Fine Art Gallery

Fine Art Gallery

Hell City Tattoo Festival

From flesh to canvas!

The Hell City Fine Art Gallery features many other works of art in various mediums. Works displayed in the fine art gallery are from attending Hell City tattoo artists who showcase their other talents including paintings, sculptures, and flash. Be sure to swing by the Fine Art Gallery to see Hell City artists take their art from flesh to canvas! Come feast your eyes on all of the incredible paintings that will blow your mind!!

All weekend we are asking all attending tattoo artists to bring at least one piece of fine art with them to display at the convention. The fine art will be displayed in a gallery area right next to the seminar rooms dedicated to displaying other works of art from attending artists. Artists may sell their artwork or just present it for everyone to see. Artists must provide name tags for each piece of art stating the name of the artist and the studio they are with. Artists that wish to sell their fine art must provide pricing for each piece. Artists also must make sure their art is wired and ready to hang in the gallery. Also, be sure to check out our featured artist gallery openings below!

Featured Gallery Openings

Derek Hess

Derek Hess’s work has been recognized in both the music and art world for over 20 years. Hess began creating promo flyers for shows in Cleveland, OH. These flyers soon gained the attention of a multitude of bands as well as the Grammy Museum, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Louvre in Paris which he is part of their permanent collections. In addition to countless CD covers and gallery shows all over the world, he has been featured on TLC, MTV, Fuse, VH1, Alternative Press, Newsweek and Juxtapoz to name a few. Recently the award winning documentary ‘Forced Perspective’ was released that chronicled his art, life and struggles with dual diagnosis.


Derek Hess will also be doing signings of his new book “31 Days of May” at Hell City 2018!

Jed Leiknes Memorial Show

In memory of  Jed Leiknes, Jed’s art will be sold at Hell City 2018 in order to raise money for his family. Here, you can grab an album of Jed’s work for $10 and it enter you in a raffle win an original from Jed.

Anyone can anything they would like, not just artwork. Money donations, gift cards for his family, checks for his family, or any other monetary donation that goes to support his lovely family.

Every raffle ticket is $20, which will include a CD album from Chuck DZ for every ticket purchased. Even if you don’t win anything, you will still have something that is a limited edition item that Jed personally contributed to with the artwork for the album.

Several of the donated paintings currently in the show are valued at over $500. Please come out and show your support for the incredible art that Jed left us all with and support a good cause for his family during these times.

Jed Leiknes “Go Fund Me”

Click here to visit Jed Leiknes’ Go Fund Me page.

Jed Leiknes was my son, my shining star and best friend. 

He was a loving brother, friend and incredible dad to his daughter Avery.  A beautiful soul, broken at times but hopeful for so long, he found solace and healing through his art and his love for his family. He drew from his pain to create beautiful things. Not long ago, anxiety and depression became overwhelming for him and he sought out professional help but it was too little, too late. On December 22, 2017, Jed took his own life.

Jed’s incredible tattoo work, paintings and other artwork will live on without him but will remind those of us he left behind that he is still with us.

In the wake of his death, we are left with not only his final expenses but the task organizing and taking care of all of his personal matters including shipping artwork and his final bills. We could not have been less prepared for this. Jed truly would not have wanted this for any of us but that is what depression can do. 

I ask those of you who either knew or knew of Jed to please help. 

He touched your life in some way. He was a loyal friend, he lovingly tattooed a memorial or just something crazy and wonderful on you, he painted you something magnificent or just lifted you up with his his humor.

The proceeds of this GoFundMe will help pay his funeral expenses and allow me to be able try to finish all he had going before he died like shipping your paintings and trying to tie up loose ends, pay his final bills and, of course, help his daughter Avery and Avery’s mom Amanda.

Please share this with friends and artist friends. Any additional funds will be earmarked as scholarship fund or something in that regard to help young artists and tattoo artists with an emphasis on depression and suicide awareness as those rates are phenonemally high with creatives. 

I know this will be seen by artists of every kind. Please know there is help for depression. If you find it hard to reach out personally, help really is a phone call away: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and if you know of someone, anyone struggling, please reach out.

With love and great sadness,
Christine Calnin aka Jed’s Mom

There are multiple paintings/originals/prints of Jed Leiknes that other artists are contributing as well including:  

Brian Smith
Chris Dingwell
Dave Correia
Mark Blanchard
Gabriel Londis
Matthew Lukesh
Christine Calnin
Jed Leiknes
Christine Vallieres

Mitch O’Connell

“The Prince of Pop Art”, Mitch O’Connell is a beloved, cherished and respected leader of the “Lowbrow” art movement and one of the greatest illustrators of all time!* Inspired by Pin-ups, hot-rods, comics, sideshows and all things kitsch, cuddly and curvaceous, he takes the vintage and makes it contemporary with his distinctive, eye-popping Pop Art imagery. He’s happy to play nice and follow instructions with illustration assignments for nearly every publication on Earth. Magazine work includes Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stone, New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, GQ and Playboy! Overnight deadlines met for newspapers include The New York Times, Village Voice, Chicago Tribune and dozens more! He’s been featured in the world of rock ’n’ roll on album covers and posters for groups from The Ramones to Weezer to No Doubt to Moby! Mitch’s doodles are utilized in advertising campaigns for major companies from McDonalds to KFC, 7-11 to Coca-Cola! And when he’s not working with an art director, his fine art paintings have been exhibited in sold-out gallery shows from New York to Berlin, Tokyo to Miami and Hollywood to Mexico City.

His sexy tattoo flash is a fixture on the walls of tattoo shops around the word (and on the bodies of thousands of tattoo lovers) with many of the designs collected in two bestselling books “ Mitch O’Connell Tattoos Volume 1” and “Mitch O’Connell Tattoos Volume 2“!  His newest book, “Mitch O’Connell, the World’s Best Artist by Mitch O’Connell” is a huge career-spanning retrospective look at his art from the age of 3 to now!