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The Tattoo Fan Club: Exhibiting Art for Charity

The Tattoo Fan Club: Exhibiting Art for Charity
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This year at the London Tattoo Convention, Stef Bastian puts together another tattoo art show that raises funds for charity.

THE TATTOO FAN CLUB - September 27th, 28th, and 29th 2019 at the 15th London Tattoo Convention

Waterstreet Phantom for The March of The Matryoshkas #MarchoftheMatryoshkas #StefBastian #tattooart #charityfundraiser #WaterstreetPhantom
Delia Vico for The March of The Matryoshkas #MarchoftheMatryoshkas #StefBastian #tattooart #charityfundraiser #DeliaVico
Mike Dorsey for The March of The Matryoshkas #MarchoftheMatryoshkas #StefBastian #tattooart #charityfundraiser #MikeDorsey

For this particular art event, Japanese paper fans, traditionally called Uchiwa, have been decorated by a number of artisans around the globe who are integral to the tattoo community. Each finished fan will be exhibited during the convention, so that guests can pick out their absolute favorites. The auction will then take place on Stef's website, with all proceeds going directly to charity. "This year I wanted to change and it felt right to choose Operation Underground Railroad. Somehow my charity efforts gravitate towards children and this charity takes care of the whole process, which I found very proactive. Plus, while in New Zealand last winter, I met someone that worked for them in Cambodia and guaranteed the transparency of the association."

Ayden Thomas for The Tattoo Fan Club produced by Stef Bastian #TheTattooFanClub #StefBastian #tattooart #Japanesefan #charityfundraiser #AydenThomas #traditional #ship #rose #pattern
Isabella Stabile for The Tattoo Fan Club produced by Stef Bastian #TheTattooFanClub #StefBastian #tattooart #Japanesefan #charityfundraiser #IsabellaStabile #pinup #babe #lady #rose #oldschool
Capilli Tupou for The Tattoo Fan Club produced by Stef Bastian #TheTattooFanClub #StefBastian #tattooart #Japanesefan #charityfundraiser #CapilliTupou #traditional #spiderweb #spider #bird #flower #floral

Operation Underground Railroad takes pride in being able to not only rescue children from horrific circumstances, but they also make sure to follow through with each child to make sure they are placed in safe hands. "Since being founded in 2013, we've gathered the world's experts in extraction operations and in anti-child trafficking efforts to bring an end to child slavery. O.U.R.'s Underground Jump Team consists of former CIA, Navy SEALs, and Special Ops operatives that lead coordinated identification and extraction efforts. These operations are always in conjunction with law enforcement throughout the world. Once victims are rescued, a comprehensive process involving justice for the perpetrators and recovery and rehabilitation for the survivors begins."

Gianluca Fusco will be creating a piece for The Tattoo Fan Club produced by Stef Bastian #TheTattooFanClub #StefBastian #tattooart #Japanesefan #charityfundraiser #GianlucaFusco #skull #snake #leg #blackandgrey
Vale Lovette will be creating a piece for The Tattoo Fan Club produced by Stef Bastian #TheTattooFanClub #StefBastian #tattooart #Japanesefan #charityfundraiser #ValeLovette #neotraditional #ladyhead #snake #chest
Miss Juliet will be creating a piece for The Tattoo Fan Club produced by Stef Bastian #TheTattooFanClub #StefBastian #tattooart #Japanesefan #charityfundraiser #MissJuliet #blackandgrey #portrait #sacredheart #virginmary
Marius Meyer for The Tattoo Fan Club produced by Stef Bastian #TheTattooFanClub #StefBastian #tattooart #Japanesefan #charityfundraiser #MariusMeyer #fish #kite #windsock #bonsai #Japanese
Gonzalo Muniz for The Tattoo Fan Club produced by Stef Bastian #TheTattooFanClub #StefBastian #tattooart #Japanesefan #charityfundraiser #GonzaloMuniz #cryingbaby #baby #traditional
Ramon Maiden for The Tattoo Fan Club produced by Stef Bastian #TheTattooFanClub #StefBastian #tattooart #Japanesefan #charityfundraiser #RamonMaiden #dragon

The amount of artists involved with the project this year shows exactly how powerful we can be if we come together with the intention of helping others less fortunate with art. "I felt...there was the need to remember where the basis of this industry came from and to whom we should be grateful to. With the belief that it's important to be aware of the roots, and not just look at the fruits, this exhibition will celebrate gratitude and traditions. Therefore, each participant will pay homage with their painting to artists of the past which contributed to paving the way. Certain values keep getting diluted and this collective of highly talented, experienced and motivated artists wants to take a stance through inspiration, especially for the younger generation. I would also like to personally thank our sponsors which helped to make this possible: Dermalize, the revolutionary aftercare film, and Emma Kierzek’s Aurora Tattoo." Along with the sponsors, the tattooists involved include Tattoodo Ambassadors Vale Lovette and Miss Juliet as well as creative powerhouses such as Raphael Tiraf, Ichi Hatano, Craig Chazen Boxcar, Stu Pagdin, Steve H Morante, and many more.

Raphael Tiraf will be creating a piece for The Tattoo Fan Club produced by Stef Bastian #TheTattooFanClub #StefBastian #tattooart #Japanesefan #charityfundraiser #RaphaelTiraf #Japanese #shunga #lady #backpiece
Jason Tyler Grace will be creating a piece for The Tattoo Fan Club produced by Stef Bastian #TheTattooFanClub #StefBastian #tattooart #Japanesefan #charityfundraiser #JasonTylerGrace #snake #reptile #stomach #chest
Stu Pagdin will be creating a piece for The Tattoo Fan Club produced by Stef Bastian #TheTattooFanClub #StefBastian #tattooart #Japanesefan #charityfundraiser #StuPagin #japanese #dragon #lady #waves #bodysuit

As one could expect of the famed London Tattoo Convention, this exhibition produced by Stef Bastian brings together the highest quality of fine art tattooing, extremely devoted and passionate artists, as well as the people of the tattoo community who are committed to making the world a better place. Not only does this art exhibit show thanks to those who came before us to make our industry what it is today, but it also shows how grateful we are to be able to connect and give globally through this dynamic and influential art form. 

Sam Rulz for The Tattoo Fan Club produced by Stef Bastian #TheTattooFanClub #StefBastian #tattooart #Japanesefan #charityfundraiser #SamRulz #realism #death #painting
Caterina Molina for The Tattoo Fan Club produced by Stef Bastian #TheTattooFanClub #StefBastian #tattooart #Japanesefan #charityfundraiser #CaterinaMolina #Japanese #shell #mermaid #crown
Ryan Ussher for The Tattoo Fan Club produced by Stef Bastian #TheTattooFanClub #StefBastian #tattooart #Japanesefan #charityfundraiser #RyanUssher #Japanese #namakubi #blood #warrior #death
Ichi Hatano will be creating a piece for The Tattoo Fan Club produced by Stef Bastian #TheTattooFanClub #StefBastian #tattooart #Japanesefan #charityfundraiser #IchiHatano #yokai #japanese #irezumi #lantern #arm
Steve H Morante will be creating a piece for The Tattoo Fan Club produced by Stef Bastian #TheTattooFanClub #StefBastian #tattooart #Japanesefan #charityfundraiser #SteveHMorante #leg #Japanese #blackandgrey #dragon #irezumi
Boxcar will be creating a piece for The Tattoo Fan Club produced by Stef Bastian #TheTattooFanClub #StefBastian #tattooart #Japanesefan #charityfundraiser #Boxcar #CraigChazen #arm #traditional #mashup #surreal #Butterfly #panther
Phil DeAngulo for The Tattoo Fan Club produced by Stef Bastian #TheTattooFanClub #StefBastian #tattooart #Japanesefan #charityfundraiser #PhilDeAngulo #rose #ladyhead #flowers #traditional
Cassandra Frances for The Tattoo Fan Club produced by Stef Bastian #TheTattooFanClub #StefBastian #tattooart #Japanesefan #charityfundraiser #CassandraFrances #flowers #butterfly
Robert Atkinson for The Tattoo Fan Club produced by Stef Bastian #TheTattooFanClub #StefBastian #tattooart #Japanesefan #charityfundraiser #RobertAtkinson #skull #rose #blackandgrey

Justine Morrow
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