Article and photo gallery in Tattoo.1 Tribal #72
«Art is not a mirror which reflects the world but a hammer with which to shape it.»
This is the philosophy of Tattoo Temple in Hong Kong. That’s where we met Joey and Wang, two artists who, have successfully and cleverly combined their tattoo talent with techniques learned in the study of painting and Chinese calligraphy.
Joey says: People come to me with big ideas and so we develop the artwork for them. I also study constantly, not only art but also all kinds of design. Often there’s no connection with tattooing but you can end up transferring any kind of experience.»
The Asian painting tradition and modern forms of expression lead to extremely elegant creations: the tattoo machine is as delicate as a paintbrush and the ink creates overlapping patterns and exquisite transparencies, worthy of a watercolour painting.
Wang says: «I think that the inspiration comes from the freedom not only to express myself through art but also to add finishing touches and always play around with the limits.»
Joey Pang, Wang – Tattoo Temple
18’th floor Tak Woo House, 1-3 Wo On Lane,
17-19 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong (China)