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Kurt Halsey Fan Tattoos

I have thirteen tattoos. I think they're all pretty cool (and definitely don't qualify as "bad-quality").

Kurt Halsey Frederiksen, who looks an awful lot like the characters he creates, is a 29-year old pencil, pen, and ink artist from Portland who I discovered through his LiveJournal fan base. His drawings are simple and sweet almost-cartoons with a dash of cute thrown in to appeal to one‘s softer side, containing images of innocently fluttering birds, big-headed, naïve lovers and wide-eyed goldfish and sea turtles. Using soft greens, pale reds, and cerulean blues, some of the sentiments expressed in his drawings are inspiring, some are sad, and a few are pathetic (but in a good way). His characters are awkward and fumbling, sensitive, and either desperately lonely or hopelessly in love; they deal with the tenderness of broken hearts, listen to sad songs on repeat and struggle with the art of impressing girls. Because of this it is easy to see why his productions appeal to teenagers. Although anyone can appreciate their universal message, his drawings seem to especially attract emo kids due to their focus on the intricate emotions of adolescent relationships. His work is often incorporated into MySpace profiles, LiveJournal communities, instant messenger avatars, icons, and fan art.

His huge online following is evidenced by the 5,334 members of the Kurt Halsey LiveJournal Community and KHF Icons, although Kurt has apparently said repeatedly that he does not like to see his art manipulated in any way, such as being filled in with color or having text added to it to create fan art. More recently, due to the nature of his artwork, Kurt's drawings have been showing up as tattoo reproductions on the bodies of young hipsters, including the adult entertainment actress Allie Sin. His art has been displayed throughout the U.S. and Canada in cities such as Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Baltimore, and Toronto. Originals are hard to come by since, according to his website, "Kurt's drawings find new homes just about as soon as his hand stops hurting from drawing them," but 8x10 prints can be bought online at his website, .

Kurt Halsey fan tattoos courtesy of Kurt Halsey Photobucket.


starrkissed from Arizona on July 28, 2008:

great hub!!! i've been seeing KH tattoos around and i love them.

Tiffy Pop on June 20, 2008:

I just got one of his older works done . I adore it

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Brittany on September 25, 2007:

how much was the birds on your hip? ive been planning on getting that on my shoulder for a year i just have been too scared.

Jaclyn Popola (author) from Florida on August 01, 2007:

I want to see it! It's not coming through though :( What's the direct http:// link?

Jennie on July 31, 2007:

<img src=" just thought I'd offer up my new Kurt tattoo for viewing pleasure as well.Ha.

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