Spotlight: New School Masters Steve Moore And James Tex
Canadian artists Steve Moore and James Tex are making such a well-matched pair, I couldn’t consider to introduce them separately. They are both so much close in friendship than in tattooing, even sometimes collaborating , that it sounded legit to associate them in one article.
One of the collaborations of James and Steve, at Calgary Tattoo Convention in 2013 (see the video).
Each of their two styles are very readable, colorful, dynamic and extremely catchy and they both have injected a very modern twist in traditional subjects, always flirting with new school without falling on the cartoon side.
They were neighbors at Paris Tattoo Convention, and they have accepted to answer my questions with a frank camaraderie.
Steve, what leaded you to become a tattoo artist ?
Recent from Tattoo Artists
I have been drawing extensively since my childhood. When I became a skateboarder, most of my friends were tattooed and they soon asked me to do tattoo designs for them. I have been really impressed by the results, once inked, so I had a go and get in !
James Tex. 'Oh my god, you succeeded in making him smile on a photo !' (Steve)
James, how would you describe your styles to Steve and you ?
I would say it is a mix between Japanese style and illustrative style, I don’t know, perhaps contemporary Japanese ?
Steve, what is the favorite tattoo you are wearing ?
It is a Japanese Kannon on my sleeve, by Marcus Pacheco. The Kannon is an equivalent of the Buddhist Bodhisattva, a symbol of sympathy and mercy. I am very inspired by Asian mythology.
James, what are your main influences ?
Steve !!! No, seriously, I am really into traditional Japanese tattoos and everything that have figure drawing.
What kind of tattoo tickle you the most ?
Steve : a whole large body suit … Love that. Or a sloth tattoo !
James : A sloth ? Man … I will go for the big piece too, everything is fine as long as there is a lot to be done !
Sloth painting by Steve.
Another painting by Steve.
A piece Steve did in Paris.
Impressive pieces by Steve Moore.
James prefers to draw pin-ups.
Some examples of James Tex great work.