Artist Eats: Randy Colosky

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For this installment of “Artist Eats,” we asked Randy Colosky to share his favorite place to eat. Randy is an artist based in Oakland, who creates mind-blowing drawings, sculptures and installations.
 
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Boot and Shoe in Lakeshore Oakland. I like that the food is pretty simple, pizza with great crust, salads that are properly dressed and not too fussy and sort of weird deserts that are good but not what I would normally get. The menu is not very big and changes slightly seasonally. You know pretty much everything on it is going to be good. The Margherita pizza is something we usually order and the Burrata appetizer is good when they have it. My lady (Nicole) and I like to go there at the end of a long week on the late side—it’s a nice atmosphere, busy but not insane, and the staff is always really nice. You can tell its a place that was really considered and not just dressed up to be fancy and they have some really nice art in there.”
 
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Flash Us: Tom Chippendale

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For our series, “FlashUs,” we ask some of our favorite tattoo artists to create a design based on a classic theme—naked ladies. This week, Tom Chippendale sent us the above. 
 
What was the first tattoo you received?

Luckily I waited until I was 18 for my first tattoo and didn’t get any of the stupid stuff I wanted when I was young. I traveled to the next city and got some script down my forearms. ‘No love’ ‘No hope’ from the Converge song ‘home wrecker.’ I thought I was hot shit after getting my first tattoo. Years on, I wish I had saved my forearms for something better, but they’re a reminder of my youth. My brother introduced me to the band and it shaped my formative years and a youth spent at Hardcore shows with my friends. So although it looks out of place, they now hold a lot of memories.
 
What made you get into tattooing?

I wasn’t good at anything but drawing. I used to buy every tattoo magazine I could just to see over the things tattooists were doing. I started drawing tattoo designs before I was young enough to get them. Drawing dragons on my schoolmates arms. I got my apprenticeship whilst in university studying illustration, so it seemed like a viable career whilst we were in a recession.
 
Where did you learn the craft? Was there anyone you apprenticed for?

I started learning at a local shop but was given the boot. I then hung around One Shot Charlie’s getting tattooed and asking the boss Lee Pound for help getting a portfolio together, never thinking I’d get a job there. He told me what to change with my portfolio and when I came in next offered me an apprenticeship after seeing I could do what I was told. After 2 something years of mopping floors and another 2 of working as a full artist I’m here now.
 
What was the first tattoo you ever did? 

A rose on my leg during my apprenticeship. I was a nervous wreck and dropped my machine half way through. For all the nerves it didn’t actually turn out too badly and it’s good to look at to see how far I have progressed.
 
How did you come to settle on a style and do you have any favorite motifs?

I learned to draw a tattoo the right way from tracing everything Sailor Jerry has done. If you really want to learn traditional tattooing the right way then study the masters. After a while I started getting the hang of where shading should be and how to draw something that will stand the test of time. I don’t do tattoos with 20 shades of colour, I do solid lines and 4 colours. Something so bold it’ll be carved into your bones when you’re gone. Motifs wise, I read and study a lot of Wild West history and fiction. This has seeped its way into my tattooing. I try to put as much research into the subjects I tattoo as to not mess with anyone’s culture—especially with the Native American, which I use a lot in paintings and tattooing. I get a lot of positive feedback from the native community, so I can’t be doing too bad.
 
Is there one tattoo that you really want to do?

Anything western or with tits.
 
Tom tattoos out of One Shot Charlie’s in Stourbridge, UK, and you can follow him on instagram here.

 

Artist Eats: Nick Thomm

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For this installment of “Artist Eats,” we asked Nick Thomm to share his favorite place to eat. Nick is an artist, designer and director who lives and works between New York and Melbourne.
 
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“In NYC, my favorite spot is Yakinuku West in East Village. It’s this rad Japanese BBQ place, and the Dinner Set is the deal. Inside it has traditional seating on the floor. Perfect spot to hang/get drunk with friends.
 

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Flash Us: Katya Krasnova

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For our series, “FlashUs,” we ask some of our favorite tattoo artists to create a design based on a classic theme—naked ladies. This week, Katya Krasnova sent us the above. Katya tattoos out of Kingdom Family in Kiev, Ukraine, and you can follow her here.
 
Years tattooing: 1

Tattooing out of: Kingdom Family in Kiev, Ukraine

First tattoo I ever did: “First tattoo I did was one year ago on my boyfriend Gusak. It was a little skull. He is also a tattooer and the best teacher who taught me everything for all this time.”
 
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Artist Eats: Erik Mark Sandberg

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For this installment of “Artist Eats,” we asked Erik Mark Sandberg to share his favorite place to eat. Erik is an artist based in Los Angeles, whose “Hairy Children” series we are particularly fond of. He is currently working on a new body of work, which will be exhibited at Segal Projects in 2015.
 
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“One of my favorite places to venture out and grab some nourishment during downtime is The Black Cat on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, or Silver Lake to be exact. It’s in the neighborhood of the studio and has a chill tailored atmosphere for lunch or a night out. Los Angeles has a lot of unique pockets and Silver Lake richly nurtures its creative residents. This establishment is located in Sunset Junction across the street from Intelligencia coffee and Café Stella, which are both excellent refueling stops as well.
 

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Flash Us: Jessica Swaffer

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For our series, “FlashUs,” we ask some of our favorite tattoo artists to create a design based on a classic theme—naked ladies. This week, Jessica Swaffer sent us the above. Jessica tattoos out of Chapel Tattoo in Melbourne, Australia, and you can follow her here.
 
Zio / @zioxla

Artist Eats: Lauren DiCioccio

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For this installment of “Artist Eats,” we asked Lauren DiCioccio to share her favorite place to eat. Lauren is an artist based in the Bay Area, who creates installations, objects and paintings that investigate the “tangible beauty of commonplace mass-produced objects.” We are particularly fond of her embroidered newspapers, and are looking forward to her exhibition at Jack Fischer Gallery in S.F. in September. Continue reading for her answer.
 

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Flash Us: Karl Willmann

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For our series, “FlashUs,” we ask some of our favorite tattoo artists to create a design based on a classic theme—naked ladies. This week, Karl Willmann sent us the above. Karl tattoos out of Melbourne Tattoo Company in Australia, and you can follow him here.
 
Years tattooing: 3

Tattooing out of: Melbourne Tattoo Company, Melbourne, Australia

First tattoo I ever did: “A little skull on a friend in the shop I apprenticed at. Not the greatest but a skull is always fun.”
 
Zio / @zioxla
 

Artist Eats: Numskull

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For this installment of “Artist Eats,” we asked Numskull to share his favorite place to eat. Numskull is an artist based in Sydney, Australia, who works in a variety of mediums, producing paintings, sculptures, illustrations and large-scale outdoor murals. Continue reading for his answer.
 
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Flash Us: Tamara Santibanez

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For our series, “FlashUs,” we ask some of our favorite tattoo artists to create a design based on a classic theme—naked ladies. This week, Tamara Santibanez sent us the above. Tamara tattoos out of Saved Tattoo in Brooklyn, and you can follow her here. (She also has some great prints available here.)
 
Zio / @zioxla

Artist Eats: Michael Swaney

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For this installment of “Artist Eats,” we asked Michael Swaney to share his favorite place to eat. Michael is a Canadian artist based in Barcelona, who is currently featured in the three-person exhibition, Salat 3, at Center of Contemporary Art Andratx in Mallorca, as well as in the Summer Times group show at Galeria Yusto/Giner in Marbella. Continue reading for his answer.
 
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Flash Us: David Schiesser

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For our series, “Flash Us,” we ask some of our favorite tattoo artists to create a design based on a classic theme—naked ladies. This week, David Schiesser sent us the above. David tattoos out of a private studio in Offenbach am Main, Germany, and you can follow him here.
 
Years tattooing: 2

Tattooing out of: Private studio in Offenbach am Main, Germany

First tattoo I ever did: “First tattoo I ever did was on myself—at the same time it was my first to get—it ́s a boring symmetrical piece of two quadrangles. Looks very OK today, mentioning that it was my first one.”
 
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Artist Eats: Jen Stark

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For this installment of “Artist Eats,” we asked Jen Stark to share her favorite place to eat. Jen is an artist based in Los Angeles, who creates intricate, hand-carved paper sculptures. Continue reading for her answer.
 
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Flash Us: Cody Piotrowski

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For our series, “Flash Us,” we ask some of our favorite tattoo artists to create a design based on a classic theme—naked ladies. This week, Cody Piotrowski sent us the above. Cody lives and works in Riverside, CA.

Zio / @zioxla

Artist Eats: Llew Mejia

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For this installment of “Artist Eats,” we asked Llew Mejia to share his favorite place to eat. LLew is an illustrator and textile designer based in Minneapolis, whose clients have included Colette, OAK NYC, Patagonia and Gestalten. Continue reading for his answer.

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Flash Us: Luca Font

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For our series, “Flash Us,” we ask some of our favorite tattoo artists to create a design based on a classic theme—naked ladies. This week, Luca Font sent us the above. Luca tattoos out of Oink Farm in Milan, and you can follow him here.

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Artist Eats: Stefan Marx

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For this installment of “Artist Eats,” we asked Stefan Marx to share his favorite place to eat. Stefan is an artist and illustrator based in Hamburg, Germany, who is known for his playful line drawings and fantastic zines. Continue reading for his answer.

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Flash Us: Henry Big

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For our series, “Flash Us,” we ask some of our favorite tattoo artists to create a design based on a classic theme—naked ladies. This week, Enrico Grosso aka Henry Big sent us the above. Henry tattoos out of Jolie Rouge in London, and you can follow him here.

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Flash Us: Uptown Danny

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For our series, “Flash Us,” we ask some of our favorite tattoo artists to create a design based on a classic theme—naked ladies. This week, Uptown Danny sent us the above. Danny is learning and working at Alte Liebe Tätowierungen in Hamburg, Germany, and you can follow him here.

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