Boutique Tattooing & Fine Art

 

Tattoo Work

jeff richmond
jeff richmond
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Kasie1
Kasie1
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katie 1
katie 1
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mike varney2
mike varney2
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jon schulte right side
jon schulte right side
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gilbert sleeve
gilbert sleeve
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jon schulte back
jon schulte back
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rib mech3
rib mech3
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tooth roots
tooth roots
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nikki sleeve
nikki sleeve
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nikki2
nikki2
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david floral sleeve2
david floral sleeve2
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beet
beet
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cicada
cicada
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cicada waning
cicada waning
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floral thigh
floral thigh
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ale psych lower 2
ale psych lower 2
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aaron sleeve
aaron sleeve
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Anthony1
Anthony1
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anthony7
anthony7
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jawbone
jawbone
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mechside2 web
mechside2 web
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adam mumper side
adam mumper side
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amber leg
amber leg
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Molt Series #1
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Nightmare Egg #1
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Sometimes the Light
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Nightmare Egg #2
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Nightmare Egg #3
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Lose Yourself
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Molt Series #2
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toucan drawing
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portrait graphite
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Mercy
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H
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still life #1
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let the day begin
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Kudu Illustration
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Hive series #5
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copper point mech
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copper point mech 2
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hive3
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Hive1
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hive4
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hive2
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Artwork

 

About

Coming from a background of designing flyers and record covers for local punk bands in Milwaukee, Gifford naturally transitioned into tattooing in late 2004.  He's spend the last decade and a half developing his signature style of biomechanical tattooing.  Focusing on bold interconnecting shapes that flow and wind over the body's canvas.  The goal is to create a sense of movement, depth and wonder.  The subject matter comes second to form.  Interesting shapes becomes the heart of the work.  In 2014 Gifford opened Logan Square Tattoo, a tattoo studio in Chicago where he currently works. 

In conjunction with tattooing Gifford works in several traditional art mediums including ink, graphite and oil paints.  His current work alternates and combines representational art and science fiction based subject matter.  His most recent work, the Hive and Molt series, attempt to start bridging the gap between his more traditional mediums with his tattooing. Inspired by the natural forms of insect hives and invertebrates exoskeletons he aims to aims to mimic the feelings of wonder and revulsion those forms inspire.  Staying loose with structure while layering forms until a dense image emerges much like a geological formation rising from the earths shifting tectonic plates.   

 

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