A very skilled oil painter and illustrator, Shawn Barber’s body of work focuses primarily on painting, portraiture, and documenting contemporary tattoo culture. His paintings have been shown in galleries all around the world. Shawn has created an homage and study of modern tattooing through painting portraits of tattooists and artists, tattooist’s at work, their tools and environments. Among his extensive achievements, he has taught drawing, painting and the business of art for 16 years at various art schools throughout the country and has had multiple books come out featuring his work with his most recent fine art book, ‘Memoir: The Tattooed Portraits Series’, a 256 page hardcover visual tome. After years of documenting the art of tattoo, it was a logical progression to pick up the tattoo machine and add tattooist to his resume.
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