Title/Artist: 'The Sailor ' by Tommy Sea
Medium: Watercolour Ink
Year Created: 2022
Size (W)x(H): approx 20cm x 20cm
More Info: www.thecornerstudio22.com
Artwork/Artist Description: My paintings, drawings and prints are partially inspired by primary images from traditional American tattooing of the first half of the twentieth century. Skulls, snarling panthers, roses, cartoon characters such as Popeye The Sailor Man, screaming eagles, daggers, the Rock of Ages and other religious motifs, pinups and ships. At their best, these basic emblematic forms, sometimes crude but always decisive, were executed with an economy of line and bold shading. The works utilize the direct and irreversible materials of traditional painted tattoo flash: watercolor and ink or the equally ""one way"" process of etched copper.
I was first mesmerized by the world of tattooing at the ripe ol' age of 14, when I walked into a Tottenham tattoo parlor in the Western suburbs of Melbourne. The walls were filled with American style tattoo flash which resembled the cartoons I had been drawing from Cheez TV every Saturday morning. Each codified form had its own rigidly conventionalized style.