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Dave Allen: Kannon, Goddess of Mercy Art Show & Auction

By Dave Allen
Last year’s devastating tsunami and earthquake in Japan deeply affected everyone in our industry. It would be hard not to be. More than 20,000 dead and 100,000’s left rebuilding. As a community we banded together and raised money for relief efforts. After a full year it is still apparent that people in Japan could use our help… (more…)


(UPDATE) Hannya Mask Project: A Woman Scorned

By Anthony Iannucci: Over one year ago, a massive 9.0 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, birthing a devastating tsunami that had swept over the cities and farmland in the north-east part of the country and set off warnings as far away as the west coast of the USA and South America. The death toll high and the long-term impact still in question, the citizens of Japan were in great need of assistance and support from the world community. That need still exists today. During the year since this event, good and compassionate people from all over the globe have helped in various ways whether it be donating independently, to massive fund-raising drives…  (more…)


Hannya Mask Project Teaser (VIDEO)

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Horitaka: Give ‘Em A Hand Project

By Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura
When I think about good tattooing, I think of art executed by skilled craftsman. In an era of chain stores and mass production, it is always refreshing to see something hand-made. I met Jamie from RePop through my good friend Chris Yvon. Chris told me about Jamie and RePop, and the hand-made goods they produced. The product certainly lived up to the hype! Rings, buckles, wallets and more, all with old world craftsmanship, with some weight -no cheap materials, and a great retro feel…

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Tattoo Art for Japan

By Diamond Jim
What has happened and is still happening in Japan is for us an unthinkable nightmare. Sadly it is not a dream anyone can awake from. Most of us go through life half asleep, concerned with vacation time and whether or not we can afford the newest and best of things. Imagine these things being swept away from you and not knowing if your family members are alive. To survive a natural disaster is a horrifying experience. After you have survived you try to pick up the pieces and with the help of others you start anew. Our brothers and sisters in Japan are not able to do this because for them the disaster is not over; it seems only to be getting worse…

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New York Tattoo Artists Publish Flash Book to Benefit Japanese Disaster Victims

Courtesy of Shirts and Destroy: On the six-month anniversary of the devastating tsunami that swept over northern Japan, New York City’s most renowned tattoo artists have come together to create a completely unique, limited edition spiral bound collection of tattoo flash sheets, entitled Flash For Japan to benefit victims of the tsunami…

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Hannya Mask Project: A Woman Scorned

Courtesy of Anthony Iannucci: The Hannya mask is one of the most highly recognizable images of the 14th century Japanese Noh Theater. The masks are used to convey the identity and mood of the nearly eighty characters in the different tales of the play. The hannya mask is specifically used to represent a vengeful and jealous woman. “a woman scorned.” Her anger and envy have so consumed her that she has turned into a demon, but with some traces of her humanity left. The pointed horns, gleaming eyes, fang-like teeth, combined with a look of pure resentment and hate are tempered by the expression of suffering around the eyes and the artfully disarrayed strands of hair, which indicate passionate emotion thrown into disorder…

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Dave Allen: How to Save the World and Gain Karmic Bliss While Tattooing (VIDEO)

By Dave Allen
Photos by Jayme Ford 
I never thought that I could make much difference in the world, let alone inspire others to follow my lead. I’m just a hard-working tattoo artist that no one’s heard of.  And to tell you the truth, I don’t mind slaving away in anonymity. But I guess when certain circumstances move you to act there’s no telling what might happen…

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Crystal Morey Talks to Japanese Artists About Their Country’s Recent Disasters (VIDEO)

By Crystal Morey
When asked to do some interviews over here in Japan for the TAM Blog I immediately thought of profiling Kishi San from 56 Tattoo in Shibuya, Tokyo. In the tragic aftermath of the quake in Japan’s Tohoku prefecture, Kishi-San immediately went into action contacting his immense web of tattooers and organizing his motorcycle club, the 56 Syndicate, to assist in the still ongoing struggle. I sat down with him and Ako (owner of Ghetto Culture and brother to everyone in the Tokyo underground scene) for a coffee…
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Tattooers for Japan Founder Dave Allen Talks to TAM in Toronto (VIDEO)

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Tattooers for Japan (UPDATE)

By Craig Driscoll

The biggest earthquake to shake Japan, since records began almost 150 years ago, hit the country’s northeast coast. That and the tsunami that followed has devastated the island nation of Japan. Japanese influence on modern-day tattooing is undeniably vast. The least we can do is some tattooing in return… (more…)


Waverly Ink to Donate 100% of Japanese Ink Sales to Charity

By Bill Waverly

From now until June 1st, 2011, I will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of all of the three Japanese colors I sell. These colors are Japanese Orange, Japanese Red and Japanese Pink. (more…)


Tattoo Industry’s Leading Talents Design Shirts to Support Japanese Relief Efforts

By John Niederkorn

As the dust settles from the earthquake and tsunami that shook Japan to its foundation, tattoo artists including Jeff Gogue, Mike Godfrey, Horitaka, Chad Koeplinger and Japanese resident, Shige, have come forward to donate their time and artistic talents to help raise money for people of Japan. (more…)


Tattooers for Japan

By John Niederkorn

The recent natural disasters in Japan have sent shock-waves through the global community, which left many people wondering how they could help the Japanese people in their time of need. One such community that has been organizing to support Japan is also a community that has been heavily influenced by Japanese culture, the global tattoo community. (more…)


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