Paul Booth is a tattoo artist, sculptor, painter, filmmaker and musician. Through his multiple mediums, Booth focuses on the dark, macabre and surreal, as a means of personal development and therapy. Each creative endeavor requires Booth to spend time with his own demons so he may confront and dissolve his individual fears and venomous experiences. All pieces of his creative work are laced with deep meanings and thought provoking facets that beckon individuals to explore and confront the darkest depths of their own psyche.
Booth’s artistic passion started early on when he was just a child. Completely self-taught, he always found comfort in painting darker and more monstrous subject matter. Through his own experimentation and personal growth, Booth has developed a technical style of his own, quite analogous to his method of tattooing. His utilization of a multi-layer approach, similar to that of the early Flemish painters, allows him to achieve a level of depth and texture that results in a visually stunning, realistic painting. Booth can be best described as a dark surrealist and has exhibited both domestically and internationally.
Perhaps best known for his impact as a tattoo artist, Booth took the world of tattooing by storm with his formidable use of black and grey ink to depict demons, beasts, evil fetuses and other nightmare-worthy visuals. It wasn’t long until a cult following developed and swelled to include heavy metal rockers, actors, musicians and other purveyors of the dark aesthetic. Booth’s signature imagery graces the skin of many celebrities including Greg Allman, members of Slayer, Slipknot, Pantera, Lamb of God and many more. This following, along with his quintessential imagery has led Rolling Stone Magazine to dub Booth as “The New King of Rock Tattoos”.
In addition to introducing the darker side of art to tattooing, Booth has worked exceptionally hard to change the way the public views tattoo art. His strong efforts have and continue to elevate tattooing into the realm of fine art. Booth looks to skin as he does canvas, inks as paints, and utilizes the same approach and technique to all of his artwork. Through his unique artistic talent and ambitions for his industry, Booth has been recognized and inducted by the National Arts Club – the oldest and one of the most respected art institutions in the United States today.
In 1996, Booth opened up Last Rites Tattoo Theatre in New York City. With some of the finest tattoo artists in the world, Last Rites Tattoo Theatre quickly became one of the best studios to get inked and a legendary destination for fans and advocates of Booth’s dark empire. In 2007, Booth expanded his artistic and professional scope, and opened the first dark art gallery in NYC, aptly named Last Rites Gallery. Under one roof, Booth’s artistic passions coalesced and birthed a haven for those who resonate with darker aesthetics.
Last Rites Tattoo Theatre and Gallery provides its patrons with a sensory experience. Booth created an immersive world, first of its kind, in which guests can view the best of dark art, some of the best tattoo artists at work and an atmosphere unlike any other. Last Rites calls the darkest depths of one’s psyche forward through its powerful visual repute and dark ideologies; No soul leaves the contemplative and moving environment unscathed.
In 2000, Booth co-founded an international charitable art organization called The ArtFusion Experiment (AFE) with world-renowned peers, Filip and Titine Leu. This tattoo-centric art movement focuses its energy on a unique collaborative art concept and demonstrates the strength of the contemporary tattoo artist’s ability to work together as a community. This aspect of AFE allows artists to put their egos aside and collaboratively fuse their individual styles to achieve unequaled works of art. It also gives the artist the opportunity to be both a student and a teacher simultaneously. This unique nature of AFE provides artists from around the world a chance to work together to create a single piece.
Though AFE, Booth continues to encourage a collaborative artistic community on a global scale. A big part of this mission for Booth is to encourage more arts education. In the past he has worked on projects with The International Child Arts Foundation (ICAF) and is persistently devoted to bringing art to underprivileged children around the world.
In 2007, Booth’s directorial debut, The ArtFusion Experiment had the honor of winning Best Feature Documentary at The Newport Beach Film Festival and continues to extend the reach and success of the movement he created. Booth continues to grow his creative skillset by not limiting himself to a single medium. With the progress of technology, Booth has begun developing work in 3D-imagaing programs to design both sculptural work and consumer products. In 2016, he debuted the Paul Booth Brand, a home goods company focused on the often-overlooked market of passionate buyers who identify with the dark art culture. With the brand’s release Booth revealed a line of limited edition jewelry evocative of his signature art style. A line of custom furniture and additional home décor are soon to be released.
Lekberg Enterprises is proud to co-own and facilitate all production and marketing for the Paul Booth Brand and also release and market all of Paul’s music.