Friday, July 23, 2010

Artist #23: Alex McWatt

It was the winter of 1973 in upstate New York. Alex McWatt began life, grabbing the world by its short hairs and giving it the proverbial yank. McWatt spent all the waking hours of his youth scribbling on anything he could get his hands on in an attempt to brighten up the rotten tainted hellish honeycomb of woe called life. His affinity for marking up natural materials began with wood as a child—he unabashedly carved his name into any wooden furniture within his reach.

As he grew older, McWatt discovered a new tool for expression in a small aerosol can. He introduced himself to the world by spray painting his name and assorted imaginary friends on walls far and wide, from New York City to London, Yokohama, and California. His experiential insights into the underground cultures of graffiti, skateboarding, and punk rock music converged when he discovered his calling as a professional tattoo artist.
Now, his designs and artwork can be found not only on people’s flesh but also on skateboards, T- shirts, in publications, movies, and numerous gallery walls around New York City. McWatt currently holds sessions by appointment only as owner and founder of Three Kings Tattoo in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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