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#TheObsessions — These are Tattooist Melvin Hoon’s Favourite Things

#TheObsessions — These are Tattooist Melvin Hoon’s Favourite Things

What makes some of these local or global creatives tick? In this weekly column, tattooist Melvin Hoon also known as criminalmindd shares his many inspirations and obsessions.

1. Nick Cave:
Deep, melancholic and introspective, he’s definitely one of my style icons.

2. Jean-Michel Basquiat:
Chaotic brilliance! He married poetry to his graffiti on racism and injustice, both of which are still painfully relevant till today.

infernal affairs
3. Infernal Affairs:
This scene is perplexing, how could Andy Lau have missed Tony Leung? Danger emitted from every corner of the scene!

Taichi Murakami
4. Taichi Murakami:
Clip ons are one of the best inventions for those who don’t wear contact lenses. These titanium frames are lightweight and minimal.

5. Leather Footwear:
Quality leather boots which have gone through a decade of use and some abuse. Seen here are some from Carol Christian Poell.

6. Vintage Bootleg Tees:
I started collecting band t-shirts in my teenage years which inspired me to recreate bootlegs on the side. I love how the T-shirts fade and crack overtime.

7. Tattoos:
I’m naturally drawn to darker tropes but I’m finding a way to express it on a lighter note through the execution. Seen here are some of my stencils.

8. Michael Gira:
Aside from making great music, Michael Gira and Swans have never been afraid to experiment and evolve, while still staying true to their raw rhythm and abrasive textures.