For centuries tattoos sculptured onto the skin have been a way of expressing freedom, liberation and art. The exhilaration of self expression through tattooing has been lifted into a new sphere, with hair
designers experimenting in hair carving, taking tribal hair design to dizzyingly daring new heights.
Naturally, hair designers who thrive on creating cutting-edge hair, which delves deep into their imagination, are passionately crafting hair tattoos, which blend a wonderful mixture of color, patterns and
designs, to create a genius emblem of uniqueness, individuality and exquisiteness on any type of hair.
As the pursuit for multihued, inimitable and skillfully creative hair intensified throughout the vibrant world of hair fashion, hair art guru Thierry Gras (haircarver.com) propelled an exclusive “haircarver” scene into the
terrifically pulsating hair style industry in France in 2008, and now has an exclusively sought-after show dedicated to this revolutionary medium of self-expression and hair art. Masterfully parting the hair
the way sculptures sculpt a masterpiece, just watching Thierry Gras craft his craftsmanship in hair carving and hair tattoos is a wonderful experience, which takes you to a far away world of tribalism.
Contrary to the popular image of hair tattoos being sculptured onto the shaven heads of males, celebrated haircarver Thierry Gras skillfully adds decoration and uniqueness to the long and luscious locks of
beautiful women at his show in the Palace of Congress in Marseille.
How to Carve Hair
To swank a beautiful and uniquely inimitable hair tattoo as effortlessly and as skillfully as Thierry Gras does, requires lashings of creativity and vision, a steady hand, and some vital tools, experience
and knowledge. Hair carving can be done in two different ways, by either shaving the hair or coloring it. To accomplish the proficiency of fine lines and intricate details Gras creates with his hair tattoos,
carving blades and trimmers are necessary.
To literally carve a tattoo onto the head, typically the hair must be a quarter of an inch above the scalp, allowing the hair carver to carve the design onto the
scalp. Traditional hair art involved the use of color and paint and hair carving can also be accomplished with the use of color, which enhances richness and uniqueness of the hair carving.
Watching an artist
perform their magic is always an inspiring and enriching experience, which can often give the onlooker a sound command of the task they are effortlessly achieving and a desire to become better acquainted with
the skill. After being memorized by Thierry Gras’ awe-inspiring “haircarver” show, it is apparent that to successfully ‘carve’ the hair, the cuts need to be made in a sweeping motion, opposed to blunter and
more defined movements.
How long do Hair Tattoos last and how much do they Cost?
Unlike a tattoo on the skin, which is permanent and can often cause its bearer great resentment and a sense of regret later on in life, hair tattoos or hair carving is only temporary and usually only lasts
several weeks. A relatively high level of maintenance is required to ensure the hair tattoo preserves its ‘sharpness’. Like a conventional tattoo, the price greatly depends on the size, complexity of the
design, as well as the individual adroitness and experience of the hair carver.
As this type of hair art has dramatically risen in recognition and attractiveness, and has become a popular method of styling
and decorating the hair, predominantly amongst the more youthful members of society, it has become a lucrative and sought-after skill to possess. Although professional hair carvers are still a relatively rare
breed of hair stylists and consequently a skilled hair carver performing an avant-garde design can charge more than $1,000 per client.
Patterns and Color
Tattoos are often at their optimal splendor when they are a complex maze of asymmetrical patterns, twirls and swirls. Carvings and tattoos extolled to the hair are also arguably most majestic when they involve
multifarious and intricate patterns and colors. Thierry Gras’s Marseille show includes an elaborately colorful rose, which blends shades of reds and purples to brilliantly contrast with the hair of the blonde
beauty he skillfully carves the design onto. Contrasting to the ‘joie de vivre’ the vibrant colors give to blonde hair, Gras uses designs of exclusively silver to grace the hair of the brunettes he has on his
show. The stark contrast in color works brilliantly and allows for more intricate patterns and designs be the most striking feature of the tattoo.