Thomas Hooper


Today my work draws its influences from many things the sanctum of nature and natural forms, the unconscious, mathematical and geometric patterns, cosmology, and eastern religious images. I try to incorporate these ideas into intricate patterns and iconic folk symbolism using complex pointillism, repetition, and detailed line-work with the hopes of creatinga vernacular that is both meditative and pure in form.

It is my belief that a tattooist should always be striving to improve his or her skill, and to be conscious of how their tattoos may relate and ultimately contribute to the surrounding world of tattooing.

I am constantly exploring new ways to improve the skills and options available to me, finding new ways to develop techniques and tools beyond what is already necessary.

Jim Macairt, who trained me as a tattooer, said to me, "What will YOU do for tattooing? You will get so much from it but what will YOU give back?" These words still haunt me today. I often ask myself how I may give back and expand on what is already such an expansive wealth of inspiration and creativity.

Given that the skin is my material, the path forward for my craft to expand and improve is to find new ways to illustrate and decorate the people I am fortunate enough to tattoo.

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