Henry Hate is a London based visual artist & tattoo artist who works from both his tattoo studio in Shoreditch East London, and his art studio in Bermondsey South East London. He escaped family life and joined the army, but never took to authority. He was to enroll at Savannah Collage of Art & Design to study Illustration, when he found himself working in a brothel to help pay the bills. Early on in his career he worked for Durk Dehner of The Tom Of Finland Foundation, being broke in Hollywood. Afterwards, Henry took an a tattoo apprenticeship at Funny Farm Tattoo in Silver Lake Los Angeles, while also working in the adult film industry.
His tattoo work graced the bodies of legends like Amy Winehouse, Alexander McQueen, Boy George, Comedian David Cross, Paul Thompson of Franz Ferdinand, Pete Doherty and Preston of The Ordinary Boys to name just a few. He cultivated work in both commercial and media print, while still maintaining his D.I.Y. ethic learned in the early queercore / punk rock days as a youth. Stepping outside the box of the tattoo world that has brought him much success, he is now shifting into the world of fine art. Recent projects have found him working along side renowned fashion photographer Nick Knight. His art was turned into edible chocolate respected Belgium chocolatier Dominique Persoone. He has worked with brands Opal Nera, Converse, Nissan Motors, Oliver Sweeney Shoes, and Diagio/Justerini & Brooks, and of course the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
“My art allows me my own narrative of what I want to say” -Henry Hate for ArtAttack
Henry Hate’s work reflects his fascination with Sin and Salvation, Damnation and Redemption, Consumption and Corruption. His view of the world at large is a mixture of classic art, pop art, and contemporary urban art. Henry pays homage to the masters before him who’ve inspired him and his work. Creating in varied mediums from sculpture, photography, painting and printmaking, his subjects range from religion, sexuality, identity, appropriation and iconoclasm from the outside perspective. His use of bold bright colours grapple with a world engulfed by mass consumerism, human taboos, the misconceptions of the marginalised, and the viciousness of mankind’s pursuit of power.
In June 2016 Henry Hate’s work was featured at the Imitate Modern show Rhythm alongside other emerging and established artists represented by the gallery.
He lives in Notting Hill West London with his partner and their dog, Maybelline.