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Food Tattoos to Think About

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Most newbies are told to think about getting something that means a lot to them when getting a tattoo, but not many people think about food. It’s a little odd, isn’t it? We need food to survive, over the course of our lifetime we spend more time eating than doing just about anything else, and the type of food we choose to consume can elicit hour long conversations with spouses and loved ones. Food is important in everyone’s life, even if they’re not a foodie or food connoisseur. The importance of food in our lives is clearly understood on a subconscious level. Idioms, phrases, and various other forms of universal truths and sayings have been tied to food over the centuries. Restaurants and food product manufacturers have left us with a plethora of food-based mascots and imagery that has been seared into our brains along with catchy jiggles and slogans. There’s so much inspiration for food-based tattoo designs that it can be overwhelming to pick one that’s right for you. The ten pictures in the gallery below are a nice starting point for anyone looking to get a food tattoo.  You could go with something a bit zany, like the super cheesy pizza slice, or something realistic like the portrait of a perfect burger. Maybe you want to make a statement, like “Death before Decaf”, or have fun with food-based wordplay like “stud muffin.” Food tattoos are an idea that’s gaining popularity, but they also aren’t considered by the majority ... Read More »

Disney & tattoo inspired art by Tim Shumate

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Tim Shumate isn’t a tattoo artist. You won’t find him using someone’s arm as the canvas for his next masterpiece or traveling between tattoo conventions, yet his unique art style clearly has some tattoo roots behind it. Where do these roots come from? Why does his work resonate with the tattoo community as a whole? It all became clear in an interview with teevillain.com. When asked about the origins of the vintage tattoo nature of his work, Time replied, “Well, Sailor Jerry (The Godfather of Traditional Tattoos) has always been in my top 5 favorite artists. He keeps things really simple and bold, which is something I can’t do no matter how hard I try. He is definitely what started my obsession with tattoos. I am also really into restructuring pop art and icons.  Covering your favorite childhood Heroes in ‘hard life’ tattoos is a great way to make them grow along with you. They can stay relatable.” As Tim puts it, the goal of each portrait shown below is to “capture [the] essence” of the character. “Eyes are the first thing I start when I draw,” he explains. “If I didn’t capture the eyes, I would scrap the entire thing and start over. It’s important. The eyes are the window to the soul…” Tim Shumate’s soulful art style has no doubt inspired numerous tattoos, whether those tattoos are replicas of his work as seen in the gallery before or renditions of his unique pin-up girl style. Fans of his artwork ... Read More »

What’s Up Your Sleeve?

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Visible tattoos hurt job prospects. That’s not an opinion, it’s a fact – one that is constantly reevaluated by research groups and psychology students year after year. In 2015, a 2700 person survey found that 76% of people felt tattoos hurt a job applicant’s chances of landing a position and 42% of those same people felt visible tattoos were inappropriate in the workplace. Yet over 40% of adults between the ages of 18 and 29 have at least one tattoo. Tattoos have been on the rise in popularity for quite a few years now, even though the attitude towards visible tattoos in the workplace still hasn’t changed. The reason we bring this up is because sleeve tattoos are the most common tattoo forms people worry about getting because of how it may impact their potential job prospects later in life. Most other forms of tattoos are easily covered up without having to sacrifice comfortability, but the thought of perpetually wearing long-sleeved attire even during sweltering summer weather often turns people away from getting the sleeve tattoos they so desire. Do Sleeve Tattoos Actually Harm Your Job Prospects? The answer is a little more involved than a simple yes or no. The truth is that it entirely depends on the field you’re planning to build a career in. As long as you’re not expected to appear on camera, people with creative careers can wear and sport whatever tattoos they want. Their work and credibility is almost entirely derived from their portfolio ... Read More »

Tim Shumate’s Soulful Art Style

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Tim Shumate isn’t a tattoo artist. You won’t find him using someone’s arm as the canvas for his next masterpiece or traveling between tattoo conventions, yet his unique art style clearly has some tattoo roots behind it. Where do these roots come from? Why does his work resonate with the tattoo community as a whole? It all became clear in an interview with teevillain.com. When asked about the origins of the vintage tattoo nature of his work, Time replied, “Well, Sailor Jerry (The Godfather of Traditional Tattoos) has always been in my top 5 favorite artists. He keeps things really simple and bold, which is something I can’t do no matter how hard I try. He is definitely what started my obsession with tattoos. I am also really into restructuring pop art and icons.  Covering your favorite childhood Heroes in ‘hard life’ tattoos is a great way to make them grow along with you. They can stay relatable.” As Tim puts it, the goal of each portrait shown below is to “capture [the] essence” of the character. “Eyes are the first thing I start when I draw,” he explains. “If I didn’t capture the eyes, I would scrap the entire thing and start over. It’s important. The eyes are the window to the soul…” Tim Shumate’s soulful art style has no doubt inspired numerous tattoos, whether those tattoos are replicas of his work as seen in the gallery before or renditions of his unique pin-up girl style. Fans of his artwork ... Read More »

25 Ways the Force is With You Part II Gallery

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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 Tagging @TattooArtistMagazine & Hashtagging #TattooArtistMagazine!! — click, find and follow these amazing artists if you like their work! They will really appreciate your support, and they are, after all, some of the finest tattooers IN THE GALAXY! Six Random Star Wars Facts:  Six Random Star Wars Facts:  The word ‘Ewok’ isn’t actually mentioned at all in the films. Even Ewan McGregor’s had to make lightsaber sounds during duels in The Phantom Menace, that had to be fixed in post-production Yoda is Sanskrit word for ‘warrior’ The name Jar Jar, was created by George Lucas’ son Peter Mayhew, a 7’2″, orderly at a hospital in Yorkshire  was cast as Chewbacca in A New Hope By the time Episode III went into production, George Lucas had become so reliant on digital effects that the film contains over 2,200 digital effects shots, more than the combine total contained in Episodes I and II.   Check Out Other Tattoo Artist Magazine Galleries 25 Ways the Force is With You Part I Fan Favorites: Movies, Musicians, Singers, TV Characters Top 10 Super Hero Designs Read More »

What are Trash Polka Tattoos?

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With tattoos becoming more popular each year, it’s only natural that designs would begin to change and evolve. As more people get tattoos, it becomes increasingly likely that two or more people will wind up with the same design. For many, that’s simply unacceptable, which is where designs like Trash Polka tattoos come into play. The Trash Polka tattoo art style originates from the Buena Vista Tattoo Club in Würzburg, Germany. Tattoo artists Simone Pfaff and Volko Merschky are credited as the originators of the style, calling it a blend of “realism and trash; the nature and the abstract; technology and humanity; past, present, and future; opposites that they are trying to urge into a creative dance to harmony and rhythm in tune with the body.” The two distinct aspects every Trash Polka tattoo features are its chaotic blend of real and abstract imagery, which often utilizes words or writing of some kind, and its sole use of red and black ink. Trash Polka tattoos are made to attract attention and appear fresh, bringing up concerns that they may not hold up well on their own over time. Although the style is so new that there’s no way of knowing just how much touch-up work may be required to keep its stark appearance over the years. It may be difficult to find an artist who can mimic the Trash Polka style if you’re unable to fly to Germany and have it done by Pfaff or Merschky. The purposeful chaotic style ... Read More »

The Art of Watercolor Tattoos

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Have you ever seen a watercolor tattoo in person? You’d certainly known if you had. Watercolor tattoos stand apart from their traditional counterparts in a variety ways, from their vibrant color schemes to the special techniques artists employ to create them. While the term watercolors may cause you to think of the Crayola trays parents give children to paint with in an attempt to limit post painting destruction, they’ve actually been used for centuries to capture the colorful essence of nature. The art style was utilized during the Italian Renaissance by many famous painters and was often used to depict wildlife and landscapes. The art style uses paint in which pigments are suspended within a water-based solution, hence the name. While it can be supported on a wide variety of different materials, it’s most commonly applied to paper that’s either partially or entirely made of cotton in order to reduce the painting’s distortion when wet. Watercolor tattoo artists obtain the same sort of visual effect by lessening the overall ink saturation through subtle shading. They often achieve the brushstroke-esque design by forgoing the typical black outline seen in more traditional tattoos. If you do a bit of research into watercolor tattoos you’ll find a lot of people calling into question the art style’s longevity due to the lack of outline and lessened amounts of ink saturation. It’s true that watercolor tattoos don’t last quite as long as their traditional counterparts and tend to require more touch-ups to maintain, but the ... Read More »

Biker Tattoos: A Historic Example of Meaning

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Those new to tattoos are often cautioned by veterans to get something that represents a strong symbolic message or meaning unique to their personality or life experience. For more than seventy-five years biker tattoos have served as a prime example of the intense meaningfulness of the art. Anyone who’s watched Sons of Anarchy at least has a functioning understanding of how important tattoos are within the biker subculture. Most fans still vividly remember the scene where Kyle gets his tattoo burned off to signify his lack of association with the gang during season one. The history of biker tattoos started back in the 1940s and 50s right alongside the beginning of motorcycle gangs. Many of the first biker gangs consisted of ex-soldiers and served primarily as a means to continue the same sense of brotherhood and companionship many soldiers lost after coming back home from war. Even today many soldiers get tattoos to signify their devotion to their unit and position in the military, so it only made sense that the trend would continue among biker gangs as well. That being said, the historic significance is pretty much where Sons of Anarchy stops paralleling the real world nature of motorcycle gangs and biker tattoos. The outlaw connotations drawn by people outside of biker gangs came from an early assumption that biker tattoos were similar in nature to prison tattoos. While there have been a number of unlawful biker gangs over the decades, the vast majority are actually law abiding organizations ... Read More »

On the Topic of Hip Tattoos

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Even the most basic tattoo can be an incredibly sensual piece of art when strategically placed. The hip is often used as one such location, particularly by women who enjoy showing off their midriffs at the beach and during the warmer times of year. People who exercise to extreme degrees often use tattoos as a way to accentuate and draw attention to particular parts of their body. Men tend to focus on their biceps, hence the popularity of bicep tattoos. Women tend to focus on their core, which is why the fairer sex tend to sport hip tattoos more than their testosterone-fueled counterparts. The hips is also a prime locations for people who work in industries that frown upon the practice. It’s an easy location to cover up, making it simple for people to deny their existence during an interview process if need be. That being said, tattoos are starting to become commonplace and more accepted year after year. This trend has caused many people to feel comfortable getting more extensive and detailed designs, and the hip is the perfect place for these larger pieces of art. As you can see from many of the designs in the gallery below, hip tattoos tend to be quite large in nature, spanning the entire region above and below the waist. If a small picture’s worth a thousand words then a hip tattoo can be likened to a novel; an easy-to-read novel visible without the need of a mirror. Hip tattoos are also ... Read More »

San Francisco’s Black Heart Tattoo (Video)

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*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 »

Sexy Tattoos on Women: Backs, Thighs and Chest

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The woman’s body. Sensual, powerful and full of wonderful curves!  And nothing is sexier than a confident woman who enhances her natural beauty with a stunning tattoo.  Check out some of our favorite locations on the woman’s body. Check & Neck In Europe they call this area the décolletage. The skin is soft, often exposed to sun and for the most part, exposed the majority of the time. To many it is the most feminine part of the body.  A tattoo in this area is a true statement that a woman knows who she is, now and will be for her lifetime. @tomastomas108 Artist Unknown – If you know this artist, tell them to submit more work to us on Instagram @tattooartistmagazine Jen Carmen Under the Breasts The newest and sexiest trend, right under the breast. Sometimes the designs graces the sensual curves of the cleavage and sometimes the design follows the curves of the underside of the breasts.  These are especially sensual as they are covered more than shown so you know these tattoos have a very deep and personal meaning to the wearer. @austinjevans Brandon Collins Stephan Vogel   Thigh & Buttocks Next on the list is the highly erogenous area of a woman’s body, the thighs. It’s perhaps the best place to get a seductive tattoo and with short skirts, it can play peek-a-boo for the rest of your life. Many women start by small meaningful tattoos and gradually turn them into full body canvas, while others ... Read More »

10 Flower Tattoos That Should be Scratch and Sniff

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Flower tattoos maybe were not as popular in the 1970s or 80s, but they have become famously embraced on a mass scale over the past few decades. This acts as a testimony to the fact that tattoos, particularly tattoos on women, has become very acceptable in our modern society. A floral tattoo is a good piece for a young woman looking for a first tattoo but who wants something subtle. But make no mistake, flowers are far more than a pretty image on beautiful women; flowers are the embodiment of age-old symbolism. Flower tattoos do have feminine characteristics, but given the considerable amount of variety with regard to the overall look and the style, it depends on how it is portrayed. And men are just as likely to have floral motifs, even as just part of their larger scale work. They can be anywhere from small delicate petals to big and luscious flower gardens. Traditional flower images often include the lotus blossom or cherry blossom, and roses never go out of style.  To many flowers represent beauty, life and the ability to see beauty in nature.  Flowers are often used to represent love or the memory of a loved one. Color is often just as symbolic as the flower itself, and florists make their livings helping clients figure out how to say just the right thing with a bouquet! Flower tattoos are not exclusive to women.  Many powerful images incorporate flowers, they bring in color and can add a balance ... Read More »

Six NEW Awe-Inspiring Black and Gray Tattoos

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*In this blog, we are going to share some of the most amazing black and gray tattoos submitted recently by artists on TAM’s Instagram. Share YOUR work by tagging us and using #tattooartistmagazine!  Black and gray is a style of tattoo that only uses black ink and water mixed to different shades. Using only a single needle, this style is said to have started in the early 1970s and later became popular in tattoo studios across the US. Since then, needle grouping of up to 45 individual pins are used to cover a larger area per strike. This true technological breakthrough was championed by master artist Filip Leu in the late 90’s and adopted by all major artists doing large scale work now. Originally referred to as Joint Style or Jail House style, it is thought to have originated in prisons where the inmates had access to limited materials. Guitar strings were used as needles and pen ink or cigarette ashes were used to produce the tattoos. Even makeshift tattoo equipment was often found made with the motors of cassette players since tattooing is illegal in prison. The technique used in making black and gray art is through diluting black ink with distilled water, in different measurements, to make a “wash” that gives a lighter shade. Gray is produce by mixing black with white ink which produces a brighter result as compared to water, but many consider this method more prone to fading and discoloration as the white particles of ... Read More »

Jeremy Sutton on the opening of Electric Anvil Tattoo

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By Nicki Kasper Tell us a little bit about your history in the tattoo industry… How long have you been tattooing?  What shops did you call home before opening Electric Anvil? Etc… I have been tattooing for 18 years. Josh Egnew has been tattooing for 10 years. We both came from Three Kings Tattoo. Josh has tattooed in Brooklyn his whole career. He started out at Hand of Glory. Before Three Kings I worked at Guru Tattoo in San Diego and before that with Russ Abbott at Ink and Dagger. Who do you credit for teaching you the trade, and what was that experience like?  I learned to tattoo in Toccoa, Georgia from an old biker named Ole Roy. He taught me all the foundations of tattooing. But I really accredit the crew at Alien Arts Tattoo (now the crew of Anonymous Tattoo) in Savannah, Georgia for really helping me understand the craft of tattooing. They are also incredible artists so the envelope was always being pushed. Josh never had a formal apprenticeship, but was fortunate to have some great people looking out for him. Regino Gonzales and Marco Serio being at the top of that list. Between those guys and all of the amazing people he’s worked with over the years at Hand of Glory, Three Kings and on the road, I’d say the experience has been pretty fantastic. What made you decide to open a shop?  Well it’s been a long time coming. Just turning the key to ... Read More »

Step by Step: How to paint a Zombie Eye in oils, by Ettore Bechis

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Here’s a nifty little Step-By-Step article by Ettore Bechis for painting a ZOMBIE EYE in oils. These creepy effects can be applied to any piece! – Enjoy! 1. Spray your frame (new or old doesn’t matter) with black varnish. Cut a piece of wood same size as frame glass. If you are slow-moving and don’t feel like drawing an eye, look up an image on the internet and print the size of the piece of wood; other wise draw an eye the size of the wood. Paint the piece of wood with Verdaccio Acrylic Paint. (To make Verdaccio mix colors; white, yellow, 1 drop of red, and couple drops of black). Dry overnight and sand the wood panel with fine sand paper. Transfer the image with carbon paper and pen or pencil. Trace the outline with acrylic paint in color burnt umber and make the highlight with white. Oil colors: Black, Brown, Burnt sienna, Burnt umber, Yellow medium cadmium, Cadmium orange, Alzarin crimson, White, Neutral 7, Neutral 5 and Neutral 3  from the John Howard Sanden set portrait. Brushes:       Filbert 4, Filbert 2Liner, 0 Liner 3 Other material: Cold pressed linseed oil, Paper towels, Mona Lisa odorless paint thinner Paint everything starting from the darker color ending with the lightest color (creating a somber effect). Make sure to not make the color look to thick; if so you won’t have a reference for later. Shade with a dry brush on the painting, continue until the painting looks smooth. Remember to ... Read More »