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For the Record: The Rose Tattoo by Tennessee Williams

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Courtesy of Tattoo Archive: Thomas Lanier Williams was born March 26 1911 in Columbus Mississippi to the son of a shoe salesman. He studied at the University of Missouri, Washington University in St. Louis and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1938. In 1939 he moved to New Orleans. It was here that he took his college nickname “Tennessee,” which he got on account of his heavy southern drawl and the state where his father was born. Williams had been a prolific writer since the age of five. During his career, he produced 25 full-length plays, short stories, screenplays, novels, poems and an autobiography. Throughout his career he won many literary awards including The Pulitzer and the New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award and was considered a major American playwright… Read More »

Sacred Gallery NYC Presents: The “Velvet” Underground

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Courtesy of Sacred Gallery NYC: An exhibition where some of the best underground artists take their skills back to when velvet paintings ruled the airwaves. From zombie Jesus to black light panthers. These artists will take you on a journey you wont soon forget. Join us, Thursday, March 8th 2012 from 8-11pm here at Sacred Gallery NYC 424 Broadway 2nd Floor… Read More »

Phil Kyle: From Brighton to Milan and Back… Part II

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By Phil Kyle So a few days later it’s off to Milan tattoo convention… The 17th edition, already! This is another one of my favorite convention because you get to see everyone and yet again… another great time. This convention is always packed with kick-ass artists, the attendance is unreal and it’s placed perfectly for folks from Switzerland, Germany, Austria and France to get there fairly easy… Read More »

Phil Kyle: From Brighton to Milan and Back… Part I (VIDEO)

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By Phil Kyle So I got to Brighton on the 26th of February.  The day after was the Magnum Opus pre-tattoo convention party. There was a shit-ton to do in that short time.Had to haul my drum set over to the Prince Albert where the party was..had to pack for the Brighton convention… had to get prints made etc… You know, all that last-minute shit… Read More »

Kris Richter: Beyond The Ink

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By Kris Richter My artist, B.J. Nigh, talked me into getting my first tattoo. I liked it, so I went back. I liked it again, so I went back again. The next time I went in, he suggested a new tattoo…”Skull flowers!”, he greeted me as I approached his station where he was currently tattooing. “What?” I asked. “Skull flowers! Let’s do a skull flower!” he said…  Read More »

Molly Skobba: Pacific Soul Tattoo

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By Molly Skobba Man, Pacific Soul has it all: personality, style and most of all talent. Steve and Paulo can tattoo everything from American traditional to Japanese to what they’re most famous for, their Polynesian tattoos. in addition, they’re located two blocks from Ala Moana beach in Honolulu, Hawaii… Read More »

Checker Demon Press: Dragons/Dragoes: By Mauricio

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Courtsey of Checker Demon Press Checker Demon Press is proud to annonuce the publishing of Dragons/Dragoes: By Mauricio Hardcover book 340mm x 240mm printed on high quality paper. Limited to 1,000 copies. The book contains 80 pages of amazing black and white dragons in various mediums. Forewards by the Dutchman and Luke Atkinson… Read More »

Chicago Tattoo Company: Donations for Rudy Carrillo

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By Nick Colella A good friend and coworker at Chicago Tattoo Company, Rudy Carrillo was hit by a car a few days ago while riding his bike home, Rudy has no insurance and two daughters to take care of. He has a broken mandible and is seeing a plastic surgeon today to help repair damages to his chin. The force of the hit was so bad that the front fork of his bike was sheered clean for the rest of the frame. We are asking everyone if they can make a donation to help out with Rudy’s hospital bills while is out of work. We are trying to get a fundraiser together soon to help out as well. All donations can be sent to his PayPal at rudski1315@gmail.com Thanks…  Read More »

Still Life Tattoo and The Pretty Pretty Collective Present: Everything Went Black

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By Tim Shelton Everything Went Black: An Artist Tribute to Black Flag, presented by Still Life Tattoo on March 10th, 2012… Read More »

Last Rites Art Gallery: Art Fusion for The International Child Art Foundation

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Courtsey of Last Rites Art Gallery About The Project Believing that creativity is a vital force for all of humanity, Last Rites Gallery supports ICAF in funding art programs for children across the world. Last Rites owner, Paul Booth, has raised thousands of dollars for ICAF since his first involvement with them in 2008, and founded The Art Fusion Experiment as a means of benefitting charities and connecting artists worldwide. Read More »

Amsterdam Tattoo Museum

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“The Book of Lucky” by Lucky Bastard In the beginning there was the Red Light… In 1998, I took my first trip to Amsterdam to try and sit-in at the infamous Hanky Panky Tattoo. I was told by others that had worked for Hanky (Henk Schiffmacher) that it was not possible to get someone to vouch for you, or to call ahead to test the waters. You just had to meet Henk face-to-face, and hope he liked what you were doing. Not just artistically, but most importantly personality-wise… Read More »

The First World Wide Traveling Tattoo Conference Giveaway

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By Gabe Ripley To have a chance to win a free ticket to the World Wide Tattoo Conference, please click the link below and fill out form. Winners will be chosen at the start of next week: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dENTeUV2QTJfdE1VMXBOMWo0S1JOclE6MQ Six of the world’s most famous tattoo artists will gather together in the Chicago area to share their expertise and experiences. Two days of full immersion into the secrets that made Guy Aitchison, Jeff Gogue, Nick Baxter, Boris, Bob Tyrrell and Alex De Pase very popular and successful. The program includes a series of highly integrated core seminars and lectures that provide attendees with a great opportunity to learn more about the technical skills, tips and tricks and suggestions that can make you a better tattooist. Every artist will explain his unique artistic approach to body art and show his own peculiar vision on the tattoo world. Read More »

Jay Brown: The Rosini Award and The Ink Travelers Tattoo Convention

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By Jay Brown Every tattooer says, “I wanna tattoo till the day I die!” But only a few have done it, and only one that I know of has actually tattooed the day he died at a tattoo convention. To honor this man an award was created, and now 10 years later the list of recipients has become quite a prestigious one. Now the convention was/is the Ink Travelers Tattoo Convention in Vancouver, Washington and the tattooer was R.J. Rosini, a man many say that they definitely broke the mold after he was born… Read More »

For the Record: Prof. James S. Fraser

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Courtesy of Tattoo Archive: Sometimes all it takes is just one image to set you off on a historical voyage. A few months ago, Mr. Grez from King Avenue Tattoo e-mailed me looking for help in identifying an old-time tattooist. Mr. Grez had a beautifully painted sheet of flash with a Homeward Bound image signed by Jim Fraser. Mr. Grez wanted to know if this Jim Fraser was the tattooist better known as James Fraser or Prof. J.S. Fraser. They are one and the same person… Read More »

Molly Skobba: Beau Brady Visits State of Grace Tattoo

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By Molly Skobba  Beau Brady is rad. He is known not only for his killer tattoos, but also for his warm and open personality. Taki and I had the opportunity to hang out with Beau for a week. Beau is originally from Arizona but works at Fun City Tattoo in Manhattan and Da Vinci Tattoo in Long Island, New York. He likes long walks on the beach and thinks sun-dried tomato aioli is a revelation… Read More »