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Make Sure You Don’t Regret Your Tattoo


When people get drunk, they do crazy things. They dance a little weirder. They call their exes. They crave for crispy, greasy fast food. Worst case scenario is if they get into an accident while driving. However, nothing immortalizes the drunken craziness quite like—no, not tagged Facebook photos—tattoos. More importantly, terrible tattoos. However, getting terrible tattoos is not exclusive to those who went a little crazy at the bar, and those who got it while nursing a broken. Anyone can be a victim of this just because of sheer carelessness or not doing proper research. Perhaps the most common mistake: getting a tattoo of a significant other’s name. Unless he/she can promise the kind of forever that a tattoo makes, one should steer clear of names of loved ones, although make an exception for names of children or parents as those are sure to remain the same for all of eternity. A more disastrous situation is getting a portrait of a significant other. These are more terrible tattoos because these are usually bigger than a name, and unfortunately not a lot of artists can render a good portrait tattoo. So if the design is not an old flame’s name, what else could fall under the category of terrible tattoos? Mistakes in spelling, grammar or language. Before getting inked always, always do thorough research. If it is in one’s native language, make sure to check the spelling and grammar. When in doubt, make sure to look through a dictionary or even ... Read More »

Top 10 Super Hero Tattoo Designs

Top 10 Super Hero Tattoo Designs

There are so many awesome super hero tattoo designs out there, here you will find the top 10 based on our writers pic. Enjoy! *Note from Tattoo Artist Magazine blog – Unfortunately, we were not able to find the information on the artists who are responsible for some these tattoos. If you happen to know who did one of these pieces, please feel free to leave a comment and let us and the rest of the readers know!   Tattoo Culture Magazines The perfect gift for new tattoo fans. Tattoo Culture Magazine is a digital magazine available for immediate download. Create your own custom package of Tattoo Culture Magazines. Its hard to resist picking these up and taking a look at in depth interviews and unique galleries from the Best in the biz! A great introduction to the world of modern tattooing at its best! Shop Now   Read More »

Tattoo Events, the Artists and You


Tattoo events are almost everywhere and new tattoo enthusiasts join the pack almost every minute all over the world. What started as an innocent, small body ink can turn into a burning passion that you couldn’t live without. Many celebrities, who had small tattoo, at first, became tattoo enthusiasts and maintained regular appointments with their favorite tattoo artist. If you are curious about what goes on in the world of tattoo, then it is best to attend any of the tattoo events when your schedule permits. You will learn a great deal about the art and the reasons behind its rising popularity. Before, only tribesmen, service men, circus people, and criminals got to wear tattoos. Today, almost anyone who has a flair for tattoo art can wear one. If you need a quick introduction and learn about tattoos, then going to a tattoo convention is the best place to start.   What to Expect Most artists attend all tattoo conventions whenever their schedule permits. It is a great avenue for them to share their expertise and gather new clients. They also get to meet with fellow artists and old friends. There are artists who hold exhibits and showcase some of their work. If you are on the lookout for a tattoo designer to hire, then the event can give you lots of suggestions. You might even see them in action. Some tattoo events also hold contests and seminars where artists get to participate. The usual categories for the contest are ... Read More »

Celebrities’ Famous Tattoos


More and more Hollywood celebrities are getting hooked on body ink, and the famous tattoos that these celebrities wear are almost always the talk of the town. Celebrities (SHOULD) only hire the best tattoo artist in the book, and they don’t expect to get anything less. There are celebrities who spend a lot in their tattoos – whether to express themselves or turn their bodies into a living story book of their life’s adventure. A bunch of them-    Johnny Depp and his Tattoos Johnny Depp claimed that his body is his journal, and each of his tattoos represents a story. His first tattoo art, an Indian chief, has “Wino Forever” written above it in honor of Winona Ryder who was his girl at that time. It was altered after they fell apart. His mother’s name, wrapped in a heart, can be seen on his left arm. He added the inscription, “the greatest lady in the world”. He has famous tattoos bearing the names of his children. He has a tattoo to support a certain documentary. He has a sparrow tattoo from his pirate movie. His body became a living journal of what goes on with his life, and they are clearly depicted in his choice of tattoos. Angelina Jolie and her Tattoos Angelina Jolie is an epitome of a sexy and adventurous woman, someone not afraid to face anything head on, and her tattoos speak well about the person who wears them. It is a known fact that Angelina ... Read More »

In the Hands of the Professional Tattoo Artist

Tattoo by Ien Levin

Tattoo leaves a permanent mark on the skin, and it is only rational to hire a professional tattoo artist. He or she may charge more than the ordinary artist, but you can be sure that you will get the tattoo that’s worth the money. You don’t want to end up on the list of terrible tattoos, so hire a real professional to do the job. On the succeeding section, you will see the names of the different tattoo artists together with a brief description of their style. You already know the style of Kat Von D, Ami James, and other tattoo artists in Hollywood – you won’t see their names on the list anymore. The Artist and his/her Style Chaim Machlev of Berlin, Germany is famous for his dots to lines tattoo. His austere black-ink geometric designs are pure and intricate. The designs are simply flawless. They are simple and yet they exude sophistication. The more you look at the designs, the more you get enthralled. Chaim Machlev is a master tattoo artisan that you wouldn’t regret hiring. Anil Gupta is famous for his realistic tattoo art and accurate deliverance of his work. He can produce a tattoo that closely resembles a real person. He can replicate famous artwork, of Salvador Dali for example, on your skin. He can re-create it with an eerie similarity and all you can do is be amazed. He is also famous for abstract pieces and tribal-inspired designs. Paul Booth is famous for creating designs ... Read More »

Tattoo Art’s Journey through Time

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Tattoo art keeps changing with time, but one thing remains the same – the desire of some individuals to adorn their skin with it. Take a journey through time and get to know more about the transformation in the designs of tattoo. Tattoo Designs of the Past Ancient people use sticks and other spiky objects for tattooing. They intentionally wound themselves and pack ashes or dirt into the graze. They have their unique tattoo art. It is assumed that men in prehistoric era puncture their skin and add color to it by applying the black substance from the cooled burnt sticks. They usually create tribal markings. For the ancient men, there were no terrible tattoos. They wear their tattoo as a protective charm to safeguard them during the hunt. They also viewed tattoos as a way to align their lives with God’s purpose, ensure the preservation of their body even after death, as a sign of their status within the tribe, and boost fertility and virility. Tattoo Designs of the Not-So-Distant Past In the 1930s and 1940s, the only men and women who wore body ink were those in the service, circus people, or criminals. Popular tattoo art designs were anchor, ships, ferocious animals, ladies, weapons, eagles, and anything that can depict the patriotism of the men and women in service. Wearing a tattoo for art’s sake, and nothing more, became popular in the 1960s. There were people who decided to collect tattoos as if they were collecting paintings or ... Read More »

Deb Yarian On the Pain of a Tattoo

Deb Yarian tattoo artist

By Deb Yarian I’ve heard it over and over again from my customers – The more they get tattooed, the more it hurts, and I’ve thought about it and experienced it myself. I don’t think it’s my imagination. Each time I get tattooed it does seem to hurt way more than the time before! I have my own (not scientifically proven) theory about this… Simply put, if you were to be poked with a sharp object you would feel pain, your brain would say “hey there’s a pain, move away from the source of the pain.” The next time that you were poked with that sharp object, your brain again would direct you to move away from the source of the pain. Okay, so what happens if you don’t move away…? Your brain probably says, “hey, I recognize that pain, and I’ve directed you to move away from that pain source AND YOU’RE NOT!!!!” So what happens the next time you feel that pain and you don’t move away- again ignoring the primitive instinct to move one’s self out of harm’s way? Well this time your brain calculates that you’ve been stuck with this sharp object before and you still refuse to move away from the pain source- so your brain instinctively, as a survival mechanism, must some how convey to your uncooperative body the importance of moving away from the pain. So what does it do? It makes it hurt worse. Just because you’ve decided to subject yourself to ... Read More »

The Pros and Cons of Tattoo Conventions

Feature Tattoo Conventions

Thinking about attending your first tattoo convention? Here are some suggestions for getting the most out of your convention experience, and a few warnings to consider before you go. The very best tattoo conventions in my experience, (for fans and pros alike), are those hosted by actual tattooers. I’ve been involved in tattooing for 25 years now, and I remember back in my early days the sheer excitement of attending one of the perhaps three or four tattoo conventions being held per year. My first convention experience was magical. (*Read about here-)  Good tattoo conventions are special; they encourage community, advance the craft, and they are focused on the fans, the art AND the artists, not the money. In the beginning, conventions were exclusively put on by art-ists, not corporations and not event professionals. Today, more numerous than ever, conventions seem designed for the green more than for the ink, and definitely more than the actual art or craft of tattooing. So many of them are getting known for gouging the artists working the show as well as the thousands of attendees, at every opportunity, charging outrageous amounts for tickets, food, beverages and the like, while they rake it in, hand-over fist, capitalizing on tattooing’s meteoric rise in popularity. Tattooing doesn’t matter to these people, it’s just an opportunity to make money. And it’s no wonder, tattoo conventions have become a multi-million dollar industry over the last several years, with more than 400 tattoo conventions being held annually, worldwide!   That’s an average of more ... Read More »

Today’s “pretty” tattoo studio


Written by Roxanne Bastein But the studio was pretty… Over the past decade,  there have been many changes in the tattoo culture. It has become fairly mainstream. With this sudden cultural growth, and it’s acceptance in today society, more and more people are getting tattooed, and there is a shop opening up on every other block. Does this mean that anybody can run a tattoo studio? No my friends, it certainly does not. Most Studio owners today who do not partake in the arts are capitalizing on talents of the true artists and relying on new young artists, or artists from other countries and their ignorance of the culture to make their money, charging outrageous prices and promising “custom” designs, but providing a sub-standard service. Promising clients unrealistic expectations, and generally making a mockery of a time old tradition and artistic expression. When I got my first tattoo in 1987, it was in the back of a head shop, and I chose a piece of flash off the wall. In all fairness,  I was only 17 years old and it was an act of rebellion. The studio itself was definitely not pretty, but I still have that tattoo. And of course I’ve added many others over the years, have been to many shops and conventions, and have been lucky enough to meet and get to know many great artists…and some some really shady shop owners. (I ran my own studio for three years, and have been a piercer since 1999) ... Read More »

Tattoo Artist Gentle Jay Won Another Award

Gentle Jay tattoo artist

Gentle Jay from Spike TV Ink Master series 4 and holiday special 2014 takes home the 3rd place award at Villain Art’s Philadelphia Tattoo Expo February 14, 2015 for XL Color. The same piece won 1st place at the Providence Tattoo expo in October 2014. Jay Blondel the 37-year-old Brooklyn native has been drawing since childhood, but came to the tattoo trade almost by accident. Don’t let his moniker fool you, Gentle Jay is no shrinking violet. After brief stints in art school and as a party decorator Jay found his way to tattooing and body piercing in 1999.   He prides himself on his tattoo versatility, not sticking to just one style because his goal is to come up with something new. Gentle Jay looks at this season’s competition as his break out party and believes his meticulous work and fine lines is what will set him apart from his competitor and prove that he can hang with the big boys. Blondel works out of Amity Irons Tattoo in Copiague, New York where he has put every kind of animal, monster, pixie and pirate flag imaginable on his customers. Since his appearance on the show he is in high demand. Jay is traveling around the globe meeting, tattooing and partying with his fans. He’s heading to Argentina March 2015 to meet his South American fans! Want to know the truth about something? Ask Gentle Jay for a reality check!  |  | Read More »

Unique Full Back Tattoo Design Ideas

Lord of the Rings full back tattoo

Nowadays, high quality tattoos tend to be seeing as high-end works of art, and with fine art, certain tattoos requires a big canvas.  So, what better canvas for a large tattoo is there than a back?  Here are just a few unique full back tattoo design ideas we found.                         *Note from TAM – Unfortunately, we were not able to find the information on some the artists who are responsible for these tattoos.  If you happen to know who did one of these pieces, please feel free to leave a comment and let us and the rest of the readers know! Cheers  *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 $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 »

An Interview with Phil Holt

Phil Holt interview

By Nicki Kasper Lets start by telling those who don’t know you who you are, what you do, where you’re located, etc… My name is Phil Holt. I live in Tampa Florida with my four kids. I own RedLetter1 with my friend Jeff Srsic. We have three of our friends share the space with us where we all tattoo 5-6 day a weeks. Nick Stegall, Chris Reed and David Bruehl are the best shipmates Jeff and myself could ask for. I also sell my handmade pigment under the name “Old Gold Small Batch”. The batches are still “small” but it’s really gotten busy so the facility has grown and I have a lot of small batches brewing nonstop. How long have you been in the tattoo industry and what’s your tattoo history?  How did you come up in the trade? … My brother started bringing tattoo magazines around when I was about 12 years old. I think he was mainly bringing them around because back then, in the magazines like EasyRider’s you could see bikes and boobs… Not that I wasn’t impressed with boobies but I became mostly interested in tattoos. Then in high school I really sunk my teeth into art and tattooing.  I started making tattoos in 1996. In 1998 I moved to Ohio on a sink or swim mission to become a real tattooer and basically I moved every 20-24 months for a decade. In a surreal sort of way, every shop I worked at had an amazing ... Read More »

Workhorse Irons: Better Tools For Better Tattooing

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Quickie With Brooklyn’s Myles Karr

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By Crystal Morey I am a huge fan of Myles Karr. In a time where recycling ideas and styles is par for the course, Myles’ work stands out as fiercely unique. Plus he’s funnier that doorknob humpin’ monkeys… Where do you work and what’s your poison? I work at Three Kings Tattoo Brooklyn and I don’t understand the poison question part of this. Is this in regards to drinking, like a familiar way of talking about booze, because I take my booze and poison consumption fairly seriously…I also don’t really like people knowing what I consume, I often eat my breakfast in a brown paper sack, that I shove in my mouth as quickly as possible. I sometimes think about making a giant paper mache head that I can wear, so I can eat and drink in piece with a very neutral expression on my face…all the while, I’m disgusting and consuming underneath the veneer I created for myself… How would you describe your tattoo style? My tattoo style is best described as a failing comedy routine performed by 2 elderly men, one of whom decided right before the routine started that he hated the other comedian, and really doesn’t want to be there anymore…he keeps dropping his cues, and the punch lines just kind of hang in the air like a cloud of fetid smoke. If its a color tattoo, the smoke would be persimmon and the background would be paynes grey and there would be a lot of teal ... Read More »

An Interview with Dan Trocchio

Tattoo Artist Don Trocchio

By Nicki Kasper Tell us a little bit about yourself… Where are you from?  Where do you work? etc… I’ve been working in NYC since I moved there in 2000, however I’ve been doing a lot of traveling the last couple of years and six months ago I moved to Providence Rhode Island.  I’m still tattooing in NYC for a week or two at a time and it’s still primarily where I make my living, tattooing at Three Kings Tattoo in Brooklyn.  I think I’m going to move back in spring, or start traveling again. Were you primarily traveling here in the states or were you also working internationally? Any specific places on your bucket list? I was in Madrid and Barcelona, both amazing places. I love Spain. And to Bremen, Germany to see some good friends and do a little work. I took the train from Spain to Germany, I prefer trains. Looking out the window and being grounded is best. When i got back to the states, I took the train from NYC to Colorado, then to SF, then Portland. The West Coast train was awesome, the star light and the Zephyr. Though the train through the Midwest, I would skip… Not a very exiting landscape from the window of a train. I really want to go to Thailand, or any of those beautiful places where you can survive on 2$. Grand Canyon and Crater National Park are definitely on my bucket list, too. I’ve been staying put at the ... Read More »

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