Renowned tattoo artist, illustrator, and fine artist, Joseph Ari Aloi aka JK5 talked ink at our March CreativeMornings. From tattooing to collaborating with Comme des Garçons, ink has led JK5 through many unexpected journeys.

About the speaker

Joseph Ari Aloi, aka JK5 is an artist, designer, writer, and tattoo artist. Aloi opened a tattoo studio, expanding his signature styles and approaches to lettering and graphics into work in many mediums.

A true visionary of the contemporary art world, JK5 is a compulsive artist for whom every free moment is an opportunity to create. Whether as a painter, illustrator, calligrapher, or designer, JK5 is preoccupied with the collision of personal and revelatory themes with profound pop-cultural iconography, resulting in a powerful and readily identifiable style. The lines of his drawings weave back, into, and around themselves; as do his words which take on a poetic freestyle with glyphs, characters, and his own unique script.

He has collaborated with such companies as Nike, Kidrobot, and Wieden + Kennedy. Most recently, he collaborated with Comme des Garçons on their FW 2015 menswear line and was the subject of a new Rizzoli monograph “Joseph Ari Aloi aka JK5: Sketches Tattoos Drawings Paintings & Objects.” His work has been exhibited through Deitch Projects, Alife NYC, and other galleries worldwide.

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