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Hollywood Tattoo Artist and Toledo Native Paul Timman To Visit TMA Dec. 5

Paul TimmanHe’s inked everyone from Angelina Jolie to Tommy Lee, earning the nickname “Rembrandt of Sunset Strip” along the way.

Now Toledo native and Hollywood tattoo artist Paul Timman will pause the needle to discuss the art of tattooing during his free Masters Series lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle.

In anticipation of his presentation, the Museum has partnered with Timman on a new contest, TMA Top Ink, a search for the region’s best Japanese-inspired body art. The winner, as decided by Timman, will be awarded a signed and framed tattoo sketch by Timman, a signed set of his award-winning porcelain dishware, and dinner with the tattoo great himself.and Hollywood tattoo artist Paul Timman will pause the needle to discuss the art of tattooing during his free Masters Series lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle.

One of Timman’s major inspirations are Japanese woodblock prints, and his talk and the TMA Top Ink contest will serve as a fitting tribute to the Museum’s exhibition Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, which examines the Western-influenced designs of the era’s early 20th-century printmaking resurgence.

“The Japanese woodblock print had a huge affect on not just me but tons of tattoo people,” Timman said. “The images translate to tattooing very well. I think it’s something about the style—they’re timeless.”

This celebration of the art of ink will also bring Timman’s relationship with the Museum full-circle—his first exposure to art was during his childhood, when he took classes there.

“I think that early childhood influence had a huge impact on me being an artist,” Timman said.


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