Vintage Tattoo Signage Part One

The first documented professional tattoo artist in the USA was in 1846 and became mainstream in the 1970's.  Here are some of the signage associated with tattooing and tattoos that dates back decades.  [divider] *To see MORE and learn about some of the MOST AMAZING tattoo artists of our age, check out these

25 Ways the Force is With You Part II Gallery

Legions of fans and enthusiast relate to the Star Wars series. Some, so dedicated they are not complete until they have inked their favorite character on their skin. Check out some of the amazing Star Wars work below.  Remember to *Share YOUR Star Wars ink with us on Instagram by

The 2015 Bay Area Tattoo Convention!

THE 2015 BAY AREA TATTOO CONVENTIONThe 2015 Bay Area Tattoo Convention (BATC) will take place Halloween weekend (Friday October 30, Saturday October 31 and Sunday November 1st) at the SFO Hyatt Regency. Hotel conventions are always fun and a halloween weekend will be especially cool! This will be the eleventh

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

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 [divider]Co-curated by Hardy’s assistant Trevor Ewald

Perseverance Japanese Tattoo Exhibit Video3 w/Drew Flores

Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition focuses on the work of seven internationally acclaimed tattoo artists –Ryudaibori (formerly Horitaka), Horitomo, Horishiki, Miyazo, Shige, Junii, and Yokohama Horiken – inspired by the Japanese tradition of tattooing and heavily influenced by the traditional Japanese arts ofcalligraphy and ukiyo-e woodblock printmaking.Specially commissioned photographs of

Perseverance Japanese Tattoo Exhibit Video2 w/L.A. Horitaka

With the opening of Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition (also known as Perseverance), Richmond’s most popular art form moves into the biggest gallery in town.The world-famous exhibition—including pieces by Horitaki, Horitomo, Miyazo, and Shige—combines the mysticism and beauty of feudal Japan with the style and skill of modern art.And

Perseverance Tattoo Exhibit Video1: VMFA w/Kip Fulbeck

The title of the exhibition at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is derived the Japanese word gaman, loosely translated as “perseverance“—a word that has long been associated with tattooing in Japan. According to Takahiro Kitamura, curator of the exhibition, and Kip Fulbeck, exhibition creator, designer and photographer, perseverance is what

Japan’s Complex Relationship with Tattoo

Japan’s Complex Relationship with TattooWhen visiting Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition, on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond, Virginia until September 27, you’re struck by the pure artistry. Photo after photo of intricate, mesmerizing designs, breathtaking colors, and symbolic imagery, one interwoven into the

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: “Perseverance”

Since 1936, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has been dignified.Revered. Respectable. Timeless.As of May 29th, however, it’s going to look a little different. On May 29th, it’s getting 115 tattoos. And frankly, it’s about time. With the opening of Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition (also known as Perseverance), Richmond’s most popular art form