19:39 27 February 2014
The 3rd Rites of Passage Tattoo and Art Festival is to be held on April 25th, 26th & 27th at The Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne.
For full details click on the link 3rd Rites of Passage Festival
19:36 21 February 2014
The Ajna Tattoo Art Exhibition with live music from Kevin Mark Trail + guests at the Bangalow Bowling Club, is set to be hosted by Claire Reid and Jacob Gwynn of Ajna Tattoo in Rosebank. 12 well known and up and coming local artists will be displaying and selling their work along with projections, live tattooing and live music from Kevin Mark Trail-a singer songwriter and producer from London. The evening kicks off at Bangalow Bowling Club on 14th March with doors opening at 6.30pm, and music from 8pm. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.
Kevin Mark Trail’s debut album "Just Living" released by EMI records in - prior to which, Trail recorded and toured the world with UK Hip Hop Outfit- The Streets. His other credits include recording-with Nitin Sawhney, Estelle, Black Twang, Rodney P, Tor and MJ Cole, and supports for Beverly Knight, N.E.R.D, Massive Attack and Angie Stone. He is currently recording/producing globally and has just released his new album "Hope Star".
The past few years have seen Kevin travel back and forth to New Zealand developing a relationship with its music, land and people. Kevin has toured New Zealand with The Streets and Nathan Haines, he has also worked with NZ artists Pieter T, Lauren Mitchell, Kevin Fields and Huia Hamon. These experiences have thrust him into working with a variety of music and also with Maori taonga puoro (singing treasures). Kevin aims to keep travelling the world and sharing his experiences and music.
Claire Reid opened the Rosebank based- Ajna Tattoo Studio in September 2013, prior to this she has been tattooing in the UK, America, Borneo, Japan, Peru, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, and Europe. In her work Claire celebrates the power of fusion art influenced by the experiences of working and living with contemporary tattoo artists around the world. With a passion for organic shapes and love of colour, Claire’s work explores people and life experiences – individual’s interpretations of their loves, lives, fantasies and passions-creating new and unexpected themes.
Claire is the founder and organiser of the acclaimed Rites of Passage tattoo convention, Melbourne now in its 3rd year. The festival arose from a dream to connect people with the ancient practice of tattooing and scarification used across indigenous cultures world- wide, with profits being utilised to replant Australian old growth rainforest. While regularly being invited to guest at studios and conventions internationally, Claire continues her goal to connect people through tattooing and art to the planet and a higher understanding of life.
Jacob has recently teamed up with Claire relocating to NSW from Melbourne where he was working as a Web Developer and tattooist. Sharing the same passion for realism and fine art in tattooing, Jacob takes his clients concepts and exceeds their expectations through careful planning and strong execution.
Previous to this Jacob lived in Auckland New Zealand where he painted murals for private and public clients as part of a specialist interior decorating company. At the same time, Jacob was employed as an animator for clients such as Disney T.V, Nelvana, Titmouse Inc. and many others -working in studios Anim8 Productions, Firehorse Films and Flux Animation Ltd. This experience has given him a strong foundation within drawing and oil painting which has excelled his transition from paper to skin.
For media enquiries please contact Claire Reid on +61403040067.
16:30 28 June 2013
Claire is excited to be exhibiting at this years Alien Art Exhibition at Alien Art Tattoo in Mayfield. She will have several paintings for sale at the exhibition and will be exhibiting alongside Australia’s best tattoo artists who have all come together to create a great body of work for the exhibition. Inked Magazine will be covering the event, stay posted on Claire's Facebook and Instagram for photos from the exhibition opening.
16:21 28 June 2013
Dan Charles, Lead Singer of Nouvelle Noise has just launched this awesome new website promoting and selling Tattoo artists prints, clothing and original artwork. Claire Reid and Dris Donnolley are the first two artists to have been chosen for the websites launch.
'White Stag is an online portal where people can browse and buy artwork by the world's very best tattoo artists. It is my vision for WS to become THE place people go to find and buy tattoo artists' artwork - similar to Pictures on Walls in the street art world.
Basically, the artist supplies the talent and the paintings, and I supply a platform for it to be seen and sold on and I utilise my extensive experience in journalism and my passion for tattoos to market and promote the work in return for a negotiated split of the profits.
I intend to do so through the website (www.whitestagonline.com), the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/whitestagonline) and Twitter (@The_White_Stag) primarily while also branching out into Tumblr, Instagram and other mediums. I will also have a presence at tattoo conventions and in magazines to further promote the WS brand.
The WS website is under constant development but I aim to give each artist a featured profile page on the site with links to their websites/facebook/instagram pages too, and also their own 'store' page. Currently, I have started with four originals from each artist so not to over saturate the site. I am keen to develop a sense of uniqueness and release originals and ltd edition prints at intervals in order to maintain high levels of interest and intrigue.
Once the brand is established and the ball is rolling I intend to move into creating limited edition prints of some of the originals and I am keen to be as environmentally friendly as I possibly can. I have already found a supplier local to myself (In the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire) who use inks from vegetables and locally sourced paper.
This is something I am confident will be a success and I am keen to work with the very best tattoo artists in the world.'
20:49 23 April 2013
If you would like to see Claire tattoing, then go to the Brussels International Tattoo Convention, 8th - 10th November 2013.
For an appointment email her at email@example.com
I'm constantly travelling the world doing guest spots at tattoo studios and conventions or exhibiting my paintings at galleries.
To find out where I'm going to be next, invite me to work at your studio, book a tattoo or just say hello, you can .