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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Rescheduled "Quick & Painful" tattoo event this Saturday at Hope Gallery in New Haven

Hope Gallery
835 Woodward Ave., New Haven, (203) 467-1622
Quick and Painful
One night only: Sat., Sept. 24, 2011, 7—11 p.m.

Press release

Hope Gallery, one of the most prestigious tattoo art galleries, will feature the work of more than 15 important artists and designers with backgrounds in fine art, graffiti, and illustration in a unique exhibition. This event—which was originally scheduled for Sat., Aug. 27 but had to be postponed because of the arrival of Hurricane Irene—will be held this Saturday night, Sept. 24, from 7—11 p.m.

Quick & Painful will feature today’s most elite low-brow artists doing original Tattoo Flash. “Flash” is a set of tattoo designs classically printed or drawn on an 11″ x 14″ piece of paper or cardboard. Flash is either drawn by the individual tattooer for display and use in his own studio, or traded and sold among other tattooers. By the turn of the new century, most tattoo studios have become custom shops with the flash serving as more of a reference for ideas.

Among the artists and designers that will be presenting Flash Prints for the exhibition are Alex Pardee, Amanda Visell, Brandt Peters & Kathie Olivas, Camilla D’Errico, David Horvath, Devilrobots, Frank Kozik, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Joe Ledbetter, Junko Mizuno, Ron English, Sam Flores, TADO, Tara McPherson, and Tokidoki co-founder and Creative Director Simone Legno.

Quick & Painful was curated by Nichole East of Hope Gallery. East reached out to iconic artists from her Pop Art background. Each artist was given the confines of 11 x 14 inch platform to create their own unique set of tattoo flash.

“After years of working in the low-brow and pop art scene, I started to see how many fans were getting tattoos of my favorite artists. It seemed a natural urge to make sure it was done right,” said Nichole East.

The first event took place at Crewest Gallery in Los Angeles on Sept. 3. Subsequent Quick & Painful events will be held at Rotofugi Gallery in Chicago on Oct. 8; and during Art Basel in Miami, Dec. 1—4. World-renowned tattoo artists like Joe Capobianco, Eric Merrill, Julio Rodriguez, Jime Litwalk, Dan Smith, Patrick Cornolo, and Sean Adams, will be tattooing fans this Saturday with their favorite designs chosen right from the wall. The nights will also be filled with events, giveaways, and contests for fans of Tattoos and Pop Art.

All of the Flash Sets created for Quick & Painful will be available for purchase at each of the show dates and available online at The Hope Shop starting Oct. 9.

Hope Gallery is custom tattoo and art gallery located in New Haven, CT. Established in 2002 by artists Joe Capobianco, Eric Merrill, and Julio Rodriguez, Hope is home to the most experienced and awarded tattoo artists in the industry today. Along with resident artists Phil Young, Tim Harris, and Christian Perez; each have over 15 years tattooing experience.

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