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Disney & tattoo inspired art by Tim Shumate

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Tim Shumate isn’t a tattoo artist. You won’t find him using someone’s arm as the canvas for his next masterpiece or traveling between tattoo conventions, yet his unique art style clearly has some tattoo roots behind it. Where do these roots come from? Why does his work resonate with the tattoo community as a whole? It all became clear in an interview with teevillain.com. When asked about the origins of the vintage tattoo nature of his work, Time replied, “Well, Sailor Jerry (The Godfather of Traditional Tattoos) has always been in my top 5 favorite artists. He keeps things really simple and bold, which is something I can’t do no matter how hard I try. He is definitely what started my obsession with tattoos. I am also really into restructuring pop art and icons.  Covering your favorite childhood Heroes in ‘hard life’ tattoos is a great way to make them grow along with you. They can stay relatable.” As Tim puts it, the goal of each portrait shown below is to “capture [the] essence” of the character. “Eyes are the first thing I start when I draw,” he explains. “If I didn’t capture the eyes, I would scrap the entire thing and start over. It’s important. The eyes are the window to the soul…” Tim Shumate’s soulful art style has no doubt inspired numerous tattoos, whether those tattoos are replicas of his work as seen in the gallery before or renditions of his unique pin-up girl style. Fans of his artwork ... Read More »

What’s Up Your Sleeve?

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Visible tattoos hurt job prospects. That’s not an opinion, it’s a fact – one that is constantly reevaluated by research groups and psychology students year after year. In 2015, a 2700 person survey found that 76% of people felt tattoos hurt a job applicant’s chances of landing a position and 42% of those same people felt visible tattoos were inappropriate in the workplace. Yet over 40% of adults between the ages of 18 and 29 have at least one tattoo. Tattoos have been on the rise in popularity for quite a few years now, even though the attitude towards visible tattoos in the workplace still hasn’t changed. The reason we bring this up is because sleeve tattoos are the most common tattoo forms people worry about getting because of how it may impact their potential job prospects later in life. Most other forms of tattoos are easily covered up without having to sacrifice comfortability, but the thought of perpetually wearing long-sleeved attire even during sweltering summer weather often turns people away from getting the sleeve tattoos they so desire. Do Sleeve Tattoos Actually Harm Your Job Prospects? The answer is a little more involved than a simple yes or no. The truth is that it entirely depends on the field you’re planning to build a career in. As long as you’re not expected to appear on camera, people with creative careers can wear and sport whatever tattoos they want. Their work and credibility is almost entirely derived from their portfolio ... Read More »

Tim Shumate’s Soulful Art Style

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Tim Shumate isn’t a tattoo artist. You won’t find him using someone’s arm as the canvas for his next masterpiece or traveling between tattoo conventions, yet his unique art style clearly has some tattoo roots behind it. Where do these roots come from? Why does his work resonate with the tattoo community as a whole? It all became clear in an interview with teevillain.com. When asked about the origins of the vintage tattoo nature of his work, Time replied, “Well, Sailor Jerry (The Godfather of Traditional Tattoos) has always been in my top 5 favorite artists. He keeps things really simple and bold, which is something I can’t do no matter how hard I try. He is definitely what started my obsession with tattoos. I am also really into restructuring pop art and icons.  Covering your favorite childhood Heroes in ‘hard life’ tattoos is a great way to make them grow along with you. They can stay relatable.” As Tim puts it, the goal of each portrait shown below is to “capture [the] essence” of the character. “Eyes are the first thing I start when I draw,” he explains. “If I didn’t capture the eyes, I would scrap the entire thing and start over. It’s important. The eyes are the window to the soul…” Tim Shumate’s soulful art style has no doubt inspired numerous tattoos, whether those tattoos are replicas of his work as seen in the gallery before or renditions of his unique pin-up girl style. Fans of his artwork ... Read More »

Free & cheap tattoos! What were they thinking?

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These people clearly had no interest in getting a professional, well-done tattoo, opting instead for cheap alternatives. As the saying goes – You get what you pay for. At least they can still serve as warnings to others! And give us all a laugh in the meantime. What can they possibly do now?  — Here’s the lesson: Get GOOD TATTOOS folks. Save your money. Do your research. Find a qualified artist at the best shop in your area. You won’t regret it! If all you think you care about is price, look closely at these tattoos below, and check out this article —       Want to see some GOOD  tattoos? 25 Ways the Force is With You Romantic Couples Tattoos Blackworkers_Tattoo Group Presents: Black Ink Tattoos from around the globe Read More »

Making First Time Tattoos More Comfortable

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a teen or a senior, always and in every case the first tattoo is essentially a rite of passage. This bold step outside your comfort zone can be very intoxicating. And self expression is addictive. Today, tattoos aren’t just for sailors and bikers anymore; it’s now a way of self-actualization like never before. If you’re a tattoo artist dealing with a first time tattooee, their nervousness quickly becomes apparent. In order to make the newbie more comfortable, walk them through the process. Even if they’ve come prepared, they need to know that their artist understands what they’re going through. Cover the following aspects: Choose Body-Art carefully It’s just a statement of fact: many, many first timers make poor choices when it comes to their first tattoo, and nobody really knows it until years later, in hindsight. It’s important to make the effort implore those new to tattoo to carefully consider the body art they choose as it is going to be a part of them for many years to come, therefore QUALITY is their primary consideration. It doesn’t matter if it’s an epic tattoo or a piece of flash, quality of application is the key to happiness (when it comes to tattoo art;). In addition, a good starting point for the uninitiated is choosing a tattoo that represents something they value deeply, a statement to the world, or simply to show support for a cause. Proper Diet the Night Before When an appointment is set ... Read More »

Painful Tattoos! Let’s Explain How Bad Tattoos Hurt

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You’ve probably heard all the horror stories about the pain associated with tattoos. About people fainting, having to quit with a tattoo only partially done or going through dozens of small sessions to get through the process. Despite what you’ve heard, tattoos really aren’t as painful as you may have been led to believe. We’re going to walk you through what makes a tattoo hurt and how you can better manage the pain when getting your first, second or fiftieth tattoo. What Makes a Tattoo Hurt? There are a few factors that determine how much pain you’re going to feel while getting tattooed, but the most important factor is where the tattoo is located. Areas of the body with more nerve endings, which tend to be more sensitive to pain of any kind, are going to be the most painful to get tattooed. This includes most joint areas, such as the armpits and back of the knee, and of course genital regions. The most surprisingly painful region is around the ribs. While it may seem relatively numb, the upper area of your mid-section is made up of soft tissue that is incredibly sensitive – hence people who are ticklish and why poking someone in the side is an especially effective way to get their attention. The first picture in our gallery below, which is made up of particularly painful tattoo examples, is a pain chart that’ll show you the relative pain level of each body region. Beginners should definitely look ... Read More »

Sexy Sternum Tattoos

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You don’t need see their faces to know these woman are confident and badass. The sternum, or under boob tattoo is trending with thousands of designs, intricate meanings and a body placement that simply accentuates the natural curves. Sternum tattoos offer a ton of room for artists to work with and act as perfect accessories for a variety of outfits and situations. They perfectly accentuate curves and can be used to show off that figure you worked so hard for when bikini and midriff season come around. As you can see from the gallery below, many women opt to get jewelry-like sternum tattoos for just such occasions. The sternum tattoo is a fairly new and bold choice that is becoming more popular each and every year. The area is highly sensitive, making sternum tattoos among the most uncomfortable to bear through, which is why many women choose designs that aren’t colored in or otherwise require minimal work. But a little pain is most certainly worth the gain, as you can see from the women in our gallery. The sternum is one of the best locations for tattoo artists to design on. It’s a wide, flat canvas on which designs are only limited by the imagination. From quotes written along the under boob area to colossal works of are, the possibilities involved in sternum tattoo designs are truly endless. One of the biggest concerns people have about getting sternum tattoos is the amount of upkeep involved in keeping it looking great ... Read More »

All-American, Patriotic Tattoos

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While it’d be easy to say, “There’s nothing more American than tattoos”, the truth is that there’s nothing more human than tattoos. Tattooing is one of the earliest art forms known to man. In 1991, German hikers discovered the remains of a 5,300 year-old mummified man who had 57 tattoos on his body. That being said, there are few things more representative of American patriotism than a tattoo. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Whatever else your tattoo may mean or stand for, it more than likely represents at least one – if not all – of these things. This means that American patriotic tattoos represent the absolute pinnacle of the American Dream to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Patriotic tattoos are among some of the oldest in America’s history. For a long time the art of tattooing was practically exclusive to sailors and military men, who would often choose to get patriotic tattoos as a symbol of what they were fighting for – a practice that is still continued to this day as characterized by a number of the tattoos featured in the gallery below. Before dog tags became a standard form of identification, many parts of the military recommended troops get tattoos as a form of post mortem identification. To put it simply, tattooing is one of the first and oldest ways American citizens could show their love and support for the country they fought for and adored. Getting a patriotic tattoo is a great ... Read More »

25 Ways the Force is With You Part II Gallery

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Legions of fans and enthusiast relate to the Star Wars series. Some, so dedicated they are not complete until they have inked their favorite character on their skin. Check out some of the amazing Star Wars work below.  Remember to *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! Six Random Star Wars Facts:  Six Random Star Wars Facts:  The word ‘Ewok’ isn’t actually mentioned at all in the films. Even Ewan McGregor’s had to make lightsaber sounds during duels in The Phantom Menace, that had to be fixed in post-production Yoda is Sanskrit word for ‘warrior’ The name Jar Jar, was created by George Lucas’ son Peter Mayhew, a 7’2″, orderly at a hospital in Yorkshire  was cast as Chewbacca in A New Hope By the time Episode III went into production, George Lucas had become so reliant on digital effects that the film contains over 2,200 digital effects shots, more than the combine total contained in Episodes I and II.   Check Out Other Tattoo Artist Magazine Galleries 25 Ways the Force is With You Part I Fan Favorites: Movies, Musicians, Singers, TV Characters Top 10 Super Hero Designs Read More »

10 Colorful Rockabilly Tattoos

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Are you like a little bit of country and rock ‘n’ roll? Then you’re probably already quite familiar with all things rockabilly, even if you don’t recognize the term. Rockabilly, the musical genre tag that denotes the early 50’s style of rock-and-rock, has transcended music to encompass an entire art form and lifestyle. Rockabilly tattoos represent the old timey swinging musical stylings found in music by legendary artists like Elvis Presley and famed featured films like Greased Lightning. The name comes from a combination of rock ‘n’ roll and hillbilly, the latter of which was often used to reference country music back in the 1940s and 50s when the rock ‘n’ roll genre first began to form. Largely originating from the southern regions of the United States, the first rock ‘n’ roll artists were strongly influenced by country music, and thus the rockabilly genre was formed. Rockabilly was used as the soundtrack for rebellious youth spirit during its early years, like many musical genres before and after its inception. It’s survived throughout the years as a characteristic of a time period long passed but not forgotten, where slicked back hair and bow tied hairbands were in fashion among the young men and women of the time. As you can see in our gallery below, many rockabilly tattoos seek to capture this classic look and often mix it with various other common tattoo themes and elements. From milkshakes to microphones, the plethora of iconic imagery that captures the rockabilly time period ... Read More »

Game-changer! Introducing the Helios Rotary Pen

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For the Professional Tattoo Artist! The NEW Helios Rotary Pen is COMING SOON and this innovative tattoo machine is already taking the world of professional tattooing by storm. From its first mention on social media late last year, artists have been lining up to get a hold of this powerful new tool. The Helios Rotary Pen’s sleek form and interchangeable cartridge system is the first of its kind, portable, comfortable, and fully adjustable. Artists from around the world have been making a switch to the Helios Rotary Pen and giving sensational reviews about how it has been exceeding their expectations. The Helios Rotary Pen is the ideal tattoo machine for large & small black and grey work, soft shading, fine line/detail work, and soft color techniques.  – What makes the Helios Rotary Pen so different? The Helios rotary pen is CNC machined from premium aircraft-grade aluminum in Europe. With a weight of only 3.17oz., you will have an incredibly lightweight feel, with perfect balance. The fully adjustable needle stroke allows the machine to be used as a liner or a shader, giving complete control of needle depth from 0 – 2.5mm, making Helios the equivalent of a short-stroke machine. The quiet but powerful German-made motor runs at a speed of 8,000 – 13,000 RPM, and is compatible with most standard power supplies. The Helios Rotary Pen is designed for use with Helios Tattoo Needle Cartridges. Although several brands of cartridges have been tested with the pen, they do not guarantee optimal performance if ... Read More »

10 Steampunk Tattoos to be Inspired By

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The retro-futuristic Victorian setting that characterizes the steampunk style is the primed to inspire creative and unique tattoo designs. The sci-fi art style involved in all things steampunk related is incredibly detailed and vivid, making for exquisite works of art that anyone engrossed in the romantic retro-Victorian era can appreciate and find appealing. Steampunk was born from the scientific romance novels of the 19th century by famous writers of the time, such as Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and Mary Shelley. The term first appeared in the 1980s, drawing inspiration for the cyberpunk genre that was being popularized around the same time too. Over the past 30+ years the steampunk science fiction subgenre has steadily grown in popularity, particularly for the gear-based retro-futuristic art it inspires. As characterized by many of the steampunk designs featured in the gallery below, mixing traditional symbols like the eye and heart with a steampunk theme can make for some incredibly unique and creative one-of-a-kind tattoos. The theme gives tattoo designs a very eclectic feel, representing multiple interests and facets of one’s personality all at once. Steampunk tattoo designs can also create fascinating illusions, transforming human body parts into mechanized prosthetics that’s sure to stun many passersby as you go about your daily routine. The full arm sleeve design featured below is a perfect example of what can be accomplished with the steampunk aesthetic. Are you looking for a tattoo that represents your love of all things science fiction? Have a passion for all things steampunk? ... Read More »

What are Trash Polka Tattoos?

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With tattoos becoming more popular each year, it’s only natural that designs would begin to change and evolve. As more people get tattoos, it becomes increasingly likely that two or more people will wind up with the same design. For many, that’s simply unacceptable, which is where designs like Trash Polka tattoos come into play. The Trash Polka tattoo art style originates from the Buena Vista Tattoo Club in Würzburg, Germany. Tattoo artists Simone Pfaff and Volko Merschky are credited as the originators of the style, calling it a blend of “realism and trash; the nature and the abstract; technology and humanity; past, present, and future; opposites that they are trying to urge into a creative dance to harmony and rhythm in tune with the body.” The two distinct aspects every Trash Polka tattoo features are its chaotic blend of real and abstract imagery, which often utilizes words or writing of some kind, and its sole use of red and black ink. Trash Polka tattoos are made to attract attention and appear fresh, bringing up concerns that they may not hold up well on their own over time. Although the style is so new that there’s no way of knowing just how much touch-up work may be required to keep its stark appearance over the years. It may be difficult to find an artist who can mimic the Trash Polka style if you’re unable to fly to Germany and have it done by Pfaff or Merschky. The purposeful chaotic style ... Read More »

20 New masterpieces by the Blackworkers Group

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Blackworkers are tattooists who specialize in tattoos using only black ink, but in unique and versatile ways, creating a style all their own. These are some of the best in the world and their followings are growing by the week! PLEASE pay a visit to them and FOLLOW their Instagrams and other social media. This month’s Artist Winners chosen by Casper Mugridge of the Blackworkers Instagram Group! The best source for black ink tattoos! — Follow @Blackworkers HERE – & – @Blackworkers_tattoo HERE for a daily dose of Tattoo Masterpieces!   @pwtattoo  ( Phil wilkinson ) Heavy black tattoos, with a different approach and style. The way this is done requires a lot of commitment and vision. Very hard to change directions once you start .   @amyvsavage  ( Amy Victoria savage ) Limited line work with lots of dot work. Themes stay constant , with a signature style . Her work always stands apart and well done.   @_leestewart   ( lee Stewart ) Painterly approach with a combination of very dark and soft smooth light fades. A difficult way of tattooing to make it look good and natural.   @savannahcolleen   ( Savannah Colleen McKinney ) Bold lines mixed with heavy black and dot work.  She stays constant and has her own style.   @mxmttt   ( Maxime buchi ) Unique signature style. Interesting subject matter mixed with different body placement.   @kanetrubenbacher   ( Kane Trubenbacher ) Interesting subject matter and different body placement.  Stand alone pieces with a lot of skin showing. ... Read More »

New work: catching up with Nick Baxter

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Nick Baxter is well known for his distinct hyper-realistic style of painting and tattooing. When it comes to his art his main focus has always been on learning and growing as much as possible in order to create a truly refined and unique work of art. Whether he’s working in oils or in ink, his complete dedication and passion for his craft reveals itself in every minute detail of his work. As a result, he’s inspired a myriad of artists and tattooers and has garnered countless fans and admirers. Despite all of his success and attention, he remains humble and genuine and we were fortunate enough to spend some time and talk with him recently.   B:So Nick, what’s new? What have you been up to? N: It’s been a busy summer, artistically. I’ve been taking some painting workshops and just doing the usual tattoo work but I’ve really been trying out some new techniques and some new genres of painting that I’m enjoying.   B: I saw that you did a Dutch Masters kind of still life painting workshop? Is that right? N: Yes. I took a 17th century Dutch still life workshop in New York City at the Grand Central Atelier. It was basically just painting in the manner and the technique of the Dutch realist painters from around the Renaissance Period.   B:Was that challenging? N:Yea, the most challenging aspect really is the foundation step of drawing, just seeing accurately and drawing. I’ve been painting now for ... Read More »