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Turning My Mastectomy Scars into Art

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I have always loved tattoos. Shortly after my 18th birthday, I walked into a tattoo shop filled with courage and a bit of cockiness. After studying the wall of images, I confidently pointed to a small cartoon devil named “hot stuff” and said, “Perfect!” Many people ask whether or I not have any regrets about my first tattoo, but, honesty, I don’t. 23 years later, I look at it and smile. It’s a part of my history, a personalized scar of sorts. Over the years, I have added other tattoos, so it’s no surprise to anyone that knows me that I decided to add one more. This one however, is the most meaningful piece of art I have ever added to my skin. It is a beautiful ending to a very difficult 6 years. Choosing to remove my healthy breasts because of my 87% chance of developing breast cancer is a decision I don’t regret for one minute. My BRCA gene mutation has forced me to make decisions that no woman should ever have to make.  By choosing this tattoo, it was an opportunity to turn my mastectomy into a work of art! After my mastectomy, I suffered complications with my reconstruction and endured an additional 4 surgeries. I was not interested in another operation to recreate nipples that would never look, feel or work like my real ones. That is when I knew that I was going to do things differently. My search for a tattoo artist was a ... Read More »

GUILTY! Man gets 20 yrs for tattoo shop firebomb!

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As anyone who’s been tattooing for more than 20 years can attest, in the olden days (we won’t call it the ‘golden age’) of American Tattooing, when shops or scratchers moved in too close to an established tattoo studio, firebombings were the norm. This territorial-ism was ingrained in tattooing dating back to the early 1920s and it was no joke! Sometimes these real-life FLAME WARS would go for years, one shop burning down the competition only to find their own location in cinders days, weeks or sometimes years later, and the cycle would repeat. By the early 1990’s, with the onset of a new generation of more artistically-inclined artists rather than the familiar biker-types of shop owners, FLAME-WARS slowly diminished. Some may still long for the days when they could simply burn out their competition, but take it from this dude – it’s probably not really worth a 20 year stretch in the joint! BTW, there’s no statement attesting this man was involved with tattooing in any way or what exactly motivated him and his three compadres to send Molotov cocktails through the store’s windows, (think he got some bad ink or something?). It’s just a tattoo story that reminded us of the Tattoo Tales we grew up hearing from those who came before us. – From his rap sheet, it seems a 20 year stretch in prison has been well-earned. ——– REPORT:  – A Las Cruces man has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the 2012 firebombing of ... Read More »

Another FDA TATTOO INK RECALL – From the company “A Thousand Virgins”

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Fast Facts:  The FDA is alerting tattoo artists and consumers that they should not use tattoo inks marketed and distributed by A Thousand Virgins, in grey wash shades labeled G1, G2, and G3 (Lot #129 exp 1/16). Through testing, the agency has found bacterial contamination, including Mycobacterium chelonae, in unopened bottles of these tattoo inks. The FDA tested the inks to assist the Florida Department of Health in its investigation of an outbreak of mycobacterial infections in people who recently got tattoos. On August 4, 2015, A Thousand Virgins recalled certain tattoo inks sold separately and in sets, but the FDA is concerned that artists and consumers are continuing to use these contaminated inks from their current stock. Also, tattoo products with the same lot number manufactured by A Thousand Virgins may still be available online and may be marketed by other distributors. The inks were sold in single units and in sets. Artists who purchase tattoo inks and consumers who purchase tattoo inks or who seek tattooing should check the ink bottles to see if they are included in the recall. If you find inks subject to recall, place the closed bottles of ink into a plastic bag, sealing or tying off the bag to prevent leakage. Put this first bag into a second bag and tie off this bag separately. Check with your local waste management authorities for any disposal requirements in effect in your area. What is the Problem? FDA has identified microbiological contamination in unopened tattoo ... Read More »

San Francisco’s Black Heart Tattoo (Video)

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*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 »

Bad-Ass Bio-Mech Tattoos

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By their very nature these are tattoos that have an intricate fusing of sci-fi styling with elements of living biology. These tattoos are a look into the mind of the creator and wearer; they see the possibilities of the world as far more complicated and interrelated than most people. Bio-Mech is short for Bio-Mechanical, a style of artwork traced back to the famed Swiss artist H.R. Giger, who found international acclaim after designing the original Alien for the Alien series of movies. Giger was friends with Salvador Dali and sadly, passed away recently. Branching off of Giger’s work but evolving it and making it their own, Guy Aitchison and Aaron Cain exploded onto the tattoo scene in the late 80s/early 90s and have each inspired countless adepts and imitators. Guy’s work is shown below, Aaron Cain no longer tattoos but focuses full time on building tattoo machines. Here’s a few tattoos by Aaron, whom many consider the king of bio. This rest of this particular collection includes works from some of our favorite bio-mech artists. Markus Lenhard is one our favorite artists in this genre. He’s in Berlin, Germany, though he does travel from time to time to the US and elsewhere. His Site is http://www.luxaltera.com/en/ — check him out and follow for some amazing tattoos. Markus works digitally for the designing stages, using a Wacom Cintiq, and his work really encompasses as much organic as metal elements. One of the best! This next tattoo is the work of Boris from Hungary. Boris’ ... Read More »

Jack Rudy – Photo Gallery of Black & Grey Masterpieces

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Jack Rudy is an American tattoo artist notable for his reinvention of the ‘Black and Gray’ style of tattooing, realistic portraits, and single-needle use. He is considered to be one of the top tattoo artists in the world. After leaving the Marines in 1975, Rudy began his career as an apprentice at Goodtime Charlie’s Tattooland, in East Los Angeles. Under the watch of Charlie Cartwright, a friend of his he had met while visiting the Old Long Beach pike while on leave from the USMC Logistics Base in Barstow CA, Rudy and Cartwright began to hone their craft of single-needle, Black and Gray style tattoos. Simultaneously creating a whole new subgenre of modern tattooing and raising the proverbial bar for many new emerging tattoo artists and artists in general. His very distinct and distinguishable style is renowned for its masterful use of light and dark shades of varying degrees of black and grey. In addition to creating a softer and more realistic style of tattooing, with the advent of the new single needle tattoo technology artists were now able to use a much greater level of detail than previously attainable utilizing older and more readily accepted tattoo machine and needle configurations. As the client base of East Los Angeles began requesting this ‘penitentiary-style’, the pair decided to create a single-needle configured tattoo machine. Jack Rudy can be found at Good Time Charlie’s Tattooland in Anaheim, CA. (From the full article as seen in Tattoo Artist Magazine #25)  Get it HERE for $14.99     OR ... Read More »

Photo Gallery for Los Angeles Black & Grey Master – Carlos Torres

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  Tattoos by Carlos Torres Carlos’ Website — FOLLOW CARLOS on Instagram Los Angeles, CA   SAVE $20 off this already discounted set of Tattoo Artist Magazine’s BLACK & GREY Masters BUNDLE!   *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 »

From London to Austin, Texas – Tattoos by Steve Byrne + interview

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Tattoos by Steve Byrne Rock of Ages Tattoo Austin, Texas FOLLOW STEVE to see more amazing tattoos! — Instagram  By Aubrey Trufant Austin, Texas is a vast melting pot filled with all kinds of food, entertainment, culture/counter-culture and lots of art. Austin has been home to many great tattoo artists, past and present. The talent in this city alone is overwhelming but I spent some of my time at Rock of Ages Tattoo (ROA). The ROA team consists of co-owners Tony Hundahl and Steve Byrne, supported by Jay Chastain and Bobby Padron. They live and breathe tattooing, which has established Rock of Ages as one of the best shops in Austin. Aubrey Trufant: Steve, how many years have you been tattooing? I did my first tattoo around the end of 1996 so that means I have been tattooing for nearly 20 years. AT: Being British and from the UK, how did you end up in Texas and why did you move here? SB: My wife and I were looking for a change of weather and a change of pace. We lived in Florida for a while, the UK for a year or so… I had a fair amount of offers on the table, but when the opportunity arrived to move here and work at Rock of Ages, I jumped at it. I held the shop in really high regard, pretty much considered it one of the best tattoo shops in the United States since it’s inception. I was originally going to ... Read More »

Chriss Dettmer Tats, from Hamburg, Germany

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Tattoos by Chriss Dettmer Black Hole Tattoo Hamburg, Germany FOLLOW HIM to see MORE AMAZING Tattoos: Instagram & Facebook It’s sold out in PRINT, but you can SEE MORE tattoos by Chriss by ordering a digital copy of Chriss Dettmer’s article in TAM #8! On Sale NOW     *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 »

from Orbetello, Italy – tattoos by Samuele Briganti

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Tattoos By Samuele Briganti Drum Tattoo Orbetello, Italy FOLLOW ON Instagram & FaceBook    *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 »

10 Tattoos by Jay Cavna — Mesa, Arizona

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Tattoos By Jay Cavna FOLLOW HIM ON Instagram Immaculate Tattoo (Mesa, AZ) Sanctity Tattoo (Tucson, AZ)  *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 »

Unusual Tattoo Subjects

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In many of our blogs we group tattoos together by subject matter, such as animals or horror. Or we might showcase back tattoos or full sleeves in a single blog.  Most of the tattoos here don’t seem to fit into our other categories, they are unique, interesting and very unusual. Jay Joree @jayjoree We absolutely LOVE these faceless head tattoos, and the incorporation of geometric designs in general. Her style seems to merge pure traditional elements with a modern spin.         Cesar Romero @luckykattat   Guy Aitchison @guyaitchisonart This tattoo looks like an alien landscape of shapes, sinews and color, obviously over some seriously scarred & burned skin. The care a patience it took is incredible. Guy is one of the undisputed leaders in tattooing, and he’s been teaching professional tattooers how to push the limits for more than 20 years now! The style Guy generally works in is called Bio-Mech, (emphasis on the bio portion). It’s truly in a class all its own, as is this revolutionary artist. Kamil Mocet Terczynski @kamiltattoos Jose Chalarca  @jchalarca   Wade Johnson @thehumansprocket Ibrahim Barboza @ibrahimtattoo  Jeremy Sutton @jeremysutton Check out Jeremy Sutton on the opening of Electric Anvil Tattoo  *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 ... Read More »

10 Grimmest Skull and Skeleton Tattoos

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All the PHOTOS in this GALLERY of Skulls & Skeletons are from professional tattooers in the TAM community who have shared their work with us on instaGram! When it comes to the design you want for your tattoo, sky is the limit. The array of designs you can find in each category is endless, not to mention that every individual owns creativity! The type of tattoo one decides to put on their skin is essentially a message they give to the world. A Skull and/or Skeleton tattoo, is it a symbol of death or life? To quite a lot of people when they see a skull tattoo, the word that immediately comes to their mind is death and danger. Yet, before tattooing was even a thing, the sign of a skull was always associated with life and even a symbol to celebrate it. In ancient societies, skulls and skeleton were meant to bring great change, and the greatest of all changes in one’s life is death. People who opt for skull tattoos each have their own motivations, meanings, and reason for getting them. To each individual personally, it can mean anything from celebration of life to recognition of the inevitability of death. While the symbolism of a skull tattoo holds significance, nowadays, it has become a display only, rather than holding its inherent meaning, and if you really want to find out the message that a person is trying to convey, you will have to ask them that directly. There ... Read More »

Ink Master s6/e9 review – 8/18/15

As the competition continues true colors are revealed.  This week featured underhanded schemes and motives to strategically eliminate the competition on this episode of ‘Ink Master’, Composed and Exposed which aired Tuesday, August 18, 2015. The plotting progressed as the remaining artists formed new alliances. Only 11 artists were left to compete after Saint Marq was sent home last week.  Returning from elimination Chris Blinston exposed himself as a wolf in sheep’s clothing determined to do whatever it takes to win, which sends the other contestants scrambling to find a way to send him packing.  For this week’s challenge, the artists were individually tasked with creating a composition piece in the form of a post card. The elements needed to make sense and move at the same time. The artists were paired with a canvas to create permanent souvenirs to commemorate their travel experiences and “living mas”. Challenges were met immediately as each artist searched for authenticity in their presentation.  After judging the challenge Matt O’Baugh was declared the winner. This gave him the power to assign canvases for the elimination tattoo. As things heated up Craig Foster persuaded Matt unknowingly to do his dirty work by going after Chris’s followers, Dave and Tyler. For the elimination challenge each artist created a piece in the European art form of Trash Polka. Composition and dynamics are a must in the art form that only uses black, gray and red ink. Immediately, the difficult canvases, and those with scattered ideas were used ... Read More »

Sexy Tattoos on Women: Backs, Thighs and Chest

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The woman’s body. Sensual, powerful and full of wonderful curves!  And nothing is sexier than a confident woman who enhances her natural beauty with a stunning tattoo.  Check out some of our favorite locations on the woman’s body. Check & Neck In Europe they call this area the décolletage. The skin is soft, often exposed to sun and for the most part, exposed the majority of the time. To many it is the most feminine part of the body.  A tattoo in this area is a true statement that a woman knows who she is, now and will be for her lifetime. @tomastomas108 Artist Unknown – If you know this artist, tell them to submit more work to us on Instagram @tattooartistmagazine Jen Carmen Under the Breasts The newest and sexiest trend, right under the breast. Sometimes the designs graces the sensual curves of the cleavage and sometimes the design follows the curves of the underside of the breasts.  These are especially sensual as they are covered more than shown so you know these tattoos have a very deep and personal meaning to the wearer. @austinjevans Brandon Collins Stephan Vogel   Thigh & Buttocks Next on the list is the highly erogenous area of a woman’s body, the thighs. It’s perhaps the best place to get a seductive tattoo and with short skirts, it can play peek-a-boo for the rest of your life. Many women start by small meaningful tattoos and gradually turn them into full body canvas, while others ... Read More »

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