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Archive for July, 2011

A Perfect Circle in Atlanta

Story and photos by Rose Riot
Hot, crowded, moody, sultry and sweaty are the words to describe A Perfect Circle’s (APC) performance at The Tabernacle in Atlanta on July 20. APC is one of the many creative undertakings by frontman Maynard James Keenan. The band started in 1999 and has had an ever changing all-star line up. The band recently came out of hiatus to tour…

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Nikko Hurtado Free Tattoo Contest Sponsored by Sullen Clothing

Courtesy of Sullen Clothing: Nikko Hurtado and Sullen Clothing have combined forces to give one lucky winner a free tattoo. The Nikko contest runs until July 31, 2011. The prize that the winner will receive is a five hour tattoo session with Nikko Hurtado, $500 dollars worth of Sullen Clothing, one night stay in a hotel, and a spot on Sullen TV…

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Tattoo Artist Magazine Video Downloads

Now you can digitally own a little piece of tattoo history!

The following videos were previously released on the CD ROMs and DVDs that accompany each issue of Tattoo Artist Magazine from 2002-present. The $1.99 videos include artists, Jeff Gogué, Shige, Thomas Hooper, CIV, Alex Reinke, Chad Koeplinger, Chuck Eldridge, Dana Helmuth, Frank Lee, Jason Brooks, Jeff Rassier, Matt Arriola, Matt Shamah, Wido de Marval, Sid Stankovitz and Nikko Hurtado.

The $0.99 videos include artists, Uncle Allan, Ernie Gosnell, Tony Hundahl, Trevor McStay, Mick Tattoo, Mike (Rollo) Malone, Oliver Peck, Tim Hendricks, Keith Underwood, Jim Rosal, Joel Long, Juan Puente, Hunter Spanks, Horiyoshi II, Filip Leu, Eric Doyle, Chris Trevino, Chris O’ Donnell, Chad Soner, Beppe Strambini and Aaron Bell…

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Eric Jones: Lindsey Howard Carmichael

So I have this co-worker, his name is Lindsey and he is slightly older than me, has been in the industry a little longer than me and knows more about music than the average music historian.  Lindsey Carmichael first tattooed me over a decade ago, while he was sitting in a small, condensed, walk-in friendly shop known as Laguna Tattoo…

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VICE Magazine: Tattoo Age, Episodes Two & Three

[Episode 3 and more info on expanded page]

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Northern Ink Exposure, on the Road in Toronto… Eh!

By John Niederkorn
Oh… Canada? The Northern Ink Exposure (NIX) ended a string of three successive tattoo conventions for me, which would explain this post’s extreme tardiness. It was my first time on Canadian soil and Kent had me super stressed about Canadian customs… Okay, lets get my story straight; “Hello, I’m here on ‘vacation’ and in no way will I be taking your crazy Monopoly money back to my country.”  Luckily for us North By Northeast (NXNE) was the same weekend as NIX so I had a built in excuse…

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Chris Crooks: Fukurokuju Taming the Baku, Part I (VIDEO)

By Chris Crooks
First off, I would like to say how much of an honor and pleasure it is to contribute to such an important blog, in the company of some of the best tattooists in the world, and it is also exciting to track one of my backpieces from start to finish as even I forget how much work goes into the planning and preparation…

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Xam Tattoo Artist Magazine Article Preview Issue #26

Phil Kyle: Would you recommend an apprenticeship to people knowing how difficult that is to do on your own?

Xam: Totally and definitely. It’s the only way. Not anyone can do it. Not everyone deserves it, people will still try it, like I did… Call me selfish if you want but there are too many of us now. It’s out of control. Some will fail and most will keep doing shit forever. And that’s it really… (more…)


Rollo & Me Comic #5

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.

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Wrath: The Weekly Flash

By Wrath
I was honored when Crash asked me to do this blog. I’ve never blogged before so I tried to get him to tell me what to do but he left it up to me. Thanks a lot Crash… Well, he did tell me what I can’t do. No cursing or shit talking…

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Paul Booth ‘Reincarnates’ Last Rites Tattoo Parlor

Come one and all! Not to be missed!

The second evening to our reincarnation weekend is when we drop the black curtains and launch the all new Tattoo Theatre area of our space. Not only is this another chance to take in the art of Chet Zar and Craig Larotonda, but on this special night you can truly soak in the entire Last Rites experience(more…)


Myke Chambers: Sorry if I Sound Like a Dick, but Your Tattoos Suck

Myke=profileBy Myke Chambers
Sorry if I sound like a dick, (because I’m really not) but sometimes I’m blown away by how blind people are when it comes to tattoos. I know my tattoos aren’t the best, and they are not perfect, but the crap some people think are good tattoos is insane…

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Tattoo Artist Magazine: 2011 Ink ‘N Iron Video Review (VIDEO)

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Eric Jones: The ‘Perfetto’ Experience of a Lifetime

By Eric Jones
What seemed like quick words of, “Maybe we should do this,” turned into, “Lets fucking do this!” in a matter of seconds. Exactly what I am speaking about, you may be wondering, is the hours leading up to Kris and myself going through one of the greatest moments in our lives. Mike Perfetto is a Brooklyn-based tattoo legend…

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Alliance of Professional Tattooists, Inc (A.P.T.) Releases Statement on TLC’s, Tattoo School

A.P.T.’s Official Statement: The Alliance of Professional Tattooists, Inc is dismayed by the recent television offering from The Learning Channel titled, “Tattoo School.” This program is one of several aimed at viewers who share an interest in tattooing and other forms of body art. The majority of those viewers are not professional tattooists and should not be encouraged to engage in tattooing without a proper apprenticeship program. The A.P.T., Inc. recommends a minimum of three years study under a Master Tattooist with direct supervision in a professional tattoo studio… (more…)


Guen Douglas: What Do You Want to Talk About?

By Guen Douglas
Your “not a manifesto” post lit a little fire under me. Ha-ha
All this hoopla about TLC’s new show has really had me thinking about a project I’ve wanted to start for a long time, and with everyone all fired-up, I’m hoping some of you may want to help out…

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VICE Magazine: Tattoo Age, Episode One

[More info on expanded page]

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Ink ‘N Iron Tattoo Convention, On the Queen Mary in Long Beach (VIDEO)

By Kent Smith

I’m going to start this out by saying what an incredibly long week it was leading up to this convention. Crash, John and I all woke at 4 a.m. (well Crash and I did, I think John got up at 5 a.m.) to catch a flight from Atlanta to L.A. on June 3rd…

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Jack Rudy Speaks Out Against TLC’s, Tattoo School

[*Editor's Note* Mr. Rudy graciously permitted TAM to re-print his statement on the TAM Blog. The statement appears exactly the way it is found on Jack Rudy's Facebook page.]

Jack Rudy “Good Time Charlies Tattooland”
Official Statement
Re: TLC’s show Tattoo School

I think this new tattoo school show that TLC is about to launch is the biggest bunch of bullshit I have ever heard in my 36 years of tattooing. I guess it’s not bad enough that tens of thousands of unqualified, untutored, “wanna be” tattooers have flooded this industry largely due to the bullshit tattoo shows that have already been on TV for years, because they inadvertently encourage people to get in to tattooing by making it look infinitely easier than it actually is… (more…)


Eric Jones Talks Tattoos and Vietnamese Bars with Horitaka

By  Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura

A few words with Professor Eric Jones…

HT: How do you feel about Vietnamese bars?

EJ: How do I feel about Vietnamese bars? Since you were the first to show me, it has a soft spot in my heart. It might be hard in other places…

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Marcus Kuhn: The Gypsy Gentleman, Episode I (VIDEO)

Here is just one extraordinary example of our collective creative potential when it’s put into motion! The Gypsy Gentleman: Episode I is pretty amazing, and he did it all on his own dime. This is Marcus’ contribution to our community. Please read the article [below] we recently printed for this project in TAM #26. If you really ‘get it’ and want to help Marcus make more or spread the word, link The Gypsy Gentleman to your own site and blog. There’s another episode set to film in London this fall, but it won’t happen unless people, (primarily tattooers), sponsor and support it. These episodes will only get better as Marcus and his crew gain experience and a decent budget. Enjoy! -Crash

Send PayPal Donations by cut-and-pasting this link and then clicking the “donate” icon above: justgoodtattoos@yahoo.com

[More information and Marcus Kuhn interview on expanded page]

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Tattoo Artist Magazine California Road Trip

By Crash
I’m too old for this shit, but damn, what an adventure! I thought I could write something short to share the TAM Road Trip journey and give TAM Blog a little more content. I believe the potentials we have with the TAM Blog are pretty evident, and given enough time, can be fashioned into something powerful, entertaining and educational…

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TLC’s Tattoo School Sponsors and Contact Information

By John Niederkorn
The expanded page contains the alleged sponsors/advertisers for the TLC show Tattoo School. After speaking with a network representative this morning, TLC would neither “confirm or deny” the validity of the advertisers listed below. Also included below is a list of e-mails and phone numbers for each executive and director in The Discovery Channel’s Communications Department. TAM urges those contacting employees of The Discovery Channel to be respectful and professional. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle…

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Cory Norris: Dragon Back Piece, Part I

So I have to say right-off from the get-go what a huge honor this is to be asked to write for the TAM Blog. I’m always proud to be able to interact and give back to the tattoo community. I was going back-and-forth on ideas and racking my brain in-between work, family, school and whatever else gets in the way for ideas to write about. I scrapped a lot that may surface later, but I want to just start my first one with my process of how I go about starting a tattoo –from the first sitting to the final sitting… (more…)


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