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On the Topic of Hip Tattoos


Even the most basic tattoo can be an incredibly sensual piece of art when strategically placed. The hip is often used as one such location, particularly by women who enjoy showing off their midriffs at the beach and during the warmer times of year. People who exercise to extreme degrees often use tattoos as a way to accentuate and draw attention to particular parts of their body. Men tend to focus on their biceps, hence the popularity of bicep tattoos. Women tend to focus on their core, which is why the fairer sex tend to sport hip tattoos more than their testosterone-fueled counterparts. The hips is also a prime locations for people who work in industries that frown upon the practice. It’s an easy location to cover up, making it simple for people to deny their existence during an interview process if need be. That being said, tattoos are starting to become commonplace and more accepted year after year. This trend has caused many people to feel comfortable getting more extensive and detailed designs, and the hip is the perfect place for these larger pieces of art. As you can see from many of the designs in the gallery below, hip tattoos tend to be quite large in nature, spanning the entire region above and below the waist. If a small picture’s worth a thousand words then a hip tattoo can be likened to a novel; an easy-to-read novel visible without the need of a mirror. Hip tattoos are also ... Read More »

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Shopping for Tattoo Artists or even serious Tattoo Collectors is no easy task! — But at we’ve made it easy for you — CHECK OUT these great deals at the Tattoo Artist Magazine Store to find the perfect gift for the ink-lover in YOUR life! — TAM GIFT CARDS are available NOW, but you can also SAVE 50% on EVERY issue of TAM (print or digital) and get 60%-70% OFF on our two books: the TAM Vol.1 Book (which collects the first five sold out issues in a sleek hardback) on SALE for just $40, and the massive Gods & Warriors coffee table book which features the amazing Japanese tattoo work of one of the world’s best- Chris Trevino, marked down from $220 to just $66!! — TAM GIFT CARDS: Can’t figure out what your loved one would like best? Let them decide — Pick up a TAM gift card and allow them to choose from hundreds of items including: books, magazines, clothing, art prints or even some rare original art! —   Tattoo Artist Magazine Issues: TAM is considered the best, most informative and most important tattoo magazine EVER, by tattoo artists themselves! – We’ve worked with over 200 of the Best Tattoo Artists in the world to create something nobody else ever has. If you have an established or aspiring artist to shop for this holiday season, nothing could help them pursue their career more than the library we’ve assembled over the last 12 years, featuring the VERY BEST ... Read More »

20 Brand Tattoos: Just How Brand Loyal ARE You?


Brand tattoos are some of the most noticeable images you can get on your body today. They’re instantly recognizable with a large group of people and are often synonymous with particular lifestyle philosophies, like Nike’s athletic-centric “Just Do It” or Harley’s love of the open road. Getting a brand tattoo is a great way to instantly let the world know your own particular life views and ideologies. They’re a natural choice for people who are either highly sociable or otherwise looking to increase their social interactivity. A visible tattoo of your favorite brand is a great way to find people who have similar interests, either in the brand in particular or the industry it’s associated with. They work so well to bring people together that it’s entirely possible a brand tattoo could open relationships you otherwise never would’ve known existed. Having a potential conversation starter isn’t the only reason to get a brand tattoo though. Many people often advise tattoo beginners to start with something meaningful, which is more often than not what many brand logos represent. A brand’s effectiveness hinges on its ability to evoke positive emotions and memories, which is why brands like Coke create so many advertisements about happiness and joy. To be clear, we’re not saying you should get a lower back Wal-Mart tattoo like the guy pictured left. In all fairness, to each his own, but you don’t necessarily have to get the actual logo of the brand you like. Brand tattoos can be as creative and ... Read More »

The Alluring Elegance of Pin-Up Girl Tattoos

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Few icons capture pure Americana as effectively as the vintage pin-up girl. For decades these curvaceous beauties have created numerous representations of the ideal American girl while captivating male audiences and simultaneously inspiring women to be bold and sexy.  Today, they are artistic visions seeking to praise and eternally capture the elegant essence of retro feminine beauty. A Short History Lesson While pictures of women in various state of undress have been around for hundreds of years, the classic pin-up girl become popular in in the 1940’s Marketing gurus the world over took notice of the U.S. government’s use of vivacious all-American women as a means to increase enlisted moral during World War II and decided to see if sex truly sold as well as it seemed. When men started cutting out their favorite posed feminine idols and hanging them on walls, entrepreneurial spirits took note and began mass producing pin-up girl posters and calendars. As the decades rolled by, the boundaries of marketing sexuality lifted and rendered pin-up models obsolete. Rather than dying out and becoming little more than old images found solely in antique stores, pin-up girls have become an art form in-and-of itself thanks to inspired artists who’ve kept the style alive. Nowadays pin-up girl art serves as a vintage reminder of a time where the generally accepted idea of beauty wasn’t a bone thin woman with unrealistic proportions. Pin-up girl tattoos were largely popularized by sailors, who were known for centuries to get tattoo depictions of sultry ... Read More »

Tribal tattooing in the heart of the jungle: part2-

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I’m in Borneo on an expedition to uncover the ancient past of tattooing and the secrets of the last head hunter hand tapped tattooists. While in Borneo I will be staying with the Skrang Iban tribe. The Iban tribe still live deep in the rainforests of Borneo and tattooing is at the heart of their ancient culture. Even the impenetrable jungle cannot protect them from the toxic effects of western culture and this corrosive force combined with the illegal logging industry is destroying a way of life that dates back beyond written record. We will be spending two weeks in Borneo and travel into the heartland of the Iabn tribe to explore their unique body art and how in infuses their daily lives. My hope is that by living with the Iban we will be able to capture on film the plight of their community and raise awareness of the very real dangers they face. While the rainforests of Borneo are some of the richest ecosystems on the planet this has not stopped rapid deforestation. Profit drives the destruction of this unique habitat and with the arrival of the chainsaw and bulldozer in the 1950’s the jungle has declined at an accelerating rate decade after decade. There is a lot of money to be made in clearing the rainforest. Trees may be cut down for the lumber trade to feed the desire for luxury hardwoods in developed countries. Once the trees are cut down the jungle never returns to its original ... Read More »

A New Trend: Romantic Couples Tattoos


Ahhh, sweet love.  It’s what makes the world go around. And for some, a need to show their commitment to another goes far beyond the ceremonies, the rings and the legal steps.  They want a sense of being connected, forever to their soul mate. While many tattoo artists and enthusiast will tell you, never tattoo someone else’s name on your body because, well, you never know . . . .These couples took their love to a whole new level with couple tattoos. Paul Berkey A classic expression of love. The once locked heart, can only be opened by he who has the key. Sink It In Tattoos @sinkitintattoospa Notice the EKG is different on each finger.  We can only assume this reflects their heart rate when they look in each other’s eyes. No Artist Mentioned “They met on a starry night. He was a dark lord with the empire and she the only heroine whose Jedi powers could tame him . . . “ Nothing says love and a commitment at Comic-Con like matching light saber tattoos! Bridget Manning @geeezelouize The old saying goes “Treat him like a King and he will treat you like a Queen.” Constance @constancetattoos The water color heart is pretty creative, but the intertwined finger prints makes this tattoo extremely unique. Black Emperor Tattooer @popisanders His and hers hearts . . . we can assume there is quite a story behind these tattoos. Sanja Tattoo @sanjatattoo Dreamcatchers are an authentic American Indian tradition, from the Ojibway ... Read More »

Blackworkers Group Presents: Black Ink Tattoos from around the globe

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TOP PICKS of masterful Black Ink tattoos curated by the BLACKWORKERS_Tattoo Group! – See some of the BEST Black Ink tattoo work in the world!  – Thanks to Casper and the entire BW network. You guys ROCK! – Follow Blackworkers on Instagram here: @Blackworkers BLACKWORKERS is an all black tattoo page on Instagram showcasing artists with different styles from all over the world, created by Casper Mugridge ( @caspermugridge ), giving artists recognition and worldwide exposure for a job well done! If you dig the black ink- check them out! —  Enjoy this BW Gallery! - Ben Volt – Scholar Tattoo: San Francisco, CA, USA Contact info: Website: Email: Instagram: @benvolt Josh Stephens – Hold It Down Tattoo: Richmond, VA, USA Email: Instagram : @joshstephenstattoos Kelly Violet – Parliament Tattoo: London, England Instagram: @kellyviolence Email: Nomi chi – Gastown tattoo: Vancouver, bc, Canada Email: Instagram: @nomi_chi Website: Landon Morgan – Leathernecks Tattoo: Brooklyn, NY, USA Email: Instagram : @tattoosbylandon Mo  Ganji – Private Studio:  Berlin, Germany Email: Instagram : @moganji Henbo Henning - Black Lotus: Liverpool, England Instagram: @henbohenning Email: Michael j Kelly – Dreams Collide: Lancaster , PA Instagram : @michaeljtattoos Email: Michele zingales – Palermo, Italy Instagram : @elzingales Email: Nick broslavskiy – Kiev, Ukraine Instagram: @broslavskiy Email:  Follow BLACKWORKERS on Instagram for the BEST COLLECTION of Black Ink Tattoos: @Blackworkers &  @Blackworkers_Tattoo  Follow Tattoo Artist Magazine on Instagram HERE – and submit YOUR work by Tagging & Hashtagging us! *To see work by some of the MOST AMAZING tattoo artists of our age, check out these deals from Tattoo Artist Magazine! ... Read More »

25 Ways the Force is with You: Star Wars Tattoos

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We are stoked! Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is coming from a galaxy far, far away to a theater near you on Dec. 18. This will be the 7th movie in the series. Can you believe that  . . 7?! Once again, we will see the plot unfold with two legendary enemies in a daring battle that is the absolute essence of good vs. evil! On the Dark Side,  the oppressive and tyrannical government known as the First Order will do everything possible to destroy and take over all that is good and pure.  And the Force will be honored with a small band of soldiers known as the Resistance. Star Wars: The Force Awakens buzz has taken social media by storm. So, this blog is for you, the dedicated Star Wars fan . . . . *Share YOUR Star Wars ink with us on Instagram by Tagging @TattooArtistMagazine & Hashtagging #TattooArtistMagazine!! — click, find and follow these amazing artists if you like their work! They will really appreciate your support, and they are, after all, some of the finest tattooers IN THE GALAXY!   This awesome Darth Vader & X-Wing is by the Polish artist Levgen Eugene knysh @levgen_eugeneknysh Gunnar V from Oslo! @gunnar_v_tattoo_artist Jerry Pipkins from Panama City Beach, FL @jerrypipkins J. Bryan Maddix @jbmaddix_tattoos Yoda by Alex Rattray @alex_rattray_ink Jose Guevara Morales @cheeseburgerchampion Dan Stone @scribbly_head Conor Wearn @conorwearn Two Snakes Tattoo @twosnakestattoo Azazel Milanówek @azazelmilanowek Kyle Berg @kvberg Lauren Bartram @laurenalexandralux Suspiria @suspirialand Khail Aitken @khailtattooer     wow – we don’t know who did this one, but the blend of ... Read More »

Tattoos and Bald Heads

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    It happens. Some guys can pull off the bald look and some guys . . .well, not so much.  The researchers from GlaxoSmithKline conducted an  study of 1,125 men to test for hair loss factors in men. The results showed that 1 in 7 men are more likely to lose their hair based on the presence of a specific gene. Most people believe that hair loss is passed down from the mother’s side (darn it Mom!). But, Dad is not totally off the hook in the hair loss equation.  While it’s true a key gene for baldness is in the X chromosome, which you get from your mother, it is not the only genetic factor in play. We all know men who are bald and have bald fathers or sons.  Science has proved, that a bald father increases the likely hood of the son going bald as well. (take that Dad!)  While most studies confirm male pattern baldness is genetically determined, scientists say baldness anywhere in your family line may be a sign of your own impending fate.  If you have a full head of hair, take a hard look around at your next family event,. If there are several bald men, who are blood related to you, odds are . . .you may be next. Until recent years, men didn’t have many option to deal with male pattern baldness.  Some tried to copy the Burt Reynolds hair plugs, or they tried to pull off the Mr. Clean look. We ... Read More »

The 2015 Bay Area Tattoo Convention!

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THE 2015 BAY AREA TATTOO CONVENTION The 2015 Bay Area Tattoo Convention (BATC) will take place Halloween weekend (Friday October 30, Saturday October 31 and Sunday November 1st) at the SFO Hyatt Regency. Hotel conventions are always fun and a halloween weekend will be especially cool! This will be the eleventh year and as usual, features a stellar line up of invite only, world renowned tattooers. This show was started and is still run by Roman (45s Forever Harley Shop, Strong Tattoo and Strong Shirt Printing) and Taki (State of Grace Tattoo) and keeps tattooing and tattooers as the main attraction. The BATC features NO piercing, bands, celebrity appearances or contests- we are purely a TATTOO SHOW. The number of vendors is kept to a bare minimum of tattooer owned/tattoo supportive companies to insure that tattooers can promote their own t-shirts, prints, machines, and other such wares. This show is about tattooing and puts tattooing first! Some of the attending tattooers include: Don Ed Hardy, Su’a Sulu’ape Alaiva’a Petelo, Bill Salmon, Junii, Oliver Peck, Toothtaker, Beau Brady, Chad Koeplinger, Greggletron, Chuey Quintanar, Mitch Love, Ben Rorke, Malika Rose, Matt Deverson, Fred Flores, Ricardo Avila, Horifuji, Horikiku, Peter Sulu’ape, Tim Hendricks, Juan Puente, Adrian Lee, Mary Joy, Holly Ellis, Freddy Corbin,Tuigamala Andy Tauafiafi, Greg Christian, Virginia Elwood, Henry Lewis, Si’i Liufau, Luke Stewart, Sulu’ape Steve Looney, Ross Jones, Ichi Hatano, Reiko, Valerie Vargas, En, Stewart Robson, Scott Sylvia, Kikupunk, Orly Locquiao, Kevin Marr, Steve Byrne, Tony Hundahl, Pierre Chapelan, Beppe, Don and Deb Yarian, Chris ... Read More »

Black & Grey Tattoos by Chad Dingler

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Part of our mission at Tattoo Artist Magazine is to bring attention to great artists but just as importantly is the desire to teach newer tattoo collectors how to FIND qualified professional tattooists to get their work from, and help them get away from the deluge of underground, unethical scratchers who are actually just putting people at risk.  After seeing his work we asked Chad Dingler if he was interested in doing a short article with TAM! The first thing we realized was he’s a really good dude (!), which is vitally important these days. With so many tattooists in the world today, all competing for the same market, it’s simply no longer “good enough” just being a decent artist, one should also strive to be a good person. - Enjoy Chad’s interview & his amazing portfolio, then use the links below to find Chad Dingler online & FOLLOW him! (btw: he’s on the road, right now, in the south and Florida region! If you’re in the area and need some good tattoos, reach out and set up an appointment!  Q & A with Chad Dingler, aka ‘Papa Ding': Q: Hi Chad. Great work, man! I really enjoy seeing artists who can tattoo in a variety of styles and everything looks top-notch! The first thing I always want to know when learning about a tattooer, (and one of the most important things I think potential clients ought to know), is- how long have you been tattooing? A: I have been tattooing 9yrs. The time has ... Read More »

Success is not what you think it is, by Dan Henk

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One of the most common questions I get, is people asking how to get ahead. To become well known. How to “make it”. The vast majority seem to think there’s a simple trick to it. An avenue you take, a person you need to know, that sort of thing.   Well there is, but getting that important connection requires much more heart and work than most people realize. And, to be honest, more than most people have. Sure, there are a few people like Paris Hilton, that just luck into their fame and fortune. But I wouldn’t trade places with Paris for all her money. Those who get money and fame by just stumbling into it, produce nothing of value and are eventually reviled for just existing. Chris Rock made a few comments in one of his stand ups that is actually a much wiser and deeper observation than might first appear. He talks about how there is a difference between a job, and a career. A job you work on within parameters. You only commit regimented hours to it, and step out side of the box exclusively during work time, and never very far. A career keeps you awake at night. You find yourself pouring in crazy hours for no money, and only a possible chance of a return. And you fail. A lot. But you pick yourself up, determined to put even more into the next project. Frank Frazetta is one of my favorite painters. He is loaded ... Read More »

Football Tattoo’s – NFC

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YESSSSSSSS!! Football season is finally here! No matter who you root for, some would argue you’re not a real fan unless you’re wearing it on your skin! If that’s true then these extreme fans have gotten us all beat!! Here’s a small collection of AFC Division Teams, pt1!  (*not all submissions had the artist’s name or social links – we always strive to give credits, so please include that info. Thank you! …and if you did one of these tattoos, please let us know!) FANS: Share YOUR football tattoos! (*ARTISTS: can TAG and # TattooArtistMagazine on InstaGram with their daily work and get some free publicity) — - FOLLOW US on IG for DAILY DOSES of the BEST TATTOOS on the internet!! – @tattooartistmagazine  Teams in the east Dallas Cowboys (from Arlington, Texas, near Dallas and Fort Worth) No Artist Mentioned New York Giants (also from East Rutherford, New Jersey, playing in the same stadium as the Jets) No Artist Mentioned Philadelphia Eagles (from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) James Delzel @jdelzel Washington Redskins (from Landover, Maryland, near Washington, D.C.) Sober Dave @whiteclover88 Teams in the north Chicago Bears (from Chicago, Illinois) Felipe Manga @tattoosbymanga Detroit Lions (from Detroit, Michigan) Mike Fernandez @tatt2mike13 Green Bay Packers (from Green Bay, Wisconsin) Derek Higgins @artbysnax Minnesota Vikings (from Minneapolis, Minnesota) @wherescrando Teams in the south Atlanta Falcons (from Atlanta, Georgia) NO Artist Mentioned Carolina Panthers (from Charlotte, North Carolina) No Artist Mentioned New Orleans Saints (from New Orleans, Louisiana) No Artist Mentioned Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Tampa, Florida) No ... Read More »

Part 2: Nikolai, Russian Prison Tattoo Artist

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Con’t from Part 1: – We cannot show his Nikolai’s face, remember, as he fears for his life by talking about the Russian underground, while inside he had a relatively comfortable experience, tattooing the big bosses and the upper echelon of criminals. Though he was able to live a better life inside thanks to tattooing, Nikolai did have to endure harassment by prison officials. All his tattoo machines were constantly being confiscated, so he started carrying his machines in his sleeves. When they were taken during regular searches, he had to make new ones. Every master makes his instruments individually and never lets them fall into any stranger’s hands. During his six years of imprisonment, Nikolai made about 200 machines. – The prison tattoo machines can be of four types. The most widely used (up to 90% of all works done) is made of a mechanical razor (photos a & b) and functions like a sewing machine. Tattoos are made quickly and clearly, with the ability to make half-tones. A faster machine can be made from an electric razor, but it is rarely used because it needs electricity and runs too quickly.   – If there is no chance to get a mechanical razor, hand-made instruments are used. One of them Nikolai calls “utka” – the “duck.” It’s made of two #2 guitar strings, the result being something of a pen holding a drop of India ink. After sharpening, the strings are fixed to­gether and the instrument is ready – ... Read More »

Russian Prison Tattoo Artist, Nikolai: pt1

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Russian criminal tattoos were originally simple and decorative, with no real meaning to them. Later on, they were regarded more seriously when tattooed people, bearing symbols of strength on their bodies, started claiming leadership. Tattoos then became a kind of secret language because criminals needed a form of communication both in and out of prison. The meanings of criminal symbols were dictated by necessity and over the years there were revisions and re-evaluations of drawings. Gradually tattoos began to convey the social attitudes and values of their bearer. For example, if there are hexagonal or octagonal stars tattooed on a convict’s shoulders, it means that in prison, he’ll join those who are against prison regulations. If there is a hand grasping a knife tattooed on the leg, then it will be clear for those who know the symbols that this man was convicted for being a thug. Criminals often flaunt these attributes and their tattoos, which help them to separate themselves as “initiated persons” from the rest of the “lames” (fools). Tattoos can be classified as ornamental, professional, artistic, pornographic, religious, historical, symbolic, and abbreviations. There are many tattoos, worn by both men and women, of historic events with all sorts of inscriptions of tsarist Russia and of the Soviet period. Tattoos meanings also differ depending on what part of the body they are on. The criminal tattoo is gene­rally called “nakolka” (derivative from the word “to pierce”), and its bearers “sineva” – “the blue ones” (due to the faded blue ... Read More »

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