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Point Out the Fail…..Ready, Set, GO!

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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 www.aaronhodgesart.com IG – https://www.instagram.com/aaronhodgesart/?hl=en FB – https://www.facebook.com/aaron.hodges.733?fref=tsRead 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!  www.skindesigntattoos.com IG – https://www.instagram.com/robert_pho/?hl=en FB – https://www.facebook.com/RobertPho?fref=tsRead More »

Tattoo TV Shows are a Mixed Bag

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 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

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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 http://pauldobleman.com/home.html IG – https://www.instagram.com/pauldobleman/?hl=en FB – https://www.facebook.com/paul.anthony.doblemanRead More »

RIP – Gene Wilder 9.11.1933 – 8.29.2016

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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!

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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 www.analogtattoo.com IG – https://www.instagram.com/adrianatak/Read 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

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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 »

Artist Spotlight – Mike Dorsey

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Mike Dorsey is a professional tattoo artist and painter who has been working for twenty-seven years and still loves what he does to this day. He primarily specializes in traditional tattoos inspired by Japanese culture. If you’re looking for a Japanese-inspired tattoo, big or small, Mike is definitely the artist you want to go to if you’re looking for an expert who’ll provide a unique high quality tattoo without fail. You can find Mike Dorsey in Cincinnati, Ohio or on the road at one of many tattoo conventions. If you get an opportunity to be tattooed by this master of the art, we highly suggest you take advantage of it. To see more badass work by Mike Dorsey and many others, check out TAM Issue 1! Cincinnati mikedorseytattoo.com IG – https://www.instagram.com/mikedorseytattoo/?hl=en FB – https://www.facebook.com/mike.dorsey.56Read More »

Stunning Angelina Jolie-Pitt Tattoos

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Angelina Jolie Pitt is an American actress and filmmaker who’s won an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards and two Screen Actors Guild Awards for her work in various films from the 1990s to today. She’s been credited as an actress in 46 films, with her next known role being Maleficent in Maleficient 2. While probably more widely known for her role as Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider movies from the early 2000s or her role alongside Nicholas Cage in Gone in Sixty Seconds, many of her awards and accolades come from her performances in Gia and Girl, Interrupted. Her most recent nominations are from Changling, The Tourist and In the Land of Blood and Honey. Fans of Angelina Jolie are sure to love the tattoo gallery below.  Read More »

When Life Gives You Lemons – Get A Tattoo

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Lemons are yellow fruit that grow from a small evergreen tree native to Asia. They’re sour taste comes from a 5% to 6% concentration of citric acid, which is why it’s often used as an ingredient in drinks and food instead of ingested by itself. The ton lemon producing countries in the world include India, Mexico, China and Argentina. Our course, you don’t really care about lemon facts. You’re here to see some high quality lemon tattoos. Not many tattoos utilize yellow ink, making lemon tattoos distinctive in more ways than one. We hope you enjoy the gallery below and be sure to check back daily for more thematic tattoo galleries.  Read More »