Wednesday, July 30, 2014

At Ketchum gallery, ‘Ink Meets Asphalt’

Tattoos and Harley Davidsons brought together for unique show

Express Staff Writer

Paulette Phlipot photographed local models with tattoos for a show at Lipton Fine Arts. Courtesy photo

    Tattoos and motorcycles go together like peas and carrots. A show of tattoo photography and custom motorbikes is running through Saturday, Aug. 2, at Lipton Fine Arts in Ketchum. The gallery is at 411 N. Leadville Ave., next door to the Coffee Grinder café.
    Fine art, editorial and commercial photographer Paulette Phlipot is known widely for her work in photographing food. She took an assignment from gallery owner Gary Lipton to find local models with tattoos to illustrate the show.
    “I have gone to a lot of custom motorcycle shows,” Lipton said. “That world is predominantly a tattooed world.”
    Phlipot found five local models in the valley to come to her studio to pose for photographs. They are shot in such a way as to leave the models anonymous, although in this small community it might not be too hard to match some of these striking photographs with faces.
    “It was my first introduction to tattoos,”
Phlipot said. “I wanted to show body, shape and form, along with the tattoos. I have a new appreciation for tattoos and the stories behind them, and the self-expression associated with decorated bodies. I have also learned a new appreciation for the artists who create tattoos.”
    Lipton is displaying two of his custom-built Harley Davidsons in the gallery, one that won the 2006 Penthouse Biker Build-off competition in Sturgis, S.D., and a 2008 GL Special by bike builder Steve Broyles Sr.
    “He was given the green light to create a unique bike in form and function resembling a classic Schwinn cruiser bicycle. It is a sight to behold,” Lipton said.
    The “Ink Meets Asphalt” show will also feature abstract art work by New York artist Mike Scuggins.
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