|CARLOS ARTURO ARIAS||BENS ONE|
Raised in Washington Heights, New York City, I was influenced by the graffiti movement of the late eighties.
Graffiti provided a huge sense creativity and freedom of expression but at the same time was somewhat of a stagnant art form.
I felt limited by it's mediums and it's purpose. Through reading in depth of world history and subversive literature, my body of
work took on a more social-political perspective.
Thinking globally when approaching my work, made it easier for me to communicate across to more minds and address real themes and unsophisticated concerns. The world today provides an abundance of ideas and situations that can be re-examined and depicted through artistry. Art doesn't always have to be derived from the artist' immediate atmosphere. Particularly if that atmosphere isn't culturally vast. I feel that art which reflects and/or questions all aspects of previous and contemporary societies, is the most important not just in the art realm, but in the everyday common world as well.
My artwork is composed through many mediums. Oil paints, charcoal, acrylics, watercolor, airbrush, gouache, spray paints, and pencils are all used in my working processes. I also do mural, photography and sculpture work. Most of my art work is for sale and I am also available for commission.
I've been a tattooist for over ten years. My preferred styles of work are black and grey, realistic portraiture and cover ups of unwanted existing tattoos. I also do color bomb and new school styles. Styles that rely heavily on dramatic color contrasts; animated and exaggerated line work. I provide a private studio with health department regulations. Each client is tattooed with single use needles and sterilized tubes. I also provide an extensive picture library and an exertive imagination to help you develop any idea you have. Providing that you Do know what you want to get tattooed.
Feel free to email me with any comments or questions. For rates on artwork and tattoos please contact me :