Austin tattoo phenom Jason Brooks, owner of Great Wave Tattoo, brings his unconventional art to Big D, and he's not just showing off a few books with fancy designs he's done on clients. The exhibition at the Dallas Contemporary, Brooks' first with a contemporary art institution, will include a short documentary film, created by Quin Mathews, which is shown alongside selections from Brooks' own impressive collection of historical tattoo photography. The show runs through December 4 and begins with a very special opening celebration on Saturday evening, featuring 25 of his current and former clients exhibiting their tattoos in a catwalk-style show. Brooks has been a professional tattoo artist for 19 years, and his work is strongly influenced by Japanese style tattooing, particularly the work of artist Horiyoshi the Second as well as Western masters Mike Malone and Ed Hardy. "Jason Brooks is the most important tattoo artist between both coasts and we are proud to be working with him on this seminal exhibition," said Peter Doroshenko, Director of the Dallas Contemporary. "There is a real progression of tattoo styles and it will be important to present this to large audiences." Dallas Contemporary is located at 161 Glass St. The opening reception begins at 9 p.m. Saturday. Call 214-821-2522 or visit dallascontemporary.org for more information.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 24. Continues through Dec. 4, 2011