“Jack Bilbo by Jack Bilbo: Artist, Author, Sculptor, Art Dealer, Philosopher, Psychologist, Traveller and a Modernist Fighter for Humanity”
– self declaration
The work of outsider artist Jack Bilbo (1907-1967) is now on show in the David Zwirner gallery.
The focus of the exhibition will be on his ink drawings of the 1940s made when Bilbo was settled in London with his gallery, The Modern Art Gallery, and later Weybridge, Surrey.
Bilbo’s work is typified by the pairing of Anti-Capitalist political satire and absurdist black humour, communicated through the combination of uncensored, peculiar imagery,-emerging from doodles and fantasies- and idiosyncratic textual accompaniments and titling. This is reflective of his character, a larger than life, Bohemian raconteur yet irreverent campaigner for social change.
Jane England, Director of England & Co. and foremost scholar on the artist’s work, notes: “Many of Bilbo’s drawings reflect the Socialist outlook and anti-Capitalist views he shared with other German artists such as George Grosz and John Heartfield. Bilbo’s satiric drawings with their ironic captions convey his deeply felt political ideas—he took the role of an outsider in his life and work, and was a passionate and irreverent social critic. Other drawings depict his bizarre, sometime sexual, and often violent fantasies: they emerged from doodles and improvisations and reflect his obsessions. The titles he inscribed on them are as idiosyncratic as the drawings: surreal, absurdist, crude, often humorous”.
The ironic and surreal titles and captions accompanying the imagery support Bilbo’s self pronounced stance as a modernist fighter for humanity, as his work Death Knows No Frontiers, Races, Classes or Religions- Death is Impartial- Why Not Life? (n.d) shows.
Bilbo’s work disregards the conventional criteria of technicality and taste through the use of ‘oodling’, which Bilbo defined as the “artistic process of making sense [...]
After several back and forth email conversations spanning a number of months, for a moment it seemed as if the “Ten Questions” interview with Parisian-based tattooer and graffiti writer Cokney was never going to happen. Understandably so, as 2014 has been a busy, although productive year for this young French artist, with several guest spots throughout the world, a number of exhibitions, and a full time position at Hand In Glove tattoo shop in Paris. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to meet up with him at this year’s edition of Art Tattoo Montreal this past weekend, where he was awarded the prize for “Tattoo of the Weekend”. Among that discussed were his introduction to tattooing, his constant appetite for travel, and one of his other pursuits – graffiti writing. Keep reading below for more, and be sure to check out his Instagram and website for a number of other photos.
For those who are unfamiliar with your work, could you please introduce yourself? What does ‘Cokney’ mean and why have you chosen to tattoo under a pseudonym rather than your real name?
I live in Paris and work at Hand In Glove tattoo shop. I discovered tattooing through the skinhead and punk culture in the early 2000’s. During this period I used to go to every Oi! and reggae-rocksteady show. With few young skinhead like me, we started to do everything together, we decided to organize ourselves as a band. During the evolution of this band I had my first vision of tattooing, something more brutal, a tattoo that take its power from symbolism more than aesthetic beauty. On the side I was also actively painting graffiti on trains and subways… The name “Cokney” was formed, and continues to be my [...]
Porn hardly asks why. It will, however, ask how, where and with whom. It will show you, with fluorescent lights and wet flesh, the what. The perfect limbs in Tumblr GIFs will, naturally, abandon narrative all together for grayscale grinding. Porn simply hasn’t got time for explanations.
Still, Tina Horn’s got time. The pornstar-cum-porn director-cum-academic-cum writer is game for the why – and her new podcast ‘Why Are People Into That?!’ is a trip to the sociological, [psycho]logical, and scientific domain of human sexuality. Squirting, spanking, heels and power play are dissected and analyzed as a way of inviting, rather than rejecting, curious inspection. Perversion, fetish and kinky indulgence become this joyful romp where the story behind arousal is just as endearing, and stimulating, as arousal itself. Perhaps it’s time, for a little while at least, to trade pixilated humping for some real talk.
You once remarked that ‘being a pervert is a very happy and healthy way to be’. What is your definition of a pervert?
Well, it’s obviously one of those epithets like queer or cunt or punk that has been reclaimed and therefore subverted by people like me. So when oppressive jerks say, “Your desires make me uncomfortable; ergo you’re a pervert, you’ve perverted normalcy, you’ve distorted the status quo of sexuality,” I say, “Yes. You’re right. I am. I have. I do.” And all of a sudden the word can’t be used to control or demean me, because it has lost its power to insult.
The joy of perversion arguably stems from its social wrongness. What is your opinion on the “mainstreaming” of certain acts (a la fifty Shades of Grey)? Does it wipe away the dirtiness, and subsequently, the thrill?
I think you’re right that many perverted [...]
Having to operate and hold a smartphone became too much of a burden. It occupied our hands, brought about odd gestures of operation. Figure eights to calibrate, swipes to advance, pinches to enlarge. An exorcistic vocabulary familiar only to fellow tech mimes. With time the smartphone’s functions were split up, sliced and freshly injected into alternatives. A nail tracking key input, an anklet GPS, eyelids for scrolling. Hands free. This way, any body part with the ergonomic capability to home an object became colonised. We cleansed ourselves of accessories and enhanced the flesh. Rub on sensors and tracking creams. Networked pills and RFID joints. It was liberating, we started to breathe deeper. In the name of practicality, usability and general soothing of life’s strenuous activities, smart parts rather than dumb limbs.
That summer, we spent all our days embraced by liquid and running along its periphery. The beach, we would apply track cream to each others backs ritualistically, first thing we got there. The GPS infused sunscreen added enhanced meaning to “sun protection”. The tracking sensor grains acting like exfoliants on our skin. SPFactor 50+ had extra far signal reach and strong ray protection, it needn’t be reapplied as often during the day. It let us roam free and find each other simultaneously. Such peace of mind, knowing where your loved ones are. Right there next to you 10km away. We really deeply cared for each other, took time to cover every spot of skin, tilting heads for improved perspective, and then ran.
Nostalgic memories of mini Pelican cases shielding our electronic gadgets from natural forces. Now we dance in the summer rain, arms out like antennas, spinning in circles, breathing air loaded with internet.
Each day we couldn’t apply [...]
Originally from Spain, Dani Queipo recently relocated to London to work at the newly established East London shop Seven Doors Tattoo. Queipo has developed a reputation for his bold, simplified work and muted colour palette, and an original take on the established canon of traditional tattoo imagery. We recently caught up with Queipo, the self-proclaimed “Straight Edge Warrior”, and had the opportunity to discuss a number of things, spanning from his earliest memories of tattooing to his recent move to London.
What is your earliest memory of tattooing?
It is a vague memory, because it’s quite difficult to know what the fist tattoo I saw was, but I remember spending some summer afternoons when I was a kid, painting friends arms with a Bic pen, with skulls, letters, Snoopy…When I was a adolescent I got into in Punk/oi! scene. It was super astonishing seeing album covers with band members with tattoos, it was my door to get into tattoo world…
From that point, when and how did you become a tattooer?
I’ve always been in love with tattoos, when I was 15 years old I got my first tattoo, it was the moment when I was most interested in learning how tattoos were made. At my first summer job, at 16 years old, I started to save money to buy my tattoo stuff, and at 18 I got more tattoos and I saved as much money as I could to buy equipment.
You worked in Spain prior to arriving in London. Could you talk about your time spent there?
It was a great time, I was working in different studios, living different experiences, and growing as a tattooer. But when I was starting to do some guest spots, my mind started to [...]
We are truly excited to share the news with you that Sang Bleu 7 will be printed and available for you to hold early in 2015.
To announce this news we have made a film called ‘Gait’ about contemporary ways people share and explore foot fetish through the internet and spoken to NOWNESS about the new issue.
Sharna Osbourne made the film which was directed by Reba Maybury with creative direction from Maxime Buchi and Eloise Parry also took portraits of the feet for us.
Interview by Joseph Delaney with Maxime on NOWNESS:
Foot Fetishism with the Alternative Anthropological Bible
Cake-penetrating latex socks, ankles bound with cable tie, and water-drenched PVC platforms all become subjects of the lens of Eloise Parry for the latest series from underground title Sang Bleu. The 10-year-old tome started as the tattoo-themed editorial project of creative director Maxime Büchi, who continues to probe its surrounding subcultures alongside a career as a tattooist and art director for Mugler, Alexander McQueen and Rick Owens. Now operating as a multidisciplinary project with a fashion line under its umbrella, the title explores sexuality and fetish beyond the whips-and-chains image perpetuated by modern media and ‘mom porn’ books such as 50 Shades of Grey. In the lead up to a brand new issue announced exclusively on NOWNESS, the tattoo renegade talks Tumblr, porn and forging the next chapter for the London-based project.
Going back to the start, how would you define Sang Bleu‘s original impetus?
Maxime Büchi: Fetish and BDSM is something I’ve always had an interest for and I just applied the same approach that I had applied to tattooing and the other elements of Sang Bleu to fetish. Fetish [...]