From skin to tortillas to money to leather to ostrich egg shells, tattoo artist Scott Campbell has had no trouble coming up with creative mediums for his art. Last year we posted about his laser cut stacks of money which sold out during his show at the OHWOW Gallery in San Francisco. His new collection of graphite illustrations in ostrich egg shells share the same dark aesthetic as his tattoos. Morbid skeletons, snakes, insects and flowers seem to hatch right out of the “fragile surfaces that represent birth and transformation [to] point out the delicacy of opposition.” The collection of shells was shown in his West Coast debut of Noblesse Oblige; the title meaning that life should be conducted in accordance to one’s position of nobility, Campbell’s being tattoo artistry.
After dropping out of the University of Texas where he was studying biochemistry in hopes of becoming a medical illustrator, Campbell began tattooing his punk rocker friends in San Francisco in the 90′s. He realized that he just wanted to draw and tattooing made his landlord happy, so he took a job at a parlor in SF. Eventually he worked his way up to opening his own parlor in Williamsburg in 2005 called “Saved Tattoo” where he has inked celebrities including Heath Ledger, Marc Jacobs, Courtney Love, and Robert Downey Jr. The artist, engaged to actress Lake Bell, now charges $300/hour for his tattoos and takes a very limited number of clients each month. To take a stab at getting an appointment or see his other work, check out scottcampbelltattoo.com