We are excited to announce the next in the series of art contests that we are hosting at the @biomech_collective Instagram page. These six contests are aimed at creating new art material for the upcoming Biomech Encyclopedia book project, which we hope to have ready for distribution in the spring. Already we have had some great submissions from various artists for the Architectural Biomech and Steampunk Biomech contests, and have just kicked off the third contest: Geometric Biomech.
Geometry: It's everywhere, hinting at the codes of creation! There are countless creative ways that geometry could be combined with biomech, and we are curious to see how you all do it. This is a chance to mix and match tattoo styles in ways never attempted! Imagine an organic environment peeling away to reveal complex and flawless otherworldly mathematical forms. Robotic elements with geometric motifs mapped over their surfaces... where else can this go?
We are looking for drawings, paintings or work in other mediums, anything besides actual tattoos. Winners will be published in the upcoming Biomech Encyclopedia. This means that there is a chance that some of these images will be used by other artists for inspiration- in other words, you don't want to submit designs for actual tattoos that you have done or plan on doing. Winners will be judged based on:
-Clever incorporation of geometric and biomech elements
-Designs are made to flow nicely on the human body
-Overall composition and execution
Entries can be done solo or in collaboration; we encourage collaborations because it's fun and results in surprising things. You've got two weeks, and then it will be time for the next theme, which will be announced on October 12. These coming months will consist of nonstop art contests at @biomech_collective, and we hope you'll be involved! Just remember to tag #categorycrunch with each submission so that we can see it.
I also wanted to remind you of the two seminars that I'll be offering at the Paradise Tattoo Gathering next month on October 21 and 22. First comes Coverup: The Next Level, which is built around a recent coverup tutorial that I made for Reinventing The Tattoo but goes much further, with many new examples of photos and video material from this past year's coverup projects. Participants will be asked to bring along photos of their own coverup challenges that we can discuss in detail and find the best solutions for. Then, on October 22, I'll be teaching a class called Flow & Fit: A Hands-On Workshop, where we will go into depth about theory on making graceful, powerful compositions on the human body, which will include several short exercises which will be evaluated in the class context. You can read about both courses at TattooEducation.com, where we are also offering a deal for anyone who wants to take both classes- buy both tickets and you can get a subscription to Reinventing The Tattoo at 50% off! If you are already a member, you can apply this special offer towards a gift subscription, or toward renewing your own subscription so that you don't miss all the cutting edge new material that is being regularly added to the curriculum.
It's been almost a year since the last time I've given a seminar, which was at the WorldWide Tattoo Conference in Portland, Oregon, which gave me the opportunity to go into the subject of coverup tattooing, from a fresh updated perspective. This coming October, I'll be teaching two different classes at the Paradise Tattoo Gathering at Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts. The first one, Coverup: The Next Level is a followup on the coverup theme, since I believe it is one of the most important skills that a tattooist can have. This time through I'll be teaching in a smaller classroom, and I'll be asking participants to bring me photos of their own coverup challenges, for us to discuss on the big screen, so that everyone attending will have some take-home things that they can immediately put into practice.
In the second class, Flow & Fit: A Hands- On Workshop, I'll be going into some of the core design theory from the Reinventing The Tattoo curriculum. The way that a tattoo design sits on the human form is at the very foundation of how to make an attractive tattoo. In this class we'll learn about the most important muscle groups, and the unique design opportunities found in every body type. There will be a series of short drawing exercises which we will review together in the classroom, giving everyone a chance to put some of the theory into practice so they'll have some new design tools to take back to the studio and put into everyday use.
As a special exclusively for Paradise Tattoo Gathering guests, we are offering a $100.00 discount off a one year subscription to Reinventing The Tattoo for anyone who purchases tickets to both seminars. For attending artists who are already Reinventing subscribers, you can apply that credit to a gift subscription for your apprentice or coworker, or towards renewing your own subscription when the time arrives. Either way, we'd like to invite you to attend these two courses at the beautiful alpine resort setting that Jiminy Peak has to offer. We also carry the tickets to the Paradise Tattoo Gathering event, which are required for all seminar guests, and give you access to the convention floor and other amenities.