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Knives & Needles with Grime

By Molly Kitamura www.knivesandneedlesblog.com Grime, Grime, Grime. One of the best tattoo artists in the world! On the slim chance you have not heard of him, he has a shop called Skull and Sword in San Francisco. He is widely known for being a renaissance man of tattooing (and art in general!). What I mean by that is that man consistently crushes any tattoo or style of tattoo requested of him no matter what it is. Grime has created his own style in the process, one that cannot be imitated or replicated although many have tried and failed. Basically you have to see his work for yourself to understand what I am talking about and I highly recommend checking him out! But today that is besides the point. Today we are talking Grime and his food! Mr. Grime can also cook (…renaissance man…) and he occasionally sends me photos of his dishes. They always look amazing. The other day he sent me a particularly mouth-watering photo of his pan-fried salmon filet with an oven-roasted yam and sautéed spinach garnished with raisins, pine nuts and a balsamic glaze. That photo had me seriously second-guessing what I had already decided to cook for dinner that night. You can never go wrong with simple yet sophisticated! Check out a few great recipes and some of Grime’s tattoo work below… Cheers! I will try my best to recreate Grime’s recipes for you all. Try this dish for your next dinner, you will love it! ... Read More »

TATTOO HISTORY MYTHS EXPOSED

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By Marisa Kakoulas Source: www.needlesandsins.com Last week, Gizmodo, which is primarily a tech blog, attempted to condense tattoo history, from mummies to Miami Ink, in their blog post “How the Art of Tattoo Has Colored World History.” In what seemed to be research primarily conducted on Wikipedia, the author ended up perpetuating many of the myths and misinformation that float around online.  So I hit up true experts in the field of tattoo history to set the record straight: Dr. Matt Lodder, Dr. Anna Felicity Friedman, and Dr. Lars Krutak. So, you can take a minute and read the Gizmodo article first. Or not. I first asked Anna what she thought were some glaring mistakes in the post. Here’s what she said: ANNA:  By the third sentence of this “article” I knew it was going to be a doozy. The problem with this statement, “That tradition continues today, just with a much smaller chance of infection” is a) it’s incredibly melodramatic and b) it’s just not true. Many (if not most?) traditional tattoo practitioners were acutely aware of the possibility of infection, one of the reasons why we perhaps see suspension mediums in traditional tattoo “ink” recipes like alium juice or even one of my favorite rare ones, human breastmilk, both of which contain natural antibacterial agents. Rest periods for people having undergone tattooing are common cross-culturally (presumably to let the body heal and lessen the chance of infection). And with the rise of “tattoo parties” and so much home-tattooing by amateurs untrained in proper safe ... Read More »

Knives and Needles with Shawn Brown

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By Molly Kitamura Reblogged from: www.knivesandneedlesblog.com Shawn Brown. Hardcore legend. Amazing tattooer. All-around cool guy. I had the honor of meeting Shawn and his wife, Michelle, a beautiful and talented photographer. Every time we hang out its continual laughs and high adventures (Japan <3)! Shawn lives in Washington DC and used to be the singer of legendary bands Dag Nasty, Jesus Eater, and Swiz. He is currently singing for Red Hare, they are definitely worth checking out! Shawn tattoos out of Tattoo Paradise, owned by Matt Knopp, so if you are ever in the DC area, you need to stop in and get a tattoo! In the meantime, read on and check out Shawn, his work and his mouth-watering tri-tip and vegetarian recipes!! Read More »

Knives and Needles with Mary of Nom Yourself

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By Molly Kitamura Reblogged from: Knivesandneedlesblog.com Its rare to find a vegan chef, let alone a really good one! This is Knives and Needles first vegan chef feature, Mary of Nom Yourself! Her food looks amazing and she loves tattoos; so please read, enjoy and be inspired to step out of your animal-product box! Molly: Tell me about yourself, please include what you are doing now Mary: I am a 27 year old vegan cook living in NYC. I am currently developing recipes for my second cookbook that is currently untitled, and promote my first cookbook Nom Yourself – The Cookbook. I run nomyourself.com and advocate home cooking. Molly: I always want to advocate to cook at home as well, especially these days. Have you always been vegan? Mary: I haven’t. I actually became vegan 14 months ago while living in Baltimore, Maryland. I started teaching myself how to cook and found that adding meat and dairy to my dishes was actually taking away from the flavor of all these amazing fruits and vegetables I was buying from the farmers market. Most people find veganism through animal rights or health reasons. I found it through cooking. Molly: Very cool! How did you get into developing Nom Yourself? Mary: I started posting pictures of the food I was making on my personal Instagram account. Then a friend suggested I start a website. Within a week I had a thousand followers and a new love for the internet. Molly: What a great idea! So ... Read More »

Knives & Needles on Julian Zeff

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By Julian Zeff Reblogged from: http://knivesandneedlesblog.com Hey Happy Monday everyone!  I have a special blog for you today, my friend Julian Zeff. He is an amazing tattooer, the sweetest guy and his positive energy lights up the room! Check out this blog and see what Julian likes to eat and cook! My name is Julian Zeff. I am a Tattooer in Los Angeles, California. Born and raised here in LA I grew up skateboarding, surfing, bike riding and vandalizing walls or making art around the city(you can be the judge of that). Things I do besides art are travel, surf and go to the gym. Before I became a tattoo artist I was mostly focused on graffiti and canvas art. I first noticed an interest in tattoos simply because I was surrounded by friends who were getting them. As soon as I found someone that was willing to give me my first tattoo (while I was under eighteen), I got one. From that point on I knew I wanted to engulf myself in learning how to do it and I’ve never looked back. Read More »

Ben Spangler

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By Molly Kitamura Reblogged from: http://knivesandneedlesblog.com/page/2/ Ben is new to the culinary industry and is heavily tattooed! Read his short interview with K&N and see whats cooking today! M: Write a little about yourself, background, work, currently doing what Read More »

Knives & Needles: Tattooer Don Ed Hardy

By Molly Kitamura I had the most interesting and enjoyable lunch today, Taki and I drove up to San Francisco and ate lunch with the living legend Ed Hardy. He took us to one of his favorite haunts, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana. Ed had nothing but praises for the owner, Tony Gemignani, and his amazing pizza spot. Tony is super tattooed and even travels to Italy to partake in pizza-making contests. Rad!  Read More »

Knives & Needles: Chef Christian Dolias

By Molly Kitamura Christian Dolias is a force to be reckoned with. He is an innovator in the culinary world, taking kitchens by storm leaving no pot unstirred! He runs an ever-expanding social club for chefs called, CutThroat Culinary with members all over the States, Europe and South America… Read More »

Knives & Needles: Chef Andrew Santana

By Molly Kitamura I have had the amazing opportunity to interview a talented chef named Andrew Santana. He is from California and is a jack-of-all trades when it comes to cooking! He has done it all! He has a passion for tattoos and kindly shared some of them and their stories with me. Here is our interview along with a mouth-watering recipe courtesy of Andrew!  Read on and check it out! Read More »

Knives & Needles: Tattooer Deb Yarian

By Brynne Palmer I have been so fortunate to meet some amazing people in the tattoo industry, and one of them I really look up to is Debra. She’s been tattooing for longer than I’ve been alive, and her accomplishments in her work and family life are truly impressive. Her demeanor is so sweet and comforting, when she tattooed me at the last SFO convention I felt like we were just old friends having a lunch date! When she told me she would like to contribute to our blog, I was so excited to get more of a glimpse into her life and family, and how she seamlessly balances the two. Deb, thank you for sharing with us; and for doing all you do as a tattooer, wife, mother and grandmother!  Read More »

Knives & Needles: Chef Jason DeBriere

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By Molly Kitamura How can we have a food and tattoo blog without the chefs?! Here is our first chef blog; there will be many more, so keep reading! I first met Jason through my husband Taki, at his place of work, Peels on the Bowery in Manhattan, NY. He is a very talented individual and I always look forward to eating his creations whenever I’m in the city. Jason is tattooed and so naturally I thought of him for this blog. I had a chat with Jason the other day and asked him a few things about his life, work and most importantly, his tattoos…  Read More »

Knives & Needles: Star Wars, Tattoos and Wookiee Cookiees

By Brynne Palmer Star Wars and I go back a long time ago, not so far way. I grew up in a household that loved the trilogy, and have so many fond memories of it intertwined in my childhood…. Read More »

Knives & Needles: Colin Dowling from Gold Rush Tattoo

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By Brynne Palmer Colin and I have known each other for quite a long time. Over 12 years ago, he gave me one of my very first tattoos! I am so grateful that after all this time, I have the privilege of working for and with him at Gold Rush Tattoo. Colin, an incredibly well-rounded artist, seamlessly creates beautiful Japanese pieces, American traditional and portraits as well. I’m always asking him for input on my tattooing, life and everything else, so of course I wanted to hear about and share some of his culinary talent!  Read More »

Knives & Needles: Lindsey Carmichael from Gold Rush Tattoo

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By Brynne Palmer My good friend and fellow tattooer, Lindsey Carmichael, is one of those incredible people who is enthusiastic about whatever he is involved in, and it really shows through in his work. His approach to tattooing is very precise, clean and thorough, qualities which can be seen in every tattoo he makes. It’s no surprise that his approach in the kitchen is very similar. When I asked him to contribute his favorite recipe, he was stoked and more than happy to share! Please enjoy the culinary stylings and wisdom of the one and only, LHC!  Read More »

Knives & Needles: Horitaka from State of Grace Tattoo

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By Molly Kitamura This is a blog that I started because I have a passion for food and a love for tattoos. I am a professional sushi chef of over 13 years and have worked all over the world for more than a decade. Over my travels working in various kitchens, I always noticed how many chefs are tattooed. Not only tattooed, but many heavily tattooed. I myself am pretty heavily tattooed. Not to get too deep but this has always interested me and I think that chefs and tattooers have similar personality types; artistic, transient punks who are traditionally the lowlifes of society working in a thankless profession. Tattooing and the chef profession have both seen a 180 to their popularity and reputation in recent years with TV shows and celebrity stars being formed in this modern-day atmosphere. I want to give all those tattooed chefs the chance talk about something other than food and give foodie tattooers a chance to talk about something other than their work with this blog! My friend Brynne Palmer, a tattoo artist at Gold Rush Tattoo, is a contributing writer as well as myself. And there may be others in the future! My friend Eric Alegria is helping with this blog as well! Thank you for reading this blog and follow us! There will be interesting interviews with your favorite chefs and tattooers, amazing recipes, cooking tips and beautiful photos of food and tattoos being shared here, don’t miss out! Read More »

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