Behind Closed Doors 221 - Todo

Published: 28 January, 2013 - Featured in Skin Deep 221, February, 2013

This issue, we have the mighty Todo from ABT in Georgia. There’s nothing like a little bit of steampunk to propel some art into the ‘no brainer’ zone.

“In my many years of experimenting with different art mediums, I’ve come to find that tattooing is not the only source I can use to express my deeper train of thought. I’ve completed many works of art over the years, but I have to say my favorite medium to work with would either have to be charcoal or oil paint. Both have a different significance to me. Charcoal I use to learn more about lighting techniques, that I later use as a reference to bring a more dynamic look to my tattoos. Oil painting, on the other hand, is a fun way for me to work with the different areas of the colour wheel and learn which colours best complement others, and how the complements themselves can make tattoos seem deeper. By using layering techniques that I’ve only been able to learn through oil painting, I’ve been able to learn how to layer my ink in skin as if it was my canvas at home.

“All of the art that I create is either inspired by my tattoos, or is the inspiration for them. When I’m laying out a cool tattoo, sometimes I feel the need to create it in charcoal first, just so I can better understand the inner workings of the piece. It’s not all the time that I get to create tattoos that are straight from my mind, so instead of letting my ideas go, I use oil paint to bring them to life. When my paintings are completed and released to the view of the public eye, it encourages people to get a tattoo with a similar subject base. All in all, every single piece of art I create is connected in my mind. Whether it be on my canvas’ at home, or a skin canvas presented to me by my clients. My art is my legacy, it will long outlive its creator, so I like it to tell my stories without having to use my voice.”

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1182 Hwy 155 South McDonough