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Archive for May, 2012

INKED Magazine: Keith Underwood

Courtesy of Inked Magazine: Story by Charlie Connell. Photography by Sarah Lim
For centuries people have said that idle hands are the devil’s workshop, meaning that when people are left with nothing to do they turn to vice. When the phrase was coined in medieval England, no one imagined that tattooing could be the virtue in such a situation, but that is the case in the life of Keith Underwood. After the passing of his friend and mentor Mike “Rollo Banks” Malone, Underwood fell into a deep addiction and has come out of it realizing that he needs to stay busy to escape those demons. “The worst thing to happen to me was to have my friend die, get a bunch of money I didn’t earn, and develop a drug problem with no job and nothing to do,” Underwood explains. “The best thing is for me to stay busy.”  (more…)


Sailor Jerry Day Twitter Rewteet Contest

Courtesy of Sailor Jerry Rum Company: On June 12, 2012, we’re raising a glass to Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins to commemorate his passing in 1973. As the undisputed father of the old-school tattoo, he inked his iconic images on fellow sailors. He penned poetry, hosted radio programs, and sailed the high sea with the Navy. Jerry was a true legend who lived according to his own rules, convention be damned… (more…)


Carl Zimmer: Science Tattoo Emporium

TAM: We would like to introduce a new blogger to the TAM Family, Carl Zimmer. Zimmer is a blogger and writer for both The New York Times and Discover Magazine, which also hosts his blog, The Loom Zimmer writes on a wide range of scientific topics, including tattooing. He is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed. Time for everyone to get our “geek” on…  (more…)


Tattoo Expo Napoli 2012 Preview

The 9th edition of Tattoo Expo Napoli is arriving, the big summer event in Naples (Italy) dedicated to the world of body art, culture and much more. The Expo, organized by the Cultural Association Napolindelebile and Micromutazioni in the huge spaces of Mostra d’Oltremare in Naples, this time will host 170 international tattoo artists, international suppliers in the business and a complex series of events scheduled during the three days (29, 30 June and 1st of July) like: art expositions, workshops, live performances (including suspensions, bondage, live music), the airbrush show and many contests… just to mention some of the attractions…  (more…)


Max Dolberg: All Things Come To Pass (VIDEO)

 
By Max Dolberg
My collaborator and good friend Adrian Lee has been growing dreads since we first met in 1995. In the intervening 17 years, Adrian’s locks had grown to past his knees and despite their strange power to attract nubiles like moths to a flame, the head from which the smelly ropes sprouted decided it was time for a new look. Not one to miss a chance to indulge his ego, Adrian figured the best thing to do was make an elaborate short film to document the transformation. To that end, we assembled the troops and headed for the hills above San Francisco, armed with cameras, a 4-year-old stand in, a 7-foot tall mirror, and all manor of sheers. The result was a sunburned head and the movie we are proud to present to you today. Enjoy! (more…)


Just Eat It: Asian Meatball Skewers Appetizer With Cilantro Lime Dressing

By Stiff
My inspiration for cooking can come from a variety of things. Sometimes I get inspired by having a dish from a restaurant that I’ve never had before and try to replicate it at home. Sometimes inspiration comes from recipes I may see on television. I mostly get inspired by the certain items I see in the grocery store or farmer’s market.

Sometimes I fail at the outcome of what I’m making and sometimes I succeed. I just like to try new things and expand my horizons when it comes to testing new ingredients or cooking methods.

James, my fiancé is a great guinea pig. He will generally eat whatever I make and is honest about how the food tastes. Unlike James, I myself am much more critical about how my food turns out. (more…)


NIck Baxter: The Autopsy Art Opening at Last Rites Gallery

On May 26th, 2012 Last Rites Gallery presents The Apostasy, new works by Nick Baxter, in what will be his second solo show at the gallery.

Nick Baxter’s technically demanding painting style dwells somewhere in between traditional sharp-focus still life and modern photorealist styles, while bringing in elements of symbolism and surrealism. His subject matter tends to center around close-ups of skin and visceral, bloody macro-scapes, in exploration of what it means to be human- to have a unique consciousness inhabiting a vessel of flesh and blood… (more…)


Owen Williams: Crystal Morey Interview

By Owen Williams
Anyone who has been to a tattoo convention of late, from Milan to Sydney may not have actually seen, but definitely would have heard the whirlwind that is Crystal Morey. Usually holding court at the Gomineko Books stall (an invaluable source of Japanese tattoo culture reference and hard-to-find, out-of-print rarities) while simultaneously translating and taking bookings for her Japanese tattoo cohorts. Aside from kicking butt, taking names and rolling dice at convention time, what is it that goes on in the life of the pint-sized Texas Tornado and number one Tiger Mama(more…)


For The Record: Coney Island

Courtesy of Tattoo Archive: It was nice to read recently that Coney Island, USA located at 1208 Surf Avenue has been declared a New York City landmark. It was January of 2011 that the Coney Island’s Landmark Preservation Commission made its decision to protect this early 20th century building, now decorated to look like a sideshow on a circus lot. Built in 1917 as a branch of the Childs Restaurant chain, the building is complete with curved windows, a Spanish tiled roof and mosaics covering the front of the building. The commission described the building as “a stylish building in the Spanish Revival style that was fitting for the area’s beach atmosphere.” This building is one of the few in the area that has been protected in the recent years as the neighborhood undergoes widespread razing and redevelopment to make room for high-rises and hotels… (more…)


Larry Brogan: Developing a Style

By Larry Brogan
Courtesy of Tattoo Road TripEvery artist wants to be recognized for their art and they want it to stand out among all others as distinctively their own. In the world of tattooing, you will find many artists whose work is as recognizable as their names, such as Guy Aitchison, Paul Booth and Joe Capobianco. People like this may have been born to be artists but the skills they posses did not come easy. They were developed over decades of constant study and practice with a pencil and paper…  (more…)


Just Eat It: Sausage Gravy on Toast

By Stiff
My inspiration for cooking can come from a variety of things. Sometimes I get inspired by having a dish from a restaurant that I’ve never had before and try to replicate it at home. Sometimes inspiration comes from recipes I may see on television. I mostly get inspired by the certain items I see in the grocery store or farmer’s market.

Sometimes I fail at the outcome of what I’m making and sometimes I succeed. I just like to try new things and expand my horizons when it comes to testing new ingredients or cooking methods.

James, my fiancé is a great guinea pig. He will generally eat whatever I make and is honest about how the food tastes. Unlike James, I myself am much more critical about how my food turns out.

Posts on this blog will comprise of old and new recipes and of course all those recipes that my friends have asked me for… (more…)


Rose Riot: Royal Thunder Album Review

By Rose Riot 
Every year at the new year, I publish a list of my favorite rock shows for the previous year. This year, I titled my list, “I didn’t see it coming.” It was my top five live shows that I didn’t expect to love and did. On that list was the band Royal Thunder. They are fellow Atlantans like myself and I had been hearing for a couple of years some buzz about them through friends… (more…)


Nick Baxter: Realism Techniques II

By Nick Baxter
After recently finishing my newest series of paintings for my show in May/June at Last Rites Gallery, I had a chance to revisit an experimental painting I’d started this past summer while attending a workshop by my friend Jeff Gogué, a phenomenal painter and tattoo artist in Grant’s Pass, OR… (more…)


Dave Allen: Kannon, Goddess of Mercy Art Show & Auction

By Dave Allen
Last year’s devastating tsunami and earthquake in Japan deeply affected everyone in our industry. It would be hard not to be. More than 20,000 dead and 100,000’s left rebuilding. As a community we banded together and raised money for relief efforts. After a full year it is still apparent that people in Japan could use our help… (more…)


Crash: I Saw Galaxies! (VIDEO)

By Crash
At the suggestion of so many tattooers and friends out there, (who I HOPE will step up now and get involved) we are going to do some experimenting with expanding the scope of the TAM Blog and invite folks to make it more personal, more cultural and more meaningful. There’s still a need for interviews and highlights, for all the stuff that we’ve been doing here together this last year and a half… It’s important and effective, but let this be THE OFFICIAL INVITATION for our community to expand these parameters and explore our potentials together! (more…)