Tattoo Boulevard

STREET POETRY:DELUSION ANGEL

Before Sunrise, the 1995 movie starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, takes romance to heights of cool that chick flicks can never reach. In other words, guys will love it too.  Written and directed by Richard Linklater, the film packs more passion and adventure into a one night love affair between Jesse (Hawke) and Celine (Delpy) than many people experience in a lifetime and should be required viewing for all relationships.  The dialogue is considered some of the finest ever and is fueled with a youthful energy that Linklater also utilizes in the equally brilliant, Dazed and Confused.

David Jewell wrote a poem for the film called Delusion Angel that is as hip as it is beautiful. The first few lines are especially stunning and is romantic writing at its finest. In the movie, the poem is written for Jesse and Celine by a man offering to write them something in exchange for a donation and a word that he will incorporate into the poem.  The word they choose is milkshakes.

Delusion Angel

Daydream delusion,
limousine eyelash,
oh, baby with your pretty face,

drop a tear in my wineglass,                                                            
look at those big eyes,
see what you mean to me,                                                                                        
sweet cakes and milkshakes,
I am a delusioned angel,
I am a fantasy parade,
I want you to know what I think,
dont want you to guess anymore,
you have no idea where I came from,
we have no idea where we’re going,
launched in life,
like branches in the river,
flowing downstream,
caught in the current,
I’ll carry you, you’ll carry me,
that’s how it could be,
don’t you know me?
don’t you know me by now?

                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                          

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ORIGINAL ART

Death has had many faces through the centuries, but never one as beautiful as the pretty goth girl envisioned by writer extraordinaire, Neil Gaiman. Not content with the boring, cliched versions of the Grim Reaper that usually surfaced in literature, he created a death that was passionate, caring, and cool.  For those unfamiliar with the comic world, Death was a member of The Endless in Gaiman’s groundbreaking Vertigo series, Sandman, making her series debut in the issue entitled, The Sound of Her Wings.  She soon became one of the most beloved characters in the often edgy history of Vertigo comics and even starred in two mini series of her own, Death:The High Cost of Living and Death: The Time of your Life.  Her trademarks include a silver ankh on a chain around her neck and a marking under her right eye.

                                                                                               

Over the years, many artists have created their own vision of this classic character which was first drawn by Sandman artist, Mike Dringenberg, in the late eighties.  Now, over twenty years later, Tattoo Boulevard is proud to present this beautiful sketch by artist, Roguemina.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

 

“KISS” by Korzar

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THE ROCK N’ ROLL ARTISTRY OF STUART SUTCLIFFE

Actor Stephen Dorff once said that one day he would look back at his list of film credits, and though he didn’t know if there’d be many blockbusters, he knew they’d be cool. The quote was taken from an interview in the early nineties when his film career was just beginning and he was giddy with the excitement of completing two movies that definitely fall under the category of “cool” in SFW and Backbeat.  Both performances were memorable, but playing original Beatle, Stuart Sutcliffe, in Backbeat is still his crowning glory(although he is currently garnering rave reviews for his performance in Sophia Coppolla’s Somewhere). The film was a snapshot of the Beatles early days in England and Germany which primarily focused on Stuart Sutcliff and his love of music and art, as well as his relationships with Astrid Kircherr and John Lennon.

Sutcliff was the Beatles original bassist and was blessed with a rare talent for both art and music.  He had a close friendship with John Lennon and both are credited for coming up with the band’s name that would become one of the most famous ever. Music wasn’t his only passion however, and after playing with the Beatles in Hamburg, he left the band and enrolled in the Hamburg College of Art. It was in Hamburg that he met Astrid Kirchherr, a photographer he later became engaged to.

The heart of Stuart Sutcliff’s story begins in the Liverpool College of Art, where he was one of the best painters in class.  John Lennon always spoke highly of Sutcliffe’s art portfolio, and  while in Liverpool,  Lennon and Paul McCartney persuaded Stuart to purchase a 500/5 model bass guitar.  This was not Stuarts first run in with music, as he was part of the local choir as a child, and on his mother’s insistence, took up piano lessons.

 He also played a bit of bugle in the Air Training Corps and some free hand guitar his father had taught him.  In May of 1960, Sutcliffe joined Paul, John, George and Pete Best to form the original group, the “Silver Beatles”,  and acted as their booking agent for the early part of their career.  Unfortunately, Sutcliffe’s playing style was a bit rudimentary, as he had a habit of sticking with root notes of chords instead of the full chords.  An old art friend, Bill Harry, approached Sutcliffe and said he should concentrate on art. 

Tension in the band began to mount when  Lennon started to criticize Stuart’s ability to play.  Both Harrison and McCartney were sent back to England, leaving Lennon and Sutcliffe in Hamburg.  Lennon then took the train back, while Stuart stayed behind.   Eight months after meeting Kirchherr, Sutcliffe decided to leave the band and return to studying painting in July of 1961.  His talent was undeniable and his early works were perceived as aggressive, often being dark with moody colors.  It may have been his quirky style that caused him to be turned down when he applied for a teaching degree at Liverpool Art College. 

The few works that have survived show influence from British and European abstract artists.  Sutcliffe can be compared to have some resemblance to works of John Hoyland and Nicolas de Stael.  Most of the later works were untitled and constructed from heavy slabs of pigment overlaid with scratched linear elements. 

 One of the most memorable scenes in Backbeat occurs near the end of the film when he and Astrid are watching the Beatles perform from the back of a small club.  Noticing the look of wonder in his eyes, she tells him that they can have him for one more night, after which he eagerly makes his way through the crowd to the front of the stage. It was this exhuberance and joy for life that helped make Stuart Sutcliff such a charismatic and memerable character in the worlds of both music and art.

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ACOUSTIC POWER: IN JOY AND SORROW

“In Joy and Sorrow” is the best track off Him’s 2002 release, Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights. The album had a more easy listening, mellower tone than the finnish rockers previous releases, and for various reasons, the band was said to almost break up during the recording process. Thankfully, Ville Valo and the boys managed to hold it together and are still going strong eight years later. Though the band has never truly broken through in North America the way they have in Europe, they’ve managed to string together a run of memorable singles over the years such as “Vampire Heart” and “It’s all Tears”.

Many of these songs have been honored with countless acoustic renditions from various fans across the Youtube landscape, and through patience and perseverance, we’ve managed to uncover two renditions of “In Joy and Sorrow” that offer both a male and female perspective.


In joy and sorrow my home’s in your arms
In a world so hollow, it’s breakin’ my heart
In joy and sorrow my home’s in your arms
In a world so hollow, it’s breakin’ my heart

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THE MAN RAY MYSTIQUE

To understand the work of Man Ray (born Emmanuel Radnitzky), you first need to understand the person behind the art. Ray was not your average artist ( if there can be such a thing as an average artist), but was instead a bold and unique mystery. His work is, to an extent, a reflection of his personality; stark, often cold and enigmatic. For most of his career he refused to comment on his life, his history and his family. His life was a detachment, an abstract, and his work was equally detached. Although famed more for his photography than anything else, Ray always considered himself to be a painter, expressing it once as:

I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive. I photograph the things that I do not wish to paint, the things which already have an existence.” (Quote published in Man Ray: Photographer, 1981.)

In style, Ray was (loosely) from the Dada and Surrealist schools, which could be described as acting as a precursor for Postmodernism. In this regard, he was truly a visionary – a vision that he could not see born in The United States, as he felt unable to articulate the Dadaist ethos whilst in New York, thus choosing to work in France instead.

His work (and the Dada movement in general) has been described as ‘Anti-Art’ due to its stripped back and barren expression. Ray adopted strange and unusual methods for producing photography, paintings and other works of art.

Looking at his work, you could say that Ray was a man who was determined to destroy art, with work clearly trying to provoke a response. His efforts to this end often included taking pre made objects, on one occasion a sowing machine, and altering it slightly to present it as art (the sowing machine was wrapped in cloth and tied with a bow). His work was clearly designed to tear down any preconceptions of what constituted art.

But Ray was not an artist who saw his work as ‘advancing’ any cause or movement. He did not view art as a process or an evolution, but as simple discovery of something that already existed in some form. He articulated this best himself:

“There is no progress in art, any more than there is progress in making love. There are simply different ways of doing it.” (Quote from Rays 1948 essay “To Be Continued, Unnoticed”.)

To Ray, art was not about creating something new or unique (that was not mans place), but rather to reproduce the work of the true artist. He saw his work, not as pushing boundaries or artistic frontiers but as simply producing art in a different way. Of course, this meant ‘educating’ his audience to his way of thinking.

The work of Man Ray is as stark as it is bold. It is often cold and isolated in its expression. As you become accustomed to his work, the question begins to dawn on you – is the artistic work of Man Ray an expression of Man Ray, or is Man Ray an expression of the art?

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OPENING DAY: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HOLLOWS

One of the years most anticipated releases materializes on motion picture screens nationwide today. Part one of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows (Part two will be released next June) has already created a major buzz and early reviews of the franchise’s final installment promises to conjure the type of cinematic magic that is more than just smoke and mirrors. It’s a more mature, fast paced adventure that ensures the blockbuster series ends in a fireball of hype and glory.

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ALBUM ARTISTIC

With so much of today’s music being purchased by way of download, album and cd cover art has lost much of it’s impact. Classic bands such as Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones didn’t need great covers to sell their albums, but that didn’t stop them from compiling some magnificant images. Not only did bands benefit from this marketing tool, but several photographers and design teams gained notoriety based on their work on album covers. In honor of these wonderful works of art, we present ten album covers that stand as timeless reminders of the days when going to a record/cd store still carried a hint of magic.

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TATTOO BOULEVARD INVADES FRANCE

The French are known for their taste for the finer things in life, whether it be food,art, or exquisite websites. God love em.

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: STORM OWL

                                               

Storm Owl is a  22 year old, self taught artist from Ottawa, Canada, specializing in photo manipulation.  Often combining fantasy images that are both dark and romantic, she has a bold, dynamic style that stems from a therapeuetic need to unleash her anger and depression (her earlier works are much darker) through art. The single mother of a four and a half year old son plans to attend University this fall to get a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Criminology.  Even so, we’re sure we’ll be seeing much more of this artists amazing work in the coming years.  She recently spoke to Tattoo Boulevard about a few of her creations.

HALLOWEEN BONES:

                                                                                            

“Halloween is my favorite holiday, so inspiration never comes up short for me in that department (lol). I’ve done many pieces but I wanted something more “simple”, yet elegant as well, with a touch of horror Halloween spirit kind of thing. One of my friends even mentioned that it looked a bit like an advertisement photo for perfume or something (lol).”

CHANGE:

“This one I made as an Global Warming statement, but I was tired of always doing the same ones that you can see all over the internet and decided to take a fantasy twist on it instead. I picked a mermaid because I think that the biggest change we see are the water shortages and lake shrinkage.”

CROW:

                                                                                     

“With this one, I wanted to play more with “depth” (the blurry feathers in the front), and I wanted to mix a beautiful elegant scene (thank you for the stock provider of these beautiful stairs!) with a dark gothic with crows stereotype and mix it all together.”

More of Storm Owl’s memerable work can be viewed at her gallery at Deviant Art [link], Wix [link],
 or on her Facebook page.  [link]

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