Every year the city of Riverside, California plays host to Baby Tattooville, it is one of the highlights for the town and an unmistakable part of the personality of the event. The separation from Los Angeles and its art scene is part of what make the event so unique. The attendees are taken out of their environment and plunged into a Baby Tattoo world, populated by lowbrow artists, their creations and the people who love them.
Each year, the Riverside Art Museum puts on an associated exhibition featuring work from the participating artists as well as the Art Jam pieces from previous years (art jam paintings are created as a collaboration between all of the events feature artists). This year’s show is titled Baby Tattooville: Through the Looking Glass, which is exactly how the event feels, as if one has have fallen through a rabbit hole into a Lewis Carroll bizarre reality of untethered imagination.
Below are pictures from the opening including the organizer Bob Self, Joe Sorren, Tara McPherson, Brom, Brian Smith, Laurie Lee Brom, Eric Fortune, Brandi Milne, Bob Dob, Johnny Rodriguez and Jeff Soto.