Group Exhibition: La Cultura De Los Tatuajes
About The Exhibit
A group exhibition of paintings, drawings and mixed media art from 10 local tattoo artists. This centuries old practice involves creative story telling, self-expression, aesthetic and pride. La Culture De Los Tatuajes explores the cultural implications that appear in this ancient art form through the work of local tattoo artists featuring many from the Hispanic community.
Three out of every ten Americans have willingly allowed an individual to utilize a rotary tattoo machine to pierce their skin repeatedly in the ancient act of tattooing. This act creates the most personal form of artwork that exists, an artificial cutaneous pigmentation that subsists within the dermis of an individual. Unlike art that lives within a frame, tattoos walk away from their creator and live within our society. La Culture De Los Tatuajes explores the cultural implications that appear in this ancient art form through the work of local tattoo artists featuring many from the Hispanic community.
About The Artist
Jorge Pintor is a 28 year old artist born in Watsonville California. “I’ve been into drawing since I was a kid And fell in love with the idea of tattooing in my teens. I knew then that’s what I wanted to pursue. I started tattooing in 2010 and love tattooing American and Japanese traditional styles as well as black and grey.”
L’bert (Alberto Rivas) Born in Ocotlan Jalisco, Mexico. Raised in Los Angeles, California. Currently living/tattooing in Reno, NV at A Toda Madre Tattoos, showcasing watercolor (tattoo flash) paintings with a Hispanic theme.
Brian Chambers is an award winning and published artist. Born and raised in Sonora CA. Than relocated to Reno NV. Brian’s been tattooing since 2009. He specializes in Realistic and illustrative Color tattooing, but also loves doing Japanese and Black & Grey. He enjoys tattooing Nature/Animal related subject matter.
“My name is Canyon Webb; I’m from Reno Nevada. I’ve had the pleasure of tattooing for 10 years. Growing up I was inspired by comic books and cartoons which led me to practicing different illustrative tattooing styles ultimately leading me to a timeless look of patterns, mandalas, dot work and black work. This style makes my tattoos longer lasting and more relevant in the future.”
Matthew Fernando Carrol Madrid (Smokey) was 35 years old. Born in Loma Linda California and raised in Barstow California. He moved to Reno after being in prison in Las Vegas NV. He learned the art of tattoo in prison, where he was inspired by other Chicano art work. He practiced body art and illustration using ball point pen and paper. Smokey spent countless hours to produce his art and shared it with us. We would like to pay our friend/fellow artist homage by sharing it with you. Our dear friend Smokey lost his life to a battle with cancer. He will be missed by many. We hope you enjoy his art as much as we do.
Born and raised in California, Shaun Hanna took a strong interest in illustrative art and cartooning early on. Creativity became an outlet and a way of life as he navigated the pathways of youth. As an adult this interest , coupled with a love for the California punk rock scene, turned into a fascination of Tattoos. Shaun moved to Reno NV to pursue Tattooing in 2009 where he began to apply the vast history of tattooing to his own artistic styles. Since 2009 Shaun has focused on the fundamentals of tattooing and the simplicity Traditional Americana Tattoo Art.
Mike Curatello Originally from Long Island, NY and, living in Reno for the past 10+ yrs. Started tattooing at the age of 18 and have been painting/drawing since I was a wee lad. Heavily influenced by pop culture, comic books, sci/fantasy, nature, and video games. I have always loved artists like, DaVinci, Raphael, Bernini, Dali, Alphonse Mucha, and more modern artists like Banksy, Mark Ryden, James Jean, and Jeremy Geddes.