Mosher opens i i about the highs and lows of his career, his artwork, new & «c ting ^s and much, m'uch more... The worid's most publ.hed tattoo-artis has ove the past 16 years inspired fellow-tattooists and fans alike, with his perfection of ba-designs and his own unique interpretation of Japanese-style art Whether rt ,s on pape ca and dothing or on your skin, jack Mosher's work is recognised through his fine lines, attention to details and in-depth knowledge of the story behind his creations.
Apart from being a highly respected and influential tattooist worldwide, Mosher has a tonne of other art-projects going on. from books & clothing-lines to tattoo-supplies St seminars, just to name a few. I was lucky enough to meet Mosher at the Dublin Tattoo-Convention 2009. We got talking and when he invited me to Michigan for a visit, I didn't hesitate. Intrigued by MosIter's extraordinary work, his somewhat withdrawn and humble persona, I prepared for my visit with excitement.
On Kalamazoo's busiest street, S. Westnedge Avenue is where you'll find Body Armor Tattoo, The shop was opened by Mosher in 1996
and has been successful since day one. Here Mosher employs three highly skilled tattooists, a piercer, as well as an apprentice.
"We stay open until 9 pm everyday and if we all stayed tattooing until midnight, we'd still have to turn away business" - says Mosher as we enter his shop.
"I would do that, but I have other projects I'm working on" - he adds.
80's rock is blaring from the computer behind the front-desk, every wall-space is
filled with Flash, artwork & Mosher's photos from his travels all around the world - it's 1pm and opening time, the state-of-the-art studio is already filling up with customers. "The majority are walk-ins Mosher explains, people here don't book appointments, they want their
IS LAIDBACK AND FVN AND JOKES AREN'T SCARCE, IT'S OBVIOUS HOW MUCH THEY ALL RESPECT AND LOOK UP TO JACK
IT'S THROUGH ALL MY OTHER ART-PROJECTS I GET TO UNFOLD MYSELF ARTISTICALLY. THAT'S WHAT I REALLY WANT TO TALK AROUT
tattoo on the spot." The place is buzzing, the vibe is up-beat and I'm filled with an instant happiness as I'm welcomed as a long lost family-member by Mosher's crew: Breanne, Danny, Earl, Kyle and Skot.
Although the tone amongst the crew is laidback and fun and jokes aren't scarce, it's obvious how much they all respect and look up to Jack,
WHAT'S THE COMPETITION LIKE IN THIS TOWN?
"There are about ten tattoo-studios in Kalamazoo and probably just as many in Grand Rapids, about 40 min, north of here. The reason we're so busy, I think, is that we're so
well-rounded here, we can do anything! We all have our preferences of course - Danny enjoys doing just about anything, Earl favours old-school, colour-work and animals, Kyle's into Japanese-style tattoos as am I and Breanne, my apprentice loves vibrant organic art as well as realism. At the end of the day, Body Armor is a business - you do what you have to do." "It's through all my other art-projects I get to unfold myself artistically. That's what I really want to talk about" - says Mosher as he sits down free-handing a "Mosher-special" tribal-design on a clients shoulder.
When I meet Mosher at his house the following day, he's outside shovelling snow wearing a kimono with a samurai-sword tucked in at the front - true Japanese-style. Having seen him wearing a similar out-fit at the DublinConvention I just have to ask;
WHV ARE YOU WEARING A KIMONO?
"I always dress like this at home, at conventions too and sometimes even at the shop. When wearing a Kimono you have to
sit, stand, walk, and move in a certain way, which makes you think differently. Wearing this outfit helps me draw better because I tliink and move like the characters I'm drawing. It has helped me to better understand the time-period of the stories behind my artwork. At this point I don't really need to dress like this, I've just gotten used to it, I like it, it's comfortable and it helps me embody the spirit of the characters I draw O
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