This original piece of art by HellBentLeatherworks (AKA Thomas Gandy) is pretty unique in my opinion.
“This is a hand painted watercolor and ink drawing on pigskin. This painting is a representation of traditional tattoo art similar to that popularized by the famous tattoo artists like Ed Hardy and Sailor Jerry. It depicts the fastest ship in the galaxy: The Millennium Falcon. Its the tattoo that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs! Pay homage to Han Solo and Chewbacca with this piece. The banner reads “She may not look like much but she’s got it where it counts.”
This piece was drawn on to raw, tanned pig skin. It was then painted over in Watercolor to simulate the blending of the tattoo ink under the skin. Once completed, It is pinned to cork board and framed without glass.
The art simulates a tattoo cut from a human body, tanned and mounted to a board with pins. The lack of glass allows for the tattoo/art to be examined and even touched so the viewer gets the feeling of the skin including the pores, wrinkles and texture. I chose pig skin because it is the perfect analog for human skin and has been used by scientists for many years as a substitute for human flesh in laboratories.
While this may be creepy or even gruesome, that is how it is intended. The skin is mounted to the cork with pins and can easily be moved into a different frame if desired. The watercolor has been covered with a leather sheen to protect the image from damage done over time and by human hands. Whether you are a rockabilly fan, tattoo fan, punk rock, musician, rockstar, art critic, art lover or just someone who wants to have a creepy conversation piece,this will do it.”
If you’re not up for the Falcon, i’m sure Thomas would be approachable for commssions.
It’s up for $100, which for an original piece of art, isn’t bad. As the man says, it’s a conversation starter.