Sunday, September 13, 2009

Baby Tattooville in Three Weeks

The blog BoingBoing spotlighted Baby Tattooville, an art event coming up in just three weeks.

The idea is to bring about 50 collectors together with a small group of artists for a weekend in an unforgettable destination. The collectors get a lot of cool free stuff and they can watch the artists at work and ask them questions.

The place will be the fanciful Mission Inn, in Riverside, California, which seems to be woven of dreams already.

The artists hail from the pop-culture surrealism genre, and they include Michael Hussar, Audrey Kawasaki, Travis Louie, Elizabeth McGrath, Miss Mindy, Johnny KMNDZ Rodriguez, KRK Ryden, Greg "Craola" Simkins, Yoskay Yamamoto, and me.

One of the paintings I'll exhibit and offer for sale is the painting I did for the creature design class that I taught at the Woodstock School of Art last summer (8x10 oil).

I'll be doing an Explorer's Journal of 50 sketches on location, documenting the rarely seen weirdnesses hiding just behind the observable world of the Mission Inn. Each collector will get to return home with one of the sketches.

Here's the full description from the organizer, Bob Self:
This October, Baby Tattoo Books is offering a rare opportunity for a very limited number of fans and collectors to spend a weekend immersed in a creative wonderland with James Gurney, Audrey Kawasaki, Travis Louie, Elizabeth McGrath, Miss Mindy, Johnny KMNDZ Rodriguez, KRK Ryden, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Yoskay Yamamoto, and a few surprise guests. This event, which is strictly limited to 45 paying attendees, is unlike anything you have ever heard of before. Imagine having three days and two nights to hang out with your favorite artists in a socially casual yet creatively stimulating environment; then imagine receiving a gift bag full of original sketches, exclusive prints, collectible art toys and other surprises (perhaps James will let you in on a few of the top secret details). The event is called Baby Tattooville, and you do not want to miss it. Full details and registration information can be found at, but here are a few highlights...

- Collaborative live painting by all of the Featured Artists
- Limited edition print featuring work by all of the Featured Artists
- V.I.P. preview of “Son of Baby Tattooville” museum exhibition
- Dr. Sketchy’s life drawing salon with Featured Artists
- ‘round-the-clock art and entertainment
- Accommodations at Southern California’s most visually stunning hotel
- Multiple meals including a spectacular Sunday brunch
- Did we mention the jaw-dropping gift bag?

Baby Tattooville 2009 is taking place October 2-4 at the historic Mission Inn in Riverside, California. It is truly an experience beyond your imagination. Fewer than 10 tickets remain available, and the event is only two weeks away. Register now at

There are still a few spots left for collectors to join the fun. Sign up soon; they'll go quickly.
BoingBoing piece.
Photo credit: Cal State Riverside


Linda said...

It's a shame it's such an exclusive event, I live 20 minutes away and would have been there in a heartbeat! :)
The Mission Inn is a beautiful place, I go there for lunch every so often and this sounds like a great event. I hope everyone has a great time - please post details of how it goes!

-- Linda

Kendra Melton said...

That Mission Inn looks amazing! Fancy architecture.

Super Villain said...

this is kind of like "buy an artist friend" for the weekend, haha, creepy!

but its awsome for the wealthy creepy collectors...i got the creepy part down, but when i get the wealthy part down i'll show up at one of these things!

Patrick Dizon said...

I didn't know you were a part of the "pop-culture surrealism genre". :)

Roberto said...

I'm sure you'll have a great-if-not-creepy-time. I'm kinda with GooGoo on this one, but it's not the collectors of creepy I’d be worried about. I think I’d have a hard time sleeping under the same roof with some of them other artist-types, especially if there’s a full moon out! (Keep a particularly close eye on Michael, I want you to survive to tell the tale for our Oct. 10 date at FAAFA. ;) -RQ