Monday, January 12, 2009
Tattoos seem to be something that people either love or hate; as well as being slightly fascinated by. I love listening to people when they talk about their tattooing experiences or why they dislike them. At the age of 16 i was inked for the first time. I thought long and hard before taking the plunge. I currently have 2 pieces done and have been drawing/dismissing designs for a future piece. It is not a case of I'll regret having them done, as suggested by some people I've met. They are now an intrinsic part of my skin, along with freckles, scars and tiny stretchmarks.
There is an artist, Kore Flatmo whose work is of such high quality (in my opinion) that most tattoo work pales in comparison.
Kore Flatmo runs a tattooing studio called Plurabella and has been tattooing for over 15 years.Plurabella originated with one studio in Cincinatti, Ohio in 1999 and he opened another custom studio in Los Angeles recently. He also paints in his spare time.
If this is the year i get a third tattoo inked, I'd love to have a piece of work done by him. From an artistic point of view i am always in awe of a skilled tattooist. His work is a beautiful balance of colour and black and white. He has mastered the art of shading (sadly something not a lot of artists can do perfectly) and at times it reminds me of sfumato. He is capable of capturing the essence of a person- i love art that captures and emanates a subjects personality.