Art Fusion -- From the 17th Annual North Carolina Tattoo Convention
17th Annual NC Tattoo Convention
What is Art Fusion?
Art Fusion is a collaboration of four tattoo artists working with pastels to create four unique works of art. Jason Spainhour, of Little John's Tattoo, conceived the idea to raise money for a charity cause during the three day convention. Some of the artworks created by Art Fusion were raffled off, while others were purchased outright.
Jason Spainhour of Little John's Tattoo conceived the idea of Art Fusion for the convention as a way to raise some money for a charitable contribution. Thanks to those who sponsored and facilitated the event, and the artists who participated, a donation will be made to a local charity by Little John's Tattoo on behalf of all those who made the event possible.
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Signs posted in the Art Fusion area read:
ART Fusion is a collaboration of multiple artists, working separately on a timed basis to complete 4 unique works of art.
How it works: 4 artists 4 easels 5 minutes at a time per easel. After 5 minutes move to the next easel
Art fusions typically last 45 to 60 minutes.
Special thanks to David Collins and Wendi Fredrick. David facilitated the Art Fusion display for the entire convention. He collected artist volunteers, raffled and sold the Art Fusion pieces, and scheduled the drawing rounds. David and Wendi stayed with the display all weekend to engage the crowd and draw interest for the exhibit.
Art Fusion - Round One
Artists at Work
Above: Four artists rotate to each easel, multiple times, to produce unique artworks. Each work of art captures elements of style from all four artists.
Right: Watching this picture of a koi fish come to life in the hands of the four artists was spectacular.
Below: The Art Fusion display created very successful collaborations between artists with very different styles.
Right: The understated black and white dragon looks fantastic with the colorful background of this fusion piece. The same technique is often seen in some of the best tattoos. Black and gray tattooing is a style that some artists specialize in. It takes delicate skills to tattoo black and gray portrait work. Some artists are innovators in the field of black and gray tattoo art. There are separate categories for color and black & gray when judging tattoo contests because of the specific nuances of both styles.
A Work In Progress
Encourage More Artists
Do you know an artist who should attend the next Annual NC Tattoo Convention in Greensboro, NC? Encourage them to participate in the Art Fusion.
The spectators watching the Art Fusion pieces appear and take shape, and all of the artists who participated had a great time. Hopefully, even more artists will participate next year.
Buying a piece of Art Fusion is a great way to take home a unique piece of art from the convention, without having to get tattooed.
Art Fusion - Round Two
Above: Round two of Art Fusion begins. Once again, both black & gray and color styles are represented in the works of art.
Right: Each artist adds their own unique character to the four art fusions, Whether that is a focus on skulls, eyes, bubbles, or textures. Every round of Art Fusion produces different themes.
Below: Even a dark subject like a mound of skulls has a sense of light, and subtle colors.
Right: I had to have this particular Art Fusion piece for myself. In addition to posters and content from some of the many events and clients I've partnered with, my office is decorated with a good deal of H. R. Giger art and an outrageous number of skulls.
I liked the subtle hint of yellow that seemed like a sunbeam in this one. Many of my collected skulls are painted gold, I don't consider it sinister or negative to reflect on mortality.
This pastel Art Fusion is proudly framed on my wall with my diplomas, licenses and the rest of the skull art.
A Fusion of Traditional Imagery
The waves in this Art Fusion piece have a very traditional oriental look.
The heart bottle and flames are more reminiscent of an Old School style of tattooing made popular by pioneers of modern tattoo art such as Don Ed Hardy.
All together it is a vibrantly colorful piece of art that any tattoo art collector would be pleased to display.
Patty, Mistress of Pain
Right: PattysArtspot in Star City,WV is owned by Patty Mistress of Pain. It is an art gallery as well as a full tattoo and body piercing studio.
Patty supported the Art Fusion event by participating in both rounds of drawing.
It was hard finding artists to participate in the almost hour long drawing sessions. A tattoo artist can earn as much as $150 in an hour if they are tattooing a client. Participating in Art Fusion is a contribution of valuable time for artists working the convention.
Dark Water, Bright Sea Horse.
Right: A sea horse.
The play of bright color and darkness in this piece is fantastic.
Check out the the skull inside the air bubble.