Birmingham is absolutely thriving with amazing tattoo artists and studios. One girl who agrees with me on this is tattoo apprentice Jo Farn, who is the curator of annual art exhibit ‘Light and Dark‘.
In her regular events she aims to share the breath-taking work being created in this cultural UK city.
Beccy: Hey Jo! Tell our readers about your exhibition. What is it?
Jo: ‘Light and Dark‘ is an art exhibition which started back in 2011. The first show was put on at The Custard Factory in Birmingham by tattooist Dawnii, Claire Seville and myself.
Since then, I have continued the exhibition which now focuses on art created by tattooists and musicians. The next showing will be at Ink and Iron tattoo convention on 9th April 2017.
Beccy: Which tattooists are involved and what have they created?
Jo: Taking part we have Dawnii Fantana, Skinny Al, Laura Spencer, Klaire Ader, César De Cesaro, Vic Jepson, Jemima Mantle and Clareabelle Marsh.
Beccy: How is the curation going so far?
Jo: Having the exhibition at a tattoo convention is great because I already have a working relationship with them so it can be much easier to organise the event than with someone external.
These things do always take a lot of time and can be quite stressful but I love the artists I work with and creating an event like this is an amazing way to discover new talent.
Helping artists promote their work is the best thing about it – the whole reason why I started the exhibition in the first place. That is always the top priority.
Tickets to see Light and Dark at Ink and Iron are on sale now.
Not all photos in the article are to be exhibited but are a taster of the work created by the brains involved! To see the final works, you’ll have to see them in person at one of Jo’s exhibits.
Words: Jo Dark and Beccy Rimmer
Photos: Individual artists, as credited