Unlicensed tattoo artists often work from their homes, sometimes offering customers designs for little more than a tenner.
But if they are not sterilising equipment properly, the real cost could be much greater.
Blood borne infections such as Hepatitis B or C and HIV can be transmitted through contaminated needles, and the symptoms can remain hidden for years.
Even if it is not that serious, painful infections can scar the skin.
Unregistered tattooists, or scratchers, are hard to trace, so Hartlepool Council has become the first in the country to introduce hygiene rating systems for tattoo studios.
They hope that by promoting the legitimate businesses, they will raise awareness of the risks, and let customers know where they can go to be safe.
Shot by Estevan Oriol
After a year & a half search, six months of construction, blood, sweat, tears, etc., we at last announce the opening of the ATAK:SF creative workspace & gallery. Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood within a lofty brick building, this flex creative space will allow us to peruse new & different avenues while still focusing on our core mission of tattooing. The main floor will host the gallery & creative workspace with tattooing on a private second floor loft.
To consecrate the space we are hosting an inaugural exhibition centered around the ubiquitous theme of rebirth. The event will feature over forty artists from around the globe. Come & celebrate this new beginning with us.
By Carroll Gardens
The brownstone-lined streets of Carroll Gardens may not seem like much of a tourist destination. But brand Brooklyn is ascendant these days, and foreigners come to idle at farm-to-table restaurants and browse in fanciful boutiques.And farther south, where affluence gives way to aluminum siding and Smith Street dead-ends under the din of the Gowanus Expressway, visitors come for a more permanent souvenir: authentic Brooklyn ink.
On a recent Thursday, Yossy Yoshino, 35, a tattoo artist from Japan, lay face down on a massage table at Smith Street Tattoo Parlour while Dan Santoro, 31, inscribed a pig in a bikini on his back (“three tops, one for each set of teats,” Mr. Santoro explained). The words “Weird World” floated above the pig’s head.
Mr. Yoshino, a teardrop tattoo dripping from his eye, said he had traveled thousands of miles from his home in Okinawa to get a “New York tattoo.”
Just what makes a New York tattoo can be a bit difficult to pin down. The shop’s owner, Bert Krak, 35, described the parlor’s style as traditional American, with a bit of Japanese thrown in.
Shot by Estevan Oriol
For those who don’t know you, could you please introduce yourself?
My name is Mike Shea, I make tattoos at Redemption Tattoo in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A. I have been tattooing professionally for 13 years.
You co-own Redemption Tattoo with Erick Lynch. How did you both come to the decision to open your own place?
Well tattooing was illegal in the state of Massachusetts until 2002, and up until that point Erick and I had been working in New Hampshire at different shops. When it finally got legalized in Boston, we got together and decided it would be good timing and a good idea to try and make a move and open something up, so we went for it.
Can you tell us a little about the shop and the artists working there?
Our shop is a custom tattoo shop that does walk-ins whenever there is time to do one (most people these days want something custom to some extent). As for artists at the shop, we have Josh McAlear who’s been with us for about 5 years now, Ben McClellan who’s been with us for almost two years, Salty Dave who was our apprentice and pretty much now does his own thing and is starting to tattoo full time, Joe Bastek who has worked with us for a few years but now does one day a week with us, Jeff the shop guy who makes our lives easier, and myself and Erick.
Doc Ink is a brazilian web series of short episodes featuring some of that country’s most respected tattooers. It was introduced to us by São Paulo-based tattooer Nico Acosta. Enjoy episode #4!
By Craig Burton
This is my first attempt at shooting video with a SLR camera, I was basically just hanging out at Frith Street and started shooting some random shots of Jordan drawing, then thought it would be a perfect chance to play with the video settings on my new camera. I ended up staying for the duration of the whole tattoo he was drawing. After a little while of getting used to the settings and the focusing i found it quite enjoyable, its something ive wanted to try for a while and now ive got a taste for it, expect more of this Vlogs. Thanks to Jordan and the Guys at FST.
The whole video was shot on a Canon 5D mark II with a Canon 24-70 2.8 lens, edited with Imovie.
Jordan Teear can be found at:
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So I have to say right-off from the get-go what a huge honor this is to be asked to write for the TAM Blog. I’m always proud to be able to interact and give back to the tattoo community. I was going back-and-forth on ideas and racking my brain in-between work, family, school and whatever else gets in the way for ideas to write about. I scrapped a lot that may surface later, but I want to just start my first one with my process of how I go about starting a tattoo –from the first sitting to the final sitting… (more…)
It’s almost as if tattooers are evolving, finally able to set aside trivialities in order to agree upon the more important issues. All this TLC outrage is kind of encouraging. Not simply because people are pissed, but because pissed people can affect change.
It reminds me of the “alien invasion” metaphor which, in movie scripts, successfully manages to unite all mankind against the invading forces that threaten humanity’s very existence! A sleepy community wakes up and starts fighting back. The parallels are amusing… (more…)
Short video clips from Doug Hardy’s interview… [Pictures and info on expanded page] (more…)