Earnest Bradley, also known as Tawck GBAK, is a multi-disciplined artist hailing from West Auckland, New Zealand. With Maori and Samoan heritage, Earnest's artistic journey is deeply rooted in his cultural background. Growing up in a family of artists, with his father Dave Bradley and brother Kairau (Haser) Bradley, art has been an integral part of his life since childhood.
In 2011, Earnest made the decision to pursue art full-time, focusing on his specialties in tattooing, large-scale murals, and various other mediums. With over a decade of experience in tattooing, starting in 2009, and a background in graffiti since 2001, Tawck’s artistic skills have been refined through self-teaching and continuous exploration. He is also a proud member of the renowned art collective GBAK, which has gained global recognition since its establishment in 2004.
Tawck's artistic style is a fusion of Maori motifs, graffiti culture, comic illustrations, lettering, and realism. His works serve as a visual representation of his surroundings, drawing inspiration from urban land scapes and the rich heritage of his ancestors and their expressive markings. Through his art, Tawck aims to create a visual language that communicates his experiences and encourages the next generation to tap into their roots and express themselves in the modern world while paying homage to the pioneers of the past.
Throughout his career, Tawck has participated in numerous exhibitions, events, and conventions worldwide, showcasing his talent and unique artistic vision. His unique skills have been recognized with various tattoo awards and business accolades during his time at Memory Lane tattoo studio.
Always seeking new challenges, Tawck continues to push the boundaries of his artistry, taking on ambitious projects that test his abilities. With an unwavering dedication to his craft, he strives to create meaningful and impactful artwork inviting viewers to explore the rich tapestry of Maori culture, the vibrant energy of graffiti, and the raw beauty of realism."
As he constantly produces new works, Earnest (Tawck GBAK) Bradley remains a force to be reckoned with in the art world, cementing his mark in the contemporary art scene while staying true to his cultural heritage.