After seeing sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes pics from a few of our favorite tattoo artists participating in ‘TAROT the artwork of Tarot’ we couldn’t assist however be intrigued!
We caught up with Holly Astral, the lady behind ‘TAROT the artwork of Tarot’ and Gravity Tattoo Studio to search out out extra in regards to the challenge and how one can get your personal piece of it…
What impressed you to begin the ‘TAROT The Artwork of Tarot’ challenge? It simply got here up spontaneously! Me and the ladies within the store love studying tarot, and in the future we began speaking about how enjoyable it might be to design some tarot playing cards between us, and the thought for the present simply clicked into place! Since I acquired the keys to the constructing that’s now Gravity Tattoo Shop I’d all the time stated I’d like to carry an artwork exhibition within the floor ground reception space, and this appeared good!
You’ve taken half in exhibitions at galleries throughout Europe and America, was this a part of your motivation for the tarot challenge? Completely! Earlier than I used to be a tattoo artist I used to be a toy designer, and ran my very own line of designer toys. Throughout that point I placed on a few collaborative artwork reveals in London, and one in LA. Each showcased toys which has been customised by different designers within the business and have been a lot enjoyable to placed on. My important motivation for this present and those who I’ve organised prior to now is to showcase the expertise of these round me – I figured I’d placed on the sort of reveals I’d prefer to attend.
What message do you hope to unfold? I’m to get the dialog going about tarot playing cards, and the way individuals view them. I’m comparatively new to the idea, having dabbled a little bit as a teen. I had a really tough begin to this 12 months and acquired into it as I used to be on the lookout for solutions. I don’t imagine in divination or mediums, somewhat my tackle tarot is that no matter you latch onto inside a studying is your unconscious making an attempt to let you know about part of your life it is advisable look a little bit deeper at, or perhaps a solution that you simply already know and wish permission to carry to the floor. All of us have the solutions to our issues inside us and actions like tarot studying might help us to carry the solutions to the floor.
The Tarot challenge goals to lift funds for Hula Animal Rescue, does that charity imply loads to you? Completely! We elevate cash for them all year long, and final 12 months placed on a flash day to fund elevate for them. Gravity is a vegan tattoo store and animal welfare is necessary to us, Hula are a beautiful small charity doing nice issues for animals.
You’ve introduced collectively 78 particular person artists for the tarot challenge – how did you decide them? Properly at first we have been going to just do the 22 main arcana from the tarot deck, so we requested some associates in the event that they’d prefer to design a card for the present and it simply acquired larger and larger! Earlier than I knew it we had your entire deck being created, we have been simply blown away by the response.
Is there all kinds of types, mediums and interpretations? It has been unimaginable seeing all of the art work come again for the present! We left it as much as the artists how they wished to create their playing cards – any medium was okay, the one proviso being that it wanted to slot in an A4 body for the present format. Now we have work, drawings, digital artworks and even a few embroidered items within the present. Seeing how everybody interpreted their card’s that means has been so enjoyable to see, with so many distinctive and fascinating designs coming again to us. All of the items they’ve created for the present have been accessible to buy for £100 every (a steal!)
Will they solely be accessible to buy on the present? First dibs on buying art work from the present will likely be given to everybody who attends on the night time of the social gathering (August twenty fourth 6-9pm) with any remaining artworks gross sales being opened as much as the web within the weeks after the present.
Will tarot units be accessible to buy too? We are able to’t wait to do a studying with them! Sure! Pre-orders at the moment are closed however have been accessible by way of our massive cartel: gravitytattoo.bigcartel.com/product/tarot-cards.
Celebrating the artwork, design and creativity of tattooing will the tarot challenge be exhibiting anyplace else earlier than the items go to their new house owners? Nope! Tarot is a one night time occasion!
You used to create your personal plush toys ‘Cavey’ and even exhibited at ToyCon, was this integral to deciding to create a bodily product from the exhibition? My background in product and the toy business undoubtedly helped, and I additionally recognised that not everybody can afford £100 for an art work and wished to make an merchandise that everybody might afford, to allow them to nonetheless contribute to the charity. Making the deck of playing cards appeared like the right concept, and an effective way to showcase all the nice artwork from the present! We enlisted the assistance of a neighborhood printers to assist us make the playing cards as fab as potential.
That is your first exhibition at your studio Gravity Tattoo Shop, has doing the Tarot challenge given you a style for curating tattoo artwork exhibitions once more? Completely! We’ll be doing one other, totally different present, subsequent 12 months!
Interview by Amber Carnegie initially posted on the Barber DTS Tattoo Supplies blog.