Art Show

LOWBROW ART SHOW

The So-Cal Hoedown Art show features art from world famous artists including:

Sailor Jerry

Sailor Jerry was a prominent American tattoo artist, is most famous for his tattooing of sailors.

An annual event now takes place in Hawaii called the “Sailor Jerry Festival” and aims to honor his global influence, his many achievements, and his local ties.As a child he hopped freight trains across the country and learned tattooing from a man named “Big Mike” from Palmer, Alaska, originally using the hand-pricking method. In the late 1920s he met Tatts Thomas from Chicago who taught him how to use a tattoo machine. He practiced on drunks brought in from Skid Row. Jerry’s art now graces tshirts, shoes, purses and can be found also on Sailor Jerry’s Rum.

Shanghai Kate

“Shanghai” Kate Hellenbrand is known as America’s Tattoo Godmother for her 43+ year career beginning in New York City after co-producing the landmark exhibit ‘TATTOO’ at the prestigious Museum of American Folk Art. She has managed or owned shops in California, Hawaii, Alaska, Utah, Philadelphia and New York City and now has a studio in Austin, Texas. She has worked alongside the most notable names in the business; Sailor Jerry Collins, Ed Hardy, Zeke Owen, Jack Rudy along with many others.

She studied at the Art Center School of Design and Chouinards School of Fine Arts in Los Angeles. She completed two years of nursing training and is a government appointed Tattoo Shop/Health Inspector in the state of Utah.

Kate has appeared on the Today Show, the Tonight Show, Prime Time Access, numerous documentaries on the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel and TBS. She is the only woman in TATTOO NATION, a documentary charting the evolution of black and grey fineline tattooing from prison to photorealism.

Howard Stern is a celebrity client as is Casey Affleck, photographer David LaChappelle, members of Pearl Jam. An avid traveler, Kate was the first female American tattoo artist to travel and work solo in Europe (in 1979). She continues to enjoy Guest Artist status in many shops globally and is invited to high profile conventions around the world, including the London Tattoo Convention, Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin, Philadelphia, and the National Tattoo Convention. Kate has been honored as a recipient of the Bob Shaw Award by the NTA for her 45+ year career.

Kate is known as the Stencil Queen for having resurrected acetate tattoo stencils from the garbage heap to the last known tattoo collectable, recognized pieces of tattoo art and history, enabling many who had built their careers using this method to now sell these stencils to collectors and enthusiasts world wide.
Kate is regarded as one of the “101 Most Influential Persons in tattooing “

FREDDY NEGRETE

Freddy Negrete is known as one of the fathers of the Chicano style black and gray fineline tattooing. A Southern California resident, Freddy got into tattooing at an early age. Freddy ended up working alongside Jack Rudy (best known for inventing the single needle for the professional tattoo gun) at Good Time Charlie’s. Freddy has worked on feature films and has been consulted on a number of projects about tattoo culture.He is working at Shamrock Tattoo in Hollywood.

Steve Stanford

Steve Stanford is THE premiere car illustrator and recently had an exhibit of his car art at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles. Lead sleds and Kustoms abound in Steve’s auto reproduction perfection.

Justice Howard

What does the image of a crouching woman with a massive Mohawk, sporting nothing but a sneer and a body-full of retina-staining tattoos have in common with a subdued black-and-white portrait of singer Waylon Jennings? On the surface, it would appear there could be no possible connection, but delving far beneath what first meets the eye is photographer Justice Howard’s specialty, and it is she who is responsible for those, as well as thousands of other iconic images of a multitude of memorable personalities, both obscure and famous. She is possessed of a transcendent gift that enables her to effortlessly affix the essence of her subjects’ human frailties, as well as their triumphs, upon the film. Laying bare for the viewer much more than mere flesh, Ms. Howard’s works are evocative pieces of art that appeal to everyone from the casual observer to the most refined aesthete. Entire venues, from a posh Washington D.C. watering hole, to 64 rooms in an upscale hotel in South Beach, have literally been designed from the ground up, in shrine-like reverence for her imagery.

She currently has 4 hardcover books in the works.

DIRK VERMIN

Tattoo artist extraordinaire for 2 decades, Dirk owns PussyKat Tattoo Parlor in Fabulous Las Vegas, est. 1999. He is the guitarist/singer in “Dirk Vermin & the Hostile Talent” and star of A&E’s Bad Ink

Stay tuned for my book: “The Devil and Dirk Vermin?!” (An unapologetic and not so modest history of growing up in and surviving Las Vegas with a completely biased social commentary loaded with subversive and agnostic ideology on the way to selling my soul to become a short-lived reality TV star!)

I stand right now at the best place in my life… Thanks to all of YOU, the fans, the people who have stood by patiently as I move forward! I love you all!”… Dirk

Joe Coleman

“If P.T. Barnum had hired Breughel or Bosch to paint sideshow banners they might have resembled the art of Joe Coleman.”
– The New York Times

“Coleman’s bitter intensity and microscopic detail give his apocalyptic vision a manic power.”
— John Maizels, author of Raw Creation

“Joe Coleman… His art is something else. Praise! Praise! He’s a caveman in a spaceship!”
– Charles Manson

Joe Coleman, born 11/22/55, is a painter, performer, and collector of oddities.

Coleman’s PAINTINGS have been exhibited in Museums and galleries across the United States and Europe and are in the collections of Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Iggy Pop, and Jim Jarmusch.

His PERFORMANCES range from the seminal 1970s punk band The Steel Tips, his 1980s exploding geek act as Professor Mombooze-o, to his more recent roles in feature films by Asia Argento and Julian Hobbes. His work has been published in numerous BOOKS, PRINTS and RECORDS. He lives in Brooklyn New York with his world-class collection of sideshow oddities, serial-killer ephemera and wax-museum dioramas, known as THE ODDITORIUM.

“His pictures are as delicately made as lace and have the vivid presence of icons.”
— The Financial Times

“Like Grosz in the 1920’s, he holds a drastic mirror up to his own times.”
— Berlin Tagesspiegel, 8/12/07

“Terrible things happen in Joe Coleman’s paintings. Flesh rots. Sores weep. The flames of hell burn brightly. Perversion runs rampant. Things fall apart: Bodies. Cities. The whole social order. Yet there’s beauty here, too: The colors dazzle, the detail astounds. And a stalwart symmetry surrounds his aberrant images, a symmetry born of both faith and fear.”
— Nancy Shulins, Associated Press

Michael Kortez

Jonathan Shaw couldn’t have use better words to introduce Pogo: “Michael was born in a circus tent on the outskirts of Guadalajara, Mexico. The bastard offspring of an itinerant Chicharon farmer and a mentally challenged Tattooed Lady, young Pogo became intrigued with the art of tattooing from an early age. After seeing two pigs copulating behind an abandoned brassiere factory, his first tattoo, inspired by that memorable event, was a surprisingly realistic rendition of a pair of naughty porkers, encircled by a banner reading,MAKIN’ BACON

Michael “Pogo” Kortez: It’s an ode to Nick Blinko, British lead singer of punk band Rudimentary Peni (Crass Records) and outsider artist. If you don’t know his art or his music, you have to look him up. He was detained at a psychiatric hospital and put under psychological analysis. Story has it that he was stuck on the idea that he was Pope Adrian the 37th. A reference to Pope Adrian IV. The first song to the 1995 album “Pope Adrian The 37th Psychristiatric” is POGO POPE.

 

Anthony Ausgang

Anthony Ausgang is a painter and writer notorious for being the world’s most hallucinatory Low Brow cat painter. “Since the meaning of a work of art is defined by its audience, I just let the trademark psychedelic cats that inhabit my paintings roam freely and have a good time”, says Ausgang. His paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and he is considered one of the first Lowbrow artists to show in Los Angeles.  Ausgang currently exhibits his paintings in Europe, Japan and The United States and his work has been used on album covers by the Boredoms, Fishbone, MGMT, and Branford Marsalis. In addition to working on his final novella in The Puss Titter Trilogy, Ausgang plays modified guitars in the ambient/post-industrial improv band Cat Museum.

STANISLOV

Stanislav is an artist hailing from Kiev, Ukraine, a place currently being torn apart by
civil war. It is a frightening, uncertain situation in his homeland, but Stanislav is no stranger to
adversity. Born in 1984, he came into this world diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and suffering from
a degenerative eye condition which severely affects his vision. These potentially limiting factors,
however, have never been a hindrance to Stanislav as an artist. Instead he perseveres, using all
of his pain, frustration, and fear in his craft. He transfers these things into emotional works of art
that are distinct, unforgettable, and incredibly inspirational.

He tackles art in the most primeval form, scratching the darkness from his subconscious onto
paper. Stanislav takes these tenebrous musings and manipulates them using modern technology
with surprising results. This is raw, emotive, work filled with chaos and purpose, wherein you
glimpse the artist’s true self. It is a frightening window that reveals our gutteral instincts. Stanislav
is for the art world what Black Metal is for music, primal, powerful, and pure. His work has
garnered the well deserved attention and respect from a host his artistic peers in the Dark Art
community.

JEREMY GULLOTTO

Jeremy Gullotto is a 4 year Pasadena Art College Graduate. He reported that the Art  School “Didnt know what to do with him” so of course with his “out-of-the-box” eclectic artsy style,  he’s perfect for us. The piece he is working on is super stealth but its rumored its a “homage to The Pizz” and we cant wait!!!!

Jack Rudy

Jack Rudy is an American tattoo artist notable for his reinvention of the ‘Black and Gray’ style of tattooing, realistic portraits, and single-needle use. He is considered to be one of the top tattoo artists in the world. Rudy is currently the president of the Beatnik’s Car Club, a car club which requires the members to own 50s-styled hot rods. He is the owner of Tattooland, an ‘old school’ street shop, located in Anaheim, California.[ His very distinct and distinguishable style is renowned for its masterful use of light and dark shades of varying degrees of black and grey. In addition to creating a softer and more realistic style of tattooing, with the advent of the new single needle tattoo technology artists were now able to use a much greater level of detail than previously attainable utilizing older and more readily accepted tattoo machine and needle configurations.

Skwerll

SKWERLL:    Upright bassist, Designer, Circus Freak

Skwerll rocks the upright bass in Angie and the Car Wrecks, Raw Dogs, and world renowned Green Jello. He performs for Super Geek League doing stilt walking, fire eating, and designs and constructs props and costumes for them. He started Mad Skwerll Designs  in 2013 and makes custom clothes, jackets, costumes, and props. Skwerll’s designs can be found in popular Hollywood shops like GLAMSQUAD on Melrose.  GWAR has been a huge inspiration for Skwerll.

John Raptis

John Raptis has been photographing the live Rock scene in Melbourne, Australia for close to ten years. His visceral sense and keen eye have captured some of the most high-energy international acts such as Metallica, Black Sabbath, KISS, Iron Maiden, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, to name a  few.

John’s work can be seen in a slew of local and international magazines and books as well as appearing in the New York Times best selling autobiography by KISS’ Ace Frehley.

John is a passionate photographer and one of the first on call by many Rock promoters who utilize both John’s services and skill-set.

Alberto Vargas

Alberto Vargas was a noted Peruvian painter of pin-up girls. He is often considered one of the most famous of the pin-up artists. Vargas paintings have sold and continue to sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
He became widely noted in the 1940s as the creator of iconic World War-II era pin-ups for Esquire magazine known as “Vargas Girls.” The nose art of many American and Allied World War II aircraft was inspired and adapted from these Esquire pin-ups, as well those of George Petty, and other artists.

In 2004, Hugh Hefner, the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Playboy, who had previously worked for Esquire, wrote: “The US Post Office attempted to put Esquire out of business in the 1940s by taking away its second-class mailing permit. The Feds objected, most especially, to the cartoons and the pin-up art of Alberto Vargas. Esquire prevailed in the case that went to the Supreme Court, but the magazine dropped the cartoons just to be on the safe side”.[3] A legal dispute with Esquire over the use of the name “Varga” resulted in a judgement against Vargas. He struggled financially until the 1960s when Playboy magazine began to use his work, calling the images “Vargas Girls.” His career flourished and he had major exhibitions of his work all over the world.

Todd Robey

Todd Robey’s art is original as well as whimsical and screams candy coated color from its every brush painted stroke. Todd is usually seen at horror conventions and Comikaze with his wonderfully executed cartoon flavored artworks. We are happy to have him again this year in our Art Exhibit.

Spiderwebb

Spider Webb (aka: Joseph O’Sullivan) is a tattoo artist who has has spent most of his career promoting tattoos as a fine art, notably with his book Pushing Ink and his gallery shows in the 1970s.

A Master of Fine Arts, he brought modern tattoo art into SoHo galleries. He penned 15 books and created movies on the art form detailing it’s history, evolution and soul. He inked rock stars like KISS, and most notably, he persistently fought the tattoo bans that plagued New York City, including risking jail by inking porn star Annie Sprinkle on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the mid-seventies.

More than twenty years later, in 1997, on the day when Mayor Giuliani was to sign a bill reversing the ban, Spider was at City Hall with a top hat and long feather plume tattoo machine ready to ink the city’s first legal tattoo in over 36 years.

Spider Webb is also known for his amazingly diverse tattoo machine collection, most of which he built using extremely rare or unusual materials including Meteorite and Shark Skin.

Webb has also been involved with tattoo performance art, including The Vampire’s Kiss, and most notably X-1000, where he tattooed a small X on 1000 people and then 1000 X’s on one person.

Spider Webb Quote

“To make tattooing illegal is to try to thwart one of humanity’s deepest desire—to make the body beautiful. One might as well try to legislate against love.”

ERIC PIGORS

Eric Pigors is an American artist based in Valencia, California mostly known for his ‘Toxic Toons’ – cartoons of subjects such as zombies and vampires. He has worked for Disney Animation for over fifteen years and is known for his work on The Lion King (1994), Treasure Planet(2002) and Beauty and the Beast (1991).

 

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Joe Black

Joe was raised on the wild streets of Downtown Los Angeles back in the 80’s, when  having a green Mohawk, listening to Punk Rock on a walk man while skateboarding was not a “cool hipster thing to do”. Today Joe is a modern day ‘Renaissance Man’. You name it, Joe has most likely done it. Everything from currently being a Body Piercer, a Writer of Gibberish & Incoherent Babblings, a Band Manager, a Director of Arts & Entertainment, a Booking Agent, Foot Massager, a Talent Buyer, an Event Coordinator, a Pornographer, Live Show Production Assistant, Recording & Live Audio Engineer, a Minister for both The Church of The SubGenius & The Universal Life Church, a National Tour Manager, Lighting Technician, Graphic & Web Designer and a bunch of other odd things. If you want to know more about Joe, add him on facebook or follow him on Instagram.

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Justice Howard

What does the image of a crouching woman with a massive Mohawk, sporting nothing but a sneer and a body-full of retina-staining tattoos have in common with a subdued black-and-white portrait of singer Waylon Jennings? On the surface, it would appear there could be no possible connection, but delving far beneath what first meets the eye is photographer Justice Howard’s specialty, and it is she who is responsible for those, as well as thousands of other iconic images of a multitude of memorable personalities, both obscure and famous. She is possessed of a transcendent gift that enables her to effortlessly affix the essence of her subjects’ human frailties, as well as their triumphs, upon the film. Laying bare for the viewer much more than mere flesh, Ms. Howard’s works are evocative pieces of art that appeal to everyone from the casual observer to the most refined aesthete. Entire venues, from a posh Washington D.C. watering hole, to 64 rooms in an upscale hotel in South Beach, have literally been designed from the ground up, in shrine-like reverence for her imagery.

She currently has 4 hardcover books in the works.

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