Homeward Bound: Exploring The Nautical Roots Of Tattoo Art

By: Mandy J Watson
Posted: 24 January 2013
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Mix sailors, sirens, creatures from the depths, nautical superstitions, and a few skulls and crossbones with Levi's Trucker Jackets and wine bottles and you have the recipe for Homeward Bound, this year's art showcase at the Cape Town International Tattoo Convention.

The kick-off event of this year's Cape Town International Tattoo Convention was the opening of the Homeward Bound art exhibition on Tuesday, 22 January 2013. The exhibition, which has been set up in an upstairs room at the Cape Town City Hall and which will run throughout the tattoo convention, comprises original outworks created to explore the nautical roots of tattoo art. As part of the exhibition visitors can also view a series of Levi's 70505 Type III Jackets (the "Trucker Jacket") that have been customised by local and international tattoo artists, and a series of wine labels that were designed by local and international tattoo artists specifically for the show under the brief of "sailor superstitions".

Homeward Bound: Exploring The Nautical Roots Of Tattoo Art - Wade Barnes

The original artworks on show at Homeward Bound are all by a selected group of local and international artists and tattoo artists, including Raoul Goetze, Jade Doreen Waller, Gerardo Muñoz, Hanno van Zyl, Adrian Nakić, Wade Barnes, and Simon Berndt of One Horse Town, who also designed the poster for the convention and curated this art exhibition. The artists were tasked with exploring nautical themes in a nod to tattooing's historical connection to sailors, whose tattoos illustrated their superstitions, accomplishments, and experiences.

Homeward Bound: Exploring The Nautical Roots Of Tattoo Art - a collection

Much like last year's exhibition, Body Of Work, this year the resulting collection is varied and eclectic in both artistic styles and the media used to create the final artworks but the nautical theme ties it all together fittingly. Because many of the artists are from Cape Town iconography specifically related to the city and local seafaring appears in the some of the artworks, which is fun to discover as you wander around the exhibition.

Homeward Bound: Exploring The Nautical Roots Of Tattoo Art - Z

Homeward Bound: Exploring The Nautical Roots Of Tattoo Art - Raoul Goetze

Homeward Bound: Exploring The Nautical Roots Of Tattoo Art - Further

Homeward Bound: Exploring The Nautical Roots Of Tattoo Art - Jay Gordon

Homeward Bound: Exploring The Nautical Roots Of Tattoo Art - Steve Crack

Homeward Bound: Exploring The Nautical Roots Of Tattoo Art - Matthew Oldfield


The Levi's Trucker Jacket Exhibition
Levi's commissioned a group of artists to customise its 70505 Type III Jackets. The design was originally introduced in 1962 and was then revised in 1967 to the iconic shape and details with which we are now familiar. These jackets were on display at the Levi's store at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and now have been moved to the Homeward Bound exhibition. Visitors to the convention are invited to place a secret bid on their favourites and the proceeds will be given to Dare To Share, an NPO that organises community upliftment projects.

Homeward Bound: Exploring The Nautical Roots Of Tattoo Art - Nicola Murray and Hanno van Zyl

Homeward Bound: Exploring The Nautical Roots Of Tattoo Art - Simon Berndt

Homeward Bound: Exploring The Nautical Roots Of Tattoo Art - Manuela Gray and Jeremy Justice

Homeward Bound: Exploring The Nautical Roots Of Tattoo Art - Ninjabreadboy

Homeward Bound: Exploring The Nautical Roots Of Tattoo Art - Daniel Lotz and Rico Swanepoel

Homeward Bound: Exploring The Nautical Roots Of Tattoo Art - Raoul Goetze and Rasty


Message In A Bottle
Part of the exhibition is devoted to a collection of wine-bottle labels that artists were tasked with designing. They were briefed to use certain colour palettes (you'll notice white, blue, and red) and explore sailor's superstitions in their work. The artworks can be bought as both prints (roughly A4 size) and as labels on wine bottles.

Homeward Bound: Exploring The Nautical Roots Of Tattoo Art - prints of four wine-label designs

Homeward Bound: Exploring The Nautical Roots Of Tattoo Art - Renato Belona and Rico

Homeward Bound: Exploring The Nautical Roots Of Tattoo Art - wine labels

Homeward Bound: Exploring The Nautical Roots Of Tattoo Art - Derek Baker and Tracy Shaw

Homeward Bound: Exploring The Nautical Roots Of Tattoo Art - wine bottles

Homeward Bound: Exploring The Nautical Roots Of Tattoo Art - Simon Berndt and Adam Hill

The 5th annual Cape Town International Tattoo Convention (Southern Ink Xposure) runs from 17:00 on Friday, 25 January 2012, to 23:00 on Sunday, 27 January 2012, at the Cape Town City Hall in Darling Street opposite The Grand Parade. Day passes cost R100 and a weekend pass is R250.


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