Tattoo Artists You Really Should Get to Know: Watson Atkinson
Explore the world of mystic tattoos with Watson Atkinson.
Specializing in Illuminated Transformation, Watson have had years of experience under his belt. With a wide range of interests, from traditional arts to performance to photography, this man is a force to be reckoned with.
You can usually find him at Twine Street in Portland, Maine.
He describes in the Twine Street website his tattooing style, which he has developed over time (over twenty years of experience), consists of 'esoteric alchemy; sacred geometry; crop-circles; figurative neo-classical; ornamental victorian; decorative art nouveau; and ethnic/folk traditions world wide'.
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Watson Atkinson is a man of vision. He currently holds a project entitled, 'Illuminated Transformation Series'.
Atkinson clearly states in his website:
DON’T GO TO WATSON FOR A TATTOO.
GO TO WATSON WHEN YOU START THINKING YOU HAVE YOUR SHIT TOGETHER. WHEN YOU START THINKING YOU CAN TRUST YOUR THOUGHTS, OR ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU START HAVING FIRM BELIEFS.
GO TO WATSON WHEN YOU FORGET WHAT YOU REALLY ARE. TIME AFTER TIME, YOU WILL FORGET. GO TO WATSON BECAUSE YOU NEED TO RAMBLE, IF ONLY FOR A SHORT WHILE. YOU NEED TO SIT ON THE FLOOR OF A VAN THAT’S BEEN CONVERTED INTO A CABIN IN THE WOODS, SURROUNDED BY CANDLES AND POETRY SCRAWLED ON SCRAPS OF PAPER TAPED TO GLASS AND METAL, DRIVING ACROSS THE CASCO BAY BRIDGE IN A RAINSTORM, BECAUSE FUCK, FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES DON’T STOP WITH TATTOOING, AMEN AND HALLELUJAH.
If you think not only your skin, but your mind and soul is ready for a tattoo that transcends your inner consciousness, Atkinson is the man for you. You and him might just meet minds and you might be that willing canvass in search of 'illuminated expression of self transformation' he's looking for.
Watson has also mastered the charcoal-on-skin effect on tattooing. This gives his works a very raw aura.
Watson is also among the few who has practiced the art of white ink and its mastery.
A detailed look of his Victorian torso on a client.
(Literally crying right now because my body lusts for a Watson Atkinson piece.)