The Singapore Tat2 Convention 2010 held last month was a blast as we had fun making new friends and knowing more about their industry. One of them was the good people from Room 101. plussixfive had the opportunity to have a chat with Matt Booth, Founder of Room 101, as he shared with us his take on the industry, inspiration, and possible ventures into Singapore. Read the full interview below.
Is Room101 looking to expand its brand to Singapore?
We’re interested for sure. I think the quality and level of retail and presentation here is top notch, I mean on a global scale.
When you design your jewellery, where do you draw your inspiration from?
A lot of the inspirations behind my designs come from sculptures that I’ve seen from Japan and Noh Theatre (Traditional Japanese Theatre), masks, Buddhist deities and sculptures outside of temples. But you know, my executive collection is all geometric shapes, patterns, things like that. More contemporary, modern contemporary.
So do you do a lot of travelling to places like Japan and Thailand because of the Temples that they have?
I’ve seen temples in Thailand, but their sculptures are different. Every country kind of represents the same characters differently. And I definitely connect more with the Japanese representation.
Read more of the interview here: plussixfive | Online Magazine for Fashion, Lifestyle, Art, and Culture Within The +65 State » Feature Interview With Matt Booth Of Room 101.
Veteran Fine Branding & Traditional hand Tattoo Artist Marc Pinto speaks to the dilightful Renee of Tattooink.tv and the recent Singapore Tattoo Show 2010.
Tattooink.tv had a huge start to the new year as their crews had their bags packed and their passports ready to head out and catch all the action from Singapore to Surfers.
First stop was Singapore Tat2 Show where some of the biggest names were. See our interviews with Bob Tyrrell, Chris Garver, Kim Saigh, Room 101’s Matt Booth and Australia’s own Mick Squires
Canberra was once again the host to Summernats and Sally headed down to check out the tatts on show…
Then on the road and up the highway to Surf’n’Ink International Tattoo Convention on the Gold Coast. There the Australian Artists rocked it out with the Internationals and Tattoos were the winners on the day.
But there is more……
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Kim’s tattoo career began the day she received her first tattoo at the age of 16. She remembers wanting to take the machine out of the guy’s hand and do it herself, and ended up backseat driving the tattoo. Two years later, her dream of holding the machine became a reality when she was offered an apprenticeship based on a drawing for a friend’s tattoo.
Kim opened Cherry Bomb Tattoo after several years, and went on the star in reality TV series L.A. Ink. She is now a well-respected artist in the tattoo trade which she has been part of for 16 years.
Despite being a self-confessed metal head, Kim cultivated a deep passion for yoga over the years, and has even called it her ‘saving grace’.
The Singapore Tat2 Show 2010 will be Kim Saigh’s first Show in Singapore, and she is looking forward to being this year’s Show Ambassador.
For more info here are some links
Deriving from the Polynesian word tatau, the English language loaned this word and eventually the spelling was changed to fit the pronunciation of the English phonology, to tattoo. Tattoos have very different reactions on different people. Some outright frown upon it and some are avid collectors of them. Especially in recent times, it has been more and more well received by the general public compared to a couple of years ago. It is not for no reason that some people have distasted tattoos. Due to religion or historical reasons, tattoos can be a negative reminder of the things that happened to people. And in some countries, tattoos are used as a marking of identification to a certain gang, and that naturally result in the general public having a biased opinion on tattoos.
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via Venturing into one of the many subcultures – Intel by aplink – Qondio Singapore.
it’s on again the Singapore Tattoo Show -Tat2 2010 Jan 8 to 10 Bigger & Louder. For more info here are some links – http://facebook.com/tattoopride http://www.tattoo.com.sg http://twitter.com/tattoopride
With guest appearances by Kim Saigh (LA ink), Tim Hendricks (Gold Rush tattoo), Michelle Myles (Daredevil tattoo and winner of TLCs Tattoo War Competition at the 6th Annual Boston Tattoo Convention), Shige (Yellow Blaze Tattoo, Japan) and returning to this show again will be Chris Garver (Miami ink) and Bob Tyrell (Night Gallery). Also attending the show will be VIP guest, Matt Booth, celebrity jewellery designer and owner of Room101 who is also the guest judge for this upcoming years tattoo show with Room101 being the major sponsor for this event and introducing Paypal who is also sposnoring the event for the very first time.- video production courtesy: http://tattooink.tv