Artists

jon

My name is Jonathan Whitman and I started drawing at an early age working with my father Maurice Whitman, comic artist for DC Comics, Charlton Comics, and Fiction House along with many other publishing companies.

Most of my formal art training came from my dad and my enrollment in the School of Art & Design, NYC and the NY Art Students League of Lower Manhattan. At the age of 15, I lost most of my left hand in a 4th of July accident. I was always interested in tattooing, though I knew with one hand I would have many hurdles to overcome to become the best tattoo artist I could be. At the age of 16, my father knew a tattoo artist in New Haven, CT who owned The Illustrated Man, Peggy Spargo, who took me on as an apprentice. I eventually went on to open my first tattoo studio, Irezumi Designs, and we then expanded to open up two more shops, Bare Necessities and Murder Ink.

After becoming ill again with diabetes, I closed my shops in Connecticut and moved to Vermont where I went to work with Alex Lawrence of Mountainside Tattoo. After two years of being with Mountainside and brushing up on some new-school ways of tattooing, I met up with Rachell Brown, a very talented artist, and went on to open Strange Brew Tattoo in Brattleboro, VT. While I still have a deep love for old-school tattooing, I am now enjoying the opportunity to expand my knowledge of new styles of tattooing. Being old-school, and loving the style of old-school tattooing, Sailor Jerry, Lyle Tuttle, and Zeke Owens are icons I look up to. I do have a special interest in the field of cosmetic and surgical reconstructive tattooing; I am licensed and I still perform this service under the supervision of Dr. Joel B. Singer of Imperial Plastic Surgery in Westport, CT.

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Rachel

Growing up in the woods of southern Vermont, I have had a strong love

for art since childhood. Being born in Boston, MA in 1991 and enjoying visits
to the museum from a very early age, my eyes were first opened to art by the
European master painters of whom I am still very much inspired and influenced.
Other inspirations of mine are rooted in classic horror film, occult imagery, and
Victorian aesthetic. Classic horror comics as well as the cultures of heavy metal
and heavy music have had an enormous impact on my life and artwork. An ongoing
appreciation and enthusiasm for history and handcraft propelled my attraction to
the world of tattooing.

After graduating high school in 2009, I attended Parsons The New School
for Design in NYC when awarded a scholarship for skills in fashion design by the
Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), Teen Vogue Magazine, and Target
department stores. After exploring different options, I soon realized that fashion
design was not the career for me and decided that tattooing was what I needed to
dedicate myself to. I eventually left the East Village and moved back to Vermont
where I apprenticed under Jon Whitman, a tattooist and body piercer of almost 40
years who taught me the procedures, artistry, and history of the craft.

Outside of tattooing, I enjoy making artwork in many other mediums,
especially oil painting. Styles of tattooing I enjoy most are black and grey realism
and traditional but I’m a believer in staying well rounded, both in tattooing and
other art forms.

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