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Holiday Flash Donation Project for Zeke Owen, by Tony Logan

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Zeke Owen has been a tremendous mentor and long-time friend to both my late mother and I, and I’ve started a personal mission to put a smile on his face every day from here on out. I’m asking for help from the community to give back to someone who put so much time and passion into this business. I’m asking for tattooers to send in flash paintings and/or prints, letters or anything special that they’d like to donate to the project. This is something I’d like to accomplish by the time I travel up to see him on November 20th, 2017, which makes this a time sensitive project. If you are interested in sending flash paintings/prints/letters, please send them to the address listed below and contact me with what you’ve sent. I greatly appreciate anyone who respects this effort as much as I do, and it will mean the world to such an important man.   Tony Logan 320 E Oakland Park Boulevard  Wilton Manors, FL 33334 Phone #: (786) 742-3192/ Instagram @: tlotattooer. I was asked to write something about Zeke, but I’m not a writer by far. I can say that Zeke has done more for tattooing than anyone i know. Zeke is the only person I’ve met that loves tattooing as much as I do. he started tattooing around 1957, and led him to mentor other tattooers who paved the way for us to be able to do what we do. He worked at Sailor Jerry’s next to Johnny Walker while Jerry ...Read More »

Pre-Order: Tattooist Karl Finke (1866-1935)

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If you’re a fan of vintage tattoos, tattoo history and tattoo books we invite you to Pre-order this new volume of never-before-seen classic tattoo flash by German tattooist Karl Finke. Advance copies can be ordered before July 31st here:  Before Christian Warlich (1891–1964) became the most iconic and probably most received German tattooist of all times Karl Finke (1866–1935) from Hamburg was the most famous tattooer from St. Pauli. During the ongoing research project by Nachlass Warlich on the history of German tattooing, with a focus on Christian Warlich, an album of designs by Finke was stumbled upon at an archive in Dresden. This album is now to be published in conjunction with accompanying English & German texts. The original album by Finke has 82 pages of flash, around 180 tattoo designs, which will be completely reproduced in the new edition.            The only handpainted historic European tattoo flash book ever published is Christian Warlich’s ‘Vorlagealbum’. Now – 36 years after Stephan Oettermann’s first edition of the Warlich album – Karl Finke’s Buch No. 3 [Book No. 3] follows. Besides Warlich’s in Europe, and outside of Europe only C. H. Fellowes’ and Ben Corday’s design books, Finke’s album until now is the only flash book edited in it’s entirety as a separate publication. Karl Finke ranks as one of the most important figures in German tattoo history. Together with Christian Warlich, he was one of the protagonists of the Hamburg tattoo scene in the first half of the twentieth ...Read More »

Craig Driscoll’s new shop & how to Help! Kickstarter is up now!

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WIN some great art, tattoos and merch by supporting the FiveTwo Tattoo Shop Kickstarter Campaign!! – The insanely talented Craig Driscoll has a new tattoo shop in the works! WIN some of his amazing art & tattoos NOW by joining his Kickstarter Campaign! — Craig Driscoll and family have made a big move and just about to make another, making his amazing tattoos and art available to folks from all over the world! Atlanta is the world’s BUSIEST Airport, and Craig’s new Shop will be close! Here’s what he has to say about it and the Kickstarter Campaign that’s running now.   Craig: Hello Kickstarter! Ever hear about it? Well, I launched one, and there was a lot of misunderstandings about it. People seem to think it’s me asking for hand outs,that’s not the case at all. Kickstarter is a web based tool to help people get funding to launch either a new product, a business, or any project really! Basically, if you have something you want to do, but don’t have the finances to do it, you promise incentive packages to people if they pledge a certain amount of money to your project. My family and I are opening an art/tattoo/machine shop in Rome Ga, and could use some help raising capital. We have amazing incentives from hats to tats! Our goal is to raise $20,000 toward building a studio space in a beautiful old house we found in the historic district. At this new space we will be ...Read More »

STOP getting Bad Tattoos — by Dan Henk

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Excerpt: “Most in the industry have a fondness for some of the old timers. The Sailor Jerry’s and Brooklyn Blackie’s. But the field went through a resurgence in the late ’90’s, and it’s a whole different ball game now. You have styles ranging from the ultra clean traditional of Steve Boltz, the crazy neo-tradional of Timmy B, the stunning black and gray realism of Carlos Torres…”  Until about the ’70s, Science Fiction wasn’t taken that seriously. Sure, you had a couple of authors who broke the boundaries, like H.G. Wells with “War Of The Worlds”, but the technology and especially the talent mostly wasn’t there. All that entered a new era of acceptance with break outs like Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001. The same was true of old school horror movies. They had a few stars, the Boris Karloff’s and Bela Lugosi’s for instance, but they were relegated to the B movie/ special interest vault. Then came things like Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Shining. A whole new era dawned. There was a lot more of every grade and variety out there, both with horror and Sci-Fi, but the best blew away almost anything that preceded them. The same was true of comic books. You had the classics, Batman and Spiderman being two favorites, but it wasn’t until the comics code was waning and fresh talent poured in that you saw the dawn of anything like Watchmen or Dark Knight. This same paradigm applies to almost everything, ...Read More »

Ben Grillo & his Amazing Tiny Tats

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By Taki I recently had my friend Ben Grillo come visit to hang out and make some tattoos. Most of you may know Ben for his incredibly detailed single-needle masterpieces, and I thought it would be fun to do a little TAM Blog interview with Ben…Read More »

20 New masterpieces by the Blackworkers Group

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Blackworkers are tattooists who specialize in tattoos using only black ink, but in unique and versatile ways, creating a style all their own. These are some of the best in the world and their followings are growing by the week! PLEASE pay a visit to them and FOLLOW their Instagrams and other social media. This month’s Artist Winners chosen by Casper Mugridge of the Blackworkers Instagram Group! The best source for black ink tattoos! — Follow @Blackworkers HERE – & – @Blackworkers_tattoo HERE for a daily dose of Tattoo Masterpieces!   @pwtattoo  ( Phil wilkinson ) Heavy black tattoos, with a different approach and style. The way this is done requires a lot of commitment and vision. Very hard to change directions once you start .   <!–nextpage–> @amyvsavage  ( Amy Victoria savage ) Limited line work with lots of dot work. Themes stay constant , with a signature style . Her work always stands apart and well done.   <!–nextpage–> @_leestewart   ( lee Stewart ) Painterly approach with a combination of very dark and soft smooth light fades. A difficult way of tattooing to make it look good and natural.   <!–nextpage–> @savannahcolleen   ( Savannah Colleen McKinney ) Bold lines mixed with heavy black and dot work.  She stays constant and has her own style.   <!–nextpage–> @mxmttt   ( Maxime buchi ) Unique signature style. Interesting subject matter mixed with different body placement.   <!–nextpage–> @kanetrubenbacher   ( Kane Trubenbacher ) Interesting subject matter and different body placement.  Stand alone pieces with ...Read More »

TAM’s Black Friday SALE!! – save 50% or MORE now

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Shopping for Tattoo Artists or even serious Tattoo Collectors is no easy task! — But at www.getTAM.com we’ve made it easy for you — CHECK OUT these great deals at the Tattoo Artist Magazine Store to find the perfect gift for the ink-lover in YOUR life! — TAM GIFT CARDS are available NOW, but you can also SAVE 50% on EVERY issue of TAM (print or digital) and get 60%-70% OFF on our two books: the TAM Vol.1 Book (which collects the first five sold out issues in a sleek hardback) on SALE for just $40, and the massive Gods & Warriors coffee table book which features the amazing Japanese tattoo work of one of the world’s best- Chris Trevino, marked down from $220 to just $66!! — TAM GIFT CARDS: Can’t figure out what your loved one would like best? Let them decide — Pick up a TAM gift card and allow them to choose from hundreds of items including: books, magazines, clothing, art prints or even some rare original art! —   Tattoo Artist Magazine Issues: TAM is considered the best, most informative and most important tattoo magazine EVER, by tattoo artists themselves! – We’ve worked with over 200 of the Best Tattoo Artists in the world to create something nobody else ever has. If you have an established or aspiring artist to shop for this holiday season, nothing could help them pursue their career more than the library we’ve assembled over the last 12 years, featuring the VERY BEST ...Read More »

Success is not what you think it is, by Dan Henk

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One of the most common questions I get, is people asking how to get ahead. To become well known. How to “make it”. The vast majority seem to think there’s a simple trick to it. An avenue you take, a person you need to know, that sort of thing.   Well there is, but getting that important connection requires much more heart and work than most people realize. And, to be honest, more than most people have. Sure, there are a few people like Paris Hilton, that just luck into their fame and fortune. But I wouldn’t trade places with Paris for all her money. Those who get money and fame by just stumbling into it, produce nothing of value and are eventually reviled for just existing. Chris Rock made a few comments in one of his stand ups that is actually a much wiser and deeper observation than might first appear. He talks about how there is a difference between a job, and a career. A job you work on within parameters. You only commit regimented hours to it, and step out side of the box exclusively during work time, and never very far. A career keeps you awake at night. You find yourself pouring in crazy hours for no money, and only a possible chance of a return. And you fail. A lot. But you pick yourself up, determined to put even more into the next project. Frank Frazetta is one of my favorite painters. He is loaded ...Read More »

Part 2: Nikolai, Russian Prison Tattoo Artist

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Con’t from Part 1: – We cannot show his Nikolai’s face, remember, as he fears for his life by talking about the Russian underground, while inside he had a relatively comfortable experience, tattooing the big bosses and the upper echelon of criminals. Though he was able to live a better life inside thanks to tattooing, Nikolai did have to endure harassment by prison officials. All his tattoo machines were constantly being confiscated, so he started carrying his machines in his sleeves. When they were taken during regular searches, he had to make new ones. Every master makes his instruments individually and never lets them fall into any stranger’s hands. During his six years of imprisonment, Nikolai made about 200 machines. – The prison tattoo machines can be of four types. The most widely used (up to 90% of all works done) is made of a mechanical razor (photos a & b) and functions like a sewing machine. Tattoos are made quickly and clearly, with the ability to make half-tones. A faster machine can be made from an electric razor, but it is rarely used because it needs electricity and runs too quickly.   – If there is no chance to get a mechanical razor, hand-made instruments are used. One of them Nikolai calls “utka” – the “duck.” It’s made of two #2 guitar strings, the result being something of a pen holding a drop of India ink. After sharpening, the strings are fixed to­gether and the instrument is ready – ...Read More »

Russian Prison Tattoo Artist, Nikolai: pt1

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Russian criminal tattoos were originally simple and decorative, with no real meaning to them. Later on, they were regarded more seriously when tattooed people, bearing symbols of strength on their bodies, started claiming leadership. Tattoos then became a kind of secret language because criminals needed a form of communication both in and out of prison. The meanings of criminal symbols were dictated by necessity and over the years there were revisions and re-evaluations of drawings. Gradually tattoos began to convey the social attitudes and values of their bearer. For example, if there are hexagonal or octagonal stars tattooed on a convict’s shoulders, it means that in prison, he’ll join those who are against prison regulations. If there is a hand grasping a knife tattooed on the leg, then it will be clear for those who know the symbols that this man was convicted for being a thug. Criminals often flaunt these attributes and their tattoos, which help them to separate themselves as “initiated persons” from the rest of the “lames” (fools). Tattoos can be classified as ornamental, professional, artistic, pornographic, religious, historical, symbolic, and abbreviations. There are many tattoos, worn by both men and women, of historic events with all sorts of inscriptions of tsarist Russia and of the Soviet period. Tattoos meanings also differ depending on what part of the body they are on. The criminal tattoo is gene­rally called “nakolka” (derivative from the word “to pierce”),and its bearers “sineva” – “the blue ones” (due to the faded blue ...Read More »

Tattooing in the heart of the jungle: Borneo Movie Blog pt1, by Fade FX

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– Prominent hand-tap tattoo artist Fade FX is heading into the heart of the jungle with film maker Tom J. Kelly to document the Culture & Tattoos of the Iban Tribe, and also to talk with them about the illegal logging decimating their culture. The team found funding from within the international tattoo community via a successful Kickstarter campaign (article HERE) and is soon to embark on an amazing adventure! It’s our pleasure to share Fade’s rather spectacular adventure through this series of monthly blogs. Stay tuned for more!   PART 1: Woohoo! I am going back to the rainforests of Borneo but this time things will be different. Thanks to the generosity of the Kickstarter contributors my journey into the jungle will be documented by film maker Tom J. Kelly. When me and Tom first sat down and discussed making a film about the tattoos of the indigenous tribes of Borneo and the devastating impact the logging industry is having on their way of life I was blown away by his passion for storytelling. I knew right away that he was the right film maker to take into the jungle despite his fear of spiders. We had a great response to our Kickstarter campaign but a few cynical folk seemed to think we were asking for money to go on holiday. While I have holidayed in Borneo this trip would be anything but a vacation. Since the idea is for sharing as much of this adventure on the TAMblog as possible, I ...Read More »

Post-Mastectomy tattoos: “I wish I could walk around topless” by Reina

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 My journey began 3 weeks before my 40th birthday. I scheduled a mammogram because in my opinion, I have medical insurance and when you turn 40 as a woman and you have children, it is important to take care of yourself so you can be around to see your children grow and blossom into the great people they are meant to be.  The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, I visited a breast care specialist. She examined me but could not make an assessment as to whether or not the mass in my breast was a cancer mass or just very dense breast tissue. I was referred to mammography with the possibility of an ultrasound and possibly a biopsy. December 6th, the eve of my 40th birthday party, I did end up having the full exam, including a biopsy. The radiology doctor told me it didn’t look good… Even after that I continued to tell myself it was nothing until they told me otherwise, so I continued to live life as normal, including celebrating my birthday with friends and family the next night. You may be asking “where is your husband during all of this?”. Well, the mammography appointment I honestly believed was going to be a piece of cake so I did not invite him to the appointment. Once I told him there was actually a biopsy, he cried. My response to that? “Please don’t plan my funeral yet. First we don’t know anything yet, so don’t go dark. Second, don’t plan ...Read More »

Color Realism tattoos by Russian Artist Ben Klishevskiy

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Hailing from Moscow, Russia, this sublime color-realism specialist is getting some serious attention from tattoo aficionados as well as other artists on a worldwide scale with his viral tattoo pics… and it’s easy to see why!Read More »

New ED HARDY Exhibit: “Visionary Subversive” // oct.5-nov.2

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Ed Hardy: Visionary Subversive is a major exhibition of original art by one of the world’s most well-known culture icons. Original works presented by Varnish Fine Art at The Midway Show Dates: October 5 to November 2, 2015 Artist Reception: Thursday October 29, 7-11pm Closing Party: Monday November 2, 7-11pm  Co-curated by Hardy’s assistant Trevor Ewald and presented by Varnish Fine Art at The Midway in San Francisco, this month-long art show includes Ed Hardy’s self-described “Automatic”, “Crazy Animal”, “Eyecon” and “Rose of No Man’s Land” paintings alongside the debut of his porcelain “Paños” inspired by jailhouse handkerchief art. With a half-century of fierce dedication as an artist, art historian and writer, Hardy seamlessly fuses disparate artistic elements to his own personal history, telling the story of his life in art.  A Southern California native born in 1945, in 1967 Hardy completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2000, that school awarded him an honorary doctorate degree. He began tattooing in 1966 and developed the fine art potential of the medium with emphasis on its Asian heritage, frequently studying and working in Japan. Hardy no longer tattoos but focuses on painting, printmaking, and porcelain. With his son Douglas, he still operates the San Francisco studio Tattoo City.   Hardy has curated several exhibitions in museum and nonprofit spaces as well as showing his own works. Since 1982 he and his wife, Francesca Passalacqua, have written and published over thirty books on ...Read More »

10 Tattoos by Jay Cavna — Mesa, Arizona

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Tattoos By Jay Cavna FOLLOW HIM ON Instagram Immaculate Tattoo (Mesa, AZ) Sanctity Tattoo (Tucson, AZ)  *To see MORE and learn about some of the MOST AMAZING tattoo artists of our age, check out these deals from Tattoo Artist Magazine! There’s a reason tattooers themselves consider TAM the most informative and important tattoo magazine ever —   *Be sure to check out the digital issues of Tattoo Artist Magazine ON SALE NOW– JUST $2.99 – $7.99. TAM DIGITAL ISSUES And look at our $.99 collection of  TAM VIDEO Downloads available now! Either way, See the BEST TATTOOS from the BEST ARTISTS in the world. Add to your collection today!  Read More »

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