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Words of the prophet

Vox populi History had a key part to play in getting the message across in BioShock Infinite

Since its release earlier this year, we’ve been in love with the sheer beauty of Irrational Games’ BioShock Infinite. One of our favourite visual aspects is the representation of social ideals through propaganda.

The task of bringing The Prophet’s words to life fell to West Studios, who after researching posters from the turn of the 20th century, wanted to strike a balance between the visual languages of religion and war. «Propaganda-art and religious imagery share a similar purpose,» says West Studios’ head honcho

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THE SCENE

By Sam Paul

In each issue of Skin&lnk we bring you the latest news on events, products and services within the tattoo community in order to keep you in the know and ahead of the curve.

Convention & Happening

UNITED INK

Garden City, NY

September 6-8, 2013

Anyone who has ever attended a convention hosted by Long Island ink entrepreneur, Tattoo Lou, will tell you that the man and his team pull out all the stops to make each event bigger and better than the previous show.

This year the United Ink show will be housed in the Cradle of

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Studio Spotlight

Composer, producer and performer Marvin Ayres walks us around his audio production suite Wall Of Waves, a sonic sanctuary in a converted house in south London…

He has released a couple of albums, Cellosphere and Neptune, on the influential label Mille Plateaux to critical acclaim. Ayres has since worked with Jaki Liebezeit (ex CAN) and collaborated with many visual artists on audiovisual installations, which have been exhibited in major galleries including The Tate Modern.

Ayres’ most recent project is Sacred Spaces, for which he composes and records in unusual places — everywhere from derelict industrial sites to historic places of

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ON THE ROAD

MYSTIC OWL TATTOO Marietta, Georgia

This month Skin&lnktraveled down south to the “land of peaches and pecans” in North Georgia to visit Tara and Vince Villavazo’s Mystic Owl Tattoo in Marietta, Georgia. Just northeast of Atlanta, Marietta sits in the cool shade of historic Kennesaw Mountain and is famous for KFC’s “big chicken” which (incidentally) is right around the corner from the big-league tattoo artists assembled at Mystic Owl Tattoo.

The spacious and open studio is relatively new to the area, but it is making big waves.

“Vince has always aspired to open his own studio. He wanted to provide

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Jazz patterns

Modern impressions of the 1920s energize a classic hotel

The 1920s: From Fitzgerald and Picasso to Stravinsky and Cole Porter, the world was bursting with artistic vitality, as youthful geniuses set about to change the world. It came to be known as the Jazz Age, for the music that offered eager listeners vibrancy, improvisation, surprise, and sensuality.

In design, Art Deco was taking flower in France, soon to bloom around the world. One of its earliest temples in New York was the Lexington hotel in Midtown Manhattan, created by iconic architects Schutze and Weaver, who soon after fashioned the Waldorf

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Grilling The Drill

Man, that Gil Montie roast sounded like a blast (June 2013). It warmed my heart to see Gil in those photos with his ink brothers,

Philadelphia Eddie and Lyle Tuttle. I’ve had the opportunity to meet all of these guys on the convention trail, and I have to say that Gil is my absolute favorite. So, to read about him getting ribbed by this all-star class of legends really made me smile.

I hope they do more of these roasts in the future. And if they are ever doing one in the Nashville area please let me know, as I

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Fighting fire with fire

Taking action With the successful funding of PACT, we decided to find out what they are trying to achieve for artists — and why

In the aftermath of a panel discussion at IlluXCon, Jim Pavelec, Aaron Miller, Todd Lockwood, Randy Gallegos and Mike Sass have created PACT, the Professional Artist/Client Toolkit. It’s a new website designed specifically to encourage transparent working relationships between artists and clients. This is in direct response to some of the shadier aspects of making a viable living as a professional artist.

«The first thing on the PACT list is to get a cheap membership programme

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Convention & Happening

UNITED INK

Garden City, NY

September 6-8, 2013

Anyone who has ever attended a convention hosted by Long Island ink entrepreneur, Tattoo Lou, will tell you that the man and his team pull out all the stops to make each event bigger and better than the previous show.

This year the United Ink show will be housed in the Cradle of Aviation Museum, offering attendees three floors of tattoos, freak shows, and all kinds of assorted mayhem.

Rows—long and large—of top artists from the States and around the world stretch the entire room; and walk-in clients and scheduled patrons build

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Conceptual artists playfully critiqued photographic conventions to demystify both serious painting and serious photography.

By the 1960s, commercial interests were channeling photography in two main directions. One was toward public communication. Illustrated magazines of mass circulation, such as Life, Look, National Geographic, and Sports Illustrated, promoted the notion that photographs had a special capacity for communicating insights about modern experience. The other main direction was toward personal commemoration. Companies such as Kodak and Polaroid mass-marketed photography as an easy means of celebrating modern affluence and leisure. No vacation or family holiday was complete without a flattering record of its pleasures.

Photographers seeking to make art struggled to locate their efforts with respect to these

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ARTS

Fitting in does not come naturally to Arnett. During college, at Georgia Tech, he was often the only white person at the Royal Peacock, an Atlanta jazz dub. He feels more at home in Europe than in America. He was bom William Arenowitch, but after college he changed his name to Arnett, as did his brother, Robert, who makes photography books about India.

Arnett’s inside voice is an outside voice. He interrupts, a lot. He often begins a sentence with «No, no,» even if heʼs about to say something positive. His jokes can sound like insults. He tends to miss,

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