Sunday August 31, 2014

Northwest News: Don't Fight the Brain Seminar

Markus Lenhard : Don't Fight The Brain

A live seminar - Off the Map Northwest September 14th

markus lenhard seminar

I want to help you find your own, easily readable graphic language and style.

Every Human Brain processes visual information the same way!

Before the information reaches the part where association, recognition, memory and taste come in,
a lot of decisions have already been made subconsciously.

Your brain decides whether or not an image is worth your attention, admiration or a commitment to

Understanding how this works will generate a deeper understanding about natural aesthetics and
will help to crystallize order from chaos and show you new possibilities for your own personal
problem solving.

these are the core concepts of the day:

  • the human visual mind
  • Priority of contrasts
  • Specialized contrasts
  • Eye guidance
  • Natural vs. forced flow

we will substantiate these concepts by analysis of examples of my own work, before finding them at work in natural photography, art and tattoos.
A general understanding of color theory is helpful for this.
I will be speaking and showing slides for 3-3,5h with breaks No Handouts, bring something to write.
If time allows, an open ended Q&A and portofolio critique within reason is something I look forward
So think about some questions and your favorite piece (tattoo or design)on a usb stick.
The ownder of the tattoo cannot be present or I can't be honest
USA - book through (link)
UK - Burry Port WAL

markus lenhard seminar

Sunday August 31, 2014

New England News: The Insanely Talented Michelle Maddison & Paul Vander-Johnson Will Join Us This Weekend!

Three days only, ladies and gentleman! September 5th through the 7th we are over the moon to welcome Michelle Madison & Paul Vander-Johnson into our Off the Map home. Traveling all the way from the UK out of Bez's Triple Six Studios, the talent these artists will be bringing to our plates is nothing short of incredible!

Michelle describes her tattooing style as bright, bold and colorful and we must say, there is no denying it! Check out this tattoo by Michelle, which speaks for itself.

What influences inspire Michelle when creating her bold masterpieces? She is greatly inspired by nature, insects, art nouveau, film & TV and RAINBOWS

Follow the inspiration rainbow down to Off the Map Tattoo so as to not miss out on Michelle's works! We even have gold (wrapped chocolate) at the end of the rainbow for those who make their way down to see Michelle! 

Of course it was Ladies first, but that doesn't mean our other guest for the upcoming weekend is any less talented! Along with Michelle, we are thrilled to welcome Paul Vander-Johnson into the studio as well!

Paul draws influence for his tattoos from horror, sci-fi and anime. Cartoons, comics and video games are up there on his inspiration list as well! 

Paul tattoos in a style that he describes as colorful and cartoon like. He also loves tackling color realism in the form of portraits of iconic characters from horror & sci-fi films.

If you're interested in getting a seat with either of these immensely talented artists while they're visiting us here at Off the Map Tattoo, you can email Michelle Maddison and Paul Vander-Johnson directly or contact us at the studio for more information! See you this weekend!  


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