This past Labor Day was the 2015 Carriage House Tattoo Gathering in Lenoir, NC. This was the inaugural event that attracted top tattoo artists from all over the world. The event organizers were Big Gus, Tony Olivas, and Chris Holifield. The master of ceremonies was none other than Joe Germinario, aka Joey Tattoo from Spike TV’s hit series Tattoo Rescue. We would like to thank all involved for the opportunity to cover this event and all the hospitality.
In this week’s Artist Spotlight we caught up with Merv Heiner of Black Lotus Tattoo. Merv’s unique tattoo style gives his clients a new twist to new school tattoos. He prides himself on being able to tattoo in almost any style of tattooing – just don’t ask him for your new tribal armband. We caught up with Merv Heiner to discuss tattooing and where he sees himself in the future.
Our Artist Spotlight is with Tanane Whitfield from Studio Evolve Tattoo in Virginia Beach, VA. Tanane Whitfield has always been into art since a real young age, even going as far to sell his artwork to buy himself school clothes. Tanane’s work is considered on the side of New School and has worked alongside artists such as Frank La Natra, Timmy B and Jessie Smith. We caught up with Tanane to discuss his recent trip to South Florida’s Into the Woods Art Gallery.
You have been tattooing since 2008 and have developed a unique style of tattooing which reminds us of cartoon meets illustration with bright colors and wild designs. How did this style come about?
I always knew what style of art I was already leaning towards but wasn’t quite sure of how to get there. I had tons of help and inspiration from artist in the tattoo industry and outside of it. Jesse Smith helped me out a lot. Showing better ways to lay out a design and get my point across. Greg “Craola” Simkins was a huge influence from day one. As far as the color choices, I tend to be drawn more towards muted tones. Or, variations of primary and secondary colors. For example, I’ll swap out blue for teal. Yellow for Caramel. It just looks more natural to me and for what I do. Continue reading Tanane Whitfield→
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