Just recieved an email from my good friend Mr. Rudd with this pic attached, seems he saw it fit to throw a sticker or two about the place before parliament sat this week, cheers man!
Welcoming this weeks feature artist Ben Rorke.
Ben tattoos at Valley Mall Tattoo, Fortitude Valley QLD.
I was stoked when i came across Ben’s work, though i suppose he is what some would call a “traditional tattooist” he has a rad and unique style like no other, check the pics of the roses he did, you’ll see what i mean!
Thank you for your time dude, whats been happening?
Not alot, working, being sick and Playstation
For those who don’t know, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Ummm…..27 year old tattooer from brisbane that hates being sick and likes playstation
How did you first find out you had a talent for art and tattooing, at what point did you decide to persue it as a career?
Always drew when i was a kid and was around tattooing a bit when i was younger and i always thought it was cool and interesting……..As for persuing it as a career i guess i had thought about it for a while so i worked hard at it, and just happened to sort its self out from there
I guess you could say Tattoo’s have become accepted in today’s society, possibly even expected, obviously there being more people for you to tattoo is a good thing, but do you think there is a downside to it?
Yeah, kids wanting neck and hands tattoos for their first tattoos its actually stupid, how many people have no tattoos and they want their first tattoo on their face or something….But overall its a good thing tha societys is opening up to it
How do you think certain “reality” tattoo shows on TV have effected tattooing on a broad scale?
I think it has probably effected it in a good way i think that the previous question is a result of these shows…..Me personally i dont watch them i think its a bit of a soap opera, but i guess thats what keeps mum and dad interested
What other tattooists and artists are you into or influenced by?
Anyone that does cool stuff…I think subconsciously everyone is influenced by whatever they see that they like whether we know it or not
Favourite style to tattoo, and medium to work with apart from tattooing?
Traditional, old school or anything that i think is cool
You designed Josh Rio’s pro model Element board, how did that come about?
He is a buddy of a good friend of mine
Where do you, or what do you draw inspiration from as an artist?
Anything really, i think the internet is a good thing it makes it really easy to see what other people are doing so that helps keep you on your toes and working hard
What’s been pumping through your speakers lately?
Thrice, Chuck Ragan, Raised Fist and alot more
Greatest accomplishment as an artist/ tattooist?
Being able to feed myself
No doubt you have seen some pretty fucked tattoo’s in your time, what is the worst tattoo you’ve ever seen?
This backyard job of an “I killed The Prom Queen” cd cover it was fucking terrible
What are your thoughts on the Tattoo scene here in Australia, compared to the rest of the world?
It’s good and getting better there are alot of awesome younger artists coming through….It’s good it forces you to work hard to keep up
Favourite place to kick it?
What was your first tattoo, and who did it?
A dragon on my upper arm, it sucks and some guy done it
What’s in your pockets right now?
In my boxer shorts so nothing
What are your views/opinions on the World and Society today?
Whatever i dont really care about anything that doesnt effect me directly
Name 5 things you couldn’t live without.
Food, money, machines, girlfriend, music
Advice to aspiring artists/tattooists?
Anything in the mix or coming up that we should know about?
Not alot really, just working and doing life….i will be tattooing at the 2nd sydney convention in march next year but thats about it really
Word association, you know the deal, say the first thing that comes to yourmind when you read the word.
Time – Fast
Greed – Pig
Kevin Rudd – Prime minister
Humanity – Okay
Peace – Not likely
Freedom – Braveheart / William Wallace
Tattooing – Fun
Art – Fun
Life – Sometimes Fun
Happiness – 🙂
The TTB contingent have been holding it down in 2666 ( Death Valley) lately, check these vids of Jack and Dean tearing shit up!
Oh yeah, Happy Birthday for today Jack – Hope you have a rad one man!
Ninja Edit: My blog editor was being a prick when i made this post, causing a whole lot of images and info not to show up, the post will look different now as i have corrected the fuck up!
Wow, what can i say about Mel Baxter? I really don’t think my words do Mel, her work and her acheivements the justice they deserve.
She has guest curated a handful of exhibitions, including Curvy, Hand Drawn, New York Buck and designed album art work for the likes of Dan Parsons, Danny Widdicombe and the Boat People, needless to say i am stoked to have been able to catch up with Mel for a bit of a chat, and to introduce her as This Life’s latest feature artist.
Check it out!
Firstly, thank you so much for your time, whats been happening?
Lately Ive been making plans to start my own business- aside from the other 455 I’m trying to get going ….
This will be a full time venture though- like a 7am-4pm kind of deal. Ive never had that kind of routine before- so its going to be interesting.
Not wanting to place down any titles or descriptions I’ll ask you to delve into your imagination briefly and picture about 12 pies all marked “creativity” — some of them are for sale, some of them are free- Now there’s me… standing in front of these pies, not working out which one to buy or to take home- but considering growing two extra fingers so I could put one in each pie…..😉
How did you first find out you had a talent for art, at what point did you decide to pursue it as a career?
class was really the only place I fitted in. I graduated grade 12 as a C student but with a dux in art and realised the world of creativity was really the only place I wanted to be.
What other artists are you into or influenced by?
Second was Melbourne based designer Ben Thomson aka Simian Lines- We ended up working collaboratively together for The Versus Show I in 08.You work in various mediums and have quite a diverse subject matter, do you prefer any medium in particular?
I think imagery which I can play with or manipulate is my most obvious form of inspiration as well romance.
What’s been blasting through your headphones lately?
Greatest accomplishment as an artist?
How would you say your style has progressed from when you first started seriously making art?
What’s in your pockets right now?
How would you describe your artistic style?
What are your views/opinions on the World and Society today?
You, along with Frankie Magazine and Nine Lives Gallery put together “Hand Drawn”, an exhibition showcasing some of Australia and New Zealand’s finest female artists, can you tell us a bit more about the idea behind the event, beside it being an all female exhibition?
Name 5 things you couldn’t live without.
Advice to aspiring artists?
Any up coming projects that we should know about?
The Versus Show III – featuring Rob Scott Vs. Nick Hornum. Two seriously talented artists who are mates and this will be their first collaborative show together- 20th Nov @ The Fort Gallery.
Word association, you know the deal, say the first thing that comes to your mind when you read the word.
Kevin Rudd- blank
Where can people follow what you’re up to and view your work?
You can check out my stuff on www.melbaxter.com and if you click on LIVE that’ll take you to my blog which is hopefully updated.Last words, shout outs?
Ahoy tha !
…As they always seem to do.
Riders: Tom Robinson and Joel Brown.
Tom is absolutely fucking ripping lately, the dude seriously has more tricks than yo’ mumma.
Oh and here is a pic of Dean skating, because i forgot to throw it up last time!
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