Sperry Shoe Tattoos: Q&A With Tattooer Dominic Vasquez
Wingtip: How similar is the process of tattooing shoes to tattooing skin?
Dominic Vasquez: It’s similar mostly because leather is essentially skin. Although the shoes won’t move or complain if it hurts, it’s still quite a challenge!
WT: We likened the Sperry shoe tattoos to art by Sailor Jerry. Is that accurate? Could you give some background on the designs you’ll be tattooing on shoes at the event?
DV: As far as what I will be tattooing at the event, I generally like to reference material that is older than Sailor Jerry. Not that Sailor Jerry is bad, but I like the look of earlier American tattooing. I can always rely on influence by Christian warlock, Owen Jensen, Tom Berg, and Milton Zeis. Not to mention, Ed Hardy is still one of the biggest influences on traditional American tattooing. Ed has had his hand in every major apex in modern tattooing, and he can still be found spreading his knowledge in the SF art scene.
There’s one less giant walking the earth this morning. Ornette Coleman, who operated on the frontiers of music with his jazz magna carta, died of cardiac arrest at 85 this morning in Manhattan. Coleman created a sound all his own, and backed it up with his own philosophy of sound called “Harmolodics.” After the jump, we pair Coleman’s sartorial evolution with words from the master.
“The Man Within”: Churchill Book Launch with Author Alison Carlson and Special Guest Randolph Churchill
Last Thursday, Randolph Churchill, great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, joined a cadre of Wingtip history buffs at an intimate lunch celebrating the release of Alison Carlson’s Winston Churchill coffee-table book, “The Man Within.”