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October 4, 2013

Skin Art

'Ink Art,' featuring work from American Skin Art artists, opens at gallery

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Tonawanda News — “I try to have my own style. I see in tattoos and stuff, a lot of people are doing the same things these days. I would hope if you look at my work, you’d recognize my style, with or without my name. That’s what I’m trying to do.”

Bieber has worked at on and off at Amerian Skin Art for about 17 years. The work in the exhibit marks some of his best personal pieces from over the past 10 years, he said.

“It’s great to be around an environment of artists,” he said. “We all inspire each other, we bounce ideas off each other. I might have a sketch and go over and get someone’s input before finishing it off. 

“We work pretty well together, whether it’s techniques or just style. Years of brainstorming with each other, I guess.”

Gordon has 10 pieces in the show, as well, with work that minges horror with the fantastical and beautiful, including “Grandma,” “Cherry” and her favorite, “Lector.”

“It’s different,” she said of her work. “It’s not your ordinary flowers and happy things. I like horror themes, and I just like being different. I feel like people always get the same stuff, and this kind of stuff is fun.”

Some of Gordon’s work in the exhibit has also been replicated as actual tattoos, while some work is meant to get potential customers thinking about the possibilities.

“I get so many flowers as tattoos; this is stuff I want to do,” she said. “I like to draw to give people an idea of tattoo options. These are not your typical tattoos.”

Arterberry’s seven pieces play with some pop culture themes, including “Cereal Killer,” “Riverbottom Nightmare Band” and “Electric Mayhem” ... which might have viewers never looking at “The Muppet Show” the same way again.

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