Tuesday, May 20, 2014

From the Archives: Kyle's Take on Heaven and Hell

When you are a grand old blog like Tattoosday (turning 7 this year), you earn the right to change "reposts" into "from the archive" posts. This one is from May of 2008:

I initially just saw the bottom of this tattoo, an inverted cityscape poking out from under a sleeve. Quite unusual, so I had to stop Kyle and ask. We were on 7th Avenue, and I was using the borrowed Sony Cyber-shot of a co-worker (thanks, Tina!). Kyle rolled up his sleeve and blew me away.

The detail and color of the tree were breath-taking. And if you click on the initial photo to enlarge it, the detail in the buildings is astonishing, with color on the billboards and light emanating from some of the tiny windows.

The concept behind this piece, Kyle explained, is that the country is Heaven and the city is Hell, separated by a layer of purgatorial clouds. He was raised in upstate New York, far from the five boroughs of New York City and its eight million-plus inhabitants.

This work was inked by Myles Karr at Saved Tattoo in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. [Myles now works out of Three Kings.]

Thanks to Kyle for sharing this piece with Tattoosday!

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