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Archive for September, 2011

Paradise Tattoo Gathering, On the Road in Jiminy Peak (VIDEO)

By Crash
The Paradise Tattoo Gathering (PTG), at the Jiminy Peak Resort in Massachusetts, is a unique experience and one which I would highly recommend. In its fourth year, this convention stands alone amongst hundreds as being completely orchestrated for the benefit of tattooers. Don’t get me wrong, the public is welcome but with the location chosen and the schedule of events, it’s apparent this show is for tattooers who WANT to be in their community and who also want to improve themselves, their art and their tattooing. It’s quite unlike anything else out there and it was EXACTLY what I needed, at exactly the right time…  (More on that in a minute.)

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Gunnar Gaylord: It Really was ‘Paradise’

By Gunnar
A few weeks back, I wrote my first blog for TAM. I wrote about the internal paradigm shift I was making in my views toward life and about dropping the ego and being more open-minded. I then discussed the profound effects those changes had created in my sense of community. The response was amazing. It seemed that the idea of a positive paradigm shift in the tattoo community was something hordes of people desired. They were sick of the ego’s and attitudes and like me, were just saddened by the state of the tattoo industry… (more…)


New York Tattoo Artists Publish Flash Book to Benefit Japanese Disaster Victims

Courtesy of Shirts and Destroy: On the six-month anniversary of the devastating tsunami that swept over northern Japan, New York City’s most renowned tattoo artists have come together to create a completely unique, limited edition spiral bound collection of tattoo flash sheets, entitled Flash For Japan to benefit victims of the tsunami…

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Crystal Morey: The Japanese Kappas

By Crystal Morey
Kappas are definitely one of the oddest indigenous Japanese creatures. They are depicted simultaneously as both sinister and unerringly cute. They are typically the size of a large child and appear to be a cross between a chimpanzee and a turtle. Their bodies usually resemble a monkey or upright frog with a turtle like head (often with a beak). (more…)


BJ Betts: The Complex Guide To Tattoo Lettering

By Nick Schonberger
Courtesy of Complex Few tattoos are as classic as “Mom” emblazoned in a banner with heart. Or, as ridiculed as a mistaken ode to a now former girlfriend.

Regardless of inspiration, letter based tattoos are  as common as they are easy to screw up.
We know you don’t want to end up on LOLtatz or a year-end “fails” list. So, Complex enlisted BJ Betts, type titan and author of several acclaimed tattoo industry lettering guides to ensure readers get it right. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be well on your way to the text-based tattoo of your dreams. Check out The Complex Guide to Tattoo Lettering... (more…)


Rose Riot at the Dragon Con in Atlanta

By Rose Riot
To many people, Labor Day weekend means one thing, Dragon Con. Instead of firing up the grill and roasting weenies with friends, those who procure memberships to Dragon Con spend Labor Day weekend with 40,000 plus Storm Troopers, furries, comic book characters and just about any other pop culture icons you can think of…

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Sean Herman: Preaching for the Love of Tattooing

By Sean Herman
There is nothing like the sound of a solid, in tune tattoo machine. The thick buzz, the pop as the needle first hits the skin, and the feeling as you pull a clean, solid line. Any tattooer will tell you, “that’s addictive.” The feeling of tattooing, it’s like nothing else. That is why I tattoo. All I can think about day in and day out is that feeling. It’s like when you first fall in love and nothing matters but you and that other person. That is tattooing… It’s a passionate love affair that found me in a small town in south Alabama over 15 years ago, it has taken me half-way across the world, and brought me right back to the same small town…

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JoJo Ackermann: Take Back Tattooing? How About ‘Give Back to Tattooing’

By JoJo Ackermann
I usually have a box or small pile of old tattoo magazines I’ll stumble upon in my shed or in the back room at my place. It’s always fun to flip through and see what’s inside from the years past, like old favorite tattoos that stick in your mind or maybe even seeing some old friends in the pics from a convention or something.

Recently, I reached down in the pile and pulled up an old magazine from 1994, this magazine no longer exists, but this article I read was a kick in the nuts. The article was on a tattooer from the east coast named Ron Lopez. This is a quote from that interview…

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Krooked Ken: March of Dimes, Tattooing to Save Babies

By Krooked Ken
It’s as easy as 1,2,3!!! Tattoo on Sept. 24th just like any other day and at the end of the day donate all of your proceeds by mailing your check or money order or by using your Pay Pal account. All proceeds need to be received no later than November 1st. You will receive a receipt for your donation from the March of Dimes…

You can mail your donation to Tattooing to Save Babies at 1201 Tuckahoe Ct. Denton MD 21629, or Pay Pal at krookedken@gmail.com.

As parents to two premature children the March of Dimes has been an amazing source of strength and support to our family. They continue to fund and find amazing ways to save a child that have been born too soon. Through education and awareness we can fight against babies being born prematurely and having to face life-long disabilities and even infant mortality…

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Guen Douglas: The Process of Getting a Custom Tattoo

By Guen Douglas
A fantastic time at the Montreal tattoo convention and a week and a half guest spot Ottawa’s 5-Cents tattoo have inspired me to write about this months topic: Custom Tattoos: The Process…

I had a no-show during my guest spot at 5-Cents. This client had been asking to get tattooed by me for a whole year (since last year’s convention). We emailed back and forth. discussed her idea and she sent me photos of where she wanted it placed. We also both expressed excitement. The last time I heard from her was a week before the appointment. She sent me one final “can’t wait ’til next week” e-mail. The day of the appointment rolled around and there was no sign of her, no email and she did not answer her phone or call me back to ease my worry about her being in a ditch on the highway. Not even for a moment did I think that this client wouldn’t come to her appointment…

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Horitaka: Mini San Francisco Tattoo Adventure

By Molly Skobba and Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura
And here we go again! I’ve been super busy tattooing and also getting ready for the SFO Tattoo Convention coming soon and haven’t had a chance to blog lately. No problem, my amazing girl Molly has been on it and wrote a few words about Ben’s last visit to San Jose. Enjoy… (more…)


Sign Up Now for the TAM Blog Monthly Giveaway

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September’s Prize: WIN a free Sailor Jerry book “Homeward Bound”, the Hori Smoku DVD documentary on the life and work of Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins, a TAM Blog t-shirt and a grip of assorted TAM stickers! Several runner-up sticker package prizes will be awarded each month too.

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Vice Magazine (VBS.tv): Tattoo Age, Troy Denning Episode III (VIDEO)

Courtesy of VBS.tv: In this episode, Tattoo Age hits up a Denning backyard gathering where he hangs with friends and family, kills some crabs, and talks about his love for Japanese culture. We follow Denning and his best bud, Kiko, as they carouse around NYC’s Lower East Side, fight over the mic at karaoke bars, and discuss the American and Japanese cultural differences that the both so appreciate -from cream doughnuts to Samurai swords.  [More info on expanded page]

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Horiken Tattoo Artist Magazine Article Preview for Issue #27

           

Interview by Nicki Kasper

Nicki Kasper: Do you explore other mediums, like paint? If so, how do you approach that? Do you market and sell them?

Horiken: Yes, I like to paint very much. I usually paint with acrylics on paper. I like wooden panels as well. I do try to do different things from my tattooing, I may use the same motifs, but I lay paintings out differently. And, I guess I use different shading and coloring techniques; some that may not work in a tattoo. And… yeah, I do sell paintings, I don’t really make a huge effort to sell them, but if someone wants one, I do sell them. When I was in art school, I studied art history. I am trying to study this more and I have the thought that maybe I can paint and draw, a bit separate from tattooing and make something new…

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Montreal Art Tattoo Show, On the Road in Canada

By Jesse Dolphin
Hello fellow tattooer and close followers. TAM just took part in one of the smoothest running conventions this year. Montreal is a beautiful city with its fair share of beautiful tattooed people. The convention was held a the Gare Windsor, a remodeled, beautiful old train station with the natural lighting and its open concept it gave a fresh and inspiring surrounding. Pierre and his wife Val have been doing this convention for a few years now and have an understanding of what makes a good show…

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Adam Shrewsbury Tattoo Artist Magazine Article Preview for Issue #27

Robert Ryan: So what are some things that could distract a tattooer in the application of a tattoo? And drain power from the image?

Adam Shrewsbury: Again, there are several different things. It could be the environment being real hectic, or the music could be really terrible, or maybe the customer has come with a friend who is putting off terrible vibes, or maybe the customers themselves are putting you off… I guess, probably, the biggest thing for me is when the customers themselves don’t trust you. You know? And they question every action, and every time you’re about to put red in, they’re like, “Uhhhhhh, let’s stop. Let’s not do that.” And they question you with every step. So really, I guess I feel that if a tattoo doesn’t show its strengths, it’s because the relationship between the tattooer and the customer has sort of floundered a bit…

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*News* Tattoo Archive Website Redesigned

Courtsey of C.W. Eldridge: To all our faithful friends, we are very excited to let you know about our redesigned website at www.tattooarchive.com.

We know you’ll enjoy our new look, which features larger images and an easier to navigate Online Store. Did we mention larger images?

The Tattoo Archive still has the high quality tattoo history and collectibles that you have come to expect from us, as well as a chance to get involved with the Paul Rogers Tattoo Research Center and information about our online newsletter…

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Dawn Cooke: 13 Female Tattooers You Should Know About

I have been making contact with other female tattoo artists. And before you groan, like, “Oh geez… Not another feminist rant… boo!” Give this a chance because I think you might be at the very least slightly impressed or inspired by more than one of these women, I sure am! Please bare in mind the truth that there was a time when it was far more rare to see a woman tattoo artist who could lay down a solid tattoo. These days we are luckier than those who came before us and paved the way. Plus, there have always been terrible male artists also, but they never got that much attention anyway. So the focus seems to have been harder on the ladies. Attitudes toward the sexes are ever-changing…

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Hannya Mask Project: A Woman Scorned

Courtesy of Anthony Iannucci: The Hannya mask is one of the most highly recognizable images of the 14th century Japanese Noh Theater. The masks are used to convey the identity and mood of the nearly eighty characters in the different tales of the play. The hannya mask is specifically used to represent a vengeful and jealous woman. “a woman scorned.” Her anger and envy have so consumed her that she has turned into a demon, but with some traces of her humanity left. The pointed horns, gleaming eyes, fang-like teeth, combined with a look of pure resentment and hate are tempered by the expression of suffering around the eyes and the artfully disarrayed strands of hair, which indicate passionate emotion thrown into disorder…

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Jay Brown: The Life and Times of ‘Crazy’ Philadelphia Eddie

By Jay Brown
Crazy Philadelphia Eddie paved the way for tattooers today and his career spans almost six decades. He tattooed in New York, Hawaii, Chicago and Philadelphia where he spent 40 years tattooing. Eddie has seen the changes from the sponge-and-bucket days to the dawn of the sterilization era and beyond. He started one of the first tattoo clubs, owned supply companies and even ran tattoo conventions. In a career as long as Eddie’s the adventures were abundant, and he is still having them today…

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Vice Magazine (VBS.tv): Tattoo Age, Troy Denning Episode II (VIDEO)


Courtesy of VBS.tv: In this episode, Tattoo Age catches up with Troy Denning and learns the ins and outs of his life before becoming one of New York City’s most notorious tattoo artists. Troy is described as the smartest person his friends have ever met, stemming from hours of reading while hiding from teachers in the confines of his middle school library. We follow Troy as he makes big money in New York City’s famed “Cash Cab” trivia game, and talks about his path into tattooing, including stories of odd-end jobs as a construction worker or bouncer at a strip club. [More info on expanded page]

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Hanky Panky Tattoo Artist Magazine Article Preview for Issue #27

                

Interview by Daniel Sawyer

Daniel Sawyer: So then into the 80s you started to have a lot of contact with American tattooers, who were starting to come over, right? Leo Zelueta, Malone…

Hank Panky: Everybody eventually came over. Also, in the very early days, Bob Roberts came over. Because at the first convention, it was Hardy, it was Greg Irons, and the Leu family—Philip Leu was about seven, I think. Greg Irons, he stayed in Europe. He wanted to go travel. He stayed in Ostender, did a couple of tattoos in my shop. And Bob, who was friends with Greg, came after him. He also went to Ostender, and then stayed in Amsterdam for a long time. When Bob went back, he sent me some very young kids, a young band. They were like 19 or 20. They were called The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and I had no fucking idea who they were, or what their music sounded like. But they were very, very young. So I tattooed them, and they turned out to do whatever they do, with the socks around their dicks and all that. But so the tattoos were very much seen. Everywhere. And these kids were sending me all the rock and roll people. And together, with all of that stuff, a lot of very young tattoo artists came to Amsterdam, and wanted to work a while in the shop, as part of their training. Mike Wilson, Freddy Corbin, Eddie Deutsche. Almost everybody…

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Aubrey Trufant: Tattoo Giants of Texas Part I (Steve Byrne)

By Aubrey Trufant
Austin, Texas is a vast melting pot filled with all kinds of food, entertainment, culture/counter-culture and lots of art. Austin has been home to many great tattoo artists, past and present. The talent in this city alone is overwhelming but I spent some of my time at Rock of Ages Tattoo (ROA). The ROA team consists of co-owners Tony Hundahl and Steve Byrne, supported by Jay Chastain and Bobby Padron. They live and breathe tattooing, which has established Rock of Ages as one of the best shops in Austin.

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Tattoo Artist Magazine Volume I Book Will Be Arriving Next Week!

We are excited to announce that Tattoo Artist Magazine Vol. I will be arriving next week from our printer!  We will begin shipping all pre-orders at the end of next week. We apologize for the extended delay and would like to thank everyone for their patience regarding this matter.

If you would like to order the book please visit our TAM Pro Store here: http://tattooartistmagazine.myshopify.com/password.

TAM Vol I. is for professional tattoo artists only.

Foil stamped cover art by Hunter Spanks.

Cheers- TEAM TAM

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