Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Shawn Barber: Painting Tattoo Culture

Shawn Barber

Shawn Barber is an accomplished painter, illustrator, tattoo artist and the occasional teacher. He resides in San Francisco, working out of his private studio, and his public tattoo studio Memoir Tattoo.  His most recognizable works include a large body of paintings which document contemporary tattoo artists, their tattoos and the themes the artists themselves reside in. 

I began moonlighting as an oil painter during my fifth year as a professional tattoo artist, and developed a strong affinity for Shawn Barbers approach to tattoo art, on the skin, and in the gallery. He is classically trained, something I’m working towards, and works to push the boundaries of tattoo art both technically, and artistically.

This is his personal website that has the most comprehensive examples of his body of work. It includes images of his tattooed portraits, tattoos, misc. works along with his bio.

Interview, which includes his daily art routine, insight into technique, and examples of work.

Video containing a brief visit to his studio, which includes his background and status as of 2007.