Maybe it's the relatively warm weather, or maybe it's that body art has penetrated the mainstream, but San Diego is covered with ink, and artists of varying backgrounds are answering the demand. But there's more than meets the eye, or skin, when it comes to tattoo work, and there's a whole show happening this week—Toe the Line, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Planet Rooth Design Haus (334 Fifth Ave. in Hillcrest)—that will feature non-body-art work by 16 artists from local tattoo shops.
Planet Rooth co-owner Gustaf Rooth tells CityBeat in an email that artists have been asked to create one-of-a-kind pieces that are outside their normal tattoo artistry.
"Hence, they are showing that they are bona fide artisans both in style and in technique," Rooth says.
Among the participating artists are several that have been featured in CityBeat's pages, the most recent being Dave Warshaw of Avalon II Tattoo, whose ballpoint-ink-on-wood, four-eyed-owl illustration graced our Aug. 15, 2012, cover. Expect to see more of Warshaw's "Urban Taxidermy," as he calls it, along with works by Adam Hawthorn of Guru Tattoo, whom we featured last summer for his sick-and-twisted skate-deck art; Tonya Van Parys of Avalon Tattoo, Dominic Vasquez of Flying Panther and more.
The show will feature music by The Heavy Guilt Duo and River City. See sd-too.com for details.