It's amazing how many legends of the music industry we lost in 2016. David Bowie, Prince, and Leonard Cohen have all passed on to the other side and left a void in the world of music that will seemingly never be filled again. No one will ever be able to recreate their talent, creativity, or passion for the art, and the world is in a worse place now because of it.
For many people, they choose to celebrate these musicians. Living or dead, these artistic creators that penetrate our lives with their lyrics, grooves, and tunes. They speak to us in ways many other artists couldn't even possibly imagine. We laugh, we cry, and we learn from these great artists and they must be remembered and celebrated for their achievements.
Gibbo, an amazing tattoo artist from Leeds, UK, has taken it upon himself to give these musical icons the proper treatment, with his neo-traditional portraits of world-renowned musical icons. It's a unique spin on a classic way to honor those around you who have inspired you, and have gotten your through the toughest times in your life.
You see, these aren't your typical portraits. These stylized renderings bring out the very soul of each of these musicians. Look into the eyes of Tupac and you can Picture Him Rollin', as you giggle at Kurt Cobain's goofy hat you can't help but hear the opening riff of Smells Like Teen Spirit in the back of your head. Gibbo's portraits do such a great job at capturing each of his subjects that they practically move beyond being a purely visual representation.
Gibbo has been doing a ton of traveling lately, taking his Neo-Traditional act on the road. While his Instagram bio says that he's stationed out of Oddfellows Tattoo Collective in Leeds, UK, he also posted a schedule of dates for his travels around the UK And Berlin.
Give Gibbo a follow on Instagram to make sure you know where he is traveling to next, and to see all of his awesome works.