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'The Tattoo Fan Club' - a charity art exhibition by Stef Bastian

By Brian MacNeil

By Brian MacNeil

By Jack Peppiette

By Jack Peppiette

For the second edition of his charity art projects, tattoo artist Stef Bastiàn has brought together an even more spectacular collective of world-class artists.

Over 200 of the finest tattooers in the profession have decorated an 'uchiwa' - a traditional Japanese paddle paper fan. 

This year, the participating artists have been tasked to create a piece around the theme 'Standing on the Shoulders of Giants'. In a fast-paced world where the landscape of tattooing has changed dramatically in recent years, Stef saw an opportunity to remember the roots of tattooing and show gratitude to those who paved the way.

With the belief that it's important to be aware of the roots, and not just the fruits, this exhibition aims to celebrate traditions. Each artist will pay homage to a tattooer they feel has inspired or taught them on their journey. 

Stef's end goal is "to push the boundaries of tattooing and inspire on a higher level through charity". All the artworks will be available to purchase worldwide via an online auction at stefbastian.com, with the profits benefitting Operation Underground Railroad, an association which actively fights children' slavery. 

 

By Caterina Molin

By Caterina Molin

By Johans Svahn

By Johans Svahn

Contributing artists include:

Aaron Della Vedova, Aaron Hewitt, Acetates, Adrian Hing, Alex Reinke, Alex Rusty, Alex Snelgrove, Alix Ge, Alvaro Llorar, Andre Malcolm, Andrea Giulimondi, Andreas Lauton, Andrew McNally, Andrew Stortz, Antti_kuurne, Arran Burton, Ash Stronghold, Ayden Thomas, Bara, Beau Brady, Bill Canales, Black Casket, Blair Maxine McKenna, Blize, Bobeus, Box Car, Brent McCown, Brian Bruno, Brian Burk, Brian MacNeil, Brian Paul, Brigante, Bunshin Horitoshi, Capex, Capilli Tupou, Cassandra Frances, Caterina Molin, Cheyenne Sawyer, Chingy Fringe, Chris Astrologo, Chris BlueArms, Chris Marchetto, Cindy Maxwell, Claudia De Sabe, Claudia Ducalia, Clemens Hahn, Colin Baker, Colo Lopez, Craig Ridley, Crez, Dan Smith, Dave Regan, Death_wright, Debbie Jones, Delia Vicol, Derek Noble, Diletta Lembo, Don Chuck Carvalho, El Rana, Ellie Williams, Emily Dearmon, Emma Kierzek, Erik Rieth, Fat Lizzy, Fede Almanzor, Felix Kienzle, Filip Leu, Flo Nuttall, Florian Santus, Foerdl, Francesco Schiavi, Freddy Corbin, Gabbiano, George Campise, Gianluca Fusco, Gloyne 83, Gonzalo Last Port, Greggletron, Greyxghost, Gustav Pdc, Hanky Panky, Hanse BlueArms, Harrstedtm, Heather Bailey, Heinz, Horifuku, Horihana, Horiinu, Horimitsu, Houryu, Ian Ildet, Ichi Hatano, Inma, Isabella Stabile, Ivan Anthony, J McKenna, J.T. Grace, Jack Mosher, Jack Peppiette, Jake Galleon, James Buie, Jarno Kantanen, Javier Garcia, Jeff P Does, Jen Lee, Jen Tonic, Jenna Bouma, Jerry Old Dog, Joe Spaven, Joe Tartarotti, Johan Svahn, Jojo Ackermann, Jon FTW, Jondix, Josh Arment, Juan Puente, Julian Blast, Junior, Junior Goussain, Kilye Greene, Klem Diglio, Kris Magnotti, Lal Hardy, Len Leye, Lobinho, Luca Mamone, Luca Ortis, Lucas Ford, Luke Atkinson, Luke Jinks, Makoto Horimatsu, Manawa Tapu, ManekiStefy, Marius Meyer, Matt Cannon, Matthieu Leu, MidWestPhil, Mike Devries, Mike Dorsey, Mike Todd, Misery Land, Miss Juliet, Miss Orange, Morten Transeth, Nello Rossini, Nick Colella, Nico BlueArms, Ninmesarra, Olivia Chell, Olivia Dawn, Onnie O'Leary, Or_Kantor, Over Tattoo, Pablo Lillo, Pari Corbitt, Phil Holt, Rafa De Craneo, Ramon Maiden, Raphael Tiraf, Rebecca Vincent, Richeler_hh, Rico Daruma, Rinto, Rio adrenalink, Rion, Robert Atkinson, Robert Ryan, Roberto Borsi, Rodrigo Souto, Ron Koupal, Ross Nagle, Ruben, Ryan Ussher, Sam Kane, Sam Rulz, Sandór Jordan, Santos, Scott Ellis, Seth Arcane, Shag, Shane Ford, Shane Tan, Simon Lester, Sophia Baughan, Stefano C, Stephanie Tamez, Stephen Kelly, Steve Morante, Stupagdin, Sway, Taioba, Teide, Theo, Thomas Clark, Thomas Hooper, Thomas Pineiro, Tim Beijins, Tim Lehi, Timothy Hoyer, Titine Leu, Tom DeVries, Tom Tom, Tomo Silkneedle, Tony Blue Arms, Trevor McStay, Tutti Serra, Vale Lovette, Vincent Penning, Virginia Elwood, Vlady, WaterStreetPhanthom, Whispering Danny, William Yoneama, XkTattoo, Yoshiohonjo, Yozin Irezumi