers IG began in 2012, after my husband (Matty) made clear how little he knew about female tattoo artists. I’d always wanted to help spread the passion that started my career in tattooing, so Matty’s bewilderment opened my eyes to a unique opportunity to both do something I loved and give back to the community of female artists that helped pave the way. The website has been an idea we’ve been working on for a while now, but was only officially launched a few weeks ago.

How can tattooists get their work onto the website/Instagram? Can they contact you for an interview?

Typically, I find them while I’m browsing social media or I’ll get introduced to them through someone I’ve featured. Then I’ll take a look at their work, and if I’m excited by it I’ll make a post about them. As far as being contacted for interviews…I happily accept referrals from artists who are already featured, but I’m not comfortable being solicited. The reason for that is because it’s sort of against the spirit of what Lady Tattooers is about. An example would be that I’m comfortable promoting/selling the art of women I post, but I wouldn’t feel the same way if someone paid me to post their work. At the end of the day this is something I do because I truly believe these women are great artists, and I wouldn’t want to continue if it stopped being about that.

How do you decide which women to showcase? What do you hope the future will hold for Lady Tattooer?

The decision on who to showcase is based on a few different factors like talent, experience, etc. No one factor determines the decision; ultimately the decision comes down to what I think. On rare occasions I’ll put a Lady Tattooer to the front of the line because they inspire me on some level, or because I’ve been a fan of their work for a long time.

The future is such a tricky question…we only launched a few weeks ago and our original plan was going to have slow growth over time, but then we found out that people liked what we made. Since then we’ve re-evaluated our plans because of some amazing offers we’ve been getting. In short we don’t know if we’ll be doing anything different or if we’ll be releasing anything new, what you can count on is that we’ll definitely continue to publish posts on amazing Lady Tattooers every week.

Everyone Loves Someone

The Book of Everyone project allows you to create your own personal book for someone special of your choosing. Your one-of-a-kind booked is made by you – and creative and talented artists, illustrators and designers – and filled with interesting art work and imagery, including photos from your own collection.

 Everyone deserves a book with their name on the cover

The Book of Everyone quoted from their Facebook

The short video tells the alternative love story behind tattooing. The film was made by Scottish photographer/director David Boni and was shot in Glasgow, hence the rainy street. The tattoo parlour featured in the film was Fleur De Lis and the soundtrack is by The Mostar Diving Club.

 

The Love Bomb

 

You have got just a few days left to see The “Love Bomb” at Pitfifield, London.

Help spread the love and be part of the ongoing struggle for peace!

We spoke with artist Daisuke Sakaguchi who has collaborated with Wendy Meakin, dealer on C4′s Four Rooms to create The “Love Bomb”. Daisuke painted The “Love Bomb” with traditional Japanese symbols of love.

Daisuke Sakaguchi, 33, Artist and Creative Director of THE 27 LIFE, London. 

How do you know Wendy Meakin? why did you decide to work together on the project? 

I graduated from Central Saint Martins University back in 2003. During my studies, one of my most influential lecturers was Wendy Meakin. I had the choice of having other lecturers, but I stuck with Wendy because I was really drawn to the topics that she covered, but I also loved the way she explained them and the style of her teaching. After I graduated, we stayed in touch and naturally became friends. We worked on a few very interesting projects together, but within the last 11 years we always said we’ll do something major together and the Love Bomb is the result – and just the beginning!

What inspired you to create the Love Bomb?

For me, three-dimensional objects are an extremely fun canvas to paint on. I enjoy studying the original shapes and seeing how I can camouflage certain areas of the object and sometimes enhance and highlight other areas. In my career I have painted on a variety of different objects and the bomb was a great challenge. It is almost like creating a massive back piece or a huge sleeve. Usually I embrace the object that I am painting, however in this case it was almost having have to do the opposite.

 

What is your motivation?

I am against war and that this bomb had no functional use other than a reminder of what it was once used for. Similar bombs like this one, 20,000 of them were dropped on Iraq in One night! Imagine the death count. We wanted to take a symbol of hate and turn into love. We wanted to give her a new life! As an artist I feel like I had the opportunity to resurrect it and turn in to something completely unique. I know that it is an inanimate object, but being a spiritual person I feel like it now has a life and a soul.

What do you hope people will take from this project?

Never stop creating!

What happens now? Is it for sale?

Yes, we’ve had high offers, but we would like it to go to the right buyer and home. Whether it is a single collector or a company, it will be awesome if the Love Bomb’s new placement allows it to be viewed and enjoyed by many others. So we think it will be amazing and look beautiful in an epic foyer of a hotel or office reception.

Will there be future collaborations? 

Maybe “Wendy Meakin and Daisuke THE 27 LIFE Sakaguchi present Love Guns”, or “Love TANK”

 

It is my hope that one will stop and think about bombs, there indiscriminate power and what an efficient killing device humans’ have created, we are in this together. Love and peace require patience, empathy, and the ability to sit and talk with those who have  diametrically opposed ideologies.

Wendy Meakin

WENDYMEAKIN.COM
THE27LIFE.COM
@wendyameakin
@the27life
Photography by William Nelson  

Female Nudes as they really are

Artist Victoria Selbach paints female nudes as they really are – as their bodies truly are in domestic, everyday settings. The women are just that – women, cast free of social projections and celebrity airbrushing.

The human presence stripped bare of pretense and accouterments is simply alive, revealing a deeply personal identity, present in the light of one unique moment.

Victoria Selbach

Quoted from her artistic statement

Images from Huffington Post

The World on my Shoulders Tattoo

Bill Passman quit his job as a lawyer, sold all his possessions and got his first passport all at the age of 51. Having travelled to over 70 countries and all 7 continents he decided to document his journey with a tattoo.

I realized that if I was going to do that it would have to be a tattoo of the entire World including the specific countries. I also knew that I would like to color in each of the countries that I had travelled to.

Bill Passman

 

Read about his continuing adventures on his blog

Little Swastika

Tattoo artist Little Swastika who tattoos from a private studio in Germany (you can only contact him via email), created the word ‘Love’ over four people’s backs.

He painted the design by hand onto the four backs before beginning the long process of tattooing. Little Swastika frequently tattoos large back pieces, with designs flowing down both arms and legs, to him the whole body is a canvas.

 

 

Somewhere in middle of Italy in a private living room. 4 people and a total of around 32 hours of tattooing over 4 days on two working spaces. This was in a way killing me, but in another way showing me what is possible. When I started a few years ago with my first double piece I was just dreaming of making a tattoo in a size like this. Without many compromises at all.  Many thanks to all you 4 and to all other pieces who made me walk, more than once, over the borders of dreams and reality…..

Little Swastika

He has created tattoos over two people before but the love project is his biggest piece to date.

 Creating art is my key to escape from our life in our reality. Tattooing for me is a piece of freedom.

Little Swastika

 

Images and quotes from Little Swastika’s Facebook

Skullduggery Tatu

Skullduggery Tatu is a custom tattoo studio based in Belfast. Both artists take inspiration from American Traditional tattoos, folk art and illustration. The results are powerful bold lines with a beautifully balanced colour palette; really strong and traditional.

 

After extensive travel, Helen McDonnell opened the studio in 2000, with tattoo artist Jenna McAleese joining her in 2011. The shop not only houses two female artists but also lends itself to travelling guest artists. You can also get tattooed by Helen and Jenna at various tattoo conventions.

To see all their recent work follow the artists  and shop on Instagram

@skullduggery_tatu    @helenskullduggery and  @jennamcaleese

The shop acts as a gallery space showcasing the work of not only local artists but international ones too. Previous exhibitions have displayed beautiful embroidery pieces and large-scale wall paintings. Also live performances take place within the intimate tattoo space.