Adam France

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Adam France
OccupationTattoo artist, Artist/Painter

Adam France is a tattoo artist and a painter born in Indiana.[1] The type of art he creates can best be described as Visionary Surrealism with heavy influences of Abstract human biomechanics and Asimovian alien robotics. France currently creates from a private art studio in Medford, Oregon.


France was born in 1980 into a family of tattoo artists. His grandfather Harold "Harry" France was a World War II Navy veteran and American traditional tattooist, and returned from the Pacific missions where he was stationed, to tattoo and paint in central Indiana until his death in 1979. Adam's father Chris "Razor" France is still a living veteran tattoo artist and lives and works in central Indiana. In 1997 Adam received a grant scholarship upon graduation from Western High School in Russiaville, Indiana and honorably attended the famed John Herron Institute of Art and Design in Indianapolis, Indiana from 1997-1999 earning an associate degree in fine art and art history.

France has created live visionary art around the world, such as traveling to Normandy France in November 2012 to paint live murals at the Nordik Impakt Festival, as well as multiple large murals for small businesses in Italy and Switzerland and all across the U.S.

As a live art performer, France has painted live and worked as an art director/coordinator at a plethora of major music and art festivals, including Bassnectar/Bass Network, Burning Man, Electric Daisy Carnival, Electric Forest, Sonic Bloom, Camp Bisco, ,Bass Canyon, Beyond Wonderland, Bonnaroo, Bunbury Music Fest, Coachella, Lost Lands, Global Eclipse Gathering, Hempfest, Hell City Tattoo Festival, Musink Tattoo Festival, Ultra, and many other events such as various global art charities and tattoo conventions.

France is recognized in the tattoo art community for creating a huge body of specialized living biomech art through his main profession as a tattooer of full-limb, large scale, biomechanical tattoos. He has tattooed constantly since 1996 when he began working from his fathers tattoo equipment at 16 years old.

France has been contracted to create feature album cover art for electronic music acts such as Nicodemus9 and art rock band Jnana Odonata.

Art show[edit]

In July 2016, after more than 2 years of preparation, France and fellow visionary painter and tattoo educator, Guy Aitchison opened their joint art venture "Surface & Space" [2][3] at Sacred Gallery, in New York. This exhibit showcased the biomechanical and organic alien realms of both artists' mindful endeavors. This dual art show was on display for one month from July 2016 until August 2016. Their collaborative art show then traveled to the Off the Map Gallery in Easthampton, Massachusetts [4] to be displayed for the next six months and was finally on display at the Hell City Tattoo Festival in Columbus Ohio for the month of April 2017.


France co-organized the Ohio Basshead Kindness Drive [5] movement in Columbus, Ohio with his friend and associate Evan Rogers in 2017. Together they continue to unify the local art and Bass music communities of Ohio and surrounding areas to gather contributions from all over the Midwest and help the local Mid Ohio Food Bank, OhioSPCA and Free Clothing Shelters by bringing thousands of pounds of goods in for donation from each drive every couple of weeks.

Tattoo conventions[edit]

France organized and solely promoted the Elemental Arts Tattoo show in Kokomo, Indiana [6] throughout the years of 2006-2007 to better unify the local tattoo and art community at the time.

France has also worked alongside Durb Morrison at the Hell City Tattoo Convention [7] in Columbus, OH.


In 2016, France published ProtoScience [8][9] — a 200-page hardback collection of his sketches and finished works.


  1. ^ "Adam France TattooNOW". TattooNOW.
  2. ^ "Home". Sacred Tattoo NYC.
  3. ^ TattooNow. ":Surface & Space Exhibition Now In Massachusetts! Tattoo Education".
  4. ^ TattooNow. ":New England News: Surface and Space by Guy Aitchison and Adam France Off the Map Tattoo". Off The Map Tattoo.
  5. ^ "The Art and Tattoos of Adam France".
  6. ^ "Saturday - 03.12.11 calendar of events>>".
  7. ^ "Attending Artists Columbus Ohio - Hell City Tattoo Festival 2017". Archived from the original on 2017-07-04. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  8. ^ Protoscience. July 2016. ISBN 9780692673836.
  9. ^ "Proto Science by Adam France". Kingpin Tattoo Supply - Tattoo Supplies and Equipment.