The renowned International Tattoo Convention in Milano took place last weekend, hosting very important artists such as Miss Arianna, Chad Koeplinger, Adrian Edek, Horimasa or Tai Iglesias.
Conventions are like fairs, offering lots of entertainment with many events programmed, artists not only tattooing but also showing their amazing sketchbooks and selling merch, and of course, showing their skills on the field, available to every attendant. Indeed, it’s the best promo they can have, even though it’s harder for some of the artists to stay focused due to so much bustle.
You can get a tattoo on the go, but many artists work on command, this is, they’ve already scheduled appointments with clients. If you think about it, it’s easier and cheaper travel to a big city such as Milano or London, rather than visiting certain artists to their parlors in God knows where in Poland.
Thanks to Internet, nowadays it’s possible to follow up the development of the events at tattoo conventions. Plenty of updates including photos of the pieces done might get you a picture of what’s going on.
Pietro Sedda is a Cagliari born artist settled in Milano who works at The Saint Mariner. I’ve been following him for a couple of years already, amazed by his conceptual work I will refer to in a minute (or half).
Checking his Milano updates on Sunday, I discovered he had received the best artist award for Saturday. Curious as it seems, there is a single day award, and Pietro was the most acclaimed on the 9th. His previous post was this amazing piece I presume he did that day. I agree with the jury decision, this piece is so much different from what I’ve seen lately, it’s impressive.
The merging of the sailor with the couple kissing, and the twilight sea scape, with the lettering C’est La Vie on one hand, and Mon Amour on the beret, is so romantic, and dreamy!
The new old school extended tendency and expertise of the Italian artists is again proved by Sedda’s work, and even though all are remarkable fr their own personal features, Sedda’s conceptual tattoos make a difference.
Birds are usually portrayed including a human a human face inside, which makes me think of human beings deprived of freedom, as if locked up inside the body of a bird, the ultimate symbol for freedom.
This is something very similar to the pieces related to men and krakens or octopus. Men are trapped by their tentacles, as if swallowed, and women are the octopus, ready to embrace, grab, and finally catch you for themselves.
Human faces are quite enigmatic, and literally puzzling sometimes.
Faces can also be used as the lid, the cover of a recipient, which can already contain something, usually some other creatures. Those removable faces remind me of s the 70’s horror sci-fi movie, Westworld. Brynner’s quite creepy.
In the animal world, not only birds predominate, but also the sea creatures such as whales.
Anyway, there’s no doubt about his preference for human beings. It’s like Sedda was always trying to face en against some other creatures, mainly animals, being these the winning side in the struggle. And there’s another element, translated into skulls, which always wins: Death.
His technique is super clean and very solid. The use of shading is outstanding in faces, especially in eye contour, and wrinkles, however, his characters show this neutral and cold expression, quite typical in this old school. Their glance does not help you in understanding what’s going on, but what comes with them, the accesories, which have the same relevance as the creature.
Wish I could ask Sedda about the meaning of his personal symbolism. Probably he’d laugh reading about my personal interpretation of them. What is true is that all this crypticism is very appealing and Sedda is a master of the riddles through tattoos. If you like his work, you can follow him on FB or visit his beautiful website. Pretty amazing, don’t you think?