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Archive for March, 2011

Waverly Ink to Donate 100% of Japanese Ink Sales to Charity

By Bill Waverly

From now until June 1st, 2011, I will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of all of the three Japanese colors I sell. These colors are Japanese Orange, Japanese Red and Japanese Pink. (more…)


Tattoo Apprentice Tales: Episode I (VIDEO)

(All the gentlemen in this video can be found at Sid’s Tattoos in Santa Ana, CA) (more…)


Tattoo Industry’s Leading Talents Design Shirts to Support Japanese Relief Efforts

By John Niederkorn

As the dust settles from the earthquake and tsunami that shook Japan to its foundation, tattoo artists including Jeff Gogue, Mike Godfrey, Horitaka, Chad Koeplinger and Japanese resident, Shige, have come forward to donate their time and artistic talents to help raise money for people of Japan. (more…)


Dawn Cooke: Tattoo Ethics

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It’s okay to take up a hobby or make various other works of art. It’s also okay to dedicate your life solely to tattooing and polishing those skills of your craft. It’s okay to just do flash tattoos for your whole career. It’s also acceptable to actually learn how to draw things yourself. I mean putting forth extra effort never hurt anyone. Knock yourself out! (more…)


Jack Rudy Article Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #25

Jack Rudy: If you’re going to apprentice somebody and you’re going to apprentice them right, it’s going to take a minimum of a year, maybe more, depending on the person. But you also kind of have to be married to that person for that year. (more…)


Tattooers for Japan

By John Niederkorn

The recent natural disasters in Japan have sent shock-waves through the global community, which left many people wondering how they could help the Japanese people in their time of need. One such community that has been organizing to support Japan is also a community that has been heavily influenced by Japanese culture, the global tattoo community. (more…)


Randy Scott Howell at MUSINK

(Randy Scott Howell can be found at MotaVation Tattoo and Silverback Ink) (more…)

Lady Luck Tattoo Arts Expo: On the Road in Reno

By Metal Allison

Reno, the land of dreams… Oh, wait, that ain’t Reno. I meant, Reno, the land of toothless hookers. Wait, that’s just rude. Reno: It’s warm here and that’s pretty cool.

I boarded the trolley to Circus-Circus after briefly witnessing and elderly chain-smoking woman yell at pretty much everything. The two men sharing this trolley ride with me spoke to each other loudly about tattoos and rumors of a convention this weekend. I finally give in to their attempt to talk to me about tattoos and confirm the rumors. (more…)


Adrian Willard at MUSINK

(Adrian Willard can be found at Magnum Opus Tattoo) (more…)

Daniel Higgs: Sing A Song (Videos)

This is the first installation in a series of videos that my good friend and musical crime partner Michael Sternbach is working on. All the performances and interviews are shot on location at my studio space known as the 3rd Degree in Asbury Park, New Jersey U.S.A.  [Videos are on expanded page] (more…)


Mario Desa at MUSINK

(Mario can be found at Chicago Tattoo Company in beautiful Chicago, IL) (more…)

Motorhead Still Going Strong with New Album ‘The World Is Yours’

By Rose Riot

What can you say about a Motorhead show? It’s a fucking Motorhead show, that’s all that needs to be said! This legendary band binds music lovers of many genres –rock, metal, punk and hardcore can all find some roots in Motorhead. They have inspired bands from The Damned to Motley Crue, and everything in-between. (more…)


Steve Byrne at MUSINK

(Steve Byrne can be found at Rock of Ages Tattoo in Austin, Texas) (more…)

Dan Smith: “With the Light of Truth” (Video)

(Dan Smith can be found at High Voltage Tattoo and Dan Smith Tattoos.) (more…)

Dawn Cooke: Lady Tattooers

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Today Nick (our shop guy) asked me why there weren’t that many good women tattoo artists. He felt there should be more I suppose. I said two reasons, first most women aren’t tough enough to work ten times harder than their male peers and take tons of shit along the way. Second they aren’t taken seriously enough in the first place to even be offered the opportunity. Then if they are offered the opportunity based on their skill or looks which ever go back to reason one. (more…)


Troy Denning at Musink (Video)

(Troy Denning can be found at Invisible NYC in New York) (more…)


MUSINK: On the Road in Orange County

By John

Musink was three days of skating, rock ‘n roll and hanging with some old peeps, while meeting some new ones… Oh, I guess some people got tattooed as well? Above is a video compilation we put together from some of the activities at Musink. However, it’s hard to cram a whole show into a three minute video clip, so we have added some pics and another short video below… Enjoy!
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Rollo & Me Comic #1

The “Rollo & Me” strip is a series of stories told by Keith Underwood and illustrated by Dan Henk which appear regularly in Tattoo Artist Magazine. They chronicle Keith’s experiences living with and working alongside one of tattooing’s greatest icons of the 20th century- Mike ‘Rollo Banks’ Malone. Mike departed this life in 2007 but these stories represent Keith’s healing process and are figuratively supposed to occur on the couch of his therapist.
Enjoy. There’s more to come.

(As seen in issue #20 of Tattoo Artist Magazine)

Dan Henk can be found at: http://danhenk.com/

Keith Underwood can be found at: Austin Tattoo Co. and Taylor St. Tattoo.

(Mike Malone was featured in Tattoo Artist Magazine #6)



Mike Shea from Redemption Tattoo at Musink

(Mike Shea can be found at www.redemptiontattoo.com and mikesheatattoo.blogspot.com)


Phil Holt Article Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #24

Phil Holt: For me, I think if I’m constantly studying and constantly trying to make things, then when the time comes where it’s like “Ooh, I need to say this,” I already have the formulas to say that. I’ve been practicing those words enough that I can articulate the whole sentence.  But if you don’t ever practice those words you never get a chance to get into the conversation. (more…)


*NEW* Scott Harrison Paintings Available Headband Brothers Website

“this truth does not constitute a stopping point”

11″ x 14″ $400

(Visit headbandbrothers.com to purchase and see more of Scott Harrison’s paintings)

Motor City Tattoo Expo: On the Road in Detroit

By John

The Motor City Tattoo Expo holds a special place in my heart. This convention (four years ago) was the very first convention I worked for Tattoo Artist Magazine. I had no clue what I was doing! Crash mostly abandoned me that first year, like a newborn gazelle, I was thrown to the “tat con” wolves and had to get on my feet and start running. But I guess there’s no better way to figure out how to survive than sink or swim… (more…)


Jason Kundell Article Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #24

Jason Kundell: Tattoo wise- I had the good chance of working with some great people along the road. There’s been a lot of great influences. The guys who taught me, Adrian and Paco, were really good influences and they’ve gone on to do great things. When me and Grime  had the shop together he was a great influence. He was a good influence especially because he was going through this time in his life where he was really tired of everyone sort of taking some of his cool little nuances. (more…)


Jason Tyler Grace, On the Road in Thailand: Part IV

A while ago at a convention I bought a shirt off of Permanent Mark that had a rad tiger design on it from Thailand, but the shirt was too big for me. While I was in Peru last year I cut it out and sewed it on the back of a flannel, which I brought with me, but it got stolen. So I was excited to come and find that design out here. (more…)


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