Saturday 3 October will see the opening of our tattoo artist exhibition, Inked Palette.
Created in collaboration with Deasil Art Gallery in Leamington Spa, the exhibition will run for 3 weeks and showcase the work of tattoo artists all over the UK.
The artists are creating custom artwork on a variety of materials – rather than skin, they’re making work on paper, ceramic, canvas, and more. All artists are still working on their pieces, and they won’t be revealed until the exhibition opens.
Until then, we’d like to give you the chance to meet each tattoo artist here on Inkluded, see their tattoos and hear about their experiences as artists.
We hope you can come on down this October to explore the work they’re creating for you.
Name: Shaun Von Sleaze
Tattoo Style: New School / Neo-Oriental
Tattooing: 4 Years
Location: Keep The Faith Social Club, Cardiff
Thank you for offering to be part of our exhibition! What made you say yes to being involved?
It’s something different. There are plenty of collectives showcasing art from tattoo artists in books, in articles online and through other physical mediums, but it’s nice for there to be a physical place where general public can have access to the work we can create.
Have you ever had your work exhibited before?
I haven’t, it’s an honour to be considered let alone asked.
Tell us about what you’re planning to display.
I am unsure at the moment – I have a series of bodysuits that I’m currently creating, along with some fully rendered paintings so my pieces may include those, but also something new. I try to keep my mediums varied and the finalisation of the pieces at different levels – I believe it’s good to show process and this way the general public can see the underlying process of creating a piece.
What’s the one thing you love most about your job?
I guess it’s constant creativity and change. I prefer pressure so the constant change in design ideas, taste and style means that even though we work in a relaxed environment, it’s nice to create something with a client and give them what they have hoped for.
Describe what art means to you, in one word.
By that I mean it’s a complete distraction and removal from what is happening around. It’s good to have a space where anything is possible and art allows that.
What are you looking forward to the most?
I’m excited to see what everyone brings to the table. William Jones from Nebula Tattoo is someone I keep in touch with and he is a great artist… it’ll be great to see what he steps up with and where the whole exhibition converges artistically.
Is there anything you want people looking at your artwork to take away from it? Anything you want them to feel or experience?
I guess I set my sights quite low. Some people want to evoke feelings and maybe that’s the point of art, I just want to have fun. If someone connects to that, then I am happy.
It’s not so much about acceptance… I understand that what I do (for some people at least) is hard to connect with because it’s ideas mixed with perspective, play and surrealism. I don’t want to be a super serious realism artist, the work is incredible but I like the subtlety of nodding towards what something is and can be, while trying to pull it into an extreme and exaggerated version of itself.
What’s your creative process when putting a piece of artwork together?
It all depends what I’m trying to do. If I’m sketching for a client I rarely let them see the build up – without what I see backing it up it can look like some scribbles on paper that need to be cleaned.
When I’m working for me, sometimes I’m happy with just that. I’m not sure there is a real set finishing point for any art. In my opinion, it’s subjective. I have pieces that haven’t got past base gestures and I’m happy at that, I have others that I have fully rendered and coloured – a piece is a piece when it feels right, regardless of how cleanly finished it may look to the eye.
I think that’s key with working on art, not tattoos… knowing an end point may be different on canvas/paper/wood/etc. than it would be on skin.
Anything else you want to share with the public?
It would be good to see a full house at the exhibition. Not for the artists but for societies’ views on tattooed people and the stereotyping that comes with it. Unfortunately we are still bunched into a hole that doesn’t really fit, I’m not sure it ever did. Art is art regardless of placement. It would be nice to show that we are artists not what an outdated stereotype likes to portray.