Henry Hate is a London based visual artist & tattoo artist whom works from both his tattoo studio Prick in Shoreditch East London est. 2003. He escaped family life and joined the army, but never took to authority. He was to enrol at Savannah Collage of Art & Design to study Illustration, when he found himself working in a brothel to help pay the bills. Early on in his career he found himself working for Durk Dehner of The Tom of Finland Foundation while broke in Hollywood.
Henry took on a tattoo apprenticeship at Funny Farm Tattoo in Silver Lake Los Angeles, while also working in the adult film industry. His tattoo work is visible on the likes of Amy Winehouse, Alexander McQueen, Boy George, Comedian David Cross, Paul Thompson of Franz Ferdinand, Pete Doherty and Preston of The Ordinary Boys to name just a few. Cultivating work in both commercial and media print, while still maintaining his D.I.Y. ethic learned in the early queercore / punk rock days as a youth. He is now shifting into the world of fine art. His art was turned into edible chocolate by respected Belgium chocolatier Dominique Persoone.
He has worked with brands Opal Nera, Converse, Nissan Motors, Oliver Sweeney Shoes, and Diagio/Justerini & Brooks, and of course the Amy Winehouse Foundation. Henry Hate’s work reflects his fascination with Sin and Salvation, Damnation and Redemption, Consumption and Corruption. Viewing the world at large with a mixture of classic art, pop art, and contemporary urban art, his subjects range from religion, sexuality, identity, appropriation and iconoclasm from the outside perspective. His use of bold bright colours, grapple with a world engulfed by mass consumerism, human taboos, the misconceptions of the marginalised and the viciousness of mankind’s pursuit of power.