SullenTV Presents The Rockstar Energy and Sullen Clothing Inked Up Tour Stop 13 Calgary Part 3 of 3 featuring Jime Litwalk, BJ Betts, Mat Hurtado, Megan Jean Morris interviewed by Featured Artist Mike DeVries!
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Traveling the globe, Jime Litwalk has gained worldwide recognition for his unique animated style of tattooing. He’s a husband and father of two great kids. Currently working in Orlando, FL at Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co. & Steadfast Brand.
BJ Betts: With tattooing as his medium, his style utilizes elements from gothic imagery and Japanese folklore with an emphasis on perfecting fonts and unique lettering, even writing four guides on the subject that became instant tattoo industry standards. The opening of his own studio, Trademark Tattoo, in early 2008 in itself was a full-time gig, but the projects kept coming — two artists series takes for Adidas as part of a capsule collection that incorporated custom designed clothing too. Bringing his passions full circle, the opportunity to merge shoes, typography and hip-hop with commissioned work on the Adidas Def Jam collection arose, providing a unique look for Ghostface, Young Jeezy, Method Man and Redman. With further sneaker and clothing collaborations set to drop, even if the project isn’t based beneath the skin, BJ. applies the same intensity and dedication in order to create a permanent mark, whatever the medium.
Mat is a talented tattoo & painter. For any inquires contact Mathewhurtado@gmail.com Mat currently tattoos out of Black Anchor collective Hesperia ca.
Megan Jean Morris: I paint because it is fulfilling for me. Contrary to what many people ask me, painting is not usually “fun” or “relaxing” for me. The challenge of conveying my feelings and vision onto a canvas is often a daunting one, and the process can be painfully difficult. However, like a good game of golf, I often come away feeling at peace. Painting gives me private time to breath and recharge, time to be myself and express my thoughts. Inspiration for my painting comes from the paring of beauty and discourse. When I see sad or awkward things I tend to focus on any beautiful glimpse of color, lighting, or texture. Similarly, I paint depressing or tenuous situations with vivid, bright, and beautiful colors; often giving my paintings a happy appearance that contrasts with the actual subject matter. My process starts with an abstract idea . I grab my camera and start collecting inspirational images. Then I sketch and shoot models and props for reference. I build and stretch my own canvas and paint on it with thin layers of oil veneers to create a deep and rich feeling within the surface of my finished product.