Last week, after an overly hot day stuck in an office, I headed down to London’s Somerset House to check out their new exhibit, “Time: Tattoo Art Today.” The exhibit presented original works from 70 of the world’s most influential and prolific tattoo artists, commissioning them to create a totally new work for the exhibition on the theme of time. The artists were allowed to work on any medium except skin, giving a whole new dimension to the pieces and allowing fans to see these respected artists take on a new format, the resulting collection ranging from oil paintings, watercolours, traditional Japanese silk painting and event sculpture.
Involved are Ed Hardy, Horiyoshi III, Paul Booth, and Mister Cartoon, among a slew of internationally recognised names. Time itself is a classic theme in modern tattoo art, life, death and everything around it are certainly common from for many artists. Hell, even I have a clock tattoo on my arm.
I shot some photos of some of the standout pieces below, and if you’re in the area, the show runs until 5th October and is free for all.