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Artist Spotlight – Nikko Hurtado

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Nikko Hurtado @nikkohurtado Hesperia, CA  Black Anchor Collective Is there anything we can say about Nikko Hurtado that isn’t painfully obvious from his work? He’s one of the best tattoo artists in the world right now and has his own website with all the biographical information you could ever want! You’ve seen his work all over our site, but here’s even more for those of you who love premium tattoo art as much as we do. Anyone looking for their own Hurtado tattoo will have to make their way out to his shop, Black Anchor Collective, out in California. It may be a costly trip depending on where you live, but it’ll be well worth it in our opinion. Don’t believe us? Check out the gallery below and his portfolio, it’s sure to change your mind. Instragram – https://www.instagram.com/nikkohurtado/?hl=en Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/nikkohurtadofanpage/?fref=ts WEBSITE – http://www.nikkohurtado.com/   Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Anthony Flemming

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There’s not much we can say about Anthony Flemming and his phenomenal work that isn’t said or shown in the video above and the gallery below. We hope you enjoy both and if you have an opportunity to get a tattoo by Flemming, we suggest you take it. Antony Flemming @antonyflemming Belgium World of Tattoos http://antonyflemmingtattoo.bigcartel.com IG – https://www.instagram.com/antonyflemming/ Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Nathan Marti

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Nathan Marti is a tattoo artist and painter from northeast Ohio who lives in Columbus and tattoos at Stained Skin Tattoo and Art Gallery. He started tattooing back in 2010 and specializes in black and grey tattoos featuring mostly dark subject matter paired with abstract organic structures. He tends to conceptualize and create his own designs with complete freedom, which seems like a good idea judging by the amount of badassery seen in his gallery below. He’s clearly talented and hirable by anyone, so be sure to check out his work below and on his portfolio page. You won’t regret it. Read More »

Russian Tattoo Artists You’ve Never Heard Of

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It’s no secret that Russia turns out some talent when it comes to tattooing.  All of the artists on our list share one definite thing besides being Russian; their tattoos possess unique expertise and artistic talent.  Here are some of Russia’s tattoo artists that you probably haven’t heard of but should keep on your radar! Eduard Sarmaev  *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 »

Some of the OG’s of the Tattoo Industry and Artists Who Have Shaped the Industry

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Bob Tyrell is an American Tattoo Artist based in Warren, Michigan. He was born in Detroit and began tattooing in his early 30’s. He is most known for his black and grey work in hyperrealism and Rock and Roll subject matter. He tattooed Kid Rock’s back and boasts a 8 month long waiting list.. He has been featured in LA Ink and London Ink. Read More »

Some of the Most Amazing German Tattoo Artists

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Germany tends to turn out some amazing tattoo artists.  These artists all have a unique design aspect they use when tattooing that really tends to stand out. We dedicate this blog to some of the most amazing German tattoo artists out there, let us know if there’s any we missed!   Read More »

The Weird Beautiful World of Normal Carrey

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Kaiyu Huang a.k.a. Normal Carrey, who was born in Shanghai creates some pretty amazing esoteric artwork that are stunning tattoos.  He currently lives and works in New York City, and is a student at Parsons the New School.  Normal started tattooing in 2013 and oddly enough had no tattoos himself when he started.  His unique brand of asthetic tattoo art features statuesque portraits and is comprised of geometric elements.  Normal is slowly but surely creating a name for himself with his unique designs that truly are a departure from the tattoo norm. We think they are amazing and would love to hear your thoughts!   Read More »

First Rate Tattoo Model Photographers

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One Continuous Line Tattoos By: Mo Ganji

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Mo Ganji is a German Tattoo artist from Berlin, Germany that specializes on single line continuous tattoos.  He believes that designs that simply add and add detail are more easily done than scaling back to linear basics.  Born in Iran, but living in Berlin Mo Ganji believes in designing tattoos based on individual style. We think they are pretty amazing, what are your thoughts? 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 »

Tattoos by Halo

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 Helios Tattoo is proud to sponsor this TAM Artist Spotlight interview with Halo Jankowski. Easily one of the most recognizable tattoo artists in the world today (following his stint on Spike TV’s long-running Ink Master tv show in season 4), Halo transcends the typical tv-personality status usually associated with artists who have ‘been on tv’ because he’s actually a really GOOD tattooer! And that matters a LOT more than people realize. It’s way more important to get a tattoo from someone who’s good than from someone who’s ‘famous’. Halo Jankowski just happens to be both!  Featured Artist: Halo Jankowski  Follow him here: http://www.blacklotustattoos.com https://www.facebook.com/BlackLotusTattooGallery https://www.instagram.com/blacklotustat2gallery https://twitter.com/BlackLotusTat2s       We caught up with Halo recently and asked him some questions about his time on Ink Master, how he got into tattooing, his life, career and plans for the future: First off, thanks to Helios for making this interview happen. It’s really refreshing to see this new symbiosis in the tattoo world- there are so many artists out there on social media every day showing support & sharing the companies they believe in, but it’s even more refreshing to find the good, quality companies who are doing the same thing- showcasing and promoting the artists who actually buy and use their products. So, real quick- I know you use their needles and the Helios Rotary Pen tattoo machine; how are these tools affecting your art & would you recommend them to other professionals?  Absolutely! When it comes to needle cartridges, I’ve tried them all, and ... Read More »

RIP: Tattoos Honoring Lemmy from Motorhead

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Rock music has played a huge role in the tattoo industry and community, so it’s only fitting we talk about the loss of one of rock’s most influential figureheads – Lemmy Kilmister. Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister was born in England on December 24th, 1945. After being inspired and influenced by The Beatles, he set out to make his way in the rock industry any way he could. He worked as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix, played in various bands – such as the Rockin’ Vickers and Hawkwind, but what he’ll forever be known for is founding and frontmaning the legendary heavy metal band known as Motörhead. Lemmy founded Motörhead in 1975 and peaked in success during 1980 and 1981 with the band’s iconic smash hit “Ace of Spades” from their UK number 1 live album No Sleep Til’ Hammersmith. He stuck with the band through numerous musician changes and for 22 albums until he died on December 28, 2015 at the age of 70. The 2010 rockumentary Lemmy was produced over three years and consists of a wide variety of interviews that showcase the far reaching impact Lemmy had on lives from all walks of life. Ozzy Osborne, Alice Cooper, Slash, Ice-T, and many other highly respected musicians and creative professionals spoke about Lemmy and his impact on their individual lives and careers. Upon hearing the news of his passing, Dave Grohl – the lead singer for The Foo Fighters, who’s also featured in the 2010 rockumentary – got a ... Read More »

Carlos Torres: black & grey tattoo master

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The owner of Timeline Gallery in San Pedro, CA, Carlos Torres, has been tattooing for about fifteen years and is considered one of the best tattooers in the entire world. He is well known for his realistic black and grey tattoos, as well as his oil paintings, and over the years he’s received many awards and recognition for his work. He’s even painted the banner for the Ink-N-Iron Tattoo Festival for the last several years. We were very happy to get to chat with him and find out what he’s been up to. B: We’re here with Carlos Torres from Timeline Gallery in California. Hi Carlos. What’s new? C: Aw man, I’ve got a ton of different things going on. Always tattooing and always painting and that’s enough to keep me busy.   B: Cool. So, you’re painting, you own your own place and you’re tattooing. Do you find that hard to juggle? C: Yea. I like to balance stuff out, though. For me it’s important to, and I just started this about a year ago, but I’m taking like every other Saturday off and it’s good for me to just sit back and refresh ideas. I can sit at home and paint more, I can spend the day painting.   B: Reintroduce yourself to your lady. C: Yes, she’s great. I’m thankful I’ve got a good woman. She’s real patient and she’s always happy and proud. She helps me out a lot so, yea. It’s important to have that. ... 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 »

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 »