Paul Booth is a tattoo artist, sculptor, painter, filmmaker and musician. Through multiple mediums, he focuses on the dark, macabre and surreal, as a means of personal development and therapy. Each creative endeavor requires Booth to spend time with his own demons so he may confront and dissolve his individual fears and venomous experiences. Both his audio and visual work are laced with deep meanings and thought provoking facets that beckon individuals to explore and confront the darkest depths of their own psyche.
Booth’s artistic passion started early on when he was just a child attending Catholic school. Completely self-taught, he always found comfort in painting darker and more monstrous subject matter. Through his own experimentation and personal growth, he has developed a technical style of his own, quite analogous to his method of tattooing. Booth’s utilization of a multi-layer approach, similar to that of the early Flemish painters, allows him to achieve a level of depth and texture that results in a visually stunning, realistic painting. Booth can be best described as a dark surrealist and has exhibited both domestically and internationally.
Perhaps best known for his impact as a tattoo artist, Booth took the world of tattooing by storm with his formidable use of black and grey ink to depict demons, beasts, evil fetuses and other nightmare-worthy visuals. It wasn’t long until a cult following developed and swelled to include heavy metal rockers, actors, musicians and other purveyors of the dark aesthetic.
Booth’s signature imagery graces the skin of many celebrities including Greg Allman, members of Slayer, Slipknot, Pantera, Down, Lamb of God and many more. This following, along with his quintessential imagery has led Rolling Stone Magazine to dub Paul as “The New King of Rock Tattoos”.
In 1998, Booth opened up Last Rites Tattoo Theatre in New York City. With some of the finest tattoo artists in the world, Last Rites Tattoo Theatre quickly became one of the best studios to get inked and a legendary destination for fans and advocates of Booth’s dark empire. In 2007, Booth expanded his artistic and professional scope, and opened the first dark art gallery in NYC, aptly named Last Rites Gallery. Under one roof, Booth’s artistic passions coalesced and birthed a haven for those who resonate with darker aesthetics.
Last Rites Tattoo Theatre and Gallery provides its patrons with a sensory experience. Booth created an immersive world, first of its kind, in which guests can view the best of dark art, some of the best tattoo artists at work and an atmosphere unlike any other. Last Rites calls the darkest depths of one’s psyche forward through its powerful visual repute and dark ideologies; No soul leaves the contemplative and moving environment unscathed.
For more information about Paul Booth and The Last Rites Tattoo Theatre and Art Gallery, please visit Lastrites.tv.
Video recorded and edited by Ignacio Orellana ( www.promusicvideo.com )