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Fan Favorites: Movies, Musicians, Singers, TV Characters

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Celebrities, pop gods, icons . . . there is an undeniable aura and mystique about many celebrities.  They connect with us, we often get lost in the characters they play or fall in love with their well crafted public persona.  Weather we identify with a particular role or the individual themselves, in our culture, celebrities are often on a pedestal; they are indeed, American Royalty.  It seems every couple of years a new image becomes part of pop culture or certain genre dies off and then finds a new cult following to make its way into mainstream. You need not travel further than a Hot Topic Store at the local mall to find out what images and entertainment figures are the rage in today’s endless world of entertainment figures. Choosing a celebrity, movie, TV or character tattoo is particularly fascinating as our tastes and fascinations change over time. How many of us had posters on our walls as kids and now are grateful we didn’t choose those images as our first tattoos? Or how many of us choose a tattoo that reflected something we loved all our life? All tattoos are a commitment, but there is something even more telling about tattooing a celebrity image on your body. It really is a statement about how you feel when you see a particular celebrity or entertainment genre when you choose this type of tattoo. Celebrity tattoos are the ultimate in fan memorabilia and loyalty. Check out this gallery with everything from ... Read More »

10 Flower Tattoos That Should be Scratch and Sniff

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Flower tattoos maybe were not as popular in the 1970s or 80s, but they have become famously embraced on a mass scale over the past few decades. This acts as a testimony to the fact that tattoos, particularly tattoos on women, has become very acceptable in our modern society. A floral tattoo is a good piece for a young woman looking for a first tattoo but who wants something subtle. But make no mistake, flowers are far more than a pretty image on beautiful women; flowers are the embodiment of age-old symbolism. Flower tattoos do have feminine characteristics, but given the considerable amount of variety with regard to the overall look and the style, it depends on how it is portrayed. And men are just as likely to have floral motifs, even as just part of their larger scale work. They can be anywhere from small delicate petals to big and luscious flower gardens. Traditional flower images often include the lotus blossom or cherry blossom, and roses never go out of style.  To many flowers represent beauty, life and the ability to see beauty in nature.  Flowers are often used to represent love or the memory of a loved one. Color is often just as symbolic as the flower itself, and florists make their livings helping clients figure out how to say just the right thing with a bouquet! Flower tattoos are not exclusive to women.  Many powerful images incorporate flowers, they bring in color and can add a balance ... Read More »

ladies amazing and eye-catching rib tattoos

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Rib Piece Tattoos – As anyone who has one can attest, the ribs HURT! In spite of it being one the most painful places to get tattooed their popularity continues to grow, and it certainly hasn’t stopped these lovely ladies from adorning their sides with detailed and extensive tattoo work. Check out the work and, if you like what you see, be sure to follow the artists on their social networks. Tattoo by Johnny Smith Artist Florian Karg Artist Nikko Hurtado Artist Sebastian Nowacki Artist Sergey Gas The next 2 pieces are by Rom Azovsky. Very soft and feminine work with animal motifs.      *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 »

Inside the Mind of a Tattoo Apprentice

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Every artist starts somewhere and these days, IF you want to be a legitimate and respected practitioner in the field, that means earning your right to a tattoo machine through a tattoo apprenticeship.  For every apprentice out there trying to do it the right way, there are hoards of unethical & untrained hacks more interested in short cuts then they are in getting better, (or in the best interests of those they are scratching up, generally speaking.) You see, tattooing didn’t start with reality television. It’s a time-honored tradition. The art & craft of tattooing is something that has been passed down for hundreds of years from trained masters to eager young artists who can show they have what it takes to make an actual contribution to the industry.  For the professional tattoo artist, finding someone who brings this sort of grit and potentially something new to tattooing can be extremely exciting, as every great artist once began at the bottom of the tattoo totem pole. That being said, Ana Nasuro of House of Color Tattoo in Bay Shore, New York, is here to share her voice on the life of an aspiring tattoo artist. “I knew that I wanted to tattoo since I was in high school. It was something I had always loved and been fascinated by. But it wasn’t until I got my first tattoo at 16 that I decided that it was what to do for the rest of my life!”  Like many artists in the industry, ... Read More »

Turn Heads with These Amazing Arm and Calf Tattoos!

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Arm and calf tattoos have been popular for decades.  Some choose these areas because you can show off or cover up your tattoos easily and some choose to tattoo the arms and calf areas because the pain is minimal and very manageable.  There is a lot flesh and soft skin to work with on the extremities, and the artist can do his/her work without tattooing directly on thin skin that is over a bone, which can be very uncomfortable.   Plus, over the years, your extremities are the slowest to age and change, so your tattoo remains consistent for decades. (Assuming you worked with a talented and qualified artist, of course). Tattoo sleeves are essentially a collection of various designs or one long tattoo that completely covers most of the arm. Sleeve is a serious tattooing style that requires commitment for a lifetime. It begins at the shoulder and then runs down, depicting a centralized theme. Here are some fine examples that have been shared with us on Instagram by brilliant tattoo artists. (*ARTISTS: submit YOUR work by tagging us an using #tattooartistmagazine on IG !!) 1 – Kajan @KajanTattoo All this tattoo requires is silent admiration. In art, faces and hands are traditionally very difficult to perfect. Notice her eyes follow you as you move from side to side and her hands are in perfect proportion to her wrists and body. While we can only speculate on the origins of this image and the meaning to the wearer, we can’t ... Read More »

Jeremy Sutton on the opening of Electric Anvil Tattoo

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By Nicki Kasper Tell us a little bit about your history in the tattoo industry… How long have you been tattooing?  What shops did you call home before opening Electric Anvil? Etc… I have been tattooing for 18 years. Josh Egnew has been tattooing for 10 years. We both came from Three Kings Tattoo. Josh has tattooed in Brooklyn his whole career. He started out at Hand of Glory. Before Three Kings I worked at Guru Tattoo in San Diego and before that with Russ Abbott at Ink and Dagger. Who do you credit for teaching you the trade, and what was that experience like?  I learned to tattoo in Toccoa, Georgia from an old biker named Ole Roy. He taught me all the foundations of tattooing. But I really accredit the crew at Alien Arts Tattoo (now the crew of Anonymous Tattoo) in Savannah, Georgia for really helping me understand the craft of tattooing. They are also incredible artists so the envelope was always being pushed. Josh never had a formal apprenticeship, but was fortunate to have some great people looking out for him. Regino Gonzales and Marco Serio being at the top of that list. Between those guys and all of the amazing people he’s worked with over the years at Hand of Glory, Three Kings and on the road, I’d say the experience has been pretty fantastic. What made you decide to open a shop?  Well it’s been a long time coming. Just turning the key to ... Read More »

Tattoos Based on a Special Moment

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Tattoo design has expanded greatly in the past few years and influences now come from all corners of the globe, ranging from British street art to Pacific Islander tribal patterns and all points in between. While most tattoos are based on a love of the image or art, a new trend in tattoos is using the medium to commemorate a specific moment in time, whether it’s an important event, marriage, birth of a child, or something else equally momentous. Here are a few examples of tattoos based on a special moment.  Wedding Tattoos  They’ve been a thing for a while now, but wedding tattoos are really starting to take off. While the usual version is just a single line band, plenty of couples are putting their own spin on things, with intricate designs, images of diamonds, and tons of other creative ideas. Why get a wedding tattoo? Well, it makes perfect sense. A tattoo lasts forever and a marriage is the same (at least that’s the idea). As with writing your own vows, the wedding tattoo trend seems to have taken hold and is showing up on more and more fingers. Even though there are countless wedding tattoos out there, there is definitely one more famous than all others. When Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles tied the knot in 2008, it may have been a quiet wedding, but news quickly spread that in addition to a ring costing a reported $5 million, Beyonce and her hubby also exchanged wedding tattoos. Instead of a traditional ... Read More »

Step by Step: How to paint a Zombie Eye in oils, by Ettore Bechis

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Here’s a nifty little Step-By-Step article by Ettore Bechis for painting a ZOMBIE EYE in oils. These creepy effects can be applied to any piece! – Enjoy! 1. Spray your frame (new or old doesn’t matter) with black varnish. Cut a piece of wood same size as frame glass. If you are slow-moving and don’t feel like drawing an eye, look up an image on the internet and print the size of the piece of wood; other wise draw an eye the size of the wood. Paint the piece of wood with Verdaccio Acrylic Paint. (To make Verdaccio mix colors; white, yellow, 1 drop of red, and couple drops of black). Dry overnight and sand the wood panel with fine sand paper. Transfer the image with carbon paper and pen or pencil. Trace the outline with acrylic paint in color burnt umber and make the highlight with white. Oil colors: Black, Brown, Burnt sienna, Burnt umber, Yellow medium cadmium, Cadmium orange, Alzarin crimson, White, Neutral 7, Neutral 5 and Neutral 3  from the John Howard Sanden set portrait. Brushes:       Filbert 4, Filbert 2Liner, 0 Liner 3 Other material: Cold pressed linseed oil, Paper towels, Mona Lisa odorless paint thinner Paint everything starting from the darker color ending with the lightest color (creating a somber effect). Make sure to not make the color look to thick; if so you won’t have a reference for later. Shade with a dry brush on the painting, continue until the painting looks smooth. Remember to ... Read More »

Perseverance Japanese Tattoo Exhibit Video3 w/Drew Flores

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Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition focuses on the work of seven internationally acclaimed tattoo artists –Ryudaibori (formerly Horitaka), Horitomo, Horishiki, Miyazo, Shige, Junii, and Yokohama Horiken – inspired by the Japanese tradition of tattooing and heavily influenced by the traditional Japanese arts ofcalligraphy and ukiyo-e woodblock printmaking. Specially commissioned photographs of work by each artist will be displayed alongside tools and relief carvings, as well as a recreated Torii. A companion book of the same title features additional photographs and writings, and is published by the Japanese American National Museum. Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition is created, designed and photographed by Kip Fulbeck, and curated by Takahiro Kitamura (Ryudaibori, formerly Horitaka). *Please help SUPPORT the VMFA’s efforts to elevate tattoo and tattoo art — Follow the VMFA on FaceBook:   Related Articles: Introduction to “Perseverance” by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Japan’s Complex Relationship with Tattoo Perseverance Tattoo Exhibit VIDEO #1: VMFA w/Kip Fulbeck Perseverance Japanese Exhibit VIDEO #2 w/L.A. Horitaka Perseverance Japanese Exhibit VIDEO #3 w/Drew Flores Virginia’s 2015 Tattoo Arts & Film Festival !!  Read More »

Perseverance Japanese Tattoo Exhibit Video2 w/L.A. Horitaka

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With the opening of Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition (also known as Perseverance), Richmond’s most popular art form moves into the biggest gallery in town. The world-famous exhibition—including pieces by Horitaki, Horitomo, Miyazo, and Shige—combines the mysticism and beauty of feudal Japan with the style and skill of modern art. And if there’s a better place on the East Coast for it, we can’t think of it. The capital of the old South—Richmond, Virginia—is now the artistic hub of the new South. *Please help SUPPORT the VMFA’s efforts to elevate tattoo and tattoo art — Follow the VMFA on FaceBook:   Related Articles: Introduction to “Perseverance” by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Japan’s Complex Relationship with Tattoo Perseverance Tattoo Exhibit Video1: VMFA w/Kip Fulbeck       Read More »

Perseverance Tattoo Exhibit Video1: VMFA w/Kip Fulbeck

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The title of the exhibition at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is derived the Japanese word gaman, loosely translated as “perseverance“—a word that has long been associated with tattooing in Japan. According to Takahiro Kitamura, curator of the exhibition, and Kip Fulbeck, exhibition creator, designer and photographer, perseverance is what has created this amazing art form despite numerous attempts by the Japanese government to suppress it, despite ongoing prejudices against its practitioners and clients, and despite a constant trend to oversimplify its complexities in contemporary media. Perseverance is a core concept in the fleeting art of the Japanese tattoo, a tradition that is transient yet also alive and well in this modern world. *Please help SUPPORT the VMFA’s efforts to elevate tattoo and tattoo art — Follow the VMFA on FaceBook:   Related Articles: Introduction to “Perseverance” by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Japan’s Complex Relationship with Tattoo Read More »

Japan’s Complex Relationship with Tattoo

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Japan’s Complex Relationship with Tattoo When visiting Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition, on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond, Virginia until September 27, you’re struck by the pure artistry. Photo after photo of intricate, mesmerizing designs, breathtaking colors, and symbolic imagery, one interwoven into the other, which would be difficult to render on canvas, much less flesh. There’s a passion and a reverence in these galleries that is almost palpable.  That’s why it’s almost inconceivable that Japan, which has been so instrumental in elevating tattooing to an art form, has also pushed this art form into the shadows, even condemned it for centuries. To understand the seemingly conflicted relationship that Japan has with tattooing, you must carefully unearth the deep roots of Japan’s tattoo culture, which date back to the Jomon Period (roughly 10,500 to 300 BC). That’s when the first evidence of tattooing in Japan was recovered from tombs, in the form of clay figurines with faces painted or engraved to represent tattoos. Fast forward many years later to the Edo Period (1615-1868) and Japanese authorities began using tattoos to mark criminals. According to “Japanese Tattoos: From Yakuza to Artisans, Aesthetes” in the Wall Street Journal, “…convicts were branded with penal markings such as bands on the arms, or the kanji character for ‘dog’ on the forehead.” While this criminal stigma would prove difficult to shake for many centuries, tattooing enjoyed a significant reprieve from the negative connotation at the end of the ... Read More »

“The Amazing Phoenix tattoo on my post mastectomy breast”, Anne Sanchez

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Each month we a feature the inspirational and transformative Stories of few post-mastectomy cancer survivors and the artists & ink that help change their lives. Please support these Warrior Women by sharing their stories with those you love! It’s all these women ask. And remember- schedule your exams, ladies! -TAM Warrior: Anne Artist: Shane Wallin Shop: Garnet Tattoo Studio, San Diego, CA Here’s Anne’s Story: I was diagnosed with breast cancer way back in 1990 on Valentines Day. Even though aunts on both my mother’s and father’s sides had had bilateral mastectomies, I was still shocked. I can remember walking through the lingerie department and thinking I would never look pretty in a bra again, or especially without one. The doctors recommended a full mastectomy to give me the best survival rate. Most reconstructions don’t last forever, so I have had 2 implant replacements over the past 25 years for a total of 4 surgeries on that breast. My husband has been wonderful, in fact, he proposed to me when I was diagnosed.  I always wanted a tattoo to cover my scar and uneven nipple reconstruction. It took me all this time to think of the perfect design and get up my nerve! Well, it was definitely worth the wait because I found Shane Wallin. I really appreciate his professional approach, artistic ability and attention to detail. The studio is so welcoming, clean and non threatening, especially to a “first-timer”. I am letting all my other “survivors” know about your outstanding artistry ... Read More »

Climb down off your high horse, by Dan Henk

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 Tattoos have really elevated in quality. You ask any old timer, and they’ll tell you it is undeniable. Sure, they might not be as “cool” or “polarizing” in certain circles, and people can argue all day on what makes the best tattoo, but the equipment available is leaps and bounds above what it was years ago, and the level of artistry is unparalleled. You have people stepping out of art school and into tattooing on a regular basis. That never happened in the old days. You have commercial illustrators, and galleried painters, who become tattoo artists. Shawn Barber immediately comes to mind, but he is far from the only one. I interviewed with several comic companies, including DC comics. I know how little they pay. I have done covers for cds, and music artists pay even less. Book covers pay, usually about $6,000 to $8,000, which sounds great until you realize they come around only about once or twice a year. And that’s for the major publishers. I have done book covers for smaller publishers, and they pay far less. Like in the low hundreds as opposed to thousands. Many commercial cover artists have second jobs, often as art teachers. Many comic artists work insane hours and take on more than one title just to make ends meet. So it’s not surprising that tattooing, with it’s elevated artistic status, has become so appealing. I’m sure, at this point, you’re wondering where I am going with this. Alright, this is the ... Read More »

Trippy Eyeball Tattoos that are looking back!

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EYE CAN SEE YOU! – Eyeball Tattoos are all the rage these days – BAM!! “LOOK AT ME!”, they seem to say, but there’s also an eerie sense that they are looking back at US! A well executed tattoo of any sort commands our attention and Eyeball Tattoos are flipping freaky to look at…when done well. They SNAP us into the moment. In many philosophical circles this is THE defining characteristic of ‘Art’. To cause us to pause, however briefly, from the endless, running commentary in our heads and in the midst of that momentary ‘confusion’, remind us again of the Mystery of life and our place in it. Art is powerful. And it can change us. It effectively slaps us OUT of our wandering thoughts and forces us to take notice of something other than ourselves (& our own inner dialog); something that has this sort of visual power opens us again to the wonders of the universe. Hand made tattoos by artists who want to help us ‘see’… Thanks to all the artists and Instagram submissions we’ve been getting! MORE COMING SOON! — ARTISTS: tag us and use # tattooartistmagazine on IG to submit YOUR best work! 1) tattoo by @gordonptattooist 2) tattoo by @paulsmithtattoo 3) tattoo by @otzistattoostudio 4) tattoo by @eduardolascano 5) tattoo by @mikeylotattoos 6) tattoo by @john_laurent 7) tattoo by @jessem_tattoos 8) tattoo by @nesotattoo 9) tattoo by @xecutionstyle 10) tattoo by @pedrotattoovz 11) tattoo by @tomas_garcia   12) tattoo by @ [we lost this ... Read More »

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