Thomas Kenney, tattooer, painter and everyone's friend will release his first book of paintings at Great State Gallery on September 29. His book is a collection of over 50 paintings juxtaposing darkness and light, themes of despair, mourning and sin contrasted with true lightheartedness.
GREAT LAKES TATTOO (CHICAGO) UNVEILS DETAILS FOR THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED WALK-UP CLASSIC 2017
Second annual convention-style event features 22 world renowned tattooers; takes place March 18th & 19th, opening party and artwork reveal March 17th
For the second year in a row, Chicago's GREAT LAKES TATTOO transforms and challenges the “tattoo convention” status quo with their highly-lauded Walk Up Classic. A two-day event, the Walk Up Classic features 22 artists from all over North America tattooing designs from flash sheets created specifically for the event, as well as last year’s Walk Up Classic designs and from the extensive collection on the walls at Great Lakes Tattoo, making this a unique and important affair for tattoo collectors and casual fans alike. Last year, the artists were able to complete over 200 tattoos in two days and this year, they will undoubtedly surpass that.
Between the hours of 11am and 7pm on Saturday and Sunday March 18th and 19th, clients will be able to walk in and select designs to be tattooed the same day - no month-long waiting lists or multiple sittings, no attitudes or egos, just efficient and reliable tattooing in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere - by some of the greatest tattooers in the country. The artists are available on a first come, first served basis so arriving early is advised. Additionally, GLT will host an opening party and flash preview the evening of March 17th where clients can choose from designs prepared by all participating artists exclusively for the Walk Up Classic.
When: March 17, 18 & 19, 2017
Opening reception: March 17th from 7pm-10pm
Walk Up Classic Tattooing Hours: March 18th & 19th from 11am-7pm
Where: Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60642
GREAT LAKES TATTOO WALK UP CLASSIC 2017 ARTIST LINEUP:
Beau Brady (Captured Tattoo - Tustin, CA)
Steve Byrne (Rock Of Ages Tattoo - Austin, TX)
Greg Christian (Tattoo Faction - Cleveland, OH)
Nick Colella (Great Lakes Tattoo - Chicago, IL)
Mike Dalton (Great Lakes Tattoo - Chicago, IL)
Mario Desa (Great Lakes Tattoo - Chicago, IL)
Chip Douglas (Port City Tattoo - Long Beach, CA)
Brad Fink (Iron Age Tattoo - St. Louis, MO / Daredevil Tattoo - New York, NY)
Erik Gillespie (Great Lakes Tattoo - Chicago, IL)
Tony Hundahl (Rock Of Ages Tattoo - Austin, TX)
Marina Inoue (Traveling Tattooer)
Jen Lawes (Pearl Harbor Gift Shop - Toronto, ON)
Kevin Leary (Great Lakes Tattoo - Chicago, IL)
Nikki Lugo (Tattoo Paradise - Washington, DC)
Miles Maniaci (Great Lakes Tattoo - Chicago, IL)
Angelo Miller (Inksmith & Rogers - Jacksonville, FL)
Mike Rubendall (King's Ave - New York, NY)
Robert Ryan (Electric Tattoo - Asbury Park, CA)
Dan Smith (Captured Tattoo - Tustin, CA)
Scott Sylvia (Black Heart Tattoo - San Francisco, CA)
Glennie Whittall (Pearl Harbor Gift Shop - Toronto, ON)
Matt “Beatdown” Ziolko (Great Lakes Tattoo - Chicago, IL)
* poster artwork by Scott Sylvia.
Raking Light Projects is a fine art publisher specializing in the sale of collectible prints created by skilled tattoo artists that aims to bridge the creative values of tattooing, traditional printmaking and fine art. They have teamed up with Great State Gallery to continue to showcase and share artwork created by a select group of working tattooers while increasing art appreciation and ownership. The show at Great State Gallery will consist of both new prints, created specifically for the show or being exhibited for the first time, and catalog prints, prints published by Raking Light Projects over the past six years. The show runs through November 11.
A stunning collection of the paintings and tattoos of celebrated artist Robert Ryan
Opening reception August 6th from 7pm-10pm at the Great State Gallery at 1148 W. Grand Ave, show runs through September 3rd
Renowned artist and tattooer Robert Ryan will be releasing his new book, The Inborn Absolute, on August 10th, 2016through Featherproof Publishing. In anticipation of the release, Ryan will head to Chicago for an opening celebration with longtime friends at Great Lakes Tattoo in their Great State Gallery, located at 1148 W. Grand Avenue in Chicago, from 7pm to 10pm on Friday, August 6th. The exhibition will remain through September 3rd and will be open during Great Lakes Tattoo’s normal business hours, all week long from 12pm to 8pm.
Dan Smith and Shaun Topper’s most extensive showing to date. UNDER LOCK & KEY consists of over fifty original paintings using authentic mugshots from the 1950’s and 1960’s collected by Smith and Topper. The mugshots have been adorned with artistic additions that give them a brand new identity through mixed media. Maximize your night by having your own mugshot taken in our photo booth!
Show runs through JUNE 19
Deadly Prey at Great State Gallery is a showcase of artwork from Deadly Prey Gallery’s large permanent collection of hand-painted movie posters and haircut signboards from Ghana, West Africa. Since the late 80’s movie poster artists in Ghana have given much special attention to making highly dramatic paintings advertising American, West African, Hong Kong and Indian film. Works on display were made from the early 90’s to present day, featuring poster and sign artists from the region such as Mr. Brew, Leonardo, Salvation, Stoger, Awal Sunil Shetty, JA Pastony, Papa Warsti, Heavy J and Sly Fox. Original hand-painted movie posters, prints, limited edition Deadly Prey tote bags & hand-painted signboards will be available for purchase.