Atomica Gallery and Things&Ink are delighted to announce Miniature Ink II, a group exhibition celebrating contemporary tattoo artistry, featuring miniature original artworks from over 100 of the world's leading tattoo artists. Opening in Covent Garden on Wednesday 23rd September to coincide with the London Tattoo Convention 2015, Miniature Ink II is also being held to raise awareness for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, with profits from sales being donated to the charity.
Miniature Ink II follows the overwhelming success of 2014’s inaugural Miniature Ink, in which leading tattoo artists contributed postcard-sized original artworks to the international group exhibition. For the exhibition’s second edition, Atomica and Things&Ink have introduced a twist. Rather than using paper as their canvas, this year each of the contributing artists have been asked to decorate an iconic object within the tattoo community: a kewpie doll.
With tattoo culture exploding in popularity and becoming established as a mainstream art form, Miniature Ink II will once again showcase the breadth and variety of artistic talent within the community. Reflecting the medium’s inherent accessibility, each of the kewpies will be available to purchase at the same affordable price on a first-come, first-served basis, providing the opportunity for tattoo-lovers and art-lovers alike to own an original work by some of the most sought-after names in the industry.
About kewpie dolls:
Kewpies were common as illustrations, dolls and tattoo designs in the early 1900s before falling out of popularity in the 50s. With respected contemporary tattoo artists such as Mike 'Rollo' Malone (1942 - 2007) and Dr Lakra reviving their status, the cherub-like characters are once again in vogue as both tattoo flash and recognised artworks; decorated kewpie dolls by Mexican artist Dr Lakra have even appeared on display at Tate Britain and Somerset House.
"We're so excited to announce Miniature Ink II, our second collaborative exhibition in a series with Atomica Gallery. Last year's exhibition was such a huge success, that we decided to do it again! Kewpies have become a cult object in the tattoo world, and we're so excited to see what the artists create. The exhibition also marks the three-year birthday of the magazine and is a way to celebrate everything we have achieved so far. We hope to continue supporting and commenting on the tattoo world in our own unique way for a long time to come."
Alice Snape, Things&Ink Editor and curator of Miniature Ink II
LIST OF EXHIBITING ARTISTS
Alex Binnie, Annie Frenzel, Anthony "Civ"Civarelli, Antony Flemming, Big Sleeps, Clare Hampshire, Deno, Drew Linden, Friday Jones, Guy le Tatooer, Hannah Pixie Sykes, Jody Dawber, Jondix, Keely Rutherford, Lal Hardy, Lauren Winzer, Lou Hopper, Michelle Myles, Nikole Lowe, Rachel Baldwin, Rose Hardy, Sarah Carter, Sasha Unisex, Wendy Pham
PLUS many more artists to be announced…