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As a child I loved fantasy art. Dragons, faeries and other mythical creatures populated my imagination. My paintings, prints and posters have become a way for me to explore my inner fantasy world. When I started doing tattoos and tattoo designs, these fantasy characters came alive on people's skin. It's been an amazing journey. My art has taken me to places that have blown my mind and opened my heart.
I don’t know if demons and devils really exist in the world, but as metaphor and archetype, the certainly do. To consciously come into contact with my dark and light aspects has been both difficult and liberating. And while I’m grateful everyday for the gift of being, sometimes it just hurts to be alive. Art is an outlet for my struggle with the (my) human condition. Even within my most frightening images you’ll see traces of grace. In almost every painting and drawing you’ll find a flower, a pearl of wisdom or a ray of light. The symbolism of hope emerges in the darkest places. My images are not a glorification of darkness. Rather, they are a humble bow to the full spectrum of our miraculous humanity. I'm thrilled to share it with you. Enjoy! – David Bollt
The art of David Bollt has been exhibited in museums, displayed in galleries and toured the world with some of the biggest rock bands in history. His artwork has graced magazine covers, CDs, comic books and posters. His images can be found on clothing, jewelry, sports cars, custom motorcycles and electric guitars. David’s signature style has earned a vast following of dedicated collectors and has captured the imaginations of art enthusiasts from around the world.
As a child prodigy, David manifested his precocious talent at the age of seven, when he spontaneously began creating beautifully rendered images conjured from his wildly fertile imagination. While still in his early teens, David’s images began their ever increasing impact on youth culture as he created cover art for rock bands across the globe. He rapidly gained national recognition as his illustrations appeared on the covers of numerous magazines and posters. These exceptionally unique images attracted a loyal fan base that has been growing ever since.
Before it’s mainstream popularity, David began his study and practice of the ancient art of tattooing. His art quickly took the tattoo world by storm. David’s cutting edge style and mastery of technique wowed fans and professionals everywhere. A myriad of magazine articles featuring David’s art proclaimed him to be one of tattooing hottest talents. His published tattoo designs are prominently hung on the walls of thousands of tattoo studios internationally and are tattooed into more peoples skin than any other artist in history. David Bollt paintings and illustrations have become a main attraction at tattoo conventions worldwide. His artwork is used to promote many of the most prestigious tattoo culture events in both the U.S. and Europe every year.
"The art of David Bollt illuminates a vast and complex symbol language for the viewer. A language that describes a temple, ancient and mysterious, ranging from the darkest and most disturbing of places to the brightest and most spiritual of mountain tops. His art paints a picture of the soul, balanced by dark and light in all its changing and eternal forms. Many of these timeless images touch a place in us all as they rise from the mists of our own preconscious memories." – Heavy Metal Magazine
"Your drawings transported me to a futuristic world where I saw sadness, terror, joy and trancendence. I saw sadness in the love between a couple where the guy seemed headed out to battle, felt compassion towards what looks like a masked face, saw hope in sunshine and fleeting peace in mountains, and everything with an element of amazement. My favorite was the one with the eyes staring right back at me. Whoa! It felt like I was face to face with a predator. That was quite a ride. You definitely did “inspire, frighten and shock me into a state of awe and wonder”. The preface and even the message in the mail felt heartfelt and personal - should have expected nothing less from you." – Shobhit Sharma
"I fell in love with your artwork when I first discovered it about 15 years ago. I was working in a tattoo shop and came across some of your flash. We sold it like hotcakes because it was so awesome. I currently have 3 of your designs tattooed on me (that's almost half of my work). I was a pool player then as well. Put her on my forearm so when I was stretched across the table, she'd shine in all her grace, beauty and fierceness. Thank you for keeping your work out there and allowing us to be a part." – Casey Hearn
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