DEATHLESS IS HERE.
My entire life has been surrounded by art and music. I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. I knew that my calling in this life was to make art. I was playing in rock and roll bands since Jr. High and drawing on everything and became obsessed with tattoo art and culture. I started tattooing my friends in my parent’s garage at the end of high school, for fun. I began studying fine art in college and slowly realized that the art of tattoo was something I could not let go of. I knew that I needed to devote myself to learning and growing, so I decided to pursue tattooing full-time in 2008. It has been an incredible decade of art-making, world traveling, personal growth, and artistic fulfillment on a level that I cannot put in to words. Early on I envisioned making a book that catalogues my body of work, and releasing it at the 10 year anniversary of my professional career.
Well, it has been 10 amazing years and after my son was born this summer; I knew it was time to put together this book. I have put hundreds of hours in to organizing hundreds of my favorite tattoos and a lot of my personal pieces of art from over the years. I designed the entire book myself. It is a huge collection of ultra high resolution photos that showcase all of the details of my technical ability. The book is 12x12” so in a lot of cases, the tattoos are larger than the actual piece, to really share how the pigment sits in the skin. DEATHLESS also includes some of my travels from around the globe, some insight in to my clients and their ongoing large scale tattoo projects, as well as my experiences tattooing several rock stars and celebrities.
I am so very proud to say that I am an artist that I am fortunate enough to have made a career out of making art, both on canvas and skin. Tattooing has changed my life, allowed me to see the world, make friends from every corner on earth, and provide a body of artwork that I am proud of. DEATHLESS showcases this all in the form of a beautiful coffee table book that I published myself. I am so glad to be able to have this huge 240 page book for my kids and their kids to remember me by. I made DEATHLESS for my family and clients. It gives me great joy to share it with you all. Thank you. Here’s to another 50 years of art and travel.
DEATHLESS is available in the STORE section of my website and my studio, THE BLACK LANTERN. It makes a great gift for any one of your loved ones who love tattoos and fine art and it’s ready just in time for the Holiday Season! Order the book by December 5th to make sure you receive it by Christmas. There are two versions of the book available for purchase. You can buy the original book OR you can buy the Exclusive version of DEATHLESS that is hand-signed and adorned by London, with gold paint.
My insanely talented homie, Julia Michaels, recently released her debut song, "Issues", and mini album and is now busy taking over the world. We had the opportunity to hang out and discuss tattoos, art, and music, as part of her Vevo Lift special. I've tattooed a bunch of cool tattoos on her, and we've grown to be good friends. In this video special, she talks about her personal journey as an artist and as a human. We even did a small tattoo on her back. This girl is amazing. She is a songwriter for a ton of pop stars, and now she is one, herself, with her rad solo debut. I'm real proud of this kid and I love her humility, zest for life and passion for the arts. Check it out below!
We are pleased to announce that Orange County, California's premier art gallery and tattoo studio is NOW OPEN! Owner & resident artist, London Reese, has spent the past decade, traveling the world, sharing his art and tattoo work with people from all walks of life. His work is internationally published & recognized, has earned him numerous awards, the world over, and even earned him the title of the television competition series, "Best Ink". He tattoos celebrities, athletes and musicians, regularly. London, along with an impressive roster of artists, have opened The Black Lantern in the heart of downtown Dana Point, CA, in the "Lantern District".
We are excited to announce that the incredibly talented, Josh Woods, has moved from Nashville, TN and is working with us, full-time. We are also extremely pleased to have the talents of Sean Hall, from Los Angeles, CA, joining the team, full-time. We are honored to have these gentlemen joining the The Black Lantern family.
The Black Lantern is the first tattoo studio in the world to have the interior painted with a microbicidal paint called "Paint Shield", a new technology in paint, designed for medical establishments with the intent of preventing infection, disease & blood borne pathogen contamination. This special paint absorbs and kills infections such as Staph, MRSA, E. Coli and more, for years to come. This is only one step we have taken to ensure a clean and sterile environment for the health and safety of our clients.
The Black Lantern is Southern California's brand new destination for beautiful art & tattoo work and we are thrilled to offer an entirely new experience with the public. Our warm, inviting gallery, high quality of work and professionalism will undoubtedly be the new standard in our industry. Welcome to our sanctuary of art. Welcome to The Black Lantern.