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Welcome too all my guests.  Thanks for checking out Painted Provocateur!

Why am I doing this?  I want to bring together the collective experiences, opinions, and imagery of tattooed people everywhere to whatever end suits those that choose to participate in this community, whether that be to merely enjoy the beautiful art work adorning the bodies of our tattooed brethren, or to participate in the topical dialogue. After all, personal expression is, in my opinion, the cornerstone of the tattoo experience.

Additionally an undeniable facet of the tattoo experience comes from the invitation of judgment from the world.  I think we all experience and grow from the preconceptions those around us have regarding our tattoos. So to that end I strongly invite and encourage people of all backgrounds, including those without tattoos to participate in the dialog of this space by submitting pictures, articles, opinions and commentary.

On a more personal note, I was born in Los Angeles and raised in San Diego, the son of pretty mainstream albeit progressive parents.  I went to College at UCLA where I majored in American Literature. I later received my JD from UC Hastings College of the Law and have been a practicing attorney since 2007.  Being that my attorney job offers little in the way of creative outlet, this blog is an effort to alleviate that urge.

I have always been aesthetically motivated.  Over the years I have enjoyed drawing and painting in my spare time, I have worked as a graphic designer here and there and I even attended a year of industrial design school before selling out to do something “practical” like go to Law School (gimme a break! you can’t escape ALL of your cultural programming).

Consequently, tattoos have always appealed to me, but I never really considered getting one until my younger brother had gotten into it and started talking to me about tattoo art and culture.  Even then I didn’t pull the trigger until I was 28, when I decided to express my longstanding love for Japanese aesthetic by getting a 1/2 sleeve from Japanese tattoo specialist Paul Dhuey of Guru Tattoo in San Diego.  In retrospect a half sleeve might have been a bit aggressive for a first tattoo, but fortunately for me I love it and am totally hooked.  I have since added a pair of humming birds on my stomach with plans to add to that piece, extend my ½ sleeve into a ¾ sleeve and add a complementary ¾ sleeve on my left arm.

Tattoo, more than just doodles on my body, is a path I have been walking since I could speak, but was only able to commit to 4 years ago.  It is a physical manifestation of my aesthetic sensibilities, a rejection of the “old rules,” an invitation to judgment from the world, and a relationship with myself and that I intend to cultivate for the rest of my life.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Carahe permalink
    January 8, 2010 11:30 pm

    Hey, I just stumbled onto your blog via you somehow stumbling onto my twits, and I wanted to check out your work. I have to say what you’re doing is great, particularly given the context of your story – apparently very mainstream, but with a subtle undercurrent of, if not rebellion, at least aesthetic awareness.
    Plus, my biggest piece was done by Cooper at Guru just a few years ago, and I’ll be heading back to him soon for more work on what is turning into a black and white Garden of Eden, so one could almost say our tattoos are foster siblings!

    • January 10, 2010 7:29 pm

      Wow, that’s great! Actually my stumbling onto your tweets is a bit less haphazard than it may appear. I am actually using the twitter account to generate interest in the blog and you showed up in one of my twitter searches. It would appear that my fiendish plan is beginning to work. 🙂 That’s a cool coincidence that you and Cooper have worked together. I have always been a fan of his work. I love his use of color and overall use of space in his compositions. Thanks for stopping by the blog and for your very kinds words. If you ever feel like you want to submit a piece about any of your tattoos it would be a welcome addition to the blog. Feel free to tell your friends about the blog as well. Cheers!

      Gabe

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