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Born, Paterson, New Jersey

Former martial arts instructor/ Nidan (Second rank of Black Belt) in Kobayashi Shorin- Ryu, Multi media Sculptor, Arts educator, 36 years a Professional Tattoo Artist, Co-founder/ Former Vice President of, Alliance of Professional Tattooist, Published non- fiction, Journalist, Poet, Author Poetry collection THE BLACK MARKS HE MADE Proteus Press Albany NY, Publisher Tattoo Advocate Journal, Former owner of Shotsie's Tattoo? Studio's in Wayne and West Milford NJ. Now living and working in the Bay Area Norther CA.

Shotsie beyond world class tattooing exhibits a myriad of art forms, Functional Pottery, Abstract ceramic art, painted furniture, Hand tufted carpets, Decorative boxes, Painted ceramic tiles, Oil on canvas…

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About

BIO


Born, Paterson, New Jersey

Former martial arts instructor/ Nidan (Second rank of Black Belt) in Kobayashi Shorin- Ryu, Multi media Sculptor, Arts educator, 36 years a Professional Tattoo Artist, Co-founder/ Former Vice President of, Alliance of Professional Tattooist, Published non- fiction, Journalist, Poet, Author Poetry collection THE BLACK MARKS HE MADE Proteus Press Albany NY, Publisher Tattoo Advocate Journal, Former owner of Shotsie's Tattoo? Studio's in Wayne and West Milford NJ. Now living and working in the Bay Area Norther CA.

Shotsie beyond world class tattooing exhibits a myriad of art forms, Functional Pottery, Abstract ceramic art, painted furniture, Hand tufted carpets, Decorative boxes, Painted ceramic tiles, Oil on canvas figurative and landscapes, Impasto Acrylic abstractions multi media art works in museums and galleries around the world.

He is on a lecture tour speaking on the art and history of Tattooing, at Universities and Art Institutions around the US and Europe focusing on the creative drive, and the interrelationship between culture and ritual. Shotsie has appeared on innumerable news and talk shows on National Television during his career as a tattoo diplomat and advocate.

Gorman lectures on process and presents thrilling poetry workshops for teens on the edge via interventive justice programs and local mentoring.


Shotsie is currently presenting “ A CONVERSATION WITH SHOTSIE GORMAN” A dialogues on unblocking the self critic at creative events around the West Coast of the US.


Painting/ illustration retrospective of visual and literary work at the Jersey City University Museum Gallery, Jersey City NJ and Paterson Museum, Paterson NJ.


Recent shows and Speaking engagements were in diverse settings from universities to Tattoo Exhibitions in 1997-98-99 –01- 02-03-4 Bologna Italy, Moscow Russia, Orlando, Florida, Philadelphia, PA, Houston, Texas, Stockholm, Sweden. 2008-2009 Sedona, AZ, Loveland Colorado, watch for lecture series at the Sonoma Community Center Sonoma CA Fresno Ca,Portland Or Poetry center workshop.
2011 Fresno Arts convention, Eugene Oregon arts expo, Portland OR arts expo.

Currently exhibiting in:
Thumbprint Cellars Gallery Healdsburg CA
Raku Gallery, Jerome AZ
Gifted Hands Gallery, Sedona Az
SAC Gallery Sedona, Az
Absolut Vodka Advertisement
John Natsoulas art Center Davis CA
Northern Arizona University prestigious 2009 juried biennial Ceramic exhibit at the NAU Art Museum.
Juried by Kurt Weiser
Towers Gallery Cloverdale CA

Thumbprint Cellars Gallery Healdsburg CA
Sonoma Community center gallery
Boswell Gallery Sugarloaf New York
December Cover for the International Potters Guild 2009 Pottery calendar
Museum Of Natural History Body art exhibit NYC NY
Exhibitor and lecture series on Contemporary cultural icons in tattooing South Street Seaport Museum tattoo and the world exhibit NYC NY

Shotsie co-hosted Boswells pottery studios Sugarloaf NY a very successful Empty bowls pottery workshop fundraiser for the homeless and food bank in Orange County New York.

Fundraiser for Eva’s Kitchen Paterson NJ for mobile emergency treat van for the homeless.

2010 fund raiser for “ The Children’s Hospital” in Davis California with Bill Hill in Roseville CA raising 17,000.00

Well Red Coyote Book Store Poetry performances Poetry workshop series “Mining for God.”
Spoken word performance Poets Corner, Sedona AZ
Trinity Church Poetry 2009 Reading series
Member in goods standing with the Redwood Writers Group Santa Rosa, North Bay CA

Shotsie is a self educated artist and a world traveler. He has appeared many times in print media as journalist and feature subject including: Newsweek, New York Times, Village Voice; Bergen County NJ-At Your Leisure Magazine cover Review of the New Jersey Poetry scene, innumerable newspapers around the US and contemporary hard cover books and periodicals on Tattooing and Fine Art.

Shotsie has appeared as a tattoo ambassador on: Geraldo, Good Morning NY, Good Morning America, Am NY, AM Philadelphia, Eye On New Jersey, CBS Nightwatch Many local and regional News programs. He has helped to author Customizing the Body with anthropologist Clinton Sanders Temple University PA. In addition he was a major contributor The Total Tattoo Book with Amy Krackow.

Shotsie was chosen to write the preface for Tattooed Women Photographer William De Michele, published by Proteus Press Albany NY an award winning photo essay of tattooed women in contemporary culture.

Shotsie was an honorary attendee representing the East Coast of the United states at the first ever Italian multi cultural tattoo exhibit organized by Georgio Ursinni Italian Cultural center Roma Italy La Asino and Zebra


Shotsie's First book of poetry "THE BLACK MARKS HE MADE"
Published by Proteus Press, Albany NY and released IN SEPTEMBER 1999 with a companion spoken word CD produced by Record Plant Inc. Winner of The Allen Ginsberg award Pater Poetry center and the National Endowment for the arts Paterson Community College, Paterson New Jersey 1999

Poetry Anthologies:
Will Work For Peace
Paterson the poets City
Lips
World News
PCCC literary journal
NY Times

Featured Poet at:
School of Visual Arts spoken word artist series.
The Back Fence Cafe Bleeker Street in NYC.
November 19th at Knitting Factory reading series
Featured poet along with Bret Axel, Donna Spector, Lyn Lifshin, in Middletown NY at the Thrall Library
Greens Cafe 90 North Street Middletown November
Greenwood lake Library
GoPoetry Online TV featured with Orange County Poets GoPoetry.com
JCC Metro West Orange, NJ
School Of Visual Arts NYC
Woodstock Poetry society Festival
Poetry on the Loose- Sponsored by Orange county Arts council
With Bill Seaton director Middletown NY
Alice's Tuscan Cafe, Warwick NY
Goshen Village book Store, Goshen NY
Goshen Village library, spring writers series

Mug and the Bean poetry Series, Rutherford,
Soda Pop Shop Montclair NJ reading series
Allen Ginsberg Award Ceremony, Paterson Museum, Paterson NJ
Greens Cafe Middletown NY
Barnes and Noble reading series West Paterson NJ
Jersey City University NOVEMBER 4-25TH A POETRY READING SHOTSIE GORMAN RETROSPECTIVE PAINTING AND TATTOO EXHIBITION "Word art GREENWOOD LAKE WINTER VOICES SERIES
JOSHUA TREE - WOODSTOCK NY 10 FEATURED poets
Goshen Village Library- Goshen NY
Well Red Coyote- Sedona AZ
Poets Corner Sedona Az
Trinity Church poetry reading series 2010
Healdsburg CA poets series 2011
And many others

Shotsie is 62 years old Currently living in Sonoma California with his wife and fellow artist Kristine Gorman his three children Lucas Orion Gorman 23 and Emma Fairchild Gorman age 25 and their youngest Cleo Avalon Rose Gorman aged 10
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