To preview this Friday’s two-floor art exhibit that will be featuring artwork from some of South Florida’s top tattoo artists, we’ve decided to ask two tattooists (say that 5xs fast) from this weekend’s show a quartet of questions to get to know them better….
What’s the craziest tattoo you’ve ever done or seen?
Pooch (Altered State Tattoo, Lake Worth): I did my buddy’s whole back 4 days in a row, 7 hour sittings, huge full color biomech skull
Gwen Gersich (Formula Ink, Ft Lauderdale): Well I’m not sure about “crazy” but it sure was hilarious! A recently single friend was talking about having 3 women with him everywhere he went… after many crude adult jokes later. We tattooed 3 stick figure women faces on three fingers. One a brunette, a red head and blonde. There are still remnants of Bernadette, Sally and Brittney one his hand today! (Yes he named them)
Tell us about your favorite tattoo on your body?
Pooch: Huge black and grey skull on my stomach by Dennis Pase
Gwen: My absolute favorite is still in progress. Its an entire back piece of a Phoenix flying from flowers into the sky, which incorporates a moon already on my right shoulder. I started it a while back and the reasoning is very dear to my heart. After having a serious health scare that nearly took my life, to economic problems and beating cancer. It represents beating the odds and rising through everything. Many people have similar stories, Holden from Formula Ink nailed the look and what I was looking to accomplish. It always reminds me to live every day as if it’s your last and be happy in all that you do. I believe everyone should accomplish what makes them happiest. You just have to take the risk and do it.
If someone wanted you to tattoo DRAKE on their forehead, would you do it?
Pooch: Yeah but I would change it to DOUCHE! Just kidding I would never tattoo anyones face
Gwen: Does a car have square wheels?… I love my work and how I make an income…. but I do hold morals.
Describe the art that you’ll be showing this Friday?
Pooch: Welcome to the amusement park in my head!
Gwen: I will be featuring watercolor pieces. I don’t want to say traditional, as there a few styles incorporated into every piece of art I create. I work in many different mediums to create art…. from painting, photography and even dabbling in sculpture. Tattooing is one of my favorites (obviously) so being able to combine my passion of skin and ink with paint is a gift!
Both Pooch and Gwen are two of the many tattoo artists showing their artwork this Friday for The Art Of Tattoo art show (event page). Residents LinderSMASH and Kaos will be spinning, as well as guest DJ Klov. Doors are at 10pm. No cover. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for a FREE drink before midnight.