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Paul Booth’s Last Rites Gallery Presents Taboo: Beinart Collective Group Exhibition

Last Rites Gallery presents Taboo, a group exhibit of works by artists in the Beinart Collective, guest curated by Jon Beinart.

Guest Curated By Jon Beinart
July 7th – August 11th
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 7th, 7-11pm

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Scott Harrison Releases New Comic Strip Series: Knobby’s Private Victory

By John
Anyone that is familiar with Scott Harrison’s work will really appreciate his newly released comic. Knobby’s Private Victory, penned under Harrison’s pseudonym “B.S. Welt” is soon to be an instant classic, and at $6.00 dollars it’s a steal for any collector of WELT paraphernalia. Read on to see a brief preview of the comic strip… (more…)


New Publication From The Amsterdam Tattoo Museum: Mother

Mothers have always been a popular theme in the world of tattoos, and the first tattoo a young man gets is often associated with this theme, not least because of the ruckus he will avoid when returning home with it. At first most mothers become angry at such an impulsive deed, but once she realises that this is an indelible display of unconditional love for her and that it will be visible to all for all time, all her heart can do is melt…  (more…)


Subscribe Now: Win Free Stuff!!! (BLOODWORK: BODIES Book)

Subscribe, renew or add to your Tattoo Artist Magazine subscription now for a chance to win one extra year’s subscription to TAM and a copy of the amazing Bloodwork:Bodies book.

Winner will be chosen by May 15th, 2012.

(Contest is for tattooers only.)

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Reach Beyond Death – Group Show at Windhorse Tattoo & Gallery

Reach Beyond Death features 32 tattoo artists from across the United States, each tattoo artist was provided with a high-quality resin forearm cast to paint, draw, or sculpt upon. No limits = exciting results.

Reach Beyond Death enters it’s second and final month, with an April 6th, 2012 reception during First Fridays in Kansas City, MO. [Artists listed on expanded page.] (more…)


Kokoro: The Art of Horiyoshi III

Horiyoshi III art exhibition to open in London on March 21st, 2012 at the Somerset House. Meaning ‘heart, mind and spirit’ in Japanese, the concept of Kokoro underpins the Japanese culture and defines its people’s approach to all aspects of life.

Described as a “living legend” by The New York Times, Horiyoshi III is best known as the undisputed master of Japan’s ancient art of tattooing of his generation, but he is also a prolific artist who has a passion for painting on paper and silk as well as skin… (more…)


Amsterdam Tattoo Museum

“The Book of Lucky” by Lucky Bastard

In the beginning there was the Red Light…

In 1998, I took my first trip to Amsterdam to try and sit-in at the infamous Hanky Panky Tattoo. I was told by others that had worked for Hanky (Henk Schiffmacher) that it was not possible to get someone to vouch for you, or to call ahead to test the waters. You just had to meet Henk face-to-face, and hope he liked what you were doing. Not just artistically, but most importantly personality-wise… (more…)


Jay Brown: Mi Vida Loca – The Life & Times of Crazy Philadelphia Eddie Vol. 4 (Pre-Order Available Now)

By Jay Brown
Well, the story continues and the history jumps off of the pages as Eddie tells of his life and adventures in the tattoo world. This next issue starts off where the last one left off, and I even heard that some of the stories from the earlier books develop more, as the chronicle of this great tattooer continues on in the much awaited, Mi Vida Loca – The Life & Times of Crazy Philadelphia Eddie Vol. 4. I’ve been told that this one is the best yet… (more…)


*NEW* Scott Harrison Paintings Available on Headband Brothers Website

(Visit headbandbrothers.com to purchase and see more of Scott Harrison’s paintings) Larger image on expanded page.

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First Look Inside the New Amsterdam Tattoo Museum

A letter to Tattoo Artist Magazine from Dean Williams:

Tattoo Artist Mag…
Hey hey, it’s Dean Williams co-owner of Elm Street Tattoo with my long shadow-casting partner, Oliver Peck. On November 5th me, Oliver and couple of the guys from the shop went to Amsterdam for Hanky Panky’s grand-opening of the tattoo museum. I would say it exceeded my expectations, not to mention there’s… I believe a couple more buildings not yet open to the public. But what is open now is a couple of wings beautifully crafted with three floors with tattooing rooms upstairs that would accommodate any style of tattooing… (more…)


For the Record: Thomas Edison’s Muckers

Courtesy of Tattoo Archive: Another one of Thomas Edison’s stencil pens showed up for sale on Ebay recently. This device is often described as “the first electric motor driven appliance produced and sold in the US.” This is not easy to prove, but sure sounds good! Of course to the tattoo world this stencil pen is the grandfather of all electric tattooing machines. The one on Ebay was listed as “Buy it Now” for $35,000. The last time I checked there were no takers, but it got me to thinking more about the machine’s inventor and builders. Edison held at least four different US patents for his stencil pen ideas. The first was issued on August 8, 1876; this was an abbreviated version of the patent he had received one year earlier in England. Edison took some of the other ideas from the English patent, and in 1877 and 1878 got US patents for them… (more…)


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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New Amsterdam Tattoo Museum to Open on Schedule

By Danny Boy (A letter to Crash)
Just wanted to let you and your readers know where we are at with the museum. We got 12 days left and going into the last round. This week should be pretty hectic, but that’s how we like it. The permanent exhibitions are just about finished as far as painters and carpenters go. Henk is working around the clock, painting away, having meetings, interviews, barking at everyone, overseeing some 50 people with the help of Annemarie Beers and Almar, still squeezing in some tattoos here and there, and still showing up in the mornings with new ideas and drawings of rooms and exhibitions he had made the night before. And all this is for you, tattoo lovers of the world…

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*NEW* Scott Harrison Paintings Available on Headband Brothers Website

(Visit headbandbrothers.com to purchase and see more of Scott Harrison’s paintings) Larger image on expanded page.

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*News* Tattoo Archive Website Redesigned

Courtsey of C.W. Eldridge: To all our faithful friends, we are very excited to let you know about our redesigned website at www.tattooarchive.com.

We know you’ll enjoy our new look, which features larger images and an easier to navigate Online Store. Did we mention larger images?

The Tattoo Archive still has the high quality tattoo history and collectibles that you have come to expect from us, as well as a chance to get involved with the Paul Rogers Tattoo Research Center and information about our online newsletter…

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Jay Brown: The Life and Times of ‘Crazy’ Philadelphia Eddie

By Jay Brown
Crazy Philadelphia Eddie paved the way for tattooers today and his career spans almost six decades. He tattooed in New York, Hawaii, Chicago and Philadelphia where he spent 40 years tattooing. Eddie has seen the changes from the sponge-and-bucket days to the dawn of the sterilization era and beyond. He started one of the first tattoo clubs, owned supply companies and even ran tattoo conventions. In a career as long as Eddie’s the adventures were abundant, and he is still having them today…

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Tattoo Artist Magazine Volume I Book Will Be Arriving Next Week!

We are excited to announce that Tattoo Artist Magazine Vol. I will be arriving next week from our printer!  We will begin shipping all pre-orders at the end of next week. We apologize for the extended delay and would like to thank everyone for their patience regarding this matter.

If you would like to order the book please visit our TAM Pro Store here: http://tattooartistmagazine.myshopify.com/password.

TAM Vol I. is for professional tattoo artists only.

Foil stamped cover art by Hunter Spanks.

Cheers- TEAM TAM

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*NEW* Scott Harrison Paintings Available on Headband Brothers Website

Visit headbandbrothers.com to purchase and see more of Scott Harrison’s paintingsLarger image on expanded page.

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Spider Murphy’s New Tattoo Flash Book

A unique collection of pages of flash signed Spider Murphy’s, designed by the finest tattoo artists who over the years worked in the famous California studio. The contains 110 sheets (mostly unpublished) dedicated to the most authentic and at the same time original American tattoo, designed by Theo Mindell, Matt Howse, Stuart Cripwell, Paul Anthony Dobleman and Heather Bailey.

A tribute to the early tattoo flash used in the West that decorated the first tattoo shops with vessels, ships, Cadillac cars, sports cars, women with feathers and jewels and the world of the circus that in the 20s became the most curious and unique American fashion. Dreams for the dreamers that captured the fantasy of customers, taking them on journeys to faraway worlds, rearranged by Spider Murphy’s tattoo shop and published in this book. [Ordering instructions and photos on expanded page]

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*NEW* Scott Harrison Paintings Available on Headband Brothers Website

Visit headbandbrothers.com to purchase and see more of Scott Harrison’s paintings. [Larger image on expanded page.]

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Rollo & Me Comic #5

The “Rollo & Me” strip is a series of stories told by Keith Underwood and illustrated by Dan Henk which appear regularly in Tattoo Artist Magazine. They chronicle Keith’s experiences living with and working alongside one of tattooing’s greatest icons of the 20th century- Mike ‘Rollo Banks’ Malone. Mike departed this life in 2007 but these stories represent Keith’s healing process and are figuratively supposed to occur on the couch of his therapist.
Enjoy. There’s more to come.

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Paul Booth ‘Reincarnates’ Last Rites Tattoo Parlor

Come one and all! Not to be missed!

The second evening to our reincarnation weekend is when we drop the black curtains and launch the all new Tattoo Theatre area of our space. Not only is this another chance to take in the art of Chet Zar and Craig Larotonda, but on this special night you can truly soak in the entire Last Rites experience(more…)


Danny Boy Discusses New Amsterdam Tattoo Museum with Horitaka

By Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura
Tattooers love to travel… I recently got to catch-up with Danny Boy as he was running up and down California. His wife was getting tattooed by Horitomo at my shop and they crashed at my house for the night. We chatted a bit over coffee and I was especially eager to ask about the New Amsterdam Tattoo Museum. This project is the brainchild of Henk “Hanky Panky” Schiffmacher, a living legend of tattooing and one of the world’s leading tattoo historians. The opening is scheduled for later this year… (more…)


*NEW* Scott Harrison Paintings Available on Headband Brothers Website

Visit headbandbrothers.com to purchase and see more of Scott Harrison’s paintings. [Larger image on expanded page.]

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