Stop 12 for the Rockstar Inked Up Tour was in Portland, Oregon at the Portland Tattoo Expo. SullenTV host Bernadette Macias caught up with a few artist like Norm, Carl Grace, James Kern and Jacob Hanks. Click and Subscribe for more.
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Sullen Clothing and Rockstar Energy has teamed up for the first ever Inked Up World Tour which features 12 top tattoo artists paired with 12 top tattoo conventions. Each artist will be designing a Rockstar can and competing for the grand prize. Alongside the artists will be ladies from around the world competing for the title of Miss Inked Up 2013. Go to http://www.inkedupworldtour.com for tour dates and info.
Norm’s main influences lay in the very foundation of his art; the streets. His choice of imagery, tone, and wonder, are all the pieces to this familiar life. With the support of the AWR/MSK family, Norm rose through the ranks of the graffiti world, using the tools given to him to excel in his goals. He turned his love of urban culture into fine art.
James Kern was born in St. Louis, Missouri and attended high school at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School. After graduating in 1990, he attended both the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan and the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri before settling at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After three years at SAIC he graduated with a Bachelors degree in Fine Art in 1995.
Carl Grace has been an artist his entire life. He started out drawing on napkins while seated at the counter of the 50’s diner where his mother worked. Carl’s artistic style was influenced early by a youth spent in placement homes, camps, jail, and prison. Every moment of free time he would spend drawing. Originally from the greater Los Angeles area, Carl began his journey in 1998 with a tattoo apprenticeship under Boston John at Skin Grafix in Arcadia, California.
Jacob Hanks an award winning tattoo artist from the island of Oahu, Hawaii. He is the son of tattooer and machine builder Larry Hanks and the nephew of the late artist Leonard Hanks. Jacob’s family has been tattooing in the industry for over 40 years and founded two of the oldest and longest running tattoo shops in Hawaii.Jacob has a deep respect for Polynesian and Pacific Island arts.