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Artist Biographies -
Ancient and Modern Tattoo Art
March 17, 2007-April 13, 2007

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Chummy Alexanian

 

Tattoo 13

 

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Mark Bode

 

Sacred Rose Tattoo

 

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Jean Chen

 

Sacred Rose Tattoo

 

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Ray Cornett

 

Ray Cornett, an exhibited fine art photographer and founder of the International Fine Art Guild. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and is now living in Davis, California  and has been involved in art in one way or another, from drawing to the photography. He first got into photography at the age of 10 with a Kodak Brownie purchased at a garage sale. Ray Cornett`s focus in photography, regardless of subject matter, is to photograph subjects which are not often photographed, or photographing common subjects to show them in a different way. This is showcased in his photography of people with tattoos as he shows that not all people with tattoos are to be feared or thought of as freaks and that they can be anyone from heads of major corporations to school teachers and little old ladies. Last year Ray Cornett participated in two gallery exhibits in Northern California featuring some of his still life’s and fine art nudes.

 
 
 
 

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Danny Boy

 

Mom's Body Shop or Mom's Tattoo

 

 

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Elizabeth Dante

 

Elizabeth Dante is a master artisan who is highly skilled in all aspects of casting and carving, She works in numerous media; notably bronze, and other materials such as cast stone,aluminum, resin, concrete, and carved marble.  While a gemologist living and traveling in Brazil, Panama and Southeast Asia, Ms. Dante attained an affinity for the Third World.  This ever-present influence has provided Elizabeth with stylistic inspiration for her work ranging from classical naturalism to stylistic narration.  Much of her sculpture explores the dynamics between round organic forms and hard rigid angles.  By exaggerating this interplay, her work creates a sense of tension that is both lively and sensual. Ms. Dante has said that her work combines ancient and modern rituals, extracting archetypes and stylized motifs. ”I pay homage to the many facets of the human spirit, characterized by warmth, humor and sometimes political commentary.” Although she utilizes an academic background that includes the Gemological Institute of America, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the College of Marin, Ms. Dante remains essentially self-taught.  She has honed her craft by working for established sculptors, most notably Elio Benvenuto.  While an artist assistant to German artist Toni Bruchert in Pietra Santa,Italy, Ms. Dante learned traditional techniques and methods for sculpting/enlarging and casting/finishing bronze; patinas; and marble carving.  Most recently as a patina artisan, Ms. Dante has worked with Bay Area Artists Steven DeStaebler, Bruce Beasley, and Ruth Asawa.  Ms. Dante has exhibited in numerous shows in the United States and Italy.  Her outstanding works have been showcased in collaborative efforts such as “Art on the Rock at Alcatraz”, and “The Day of the Dead” Exhibition at The Museum of Mexican Art.  In 1990, she received the prestigious Art of Peace Award from the Artist Embassy International for her sculpture “Woman's Liberation”, which was chosen by the Oakland Art Commission as a gift to Nelson Mandela and the people of South Africa.

 

 
 

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Arlene Diehl

 

Arlene Diehl is a graduate of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School and studied with Michael Markowitz in San Francisco from 1997-2000. Starting at age 16 she won recognition for her artwork when she received the prestigious Strathmore Award in Drawing, awarded annually to one high school student nationwide to current times where  Arlene was invited to participate in Art Auctions X and XI, curated shows held at the Long Beach Museum of Art in 2003 and 2005; she was invited to be in a three person show this past May 2006, “Gestures In and On Paper: Original Works by Arlene Diehl, David Einstein and Minjung Kim” at Modern Masters Fine Art in Palm Desert, California and recently had a solo show “Figuration: Nineteen Drawings and One Bronze” in June/July at Smith Anderson North in San Rafael.  Additionally, she was recently nominated to participate in the Biennale International Dell’Arte Contemporanea to be held at the historic Fortezza Da Basso in Florence, Italy, in December of 2007.  Arlene Diehl’s work has evolved from a life-long love for, fascination with, and sense of reverence for the human form. Since 1997, she has been exploring the figure more dynamically in charcoal and clay. This is an example of her former more contemplative work. Her work is included in private collections across the United States and Canada as well as in Great Britain, France, Austria, Ireland, Hungary, Australia, Mexico and Brazil.

 
 

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Rinna B. Flohr

Rinna B. Flohr is an interior architect and designer who also is a floral designer and makes jewelry.  Her jewelry consists of bracelets, pendants,  and earrings which she calls “sculpture for the ear”.  Rinna believes that in a world where we have become so mobile and where we no longer have offices but cubicles, that walls have disappeared and that our bodies have once again become the pedestals for art as in times long ago when we wandered as nomads and wore our trophies and precious adornments.  She is also a floral designer and has had her floral designs exhibited in the Legion of Honor Museum and as part of the San Francisco De Young ‘Museum’s Bouquets to Art show.    Her floral art for this show uses silk flowers in arrangements she makes to compliment and express the artwork next to which it is placed,  as  in the San Francisco Bouquet to Arts Show .  This is one of the only galleries that features floral arts.  Her work is on display as part of Abundance and Joy. Rinna is also the founder and Director of Expressions Gallery. More of her earrings and floral art can be seen on her website: http://www.designideas.us.

 
 
 
 

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Kark Fischer

 

Tattoo 13

 

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Hector Fong

 

Temple Tattoo

 

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Terry Furry

 

Terry Furry is a Bay Area artist who has lived and worked in Oakland for the past 20 years.  Raised in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern Calif., Terry recognized art as his true interest from early on in life. Terry has studied at various Universities such as CCAC in Oakland as his first college experience and the Art Institute of Chicago for 6 years.  Much of Terry’s past work has been illustrative, but in recent years he has returned to oil paintings with figurative art being his primary focus.  Although purposefully lacking words to describe his paintings, Terry’s work is at the same time both depictive and personal. Terry’s focus is not on the likeness of his subjects but rather on the person's energy and presence that takes precedence.  He is intrigued with the visual contradiction and enhancement of the likeness, with the graphic line and modeling of the figure.  Terry shows his work throughout the East Bay and is currently working on several commissions.  His studio is located in Swarm Studios in Jack London Square.

 

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Amarie Hill

 

Amarie Hill is a native Californian, born and raised in Los Angeles.  She lives north of Los Angeles in Canyon Country.  By day, she is a Business/Financial Analyst working at a major utility company. Her artistic career started over 30 years ago as a quilt maker.  Four years ago, she went to a scrap-booking store with a colleague. She states:  “That hour changed my life forever.”  She works mostly on canvas and watercolor paper with acrylic paint, pastels and wax. Her work always tells a story…sometimes her own, sometimes someone else’s.  Amarie has been published in several art magazines and has several pieces in permanent collections in the USA.  She participates in an annual international collage exhibit from New Zealand and has a virtual exhibit that begins March 1, 2007 on http://virtual.tart.co.nz.  “Old Love Rusts Not” signifies that those we love as children always remain in our hearts forever.

 

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Melanie Hofmann

 

Melanie Hofmann graduated with a BFA in Textiles from the California College of the Arts in 1996. Her home and studio are located in Berkeley.  She first explored the joy of creating art in pre-school and she has not stopped since.  As a teenager Melanie fell in love with fiber art, specifically with weaving and dyeing fabrics. Some of her recent printed and dyed fabric pieces are in this show.  Melanie has received awards from the Taegu International Textile Design competition and from Manhattan Arts International.  Limited edition prints of her digital art are in the corporate collection of Lifescan, Inc. in Milpitas. Last year, Melanie had a solo exhibition of textiles in the corporate lobby of 255 California Street in San Francisco. Melanie works with both textile and digital media. Her digital work primarily takes the form of limited edition prints, digital video and projected art for theatre and custom designed bracelets. Her work has been inspired by a number of artists including, Jean Miro, Rene Magritte and Magdalena Abakanowicz. She was also influenced by the artwork of her maternal grandmother, Zura Young, an abstract painter. Melanie seeks to convey through her work the interactive process with her media and a visual representation of her inner world.  She offers custom designed Italian charm bracelets with digital images of family or other photos incorporated, as well as bracelets featuring her art and work by other artists in this show.

 
 

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Amy Justin

 

Sacred Rose Tattoo

 

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Ross Kennedy

 

True Love Tattoo

 

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Janice B. Kirkpatrick

 

Janice B. Kirkpatrick [nee Meyer] was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and immigrated to the Bay Area as a child in 1981.  She retained vivid images of tribal African Art and the energetic pulse of Africa.  In her senior year of High School, she won the Capitol Arts Program Award initiated by Senator Jackie Speier. She earned an AA degree from the Community College of San Mateo and her BFA degree in painting and sculpture from San Jose State University in 1993. Her work for this shoe is acrylic painting and mixed media. She has exhibited in the Bay Area with a one-woman show and in many group shows and coffee houses. She has sold her works both privately and publicly for the past 10 years. Her work combines the strong colors of Africa with an alternative and sub-cultural influence. Her message is one of unity in that we are all one-world village and every one of us are creative respectfully in our own unique and beautiful ways. She resides on the peninsula in Redwood City with her husband and new baby.

 
 

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Sandra Lo

 

Sandra Lo was born in China. She grew up in China and Hong Kong and immigrated to the US in 1989. She started learning drawing at a very young age. Her father, William S. Hung a famous oil painter, has been her teacher. Sandra took some workshops, figure drawing and painting classes but other than that, she is mostly self-taught.  She is following in her father’s footsteps, and has become an accomplished painter who works primarily in oil and pastels. Sandra has a full time job in another field but still finds time to paint on lunch hours, evenings and weekends.  She is a member of San Francisco Women Artists and her paintings are exhibited at SFWA Gallery in San Francisco, every month.

 
 

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Victor Macias

 

True Love Tattoo

 

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Jennifer Wallace Mack

 

Jennifer Wallace Mack has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute.   She works in various media: painting, photography, mixed media, and jewelry. Her work is consistent in the quality and detail in each medium she applies.  She has exhibited at a number of solo, and group shows, many of which were juried.  Shown at Expressions Gallery are her mixed media paintings and her magnificent jewelry.   Jennifer has served on various Board of Directors for long standing Artist Organizations such as the San Francisco Women Artists where she was a past President and continues n the current Board as Vice Treasurer and The San Francisco Gem and Mineral organization where she is currently Treasurer.

 
 

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Shilo McCabe

 

Shilo McCabe is an Oakland artist and alumna of the California College of Arts and Crafts. Active in the community, Shilo was a member of the Board of Directors for LVA: Lesbians in the Visual Arts for several years. Her photographs were included in the 2004 Seattle Erotic Art Festival and she received 2nd place in the Camera Club of New York's 2004 National Juried Photo Exhibition.  Currently, Shilo is Photo Project Manager for the Bay Area Women of Color Photo Project.  She has been exploring sexuality and intimacy in her work for over 10 years. Shilo’s photographs explore human physical interaction and describe the personal relationship between the model as an object/subject and herself as photographer.  Though she primarily works in traditional black and white photography, Shilo also experiments with different media.  The piece entitled “Forbidden” was created through a lengthy process.  First, Shilo coats color images with several layers of acrylic medium.  She then soaks off the paper backing, leaving the ink embedded in the acrylic.  The result is a translucent, skin-like image. She layers these “skin” images, scans them and creates a final digital image.

 
 

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David Moore

 

True Love Tattoo

 

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Stephanie Mufson

 

Stephanie Mufson, lives and works in San Francisco, Ca. Originally from the east coast, Stephanie attended the Maryland Institute College of Art where she graduated with honors in 2003. Stephanie moved to San Francisco in 2004 and has spent the past three years making, showing, and selling her art around the bay area. Interested in American sub-cultures, pop-culture trends, and the reemergence of tribal impulses in our modern society, Stephanie explores these historic practices via the inhabitants of her own colorful, fanciful world.

 
 

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Richard Mullinax

 

Richard Mullinax, BS Ornamental Horticulture, Clemson University, moved to Berkeley this fall after living in Durham, NC for the past decade.  Richard is an accidental artist who does outdoor stone and glass bottle art.  First, his career as a stone artist began when he designed and built a dry-stacked stone retaining wall around his Durham residence.   As neighbors and local residents watched Richard's weekend wall project grow, word of mouth about Richard's talent spread.  Soon the demand for his stonework led Richard to shift his career completely into stone design.   Recently his career veered again when he collaborated with a guerrilla political protest art group in Durham. Their temporary art installation called "Just Luv" in Durham Central Park drew media attention, compelling Richard to collaborate with the City of Durham on a public art policy for the parks system. As a pack rat, his art is effortlessly reuse. "Bottles casting colored shadows through the air shows that beauty is the dynamic nature of the space around art as much as the work itself." Much of his art changes as people are around it. They see it is simple and non-threatening and they add to it. The best joy for him has been to be in this unspoken community of creation.

 
 

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Tanja Nixx

 

Lyle Tuttle Tattoo

 

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James Oey

 

Sacred Tattoo

 

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Natasha Pritchett

 

Sacred Rose Tattoo

 

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Laura Rattay

 

Laura Rattay is a local artist. She is self-taught as an artist. She only recently started to make unusual purses out of cardboard and images she assembles. She has sold her work to local clients and other artists. She has chosen to use whimsical, seasonal images of abundance and joy for the purses she made as part of this show at Expressions Gallery.

 
 

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Diego Marcial Rios

 

Diego Marcial Rios lives in the Bay Area and paints in acrylics. He graduated with honors with an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Department of Fine Arts Graduate School and  a B.F.A. from University of California at Berkeley. He received a number of honors scholarships for Academic study. His artwork illustrates many complex social-economic issues faced by contemporary society.  About his work he states: “I create art that is visually stimulating to gain initial viewer acceptance.  Once this is achieved, the viewer is confronted with ancient symbols of life and death.”  The figures and landscapes in the art are inspired by what I have experienced and later dreamed about. Diego’s work has been widely shown throughout the United States and Mexico and he is in a number of Museum Collections: The Auchenbach Foundation Collection at the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon; Laguna Beach Museum, Laguna Beach, Ca.; Museo National De La Estampa, Mexico City, Mexico, etc.. He has also illustrated a number of books and his work is part of a number of Public Collections: Harriet Taubman Gallery, MD; Mission Cultural Center, SF; The Collector Gallery of the Oakland Museum, Oakland, Ca.; Irish Arts Council, Belfast, Ireland and many more.  He has appeared as a speaker on Art and been interviewed on Television. His artwork has been included in many magazines.

 
 

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Natasha Robinson

 

Natasha Robinson resides in Berkeley, California when she is not roaming the jungles of Nicaragua and being the female version of Indiana Jones, Everywhere and anywhere she lands, her passion is the same: Painting and Tattooing.  Oils are Natasha’s favorite medium. She believes that even though the drying time is longer, the results are worth the wait. Natasha’s thoughts on Tattoos are similar: “… take your time and make the end result a worthy mural for the most sacred canvas of all, your body.”

 
 

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Joan DiStefano Ruiz

 

Joan DiStefano Ruiz lives in the Bay Area and is perhaps most known for her work with Stained Glass. She has an M.A in Studio and Environmental Art from New York University, Venice, Italy. She has a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute. And she has studied at the Pilchuck School – Washington and Dale Chihuly's international Mecca for the study of art glass.  Her studio is well respected and has been commissioned to do restoration stained glass work for places such as the Bohemian Club, San Francisco, California, Residential creations in Paris, France: Chapel window in St. Mary's in the Mountains; Virginia City, Nevada Interior art restoration at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Oakland, California Garden Art for Musee De Brux, France and Private Residences.  Di Stefano Ruiz pioneered the use of stained glass as the main component of mosaic stepping stones and tabletops. A local mosaic mural can be seen at Blondie's Pizza, Berkeley, California. A fireplace mosaic creation of Ms. Di Stefano Ruiz is included in the published work 'The Art of Mosiac Design: A Collection of Contemporary Artists' by Joann Locktov. She is now returning to drawing and painting. This work can be seen at the Expressions Gallery show, Ancient and Modern Tattoo Art.

 
 

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Jessica Stafford

 

Jessica Stafford was raised and currently lives in Sonoma County.  Jessica has been creative and enthralled with art as long as she can remember.  In May 2006, Jessica graduated San Diego State University with her BA in Painting and Printmaking and a minor in Art History. The mediums Jessica uses in her work are oil painting, and mixed media.  She is interested in examining ideas of gender and exploring ideas of femininity in her work.  Jessica has shown in group shows at San Diego State University and San Diego Art Institute.  Jessica has also had various solo shows in restaurants, cafes, banks, and salons throughout Petaluma and San Diego.  Jessica's work fits into the theme of Tattoos: Ancient to Modern because she painted a portrait of a friend with tattoos done by a former boyfriend.

 
 

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Stash

 

Tattoo 13

 
 

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Charles Webb

 

Charles Webb owns and operates a film, video and digital media production company in San Francisco. He has written, produced, directed, and photographed projects in the United States, Europe and China that encompass diverse genres including national TV commercials, documentaries and nationally released independent features. In parallel with these and other film and video projects, Mr. Webb has created a collection of neo-primitive/neo-shamanic paintings, sculpture, fetishes, jewelry and other artifacts, which seem to have “emerged” from an imaginal tribal culture.  The collection intertwines ancient materials and methods with the synthetic and cyber. To date, this “evidence” has been exhibited in San Francisco, Berkeley and Sedona Arizona. Additionally, Mr. Webb is an Associate Member of the London Institute of 'Pataphysics. 'Pataphysics, often described as "The Vastest Of Sciences", was "discovered" and then expounded upon by Alfred Jarry (1873-1907), playwright, poet, artist and freelance scoundrel, whose work prefigured theater of the absurd, Dada, Surrealism, Futurism and Pop Art.  The current exhibit of anomalous tattoos, which are new additions to Mr. Webb's collection of 'Pataphysical objects, are presented here for your perusal, mystification and amusement.

 
 

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Jessica Wishard

 

Jessica Wishard grew up in Santa Cruz California where she found a passion for the arts at a young age. After attending a high school program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she went on to pursue art more seriously. Jessica attended Mills College where she emphasized oil painting and photography and had the opportunity to work under artists Hung Liu and Catherine Wagner. She holds a B.A. in Fine Arts and a double minor in Art History and Cultural Anthropology.  Jessica is “endlessly inspired by similarities and differences in modern cultures from around the world,” and chooses people as her main subjects within her art. She draws ideas from her travels to Mexico, Central America, Asia, and Europe. Jessica currently lives and works in the Bay Area and continues to create in mainly oil paint and photography.

 
 

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Tattoo Shops

Industrial Strength Tattoo

 

Industrial Strength Tattoo is located 2434 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 since 2003. In 2005, Dan Simonson and his friend Todd Taylor purchased the Business. Industrial Tattoo has been in Berkeley since 1995.  It is predominately a custom shop where the artists draw the tattoos for each client, not relying on sheets of flash.  This approach gives their clientele a more unique design and keeps their artists challenged.  They state that they “maintain a very high level of cleanliness and customer service, which makes for a loyal customer base that only continues to grow.”  In addition they have a large jewelry selection and several experienced piercers. Exhibiting in Expressions Gallery Show, Ancient and Modern Tattoo Art Dan Simonson’s work portrays various genres of tattoo: Japanese, traditional skulls and bones, and modern word focused.

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Lyle Tuttle Tattooing

 

Lyle Tuttle Tattooing is owned by Tanja Nixx. Lyle Tuttle opened his first shop on 7th St near the Greyhound bus station in 1960. Lyle has been almost solely responsible for bringing tattooing into the main stream. He appeared in the 1970’s on the Johnny Carson Late Show, he has been the subject of numerous documentaries on tattooing and later was also photographed by the  world renowned photographer Annie Lebowitz for Rolling Stone Magazine. With the popularization of tattooing, many celebrities came for his services including Janis Joplin, Cher, and Peter Fonda. As Tattooing emerged from an underground art form to the mainstream, Lyle worked with the S. F. Department of Health to come up with modern and standardized techniques for the sterilization of tattooing equipment. After the Loma Prieta earthquake, Lyle moved his shop to the tourist hotspot of North Beach right on the Cable Car line. In 1965, he met Tanja Nixx, who had been tattooing for two years at that time. As Lyle became busier traveling the world and giving talks and seminars, he made Tanja the manager and then later sold the shop to her in 2001. Lyle is still extremely involved in tattooing speaking on the history, machines, and folklore of tattooing. Tanja Nixx was born and raised in Germany and traveled through Africa and Asia before making her home in San Francisco. She started tattooing in 1993. “ I love tattooing because I get instant gratification. I like to realize people’s ideas and the fact that they will look at my art everyday of the rest of their lives and be happy with it, hopefully, is an exciting challenge and it is a challenge to work on skin.” Tanja also co-produced and acted in an independent film, “Love Will Travel” The film was featured in numerous film festivals in the US and Europe.

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Mom’s Body Shop

 

Mom’s Body Shop also referred to as Mom’s Tattoo Shop is located at 1408 Haight St (Cross Street: Masonic Avenue) San Francisco, CA 94117. The Bay Guardian and the San Francisco, City Search voted Mom’s the best Tattoo Shop. Danny Boy presents his artwork in the Expressions Gallery Show.

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Picture Machine Tattoo

 

Picture Machine Tattoo was established in 1976 by Pat Martynuik. Pat came to San Francisco from Edmonton, Canada, to work for Lyle Tuttle at his shop on 7th street, in the tenderloin district across from the bus station. Pat tattooed and/or drew twelve hours a day, seven days a week, and he became the shop’s primary moneymaker, holding down the fort while Lyle Tuttle traveled the world promoting tattooing, and himself, to the media. Pat trained his son, Guy, and Lyle's son, Lyle, Jr., in the craft. Eventually Pat and Lyle had a falling out, and Pat left, opening his own shop at 3940 Geary blvd., in San Francisco's Richmond district. Without skipping a beat, Pat continued working tirelessly, and when he wasn't tattooing, drew hundreds of sheets of flash that to this day cover the walls of the shop. Pat died in his tattoo shop in 1989. The shop was left to his son Guy, who had opened his own shop in Reno, Nevada. Guy ran the shop for years, employing and in some cases apprenticing some of the worlds top tattooers, many of whom have now gone on to open their own shops in San Francisco and elsewhere. In 2005, a year short of Picture Machine’s 30th anniversary, the building that the Picture Machine had been in since 1976 was sold and Guy sold the shop to his friend and former co-worker Lyle Tuttle Jr. One could say that Picture Machine Tattoo is still owned by the same tattoo family since both Guy and Lyle Jr. were "broken in" by Pat. Now in its new location, at 5124 Geary Blvd., SF, Ca., Picture Machine Tattoo continues the tradition of providing excellent tattooing, both custom designed and from flash, to the residents of the Richmond district and the bay area, and to clients from around the world.

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Sacred Rose Tattoo

 

Sacred Rose Tattoo is owned by Karen Rose and is located at 491 Guerrero St., San Francisco, Ca. Karen Rose received a BFA in 1989, She states: “ I found myself painting murals in restaurants for hardly any money and working retail in an art supply store. My fascination with Japan introduced me to tattooing through the art of Honolulu-based artist Masami Teraoka. In 1992, I began a good old-fashioned apprenticeship at the Picture Machine under Richard Cyr and learned a lot from the other artists there. Jef Whitehead taught me about the rules of classic bold work and Laura Vida re-enforced the values of hygiene and precision. I work in all styles and enjoy the history of the American tattoo as well as the ancient Japanese and Pacific Island styles. My shop is a friendly place where you will feel at home getting your first tattoo or an entire body suit. All of the artists at Sacred Rose are great folks who are dedicated to the art of tattooing and customer satisfaction. Artists from Sacred Rose exhibiting at Expressions Gallery are: Mark Bode, Amy Justin, Jan Chen and Natasha Pritchett.

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Sacred Tattoo

 

Sacred Tattoo is one of the oldest, reputable tattoo shops in Oakland, located on 707 Broadway in the heart of the city. For over seven years of quality work they have 5 artists and a number of guest artists who roll through every so often.  They do various genres and styles: fancy script, traditional Americana, portraits and Asian art. James Oey has been tattooing for nine years all over America. He has a B.A. in fine arts and continues to sculpt and paint while tattooing four to five days a week. You can contact him through the shop at 510 251 8287 or check out his web site www.oeytattoos.com.

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Tattoo 13

 

Tattoo 13 is run by Freddie Corbin and is located at 4917 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, Ca. There is a crew of 13 at the shop. Three of their lead artists are exhibiting at Expressions Gallery: Chummy Alexanian, Karl Fisher and Stash. Chummy got his start with Eric Maaske at Classic Tattoo in Fullerton, California. He started tattooing at Classic in June 2000 following a 2 year apprenticeship with Eric. Then he moved to Oakland to work for Freddy Corbin in August of 2001. Karl hails from England and came to America where he apprenticed under the late Eric Hogan (a childhood friend of his) in the early 90's at a shop in Berkeley. He states that he was fortunate to meet a lot of talented people who were definitely molding a new era in tattooing. Thanks to individuals like Clay Decker, Schmoe, and many others, he grew to love and respect tattooing. For the last two years he has been working for Freddy Corbin at Tattoo 13 in Oakland. Stash states that he first gained popularity as a graffiti artist on the tough streets of San Leandro and Hayward. As he got older, he wanted to continue his artistic expression, but didn't want to get in trouble anymore. It was then that he started to teach himself to tattoo. He has been tattooing for a while now, and really loves working at Tattoo 13.

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Tattoo Archives

 

Tattoo Archives is owned by C.W. Eldridge born on March 26, 1947 and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and is now living in Berkeley, Ca... He joined the United States Navy in 1965. After 13 weeks of boot camp in San Diego, he was given 12 hours of liberty, $200.00 to spend and the first opportunity to fulfill his childhood dream of acquiring tattoos. He returned from liberty with four and this was the beginning of his personal "scrapbook". In 1967 he served in Vietnam, and traveled to the Philippines, Hong Kong, Hawaii and Japan where he continued to add to his ever-growing tattoo collection. In 1969 he returned to civilian life. In 1974, he met and began getting tattooed by Don Ed Hardy offered him a chance to learn the art of tattooing when Hardy opened his shop in 1978. Eldridge spent time in, Canada working with Paul Jefferies, and in San Francisco with Dean Dennis and later Henry Goldfield. Tattoo Archive at 2804 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, Ca, was established 1984. In addition to tattooing, he builds power packs and traveling tattoo cases for many tattoo professionals; writes articles on tattoo history for various newsletters; publishes The Archive File; operates a small mail order business selling tattoo related material and in January of 1993, C.W. Eldridge, Alan Govenar, Don Ed Hardy and Henk Schiffmacher formed a California Non-Profit Corporation, The Paul Rogers Tattoo Research Center, named after one of the greats in the tattoo business. This organization will work toward establishing a national landmark for the art of tattooing.

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Temple Tattoo

 

Temple Tattoo is run by Freddie Corbin as well as Tattoo 13. Many of the same artists work at both locations. One artist not previously mentioned who works at both places is Hector Fong. Hector Fong was born and raised in East San Jose, Ca. He made the move to San Francisco in 1999 to apprentice under Eddy Deutsche at 222. He states: ”Learning from Eddy and being in the presence of the rest of the crew was the single most valuable experience of my life. Their talent, guidance, and work ethic is inspirational to me.” After 222 closed, he received an invitation from Freddy Corbin to work at Tattoo 13. He has been tattooing since March 2001.

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True Love Tattoo

 

True Love Tattoo was established in 1997 by David Moore. It is located at 2630 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, Ca. It’s goal is “to provide our clients with the highest caliber of work artistically and technically.” Dave and other artists at True Love Tattoo specialize in a variety of styles including traditional Japanese, Tibetan Design, Traditional American, Biomechanics and New School Effects. Dave has won top placing awards in almost every style of tattooing at national conventions over the past 6 years. Exhibiting with Dave at Expressions Gallery is Ross Kennedy and Victor Macias.

 

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