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This week's gallery gathering pulls double duty, as not only a kick off for the Convention of Tattoo Arts but also as a release party for BLOODWORK:SLEEVES, a new limited-edition book produced by the Analog Tattoo Arts Kolectiv. The book is a handcrafted slab that features work from tattoo artists and art collectors from around the world, with photos of 67 sleeves collected at shoots in San Jose, London, Zurich, and Los Angeles. A sleeve is an integrated shoulder-to-arm tattoo work, handily described by Wikipedia for those who haven't seen a music video or been to any Hot Topic store in the past decade.
In assembling the book, after the initial photography, "the raw material was combined into three dynamic composite models: windmill, wingspan, and rotation." The reason for the composite approach, according to the creators, was "to offer a unique and singular view of the sleeve that, as of yet, has not been put forth." For a vivid example, see this image.
BLOODWORK:SLEEVES is a collaborative project with the World Tattoo Community, and will initially be available as a limited edition of 1500 hand-numbered copies. With 350 hand-bound pages on heavy paper, the books themselves are both intricate and hefty, measuring more than a foot in height and almost as wide, with foldout lenght of some 30-inches. The books have a clothbound cover and slide into a layered and die-cut slipcase, and as an extra flourish of intimacy the mail-order copies will be shipped in a hand-stenciled mailer.
The doors open on tomorrow's launch party at 8pm, with another public reception and book signing on November 6th. The events are free and open to the public, and the Anno Domini Gallery exhibit will be on view until November 21st. SEE ALSO: www.galleryad.com
SEE ALSO: www.analogtattoo.com
Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.
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