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Nov 4, 2011

Tattoos and paintings of a true artist

The Image Factory is always on the precipice of artistic creation. There is a new exhibit that is launching tonight that will bring no less enthusiasm as those that have come before. Fusion, Body and Art is the title of exhibition that takes place both on canvas and on skin. News Five Jose Sanchez spoke with Steve Mossiah, a tattoo artist and painter, about his craft.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

Steve Mossiah’s artistic expressions began from an early age and his nomadic medium has departed from pencil to charcoal, pastel and finally to acrylic.

Steve Mossiah, Artist

Steve Mossiah

“Somewhere around 12, 13, 14, I moved from Corozal to Belize City and I met a good friend, I met Man at Work, Teryl Godoy. We met then and started to feed off each other and started to experiment with painting.”

Jose Sanchez

“I noticed your earlier work, you used Mossiah. What was your style then? What did you paint?”

Steve Mossiah

“Yes, back then I did the most basic and what came most natural; that was landscapes, moonlight sceneries. I found that it was very easy to work and experiment with the colors. In the early days, I started with my paintings, I used my last name, Mossiah. Eventually as the years gone by, there was a lot of changes and today everybody more know me as Steve. So then I changed my signing from Mossiah on my painting and now I just have Steve on them.”

Steve’s art edges graphic design, cubism and fantasy. He is a true Bedouin of the arts, his nomadic shift over the years, now soaks his ink primarily on a canvas of skin.

Steve Mossiah

“When it comes to tattooing it requires more focus because you don’t have room for mistake. It’s not where you can do a mistake and erase. It requires more personal focus, more input into it.”

Jose Sanchez

“The images that you have on display in terms of tattoos, what can the viewers see?”

Steve Mossiah

“In the tattoos image, you see a variety of different styles that I do. You will see tribal, you will see portrait, you will see fantasy, you will see bio-mechanic, I got some bio-organic designs in there. It’s just stuff that people are getting in the recent times. The designs are more elaborate; more extended.”

His Hydes Lane Workshop is where the needle becomes his brush and each skin piercing stroke, produces personal art, from fantasy to living reality.

Jose Sanchez

“I see unicorns, dragons, fantasy. What’s that about in these painting?”

Steve Mossiah

“In recent my paintings have wah big variety due to the field of tattooing that I eventually ended into. Tattooing itself helped me not to stick to one specific style; one specific thing in my art. It helped me to broaden my painting—rather than stick to one thing, it help me do anything.”

Jose Sanchez

“Would you say, your second love tattooing influences the painter in you?”

Steve Mossiah

“Right. Painting threw me into tattooing and throughout the tattooing helped me better off into my painting. To see the versatility that I have in being able to create different styles and just having it because through the tattooing how easy it is to come up and create different styles o painting.  I would like to say for people out there that’s into art, just keep going at it even if it is just a hobby. Keep going at it and try to always keep experimenting with different style you know.”

Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

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