Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention, 2008
|Born||1968 (age 47–48)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
|Occupation||tattoo artist, painter|
|Relatives||Hannah Aitchison (sister)|
Guy Aitchison (born 1968) is a tattoo artist and a painter born in Michigan. Aitchison began painting album covers in 1985 and began tattooing in 1988. He has also released several books. He owns a studio called Hyper Space Studios with his wife, Michele Wortman, who is also a tattoo artist and painter. They were both on TLC's Tattoo Wars in 2007. He is the brother of former LA Ink TV personality, Hannah Aitchison. He was also a guest artist on LA Ink. He gave Rob Zombie his first tattoo in 1989 when he was 21.
Guy Aitchison was already in an apprenticeship at the Jacklich Corporation in the art department by age 17. After completing his apprenticeship he began painting record covers for Vinnie Moore, David Chastain, Apocrypha, Hex, Skatenigs, and mostly for California-based Srapnel Records. In 1989 he began a tattooing apprenticeship at Bob Oslon’s Custom Tattooing in Chicago for two years. He opened his own tattoo studio, Guilty & Innocent Productions, which remained a top standing shop until 1998 when it shut down so that he could move to the country to focus more on painting. Having tattoo work in magazines like Outlaw Biker, Tattoo Review, Skin Art, and also fine art books. Guy believes that tattooing is a very critical type of commercial art. Success or failure of any project has implications for the client, and forces an extra degree of dedication and flexibility on the part of the artist, and the clients’ participation helps maintain a flow of fresh images and ideas for the artist. On the other hand, he says painting lacks all the traditional constraints of tattooing such as size, budget, pain tolerance, erase-ability, and the clients taste. It allows for experimentation, normally not recommended in tattooing, plus a chance to chase after obscure and specific personal notions with little commercial appeal. Due greatly to his clients he has been trusted to work on their skin almost freely and therefore he leaks his paintings over into his tattoos. His work generally focuses on natural geometry and organic structure, and all types of psychedelic & transcendental art. He believes this art form should be rendered as art pieces but doesn’t know whether or not they actually ever will.
World Wide Tattoo Conference
In 2012, Guy Aitchison took part in the first International conference of the Tattoo community where world-class Tattoo Artists such as Bob Tyrrell, Stéphane Chaudesaigues, Joe Capobianco, Jeff Gogue, Alex De Pase, Boris, Nikko Hurtado, Nick Baxter attended seminars on various technical skills. The purpose of this event was to give tattooists the opportunity to improve their level. The 2012 editions of the Worldwide Tattoo Conference took place in Chicago and London.
- Reinventing the Tattoo
- Tattoo Gathering - Guy Aitchison interview
- Hyper Space Studios - Interview
- "Guy Aitchison and Michele Wortman interview". Prick Magazine. September 2003.
- Amazing Tattoos
- Apple - Guy Aitchison Archived May 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- Eric Alt. "Q&A With Rob Zombie". Inked Magazine.
- "World Wide Tattoo Conference". 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2012..