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  1. Spit Shade 3

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    FEATURED ARTISTS: Adam Chiodo, Adam Underwood, Ashli (Rabbitt) Powers, Ashley Dahl, Bleach, Chase Tucker, Chaz Chaffee, Chris Anderson-Arnesan, Creed Denny, Emilie Robinson, Emily Snow, Erin Armstrong, Garrett Rautio, Jason Colehour, Jason Helgerson, Jeff Marek, Jessica Madison, Jesse Heike, Jeremy Souders, Josh Crotty, Justin Coppolino, Kyle James, Lefty Lipuma, Matt (Poohki) Ward, Matt Zins, McKenzie Wilson, Michael Tejeda, Michaela Erickson, Nic Skrade, Nick Hams, Rachael Bringgold, Rebecca Smith, Sam Creighton, Sam Van Vo, Sara Legel, Scott Elke, Spencer Hodgson, Steven Skorjanec, Taylor Dees, Tony Denny, Tyler Jewett, & Zack Kinsey.

    Spit Shade 3: Sailors and Sweethearts, curated by Minneapolis tattoo artists Rachael Bringgold and Adam Underwood, will showcase work from over 40 local & national artists. The exhibiting artists have two criteria they must adhere to; the only mediums allowed are inking, watercolor, oil or acrylic and the artists must interpret this year’s theme as they see fit. Coinciding with Villain Arts Tattoo Convention, the opening night of Spit Shade will be the official kick-off party for this year’s convention. Gamut Gallery is excited to welcome back all the visiting artists from across the nation and looks forward to celebrating the tattoo community.

    Curators Bringgold and Underwood selected artists from a pool of current and former colleagues along with artists whose work they admire. The artists represent the diversity of art and tattooing burgeoning in the metro area, ranging from artists with over 20 years under their belts to newly emerging artists who are just beginning to express their craft through their machines. Together they put together an exhibit that allows the artists to express their individual creations and interpretations of this year’s theme, “Sailors & Sweethearts,” a title Bringgold holds close to her heart.

    As a participant in last year’s Spit Shade, Bringgold enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate with other artists to showcase tattoo art and styles in a fine art setting. As a tattoo artist with a fine art background, Bringgold is excited for another opportunity to unite her two passions, and share a body of work by this unique artistic community with the wider audience. Inspired by Bringgold’s concept of sailors and sweethearts, Underwood produced the graphic for this year’s exhibition. “It was the first thing I sketched up based on the idea. I liked it, so I ran with it,” says Underwood.

    Thursday, January 9th 7-11pm
    Pre-sale $10, Door $15, FREE for Members
    Featuring an all vinyl set by DJ No Pants
    Official opening party for the Villain Arts Minneapolis Tattoo Arts Convention, January 10th – 12th, 2020


    Thursday, February 13th, 7pm – 10pm
    “Speed Dating Canvases,” is an art party where you can have a brief encounter with a variety of art forms from acrylics to googly eyes. Connect with each medium for 7 minutes as music sets the mood, but when the beat stops… Be ready to rotate to the next creation station! This night is all about the process & not the outcome.

    Weekly Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11-6pm
    Artwork below by Justin Coppolino

    Adam Underwood has been tattooing out of the Twin Cities area for the past 10 years. His background in illustration allows him to express his passion in a wide variety of styles through the mediums of drawing, painting, sculpture, and digital formats. Underwood is currently a tattoo artist at Brass Knuckle Tattoo Studio in Uptown Minneapolis.  

    Rachael Bringgold has been tattooing for 10+ years and is known for her quirky and colorful artistic approach. Rachael began her career with a Fine Arts degree from the Arts Institute of Minneapolis and currently tattoos at Broken Hearts Tattoo Club in Northeast Minneapolis, where she brings her art-to-life.

  2. Spit Shade 2

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    Featured Artists: Adam Underwood, Alli Shelly, Andre Servin, Andrew Knettel, Andy Hefner,  Anthony Elliott, Ariel Cafarelli, Bleach, Brandon Holt, Charlie Forbes, Chase Tucker, Claudia “Billy“ Baca, Collin Rigsby, Craig Moore, Chris Norden, Daniel Vasquez, Emilie Robinson, Erin Armstrong, Helen Sevig, Jason Walstrom, Jesse Heike, Jessi Lawson, Jesse Skaggs, Jessica Canvas, Jessie McNally, Joseph Christensen, Kelly Rehbein, Kali Koltz, Lindsee “Bee” Boyer,  Mark Tyler, Max V.K., Megan Hoogland, Mitch Marlow, Nic Scrade, Nighttrain Max, Niki Hughes, Nora Peterson, Rachael Bringgold, Reid Gosmire, Ryan “Opie” Mueller, Sarah Epperson, Sarah Louise Meyer, Scott Elke, Scotty Munster, Shannon Michael, Shahn Anderson, Steven Skorjanec, Tony Powers, Troy Timple, Zack Kinsey.  

    Some of the most dynamic art created today adorns one of the most delicate mediums—human skin. Gamut Gallery is creating space for these talented tattoo artists to feature their abilities using watercolor, acrylic & oil paints. Spit Shade 2: Babes, Beasts & Botanicals is our second official opening party for the Villain Arts Minneapolis Tattoo Convention. This ONE weekend only exhibition will include 50 local & national artists showcasing this vibrant artform.

    Minneapolis tattoo artists, Lindsee “Bee” Boyer and Jessi Lawson, act as this years curators. In the relatively brief time she’s been tattooing, Lindsee Boyer’s work has garnered worldwide attention from fans of the art form. Owner and founder of Bee Ink Tattoo, Boyer travels across the country to work on clients in some of the world’s most prestigious shops. Long time artist, Jessi Lawson, has shown her paintings in international galleries for the past two decades. In 2006, Lawson shifted her canvas of choice to skin and began tattooing professionally. Both curators find inspiration from nature and travel; it is visible in their complimentary styles and throughout the theme in this exhibition.

    Thursday, January 10th 7-11pm
    $10 // Free for Gamut Members
    Official opening party for the Villain Arts Minneapolis Tattoo Arts Convention
    Featuring BAARDMUSIC

    Friday & Saturday January 11th – 12th // 1-7PM