INWARD is a stunning collection of 120 flash and paintings – and as many textures – produced by Thomas Hooper and inspired by all manner of things.
Through his work on the abstraction of images, Thomas Hooper has given life to a truly unique catalogue of contemporary art: it’s an important reference point for fans of avant-garde tattoos and geometric patterns that will inspire tattoo artists, fashion designers, and illustrators alike.
The predominant influence for Thomas Hooper seems to be nature: indomitable and marvelous.
Another major vein of inspiration is cosmology and oriental religions, a genuine exploration of the deepest reaches of the unconscious. Popular symbols and imagery, but also geometric and mathematical patterns, they alternate and combine in abstract patches of colour with realistic studies of the human body and animals.
Thomas Hooper works at Rock of Ages Tattooing in Austin, Texas. About himself as a father, a husband, a tattooist and artist, he says «my sensibilities as an artist are defined by how I may incorporate and blend these identities into my tattooing».
«This book is different. This is not just a book about Thomas Hooper: it is Thomas Hooper. It is an artistic monograph which follows the spiritual direction that Thomas has pursued over the years, a path that I’ve chosen to retrace in the pages of this book.
I’ve selected and arranged figures, drawings and paintings according to an aesthetic emotion, moved by the enormous energy which his works convey every time I look at them. Each one of these pieces is an expression of his artistic self: there is power in his traditional-style flash, in his geometric mandalas and images which recall the spirituality of Eastern religions. They all represent his inspiration and inner strength.»
(Miki Vialetto about INWARD)