A little tattoo-art love

Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of watching D. Dominick Lombardi's work being installed for his show over at Blue Star — The Post Apocalyptic Tattoo: A ten year survey. It was as if I walked into a comic book.

lombardi side shot

Lombardi is an artist, writer, and curator who has a knack for capturing abstract characters. The show starts in 1998 with the tagline, "The birth of a universe …"

lombardi sketching 01

"The Elite Eight," a series of eight characters with poems displayed underneath each piece reminds viewers of Ed Wilcox's show late last year at Salon Mjangos with Lombardi's caption, "They're special because they're the friends of the tattoo artist." The entire collection of Lombardi's work is comprised of various characters — from sketches to fully illustrated, bold in color characters.

colorful lombardi

Shrunken heads, tattoo sketches, and more fill the main gallery walls. The period from 2002-2004 ("The era of faces in the crowd") has a series of some of Lombardi's 1,088 India ink drawings. His creations are done using ink, markers, and crayons. They are created on scraps of paper or even the back of an envelope.

envelope lombardi

Is it too bold of me to state that this show will probably be one of the best to hit the local gallery circuit this year? Oh well, I'm already putting it on my Best of '08 list.

UPDATE: Sadly, today there was no official schedule of Luminaria events, this following message is posted on their website: "The event schedule is in development and will be made available here within the next two weeks. An announcement will be made when it is available." Boo! I will anxiously wait and keep you loyal readers updated. 
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