THE BOOK: INWARD Apart from being such a popular tattoo artist, Thomas Hooper is first and foremost a world class artist who, through his work, expresses a myriad of facets of the human soul.
What sets him aside from his contemporaries is a constant striving to develop techniques and media which allow him to explore new ground. As a result, his work is always highly experimental, in constant evolution and packs a powerful punch with his unique signature style.
Inward is the title of this book and it refers to the journey which the artist and, indirectly, each one of us travels to find our own inner world, in search of answers, but also fresh questions.
The book is a collection of 120 flash and paintings and as many textures produced by Thomas Hooper over recent years and inspired by all manner of things. The predominant influence seems to be nature, indomitable and marvellous. Another major vein of inspiration is cosmology and oriental religions, a genuine exploration of the deepest reaches of the unconscious. Popular symbols and imagery, but also geometric and mathematical patterns, they alternate and combine in abstract patches of colour with realistic studies of the human body and animals.
These paintings are a genuine voyage of discovery of everything that has ever captured the artist's attention: from the raven a classic tattoo icon which has become a recurrent image in his paintings to the human body, from the mysterious landscapes which reinterpret planets and constellations to hypnotic dots and lines.
Working on the abstraction of the images, Hooper gives us his vision of the purest form of matter and takes us on a journey that is almost metaphysical, hypnotic and meditative not to mention quite simply extraordinary.
Thomas Hooper was born in Hastings in East Sussex (UK). He studied Drawing at the London Institute of Art and Design but subsequently moved from London to New York to pursue his objectives in art and tattooing. He went from Saved Tattoo in NYC (where he still guests regularly) to Rock of Ages in Austin, Texas.
His style is deeply influenced by Tibetan iconography, alchemical and early scientific illustrations, traditional woodcuts and mystic cosmology.
He has always been interested in exploring themes and imagery connected with death and rebirth. His attention to detail and extraordinary precision have earned him a place among the best contemporary tattooists and artists.