Real-Time and projection mapping by Nobumichi Asai
Osvaldo Salas, Che Smoking, 1964
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?
Without a doubt, one of the top 3 people we’d want to hang out with on earth
Public Enemy, By The Time I Get To Arizona, 1991
Every single death in a Tarantino movie accompanied by The Delfonic’s “Didn’t I (Blow your mind this time)”
Andreas Gursky’s large format racetrack landscape Bahrain I, 2005. Part of the MoMA’s collection and now available for yours.
The Original Nomad Collapsible Tub sets up in 20 minutes and reaches a water temperature of 100º in about an hour. Just enough time to get a little groovy and ready for relaxing in the wild.
David Chang talks about almost cutting part of his finger off during his first and biggest failure in the kitchen. Just goes to show that everyone has to start somewhere.
Rodman is a boob man
Should You Fear the Pizzly Bear? by Moises Velasquez-Manoff
As climate change alters habitats, once-disparate animals are shacking up, creating hybrids that challenge our notion of what it means to be a species.
Directed by CoolReve
‘Yarn bomber’ turned underwater activist, Olek, is wanted by Mexican environmental authorities after she crocheted over sculptures at the environmentally protected Cancun Underwater Museum, resulting in the possible deaths of marine life growing on the subaqueous works of art. While Olek explained that her stunt was performed “to bring awareness to the state of the world’s oceans and promote the preservation of #marinelife” she herself became part of the problem. As noted by the museum director “believe it or not, there is a lot of marine life growing, incrusted in the sculpture, and we gather that this has killed it.”
The potential date for the end of humanity, when Asteroid 1950 DA could possibly collide with the earth. Given that this is
867 866 years away, and the chance of strike is only .3 %, you shouldn’t really worry much about it unless you’re a vampire. In which case, sorry dude. You better hope the scientists working on a solution can sprinkle some sparkly dust around the asteroid to let your biggest enemy, the sun, push the doom rock off its trajectory.