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Oliver Peck: Haters Gonna Hate

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By Oliver Peck(er) (Foreward by Crash) We have finally convinced Oliver Peck to give us some regular blogs from the road. Everyone who knows O’Peck knows that he lives a rare sort of tattoo life, full of travel, adventure and goddamn great tattoos! He’s going to be sharing some of that with us… But before we even get going, I asked him to make a few comments on his personal experience of doing the Ink Master television show, just to get it out-of-the-way. Personally, I’ll say that Oliver is one of the most genuine people you will ever meet, in any walk of life, and of ALL the tattooers I know, he’s the guy who should be on TV! A tattooer’s tattooer, bar-none! -C Oliver Peck: How to start… There’s a question? Well first; I don’t have a television at my house and I haven’t had one, or cable or satellite in over a decade… So my opinion of what is on TV is not really relevant most of the time, but when I was approached to be a judge on Ink Master I had to really think about its, pros and cons, getting paid and exposure, criticism of my peers. Well, obviously I chose to do it and now I feel I made the right choice, it was an awesome experience, I got paid well. Dave Navarro, Chris Nunez and myself all had a great time, we got along well & are all lookin’ forward to doing it again. With my ... Read More »

JTG: On the Road in Amsterdam and Beyond

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By JTG After my time at Royal Tattoo in Denmark I headed to Amsterdam and The Amsterdam Tattoo Museum just a week before Christmas. Amsterdam is that city where for the first time in my life I felt like I could have died from partying. This was years ago: I remember looking out the window of my room at like five in the morning, the street lights shimmering on the black water of the canals, while my friends snored around me in drunken, coked-out stupors as my heart raced, my jaw a vice, with teeth that could have cracked walnuts, shit, they could have cracked themselves… Read More »

Maxime Büchi and Alex Binnie: It’s a Lifetime Thing (VIDEO)

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[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/35632355 w=600&h=425] Video courtesy of Fridolin Schöpper… Read More »

Dan Henk: Ink Master

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By Dan Henk So, let’s talk about the new tattoo show, Ink Master. It was originally pitched to me (as I’m sure it was to several artists) by a lady named Lisa. She said, and this is an almost direct quote, “We have people on this show like Jeff Gouge and Guy Aitchison. That’s who we’re talking to. Do you think you can compete?”  Read More »

Mark “Tigger” Liddell’s Life Celebration

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Courtesy of Mari Bell Bones: Mark “Tigger” Liddell was a true one-in-a-million man who lived life to its fullest! He was a Renaissance man with advanced degrees in some pretty serious topics yet always made time for decadence and debauchery on a grand scale. He was a man who is now evolving into legend — and his family is in need of assistance…  Read More »

Nick Baxter: Then, And Now

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By Nick Baxter  The dawning of 2012 brought me to my parents’ house, an eclectic vortex of saved childhood possessions and weird emotional frequencies densely packed into a many-acred patch of wilderness falling off the eastern edge of the North American continent…  Read More »

Jennifer Valkyrie: Why Tattooers Love To Tattoo

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By Jennifer Valkyrie I found a blog written by Jason Lambert a couple a weeks ago to be very interesting on why tattooers hate to tattoo. It certainly is an agreeable article and makes sense, but what I immediately thought to myself was the flip-side. Why do tattooers LOVE to tattoo… Read More »

Dawn Cooke: The Tattoo Shop Environment

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By Dawn Cooke My tolerance for suffering and a small amount of self-loathing has always made me able to stand sometimes-intolerable environments. Also a drive and fight against resistance has always been fueled by passion to do my work. To everyday people some of the happenings and things said in the tattoo shop are not PC to say the least, in fact some people might be down right disgusted and offended at most of the things that are said and topics discussed within the shop atmosphere…  Read More »

Crystal Morey: Yotsuya Kaidan – The Story of Oiwa

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By Crystal Morey This is one of the most famous Japanese ghost stories and a popular motif here in Japan for tattoos. There are many variations since it was first penned in the early 1800s but the essence of the story is the same. It is the story of Tamiya Lemon, a samurai turned ronin, and his wife Oiwa. Lemon, a masterless samurai forced to take up employ in a redundant job making oil paper umbrellas becomes resentful and bitter about the downward turn his life has taken and he in turn focuses his frustration on his wife Oiwa…  Read More »

For The Record: Percy Waters Deluxe Machine

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Courtesy of Tattoo Archive: Percy Waters was one of the great tattooists/suppliers in the history of our business. Over the years he produced machines with many different frame designs and in his catalog he offered a full line of supplies. Waters was an old-school supplier and the machines that he offered were set-up to operate with connector cords. If you look at photographs of tattooists working in the early 1900s, you will notice a mass of wires on their work stands. These wires connected them machines to their power supply. The clip-cord had not been invented yet, so each machine had its own cord…  Read More »

Rollo & Me Comic #11

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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. [Full comic on expanded page] Read More »

Molly Skobba: Si’I Liufau

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By Molly Skobba Si’I Liufau, owner of A-Town Tattoo Studio, is part shark, part human and definitely a tattooer with talent. We spent time with Mr. Liufau in Hawaii; I think I might have mentioned him in my blog about Pacific Soul. Although he has not been tattooing as long as some of my other blog subjects, he is one to watch out for…  Read More »

The First World Wide Traveling Tattoo Conference: Free Ticket Giveaway

By Gabe Ripley Guy Aitchison Seminar: “The Extra Mile Is Never Crowded- A Few Extra Things You Can Do To Make Your Work Stand Out” Included as part of the Worldwide Tattoo Conference educational program, $800 for 6 2-hour classes (see event description for more information).  Free ticket giveaway: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dENTeUV2QTJfdE1VMXBOMWo0S1JOclE6MQ Read More »

Jeremy Justice: How To Build Your Own Record Player

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By Jeremy Justice So you’ve got a few records and you want to delve into the vinyl hobby a little further. One place to start would be your turntable. There are an endless amount of options when choosing record players from $10-dollar yard sale finds to $250,000 ultra high-end reference turntables. Stashed somewhere in the middle, there is the DIY turntable. A DIY turntable is exactly what it sounds like; a turntable you build yourself. There are many options when building your own turntable, in fact you are only limited buy your own creativity. I will layout a couple of different approaches to give you with some basic knowledge of turntable design. Armed with this seed of information and Google you can build your own turntable and have a lot of fun doing it… Read More »

Guen Douglas: How To Avoid Tattoo Plagiarism

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By Guen Douglas It’s been so long since I’ve last written. so much has been going on in my life; a move from Amsterdam’s Salon Serpent to Brighton’s Magnum Opus and a couple of conventions back to back after the move (Brighton and Milan) have kept me busy. But I’m back with a few ideas for upcoming TAM Blogs, so keep posted. This month’s TAM Blog was inspired by one of my client’s tattoos that keeps being copied…  Read More »

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