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Demetra Molina: Berlin 2013 And Riesling

By Marisa Kakoulas

Reblogged from: http://www.needlesandsins.com

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I am THRILLED about a new segment for N+S, which combines my two loves:  tattoos & wine. The wonderful Demetra Molina, who co-owns The Hand of Fate Tattoo Parlor in Ithaca, NY, with her tattooist husband Eddie Molina, has graciously offered to share her expertise (she has a Level 1 Foundation from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust of England) — and with a fun twist. Demetra will be reviewing wines from the areas of upcoming tattoo conventions, so when you’re off to get tattooed, you can pick up a bottle of local wine as well. Considering that the Berlin Tattoo Convention kicks off today, Demetra educates us on German wines & the convention.

 

Check out Demetra’s blog, The Boozy Life of a Tattoo Wife, as well as Eddie’s tattoo work (which includes Demetra’s tattoos shown here.)

BY DEMETRA MOLINA:

Tattoo conventions are an international affair, and tattooists travel quite extensively. Artists jump on and off of planes constantly, and the landscape is often a blur. Slowing down during intense travel often means wandering about in our new surroundings, taking in the area. In my case, wine and wine tasting helps me enjoy and remember a place, not just running through its airports with my husband and tattoo artist Eddie Molina. Looking to the next few months, there are several high profile conventions coming, all in exceptional wine areas. First up: Berlin, Germany 2013.

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August 2nd-4th, Tattoo Convention Berlin 2013 will mark its 23rd festival in Berlin, Germany. International tattoo artists are drawn to this well-established show, currently located in the refurbished hotspot Station Berlin (check out the link to this beautifully renovated historic space here, especially if you enjoy architecture: STATION Berlin). Station Berlin is a former train station in the hub of Berlin, now a historic landmark with seven different halls of differing sizes. Crystal chandeliers hang amidst very minimal surroundings, elegant yet stark spaces waiting for creativity. It’s the perfect place to showcase our colorful tattoo culture.

The convention is known by tattooists to be well organized, have a talented list of names, and promises a large crowd of art enthusiasts as well as potential clients. I asked friend and tattooist Cory Ferguson about his past Berlin Convention recollections, and he replied with “..lots of stuff going on other than tattooing to keep the public interested…really fun, I loved it! So many other shows were just disappointing after doing that one. There is also just so much culture to take in on top of the show, that you can’t go wrong doing Berlin.” Suspensions, live bands, collaborative ArtFusion, tattoo contests, and a Tattoo Queen title is up for grabs. No bored wandering of the floor for hours at this show, too much to do. Culture, history, architecture, tattoo convention, wine! While Germany is mainly known for its beers and brews, there are a few wines you don’t want to miss. Take a break from the beer gardens, and explore the local wines in the German Riesling scene.

Riesling is the leading grape variety grown in Germany, having originated in the Rhine region during the fifteenth century. It is an extremely flexible white grape that can be shaped into several styles of Riesling wine, from dry to sweet, and everywhere in between. The cool climate fruit is known to beautifully showcase the soil, or terroir, it is grown in. The vines do exceptionally well on the slate rock slopes of Mosel, and the slate is often a flavor dynamic of the finished wine.

Riesling is a very under rated, food friendly white wine, that is enjoying a renaissance in the culinary world. Many styles pair beautifully with seafood, poultry, and lighter pork dishes. Try a slightly off dry style Riesling with a Thai or Vietnamese meal next time; the crisp, fruity acidity and slight cooling sweetness will extinguish the heat!

We are fortunate that The Hand of Fate Tattoo Parlor is in the beautiful city of Ithaca. Located in upstate New York, and situated smack in the center of Finger Lakes wine country, it is a cooler climate viticulture area, very similar to prime German locations. The grape vines flourish in our climate, producing top-level grapes that will make world-class Riesling wines. Several of our wineries are responsible for highly rated Rieslings, in every style under the sun.

The Berlin Tattoo Convention is a fantastic opportunity to absorb a bit of tattoo culture, while enjoying wines that are created from part of the landscape. If you can’t make it to the show, at least try a few of the wines from the area!

A few German Rieslings to try:

Dr. F. Weins-Prum 2010 Feinherb Riesling (Mosel)

Erben von Beulwitz 2006 Kaseler Nies’chen Riesling Spatlese (Ruwer)

Dr. Loosen 2011 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese (Mosel)

Schloss Vollrads 2011 Riesling (Rheingau)

And a few Finger Lakes Rieslings too:

Tierce Dry Riesling 2011 (Finger Lakes)

Dry Riesling Anthony Road Wine Company 2012 (Finger Lakes)

Riesling 2011 Sheldrake Point Winery (Finger Lakes)

Semi-Dry Riesling 2012 Leidenfrost Vineyards (Finger Lakes)


The Anticipation of Following Up: Pacific Ink & Art Expo

By Danny Casler

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In 2011 we set out to accomplish something that has never been done before in Hawaii. A tattoo convention. Sounds simple enough. We all have been to one or 10. I remember my first one in Vegas where I met Mario Barth & Mike DeVries and I thought “Man, this is bad ass… everyone tattooing together, the camaraderie, the skill levels being matched, the talent pool and in some areas, the lack there of.”
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Sullen State of Mind

By Jacob Hanks

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Last August the owners of Sullen Clothing Company, Ryan Smith and Jeremy Hannah, brought their brand to Hawaii, along with an array of Sullen related artists for the first ever tattoo convention in the state. The Sullen booth was out of stock by the 2nd day of the very popular three-day event. Carlos Torres, Norm, and Big Sleeps killed it as well bringing to the islands their unique styles of tattooing that has everyone paying attention.
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A Pound of Flesh- “Synthetic Tattooable Skin Shaped Like Realistic Limbs”

By Jacob Hanks

I’m not usually into whatever new gimmick surfaces in the industry. It takes me a long time to even try it to confirm how bad it is, how cheaply made, or how much more difficult it is than what I was using before some random business man bestowed it to the masses. This is absolutely not the case with A Pound of  Flesh; an innovation that is the hottest thing trending on internet social groups like Instagram and Facebook right now. It almost seems that from out of nowhere, these lifelike tattooable appendages have dominated tattoo conventions as well as art circles as the ‘It’ product to showcase your art in a very different and unusual way that surely will catch the public eye.
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Ben Siebert SLC International Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Marina Inoue SLC International Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Stacie Jascott SLC International Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Brian Bruno SLC International Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Dave Wah SLC International Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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William Thidemann SLC International Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine

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JoJo Ackermann SLC International Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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ROC City Tattoo Expo 2013

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There are only two things you need to know about the ROC City Tattoo Expo…

  • 1. If you are a tattooer, this show should be on your tat con list!
  • 2. If you are a tattoo enthusiast, this show should be on your tat con list!

Actually, there’s more to it than that… But just like me, that’s the tall and skinny of it… I cannot begin to thank Jet (Joseph DiProjetto, Love Hate Tattoo), Shane Stevens and the whole ROC Crew for making this experience better every time I come to Rochester…  (more…)


Larry Brogan: How to Throw an Opening Party

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I thought I would send some info about our Grand Opening of my Tattoo City and Flower of Life Art Gallery located at 1601 State Street in Lockport, Illinois. Over two hundred people, including the mayor of Lockport, various city officials and reporters from the Lockport Legend newspaper. Friends traveled from far and wide, from Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and even Canada, to share in the occasion…  (more…)


The Pacific Ink & Art Expo: Hawaii’s First Ever Tattoo Expo Breaks New Ground

hawaii-1By Danny Claser
In 2009 I was free and clear from break-up with a female tattoo artist who was on the show LA Ink. In the time we were together we spent a lot of time traveling the world doing tattoo conventions. I fell in love with the atmosphere and the people who attended these expos. It reminded me of being on Warped Tour when I was a traveling musician. I think I connected to this messed up, chaotic, yet beautiful carny way of life where nothing had stability yet it was stable in the storm. I missed being surrounded by people the world looked at as weirdos or circus freaks. The musicians life is not that far off from the tattooers lifestyle and somehow porn stars and gypsies all seem to fall under that umbrella as well…  (more…)


Marie Sena SLC International Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Marty McEwen Motor City Tattoo Expo 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Erik Gillespie Motor City Tattoo Expo 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Ron Meyers Motor City Tattoo Expo 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Dusty Neal Motor City Tattoo Expo 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Larry Brogan: Tattoo Convention Booth Set Up Part II

By Larry Brogan
Courtesy of Tattoo Road TripIn part one of Tattoo Convention Booth Set Up we touched on things such as having promotional items such as business cards and stickers, proper banner size and good overall lighting. In part two, I’ll talk about keeping your items safer from theft, helpful display tips and a continuation of proper lighting…  (more…)


Scott Ellis Austin Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Jesse Roberts Austin Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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