Guy Aitchison Visionary Tattoo workshop & Dinner


  • $150.00



Saturday 1pm -7pm July 21st  2012
1pm – 5pm workshop & film screening
6pm Dinner
*10pm Live painting Party with DJs

* includes live painting party, Sacred Ink. The Art and Ritual of Tattooing"

The Visionary Tattoo: Empowerment, Healing, & Transformation through Body Art.
A workshop and dinner with Guy Aitchison and Michele Wortman


  With over 35 combined years of tattooing experience, Guy Aitchison and Michele Wortman have long spearheaded a movement that questions assumptions and seeks to redefine the possible in tattoo arts. The Visionary Tattoo is for artists, collectors, appreciators and the curious about  visionary art and tattooing. This event will bring light to possibilities personal growth and vision fulfillment offered by tattooing.

  Beginning with a historical summary of visionary tattoo traditions, Michele and Guy will illuminate the cutting edge of the art form today, with examples from the tattoo community’s most innovative members. Featuring client interviews, presenters will follow one collector’s pilgrimage to the completion of a collaborative large-scale piece that reflects the theme of Rebirth. Discussion will also include the healing potential of tattooing in hiding a burn scar or reclaiming a sense of power after a traumatic event. Offering an artist’s perspective, emphasis will focus on creating art that not only reflects the desired symbolic content, but also flatters and enhances the attractiveness of the sacred body.

 $150** workshop and dinner with Guy Aitchison and Michele Wortman
includes live painting party, Sacred Ink. The Art and Ritual of Tattooing"
** Ticket available online only

Mushroom Café & CoSM Shop will be open intermittently during event.

CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, 46 Deer Hill Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 - click here for directions

  Guy Aitchison
(born 1968) is a renowned tattoo artist and a painter born in Michigan. Aitchison began painting album covers in 1985 and began tattooing in 1988. He has also released several books. He owns a studio called Hyper Space Studios with his wife, Michele Wortman, who is also a tattoo artist and painter. They were both on TLC's Tattoo Wars in 2007. He is the brother of former LA Ink TV personality, Hannah Aitchison. He was also a guest artist on LA Ink. He gave Rob Zombie his first tattoo in 1989.
  Guy was already in an apprenticeship at the Jacklich Corporation in the art department by age 17. After completing his apprenticeship he began painting record covers for Vinnie Moore, David Chastain, Apocrypha, Hex, Skatenigs, and mostly for California-based Srapnel Records. In 1989 he began a tattooing apprenticeship at Bob Oslon’s Custom Tattooing in Chicago for two years. He opened his own tattoo studio, Guilty & Innocent Productions, which remained a top standing shop until 1998 when it shut down so that he could move to the country to focus more on painting. Having tattoo work in magazines like Outlaw Biker, Tattoo Review, Skin Art, and also fine art books. Guy believes that tattooing is a very critical type of commercial art. Success or failure of any project has implications for the client, and forces an extra degree of dedication and flexibility on the part of the artist, and the clients’ participation helps maintain a flow of fresh images and ideas for the artist. On the other hand he says painting lacks all the traditional constraints of tattooing such as size, budget, pain tolerance, erase-ability, and the clients taste. It allows for experimentation, normally not recommended in tattooing, plus a chance to chase after obscure and specific personal notions with little commercial appeal. Due greatly to his clients he has been trusted to work on their skin almost freely and therefore he leaks his paintings over into his tattoos. His work generally focuses on natural geometry and organic structure, and all types of psychedelic & transcendental art. He believes this art form should be rendered as art pieces but doesn’t know whether or not they actually ever will.

  Michele Wortman
"I enjoy working in many mediums. Photography, tattooing, painting and writing music are large parts of my artistic focus and output. As varied as they may seem, they all spawn from the creative force within me. I find that being versatile in how I apply myself artistically helps me to maintain a fresh perspective as well as to visualize and express composition on many levels."

CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, 46 Deer Hill Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 - click here for directions


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