“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” This quote by Da Vinci captures the dual nature of Paul Spatola’s innate creative drive. Be it the subtle, yet dramatic guitar tones he evoked when writing the music of HURT, or the depths in the color schemes he calls upon to draw his body art, there is an undeniable poetry underlying both.
Paul Spatola, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, has always felt a desire to express himself creatively. As the world of music has always been built on a high degree of uncertainty, he felt compelled to seek out a new medium through which he could channel his imagination. As he had long since been a fan of body art, tattooing seemed like the perfect calling.
After completing an apprenticeship at Ink Spot Tattoo, Paul spent the next twelve years refining his craft. During his journey, he developed a gift for creating challenging pieces that are unique to the individual. The pride and dedication he takes in his work is immediately obvious to anyone who’s seen his portfolio. And the responsibility of committing ink to skin is not something he takes lightly. From his perspective, “You’re changing someone else’s body forever.”
Paul is especially skilled in both the black & grey and realism forms, but feels no need to limit his craft to one or two specific disciplines. In fact, one of his pieces took 1st place in the Japanese category at the 2010 Asbury Park Visionary Arts Festival and at the 2011 Asbury Park Convention, he received a Best Visionary Tattoo award.
Paul’s bold artwork is in a constant state of flux, seeking new ways to marry color with negative space, light with dark, and the realistic with the abstract. He greatly appreciates those clients who have a vision for what they want, yet allow him to push his artistic boundaries and talents to bring to life the tattoo they seek.