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Holly Ellis

Holly Ellis

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HOLLY’S LABEL:

2011 Stiling Vineyard Pinot Noir

I've always had a love of portraiture and as a tattooer it was always my goal to specialize in black and gray portrait tattoos. I always painted in full color with oils but as I became more involved in tattooing the portraits, I was naturally drawn to start painting people in black ink as well. So I traded canvas for paper and now my paintings and tattoos have a similarity even though the two mediums are so very different. I can't achieve in a tattoo what I can on paper and it's a relief to be in charge of what I make, not based on what my client's want me to tattoo. I can paint whoever I want and include words and symbols and maybe warp their face so it doesn't look exactly like the photo. There's a freedom that I can have there that I don't get with tattooing.

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