Shawn Barber's body of work focuses primarily on painting, portraiture, and documenting contemporary tattoo culture. Barber’s intimate renditions of tattooed individuals balance both meticulous brush strokes and loose energy. Figurative in nature, these large paintings take on abstractions with explosive colors, meandering lines and paint dripping down the canvas. In 'The Tattooed Portraits Series', Shawn has created an homage and study of modern tattooing through painting portraits of tattooists and artists, tattooist's at work, their tools and environments.

Among his extensive achievements, he has taught drawing, painting and the business of art for 16 years at various art schools throughout the country. After years of documenting the art of tattoo, it was a logical progression to pick up the tattoo machine and add tattooist to his resume.