Featured Artist Spotlight – James Salzman
Pigment has a new Featured Artist this week. We would like to introduce you to James Salzman. James is a talented tattoo artist based in Japan and he is bringing his unique style for the Pigment users to enjoy. Take a second to learn a little more about him.
After a childhood spent mostly in the library and in the woods with his cats, James graduated with a degree in Illustration and moved to central Japan. He studies Japanese design, kimono, tattooing, and raises butterflies in the summer. One of his particular interests is the ways Japanese and Western art have influenced each other for the last 200 years.
How did you get into art/illustration/design?
I have been drawing since I could hold a crayon, but I was greatly influenced by Zoobooks and Shel Silverstein as a child. Throughout school I was constantly reprimanded for drawing during class, so it was wonderful to get to college where that was not only encouraged but required!
What themes do you like to pursue?
Like many others, I’m constantly amazed by nature’s designs, whether feathers, scales or the veins of a leaf. Expressing the energy in plants and animals is central to my work.
What do you want people to get out of your designs?
After living in Japan for several years I learned to appreciate the emphasis they put on “flow” in their art. Tattoos should “flow with the body”. Shrines should “flow into the natural space around them”. I hope people are able to effortlessly connect with their artistic “flow” when they work with my designs!
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