Tokyo: The horse in the entrance of Club Ren. Yakuza Karaoke. Only ended up here because I got thrown out of a host club.
TTTism is proud to present a photo series by multi-modal artist and tattooist Brian Kennedy, who tattoos under the moniker “sewp” (@sewp). The series—a collection of film photographs which balances the documentary impulse of the travelogue with creative and impactful abstraction—follows Kennedy’s extensive sojourn to Japan, Switzerland, Taiwan, and many other locations. Kennedy graciously provides commentary on each photograph and a short description of his artistic background.
My name is Brian Kennedy. I’m based mostly in Toronto but spend much of the year in London. I’ve been tattooing for almost three years.
I went to school for graphic design and illustration but I dropped out of both programs. School is not for me. I used to make a lot of music; I have an old Roland SP404 that I make beats on under the name “RATBATH.” I don’t find much time for that nowadays. I do a lot of graffiti still, but mostly tags and pieces. The long nights of drinking and fill-ins are behind me, I think.
I love writing as well, but drawing and tattooing consume most of my life—and I’m okay with that. I’m very grateful to be where I’m at. Recently, I’ve been moving into more large-scale work on canvas and wood. I’m down for whatever.
You can see more of Brian Kennedy’s photography on Instagram (@npsp35mm). Kennedy's tattooing can be seen on Instagram (@sewp) and online (www.sewptattoos.com).