Tattoo Energy June/July 2017
Reading between the lines is one of the most important skills for anyone whose work involves interpreting the wishes and requests of someone else. You start out from a solid base and then move through underground channels in search of where they would really like to get to, and in this case, see inked on their skin. So we start out with a subject and see how the desires of the person who chose it, channelled through the hand of the person who executes it, finally turns out. We talk about demons in this issue, personified in masks with sharp teeth and bulging eyes…
Lindsay Baker: a brilliant American tattoo artist who combines Realism and New School to create her vividly original colour tattoos.
Jumilla Olivares: to a Spanish artist who works in Black and Grey Realism and produces marvellous portraits to which he adds striking details or subjects which come from who knows what weird and wonderful imagingings.
Galleries: Chicano Style / Felines / Demons / Roses / Geisha
Symbology: Mysterious pyramids
Built by the Egyptians and to be found the world over (just think of the one in the Louvre in Paris), pyramids are the fulcrum of symbolism and mystery. Some see them as altars raised to the gods, others as homes to the dead, as stairways towards infinity or even astronomical instruments. Not to mention all the Masonic derivations connected with the All-seeing Eye of God. Or we can simply take them for what they are: masterpieces of architectural genius. As well as subjects for tattoos in a wide range of styles.
Portraits: a night with Marilyn Monroe
For us, the tragic death of Marilyn Monroe on an August night fifty-five years ago, is basically the sad conclusion of a lonely soul who was mistreated by show business. A suicide. At the end of a season, that fateful 1962, when everything had been falling apart for the star. That star of the silver screen who is immortalised in a myriad tattoos as the most alluring and despairing woman of the last century.