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Tattoo Tuesday With Michael "Pooch" Pucciarelli of Altered State Tattoo

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Michael "Pooch" Pucciarelli says he was raised "on a diet of Godzilla films, H.P. Lovecraft novels, and Walt Disney World." This multi-instrumental musician, fine artist, tattooer, and owner of West Palm's Altered State Tattoo is bringing what he calls a mix of "modern dark surrealism with traditional cultural components" to Green Room for the second installment of Art of Tattoo this Friday the Thirteenth.

Of his participation in Art of Tattoo, Pooch -- as he is most commonly referred to -- noted, "My friend [and Black Friday resident DJ] Linder asked me, and I love doing shows with other tattoo artists. It's inspiring and good to see that tattooists are taken seriously as artists."

Pooch has been tattooing for more than 16 years in the West Palm Beach area, opening Altered State in 2006. "I like a lot of different styles," he says. "I do a lot of large tattoos based on my paintings." These largely feature concepts evoke his dark, Day of the Dead symbolism, large biomechanical pieces, and traditional Japanese imagery, some of which will be on display at the Green Room event.
Pooch will show four recent creations that offer his take on the Hindu goddess of death, Kali Koaster; two demonic, outer-space-driven paintings from Pooch's exhibition at Capro Nason Gallery in Los Angeles, titled Second Skin; and Bio-Mick-Chanical. Of the last, Pooch says it "is an homage to the great master of biomechanics, HR Giger, combined with Mickey Mouse," which he tells us is "based on Giger's painting Necronom 4, the original inspiration for the creature in the movie Alien."

Like his artistic style, Pooch's tattoo portfolio reveals work out of an imagined science fiction novel-meets-mechanical guide to building a bionic extraterrestrial human-like droid. He's got an artist's eye with x-ray vision, seeing through the skin and transforming human muscle into intricate machinery, using bold outlines and colors to designate the hinges, bolts, and joints of human machinery. In fewer words, it's brilliant.

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