Robert Ryan is a tattooist, painter and musician that focuses on occult symbolism, shamanism and other mythic based arts. Ryan’s art uses the various roots of western occult symbolism, Eastern Vedic philosophy and Amazonian shamanism, which are all shown through the lens of traditional American tattooing. This rich mixture of ideologies is what makes Ryan’s work so appealing. The great depth of tradition and symbols, many lost to modern times, create something truly unique in his work.
"writers call it the symbol drain where you literally drain power from a symbol through overuse or reduce it to a mundane thing. Taking a powerful symbol and putting it on television, advertising a car with it, a political party with it…but I think its important for us as humanity in the current state and stage that we’re in to try to harness these symbols and take them back" Robert Ryan via http://sangbleu.com/2012/09/29/robert-ryan-for-issue-vi/
Ryan's solo music project American Cloud Songs falls within his worldly approach and is equally engulfing as an art. Finding the rich history of traditional belief and cult systems Ryan creates a body of work that does justice to the past and brings these ancient searches into the present.
Ryan is currently Co-owner of Electric Tattoo in Bradley Beach, New Jersey.
Interview with Robert Ryan http://thehumanpyramid.blogspot.com/2009/12/robert-ryan-baphomet-shangri-la.html and more about the artist https://occultvibrations.wordpress.com/category/tattoo-artists/robert-ryan/ and http://robertryanofjudah.tumblr.com/