Happy Birthday Greg Irons!

Greg Irons, the underground comic artist and tattoo god had his first tattoo done in the 1960s, and it was the word “tattoo” on his left forearm. 

He was also born on this day in 1947 so to celebrate we are having a recap of his prolific impact on the world of tattooing. If you’re not familiar with Iron’s work its about time you were so here is more about him taken from the Tattoo Archive:


Gregory Rodman Irons was born September 29, 1947 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father was in advertising and his mother was a registered nurse. Greg attended Upper Marion High School up until the 10th grade and was involved in just about every aspect of the school newspaper. Greg’s brother Mark said that Greg displayed intense interest in art at an early age, even at the risk of spankings. “He used to scribble all over the walls when he was young, and mother would wash them off and tell him to stop. Then one day, she moved the bed to vacuum under it, and she saw that Greg had crawled under the bed to draw all over the baseboards there.” Greg was a self-taught artist, whose early influences were the Mad pocket book reprints featuring Kurtzman, Elder, Wood, and Davis.

Irons moved to San Francisco during the winter of 1967 and created a rock poster for a band playing at the ballroom, The Western Front. With this printed poster in hand, Irons went to see Bill Graham and got an art gig for an upcoming concert at the Fillmore Auditorium. Ultimately, Bill Graham Productions commissioned Irons for a series of posters for great bands of that era, including Moby Grape, Paul Butterfield, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby-Stills-Nash & Young, Albert King [...]

The creative director of the jewellery brand The Sum shares with us his tattoos

The creative director of Oregon based jewellery company The Sum has shared with us photos and descriptions of his truly impressive tattoo collection. Spanning from the likes of Thomas Hooper, Stefanie Tamez, Chad Koeplinger and Liam Sparkes, David owns tattoos by some of the most innovative and important contemporary tattooers around so we decided to find out more about his journey and collection.


Arms & Feet

I got the tiger head from Craig Brown here in Portland, OR a couple years ago. Whenever I would go in his shop I’d see a painting he did of this old flash- and I loved it, but I never knew where to get it tattooed on me. So one day I decided the foot, and we put it on there. The rose is from Bailey Robinson. I’ve always loved his roses, so after I got the tiger I knew that I needed a rose on the other foot. We did that one in his private studio in Brooklyn, NYC. The toes are all stick and pokes from my friend. For a couple months last year we’d have people over at my old house and have some drinks and hand poke each other. It was always fun, and someone ended up with a pizza-skateboard tattoo one time that was real cool. I’ll have to finish the toes off one day with more stick and pokes. I’d love to have Guy Le Tattooer do the toes on the other foot.

I was in Denver, CO visiting a friend and we both decided we wanted to get tattooed, but I think it was a Monday or something so a bunch of shops were closed. She was friends with Fish who owned a shop, so after a few [...]

Vesmir Peklo : New Noveta X Susu Laroche X Dean Wellings.


On Friday night a multimedia installation of a collaboration between performance duo New Noveta (Keira Fox & Ellen Freed), their costume designer Dean Wellings and photographer and filmmaker Susu Laroche will be on show at Lima Zulu.

Opening on 26th of September from 6-10pm the show will also be open on the following day on the 27th of September.

A teaser for the show can be viewed here

  www.newnoveta.blogspot.co.uk www.susularoche.com www.limazulu.co.uk  

Francesca Woodman at Victoria Miro



In her short career photographer Francesca Woodman produced an extraordinary body of work – over 800 photographs – acclaimed for its singularity of style and range of innovative techniques. London’s Victoria Miro gallery will be showing a solo exhibition of her work until the 4th of October

This exhibition will consider the recurring themes within Woodman’s work, the abstract geometrical forms which would often reappear within her photographs. Woodman’s practice is often discussed in terms of its surreal and symbolic imagery, but her work was grounded in a sophisticated understanding of form. Her photography exemplified strong compositional motifs, and the repetitive, regular shape of the zigzag, with its strong lines and angles, was a form she used in images of disparate subjects.

Passing away at the tragically young age of 22 in 1981, Woodman left behind her a body of work much greater than her age. This exhibition will be sure to present us with a thoughtful reflection of her work.

More information about the exhibition can be found here

Victoria Miro Mayfair 
14 St George Street London W1S 1FE



Andrew Logan picks his favourite outfits from the Alternative Miss World

The Alternative Miss World was started in London in 1972 by artist Andrew Logan. Rejecting the usual categorisations of what a vanity contest usually involves, Logan created these competitions to celebrate the endless possibilities of transformation rather than examining idealised concepts of beauty.

Existing for an impressive forty two years, the competition has hosted a selection of London’s most exhilarating and raw subculture. From Derek Jarman to Leigh Bowery, Divine, David Hockney, David Bailey, Judy Blame, John Maybury and Brian Eno; pioneers of late 20th century culture have either judged, been judged or simply gone to party at Logan’s carefully curated and flamboyant parties. Now in 2014, Logan will be presenting us with the 13th competition at Shakespeare’s Globe, so to celebrate we went to his studio to have a chat about some of his favourite ever costumes created for the competition.

Can you talk to us about some of your favourite outfits. Not necessarily for the performance, more the clothing?
God, there’s so many of them! I’ll start with Burnel Penhaul as Miss Gale Force Wind in 1991. Burnel was known as the ‘Transformer’. He was an extraordinary man, he didn’t drink, he didn’t smoke, he did have a lot of sex though which was the problem; he was HIV ‘group’, as it was back then as HIV didn’t exist.

What year was this?
Late 80s, I suppose. So for a while he was ok and then he got worse and worse and all his friends said you must do something about it, which he did, but by then it was too late. He passed away in hospital.

That’s terrible, what was his outfit that he wore?

As ‘Miss Gale Force Wind’ he had a series of extraordinary outfits. He was [...]

Sang Bleu Exclusive Interview with Art Star Kalup Linzy

New York based American video and performance artist Kalup Linzy is a creative machine. His extensive lo-fi video work can only be described as well executed story telling borrowing heavily from soap opera performances and narratives that truly pushes the boundary of gender relations in video. His video work chronicles the melancholic melodramas of his characters, often played by Linzy and friends dressed in drag, as they deal with family, sexuality, acceptance, the art world, and community. After moving to New York in 2003 and inclusion in breakthrough exhibitions at the Studio Museum Harlem and Taxter and Spengemann, Kalup went on to receive acclaimed reviews by the New York Times and high profile grants and fellowships such as the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and Creative Capital Foundation Grant. He has since shown at The Whitney Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, Prosepct 1, Birmingham Museum of Art, and MoMa. Amongst his list of friends and collaborators are James Franco, Macaulay Culkin, Michael Stipe, Chloe Sevigny, and Tunde Adipembe of the band “T.V. on the Radio”. Kalup has also lectured students about film at Harvard University, Columbia University, and New York University. We had the pleasure of interviewing Kalup to talk about growing up in Florida, working with James Franco and Macaulay Culkin, his web series, and drag. Tell me a little about growing up in Florida. How has this shaped you as an artist and influenced your video and performance work   I grew up in a small close knit rural community.  I was raised by my grandmother in my early childhood.  Then I lived with my aunt and uncle who helped my grandmother with me.  I was also close to my father who lived about 10 miles away.  He had a [...]

Art Tattoo Montreal 2014

During the first weekend of September, tattoo artists and collectors from all over the world returned the historic Windsor Station in downtown Montreal for the twelfth installment of the convention known formally as Art Tattoo Montreal. As usual, well before the convention opened to the public there was a lineup into the street – albeit this year, many attendees were subjected to waiting outside in a downpour of fall rain. Nevertheless, the rain did not put a damper on the event, and the former railway station quickly filled with eager visitors upon opening, staying that way for the next three days.

While the convention hosted a number of artists returning from the previous year, there was also a variety of less familiar faces, including, but certainly not limited to, Henning Jorgensen, Nick Collela, Norm, and Zac Scheinbaum. Unlike previous years, the convention also included two guest lectures by Chuck Eldridge, owner and operator of the Tattoo Archive in Winston Salem, North Carolina. While many tattoo conventions focus on showcasing some of the best contemporary tattooing, rarely do they include free educational seminars on the history of tattooing. Eldridge’s lectures on historic tattoo storefronts and former Toronto tattooer “Beachcomber Bill”, otherwise known as Ken Cotterell, provided a refreshing and much welcomed addition to the convention’s milieu from someone well versed in the history of tattooing.

It is hard to represent, in both words and images, the sensorial experience one feels when attending a tattoo convention. The constant buzzing of tattoo machines, the smell of antiseptic, the slow shuffling of bodies down narrow aisles, and the constant bombardment of imagery via tattooed skin, artist banners, portfolios, and merchandise, are just a few of the reoccurring encounters one has with his or her senses. The text and photographs [...]