Thursday, 17 February 2011

'Pens and Needles' - London Miles Art Gallery Exhibition.

Recently I was invited to exhibit by London Miles Art Gallery as part of their mixed media 'Pens and Needles - A group exhibition celebrating tattoo art and lifestyle'. This news was made all the more exciting as they gallery has never exhibited photography before; so  Estevan Oriol (USA) and Olli Bery (France) and myself will be the first photographers to have our work displayed.

Details are as below :

Pens and Needles - A group exhibition celebrating tattoo art and lifestyle.

Opening reception: Friday, February 25th 2011. 7pm to 11pm.

"Forget everything you think you know about tattoo art. For the first UK art exhibition of its kind, London Miles invites a selection of the world’s top tattoo artists, documentarians, and enthusiasts to finally liberate us from the last of those scratched on, fading abominations…our manifesto? No more ‘I LOVE MUM’.

London Miles is to take an in-depth look at all forms of tattoo art, lifestyle, and culture. Featuring original artwork, tattoo stencils and photographs, Pens and Needles brings together artists from across the tattoo and contemporary art sectors to shed light on the entire domain of tattoo art: from artists that love tattoos, to tattoo artists that love painting. Alternatively, the photography of documentarian Estevan Oriol – whose client list includes Eminem,  Ludacris, Method Man, and Justin Timberlake – will offer a raw snapshot of Los Angeles street life, one of the world’s most heavily tattooed cities.

The opening night of Pens and Needles will be a unique fiesta of tattoo art with live tattooing taking place in London Miles’s very own pop-up tattoo parlour. The exhibition will document, discuss and most importantly celebrate one of contemporary art’s most burgeoning yet contentious art forms.

Confirmed Artists:  Shawn Barber, Claudia Sabe, Mike Davis, Matt Difa, Xam, Olli Bery, Daniel Albrigo, Holy Fox, Jeff Gogue, Tom Bagshaw, Alex Young, Shad, Jondix, Jee Sayalero, Gustavo Rimada, Cate Rangle, Estevan Oriol, Lea Nahon, Bart Bingham, Rico, Horishion, Issac Fainkujen, Nick Baxter, Nick Colella, Alex Binnie, Al Overdrive, Nicola Andrews, Michael Forbes, Kerry Evans, William Zdan, Adam Jackson."

To read more click on the flyer, or to be placed on the online preview list- please email :

For directions to the gallery click here

London Miles Gallery
Westbourne Studios.
242 Acklam road. Unit 303.
London. W10 5JJ

phone: (44) 020 3170 8618


Friday, 4 February 2011

Doctor Lodder and Inclusion in The Royal Photographic Society Exhibition 2011-2012

I'm excited to be able to announce that the above image has been selected by the judges at the Royal Photographic Society to be included in their biennial touring exhibition. It is an honour to have had my image selected to represent the work of the RPS for the next two years as the exhibition tours. Also, since the above image was taken Matt was awarded his Doctorate in Art History (specifically studying tattoo culture and art) and is now Doctor Lodder. He was recently invited to give a talk on his research in New York City to his peers.

The first showing of this Exhibition will take place at Smethwick Photographic Society HQ, The Old Scholl House, Oldbury, W Midlands B69 2AS, from 3 – 27 February 2011 ( ).
The Exhibition will be officially opened by RPS President, Rosemary Wilman Hon.FRPS at 7pm on Thursday 10th February.