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Tattoo Art: Old School & New School

Posted by Matt Knight

Tattoo art, like most forms of art, covers an eclectic range of styles, subject matter and messages. Of these sub-categories, Old School is one of the most instantly recognisable. The clear lines and iconography relevant to sailing lore have evolved into a popular style for those with a love of inked skin. Conversely, style has evolved on the other end of the spectrum into what is being dubbed 'New School'. An anthesis to its older brother, New School tattoo art relies less on a rigid style and is more commonly associated with experimentation, natural colours and subtle messages.

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Topics: art and design, art of fine gifts, sailor jerry, tattoo art

Gothic Dreams: The Cthulhu Mythos

Posted by Matt Knight

'Cthulhu Mythos' is a term originally coined by August Derleth and has since come to represent the overall shared characters, themes and elements from the works by H.P. Lovecraft, his protegés and other writers influenced by him. It's an intertwined universe that spans across several fantasy fictions without being explicitly detailed or made relevant by the plot.

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Topics: gothic dreams, fantasy art, cthulhu, H.P. Lovecraft

Fantasy Art: Steampunk and Cinema

Posted by Matt Knight

There’s something very steampunky about cinema itself. The medium was invented in the Victorian era, and early projectors and cameras were intricate, archaic devices with hundreds of moving parts. This ethos of incricate moving parts laced with a strong emphasis on style is what makes steampunk appeal to so many people worldwide, and why too it has capured the imagination of Hollywood filmakers. 

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Topics: steampunk films, the league of extraordinary gentlemen, hellboy, the golden compass, G.D. Falksen, steampunk art