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Bienville's Sacred Oath - A Sean Herman Retrospective

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Bienville's Sacred Oath - A Sean Herman Retrospective

  • The Serpents of Bienville 1800B Main Street Daphne, AL 36526 United States of America (map)

Internationally honored tattooist, illustrator, and author Sean Herman, will be exhibiting the illustration series “Bienville’s Sacred Oath” until May 1st at the Serpents of Bienville Gallery.  These illustrations are based on local folklore and ghost stories from the Alabama Gulf coast.  Using micron pen and ink wash, Herman painstakingly creates detailed images consisting of tiny dots.  These dots grow into a much larger image, one that draws the viewer into specific lore, setting the stage for the larger message to come.  These stories, that have been passed down for generations, are also more closely examined by Herman in essay form, with small explanations accompanying each print hanging at the gallery show.  The full essays can be found via the project’s website,  Serpents of Bienville Art Gallery will be focusing on Herman’s in the main gallery until the beginning of May, 2016.  After this time, the pieces will go onto a permanent collection on site.

Sean Herman lives and creates art in Daphne, Alabama.  He grew up in Daphne, leaving to pursue his dreams of learning the ancient craft of tattooing.  He began traveling the world, working with highly respected tattooists in Sweden, Canada, New York City, Southern California, and many other cities in his adventures.  His work has been featured in magazines all over the world, including Norway, Russia, Germany, and Taiwan, with over thirty different articles being written on his life and work.  Herman returned home in 2008, longing for the culture he missed, amongst the beautiful Live Oak.  With the aid of Peter Anderson and Dane Stephenson, Herman helped open The Bell Rose, Tattoo and Piercing in May 2014.  In the short time being open, The Bell Rose grew quickly to eight artists, a piercer, and other craftsman that are vital to the growth they have experienced.  The Bell Rose now consists of almost a dozen people, working together to help make something new and positive for Daphne, the city they love.  The shop has worked with many local charity groups such as BARC (Baldwin County Humane Society), Kane’s Warrior Kids (, and the Wounded Warrior Project.  The goal of the Bell Rose is to provide clients with the highest quality services at the absolute best ability, resulting in a positive experience for all involved, and to expand that positivity and forward progress to the community we are so proud to call home. Outside of his craft of tattooing, Herman has had his work shown throughout multiply art galleries, including the MOCCA (the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art) in Toronto.  Sean Herman is currently co-owner and tattooist at The Bell Rose, working by appointment.  He can be reached through his, or by email at