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Realistic Snake Tattoo

Martin Kukol @martin_kukol_tattoo_artist

You either like snakes or you don’t – and we’re pretty sure you wouldn’t click on this gallery if you fell into the latter category. Snakes are thought to have evolved from burrowing or aquatic lizards from the Jurassic Period. Modern snakes are one of the oldest reptiles on earth, and have existed for 55 – 60 million years. There are over 3,000 species of snakes scattered throughout the world, from snakes indigenous to the rainforest to those who travel the seas. If you’re a fan of snakes, we’re sure you’ll love this tattoo gallery.  Read More »

Professional Piercer… My Ass!!!


Professional piercers don’t pierce out of their homes and their work doesn’t look like what you’ll see in the gallery below. Welcome to a clear cut what-not-to-do gallery that focuses on making sure you don’t potentially risk your life by getting pierced by the same morons who pierced these people. (Although we’re pretty sure most of them self-pierced.) Getting pierced by a friend or some other amateur may seem like a great idea to save money, but there’s a reason professionals exists. Poor piercings can cause irreparable damage to your body, so don’t be an idiot and get all of your piercings done right or not at all.Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Scott M. Harrison

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Scott M. Harrison is a professional tattoo artist with well over a decade of tattooing experience who has made a name for himself in the tattoo industry with his highly talented artistic ability and unique design vision. His tattoos often include a mix of styles, making him a great choice for anyone who is looking to get a one-of-a-kind tattoo. He’s been featured in numerous magazine publications and travels internationally – giving people all over the world the chance to be tattooed by a master artist. We highly suggest getting a tattoo created by Scott if at all possible.     Sydney, Australia FB – IG –  Read More »

Point Out the Fail…..Ready, Set, GO!


Have you ever seen those old “Spot the Difference” images – where two nearly identical images are placed side-by-side and you have to point out the subtle differences? Think of this tattoo gallery like that, only there’s only one image and you get to point out all the ways the tattoo or piercing in the image went wrong. Feel free to talk about placement, design, line work, etc. These images are so bad that you don’t need to be a professional tattoo artist or piercer to see where they went wrong. So have fun and let us know what you find in the comment section below.Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Aaron Hodges

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Aaron Hodges started tattooing in the summer of 2001 and has been working his ass off to master the craft ever since. While many people might say he’s achieved his goal, Hodges continues to push himself and strives to make each tattoo better than the last. He doesn’t tie himself to a particular design or stylistic specialty and takes pride in being challenged, whether that’s with a tattoo design or through one of his oil paintings. Anyone looking for a unique tattoo by a practiced artist with a BFA from the California College of the Arts need look no further than Aaron Hodges. To see more badass work by Aaron Hodges and many others, check out TAM Issue 39! San Francisco, California IG – FB – More »

Artist Spotlight – Robert Pho

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Robert Pho is a masterful tattoo artist who has been professionally tattooing for over 25 years. He’s the founder of Skin Design Tattoo, a tattoo studio based out of Las Vegas, and has received international acclaim as being one of the best black-and-grey tattoo artists on the planet. A true student of the game, to this day Robert Pho is constantly working to better his craft and raise the standard for black-and-grey ink within the industry. His waiting list is routinely months long, but if you can find yourself sitting in a chair getting tattooed by this man then you should certainly take advantage of the opportunity. To see more badass work by Robert Pho and many others, check out TAM Issue 38! IG – FB – More »

Tattoo TV Shows are a Mixed Bag

Dan Henk tattoo artist

 Artist, author and regular TAMblog contributor Dan Henk offers his take on tattoo tv shows and what you really need to know…   The TV shows on tattooing have been a mixed bag. I think that’s pretty clear to everyone in the industry.   I have heard plenty of feedback from tattooers who just automatically slag them off, but I’ve also received a lot of carefully considered replies that they have some benefits. I haven’t had anyone in the business tell me they are great, with the exception of the criminally under-watched and underrated Tattoo Wars, but let me go over some points.   There are the shows that artists universally pan, such as the short lived and almost universally vilified “Tattoo School”. Or the sappy sentimentality, bad artwork showcase of Tattoo Highway. In fact, all the shows tend to amplify the drama, from the Inkmasters, to the LA Ink’s, NY Inks, Miami inks, and so forth. Things are pitched and twisted so they highlight what the producers think is the most marketable product. They are all  heavily scripted, edited, and coached. But even with all those caveats, they have created some lasting impressions on the public that are completely false. The shows make it sound like a good artist can do anything. This might have been  the expectation in a flash shop twenty years ago, but its a different world now. You used to be able to go to the local doctor for whatever ails you. Now if you ...Read More »

Fantastic Lightning Tattoos


Have you ever just watched lightning dance across a cloudy night’s sky? Depending on where you live, you may have never had the pleasure to experience lightning at all. But that doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate the beautiful artwork often inspired by one of the most destructive all-natural forces on earth. Lightning is actually a fourth form of matter known as plasma – it’s what suns are made of and is what occurs when a gas is heated to unbelievably high temperatures or subjected to a strong magnetic field. We hope you enjoy this gallery as much as you enjoy watching lightning play from afar – however much that may be.Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Paul Dobleman

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Paul Dobleman is an artist’s artist. He doesn’t tattoo for fame or recognition. (Although the same could probably be said for all of the artists we spotlight.) He tattoos simply because it’s what he loves to do, and he’s been doing for quite a while now. He specializes in neo traditional tattoos – which are tattoos that are designed to have a very traditional feel to them but utilize new techniques, inks and styles to bring traditional tattoos into the modern era. As such, it can be difficult to definitively say if a tattoo is traditional or neo traditional because the two forms are very closely related. However, we contend that if a neo traditional tattoo is done properly then it’s supposed to be difficult to discern from a traditional tattoo anyway. That being said, Paul Dobleman is a master. If you get a chance to get a tattoo from him, we highly suggest you take advantage of the situation. To see more badass work by Paul Dobleman and many others, check out TAM Issue 38!  San Francisco, California Spider Murphy’s Tattoo IG – FB – More »

RIP – Gene Wilder 9.11.1933 – 8.29.2016


On August 29th. 2016 the world lost one of the greatest comedic talents it has ever seen in Gene Wilder. He passed away at age 83 from complications of Alzheirmer’s disease, but his inspirational talent is sure to live on for many decades and centuries still to come. Gene Wilder was a comedic actor known by many for his starring role as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. However, it’s almost criminal to boil down his career to just that role because he had many outstanding performances throughout the 23 films and numerous television appearances he made from 1967 to 2003. Gene was a phenomenal comedic talent that inspired many comedians and actors who are working today, and he will be sorely missed. R.I.P Gene Wilder.  Read More »

Gorgeous Lipstick Tattoos

Alex Ortiz @alexorteez

Lipstick is a cosmetic product containing pigments, oils, waxes, and emollients that apply color, texture, and protection to the lips. (That’s according to Wikipedia and by now you should realize that a guy is the one writing this post.) Lipstick is estimated to have been invented and first utilized almost 5,000 years ago by Ancient Sumerian men and women. Lipstick impacts many people’s daily lives, so it makes sense that they would add it to their tattoo designs. We hope you enjoy the gallery below and if it inspires you to get a new tattoo then be sure to share it with us on Instagram.  Read More »

What’s Wrong with These Tattoos? Everything!


Yesterday we brought you a gallery of bad piercings after a plethora of posts featuring phenomenal tattoos. Today, we’re bringing you a gallery of horrendous tattoos. While we’d like to touch on exactly what makes these tattoos so bad, it’d be easier to discuss what isn’t wrong with them. These tattoos are fine examples of everything a tattoo artist should strive to avoid when designing a tattoo, and a few of them are even great examples of how not to take pictures of tattoos too. We’re going to continue a cut back on negative galleries, but you certainly can’t say we don’t give the people what they want.Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Adrian Lee

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Adrian Lee is a masterful tattoo artist with decades of experience who tattoos out of Analog Tattoo in San Francisco, California. He was one of the first artists featured in TAM due to his awe-inspiringly unique tattoo designs. Adrian primarily specializes in realism tattoos, but is masterful at blending the style with various others to create pieces that defy traditional genre definitions. If you’re looking for a unique tattoo by a master of the craft, then Adrian Lee should definitely be on your list of artists to be tattooed by. You’re sure to walk away with a one-of-a-kind other people will be jealous of. To see more badass work by Adrian Lee and many others, check out TAM Issue 1! San Francisco IG – More »

Menacing Clown Tattoos

Gabrielle Brownfield @imjustgabs

Does anyone actually find clowns funny? To some, they work better as nightmarish figures in a Stephen King novel than modern day jesters. Today’s comedic sensibilities have mostly surpassed the era of clowns, leaving them only really fit for small children’s parties and circuses – because for some unexplained reason circuses are just supposed to have clowns. Once we grow up though, and are back in the land of the familiar, clowns are best utilized as fiendish villains. You’re sure to see many menacing clowns like the ones featured in the tattoo gallery below as we draw closer to Halloween. Enjoy.  Read More »

Ridiculously Awful Piercings


It’s been a while since we’ve talked about anything negative. While we know many of you like seeing tattoo and piercing fails, it takes a toll to look at these things each and every day. So we took a bit of a break from it and brought you a ton of quality galleries with nice, proper body medication work. However, we know you’re probably starting to be starved of something like the gallery below, so we’re bringing you a bunch of ridiculously awful piercings to tide you over. If your piercings look this bad, you should seriously rethink your piercer.Read More »