By Jesse Dolphin
Hello once again, I was at the Calgary Alberta Bound Tattoo Convention a little over a week ago… Steve Peace owner of Immaculate Concepts in Calgary has for years been bringing in some of the best artists known worldwide. The show where I bought my first TAM mag. Wow, has it grown… (more…)
Please join us for the opening reception:
Thursday, November 3, 2011
6pm – 9pm
SMITH ANDERSEN EDITIONS presents TASTE OF TATTOO, an exhibit that features prints from the Tattoo Project, and highlights the relationship between marking on skin and marking on a printing plate. In our most recent project, we invited ten artists to make work influenced or inspired by tattoos. Five of the participants are known for tattooing and five for printmaking. For Ross K. Jones, Mary Joy, Jen Lee, Jeff Rassier, and Kahlil Rintye, who generally work with skin and ink, the project afforded the opportunity to collaborate with a master printer, to experiment with new materials, and to embrace the spontaneity atypical of tattooing. For the printmakers, Enrique Chagoya, George Herms, Kathryn Kain, Kara Maria, and Richard Shaw, the tattoo project encouraged the investigation of new symbols, styles, and ideas….
By Tim Shelton
This fundraiser is for the survivors and victims families of the Salon Meritage shooting in Seal Beach, CA. The city of Seal Beach is putting on the Cut-A-Thon on Main St. I’m hosting a Tattoo-A-Thon on Oct. 30th at my shop Still Life Tattoo in Seal Beach. I have Lindsey Carmichael, Marc Jackson and HEK and another guy or two coming out that day to help raise money through tattooing to help out… [More info on expanded page]
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By Danny Boy (A letter to Crash)
Just wanted to let you and your readers know where we are at with the museum. We got 12 days left and going into the last round. This week should be pretty hectic, but that’s how we like it. The permanent exhibitions are just about finished as far as painters and carpenters go. Henk is working around the clock, painting away, having meetings, interviews, barking at everyone, overseeing some 50 people with the help of Annemarie Beers and Almar, still squeezing in some tattoos here and there, and still showing up in the mornings with new ideas and drawings of rooms and exhibitions he had made the night before. And all this is for you, tattoo lovers of the world…
Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Japan, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Australia, Britain, Italy, France. This is where I’ve been since I left home in January 2010…
Courtesy of VICE.com: Freddy has been tattooing for over twenty-seven years, and is known throughout the world for his two popular Oakland parlors, Temple and Tattoo 13. In the series trailer, Freddy takes us to an impromptu Chinese-style tea ceremony to meet one of his spiritual friends, and sets the tone for the rest of his series -filled with anecdotes of religious experiences and musings about getting clean after years of drug use.
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By John Niederkorn
Las Vegas… Home of the perpetual Affliction t-shirt and unnecessary plastic surgery… Wait. Do I really wanna go down this road? Do I really wanna start like this? Well, let’s start again… Vegas; it’s as if Hollywood, Times Square and Wrigleyville all had a fat overpriced tourist baby! There, that’s better…
When Kent called me and said, “Hey, do you wanna go to Vegas for a week?” I cringed… and thought, “Wait until he sees those god damn bats!” There is no doubt that a week in Vegas would be just short of some kinda sick, demented self-suicide with a blackout blizzard of shame setting its course, heading straight for me… no stopping it, no preparation could help me weather that storm. Buy the ticket, take the ride… Let’s just hope I make it to the Mirage Hotel and Casino before those god damn bats do…
By Dan Henk
I want to start out by being very clear that it is not all of them… not all, but there are way too many, and they are like a parasite in the business. What am I talking about? These people who don’t tattoo, yet have their sticky fingers in the business… (more…)
By Crystal Morey
Guen Douglas has been turning heads and helping others turn heads with her eclectic tattoo work for over six years and on several different continents. Her name, as well as her work, keeps popping up all over the tattoo network and justifiably so… In a very short time (according industry standards) she’s developed a signature style and has mastered the art of creating tattoos that are not just artistically aesthetic, but truly enhance the overall appearance of her customers… (more…)
By Molly Skobba and Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura
First off, I want to express how absolutely honored I am to have been tattooed by the renowned Horitomo. Not only did he take the time out of his incredibly busy schedule, but also he tattooed a one-point tattoo on my hand -something he does not do often. It was incredibly kind and generous of him and I am so very grateful.
By Nicki Kasper
I was looking forward to the Portland Tattoo Expo knowing that I had several friends working it and fun and debauchery would ensue. The fact that Portland is just a short drive from where I live was an awesome added bonus…
By Jay Brown
In tattooing a good business card can be as important as a tattoo machine. Business cards for tattoo artists represent who they are and the work they do. It’s a two-by-three inch advertising wonder, as in any professional trade, our business cards can say a lot about the shop or artist…
Courtesy of VICE.com: In this episode of Tattoo Age, Rubendall gives us a glimpse into his busy schedule: Getting up at 5 a.m. every morning in order to draw sketches before Daddy-duties commence. Mike’s tattoo guru, Frank Romano, talks about the many ways in which Mike has surprised him throughout his career with his work hard, play hard mentality that leaves no room for vacations.
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By Kent “I hate writing blogs” Smith
Oh London, how I love you. Every year for the past five years I have traveled the London convention, stayed at the same hotel with a family of friends and shared a booth with my good buddy Hunter Spanks. Every year I am so stoked that I have been able to pick up long-distance relationships with friends right on the spot and add some new ones. I’m not talking about just people from overseas, but folks right here in the states that I only get to see once a year across the pond. The friendships and relationships that we are able to build in our community are amazing. I am constantly impressed by the sense of camaraderie we have in this industry…