MIAMI///WALK ON THE WILD SIDE///SCOTT CAMPBELL MAKES IT “RAIN” AT O.H.W.O.W. GALLERY

April 13, 2009  |  art, Miami, News, Openings, Scott Campbell

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Josh Hartnett with Scott Campbell on opening nite...

Supertouch's own tattooing god and master of low culture SCOTT CAMPBELL brought the thunder to Miami this weekend when his "Make it Rain" show opened this weekend at AL MORAN's venerable O.H.W.O.W. GALLERY where A-listers JOSH HARTNETT and SERENA WILLIAMS rolled in to show their support. The proprietor of New York's most premiere tattoo studio (that also doubles as an artist's social club and illegal shooting range), Campbell brings the full scope of his authentic inkslinging influences to his first major solo show and the results have "wow factor" to spare. The highlight of the diverse collection of work are a series of laser-cut dollar bill pieces that feature imagery cut deeply into stacks of 100 single dollar bills with shockingly precise—and aesthetically pleasing—results. Equally impressive are Campbell's beautiful monochrome ink paintings of tattoo-themed imagery. The real showstoppers, however, were the artist's "implements of death" pieces which consisted of an actual ice pick, box cutter, and broken bottle all etched with decorative filigree, dipped in 24k gold and inlaid with rubies, garnets and sapphires. The results are killer bling—literally. Topping it all off, was the pièce de résistance: a real granite headstone that read "Wish You Were Here." HAVE A LOOK:ABOUT SCOTT CAMPBELL:
Scott Campbell was born and raised in a fishing camp, perched alongside a muddy bayou in rural Louisiana. With a clever knack for drawing and a fondness of stories, he began his career by doing illustration and assistant editing. Curiosity soon led him to experiment with tattooing and his immediate mastery of the art was undeniable. After a subsequent 18-month stint in Spain honing his craft, he packed up his skills and his tattoo machines and traveled for the next 5 years taking inspiration from the art and folklore of tattoo cultures all over the world. In 2004, he opened Saved Tattoo in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Since then, it has grown to be the East Coast's premier tattoo shop with a devout following of celebrity clientele.

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