Bubash lives and works in Pittsburgh as a fine and tattoo artist,
where he opened Route 60 Tattoo in 2008. He was educated in fine
art at Penn State University for several years, before moving to
New York City where he learned the art of tattooing from Thom DeVita
from 1969 until 1974.
education continued in the 1980's at the Pennsylvania Academy of
Fine Arts in Philadelphia where his focus was on figurative sculpture
and printing making. Upon graduation with highest honors, Bubash
received the Scheidt Grant that allowed him extensive study in India.
style and inspiration is wide ranging in both tattooing and fine
art and comes from many sources. His voluminous output ranges from
popular to highly detailed tattoos, drawings, paintings and collages;
to extremely realistic bronze sculptures of animals, fantastic gargoyles
and assemblages; to making lithographs and etchings.
exploration of many styles can be traced back to his many years
of tattooing where the tattoo artist is called upon to execute any
number of very different images every day.
"I was trained as a print maker and figure sculptor all the
while working as a tattoo artist. Although I remain deeply involved
with the formal aspects of fine art such as the workings of compound
and complex forms in figural sculpture, I can't deny the flash images
of my everyday experience.
combination of conservative traditional figuration and hard core
pop flash images and subject matter, creates what sometimes feels
like a chaotic leap between unrelated thoughts. I feel that my exploration
of the joining of these, sometimes incongruous, images leads me
in a spiral direction: inwardly to my center and outwardly to the
universal street corner."
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