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20 New masterpieces by the Blackworkers Group

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Blackworkers are tattooists who specialize in tattoos using only black ink, but in unique and versatile ways, creating a style all their own. These are some of the best in the world and their followings are growing by the week! PLEASE pay a visit to them and FOLLOW their Instagrams and other social media. This month’s Artist Winners chosen by Casper Mugridge of the Blackworkers Instagram Group! The best source for black ink tattoos! — Follow @Blackworkers HERE – & – @Blackworkers_tattoo HERE for a daily dose of Tattoo Masterpieces!   @pwtattoo  ( Phil wilkinson ) Heavy black tattoos, with a different approach and style. The way this is done requires a lot of commitment and vision. Very hard to change directions once you start .   <!–nextpage–> @amyvsavage  ( Amy Victoria savage ) Limited line work with lots of dot work. Themes stay constant , with a signature style . Her work always stands apart and well done.   <!–nextpage–> @_leestewart   ( lee Stewart ) Painterly approach with a combination of very dark and soft smooth light fades. A difficult way of tattooing to make it look good and natural.   <!–nextpage–> @savannahcolleen   ( Savannah Colleen McKinney ) Bold lines mixed with heavy black and dot work.  She stays constant and has her own style.   <!–nextpage–> @mxmttt   ( Maxime buchi ) Unique signature style. Interesting subject matter mixed with different body placement.   <!–nextpage–> @kanetrubenbacher   ( Kane Trubenbacher ) Interesting subject matter and different body placement.  Stand alone pieces with ...Read More »

New work: catching up with Nick Baxter

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Nick Baxter is well known for his distinct hyper-realistic style of painting and tattooing. When it comes to his art his main focus has always been on learning and growing as much as possible in order to create a truly refined and unique work of art. Whether he’s working in oils or in ink, his complete dedication and passion for his craft reveals itself in every minute detail of his work. As a result, he’s inspired a myriad of artists and tattooers and has garnered countless fans and admirers. Despite all of his success and attention, he remains humble and genuine and we were fortunate enough to spend some time and talk with him recently.   B:So Nick, what’s new? What have you been up to? N: It’s been a busy summer, artistically. I’ve been taking some painting workshops and just doing the usual tattoo work but I’ve really been trying out some new techniques and some new genres of painting that I’m enjoying.   B: I saw that you did a Dutch Masters kind of still life painting workshop? Is that right? N: Yes. I took a 17th century Dutch still life workshop in New York City at the Grand Central Atelier. It was basically just painting in the manner and the technique of the Dutch realist painters from around the Renaissance Period.   B:Was that challenging? N:Yea, the most challenging aspect really is the foundation step of drawing, just seeing accurately and drawing. I’ve been painting now for ...Read More »

Tatted Up Disney Characters

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We all know the “family-friendly” nature of Disney is a sham, right? From clear racist undertones to the practically blatant phallic imagery, Disney’s roots are hardly as family-friendly as they’d like people to believe. So why shouldn’t Disney characters be depicted with tattoos every once in a while? Disney has been around since 1923 and now has multiple generations of audiences and fans who span a wide range of ages and maturity levels. It only makes sense that fans would choose to depict their favorite Disney characters in a more mature light than their more-often-than-not saintly appearances would have us believe. Tattoos also just fit many Disney characters’ personalities. Just try to see Ariel without having awesome tattoos after looking through the gallery below. You can’t, can you? Of course the historically rebellious mermaid would have tattoos! Ariel looks fantastic with them, and she knows it. If you didn’t already think about what your favorite Disney character would be like in real life, the pictures below will definitely jog your imagination. Although they’ll also raise a few interesting questions too. Like, “How does Tinkerbell get her tattoos? Is there a fairy tattoo artist with a tiny shop just sitting around on Neverland?” or “Would Cinderella have to get all her tattoos after getting married to the prince? She wouldn’t be able to afford them otherwise, right?” A lot of these pictures also spark some interesting fan fiction ideas. What if Belle was more assertive in Beauty and the Beast? Or ...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 »

20 Brand Tattoos: Just How Brand Loyal ARE You?

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Brand tattoos are some of the most noticeable images you can get on your body today. They’re instantly recognizable with a large group of people and are often synonymous with particular lifestyle philosophies, like Nike’s athletic-centric “Just Do It” or Harley’s love of the open road. Getting a brand tattoo is a great way to instantly let the world know your own particular life views and ideologies. They’re a natural choice for people who are either highly sociable or otherwise looking to increase their social interactivity. A visible tattoo of your favorite brand is a great way to find people who have similar interests, either in the brand in particular or the industry it’s associated with. They work so well to bring people together that it’s entirely possible a brand tattoo could open relationships you otherwise never would’ve known existed. Having a potential conversation starter isn’t the only reason to get a brand tattoo though. Many people often advise tattoo beginners to start with something meaningful, which is more often than not what many brand logos represent. A brand’s effectiveness hinges on its ability to evoke positive emotions and memories, which is why brands like Coke create so many advertisements about happiness and joy. To be clear, we’re not saying you should get a lower back Wal-Mart tattoo like the guy pictured left. In all fairness, to each his own, but you don’t necessarily have to get the actual logo of the brand you like. Brand tattoos can be as creative and ...Read More »

The Alluring Elegance of Pin-Up Girl Tattoos

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Few icons capture pure Americana as effectively as the vintage pin-up girl. For decades these curvaceous beauties have created numerous representations of the ideal American girl while captivating male audiences and simultaneously inspiring women to be bold and sexy.  Today, they are artistic visions seeking to praise and eternally capture the elegant essence of retro feminine beauty. A Short History Lesson While pictures of women in various state of undress have been around for hundreds of years, the classic pin-up girl become popular in in the 1940’s Marketing gurus the world over took notice of the U.S. government’s use of vivacious all-American women as a means to increase enlisted moral during World War II and decided to see if sex truly sold as well as it seemed. When men started cutting out their favorite posed feminine idols and hanging them on walls, entrepreneurial spirits took note and began mass producing pin-up girl posters and calendars. As the decades rolled by, the boundaries of marketing sexuality lifted and rendered pin-up models obsolete. Rather than dying out and becoming little more than old images found solely in antique stores, pin-up girls have become an art form in-and-of itself thanks to inspired artists who’ve kept the style alive. Nowadays pin-up girl art serves as a vintage reminder of a time where the generally accepted idea of beauty wasn’t a bone thin woman with unrealistic proportions. Pin-up girl tattoos were largely popularized by sailors, who were known for centuries to get tattoo depictions of sultry ...Read More »

25 Ways the Force is with You: Star Wars Tattoos

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We are stoked! Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opened this week! This is the 7th movie in the series. Can you believe that  . . 7?! Once again, we will see the plot unfold with two legendary enemies in a daring battle that is the absolute essence of good vs. evil! On the Dark Side,  the oppressive and tyrannical government known as the First Order will do everything possible to destroy and take over all that is good and pure.  And the Force will be honored with a small band of soldiers known as the Resistance. Star Wars: The Force Awakens buzz has taken social media by storm. So, this blog is for you, the dedicated Star Wars fan . . . . *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!   This awesome Darth Vader & X-Wing is by the Polish artist Levgen Eugene knysh @levgen_eugeneknysh Gunnar V from Oslo! @gunnar_v_tattoo_artist Jerry Pipkins from Panama City Beach, FL @jerrypipkins J. Bryan Maddix @jbmaddix_tattoos Yoda by Alex Rattray @alex_rattray_ink Jose Guevara Morales @cheeseburgerchampion Dan Stone @scribbly_head Conor Wearn @conorwearn Two Snakes Tattoo @twosnakestattoo Azazel Milanówek @azazelmilanowek Kyle Berg @kvberg Lauren Bartram @laurenalexandralux Suspiria @suspirialand Khail Aitken @khailtattooer     wow – we don’t know who did this one, but the blend of Star Wars with a frickin’ Sailor Jerry girl… YES!     Star Wars ...Read More »

A.F.C. Football Tattoos – Part 1

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YESSSSSSSS!! Football season is finally here! No matter who you root for, some would argue you’re not a real fan unless you’re wearing it on your skin! If that’s true then these extreme fans have gotten us all beat!! Here’s a small collection of AFC Division Teams, pt1!  (*not all submissions had the artist’s name or social links – we always strive to give credits, so please include that info. Thank you! …and if you did one of these tattoos, please let us know!) FANS: Share YOUR football tattoos! (*ARTISTS: can TAG and # TattooArtistMagazine on InstaGram with their daily work and get some free publicity) — – FOLLOW US on IG for DAILY DOSES of the BEST TATTOOS on the internet!! — @tattooartistmagazine Teams in the East Buffalo Bills Miami Dolphins (from Miami Gardens, Florida, near Miami) New England Patriots (from Foxborough, Massachusetts, about halfway between Boston and Providence) New York Jets (from East Rutherford, New Jersey, near New York City) Paul Spatola @paulspatolatattoo Teams in the north Baltimore Ravens (from Baltimore, Maryland) @tres222 Cincinnati Bengals (from Cincinnati, Ohio) Cleveland Browns (from Cleveland, Ohio) @bigtymetattoos Pittsburgh Steelers (from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania @saidpress Teams in the south Houston Texans (from Houston, Texas) @bnoz1nk Indianapolis Colts (from Indianapolis, Indiana) Reyna Sunshine @reynasunshine Jacksonville Jaguars (from Jacksonville, Florida) Tennessee Titans (from Nashville, Tennessee) Teams in the west Denver Broncos (from Denver, Colorado) Gordon Milne @gordonmilne_tattoo Kansas City Chiefs (from Kansas City, Missouri) Ricky Knuxx @rickyknuxx73 Oakland Raiders (from Oakland, California) San Diego Chargers (from ...Read More »

Ultimate Baseball Fan Tattoos

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– Ah, Baseball Season!! Whether it’s spring training or the last pitch of the World Series, diehard fans NEVER lose the love of the game! Collected here are some of the MOST AMAZING baseball tattoos that have been submitted to TAM from artists all around the world!! FOLLOW these guys and share YOUR baseball themed body art with us, too!! (*Artists can submit their best photos each day by TAGGING & HASHTAGGING – tattooartistmagazine on Instagram!)  — & FOLLOW US HERE – @TattooArtistMagazine Everybody ready? — “TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME…” @craigmostontattoos (A portrait of Lou Gehrig at Yankee Stadium after being forced to retire because of the degenerative effects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS.) Willie Kingsolver @wonkatastic Oscar Canteros @oc_tatt Chris Thayer @christhayer Evvan Amundson @e.amundson.tattoos Izzey Juarez @izzeyjtattoos Petey P @dallastattedup   Andres Acosta, Austin, TX https @Acostattoo  Francisco R Cervantes @ciscokid_ink   Danny wild of tattoo mania Hollywood – SEND US YOUR PHOTOS!! *To see work by 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 »

Color Realism tattoos by Russian Artist Ben Klishevskiy

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Hailing from Moscow, Russia, this sublime color-realism specialist is getting some serious attention from tattoo aficionados as well as other artists on a worldwide scale with his viral tattoo pics… and it’s easy to see why!Read More »

Bad-Ass Bio-Mech Tattoos

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By their very nature these are tattoos that have an intricate fusing of sci-fi styling with elements of living biology. These tattoos are a look into the mind of the creator and wearer; they see the possibilities of the world as far more complicated and interrelated than most people. Bio-Mech is short for Bio-Mechanical, a style of artwork traced back to the famed Swiss artist H.R. Giger, who found international acclaim after designing the original Alien for the Alien series of movies. Giger was friends with Salvador Dali and sadly, passed away recently. Branching off of Giger’s work but evolving it and making it their own, Guy Aitchison and Aaron Cain exploded onto the tattoo scene in the late 80s/early 90s and have each inspired countless adepts and imitators. Guy’s work is shown below, Aaron Cain no longer tattoos but focuses full time on building tattoo machines. Here’s a few tattoos by Aaron, whom many consider the king of bio. This rest of this particular collection includes works from some of our favorite bio-mech artists. Markus Lenhard is one our favorite artists in this genre. He’s in Berlin, Germany, though he does travel from time to time to the US and elsewhere. His Site is http://www.luxaltera.com/en/ — check him out and follow for some amazing tattoos. Markus works digitally for the designing stages, using a Wacom Cintiq, and his work really encompasses as much organic as metal elements. One of the best! This next tattoo is the work of Boris from Hungary. Boris’ ...Read More »

Unusual Tattoo Subjects

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In many of our blogs we group tattoos together by subject matter, such as animals or horror. Or we might showcase back tattoos or full sleeves in a single blog.  Most of the tattoos here don’t seem to fit into our other categories, they are unique, interesting and very unusual. Jay Joree @jayjoree We absolutely LOVE these faceless head tattoos, and the incorporation of geometric designs in general. Her style seems to merge pure traditional elements with a modern spin.         Cesar Romero @luckykattat   Guy Aitchison @guyaitchisonart This tattoo looks like an alien landscape of shapes, sinews and color, obviously over some seriously scarred & burned skin. The care a patience it took is incredible. Guy is one of the undisputed leaders in tattooing, and he’s been teaching professional tattooers how to push the limits for more than 20 years now! The style Guy generally works in is called Bio-Mech, (emphasis on the bio portion). It’s truly in a class all its own, as is this revolutionary artist. Kamil Mocet Terczynski @kamiltattoos Jose Chalarca  @jchalarca   Wade Johnson @thehumansprocket Ibrahim Barboza @ibrahimtattoo  Jeremy Sutton @jeremysutton Check out Jeremy Sutton on the opening of Electric Anvil Tattoo  *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 ...Read More »

10 Grimmest Skull and Skeleton Tattoos

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All the PHOTOS in this GALLERY of Skulls & Skeletons are from professional tattooers in the TAM community who have shared their work with us on instaGram! When it comes to the design you want for your tattoo, sky is the limit. The array of designs you can find in each category is endless, not to mention that every individual owns creativity! The type of tattoo one decides to put on their skin is essentially a message they give to the world. A Skull and/or Skeleton tattoo, is it a symbol of death or life? To quite a lot of people when they see a skull tattoo, the word that immediately comes to their mind is death and danger. Yet, before tattooing was even a thing, the sign of a skull was always associated with life and even a symbol to celebrate it. In ancient societies, skulls and skeleton were meant to bring great change, and the greatest of all changes in one’s life is death. People who opt for skull tattoos each have their own motivations, meanings, and reason for getting them. To each individual personally, it can mean anything from celebration of life to recognition of the inevitability of death. While the symbolism of a skull tattoo holds significance, nowadays, it has become a display only, rather than holding its inherent meaning, and if you really want to find out the message that a person is trying to convey, you will have to ask them that directly. There ...Read More »

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