For the month of June, the Tullahoma Fine Arts Center offers two residency exhibitions and each is at opposite ends of the art world.
On Saturday, June 4, the art center hosted two separate grand receptions for each exhibit. The first reception was held in the afternoon for the ground floor exhibition “A Wood Workers Tale”.
“A Wood Workers Tale” showcases the woodworking talents of local artists in the area, ranging from sculptures to plates and bowls to vases. Some of the items on display are available for purchase.
A second reception was held later that evening for the upstairs “Living Art” gallery.
“Living Art” is an exhibition of Hard Rock Tattoo Studio and curated by Hard Rock Tattoo Studio owners Jeremy and Lenzi Zimmerman and TFAC Youth Programs Director Joy Snead.
According to Jeremy and Lenzi, the goal of “Living Art” is to erase the stigma of tattoos and piercings by showing the history and art behind it. Jeremy said he thinks tattoos are on the rise and becoming more socially acceptable.
“I think it’s very important that people understand that [tattoos and piercings] existed and has its place in society,” he said. “We want it to be recognized as a noble art form.”
Jeremy and Lenzi are the owners of Hard Rock Tattoo Studio and have been tattooing for about a decade. The tattoo studio is located at 504 N. Jackson St. and they keep it clean and family friendly.
“It’s regulated by the health department, so it’s a nice place to get a piece of art,” Lenzi said.
The first part of the exhibit that visitors will see is the history of piercings and tattoos around the world, dating back thousands of years. Then, the next room presents various photographs, paintings, etc. tattoos made over the years. Pieces featured include tattoos by Jeremy and Lenzi, piercings by Lonny Thompson of Hard Rock Tattoo Studio, Nevada Lutes of Death Before Dishonor, located at 313 N. Jackson St., and Jordan Nalls and his apprentice Sky Zimmerman of Black Lotus Tattoos in Manchester.
Jeremy said it was important he brought other stores together to show attendees that all stores care about their customers to get their perfect artwork.
“I just wanted to bring all the stores together to show the public that we are a united front,” Jeremy said. “We want to let everyone share and not ‘Hey, we’re the best.’ We wanted to show that we form a united front as tattoo artists in the community.
They hope those who come to the exhibit will take in that tattoos are becoming more socially acceptable and educate the public. All the artists present at the exhibition advised those who are considering getting a tattoo for the first time to understand that it will be with them forever.
The best advice the Zimmermans, Thompsons and Nalls have offered is to get a picture of whatever they want and keep it as their home screen on their phone, computer or whatever else is necessary so they can see her every day, and meet tattoo artists to find artwork they love.
“We’ve seen a lot of young people make serious and eternal mistakes and we’re trying to see what we can do to help them regain some dignity,” Jeremy said.