The following story of two artists, and their insane collaboration was one of our highlights from the recently concluded Pune Tattoo Festival 2017.
It was fresh. Raw. Dynamic. It was a performance. A display of everything that makes tattooing so special.
On the 1st tattooing day of PTF 2017, John Ma and Binay Gurung, of Nepal, entered the convention grounds, slowly easing themselves into the groove. They set up their stalls/booths in minimalistic fashion, to say the most.
With the crowd yet to present itself in significant numbers, John started scribbling with a pencil on a piece of chart paper. Simply scribbling. I saw, clicked a few pictures, and went for a round of all the booths at the festival. Some were still setting up, some were tattooing… I came back a full circle to John’s booth in about half an hour, and suddenly the scribbling on a piece of paper turned into an instant collaboration between him and Binay.
The lines turned into waves, a surreal background started to settle in, as inquisitive heads started to surround the booth trying to figure the madness of these two artists. The crowd slowly turned into a sea of art enthusiasts treated to some masterful magic by these two tattooing genius. As the sun came down, the painting came to life, flashlights spitting fire all around.
Day 2: After staying up the whole night to turn the painting into a bigger stencil for a top to bottom side leg piece, Binay almost missed breakfast before starting on a tattoo that turned out to be best the sight of Pune Tattoo Festival 2.0.
Early afternoon, they started off the tattoo. In no time, the lines were done with, and after just about 5 hours of tattooing and smoke breaks, and selfies with the fans, John and Binay were done with what was the ‘Best of the Show’ tattoo. A full leg tattoo in 5 hours!!! Yes, not kidding.
It. Was. Magical. This ingenious process of creating original art from scratch embodies the principles that make tattooing so special. It was organic. It was a coming together of different sensibilities and tastes. It was fresh. Raw. Dynamic. It was a performance. A display of everything that makes tattooing so special.
Thank you, John Ma x Binay Gurung for taking us on this trip called tattooing.