Iraq Front line Photographer Peter Masters & Poppy Man/Celebrity Portrait Artist Paul Crow will be exhibiting to the public in the fantastic newSkinzophrenic Tattoo Studioon Sunday the 19th of March 2017.
The tattoo studiorecently relocated to Aubrey Street and took on a grand new image complete with murals on the ceiling that bring the Sistine Chapel to mind. The exhibition will be open to the public from 11am and the artists will be accepting offers and commission requests.
Skinzophrenic Tattoos on Aubrey Street in the Hereford city centre will be hosting an art exhibition featuring two artists, two worlds and two different art mediums.
The private viewing will take place on March 18th commencing at 8:00 pm and will be open to the public on March 19th from 11 am.
Alongside a provocative collection of photographs on exhibition by Peter Masters will be the art ofPaul Crow who will be featuring his Icon collection, Forest paintings and his renowned Poppy paintings which landed him the epithet “The Poppy Man” and a spot on BBC Midlands Today.
When Paul started painting about 12 years ago, he channelled his creativity and began expressing the connection to his military background by virtue of the poppy – a way to express solidarity for his fellow brothers at war who perhaps never made it home. He used a palette knife technique to create his vibrant, stark paintings and soon had a following. Paul felt it was time to back away from being pegged into a box as an artist and to move away from the “Poppy Man” brand which led him to new subjects.
Paul says “I wasn’t necessarily focusing on dead celebrities, it just happened that way. I am currently working on Paul Weller who I am a huge fan of for the exhibition”
After Paul’s career led him to work for the World Cup and then back home again, his mother passed away who too was an artist. Her passing moved Paul deeply and inspired him to do the ‘Forest’ collection in her honour. During this time, Paul made a move towards using painting brushes rather than the palette knife.
As his journey further continued into developing his art, he built a studio in his home where he could experiment with his craft which led to a complete turnaround when he created the ‘Icon’ collection. A year after David Bowie’s passing, Paul Crow’s music hero, he still felt moved which led him to create the powerful Starman painting – the first piece in the ‘Icon’ collection.
One thing led to another, such as commissions from admirers of the Starman and other Icon’s soon followed including Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobainand Freddy Mercury. Paul says “I wasn’t necessarily focusing on dead celebrities, it just happened that way. I am currently working on Paul Weller who I am a huge fan of for the exhibition”
The Icon Collection contradicts everything the Born into War collection is shouting at us, yet they will be in the same room as a reminder that we perhaps must look at the choices we heedlessly make in our lives, often unnecessary self-indulgent ones. In Mosul people fight to survive with minimal resources, while in the Western world we succumb to excess and end up hurting or even killing ourselves, often forgetting to appreciate our good fortune.
Perhaps, this exhibition will help us to prioritise what is important in day to day life and to cherish our freedom of expression, access to food when we desire, walking down the street without a care in the world and the opportunities our children are given to succeed in life – a life they don’t have to worry about losing before they have grown into adults. In Mosul a fresh meal on the table and a peaceful night’s sleep is worth its weight in gold.
Peter Masters is not your typical business man, he is a fearless adventurer on the side of the good guys who happens to own a Skinzophrenic tattoo studio in Hereford, a Skinzophrenic tattoo studio in Iraqand a laser removal and piercing studio in the works to be located in Hereford’s High Town. It makes you wonder if he is planning to take over the world.
The truth is taking over the world is the least of his concerns, he is a man with a camera, one with guts and a purpose for documenting the war in Iraq, and a man who would gladly leave Western life behind to fight for what he believes in. How he manages to get so close is a matter of speculation…we are just glad he can. It is brave souls like him who put themselves in harrowing situations to show the world the truth about what is really going on at the front line in Iraq that are heroes in this war along with the survivors who live it daily. A photograph cannot lie and can tell a thousand tales.
“What is most eerie is that a young boy is standing in front of the family like a shield, perhaps his father is gone now, you see that he is no longer a child but the lone male defender carrying the burden of responsibility to protect his family on his young shoulders”
September 10th marked a grand celebration that launched a new chapter in the future for Skinzophrenic Tattoo and Piercing Studio. Peter Masters celebrated the launch amongst loyal patrons, his family, tattoo artists and many friends who attended the event dressed in polished black tie attire to find themselves enjoying an unforgettable and opulent evening. We wish you the best of luck again Peter and here are a few shots for the scrapbook.
The Skinzophrenic Black Tie Grand Opening is taking place on Saturday, September 10th at the new studio located at 40 Aubrey Street, Hereford HR4 0BU.
Doors open at 7pm with invitation only which you can pick up at 18 West Street. Entertainment includes live music, ink models and fire eaters. We recommend ringing beforehand to see if tickets are still available 01432 358696
Since opening Skinzophrenic Peter Masters has paved the way for various artists who have come and gone, opened their own shops and some who still remain. That is how the tattoo industry works, and Peter feels great pride in the opportunities he has created. He opened Skinzophrenic three years ago and it quickly built a buzz that surpassed his expectations. Although, we all know Peter is an ambitious character and fearless at working towards his goals, there are times when things may not go as planned. Luckily this has not been the case for Peter. Continue reading “‘Masters’ of Creative Tattoo Spaces-Skinzophrenic relocates to Aubrey Street with a most GRAND Opening”
Artwork by Jon Tagart Harper of Blackfriars Tattoo on Maylord Street in the Hereford city centre, killing it with this nautical theme artwork. Get your shaky sea legs in there me hearties!!!! He is a busy Tattoo Pirate so make sure you email him to make an appointment firstname.lastname@example.org
Sometimes in life there are people who have to work extra hard to make their dreams happen as is the case with the Skinzophrenic tattoo crew. Peter Masters has created a popular tattoo enterprise that consists of two tattoo entities; one in Iraq and one in Hereford. What a lot of people don’t know is that he has made it happen by opening his doors and heart to artists who have had many doors slammed in their face, not because of their craft, but because life and society allow many people to sadly fall through the cracks.
The appreciation and respect his tattooists give him is evident when you enter the doors to Skinzophrenic. These guys are always hard at work, and often in a state of full concentration. They are proud to be a part of Peters team and it shows in their work ethic.
I have often sat alongside the various artists at Skinzophrenic, watching them create works of art, and respect how focused and busy they are, yet regardless of being busy at work they never fail to make me feel welcome. Certainly, their clients must receive the same welcome.
I have developed quite a soft spot for them all, but aside from all the mushy stuff, I think an introduction of these Skinzophrenic tattooists is in tall order. Get to know them a bit, and decide who the guy is for the job…oh and girl, because Peter has a lovely young artist who is 14 years old under the work experience program. It is just what Peter Masters does, and is all about. Opportunity. I guess you can say he is a natural born mentor.
Vid is originally from Lithuania, and has been tattooing professionally for 5 years. His first tattoo was around 15 years ago, and since then has mastered black and grey ink work and is a talented illustrator. He is one to go to for portraits, detail and shading. Each time I have popped in Vid has been in the middle of some very intricate pieces worthy of admiration, and not something I would say anyone could do. He is a talented dude. Vid also has worked in the Skinzophrenic shop in Erbil, Iraq tattooing men and women on the frontline. Not your average everyday tattoo gig.
Aaron was well known around Hereford as a ‘scratcher’ (well didn’t they all start off that way?) according to Peter, who thought his work was worthy of a spot in his shop giving him a respectable outlet for his craft. There is a lot of competition out there, and it isn’t always easy to get into a tattoo shop. Luckily, Aaron had that door opened for him and is now building up a steady clientèle. That’s how it works folks.
Francesco is the latest addition to the Skinzophrenic tattoo team, and the expression “it’s all in the name” goes a long way here. Francesco is of course Italian, I couldn’t really get to know him because my language skills only go as far as Spanish. I could have tried and annoyed the guy he was putting body armour on, but surely Francesco would not have been happy. He is a wonderful artist and has recently received praise from his clients. Reviews are a powerful thing in any industry, and go a long way. Good job Francesco Italiano!
He also specializes in HD semi-permanent eyebrow tattooing for us ladies who got a bit carried away trying to look like Hollywood startlets who plucked our eyebrows within an inch of their life.
Zac Morris is the youngest kid on the block. He started off as an apprentice and has earned his stars and stripes as an in-house tattooist. He has done guest spots in the Skinzophrenic Shop in Erbil, Iraq, which for such a young lad is an amazing accomplishment. Peter is sending him off to Iraq again at the end of this month. We wish him a safe voyage.
Zac is keen to work on all styles of tattooing, which is a good sign for someone entering the industry, getting too comfortable with one style that early on is quite limiting. Zac is up for a challenge, but prefers illustration, traditional and new traditional style tattooing.
Since Peter Masters opened his Iraq Skinzophrenic Studio it has received international attention. After all, a shop on the frontline doesn’t crop up everyday. Peter is an excellent photographer by trade and through his travels and connections it occurred to him to establish a shop where his main customers are soldiers wishing to find expression and release through the art form of tattooing. Read more about Skinzophrenic Here
It hasn’t been long since Jon Tagart Harper established Blackfriars Tattoo on Maylord Street in the Hereford city centre, and already he has had two guest, tattooists and bookings to keep him awake for days and still never catch up. He is just that good and I proudly boast one of his tattoos myself.
There is an interest generating in his black work style geared towards the darker arts, which Jon does very well. It is like you walked into an ancient cave, and came across Viking or warmongering, ritualistic tribal symbols you really don’t want to mess with. It is what comes to my mind any…which is a busy mind that runs away with itself often. Admitting that I love these tattoos won’t send me to hell will it?
So if you are in search of ideas and you fall into the category of tormented souls in search of such art, this man has the calibre. Here are a few examples of his recent and epic works.
Last Wednesday I mozied on down to Blackfriars’s Tattoo studio for my scheduled appointment; my first piece by Jon Tagart Harper, and one I was very much looking forward to. I was greeted by the gracious receptionist, Sophie Rady, who used to bartend at The Barrels, and is doing her apprenticeship with Jon.
While sinking into the lovely Chesterfield settee and enjoying a nice warm cup of coffee in the reception area downstairs, I looked around and soaked up the atmosphere; candles slowly burning…giving off a calming scent, art work by Loo Pimble, a series of framed butterflies and insects, a most interesting Ouija Board that appears to be crafted out of slate, and various interesting goat horns on plaques. You feel a sense of Modern Interior and Period Style fused in with Jon’s personal interests which include Dark Metal. Impressive from the get go.
When Jon was ready for me, we moved into the studio upstairs that fortunately takes in lots of natural light, and feels very private and welcoming. Jon prepares you for your tattoo after making certain the design is to your liking – since I asked for a wristband style, a nightmare ensued. It was difficult with the shape of my arm (guess I am a defect), but Jon kept on with determination and didn’t falter from his mission until I was happy with the outcome. It is just what he does, how he makes a living. His tattoo gun is his brand, and his patrons wear his tattoos with pride. Jon knows that, and it shows.
The tattoo was initially unbearable, but I was looked after by Jon and Sophie, who kept me distracted the entire time with conversation. It was all so sweet. The entire journey was an experience and I walked away with a tattoo I am happy with, while enjoying myself thoroughly. Jon is a focused and regimented tattooist. He is very sterile which is something you don’t have to worry about in his studio; we all do don’t we?
The presence of Loo Pimble, Jon’s mentor and great friend, added to the experience. It was lovely to watch how each naturally bounced off of each others creativity, and see how seriously they take their craft. Surely he will be missed when returning to Florida.
Jon’s next guest tattooist is James Bull, who will be available for appointments March 21-25. To make an appointment with James email him at email@example.com Each guest tattooist adds character and brings a new style to the table. Loo Pimble is available until the 7th for work at Blackfriars Tattoo. Appointments for Jon or Loo can be made by emailing Blackfriars Tattoo at firstname.lastname@example.org by phone on 01432 350927.