Ronzi is a painter in Nashville, TN.
He has been painting most of his life.
I have admired Norbert Thiemann’s work for quite some time. In fact, every time I saw one of his photographs I thought it would be perfect for Furies. He might be one of the reasons I came back to Furies; to be able to bring attention to local talent like him and work like his.
I was lucky that he reached out to me to be the first interview for the rehash of Furies Magazine.
What inspired you to start taking pictures?
Both of my California cousins took still photographs before they became immersed in creating motion pictures. Seeing their different styles and approaches was very inspiring. It helped a lot that they are both so talented.
They also influenced my appreciation for watching fine films. The name Cinespire Photography came from my realization that the photographs would in some way be influenced by things I had witnessed on the big screen. Not surprisingly, I also gravitate toward the art and photos of times past.
When did you get your start as a photographer?
My plunge into photography started somewhere around 2006 or 2007. Initially, I bought the camera with the intention of producing works in stop motion, in conjunction with film making. After a few sessions with models I was simply hooked on taking stills.
How does today’s politically correct obsessed culture effect your content and the people who model for you?
Some of the work is erotic, but the majority is not confined to that definition. I aim for my work to be both body and sex positive. It can become empowering for those who seek it. I’ve essentially witnessed two types of feminism, which are sex positive and sex negative. One just seems more healthy and inclusive.
Do you plan out your shoots ahead of time or do you let the subject inspire you?
It turns out to be a combination of both. I generally have various loose ideas for a shoot, but I stay open to my subject, location and potential props. A lot of my photographs were spontaneously created out of an inspired moment.
I notice that a lot of your work is black and white or has very subtle use of color. Why is that?
Great phrasing of this question, because I had to pause and think about it. I love everything about black and white, especially mingling in the shadows. It’s my opinion that black and white aids in making experiences more universal, instead of being solely about one specific person.
Although we had color TV’s when I was young, we still had the odd black and white portable model. In the early years, it was rare for us to go to the movie theater, however we did frequent the drive-in. I’m sure I was influenced by all the black and white and muted colors from when I was growing up. Watch some great classics and movies from the 1970’s to get my drift.
Are there any local artists that you’re inspired by?
For local, I would be remiss not to acknowledge Bill Steber.
What are your goals as an artist?
Recognition is big for every artist I’m sure. I mainly wish to be more prolific, and to keep growing.
If you could shoot anything/anyone you wanted, what/who would it be?
Beauty comes in many forms, and variety is so important. For some time I have been drawn to the presence of an international model who has gained notoriety for being utterly unique. Her name is Melanie Gaydos, and she has done some very fine work.
Actually, I’m happy to keep shooting with lots of different people, because of the importance I place in variety, and beauty in all it’s forms.
RG: For art? Not really sure. I guess just see where it goes and hope others can connect with and appreciate it. My future in general? Get an apartment with a spare room for when I work on art or music. Get a job doing something in the music industry. Get my art in a gallery. Take dance classes again!
Tia Adams is a body painting artist with exciting ambitions. I had the pleasure of meeting her at The Nashville Full Moon Tattoo & Horror Festival in March! Her artwork is incredible, and definitely leaves an impression.
Tia Adams: All I have ever known is Art, my imagination drives me crazy some times because it never stops. Even when I sleep I have vivid dreams that make me question reality. I don’t have a favorite medium – I just love being creative, but if I had to cho0se, I would say body paint due to the interaction with others.
Furies Magazine: What led you to body painting?
Tia Adams: A fluke, a last minute idea. I showcased my art for the first time at RAW Nashville, wanting to bring attention to my work. I thought what better way to do it than have a half naked woman getting painted live in front of my display. Little did I know that last minute idea would change my life forever.
Tia Adams: I only became serious about painting in 2011 when I decided to take up body painting, and like most everything I do, I am self taught learning by trial and error.
Furies Magazine: What is your favorite style to paint?
Tia Adams: I like a challenge, something I don’t think I can pull off, so in the end I suprise myself and become aware of my true abilities I never thought I had.
Furies Magazine: Is there a big difference between painting canvas and the human form?
Tia Adams: Huge difference! A canvas doesn’t move, talk, breath, or shower, so I can always come back to working on it later. Not to mention the difference in how the paint is applied. With a canvas I can paint layers, let them dry and paint over them again. With body paint it’s kind of a one shot deal, I have to plan the layout of the paint as to keep the colors from all bleeding together. The body also has such a smooth texture and curves, as a canvas is rigid and flat making it easy to just prop up on an easle without any hard to reach angles.
Tia Adams: Definitely woman, I have only been approached by a few men, and I’m pretty sure they were kidding.
Furies Magazine: What inspires you/your work?
Tia Adams: There’s so many things that inspire me, but mostly other artists work and photography. I like to take 3 to 4 images as inspiration and apply my own style creating a totally unique result.
Furies Magazine: What makes your work unique?
Tia Adams: I am always researching Body Paint to see what’s already been done, and I try to stay clear of it. Most any idea has probably been done a few times or more, but it’s how I make sure to apply my own style that makes most of my work unique.
Furies Magazine: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Tia Adams: Hopefully on the cover of several magazines, making a good living on my art, and inspiring people all around the world…but most importantly being an amazing wife and mother to my family, figuring out how to balance all the many things I want out of this life.
Furies Magazine: Any piece of advice for aspiring bodypainters?
Tia Adams: Work hard, create an image for yourself and your work, and never give up. It’s a very tough industry, but if it’s what you’re truly passionate about you’ll get to where you want to be.
Furies Magazine: Any advice for models?
Tia Adams: Bring a great attitude, working with a body painter is a very intimate encounter. As a body painter a lot of times I work off the models attitude, so if it’s negative it tends to effect my work.
Furies Magazine: Is there work you’ve done that stands out as your favorite?
Tia Adams: Honestly, since I never thought I would ever get into painting I am so proud of every peice I have done, but a few stand out as special to me. R2D2 is one of my favorites for many reasons, my Koi piece was only my second body paint pieces but still one of my favorites, and my Rib Cage piece is a fan favorite and mine too.
Tia Adams: As a big fan of tattoos I love going to tattoo conventions. There’s so much versitility in the art presented, from jewelry to photography, tattoos and paintings, it’s just a great place to share your work and meet other creative people.
Furies Magazine: Do you have any upcoming projects we should look out for?
Tia Adams: I was at the 2013 Nashville Full Moon Tattoo Convention in March, and I may be showing up on a reality show in 2014 among many other festivals I am currently working out details for.
Tia Adams: I have actually thought about it, but not at this time. I am taking on my first apprentice this year which I am very excited about, I love to teach and inspire others so I am sure it will be something I take on a lot more in the future.
Furies Magazine: Anything you’ve never been asked, but would love to answer?
Tia Adams: If I could paint someone, who would it be, and that would be Lady GaGa. She’s such an inspiring wild and creative performer that I know would love to rock some of my work.
Furies Magazine: Tia can be found here:
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I moved to Murfreesboro just five short years ago. I had heard stories about the cool things that had went on before I moved here at the Red Rose Dairy. I had heard stories about open mic nights and grungy artists. The Red Rose had been shut down for a while, though. There was some hope and buzz that they might reopen. A lot of that buzz was my own. But mostly Murfreesboro has seemed to be a boring, yuppy, college town with no edgy scenes outside of the cliche hangers-on at tattoo parlors. No offense, that used to be me. However, it would be nice for us to be able to step outside of the tattoo parlors into broad daylight and be accepted and welcomed; blue hair and all. That’s pretty much what Furies is about, you know. We won’t judge you for your cubicle if you won’t judge us for our lack of them. Just like we won’t judge you for your lack of tattoos if you won’t judge us for our excess of them.
Did you hear about the Grand Opening of Murfreesboro’s only art gallery?
It happened April 10th, just off the square, on Lytle Street at Two-Tone Art Gallery. I was, of course, extremely excited. So, I went to check it out. Honestly, my expectations weren’t very high, because I’ve seen some of the art that is displayed around Murfreesboro. When I walked into the gallery I was really surprised by the art I saw inside. I literally had to walk around the gallery three different times to take in the fact that there was real art being displayed. It wasn’t abstract cows or wheat fields. I couldn’t believe it. The lines, the colors, the subjects; it was edgy, sketchy, cool. And it was in Murfreesboro. We might not have to go to Nashville anymore for art that we’d actually enjoy having in our homes.
Could Two-Tone Art Gallery be the push that Murfreesboro needs to go from yuppy to artsy?
Todd Wilson is the man behind the kick in the teeth that Murfreesboro so desperately needed. He’s a tattoo artist by night over at Icon Tattoos and Body Piercing*. And now he’s spending his days at Two-Tone Art Gallery. You can find him there Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM, at 113 West Lytle Street. He was cool enough to take the time to answer a few questions for me.
Furies Magazine: What gave you the idea to open an art gallery?
Todd Wilson: I realized that there were a lot of people producing art in Murfreesboro, but there were no places that were easily accessible for artists to show and sell their work. I wanted to change that.
FM: Why would you do it in Murfreesboro?
TW: I was born and raised in east Nashville, but my grandparents have always been here. I visited them every weekend as a kid. That makes Murfreesboro seem really important to me, because of how good and honest they were. I have found many more people in town who are just as inspirational. Two-Tone was created for these people and anyone else who recognizes the beauty in this place.
FM: Are you a visual artist as well or is all of your art based around your tattoo work?
TW: I have created art for as long as I can remember. It’s always just been that thing I do. I was discouraged from drawing a lot but I kept going.
FM: I think the opening went really well. How do you feel Two-Tone has been received so far?
TW: So far it’s been awesome everyone that stops by really likes that Two-Tone showed up. Like they never realized it was missing until it wasn’t. And that’s just poetic.
FM: Is there anything you’d like for prospective artists or customers to know?
TW: Just to come by check it out, hang out for a while. Then buy some of the art. Or all of the art. Just support your local art community.
You should stop by often, too, because every three weeks there will be new art displayed and new artists getting the recognition that is needed for them to survive.
Todd seems to understand the struggling artist, too, as outlined in a note on the Two-Tone facebook page. Artists don’t choose the struggle. They choose happy. It takes courage to be an artist – to face rejection on a daily basis. So, when you go in to Two-Tone to submit your work, or appreciate that of others, you can be assured that the owner really gets it and he really wants the artists to succeed. ” The price of the art is… what they have to be offered to convince them to give up a part of themselves.”
On behalf of all the readers at Furies Magazine and all of the artists that we represent, thanks Todd, for having the balls to start some fires and show this community that there is a completely different kind of artistic talent in Murfreesboro. It’s rough and it’s awesome and it’s fucking real.
Your Tattoo Guide has been up now for a few months now, however, we haven’t had a lot of time to promote it because we’re busy promoting our artists over here at Furies.
If you’re looking to get a some new ink done in the MiddTenn area then Your Tattoo Guide is the place to go.
If you are a tattoo parlor in MiddTenn and you don’t see yourself listed or some of your information isn’t correct you can Contact Us.
The current header of Your Tattoo Guide is held by Bright Ideas Tattoo of Lebanon, TN.
We look for a new shop to occupy our header every month.
If you work in a tattoo shop in the MiddTenn area and you want to see it on our header check out the About page for details.
So that’s that. Have a f-cking awesome weekend!
A little over six months ago, Furies Magazine was only an idea. It wasn’t even a fully thought-out idea. It was a blurting of “I should start a magazine.”
And the next day, I really thought about it. I went to my mother’s, because she’s my sounding board, and I really talked it through. I came home feeling invincible and said , “Honey, can I have some money?” haha. AND THAT’S HOW FURIES MAGAZINE STARTED!
Since I moved to Nashville back in 2006 I have met so many just fucking awesome people. These people inspired me, became my dear friends, and always encouraged me to follow my art and my passions. The one really annoying thing about Nashville is that the true artists, musicians, etc aren’t allowed out in daylight without normal jobs. These extremely talented people are pushed to the background behind a cloud of cowboy jokes, country music and generic paintings. Some of the best artists around aren’t even celebrated because their work is done in ink on flesh.
My goal with Furies is to take away the redneck stigma and show the world these alternative and extremely gifted Nashville talents.
Six months ago Furies was an inkling of an idea. Today it is a thriving community of some of the most passionate talent that Nashville has to offer. You guys are cooler than I could ever be. I completely admire you for all of the work you do. It is you that makes Furies as great as it is.
In three days our kickstarter project will be launching to raise funds for our first print issue. It will be our introduction to the rest of the world. We will have until Valentine’s Day to raise the money to publish our first print issue. If we don’t raise all of the money that we need to get it published the project will fail. However, I have a lot of faith in what we’re doing here. When the project succeeds we will have it printed by May, maybe even sooner.
I could not be more proud of the community of people that have come together and have been so supportive of each other. I can promise that we will continue to push the boundaries of what people think Nashville has to offer. We will continue to promote the outsiders, the miss fits and the fire starters.
So, let’s squash this country music stigma! Let’s all come out and take a bow and be proud of who we are and the community that we represent.
Let’s start some fires!!!
… but not literally, because then I’d get arrested.
Also, We would not have come this far without my husband, your contributing editor, Kenneth Zook and my good friend, your new National/International Tattoo Writer, Nichole McVeigh. Not to mention all of the very first talented people that took a chance on a start-up and let me interview them!!!!