In February, we interviewed French artist FUZI UVTPK about his first trip to Los Angeles. During his visit, he tattooed clients at SA Studios and notes, “I like to tattoo in unusual places, so in addition to the tattoo event, Zio and I organized a private tattoo session on a rooftop in downtown L.A,” which was documented by iconic photographer Estevan Oriol in this video.
French graffiti writer and tattoo artist FUZI UV TPK is a veteran writer who dominated the trains and subways of Paris for more than a decade. He is known for his “ignorant style” art and unique flash designs, which can be found in his books Ma Ligne and Flash Tattoo Collection N°1. To create an experience as memorable as the tattoo, FUZI’s sessions teke place in unusual locations, such as subway tunnels, streets, and art galleries. Last summer, he transformed New York’s The Hole Shop into a tattoo studio for a day of free ink, courtesy of Citizens of Humanity, and recently FUZI made headlines when he tattooed actress Scarlett Johansson in Paris. FUZI made his first trip to Los Angeles earlier this month–and we had the opportunity to chat with him about his visit.
“About Face” curated by Daniel Weinberg of Daniel Weinberg Gallery opens on Saturday, December 1 at ACME Gallery. The group exhibition features portraits by many of our favorite faces, including Joshua Petker, Allison Schulnick, and Ahn Duong.
In a few brief hours on a white hot L.A. afternoon, I traversed the annals of American graffiti. Hennessy recently promoted their latest artist collaboration by hosting a day of street art immersion, from a private interview with legendary New York graffiti artist Futura, to a tour of L.A.’s current street scene led by local artist Saber. The day culminated with a swanky bottle launch party at Milk Studios, which we covered previously. Amidst throngs of revelers and free-flowing cognac, Futura painted a canvas with his trademark atomic designs while Diplo and Santigold took things to a crazy place. I loved the spectacle of it all, though secretly I wished we were transported back to the 80s to watch him paint backdrops for The Clash.