You’re in Hue –this is the center of Vietnam, the halfway point, this is the place where the North and South were separated during the war. The North was Charlie, the Vietcong. The South was with the U.S. and the puppet governments the U.S. were funding. You’re here and it’s kind of cool, but not too cool, grey but not too grey and it’s a bit quieter than Hanoi, which screamed out with energy, horns, touts and chaos. (more…)
Jeff Gogué started his career as a tattooer in 1999 after working in construction for eight years. He is self-taught, and never had an apprenticeship, although he credits Cory Norris and Kevin Cox for mentoring him along the way. [Video and pictures on expanded page] (more…)
Earlier this year [a friend of mine] Elizabeth approached me about doing a back piece. Not just any back piece mind you, but a big-ass unicorn back piece. Of course I jumped at the opportunity to do this because for years I had been toying with drawing a somewhat similar idea, and I thought she’d be the perfect candidate for it.
When Crash asked me to write for the TAM Blog I said, “Yes, of course.” Then it hit me; “Now I have to think of what to write about?” Well, I am happy to say that with a little patience it has fallen into my lap.
Baltimore single-handedly wiped me out… Well, actually, one night with Hunter Spanks wiped me out! And how about those Orioles, huh? Anybody? No… okay.
I love the Baltimore Tattoo Convention because I get to spend three days with Hunter. Except, that particular weekend we crammed three days into one night! So off we go… (more…)
A few months ago I decided to start a film project called, The Gypsy Gentleman. My name is Marcus Kuhn and I have been tattooing for 23 years, minus the time I spent in the pokey… –heh. I had the realization that my whole life has led up to this idea… (more…)
Pork Chops Sheet: 31”/42” 300.00 plus shipping but price changes at the end of the month of April or May to cover the paper cost going up… it will be 450.00 when he gets the last run at the price we are getting them for currently….
Chris Quidgeon started tattooing in 1994, and began building tattoo machines under the name “Bare Knuckle Irons” in 2005. He started building machines to gain a greater perspective on the tools of his trade.
Chris prides himself on making quality machines by hand, and his machines are only built by him and him alone. He only sells to professionals, and guarantees all of his machines for life to the original buyer, unless altered after purchase. [*NEW* machines added to the TAM Pro Store on expanded page]
Beppe: First tattoo shop was my tattoo shop, Ink Addiction. I know it sounds weird in some ways, but where I live there was no way to get a proper apprenticeship. It’s such a small town and nobody would give me any help.
Dan Gilsdorf: To me, it’s apples and oranges. Tattooing is very much tied up in the idea of technical skill, so whether I want to do a tattoo that has kind of a raw look to it, I need that raw look to be intentional. I need it to be something that I am able to achieve because I have a certain dexterity that I’ve built up over the years. I need to have control over the medium so that I can make it look the way that I want it to. But that’s a technical skill. (more…)
I’ve been tattooing for around 12 years now and I’ve loved it more than I’ve hated it. There have been times along the way where I felt trapped by it, or bullied around by it, or out of the loop –like I didn’t belong or just wasn’t good enough or at least as good as I wanted to be. Though there were other times when I felt like I was on top of the world, or better than I really was. There was only one time when I gave it up to do something else; it must have been early 2000 something. (more…)
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. [Full comic on expanded page]