Today starts Inktober, and I kick off this mad column on your favourite Tattoo Cultr, titled ‘Just Collection’. Yep, that’s what it’s going to be. I am going to curate art and artists from all around the world who inspire me, and leave me jaws dropped every time I come across their works. They are not all necessarily tattoo artists, but just great visionaries who have inspired art & life all across the globe. We start off with…
Kim Jung Gi (pronounced ‘John-gi’ with a hard g) is a master, a person blessed with photographic memory and mastery over anatomy, perspective and visual story telling. He has the keen ability to visualize his drawings before making any underlines, relying on mental images only, using no sketches, nor references to photographs when drawing. Kim illustrates what he sees, working from an absolute photographic memory, creating astounding perspective in his large-scale images, often with a “fish-eye” view with amazing detailing.
Using brush pens or ball point pens as his tools of choice, he creates ‘speed sketch’ images and scenes as quickly as possible, making for mesmerizing time-lapse videos of his drawing process.
Born in 1975, in Goyang-Si (South Korea), he was 19 when he entered the Fine Arts School, where he majored in “Art & Design”. He studied 3 years at Dong-Eui university in Busan, on the South East coast of Korea. Like every
man in Korea, he served in the army for over 2 years. He was in the Special Forces, which allowed him to memorize an amazing number of vehicles and weapons.
Kim’s comic books and sketchbook series have garnered him significant acclaim, but it’s his phenomenal live painting events that have taken him around the world. In recent years, he has accepted invitations to perform in
France, America, all around Asia and now in Japan for his first show simply titled “Drawing Exhibition”.