*all photos by Nick Wons
It’s not often that I write about events, but recently I went to one that stood out from the rest. Then again, it’s not often that you have lunch with a legend, and that’s exactly what I got to do when Hennessy brought Scott Campbell came to town.
After meeting Scott Campbell, I realize he would probably object to being called a legend, but considering his accomplishments, I stand by my statement. Not only is he a world reknowned tattoo artist, Scott is an innovative multi-media artist as well. His money carvings (where he literally carves stacks of cash into beautiful works) are causing a stir in both the art and economic worlds. And before he was using money as a medium, Scott made some serious celebrity skin his main canvas, tattooing the likes of actors Orlando Bloom and Penelope Cruz, fashion designer Marc Jacobs and model Helena Christensen.
Scott has become such a sought after tattoo artist that people are willing to be tattooed blind just to have a Scott Campbell piece of their own. That’s right, Scott will tattoo you for free, as long as you’re not looking, and he chooses the piece. His ‘Whole Glory’ concept has become a global phenomenon and the ultimate testament of trust in art and artist alike. And now Scott’s moved onto yet another canvas; a beautiful cognac bottle.
For Hennessy’s annual holiday bottle, the also legendary liquor brand recruited Scott Campbell as its designer. The result? An edgy yet delicate design, representing the style of the artist and the soul of the spirit. For his inspiration Scott toured the Hennessy distillery in Cognac, France. There, Hennessy is distilled the same way today as it was in the 18th century. It’s that dedication to tradition that drew Scott to working with Hennessy, a dedication that’s mirrored in the art of tattooing.
Over lunch, our small group had the chance to chat with Scott about art, tattoos and Whole Glory. He told us shiver inducing stories of what it’s like to have free reign over a tattoo, and the thought process that goes into a piece like that. We debated the permanence of tattoos, considering the impermanence of human beings. Indeed, according to Scott tattoos are the least lasting pieces of art he creates, counter to most people’s number one reason for not getting a tattoo.
Tattoos and cocktails; thank you to Hennessy for putting two of my favorite things together in a fantastic event.