Art would not exist without the ability to visualize an idea. My work is a constant interpretation of interests in both pop culture and nostalgic points of my life. I refuse to stick to any one medium or style, in. search to constantly learn and grow as an artist. With inspiration and knowledge constantly changing and evolving, each piece I create is an extension of that. Many of the pieces displayed in my portfolio fall in the pop art realm as I enjoy the study of advanced color theory but also enjoy the use of charcoal, photography and the art of tattooing.
Selling pieces are great and everything, but the satisfaction an artist attains is getting someone to stop and look, even for a second to admire a piece of your art.
Johnny Flowers, a native of Buffalo, New York, began creating art in high school drawing tattoo designs for fellow students. Following high school, Johnny attended Daemen College for Graphic design and Illustration, at the same time beginning his tattoo career at the age of 19 at stylin' tattoo. This began what would become a rapidly progressing tattoo career -- winning multiple awards, and establishing himself as co-owner/ operator of 125 Art Collective Studio; one of Buffalo’s premier and top-rated tattoo studios along side his mentor, teacher and business partner ted hawkins.
Taking a larger interest in his artwork, he began years of trial and error, experimenting, researching techniques and styles. In 2015 he discovered Pop Art & his largest inspirations can be found in the works of Warhol, Choe, Banksy, and Lichtenstein. drawing the attention of many, his work can be found in homes of art enthusiasts and businesses such as the flo - Buffalo, NY, Taqo Restaurant -Fredonia, NY, e’s Bar - Manhattan, NY. He quickly became known for his eye catching pop-art style paintings with unique color blends, detailed layering techniques, and use of different elements and mediums that pop off the canvas.
With a packed house, Johnny hosted his first solo exhibition in 2018 “Redemption”, which was featured in Buffalo Rising and on Channel 2 News. Following his “Redemption” series Flowers has dove full force into evolving his techniques, skills, and inspirations to creating pieces for his next series “Ascension”. His “Ascension” Series Part I was completed in 2020 and was showcased at a small private viewing. Since Johnny is continuing to dive deeper into the art community- evolving his work through exploring new mediums, textures, and inspirations in preparation for his journey with the collective 716.
After running a very successful studio for 6 years, it was time for Ted hawkins to depart back to his home in Long Beach California. bittersweet, yes but Johnny has decided to revamp the victorian styled studio under the collective 716, Allentown's tattoo lounge and art gallery. he plans to host guest artists throughout the year and array of events open to the public.