Baby Tattooville’s Art Jam is easily the most recognized event of this special weekend and has existed since Baby Tattooville’s very first year (see 2010, 2009, 2008). As always, artists in attendance are given the freedom to contribute to the large collaboration piece at anytime during the weekend up until the deadline on Saturday night. Upon completion of the painting Saturday night, the work is used to produce prints overnight that attendees will receive Sunday morning. See photos by Carlos Gonzalez of the early stages [...]
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This year, Baby Tattooville “secret society” members were treated to something completely different from previous years. Master Blacksmith Tony Swatton, known to many as THE blacksmith of Hollywood, was invited to BT’s 5th year anniversary. Samples of Swatton’s work were displayed throughout the Mission Inn Catacombs. This included helmets, swords, and armor pieces that are similar to those created by Swatton for the Capital One commercials and Pirates of the Caribbean movies we are all so familiar with. Swatton took requests from attendees and produced [...]
Zerofriends has just finished a mini film/commercial for Greg Simkins’ new book “Drawn from the Well”. The new book was available at his opening exhibition (covered) but if you weren’t able to make it that night you can still get your copy here. Discuss Greg Simkins here.
With Greg’s exhibition opening this Friday night at G1988LA, we decided to drop by Greg’s studio two weeks ago to see how everything was coming along. Greg was finishing up one last painting and everything else was pretty much complete and AMAZING. In addition to a great new body of work, there will be a new print release along with an exclusive release and signing of Greg’s new book “Drawn from the Well”. This is definitely going to be a great one. We will see [...]
Baby Tattooville’s Art Jam is the artist activity that has received the most attention at each BT weekend. This is not without great reason as this annual fixture involves every individual artist at BT. During Art Jam, all of the featured and returning artists are welcomed to join together in creating a once-in-a-lifetime collaborative piece. This historic painting is started on opening day and is jointly worked on until the following night. BT guests are free to witness every moment of the piece’s completion. A [...]
Recently, Korin Faught, Krista Huot, and Mia opened their joint exhibition at Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City. The three talented artists, whom NBC.com says are “taking the art world by storm”, have created three very unique takes on the feminine persona that span the historical art spectrum from neo-figurative to surrealist classicism. In case you missed it or would like to take a look back, here is our studio visit with Krista Huot. It provides a behind the scenes look at some of the [...]
Baby Tattooville 2010 featured a special tribute to Robert Williams. From helping pave the way for young artists to founding JUXTAPOZ magazine, Robert Williams has been an enormous influence on alternative art. That influence is immeasurable. Still, to get a better understanding of the artist who brought the term “low brow” into the fine arts lexicon, Baby Tattooville assembled a roast with a panel of some of the individuals closest to Mr. Williams. During the Roast, Williams was subjected to good-natured ridicule by friends Mat [...]
Michael Hussar returned for Baby Tattooville 2010 and once again graciously hosted one of the key events of the special weekend. Each night, Hussar’s suite became the site for non-stop late night festivities. BT attendees joined in on sketching the models in one room, while artists such as Ron English, Johnny “KMNDZ” Rodriguez, Van Arno and Robert Williams could be seen participating in photoshoots with the models, sketching under Sketch Theatre and just flat out partying. Great art, beautiful models and partying until the morning… [...]
Mission Inn’s notorious catacombs, once an underground museum that led mainly to Mt. Rubidoux and the nearby Riverside Evergreen Cemetery, had long been entirely closed off to the public. Baby Tattooville attendees were lucky enough to be the first group gained admission to these catacombs at Baby Tattooville 2009. This year, members of Baby Tattooville 2010 were also given the chance to visit the catacombs. Yet, this time the experience was a bit more relaxed, involving life sketching and complimentary ice cream. The decor in [...]
Recently, AM had a chance to catch up with Tessar Lo and check out some of his new paintings. Tessar has a solo exhibition, “everything we wanted, in our nostalgic future”, opening on February 5th at the Show & Tell Gallery in his hometown of Toronto. After the jump, you will find some images he shared with us as well as a time lapse video of a recent painting. Also, another great artist, Nimit Malavia, will be revealing his newest work in the gallery’s project [...]