Monday, 23 December 2013

duality

As a big fan of biology and technology, Julien's tattoo depicts the constant battle between the two conflicting aspects of his personality. The organic, fluid, intuitive, vs the cold, logical, rational...these opposing sides working together to create both a necessary and inspiring duality.






Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Stimmapparatvibrato

German poet, Walter inspired us greatly with his focus on phonology, semantics and his ability to physically feel words. Using parts of his poems we depicted the main focus of his poetry- the importance of the phonetic structure and the spoken word... semantics stimulating cognition whilst the sound of the language evokes emotion.  Exploring the ability of the hands to functionally transform your mind into written language, and illustrating both his relationship to music and its influence on his poetry as well as the music of the language itself. 

 'Literature must be the axe to break the frozen sea within us' - Kafka






Wednesday, 11 December 2013

roots to wings

Brasilian Marina travelled from Italy where she has spent the last eight years studying arts and architecture. An important cycle in her life is about to close as she returns to her native land where she spent her childhood days developing a strong affinity with nature whilst immersed in her surreal and magical world.


Often dreaming that she is lost in a strange place speaking a strange language, she feels as though she is two halves of a whole - the organic and emotional and the geometric and rational. The tattoo represents  the union of these two worlds.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

L'illumination du Roi sans Divertissement

The below piece is a follow up to the metaphor by Blaise Pascal: "A king without entertainment is a man full of miseries."



























This symbolic sentence was transposed by Jean Giono in his book of the same name which sees the king committing suicide to escape the misery of our earthly existence.
"Nothing is so intolerable to man as being in a full rest, without passions, without business, without entertainment, without applying. He then feels his nothingness, his abandonment, his failure, his addiction, his helplessness, his emptiness. Incontinent from the depths of his soul: boredom, darkness, sadness, grief, vexation, despair. "
Don inspired us greatly with his concept to grant the king the optimistic opportunity to live a second happier chapter to this metaphor of existential boredom.

The piece sees us represent the 'blast" as the borders between man, nature and the universe are abolished. The ego of the King dissolves into the beauty and energies of the cosmos:  he awakens. His fears of death and emptiness are erased in the world's spirit. 
    Ma tête porte
    L'être des étoiles
    Ma poitrine abrite
    La vie des planètes
    Mon corps puise son être
    Dans l'être des éléments
    Tout cela je le suis.

    Rudolf Steiner

Huge thanks to Don for providing us with this spectacularly inspiring concept.






Wednesday, 20 November 2013

set the bar
























This piece tells the tale of champion pole vaulter turned fixed gear biker Eddy's love of screen printing, anaglyph and the importance of family and the focus to reach your goals.
We portrayed Eddy's strong connection to his parents, his affinity with the mighty rhino's athletic ability and strong family ties - with his mother's hand as the protectress as he sails on his journey through life. 

Thursday, 7 November 2013

online store!

For those of you wishing to purchase prints online, we now have a store up and running with very limited edition runs of 25 fine art gicleè prints available to ship worldwide now!

http://expandedeye.bigcartel.com/












Thursday, 31 October 2013

private view

Photos of the opening night of 'A Thousand Fibres' courtesy of Katie Harris...




























Many more can be found here

Friday, 25 October 2013

a big thank you....

...to all those who came along to our show opening last night and to everyone involved....what a spectacular evening! ! We are here every day at Arch 402 Gallery, London until tuesday with live tattooing taking place on Sunday.....more pics coming soon.



Thursday, 10 October 2013

birthday ink

We treated ourselves to some very rare and much deserved time off from our exhibition on Jade's birthday yesterday to do this.....

Monday, 7 October 2013

you are invited.....



















BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE! You are invited to attend our London show... private view: Thursday 24th October 18.30- 21.30 RSVP here: http://expandedeye.eventbrite.co.uk/

Thursday, 3 October 2013

press release


Press release for forthcoming show next month...look forward to seeing your faces there!

http://cargocollective.com/expandedeye/a-thousand-fibres


Sunday, 29 September 2013

street collage

New assemblage street installation off Brick Lane, London in advance of our forthcoming solo show 'A Thousand Fibres' - 24-29th October, Hoxton Arches, Arch 402, Cremer Street,  London, E2 8HD. 







































Thursday, 26 September 2013

Working Artisans' Exhibition

Some pics from the opening night of The Working Artisans' Exhibition at 71a Gallery, Shoreditch London. Thanks to Huck and O'Neill for putting on this magnificent show...proud to be amongst these inspiring makers. Get yourselves down if you haven't yet seen it....last day this Friday.






Photo courtesy of Adrian Morris 





Monday, 23 September 2013

a thousand fibres






































We are excited to announce our debut solo show next month in London....come and see what we have been up to!

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

TWAC setup

Setting up The Working Artisans' Club exhibition at 71a Gallery, London for HUCK magazine, September 20-27 check it out :)



Tuesday, 17 September 2013

The Working Artisans' Club

A feature and short film about us for HUCK Magazine as part of The Working Artisans Club. Group exhibition in London this week! More here



Thursday, 12 September 2013

london expo!

We are delighted to announce our very first solo London exhibition 24th-29th October. Exciting details coming soon...can't wait to show you beauts what we've been up to!


Sunday, 1 September 2013

crossroads




















Having found himself at a crossroads, this design commemorates an old friend's decision to take control of his life and emigrate to Australia alone, to embark on a voyage of unfamiliar discoveries and to see the world from a new perspective. 

Monday, 26 August 2013

'from tattoos to einstein'

Metal magazine visit our studio....read the full article here

















Photo by Patricia Karallis

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

taken by the wind

This piece commemorates Alyssa's first trip across the big pond from the Rocky Mountains of Canada, as she embarks on a journey of exploration. We encompassed various elements of her life on the vast Alberta prarie, a place she will always call home, taking with her this lifelong token of expedition.



Sunday, 30 June 2013

origin of the species

The below piece symbolises Nathan's love of nature and fascination with life, its complexities and our origin. Inspired by Charles Darwin, the design depicts his voyage of discovery to the Galapagos which shaped his revolutionary theory of evolution.



















Tattooed at AKA London, June 2013