Traveling around the country, booking appointments on his cell phone, and tattooing “semi-legally” from hotel rooms, errant tattooer Max Kuhn‘s way of tattooing seems to attract almost as many followers as the tattoos themselves. Yet, one would be remiss to write off such travels as gimmicky; anyone who looks closely at his tattoos–bold, romantic, nostalgic interpretations of classic Americana–can feel how their imagery and facture seem inextricably bound to his life as a tattoo outsider; with thick lines and bold shading, they’re a little bit crude, but dynamically angular, clever and strong. We recently caught up with Max to talk about his work, travels, and why he eschews the tattoo “community.”
How did you first start tattooing?
When I was a young teenager and really wanted to start getting tattoos, I didn’t have any money. The (pretty naive) way I saw it was: I could try to come up with $100 and then either buy myself a tattoo or buy a tattoo kit and give myself unlimited tattoos. I had some older skateboarding friends who had tattoo equipment floating around and took turns doing stick figures and devil heads and stuff on each other. I didn’t know anything about tattoos and didn’t really get to see tattoos very often so the stuff they had, to me, looked pretty good. It seemed possible, anyway. I got some equipment and I gave myself some terrible tattoos. I also tattooed a few friends that bullied me into it but I really didn’t have any ambition to do tattooing. I just wanted to have tattoos. Doing it myself was just the easiest way to get them. I was 16 and had no idea what I was doing, literally no idea. I’d never really [...]
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As part of a triple exhibition at London’s Space Studios, a series of black and white video works by American contemporary fine artist Paul McCarthy are on show simultaneously as part of an immersive installation.
The series of 13 works know as the ‘Black and White Tapes’ playing concurrently in the gallery’s main space were recorded by the artist between 1971 and 1975 while studying film and video at the University of Southern California . “I was coming from an art background and really wasn’t interested in narrative,” he says of their conception, made by enlisting the video technician of nearby Dental school who would allow him unrestricted and unaccompanied access of what was then rarely accessible equipment.
The tapes see the artist in various states of unrest, dragging paint across the floor with his hair, face and body, ritualistically repeating simple actions, laughing hysterically, presenting and tugging at his own naked body and spitting directly into the lens of the camera; “In the beginning [they] were very much about me as the artist, very minimal, just using whatever was in the room.” The fairly violent and to a degree self-deprecating actions see him question the often heightened position of the male artist, influenced by the Viennese Actionists and replacing the fairly weighty subjects of the brief and violent movement for that more immediately relevant to McCarthy, the unrest of the everyday that would go on to define the focus of his oeuvre, and give an insight into his early intentions and the interests continued through the now increasingly polished and technically ambitious sculpture and installation.
Below is an excerpt of the series from the Performancelogia Performance Art Archive.
The exhibition runs until 16th March.
An interview with 3D modelling and scanning specialist, Lee Perry-Smith by Monique Todd
There is an acute sense that everything is blurring these days – lines and boundaries that were once distinct and recognisable seem to be dissolving in an equally exciting and slightly disturbing fashion. And whilst this is a conversation that has been tirelessly debated, the recent developments in avatars and virtual technology seem to be inching towards a truer [replication] of reality at an astonishing rate.
Lee Perry-Smith, a multi-award winning artist and self taught 3D modelling and scanning specialist, has recently re-launched Triplegangers – a 3D scanning and capture service that specialises in character modelling to help the creation of virtual avatars for film and computer games. Ultimately dealing with our perception of reality and experience through the intricate art of replication, the scans almost look so real that there “fakeness” comes into question. In fact, the word ‘replication’ becomes a term to rethink – if the detail and intricacies of the virtual body keep getting better – will they cease to be replications and become something else altogether?
Always working to extending his art to the fullest, Lee Perry-Smith is currently pushing virtual reality into an area few have gone before … the adult entertainment industry. Here, he reveals his thoughts on replicating the human form and why VR will do wonders to enhance and diversify sexual experiences.
Firstly, what is behind the name Triplegangers?
It means the 3rd, the 3rd dimension, our triple, our digital clone. As ‘Doppelganger’ means a paranormal double of a living person, I wanted something less sinister and more digital and ethereal as a name, something unique… which [these scans] are … they are clones of living tissue in digital form.
When did your fascination with [...]
Read an extensive interview with our creative director Jeanne-Salomé Rochat with portraits by Maxime Ballesteros
FreundevonFreunden magazine have extensively interviewed our creative director Jeanne-Salomé Rochat and Sang Bleu friend Maxime Ballesteros has taken portraits of her in Berlin. Find out more of the external outgoings of Rochat’s work and the under pinnings of Sang Bleu HERE!
“Maud Arizona; Suleika, the tattooed wonder” is a 1922 drypoint by German expressionist Otto Dix, created as part of his 1922 series about the circus. Known best for his paintings and his print series Der Krieg, Dix’s paintings and prints often distort human bodies into grotesque and nightmarish formations. Given the circus’s reputation for oddities and spectacle, this image of Maud Arizona, with a curvaceous (though somewhat exaggerated) body and lightly scratched tattoos, seems subdued, even elegant. Below: a photo of Maud Arizona.