"VIVA SIEMPRE" A group art exhibition of Tattoo Artists

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"VIVA SIEMPRE" A group art exhibition of Tattoo Artists

440 e. 17th street
costa mesa, CA 92627
March 28th, 2009 - April 17th, 2009
Opening: March 28th, 2009 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM

orange county
tues- Sat noon-7pm
mixed-media, graffiti/street-art, conceptual, surrealism, figurative


"Viva Siempre"
A group art exhibition of Tattoo Artists

The Light Gallery ( proudly presents a group art exhibition on March 28th, 2009 from 8p.m. to 12 a.m. bringing together over 50 of the world's most renowned tattoo artists. Please join us in what hopes to be one of the one of the largest and most exciting exhibits of tattoo art assembled
to date.

The show is comprised of long established industry icons, such as Rick Walters who ran the oldest existing tattoo shop, together with emerging artists whose work merits special attention. This extraordinary exhibition will showcase new works from the brightest stars in Tattoo universe. These are the artists that we admire, and who possess a contagious energy and enthusiasm in their craft. Featured artworks and themes are distinct and vast with each artists drawing upon their own personal aesthetics. This do not miss exhibit will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the talents of these legendary artists under one roof, and see the contrasts of their individual skills displayed side by side.

Tattoos are a passion for some and an art form for others. For most people a tattoo is a very popular fashion trend that exploded in recent years and has become a part of the collective imagery of tattoo Artistry thanks to advertising, fashion, movies and TV which have used tattoo icons for messages that underline the freedom of choice of each individual. "Viva Siempre" translates to "Live Always", and reflects the outlook of these artists who see their art as much more than a fad or trend, but rather a lifestyle.

The collection of art work assembled for this unforgettable exhibition was done by some of the greats from way back like Jack Rudy, Mike Brown, Rick Walters, Cory Miller, Fip Buchanan and Clark North hanging with the more contemporary generation of the tattooing community such as Daniel Albrigo, Lindsey Carmichael, Jeffrey Page & Regino Gonzalez just to name a few.

About the artists

Jack Rudy, Good Time Charlie's Tattooland, Anaheim, California.
Celebrating his 30 year anniversary, Jack Rudy has been tattooing since 1975. Known for his improvements in single line tattooing, Jack learned to tattoo from the previous owner of his shop, Goodtime Charlie Cartwright. Jack has worked his way to the top of the community and is respected by his peers. He has given many seminars
at the National Tattoo Association, and even served a term as the president of the organization. Rudy has pioneered and reinvented Black and Gray, and single-needle tattooing, insuring his status as one of the top tattoo artists in the world.

Corey Miller, 6 Feet Under
Began tattooing in 1982, and has worked under many legendary artists including Jack Rudy. Cory now runs 6 Feet Under tattoo in Upland, and has done work on many noted celebrities such as James Hetfield of Metallica and Jesse James of Monster Garage. Cory is now a featured artist on the weekly TV series LA Ink.

Mike Giant, Rebel8
Giant's carreer started out in 1989 as a graffiti artist, then later moving into tattooing. Mike Giant has achieved fame as a graffiti artist, illustrator and tattooist. Black ink is Giant's specialty and whether his medium is concrete, paper or skin his signature style - made up of equal parts Mexican folk art and Japanese illustration - is unmistakable. Mike Giant has worked in media covering, graffiti, design, fine art, photography and tattooing making him one of the most celebrated and versatile artists of his generation.

The Light Gallery was formed in 2007 as an outlet of expression for artists of all mediums, while showcasing both emerging and established artists who are unafraid of taking risks with their tools of creation. In it's first year of existence The Light Gallery has quickly established itself as Orange County's premier venue for Underground, Lowbrow, Outsider & Urban Contemporary art. Additional offerings such as select books, magazines, clothing, music, & limited edition collectibles are available to inspire our creative community. The Gallery hosts monthly Art exhibitions, as well as featured weekly music events & community building workshops.

Admission is free and this event is open to the public.
The gallery will be accepting donations.
Opening reception will be Sat March 28th, from 8pm-12 am.
Special guest DJ's and free refreshments provided by Stone Brewing and Steaz organic drinks
Steven Borts. Gallery Director 440 East 17th Street. Costa Mesa, California. 92627
714.642.7899 cell 949.515.2018 gallery

Participating Artists:
Jack Rudy
Mike Brown
Rick Walters
Fip Buchanan
Robert Atkinson
Cory Miller
Henry Powell
Mike Giant
Lil Roy Corona
Stan Corona
Chuey Quintanar
Brandi Collins
Paul Stottler
Jeffrey Page
Clark North
Regino Gonzalez
Daniel Albrigo
Lindsey H. Carmichael
Tim Shelton
Jon Hall
Johnny 2/3
Steve Bach
Los Ocegueda
Brynne Palmer
Steve Schultz
Frankie Mageno
Jason Pendergraph
Edgar Hoill
Jose Lopez
Big Gus
Brad Schneider
Jim Mcleod
& many more TBA