Born and raised in a fishing camp along the banks of a muddy bayou in rural Louisiana, all the esteemed tattoo artist Scott Campbell wanted to do as a youngin' was "draw pictures all day long." That aspiration is today a reality, with the results on display not only on the bodies of some lucky individuals, but in his first major solo presentation opening this weekend at O.H.W.O.W. in Miami, which will showcase his neo-baroque aesthetic via sculptures, paintings, drawings and photography.
Before opening up Saved Tattoo in Brooklyn, Campbell worked as an illustrator. Realizing that inking was a way to keep both himself and his pocket happy, he set off to travel the world and refine his craft. Master it he did, and these days he applies that same logic to laser cutting, which he uses to etch everything from laptops and books to leather chairs, tables, paintings and dollar bills.
His underlying wit and antiquated stylizing dovetailed with his sheer drawing skills and passion for tattooing have made Campbell one of the most sought-after artists in the world and positively redefined how we view the art form.
More images after the jump.
Make It Rain Opening reception: 11 April 2009, 8pm-midnight
Beginning 11 April 2009
3100 NW 7 Avenue
Miami, Florida 33127 map
tel. +1 305 633 9345