Robert Ryan has been tattooing for eleven years. Taught in the classic traditional American style of Bold outline, Strong Shading, and Solid fields of color. His integration of American folklore, Metaphysical Psychedelia, Occult symbolism, Sacred Geometry and The Hindu Pantheon have made his tattoos stand out and his paintings highly sought after. His background in music extends even further working with many early Jersey psych & noise projects. He may be best known for his tenure with New Jersey heavy weights Lord Sterling in which he appears on four albums and one off compilations All in which gained strong critical appeal yet remained in shadows of mystery and obscurity.. He is currently a member of The Harmonize Most High sound collective which will be releasing thier debut album in early 2008 on the Portuguese advant garde imprint Ruby Red Editora. He is also perpetually working on his solo project under the moniker of American Cloud Songs. Mr. Ryan is part owner of Electric Tattoo, One of New Jersey's finest tattoo shops well known for being one of the last known tattoo establishments to feature all hand painted designs adorning their walls. His work has appeared in many shows and academic exhibitions as well as being featured in numerous publications.

When recently asked to describe his place in the arts community he responded with:
"Each day we are bombarded with a barrage of psychic & symbolic tyranny by forces of those who wish to control us. A plethora of Images, Sounds, Smells and Colors all of which have beaten us into a fearful, distressed and toxic society. We have been made so weak it now has become easy to manipulate and control us. So much that we willingly shackle ourselves to the devices and labels of our oppressors. It is in our best interest to become symbol literate and harness the power of these ancient archetypes thus applying them as a technology in what now has become a struggle for the one and only truest of truths, LOVE- It is to my understanding that we have been deprived of our true Ancestry, Archeology, Biology, and Spirituality. Our needs and potentials distorted, Art, Music, Sexuality, Development, Architecture and Beliefs have been betrayed and our personal sovereignty evaporated. The tools and knowledge of the Esoteric, Occult, and Invisible belong to us and should be taken back by any and all means necessary. All division within Gender, Race, Religion, and Class is made possible through the suppression of true knowledge of ourselves, Where we have come from and even more important where we are going. Through these visual equations, Two dimensional alters, And songs of the clouds I offer to you a fragment of My future , My present, And My past. Please except them as peaceful offerings of Love and with Love only.
Thank You."

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