Tiger Kaufman Sharna Lee Jana Cova nude Penthouse Australia – March 2015
FOR THE past 35 years, Penthouse has been discovering and photographing the hottest women in the world. Now we’ve invited a few notable guests to share some of this arduous workload. The assignment is straightforward, but far from simple: create and direct a photo shoot that represents their unique vision of what makes a woman beautiful and desirable. This month our guest creative director is tattoo artist/ painter Nikko Hurtado, who worked with photographer Holly Randall to create his vision. Hurtado has tattooed plenty of celebrities — from Drake, Fred Durst, Brandon Boyd, and Andrew W.K. to Jenna Jameson, Jesse James, and Kat Von D — and appeared on LA Ink, Tattoo Wars, Tori & Dean, and Ink Master. Since 2009, he’s been working out of his own Black Anchor Collective tattoo studio, and now he’s expanded that brand, with its ubiquitous black anchor — a nod to the classic tattoo image — into a product line. But he pours himself into his oil paintings, many of which can be seen in these photos, and last year he had his first solo show. This is a man who understands beauty, style, and the creative spirit; who captures images on canvas and on skin that transform blank slates into emotive expressions of self … and now he’s done it in photographs.
So, Nikko, you get a call from Penthouse giving you creative control to produce a shoot based entirely on what you think makes a girl hot. Where do you even start? I’ve been tattooing for 13 years, and through tattooing, I started painting because that was the evolution of me growing as an artist…trying to do more and learn more. My favorite period to paint is Baroque. I figured why not do a take on the paintings I’ve seen from the past? I know that this is all about what I feel is sexy. I think that a woman’s figure is sexy and that art is sexy. When I see beautiful paintings of beautiful women…to me, that’s just it.
What exactly were you going for when you chose Tiger Kaufman as your model? I was looking for someone who was natural and pretty normal. I wasn’t looking for someone who was super fit or who had a lot of plastic surgery. I just wanted someone with a nice physique, curvy and was just a more average kind of woman. I like that. I like a woman who has a normal body.
And what was it about her that jumped out at you? She was soft. I look at a lot of old paintings and you can see the women in the paintings are more curvy rather then skinny. She reminded me of someone who would have been painted back then. I like all types of women, but I wanted to show what inspires me.
You didn’t pick a girl with tattoos. Why was that? I hate to see bad tattoos on beautiful women. I feel bad. Like they did themselves an injustice. I love women with