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Gideon’s Army: Tattoos In Law

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By Marisa Kakoulas When my tattoo world and legal world collide, in some very powerful ways, I want to share it with you. I attended NYU Law School’s screening of Gideon’s Army, a film that takes a tough look at the American criminal justice system through the lives of three young public defenders in the the South who struggle with an overwhelming case load, long hours, and very low pay in order to ensure that those who are poor and cannot afford a lawyer in a criminal trial have the right to representation — a right guaranteed by the 6th Amendment of the US Constitution and the 1963 case of Gideon v. Wainwright, in which the Supreme Court ruled that defendants in criminal cases have the right to legal representation in state courts, and if they cannot afford a lawyer, the state would have provide one. Public defenders are such lawyers.Gideon’s Army, brilliantly directed by Dawn Porter, is not a documentary where tattoos play heavily. This film, at its core, is about how some of the greatest civil rights abuses lie in a broken criminal justice system, as noted by Jonathan Rapping, who heads the Southern Public Defender Training Center, now known as Gideon’s Promise.However, one of the most powerful moments in the film comes in the form of tattoos. As seen in the short clip below (which is not all entirely in the film), Travis Williams, a public defender in Hall County, Georgia, calls himself and other public defenders who fight for the constitution ... Read More »

Forrest Cavacco Video Interview

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Bay Area Tattoo Convention 2014

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Painted ladies: why women get tattoos

Elise Harrison: 'My dad is old-fashioned: he thinks all tattooed people are prostitutes or criminals.' Photograph: Christina Theisen and Eleni Stefanou Christina Theisen and Eleni Stefanou/Christina Theisen and Eleni Stefanou

Introduction by Jenn Ashworth Why are so many women getting tattoos?  Eight women reveal the appeal of permanent markings.  Photographs by Christina Theisen and Eleni Stefanou. The first tattoo I ever saw belonged to my grandad. He had it done in Scotland during his national service in the 50s, so the tattoo must have been more than 30 years old when I became fascinated by it. I used to ask him to roll up his shirtsleeve and I would use my finger to follow the outline of a woman cheekily reclining in a margarita glass. The shading that was supposed to indicate the flirty curl of the woman’s toes had become a faded, bluish blur. Now and again, he’d wink and say it was a picture of my granny. She would purse her lips in pretend disapproval. My grandad died over 15 years ago and I’d have to look at a photograph to remember the details of his face, but I can always remember that tattoo. I was raised in a religious household where tattoos were verboten; the body was a temple and women even hesitated over piercing their ears. Modesty in all things was required, especially for girls, and a flash of colour on the skin was a desecration of a holy vessel made in God’s image. So I went and had my first tattoo done when I was 16. I was out on my own for the first time, throwing myself headlong into making my mark, and letting the world mark ... Read More »

Dennis Pase Interview by Pooch

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Pooch: I’m sitting here with my buddy Dennis Pase at his home in Louisville, Kentucky, going to do a little interview here, alright let’s start from the beginning, tell me a little about your history and where did you grow up? Dennis Pase: I grew up in Lake Worth and Boynton Beach, Florida, but I was born in Delaware in a doublewide…pretty cool haha! Delaware in a doublewide…cool, so when did you move to Florida? When I was 5, in 1981, we moved in with my Grandma at her house in Boca Raton. So, what got you into tattoos? Y’know it’s funny, the only thing I can think of was there was this real crazy white trash dude named John Hubbard that lived across the street from us and he had an old panther on his arm and it just looked like shit haha. but it was kinda cool, it was like he was a rebel…and then I guess when I got into hardcore and was into the straightedge thing and started seeing more people with them. Yeah I was going to ask you next if music had something to do with it…same thing for me…playing in bands. I was straightedge when I was 18, that’s when I got tattooed by Kevin Buckstrup at Louie Lombi’s Tatttoo Paradise, it still looks crisp as hell, he put “One Life Drug Free” on my lower back, it hurt so bad I don’t know why I got any more after that haha! My friend Nancy had a bunch of work from him, all old ... Read More »

Alliance of Professional Tattooists

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By Jason Sweet This article is part two, in a two part series, about the professional organizations in tattooing. I attended the APT Trade Show as part of my research and found myself not only rejoining them after a 10 year hiatus; I found myself being recruited for service to the APT in the future.   As much as I tried to resist, the call of service to my profession was too loud to ignore. Over the weekend, I was struck as to the commitment some had made to attend the APT trade show. I met a woman tattooist from Austria and a man from Australia. One couple I met drove to the trade show from Indiana, because flying from their home was prohibitively expensive. I personally found this type of dedication to tattooing and the APT, inspiring and motivating. I only took 5 days out of my year to attend the trade show; they took two weeks. I was originally introduced to the Alliance of Professional Tattooists, when I was tattooing about 2 years. I was hired at a tattoo studio that required I become a member of the APT as part of working for them. Joining the APT required filling out an application and providing professional references and a sponsor, as I had been tattooing less than three years. Additionally, I was required to take the Preventing Disease Transmission in Tattooing (PDTT) as part of my membership. The PDTT course was 6 hours long. It covered Blood Born Pathogens ... Read More »

Nick Baxter / Jeff Ensminger Exhibition

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Press Release Nick Baxter: Perception of Being Jeff Ensminger: Into the Void Exhibition of new works at Mindzai Creative, 2001 South Lamar #D, Austin, TX 78704 November 21 – December 3, 2014 OPENING – 8pm – 11pm Friday, November 21 Mindzai Creative in Austin Texas is pleased to present a dual exhibition of new paintings by two Austin fine artists and tattooers, Nick Baxter and Jeff Ensminger. Both artists have worked over the past year to create a new body of work for the show, each with their own cohesive theme and symbolism. The unveiling of these paintings will take place at the Mindzai warehouse and gallery space in South Austin from 8 to 11 pm on Friday, November 21st. Both Nick and Jeff will be in attendance, with originals for sale as well as limited edition giclee prints and posters, along with live t-shirt screen printing featuring a design from each of their painting series.   Nick Baxter’s series titled Perception of Being consists of twenty oil paintings on board, each sized at 9 x 12 inches and depicting a lone human heart on a background of pure white. Each of the twenty hearts features a unique variation or visual effect representing one of the many complex emotional or feeling states of the human experience. Conceptually, this series references the philosophical study of phenomenology while also being inspired by modern scientific research into emotion-based changes in the electromagnetic fields generated by the heart. Nick reduces these ideas into a ... Read More »

Halloween Tattoo Contest Winners

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Congratulations to the five winners of the TAM FACEBOOK HALLOWEEN TATTOO CONTEST! If you can email us immediately with your name, city, tattoo artist who did your tattoo, plus a paragraph of why you got this tattoo and what it means to you, we’ll send you a download for your prizes and we’ll include your picture and tattoo story on the TAMBlog and our next newsletter! Thanks to everyone who entered and shared our contest! Don’t Forget Our Halloween Super Sales Ends 11/1 Enter promo code SCARED at check out www.GetTAM.com Read More »

Nick Baxter: Notes and Advice 9

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By Nick Baxter “If you wish to make certain your painting will succeed, a minimum of three things must come from you–and only you. The first thing is knowing why you want to paint your subject, the second is an analytical grasp of what you see, and the third is the skill to control the process of painting.” –Richard Schmid This quote I recently came across, written by a wise and very accomplished alla prima realism painter, got me thinking about the underlying structure that comprises the task of creating art. Schmid divides this structure nicely into 3 primary, foundational elements. This striking simplicity belies the complexity inherent in most forms of art, especially realism, and that simplicity bodes well for artists and laypersons alike–the so-called “uncreative” types, those who mistakenly regard themselves as “not having an artistic bone in my body.” Here’s my interpretation of Richard Schmid’s quote, expounding on his 3 main tenets and how they (encouragingly) apply to everyone: “Knowing why you want to paint your subject” refers to concept and theory. In other words, the philosophical side of the craft, the ideas and meaning the artist is working with or wishes to communicate through their work (I’ve written a lot about this here and here, with a future post coming as well). This relates to the study of your own mind, to “knowing thyself” and formulating ideas about life and the world around you. I believe that everyone has ideas about themselves and the world around them, because our living brains ... Read More »

Jeff Gogue on attracting large scale tattoo clients

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By TattooNOWTV Jeff Gogue, internationally known for his famed original tattooing style and amazingly popular tattooing seminars, talks about how to attract large scale tattoo clients including backpieces and sleeve tattoos. Jeff chats about how the Shige and New Skool Collective backpiece books and his own experience getting a backpiece have help open clients vision. He is also asked if he feel like his work plateaus, and about learning to tattoo better. Whether you are a tattoo collector or just someone vaguely interested, this is great advice from one of the worlds top tattoo artists. Avoid tattoo mistakes that are easy to make but difficult to fix! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aTqv6… to watch this 2 hour episode in its entirety which also featured famed tattoo artists Jeff Gogue and Nikko Hurtado who answered a number of fantastic questions via Skype and Canman who was in house and talked about his style and what he learned from Guy Aitchison’s painting critiques. Check out these other Gogue clips! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DJys5… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MO1rep… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kG-Ogj… Originally streamed from http://www.OfftheMapTattoo.com in Easthampton Massachusetts http://www.TattooNOWTV.com     Read More »

Palm Tattoos with Travis Berg

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The Hidden Elephant in the Room: Making Tattoos Stand the Test of Time

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By Dan Henk I’m sure some are going to take offense to this, and that is really not my intent. This is just what I have observed to be true over my 15 years of tattooing, and what I think the best options are. So, what am I talking about? The current trend towards, and elevation in public opinion, of so called “hyper realistic tattoos”. I’ll start out by saying, that many look amazing. Some even better than what similarly exalted oil painters produce. I was first offered an apprenticeship at 19, and turned it down because I thought all tattoos were basically old school designs. I liked them, and wanted to be covered, much like some of the rock stars I looked up to, but I really wanted to do comics and book covers. I didn’t think you could do anything nearly as realistic and artistic in tattooing. Fast forward eight years later, and I had attended art school, interviewed with book and comic companies, and was living in NYC cranking out illustrations and paintings on the side while I worked a food service job to pay the bills. Comics paid very little, and were very restrictive about what they wanted you to draw. Book and magazine publishers paid more, but only wanted work very occasionally. I had started to get more heavily tattooed, and I had now seen the work of people like Aaron Caine, Guy Aitchison, and Tom Renshaw. Then a tattoo artist, a friend of my ... Read More »

Interview with Vetoe by Pep Williams

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When did you know you wanted to get into tattooing?  My grandfather had a panther on his arm that he named marmaduke that he got in the Korean War. When I was 4 years old I would color on it with crayola markers. I think my mom knew at that point, my mom always told me I could be whatever I wanted to be. Since I could remember all I ever wanted to do was travel, skateboard, do graffiti, and tattoo. I wasn’t good at skateboarding, kept getting busted painting graffiti, so tattooing and traveling was all I had. How Long have you been tattooing at Zombie Tattoo. I first went to zombie tattoo a few years back after I sold 6th street tattoo in corona ca. Zombie Joe the owner is one of my best friends so I came over part time while working at inkslingers also part time. I later was offered a full time spot at inkslingers and worked there total for 2 years. I left and did my own thing trying to find what direction I wanted to go with my wife, children, and career, and zombie was always home, I’ve been around a lot of shops who claim family, but this is my family. No matter if I worked there or not they were all always a huge part of mine and my families life. What are your favorite type of tattoos do you like doing? Realism, Letters ect. I try to stay well rounded. ... Read More »

Russ Abbott/Guy Aitchison Collaboration: TODAY

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  Russ Abbott and Guy Aitchison are gearing up for a major collaboration, which will be webcast live this October 22-23 from Off The Map Tattoo in Easthampton, Mass., where you’ll see biomech, ornamental and dimensional graphic elements fused into something totally new. The first session’s webcast will be free to the public, where you’ll be able to observe the unfolding of a major leg piece, and can submit your questions for the artists through the TattooNOW chat feature. The second day’s session will be for professionals only and will get into the in-depth technical aspects of the project, from layout to machines to rendering techniques. Tune in to TattooNOWtv.com on Oct.22 to check it out, or you can sign up in advance for the paid seminar. Advance tickets are $175, and tickets sold during the event will be $200. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from two of the industry’s leading educators in a single high-powered event! The good folks at Wacom will be giving away a free tablet on the 23rd!  Don’t miss out! To purchase tickets, go to: http://www.tattooNOW.com Starts at Noon eastern time. and can submit your questions for the artists through the TattooNOW chat feature. The second day’s session will be for professionals only and will get into the in-depth technical aspects of the project, from layout to machines to rendering techniques. Tune in to TattooNOWtv.com on Oct.22 to check it out, or you can sign up in advance for the paid seminar. Advance tickets are $175, and tickets sold during ... Read More »

Alex de Pase on the World Wide Tattoo Conference

By Nicki Kasper What was the inspiration for the World Wide Tattoo Conference, and who’s idea was it in the beginning?  The project WWTC (WorldWideTattooConference) was conceived in 2011. The original idea was to get together different talented Tattoists in an itinerant multicultural context who would travel around the world, stopping over in significant European and American spots to share and offer their expertise and personal views of their work to the global tattoo community. The initial idea was mine. This year’s conference is in Venice, Italy… Where have previous conferences been held?  Did you find that each event had a different vibe? 2014 is the year to get back to the origins… After the first edition of Rome 2011, the WWTC is going back to its home country, Italy. So far the WWTC has been held 5 times, once in Europe and once in the States alternatively: 2011 was in Rome, April 2012 was the turn of Chigago, then September of the same year in London… 2013 was in Boston and 2014 will be Venice (actually it is in Mogliano Veneto, 10 minutes from Venice). Each edition had definitely a different vibe, specially if we distinguish between Europe and the US, but I guess the most distinctive one was the atmosphere perceived in London, as this conference was much rougher and wilder than the other ones, being it held in the same premises of the 8th London Tattoo Convention and just before the very same convention.   How has the conference progressed ... Read More »