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BALINESE WOOD CARVING

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Ade recently did a couple designs highly inspired on old wood carvings from Bali.

WOODCARVING IN BALI

The craft of woodcarving has never existed in Bali only for decoration purposes.
In the olden days, the fine arts of woodcarving and painting were reserved almost exclusively for royal and religious purposes.
Woodcarving has a very long history in Bali.

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TECHNIQUES

Woodcarving is a skill requiring more precision and sureness than that of carving stone. The carver starts with a clean block of wood which he cuts down to roughly the same size as the piece to be carved. Using very simple tools, the carver lightly taps the highly sharpened instruments. Unlike the technique used in the West, he does not use hand pressure except for really close work. Fine-grained hardwoods such as teak (jati), and strong fruit trees such as jackfruit (nangka), the compact sawo (a beautiful dark red wood), shiny ebony (ebon), tamarind, hibiscus, frangipani, and kayu jepun are the most popular carving woods.

The texture of the grain determines the nature of the piece to be carved. Dark ebony, particularly pieces with striped grain, are best suited for vertical shapes or faces. Rarer are pieces made of unpolished ebony (sanded and brushed only) where you can make out the grain in the wood. The blackest ebony might be used to depict a subject of great dignity. Satinwood, a light striped, beige-colored wood native to Bali, may inspire pieces of a softer theme. The grain often follows a skin pattern or veins in the arms of the statue.

The tradition is, if the statue is not to be gilded or painted it is made smooth with pumice and given a high polish by rubbing it with bamboo. These finished carvings were once treated and stained with oils to achieve a subtle gloss, but now Balinese artisans find that neutral or black shoe polish gives the same result and takes less time.

At the Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah) near Bedulu, Gianyar – elaborate Buddhist style carvings cover the entrance near the cave. This carving dates to 9th Century. Woodcarvings is largely links to religious tradition and  to Pura (small private temples) in Balinese home.

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Woodcarving for commercial purpose probably started around 1935. The Dutch traders firstly introduce Balinese woodcarving to Europe. Until now, a lot of Dutch Museum still have a huge collection of Balinese woodcarving. The Dutch take-over of Southern Bali in 1906-1908 not only destroyed the traditional courts of the island but it also shattered the old system of art production. There were new types of art showing up, and the artists made works that were commodities instead of items of religious use of content. This has an important impact on the production of carvings which could now be made and sold at tourist spots all around Indonesia.

For the best collections of Balinese wood carving, the visitor should go to the FA Siadja Wood Carving gallery in the village of Mas in Ubud. It holds a wide selection of carving from 1930s to current style worked in many different kind of wood.

– Lielo

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SESSION 1 & 2 NIGEL DE JONG BACK PIECE

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A while ago I started a new ‘project’, the back piece of dutch pro-footballer (midfielder for Italian Serie A club Milan and the Netherlands national football teamNigel de Jong. After working on his arm, it was now time to continue to the back.

Session 1 & 2 are done, I’m happy with the result so far, but there’s more to come!

Thanks again for the ninja trip! ;)

Nigel

 

To follow the progress of this piece, check out his Instagram account: NDJofficial

 

– Ade Itameda

 

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2XWORKS X BODYFARM RESULTS

And here they are! The results of the photo shoot, 2XWORKS recently had with the Dutch deathmetal band Bodyfarm!
These pictures are copyrighted and may not be published, distributed or altered without written consent of 2XWORKS.

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Bodyfarm Thomas Wouters – Guitars/vocals Quint Meerbeek – Drums Bram Hilhorst – Guitars Harry van Breda – Bass Thomas Wouters – Guitars/vocals Quint Meerbeek – Drums Bram Hilhorst – Guitars Harry van Breda – Bass

 

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INDONESIA + SHANNON LARRATT

It’s been a while since you heard from us! We have been extremely busy with moving, working and preparing for our travel. It all took a bit more time then we expected, which means that our trip to Indonesia is a bit delayed but we are happy to announce that next week we finally will head off to Indonesia for a well deserved vacation! It’s been a year ago that we visited Indonesia for the last time and we’re looking forward to see all our friends again and get inspired by the beautiful temples of Bali, stunning nature of Yogjakarta and the crazy city life of Jakarta! We will be back in The Netherlands again around middle of June this year. Our next post will be from out of Indonesia!

For Dutch customers:

If you’re interested in planning in an appointment to discuss a design with Ade Itameda or get tattooed when he’s back around the middle of June, you can send us an email on: thisis369@gmail.com

Please mention:

  • Your idea’s
  • Possible placements + size
  • Your telephone number

Please remember; We will do our best to answer all of your emails asap. but expect a response time of 2 – 3 weeks.

For Indonesian customers: 

Due to our slightly delayed trip, Ade doesn’t have his exact working schedule yet. For all the people who already send us an email with inquiry’s and requests to get tattooed by him in Indonesia, we will get back at you asap. to book in an appointment. Thank you for your patience.

Shannon Larratt 1973-2013

This morning we got the incredible sad news that Shannon Larratt, the biggest icon of the body modification world has passed away.

Shannon Larrett, was a programmer, writer, and artist that you probably know best because of BME, the body modification website he ran from 1994 until mid-2008, where he later came back to about a year or two ago. He also maintained a body modification blog called MODBLOG. Beyond that Shannon Larratt was somebody that brought people and a community together. His contributions to the world of body modification can be felt everywhere, especially in the people that looked up to him, and people he was closest to. He made a real difference and helped others be themselves, and stood up for human rights. If you would like to learn more about Shannon check out his pages Shannon’s Blog: http://www.zentastic.com/blog/about-shannon/ Shannon’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/larratt?fref=ts Also check out Bme’s page in dedication to him: http://news.bme.com/2013/03/15/rip-shannon-larratt-1973-2013/

Thank you for all your inspiration and work! You will be truly missed.

 

Shannon Larrett

 

 

 

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NEEDLE ART CONVENTION BREDA

It’s been a little bit quiet from our side. But we promise will make it up to you!

Holy Bird recently had a photoshoot with one of her models Leonie, and another photoshoot with the Dutch hiphop artist Cyclone. Both of these photoshoots will be uploaded to the blog soon.

Ade Itameda will be joining the Needle Art Tattoo Convention Breda this year! This Tattoo Convention will take place on saturday 19th and sunday 20th May this year. So come and check out our booth!

Further Ade Itameda is currently designing a working uniform for the Indonesian restaurant in Paris. For more information about this restaurant, take a look on: http://www.restaurant-indonesia.com/  Preview will be uploaded soon.

So keep an eye on the blog! Moreeeee updates following soon!

 

 

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GORILLA + FOO DOG

Gorilla ornament for Tim.

Observe this regal creature in its natural habitat. Gorillas are vastly sociable, and have intricate methods of communication with each other. Furthermore, there is a great deal of  honor involved with their interactions with each other.

Gorillas are intimately aware of each member within the community. In fact, the responsibility to assist both young and elderly members of the troop (term for a group of gorillas) are shared among all the members of the community. This is a message to us to not pass over our debt to our elders – but be active participants in their final days.

 

Foo dog for Chino, Female version will be added later on other arm.

Foo dog (chinese guardian lion)

They are believed to have powerful mythic protective powers that has traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, Imperial tombs, government offices, temples, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). Pairs of guardian lions are still common decorative and symbolic elements at the entrances to restaurants, hotels, supermarkets and other structures, with one sitting on each side of the entrance, in China and in other places around the world where the Chinese people have immigrated and settled, especially in local Chinatowns.

Salam budaya. adeitameda


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TATTOO PLANET

A while ago that we uploaded the blog, due to our bad internet connection here in Indonesia! Don’t be sad, because the next weeks there will be allot of new updates, with photo’s, contests, and more! Ade had an interview with Tattoo Planet a couple of weeks ago, and this week the magazine will be in the bookstores!

So go buy it now!

We will give you a preview!

Photo’s: Rob Webster, Lielo

Text: Rik van Boeckel

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369 SUPPORTS LEONARD RETEL HELMRICH

 

Once every while we make a post about someone who we want to support, we know, or we respect.

Last time we choose Cap Bagon Tatu.

This time we want to support Leonard Retel Helmrich.

Leonard Retel Helmrich is a writer, cinematographer, and most notable a Dutch-Indonesian film director.

Het Phoenix Mysterie was his first feature film. His documentary The Shape of the Moon won the Joris Ivens Award at IDFA 2004 and the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

As the developer of single-shot cinema (a theoretical perspective and practical technique involving long takes with a constantly moving camera) and the SteadyWing (a camera mount that enables greater stability and maneuverability while shooting), Retel Helmrich has taught workshops around the world.

His last work is the last part of the trilogy called Position Among The Stars.

“Position of the Stars”, the final part of a trilogy, follows the award- winning documentaries “Eye of the Day” and “Shape of the Moon”. Through the eyes of grandmother Rumidjah, we see the economical changing society of Indonesia and the influence of globalization reflected in the life of her juvenile granddaughter Tari.

Yesterday we had the honour to meet this man, and talk about and watch his documentary. It’s an stunning, honest, touching image of a life here in Jakarta, Indonesia. That feeling you can’t describe here if you live in this city, he directly put his finger on the right place.

Read more on:

http://www.positionamongthestars.com/

http://www.standvandesterren.nl/

 

Come on and check this beautiful documentary out!

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