We can learn a lot from Shawn Barber from Los Angeles. He is well known for his ever expanding “tattooed portraits” series where he paint’s mainly other painters and tattoo artists, in all their tattooed glory. As well as of painting, Shawn tattoos at Memoir Tattoo with partner Kim Saigh, who you may know from the TV show La Ink.
Shawn Barber’s body of work focuses primarily on painting, portraiture, and documenting contemporary tattoo culture. Figurative in nature, these large paintings take on abstractions with explosive colors, meandering lines and paint dripping down the canvas.
His paintings have been exhibited in diverse solo and group venues. His first published book of art titled ‘Tattooed Portraits’ was published by 9mm Books in March of 2006, followed by his second tome, ‘Forever and Ever’, a 256 page hardcover book dedicated to the Tattooed Portraits Series.
You can buy his books from Amazon: