Here’s a few flicks from a random day at Skin Design Tattoos. Captured by the lens of Andy Pho, that day was action packed with two collectors coming in to get additional work from Robert and Fernie. In the end, it was great to see all the artists and collectors appreciating each others art and we’ll have full profiles on these works of art once they’re healed.

In the meantime, enjoy the pics and have a great start of the week!










Tattoos have influenced more than just skin. Tattoo culture has created a hub of self-expression which is being felt all across the spectrum, and the love it has received can be seen in products and industries all across the world. From tech to apparel, the art we practice provides a unique look of personalization and this fart catcher, aka “chair”, is a great example .

The Grand Prix chair, which was released back in 1957 by 
Arne Jacobsen, is a cult classic. It’s a timeless piece of furniture which further proves that great design can stand the test of time, and as if it weren’t enough to just relaunch the chair, half a century later, the Republic of Fritz Hansen™ decided to bring it back with flair. This time around they launched the Grand Prix limited edition chair, and did so with the help project of manager, Diego Grandi, and famed Italian tattoo artist Pietro Sedda.


Tattooist Pietro Sedda putting his touches on the famous chair. 

In recent interviews, Diego Grandi was quoted as saying that he wanted to “celebrate the authenticity of the chair by writing a story directly onto its skin.” He further mentions, “The lines of this iconic chair evoke the grace of the human body”, and it was a “body to be decorated”, which is why he decided to work with the famed tattooist.

With only nine being produced (7 in wood and two in leather), you’ll be hard-pressed to find one, but please believe that we’re on the lookout.




One of the greatest artists to have lived. One of the greatest inventors to create. Leonardo da Vinci could well be considered the Man’s man, the Renaissance Man, the one who could make everything you thought was impossible, possible. Although his likeness won’t be displayed in the halls of Athens, he is iconic when one considers his accomplishments. D’Vinci created the prototype for the car and helicopter; he was a sculptor, musician, painter, poet, writer, scientist, engineer, mathematician, geologist, botanist, biologist, cartographer, and author. Even more impressive is that he did this all without modern day amenities such as the Web and of course Google.

In essence, he was the definition of perseverance, determination and ultimately the quintessential example of a man who defined the term “limitless.” Here’s a few things Leonardo did that we could all learn from…

ALIGN YOURSELF WITH THE RULING ELITE Born a bastard child of a poor farmer, Leonardo had no silver spoon. Yet rather than stick a flag on the grounds he was born, he took flight and chose to align himself with the movers and shakers of that time. So how did he do it? During his teens, he traveled to Florence where he befriended the biggest influencers in town and took an apprenticeship with the renowned studio of Andrea del Vercocchi. Soon thereafter, he out shined his mentor and by the age of 20 was accepted into the esteemed Painter’s Guild of Florence. In an instant, it added to his credibility while giving him an opportunity to align himself with some of the wealthiest and most influential folks in town.

ART IS NEVER FINISHED, ONLY ABANDONED  Da Vinci was once quoted as saying, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” It’s a quote which resonates all throughout the world and it’s still relevant centuries later. For any artist, art defines their existence and in keeping true to code it’s a passion we should pursue, refine and reinvent each time we create a new piece. Long story short, progress cannot be made if we don’t fight for it. His quote is also testament to the fact that perfectionists never really finish their projects because they always see room for improvement.

REPETITION IS THE MOTHER OF LEARNING In his memoirs, Da Vinci had said something which makes absolute sense. So what did he say? He said, “The youth should first learn perspective, then the proportions of objects. Then he may copy from some good master, to accustom himself to fine forms. Then from nature, to confirm by practice the rules he has learnt. Then see for a time the works of various masters. Then get the habit of putting his art into practice and work.”

In short, he’s not telling you to be a copy cat, rather, he’s telling artists to continually practice. Within time, enough practice and repetition will make those strokes and fine lines second nature, and in turn it those movements will become an action instead of a thought.


Let’s face it. Art is subjective and a matter of opinion and debate. From photography, all the way to paintings and tattoos, there are always those pieces – and those artists – that make you say, “WTF!” and Washington born artist, Alexa Meade definitely falls into this category. As a painter, with no formal training, her work is simply mind-boggling. By utilizing live canvases, she literally plays head games with your senses and creates imagery which is far more fascinating than anything Photoshop or even CG could create.

Come into contact with one of these living, breathing art pieces and you might feel like you’re on a bad trip or maybe strung out on shrooms.


Born in Washington, this former Political Science major never attended art school and is completely self-taught. By applying acrylic paint to her live subjects, Alexa is able to make two-dimensional art appear 3D and the end results are pretty damn incredible. In what could be described as trompe l’oeil (on steroids), her work plays with your intellect and stimulates the mind.  Since she’s started, she’s amassed a cult-like  following and her live installments have baffled, entertained and mesmerized all who have been lucky enough to experience her work.



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