GESTALTEN.tv: Alex Binnie and Duncan X
The Art of Pain — Forever: The New Tattoo
A new tattoo underground has emerged in recently years and their cutting-edge visuals go far beyond the tattoo mainstream. Visual artist Alex Binnie is a legend within the international tattoo scene and his Into You studio that he’s been running for 19 years in East London continues to foster countless talents and innovators including Curly, Thomas Hooper, Nick Schonberger and Duncan X to name but a few—all featured in GESTALTEN’s new Forever: The New Tattoo book.
GESTALTEN.tv met Duncan and Alex in London to talk about the current mass appeal of tattoos, its uniqueness as an art form and the ”holy trinity“ of tattooing styles. GESTALTEN will also have a selection of limited edition woodcut prints by Alex Binnie along with the artist’s The Woodcut Portraits book for sale as well as special edition prints by Jon John and Rafel Delalande.
About This Book
Tattoos now have mass appeal, but beyond the mainstream, a new tattoo underground has developed. It is as innovative, diverse, inspiring, and controversial as the motifs it creates. Forever is a stunning documentation of this dynamic current scene. Forever showcases key tattoo innovators and a broad range of fresh styles. The book explores how today’s tattoo culture is strongly influenced by art, fashion, and contemporary visual culture as well as traditional tattoo art—often in surprising ways. In addition to its cutting-edge selection of quality visuals, Forever features insightful text portraits by Nick Schonberger of Alex Binnie, Yann Black, Scott Campbell, Curly, El Monga, Fergadelic, Mike Giant, Thomas Hooper, Jon John, Alix Lambert, Guy Le Tatooer, Duke Riley, Robert Ryan, Jonas Uggli, Amanda Wachob, and Duncan X. A preface by heavily tattooed art historian Matt Lodder puts current developments in tattooing into historical context.
Photographs GESTALTEN Forever: The New Tattoo book