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Nick Bubash

O. G. Tattooing

2003

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Nick Bubash is an artist and a tattooer. Colored drawing on human skin has a long and diverse cultural history, at times prestigious, as in Maori and Japanese cultures, or subversive, as in the culture of bikers and seamen. It is a very permanent gesture. At the opening of the exhibitions the rituals of tattooing are performed, surrounded by the artist's personal archive of symbols.

Exhibition

Gestures 5: May 11 – June 15, 2003
About The Artist

Nick Bubash lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA as a tattoo artist. He opened Route 60 Tattoo in 2008. He was educated in fine art at Penn State University for several years before he moved to New York. In New York City, he worked for Peter Max before he met Thom DeVita, with whom he spent five years studying and tattooing. Bubash was strongly encouraged by DeVita to return to his formal art education. He attended The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia in the 1980s and graduated with the highest honors and multiple awards, including the Scheidt Traveling Grant, which allowed him to study abroad. He chose India as his destination, being most interested, very specifically, in 9th - 12th-century Indian sculpture. These sculptures mixed human and animal forms and provided infinite combinations. His time spent in India has been an incredible influence on his work and he continues to visit as often as possible.

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