Graffiti Tattoo, vol.2 = Gorgeous Global Great Body Art Galore!

    While I sport no tattoo art on my own skin nor have I yet converted a public surface to a canvas I have great respect and admiration for artists who do so with bold creativity and style.  Yeah, I ‘get’ the mainstream culture’s issues with the “illegal art” of graffiti and I render that about as much credibility as I do the notion of human beings being “illegal.” Shouldn’t great art increase the property value of a building or other surface that has been chosen as an artist’s canvas? I’ve seen many a bland brick wall transformed into bright beautiful living color that brings art out of climate controlled galleries and into the everyday lives of everyone with eyes willing to appreciate it.  As for tattoo artists whom people entrust with their own hides for spreading ink–I’m continually impressed with their inventive ways of collaborating with the human form.  It’s not a requirement to pursue either art form in order to enjoy what they offer.  Even if you’re just mildly curious I highly encourage you to sneak a peek between the covers of Graffiti Tattoo, vol. 2 by Alan Ket and Don Karl aka Stone. They’ll take you around the world via introductions of tattoo artists with graffiti backgrounds who work with skin and ink from Oakland, CA to Queensland, Australia.  One of my favorites is Fishero from Ostrava in the Czech Republic.  I adore his incredible illusions of 3D art.  Each artist speaks for him/herself about their art and personal history. Contact and online information are provided for each artist:  websites, Facebook, emails and addresses. Yes, if you’re wandering about Copenhagen, Denmark, you can get some ink from Franz Jager. Marco Wagner aka Sheas can be found at Lucky Six Tattoo in Berlin, Germany. Eaz One tweets from San Jose, California. Turkesa is in Barcelona, Spain.   This photographic record is lush and brilliantly vibrant.  The book offers a means for viewing the global scale of arts of workaday world people. The art is as varied as the artists’ thoughts on mentoring, writing, images, drawing and life.  It’s great out of the box art all around offering trains, the Pieta, Sitting Bull, skulls, dragons and much much more.  See for yourself at From Here to Fame Publishing http://www.fromheretofame.com/books/tattoo2.html

To visit Fishero online –>> http://www.freihand.cz/news.php

Click image to see what’s between the covers.

“The Bitter and The Sweet”

Eternal She

 

Thunderbird

 

Tree

 

Three

We

 

Space

 

All together

 

Credits for The Bitter and The Sweet

Well folks this little photo essay project can’t quite seem to get any traction via my feet.  So– I’m curious if anyone else has seen similar renditions of these spiritual concepts in other street art murals anywhere.  Please do enjoy these images because since I photographed the originals they’ve been defaced. The mural can be found on Cesar Chavez Blvd leading into the West Bottoms in Kansas City, Missouri. Or it “could” the last time I did a drive by.  Your thoughts regarding the art, the concepts, the technique, the symbols, et al, are welcome. Links to similar murals are also welcome. I  find this mural very compelling on several symbolic levels. The easily recognizable Christian symbols have been given an individual twist with the corn people, spaceman, and the depiction of the people in the tree. Some things are wide open. I’m wondering about the things that are “suggested”.  Anyone care to venture some speculations or hard core information?

I’m all ears–fingers–eyes.

Drink water? See GASLAND

What a way to start the day with a new Tuesday Morning Buzzer at KKFI–welcome to Diana Linn Ennis–and a sobering shot of Democracy Now! Ever have a day when you wish you did not learn something new.  Today was one such day for me. Fracking was my new learned thing today. After BP’s  water killing spilling I was hoping for some relief for water in general. But no such thing. If I had HBO I probably would already know about flammable tap water. But I don’t have HBO or cable and Elsa the lioness is gracing my un-upgraded fat screen television antique. Hence, I learned via Democracy Now! on KKFI–radio like you’re probably not hearing unless you’re tuning in at 90.1 fm or www.kkfi.org.  Is there any place on the globe free of Halliburton?  Apparently not.  

Can you light your tap water on fire? If so, then you probably know all about the contents of Josh Fox’s film GASLAND. If you don’t know about GASLAND  and you drink water–then you need to see this film because this is not a self-contained issue. This is coming to a water supply near you–or maybe it already has.  The first video contains a map of the USA with locations of Fracking for natural gas.  Now, is there something wrong with  my logic or–if one disaster caused by deep drilling into the Earth shows the dangers of such drilling–then doesn’t it follow that more such drilling may not be very wise for the planet and all the living creatures upon it? No, I don’t see any rich corporate executives doing double time as Superman trying to save the Earth.  Wake up, America, Ironman is not a real person–nor is he based on a human prototype hiding in New York City. There’s just US–that’s right, each and every one of ‘us’ on Earth needs to take part in saving this Earth because there is no spaceship to a colony on Mars as much as we may wish it so.  As for political leadership–Reality Check–$$$$$ Talks. The White House wouldn’t even accept FREE solar panels from 350.org even though solar panels would save a lot of money at the White House. It’s not what is ‘said’ but what is ‘done’ that is so revealing. Yeah, new nice suits, nice new carpets, nice newly painted walls, but the same environmental callousness as the previous occupants.  

Well, if you are like I was at 8:30 am knowing nothing of Fracking, here’s some video and links for expanding your universe. Please accept my sincere apologies if you’re now not so calm about taking a soothing bath by candlelight.  

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/9/14/as_regulators_weigh_drilling_in_marcellus  

   

http://gaslandthemovie.com/  

   

Dave, the Lazy Photographer's Watchman in Toronto

 

No, this dude is not going to solve our environmental problems for us.

Alley Art

brick action ~ street art in Milwaukee

painting states

eagerly awaiting the times of unseeing

studio alleyways, railroad cars, forgotten spaces

canned colors in hand

to paint is o conduct a pre-emptive strike

beware Franco

open air galleries

no entry fees everyone sees

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testimony to their ever-presence

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