Friday, September 10, 2010

Angelique Houtkamp


Oh, Angelique! I love this woman's artwork so very much and yesterday after sharing my phone's background image via twitter (click here), I found that a lot of my friends didn't know who this wonderful artist was. So of course I felt it necessary to write a little blog about the wonderful-ness that is Angelique Houtkamp.





Angelique is a Dutch tattooist living in Amsterdam and didn't actually start drawing or painting until she was 30! I started getting into her a few years ago, and fell in love with her traditional yet beautiful artwork. I typically love everything she creates, and Hank and I both really adore each of her books. A handful of my friends have A.H. inspired pieces, and my next tattoo will be just that. I can't wait.


Be sure to check out her site by clicking this link and really take in all of her beautiful projects, paintings, and prints. You can buy everything via her website (which I recommend since the money goes directly to her), but if the books aren't available there you can always buy them via Amazon, and I highly recommend doing so. You definitely won't be disappointed. I find something new to be inspired by every time I flip through them, and they're a great addition to any coffee table or library. She also recently came out with a line drawing book that we can't wait to get.








Here's my most favorite print of hers on our wall:

"Marie," home from the framers!

and a closer image from the framer's shop:

dropping off one of my gifts at the framer's


I'm really excited to have a wall full of her prints (and hopefully one day an original painting) at the new house. She's incredibly inspiring to me, and really shows that tattoo art is truly beautiful. I hope if you didn't know about her before, you possibly found a new artist to fall in love with via this post. And if you already were a fan, then I hope her artwork brightened your day a bit!

Happy Friday everyone!




*all images property of Angelique Houtkamp and were found via google images or via her site, linked above.

39 comments:

  1. I am so excited I just found your blog a few days ago and this post has just made my day! You have a brilliant blog and thank you for introducing me to such a wonderful artist! A tattoo inspired by her work will be fabulous! (sorry about the spelling it's a bit late here!)

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  2. her art is amazing. I have to thank you, I didn't know aomw of the pictures you posted and I think I found inspiration for my next tatoo :D And a trip to Amsterdam isn't so far from where I live :D thanks, danielle

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  3. one of my first blogt posts was about Angelique. I have her books also and feel exactly the same as you do about her. I think she is such a beautiful, positive woman and I feel that she makes some of the most beautiful art. I also have Marie!

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  4. i'm so excited and inspired right now! thanks for sharing, i really appreciate it. Its hard to choose, but my favorite has to be the pushpin headband with measuring tape border. ahhhmazing!

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  5. lovely! Thanks for sharing! I've noticed her art as your twitter background before, but never knew the artist. I think a tattoo inspired by her would be beautiful! I am in love with the measuring tape image with the pincushion headband!!

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  6. i have heard of her! she is amazing and i love old school tattoo flash. i have been thinking of getting a pin up lady some where. but not sure where i want it. she has some great art for inspiration!

    xo,
    cb

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  7. I love her! I even god lucky and met her at a crafty market! (I live near Amsterdam) She's working on a new book too! Can't wait for that one.

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  8. I think you got a print from a friend in the mail a few months ago that you posted about. I love it!!

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  9. Thanks for sharing this! I love all of her work. My friend actually has a half sleeve of one of her pieces of work, I just didn't know it at the time. I am definitely contemplating getting her art tattooed on me as well, but I have to have this baby first lol.

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  10. Love this post and love you! xoxox

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  11. i've loved her work for forever!

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  12. Her work is amazing! I want it all over my apartment ASAP!

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  13. purely lovely...def brightened the day xo

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  14. that's so cool! i've been thinking about getting a tattoo a lot lately and if I would ever do it, it would be something like that :)!

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  15. I absolutely LOVE her! my favorite is sailors sweetheart! so amazing. i would love a tattoo inspired by one of her pieces

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  17. Wow, I really love those illustrations :)

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  18. Mmmm. This makes me want a pretty tattoo!

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  19. ahhh!! i'm so in love with all of them. the monocle one is still my favorite though. i want to stare at her all day.

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  20. oh wow! she's amazing! the wonderful world of tattoos is amazing me lately! Ive just booked in for my first tattoo - in november! im really looking forward to itm but scared at the same time!

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  21. hi friend,
    love this!! had to blog about it today.
    xoxo
    I imagine your shower is coming up, email me or facebook me with a snail mail ( I lost it) to send your package. :)
    Little Henry needs something from Juneau.

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  22. I love love love Angelique. I also have both her books and a print. I was also privileged enough to get my calf tattooed by her. It's one of my favourite tattoos.
    She's a lovely lady.

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  23. Her art is great - I first learned of her when a guy at a record store told me one of my tattoos reminded him of her artwork. I've been hooked ever since

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  24. her work is beyond breathtaking. i seriously don't have words to describe how wonderful i think her talent is. the painting you have is my FAVOURITE, oh gosh... it's so perfect! i am blown away by her creativity and her art. it's incredible and unique and special.

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  26. her artwork is awesome, and i have wanted a day of the dead esque skull like this for a long time!! amazing :)

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  28. It's so funny that you posted this!!! I have a consultation on Tuesday with my artist (Ben Reese, Memphis, TN.) and I am getting an Angelique Houtkamp inspired back piece! Did you see the new line drawing book that came out? I plan on getting it to use on some DIY's I have planned! She is by far on of my favorite artists! Did you know that she is booked up through 2011...she also tries to stay as true to the original tattoo art form as possible! Anywho, I'm done writing a novel! I just got really excited! I'm going to post my new back piece on my blog!...Check it out! I think I'll get started on it ASAP! Sorry about deleting the previous post I had to make a correction.

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  29. I love this artist!!! There is something so magical about those illustrated eyes. Just so mesmerizing! Miss you D! Great post :)

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  30. Oh my GOD. Her art blows me away, I love it! One of my upcoming tattoos will definitely be inspired by her, namely the one with the measuring tape around the lady with the pushpin headband. <3

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  31. i love her art! i need to pick up her books soon

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  32. I really like her style. It's beautiful work. There's nothing better than getting an original piece of work from an artist you admire.

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  33. I love your blog and the art you featured is amazing! My husband and I just got our first tattoos and feel an itch to get more!
    Blessings.
    j
    www.gfinkfamily.blogspot.com
    Beneath the Acacia Tree

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  34. I LOVE ANGELIQUE! We used her "death do us part" image for our wedding. Almost all of my tattoos are inspired from her work. :) Thank you for featuring such a wonderful artist!

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  35. Hi there i too am a fan of Angelique i have one tat inspired by her, also looking to get her image Frankie on my arm it is amazing. I have a vintage clothing website and and took inspiration from her artwork for my site www.prettyvacantvintage.co.uk good to see i am not alone in loving her x

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