Ink links in frame at new show

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS MCMA­HON

ARTISTS tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from tat­too cul­ture will be dis­play­ing their works at Pin­na­cles Gallery for the next two months.

Per­ma­nent Mark show­cases the in­flu­ences of tat­too cul­ture on con­tem­po­rary art and ex­plores the two in­dus­tries and their in­creas­ing in­ter­con­nec­tion.

Re­gan “HA HA” Ta­manui from New Zealand has joined 15 other na­tional and in­ter­na­tional artists to dis­play his works.

“My art is a repet­i­tive style. The im­ages are from old school from 100 years ago that they used to have in New Zealand and I’ve re­pro­duced them in a mod­ern con­text,” Mr Ta­manui said.

“The gallery is re­ally awe­some, I think it has been cu­rated re­ally well. It is bring­ing artists to­gether who work in the kind of genre of tat­too­ing or who are in­flu­enced by tat­too­ing.

“My work is old school Maori im­ages that kind of ac­cen­tu­ate Maori fa­cial tat­toos.”

Mr Ta­manui will also be paint­ing a mu­ral on the side of a three- storey build­ing in Den­ham Lane while he is in Townsville. Per­ma­nent Mark will run at Pin­na­cles Gallery un­til Au­gust 16.

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

TATT’S ARTY: Re­gan

‘ HA HA’ Ta­manui’s work is in the

Per­ma­nent Mark

ex­hi­bi­tion.

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