Never Heard of Tattrx, You’re Missing Out!
I may have mentioned in past posts my love for the website Tattrx.com, which describes itself as the “International Gallery of Modern and Experimental Tattoo’s.” In my humble opinion, it’s the best online representation of contemporary tattoo artists globally. It’s the defacto site to be recognized on if you’re pushing the artistic edge.
With this directory, established contemporary professionals like Xoil (Loic), Thomas Sinnamond, Dots To Line (Chaim Machlev), and Buena Vista Tattoo Club Trash Polka(Volko Merschky & Simone Pfaff) are celebrated and their signature work are as easily recognized as well known singer’s voices are such as Niña Simone and David Bowie.
New and emerging artists like Ben Volt, Nomi Chi, and Amanda Chanfreau, are revealed and shared ensuring their artistic expression and growth within the tattoo world is promoted and encouraged to continue exploring their imagination of what can be achieved on skin.
In The Beginning
Tattrx began as a Tumblr site in 2013, which is where I first stumbled upon it. Since, it’s grown into a website, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook pages. The curator and visionary behind this site and ancillary social network empire is Morgan English, a New York based media professional. Here are some interesting articles she’s written for Scene 360.
In the short time since Tattrx emerged, Morgan has provided the tattoo community, its artists and collectors, with a truly robust directory that not only provides a constant stream of edgy artistic works but also gives us their location and contact information.
This may seem trivial but up to then many tattoo enthusiasts would find postings of interesting tattoos on Instagram, Tumblr, or random websites but didn’t know who the artist was and how to get in touch with them.
It was incredibly frustrating for both collector and creator. The image of the artist’s work would be passed around the internet without any credit due them and the piece was often copied and passed off as another tattooer’s work. This does a disservice to the artist and the consumer looking to buy an original work of art to wear for the rest of their life.
Another valuable functionality of the Tattrx site is how it’s organized. Organizing anything correctly and usable is a feat unto itself. Tattrx does this especially well by allowing you to view the works and artists by three different paths:
Here you can just scroll at the latest innovative tattoos coming onto the scene. I personally enjoy this because I get to see styles I may not have even thought to consider.
If you’re drawn to Abstract, or maybe Sacred-Geometry makes you feel connected, or you just get off on simple Lines, you can look thru Tattrx style directory and explore each and find the artist you want to collect.
To find an artist whose work you appreciate where you live or where you might be visiting is nothing short of awesome! You might even decide you want to go specifically to Lenz Austria because Julia Dumps does work there you totally dig and need one of her creations.
In what ever way you want to search, Tattrx can support your exploration. Morgan has also included some artist stories as well as a shop allowing us to purchase limited edition products with the artists designs.
Changes In The Future
Soon there will come a big change to the Tattrx brand. In An Open Letter: Evolving the Tattrx brand, by Morgan English, we see the direction Tattrx needs to evolve. Unfortunately this labor of love for Morgan is just not sustainable for her to support long term. This is such a loss I can’t even express my sorrow. There will still be the Social Media outlet. Please read the open letter by Morgan and at the bottom there is a PayPal link if you would like to pay her back for all the wonderful work she has done.
My Respect to Morgan and All She Accomplished!
Morgan put’s it best.
“Tattoos are a luxury, not a necessity. Save money, travel, and get the right design by the right tattooer.”