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.)
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…)
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…
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…)
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…)
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…
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…
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…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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…
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…
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…)
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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]
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…
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…