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Alex de Pase on the World Wide Tattoo Conference

World Wide Tattoo Conference

By Nicki Kasper What was the inspiration for the World Wide Tattoo Conference, and who’s idea was it in the beginning?  The project WWTC (WorldWideTattooConference) was conceived in 2011. The original idea was to get together different talented Tattoists in an itinerant multicultural context who would travel around the world, stopping over in significant European and American spots to share and offer their expertise and personal views of their work to the global tattoo community. The initial idea was mine. This year’s conference is in Venice, Italy… Where have previous conferences been held?  Did you find that each event had a different vibe? 2014 is the year to get back to the origins… After the first edition of Rome 2011, the WWTC is going back to its home country, Italy. So far the WWTC has been held 5 times, once in Europe and once in the States alternatively: 2011 was in Rome, April 2012 was the turn of Chigago, then September of the same year in London… 2013 was in Boston and 2014 will be Venice (actually it is in Mogliano Veneto, 10 minutes from Venice). Each edition had definitely a different vibe, specially if we distinguish between Europe and the US, but I guess the most distinctive one was the atmosphere perceived in London, as this conference was much rougher and wilder than the other ones, being it held in the same premises of the 8th London Tattoo Convention and just before the very same convention. How has the conference progressed in ... Read More »

Robert Atkinson and Jojo Ackermann: Ten Thousand Waves

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By Nicki Kasper How long have you guys been tattooing? Where are you from?  What shops were you in before opening Ten Thousand Waves?    Robert: We both started tattooing in 1992… I grew up in Santa Clarita, North LA.  I’ve worked in many shop throughout my career, Melrose Tattoo, Royal Tattoo in Denmark, Dragon Tattoo in Holland, Eternal Art, The Tattoo Room, and last but not least, The Dolorosa. Jojo: I started tattooing back when there was no internet hahah. I am born and raised in the high desert of Southern California and recently have moved out closer towords Los Angeles. I began tattooing at Psycho City Tattoo in Lancaster CA. Under Mike Pike, where I worked for my first 16 years. Then Pike and myself opened American Made Tattoo near Edwards Air Force base, but we had to leave due to the military downsizing and local economy shift, then I ended up in Santa Clarita at Eternal Art Tattoo for almost 3 years until now. What made you decide to partner up on a shop?   R: I had been looking into locations for a new studio and Jo happened to call and said he was looking for a change… I told him I wanted to open a studio and asked him if he wanted to do it together, he said yes and here we are. J: We both discussed having a shop together for a few years now and the timing seemed right, so we went for it. Tell us a little ... Read More »

Victory Cult with Josh Egnew

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by Nicki Kasper Tell us a little bit about yourself… Where are you from? How long have you been tattooing?  What shop are you in now? Etc… I was raised in Florida, ended up in NYC where I’ve been for the past 10+years. I began tattooing just about 9 years ago and have been at Three Kings in Brooklyn for the last 6 1/2.  How would you describe Victory Cult, and what was the inspiration?  I’d call it sort of a sophisticated street wear brand. I grew up skateboarding and playing in bands, so I’ve always had a strong inclination towards graphics and the merch game. When I began tattooing It was just a natural progression to carry that on. With this project, I have begun with the basics (t-shirts,hats,hoodies,etc.), but I aim to eventually expand that scope. I also wanted to create a project that would treat the artists involved respectfully. I know a lot of us tattooers have been approached by companies that look at us as cheap labor, so I’m just trying to keep this all in the family and have everybody treated correctly. You know the old adage, if you want to do something right, you have to do it yourself.   How long did you sit on the idea before you decided to get it rolling?  Probably not long enough. Haha. I had always thought it would be fun to create a proper brand, but I had never taken the idea all that seriously. It took a ... Read More »

Guy Aitchison – Jeff Gogué tattooing

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In this one hour clip Guy Aitchison and Jeff Gogue join talents for this unprecedented tattoo event. Guy and Jeff come together to create a large collaborative sleeve tattoo that includes both traditional Japanese elements and some more modern techniques and effects. This is an amazing opportunity for you to sit in on a unique project. This one hour clip brought to you by http://wwwTattooNOW.com and Cheyenne Tattoo Equipment http://www.cheyenne-tattoo.com/ You can view the full 8 hour collaboration by visiting the link below: http://www.tattoonow.com/Webinars-and… http://www.TattooNOWTV.com   Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #15 features Jeff Gogué, Shige & more… Get issue 15 Featuring Jeff Gogué here | Enter code October at check out and save 65%   Jeff Gogue - honesty…from the gut By Crash Shige - Yellow Blaze Tattoo By Horitaka Scott Sterling - The Bridge between Paul Rogers and Dringenberg, Cain and Ciferri is pure Sterling By Shane Enholm Book Reviews - Original Cliff Raven Designs, Bella, Vintage Tattoos Asian Art Museum - State of Grace By Horiyuki News Flash - Featuring Aloha Monkey Flash (Hardy and Arment), Richard Stell Sailor Jerry Letter - Experiments with Sailor Jerry Tattoo Photography - Basic Principles By Max Dolberg For The Record - Tattoo Design Origins: Hot Stuff By Tattoo Archive Professional Product Review - Critical Tattoo Supply Models CX-1 and CX-2 Read More »

Tattoos and Piercings in the Workplace: Common Sense Advice for Workers with Body Art

Tattoos and piercings in the workplace

By Erika Icon Tattoos and piercings are becoming more accepted as a form of art and expression. They are a big part of the cultural landscape in cosmopolitan cities like Los Angeles. To give you an idea of their rise in popularity here are a few figures. Thirty years ago, 1 in 100 people in this country had tattoos. Now 1 in 10 Americans have them, and one-third of those aged 25 to 30 have tattoos. While society is becoming more liberated and expressive, and piercings and tattoos become part of mainstream culture, some employers are still having a hard time wrapping their heads around body art in the workplace. What are my rights? If your company tells you that you can’t wear piercings or reveal your tattoos at work, they aren’t doing anything illegal. Don’t look to the legal system to protect workers who have body art. The law covers discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, age, nationality, origin and gender. The one exception may be if you’re a Hindu with a nose ring, which could be a religious observation. But there are limits. Your company can’t use tats or piercings as an excuse to fire you. A company can, on the flipside, use it as an excuse not to hire you. I’ll cover more reasons for this later. Many companies have policies that prohibit tats and piercings that are generally outlined in their handbook and/or employee manual. If the policy is new, it may be given out ... Read More »

Jeff Gogue |Cherry Blossom Tutorial

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By Jeff Gogue www.unicyclebrand.com Whether you are a seasoned veteran looking to reduce and rebuild your skill set, or a new aspiring artist that is trying to fill in the gaps, we hope this video helps to advance you forward. Our objective at UB is to embody the intention of excellence. We are giving this to you with our whole hearts, hoping it enables you to produce original works that inspire others to do the same. Thank you for your support! The drawing from this video is available as a PDF unicyclebrand.com/tutorials Instructor: Jeff Gogué Director: Ryan Moon Music: Free Tone Textures By Small Colin freemusicarchive.org/music/Small_Colin/Retro_Masters/01_-Small_Colin-Free_Tone_Textures-_Retro_Master Kosmiche Slop by Anenon freemusicarchive.org/music/Anenon/Bonus_Beat_Blast_2011/06_anenon-kosmiche_slop   Read More »

Honduran Experts Decode The Hidden Meanings Behind Gang Tattoos

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It’s an image ingrained in the culture of both the United States and countries throughout Central America: the heavily-tattooed, ruthless gang members on the prowl for victims. These inked-up thugs – such as members of the feared Mara Salvatrucha (or MS-13) and Barrio 18 street gangs operating in El Salvador and Honduras – have been blamed in part for the surge in unaccompanied minors streaming north toward safety in the U.S. and have kept border agents busy making sure that none of these hoodlums enter the country. While law enforcement officials in places like Los Angeles and throughout the federal prison system have been studying gang tattoos for years to get a grasp on affiliations and meanings, the countries in Central America have only recently latched on to this practice as violent crime rates spiral out of control throughout these nations. Police in Honduras now claim to have cracked the code on the symbolic meaning of these tattoos even as more and more gang members hide their ink amid a crackdown on gangs in the country. One of the most popular images found on gang members is two hands clasped together and fingers facing skyward in prayer posture. Experts interviewed by Honduras’ El Heraldo newspaper say that this tattoo is not a representation of any religiosity on the part of the gang member, but a plea to “forgive me mother for my crazy life.” “This phrase means that there are normal moments in the life of gang member or a ... Read More »

Tattoos Viewed Differently Around The World

Tattoos viewed differently around the world

Source: www.historyoftattoos.org As tattoos are slowly but surely gaining acceptance and popularity amongst most of the American population, it is interesting to note how widespread the appeal of this practice is becoming in other countries around the world. It is also interesting to consider how various other cultures view this practice, and whether those views have changed over time as has been the case with the United States. In America the main source of familiarity with Oriental symbols and other artwork comes from viewing this lovely, traditional art in tattoo studios all across the United States. It may, therefore, be surprising to many Americans to know that, due to the significant influence of Buddhist and Confucianist religions both the Japanese and Chinese societies take a very negative view of tattoos. In these societies, tattooing was a means of branding criminals; it was not acceptable for citizens to engage in the process. In today’s society, tattoos are still unacceptable. Although their younger generation usually takes a more liberal view of tattooing, the youngsters who have them generally keep them covered. Tattoos have long been a part of life for royalty in Great Britain. Following in the footsteps of his predecessors King George the fifth and King Edward the seventh, one of today’s most well-known royal figures, Prince Charles, also sports a tattoo. Unlike in the distant past, however, tattoos in Great Britain are no longer limited to the class of royalty; during the past few decades, tattoos showing up on their ... Read More »

Forever: The New Tattoo – Recap of Berlin Book Launch

From Gestalten The suggestion that “tattoos are not just for sailors any more” is a familiar one. It might be surprising to learn, then, that the popular media has been reporting the arrival of tattooing in high society for nearly one hundred years. To celebrate the release of “Forever: The New Tattoo”, Gestalten hosted an evening of informative and entertaining talks by renowned tattoo artists Alex Binnie and Duncan X, as well as by heavily tattooed art historian Matt Lodder, author of the book’s preface. Further tattoo protagonists, namely Jon John, Liam Sparkes and Zoe Binnie, attended the event at the Gestalten Space in Berlin and gave us additional insight. The book shop.gestalten.com/forever.html See photos from the event here bit.ly/V4w6rP and bit.ly/Sqd5uW More videos on gestalten.tvhttp://vimeo.com/50360812   Read More »

FDA sides with your parents, says tattoos hurt, could cause infection

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By Pete Kasperowicz www.theblaze.com The Food and Drug Administration is warning people that getting a tattoo comes with several risks, including the possibility of being infected with HIV or hepatitis, allergic reactions, and other skin problems. And if you ever decide to remove your tattoo later, the FDA is warning about “pain and high costs.”   The FDA’s warning focused on women who get tattoos for “beauty, self-expression or cultural events.” It explained that tattoos can be done by injecting ink into your skin, injecting henna, or by getting a temporary tattoo. FDA said that because of the risk of infections, scarring or other problems, the FDA “has not approved any inks for injecting into your skin.” FDA has also not approved the injection of henna or hair dye into people’s skin. The FDA said it does not regulate tattoo parlors, but does monitor problems associated with tattoos — problems can be reported by calling 1-800-332-1088. The agency said removing tattoos is not easy. “You may not be able to completely remove your tattoo,” it said. “You could get a scar when you remove your tattoo.” There are other more complicated methods for removing them as well. “Tattoos can sometimes be removed by cutting out the tattooed skin then sewing the skin back together,” it said. “Other times, the skin can be sanded down to remove the tattoo.” The FDA indicated that least painful and easiest to remove option is the temporary tattoo, like the ones found in Cracker Jack ... Read More »

The World’s Best Tattoos Just Might Be Centuries Old

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By Katherine Brooks www.huffingtonpost.com Oh, the tattoo. From an innocuous badge inked ever so carefully on one’s back to a blanket of color flowing from the shoulders to the ankles, the world has proven the tradition of permanently adorning the body with artwork is here to stay. Hidden from sight or paraded in public, designed by professionals or picked and poked by amateurs, humans just can’t get enough of this particular brand of body modification. Take, for example, a Harris poll from 2012, which declared that in the U.S. alone, one in five individuals had chosen to bring needle to flesh. That’s 20% of the adults surveyed, for those bad with fractions. Read More »

The Lesson of the Needle

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By Aimee Heckel www.huffingtonpost.com I try to relax into the needle scraping across my skin. Accept the discomfort with love, I keep telling myself, knowing that love is the opposite of fear, and that any drop of fear will destroy this experience. If I let fear cloud me now, I am going to miss the message. Any rational human would say I should be scared. I have given my entire back to Chris Fuller, a tattoo artist at Junkyard Ink in Louisville. I met Fuller during an interview in a few months earlier. I clicked with his philosophy: that tattoos are art on flesh. In fact, Fuller and most of the other employees at the shop were traditional artists first. Fuller was a painter. I visited the shop regularly to talk about my next tattoo. My first four had been specific words or designs in specific places on my body for precise reasons. I had over-thought them all. They felt like extensions of my body, and they were an external expressions of internal enlightenments. They were my babies, in ink. This time is different. I don’t know what Fuller is going to tattoo on me. Neither does he. We agree to not go into the tattoo with preconceptions, but to approach it in the same way he paints his murals on canvas. I will be Chris Fuller’s canvas for a free-form tattoo painting. Like I said: not rational whatsoever. But rationality — the over-thinking, the limiting human mind, the man-made ... Read More »

What’s in a Name?

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By Deb Yarian The first thing out of my mouth when a couple says ” We’ve decided to have a baby ” is usually “Congratulations” not ” What happens if you get a divorce?”

I wish as many obstetricians counseled their patients against having babies using the same reasoning as some tattooers do when they advise their customers against getting a partner’s name – “What happens if you break up?” Well… what happens if you break up is that you, having made an adult decision to show your devotion to someone by getting their name tattooed on your skin must now make another adult decision and learn to live with it, cover it, or change it.

A ludicrous comparison, yes- but the name tattoo (a foolish choice only in retrospect) seems far less permanent  when compared with the really permanent -living child This sort of counsel is a particular pet peeve of mine. I think that when a person wishes to commemorate their love and devotion to another person by getting a tattoo of their name, that is their adult decision and they don’t need my opinion other than possibly font or calligraphic design choice or placement.

I’ve heard so many tattooers respond to name requests with such negativity. With mocking responses ranging from ” That’s a sure way to end a relationship!” “You sure you want to do that?” To ridicule or refusal to do the name tattoo.
But why should any couple coming in to get name tattoos from me or any other ... Read More »

Army may ease tattoo policy

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By Michelle Tan Army Times Tattooed soldiers seeking to trade in their sergeant’s stripes for a lieutenant’s bar may soon see some relief from one of the Army’s most controversial regulations. The Army is very close to announcing changes to the policy, that will likely relax the rules for soldiers looking to earn a commission. Army spokesman Paul Prince confirmed a review had taken place and that changes were imminent. “Specifics about these changes will be published in the forthcoming version of” Army regulations, Prince said. Army officials are remaining tight-lipped about specific rule changes until the revisions can be published. But it’s likely to be good news for soldiers, many of whom have lambasted the service for not grandfathering enlisted soldiers who want to go officer. The current version of Army Regulation 670-1, published March 31, includes the following rules: • No tattoos on the head, face, neck and hands. • No extremist, indecent, sexist or racist ink. • No more than four visible tattoos below the elbows and knees. In addition, those tattoos must be smaller than the size of the wearer’s hand. • Visible band tattoos cannot be more than 2-inches wide, • Sleeve tattoos are not allowed. But here was the kicker: While most soldiers were going to be grandfathered, the regulation states that enlisted soldiers with illegal ink cannot request commissioning without a waiver. The Army said it tightened its tattoo policies in order to maintain a professional look across the force. The clause angered many soldiers, ... Read More »

Girl X Tattoo – Michell G.

By Some Quality Meat www.somequalitymeat.com For Some Quality Meat we created a short and playful series about beautiful woman and their tattoo’s. Celebrating femininity and independence. With these shorts we try to depict the essence of and way of live of these beautiful females. Model: Michelle Goormans Jewelery: Monocrafft | monocrafft.com Music by Hippie Sabotage, Stay High. Read More »