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Nil Marques Guest Spot

Hi there, sorry for the long blogging break, but i was in Japan for a while, so obviously i didn’t have a lot of shop stuff to post…
I did however take lots of pictures for my own blog and you’re very welcome to check them out, but be warned, they’re not very tattoo related at all!

Anyway, enough about me, here are some news that might interest you!
We have yet another guest on the way, and like the last one, it’s only a quick two day guest spot, so appointments are very limited.

Nil Marques from Spain is gonna be with us on May 13th and 14th, and if you’d like to book with him, hurry up and send an email with your ideas to conspiracyinctattoo@gmail.com.
Check out his work below and get in touch!


Nil Marques Guest Spot

Hi there, sorry for the long blogging break, but i was in Japan for a while, so obviously i didn’t have a lot of shop stuff to post…
I did however take lots of pictures for my own blog and you’re very welcome to check them out, but be warned, they’re not very tattoo related at all!

Anyway, enough about me, here are some news that might interest you!
We have yet another guest on the way, and like the last one, it’s only a quick two day guest spot, so appointments are very limited.

Nil Marques from Spain is gonna be with us on May 13th and 14th, and if you’d like to book with him, hurry up and send an email with your ideas to conspiracyinctattoo@gmail.com.
Check out his work below and get in touch!


Nil Marques Guest Spot

Hi there, sorry for the long blogging break, but i was in Japan for a while, so obviously i didn’t have a lot of shop stuff to post…
I did however take lots of pictures for my own blog and you’re very welcome to check them out, but be warned, they’re not very tattoo related at all!

Anyway, enough about me, here are some news that might interest you!
We have yet another guest on the way, and like the last one, it’s only a quick two day guest spot, so appointments are very limited.

Nil Marques from Spain is gonna be with us on May 13th and 14th, and if you’d like to book with him, hurry up and send an email with your ideas to conspiracyinctattoo@gmail.com.
Check out his work below and get in touch!


Nil Marques Guest Spot

Hi there, sorry for the long blogging break, but i was in Japan for a while, so obviously i didn’t have a lot of shop stuff to post…
I did however take lots of pictures for my own blog and you’re very welcome to check them out, but be warned, they’re not very tattoo related at all!

Anyway, enough about me, here are some news that might interest you!
We have yet another guest on the way, and like the last one, it’s only a quick two day guest spot, so appointments are very limited.

Nil Marques from Spain is gonna be with us on May 13th and 14th, and if you’d like to book with him, hurry up and send an email with your ideas to conspiracyinctattoo@gmail.com.
Check out his work below and get in touch!


Nil Marques Guest Spot

Hi there, sorry for the long blogging break, but i was in Japan for a while, so obviously i didn’t have a lot of shop stuff to post…
I did however take lots of pictures for my own blog and you’re very welcome to check them out, but be warned, they’re not very tattoo related at all!

Anyway, enough about me, here are some news that might interest you!
We have yet another guest on the way, and like the last one, it’s only a quick two day guest spot, so appointments are very limited.

Nil Marques from Spain is gonna be with us on May 13th and 14th, and if you’d like to book with him, hurry up and send an email with your ideas to conspiracyinctattoo@gmail.com.
Check out his work below and get in touch!


Nil Marques Guest Spot

Hi there, sorry for the long blogging break, but i was in Japan for a while, so obviously i didn’t have a lot of shop stuff to post…
I did however take lots of pictures for my own blog and you’re very welcome to check them out, but be warned, they’re not very tattoo related at all!

Anyway, enough about me, here are some news that might interest you!
We have yet another guest on the way, and like the last one, it’s only a quick two day guest spot, so appointments are very limited.

Nil Marques from Spain is gonna be with us on May 13th and 14th, and if you’d like to book with him, hurry up and send an email with your ideas to conspiracyinctattoo@gmail.com.
Check out his work below and get in touch!


Changing of the Guard

 

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It is with excitement and purpose that I start as the new Editor-in-Chief of Tattoo Artist Magazine. First and foremost, I am committed to continuing the culture of excellence and quality of TAM as admirably lead by outgoing Editor-in-Chief, Crash. I recognize the importance of TAM to our community & cultural progress and envision clear potential for continued growth and innovation. In conjunction with editing every issue of TAM, I also have a vision of further integrating TAM into the hands of avid tattoo collectors and artists, fully mining the educational format of TAM to better serve artists, collectors, readers and our society as a whole.

The “changing of the guard” at TAM will bring a new perspective to the magazine. With this change comes a shift in editorial emphasis to make TAM the world’s primary outlet for tattoo culture, tattoo education and tattoo art more relevant to our industry than any other magazine in our field. As the new Editor, my aim will be to increase the availability of important articles, artists, values, social and artistic advancements in our industry.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with me, I have been with TAM since it’s inception 11 years ago. Unlike Crash, I am not a tattoo artist, but have paid my dues within the industry for well over a decade. I know the ins and outs of everything tattoo and tattoo related. I am eager to start this position and see where I can help carry TAM into the future.

I invite each and every one of you who has any questions or concerns about the future of TAM and our craft to please email me to discuss our shared future and what we can build together.

You may reach me at: kent@tattooartistmagazine.com

- Kent

 


How much does a full sleeve tattoo cost?

By Kevin Miller

www.tattoosnob.com

If you have visible tattoos, chances are that someone has asked about how much their idea cost, how much they cost you, or the worst – how much they paid. Well, this article is for those people who are curious. The article specifically talks about a sleeve, but it applies to any tattoo really.

Huge props to Dave Tedder for taking the time to answer this on Quora…

Tattoos: How much does a full sleeve tattoo (from wrist to shoulder) cost?

Your question almost has the same answer as “How much is a sackful of groceries.?” It really depends on where you make your purchase and what’s in the sack, or sleeve.

Purchasing a tattoo is the same as making any other investment into art. Sometimes you can find an incredible artist at very reasonable rates and sometimes you can buy a polished turd for tourist prices.

Many people spend far too much on sleeves or other large scale tattoos that they will forever remain unhappy with by starting out with the exact same question you have. “How much?” Because with that mentality the next logical move once you receive an answer is to look for it somewhere else for less. Price shopping for tattoos usually leaves you in a subpar artist’s chair receiving subpar art and tattoo services. Then what do you have? A sleeve that you’re unhappy with. After a few years of looking at other sleeves that are far better most people choose to go to another artist to try and salvage the bad decision they made years prior. The smart ones have done research and decided on a competent artist at the second time, but… The truth of the matter is, at this point the tattooer is entering a fight with one arm tied behind their back. Cover ups and reworks never turn out the same quality as a tattoo that starts with blank skin. Success is determined by wether or not the tattoo looks better than it did before, not by completion of original intent.

I can assure you that the best way to get an answer to your question and a quality tattoo is to decide what you would like your sleeve to look like. Think style(i.e. Traditional Japanese or Americana, color or black and grey, realistic, geometric, etc.), think theme, think subject matter. Then spend hours and hours scouring the internet and social media sites at hundreds of hundred of tattooers work. This is a much easier task today than say 20 years ago when you physically had to travel shop to shop to look at portfolios. Don’t bother looking at the artists location, airplanes make the world a very small place, and when you find the artist that you want, I promise no distance is too great. You have your entire life to wear this tattoo and you shouldn’t sell yourself short. Make sure that every time you look at your forearm you’re satisfied. Tattoos are the only thing you have with you for the rest of your life, everywhere you go until you die. It amazes me what some people will spend on shoes or vacations and then bargain shop for a tattoo.

After you have all of the above determined, contact the artist you’ve chosen and ask about their preferred method of appointment consultation. Please keep in mind that many quality tattoo artists eat sleep and breath their jobs so sometimes answering the emails takes a little time, especially older artists that have tattooed longer than the internet has been around. Many artists work 8-12 hours a day at the studio then go home to paint or draw for the following days/weeks, so sometimes you need a little patience and persistence. During your consultation, after you’ve discussed your ideas you’ll have the opportunity for “How much?”. But most artist prefer it if you’re a wee bit smoother, as in “What’s your hourly rate?”, and “About how many sessions do you think this will take and how many hours will we be working per session?”. If this exceeds your projected budget this would be a good time to mention that and discuss other options. Be honest and up front with what you have to spend. Most good artists that I know aren’t crooks, they just want what they have determined their work is worth. Some adjust this by the laws of supply and demand and others keep a set rate their entire career. Every artist is different, and as always in the art market it’s buyer beware. Do your homework before you purchase.

Hope that helps

Dave Tedder


Tattoo Artist Magazine: Mike Rubendall Issue #28 Teaser Video

http://youtu.be/-uUy3KBdBfg


Traditional Japanese Tattooing with Chris O’Donnell


TAM #17 Interview with Frank Lee


Heartbeat Ink with Jondix

Photos and Interview by Ino Mei

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Jondix spoke exclusively to HeartbeatInk Tattoo Magazine about his initiation into tattooing, his past as a tattoo nerd, the first tattoo he ever did; at Tas Danazoglou’s neck, his experience in Greece while been Mike the Athens’apprentice and the issue of copying in Dotwork, which he characterizes as “embarrassing”.

What is your actual name? How did the name Jondix come up and what does it mean?

My name is Jondix, that’s who I am. Before Jondix, I was another person. My “baptism” made me the human I am now. During one of the art reunions I used to attend with my friends Ciruelo Cabral, Eva Blank, Heinrich and others, this name came up as a joke, but a year later when Ciruelo published a new book, he used it in the credits and I thought it was a sign and that’s how it started to affect me and change my mind in a more artistic way than before.

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Where you working as an architect in the past? When did you first come into contact with tattoos and how did you get involved with tattooing?

I never worked as an architect. in fact I didn’t even finish the university. After seven years I kinda quit… I needed money and I was into parties and guitars and Harleys and all the typical Mediterranean excess… I saw the first tattoos as a child on people from the army…badly done you know… and then in Boston I saw a good tattoo, a death reaper from Spider Web Tattoo and wanted it immediately. So at eighteen I started getting tattoos, like Steve Vai’s autograph and some stupid biomechs until Tas Danazoglou came to Barcelona and saved me…

Is it true that you were “discovered” by Tas Danazoglou? How did you meet him?

He came to a Barcelona Tattoo Convention and then stayed at the LTW tattoo shop in Barcelona for some years. I got many tattoos from him and we became friends. I was a tattoo nerd already, buying magazines and stuff… I got my first tattoo when I was eighteen, that’s twenty three years ago. There we no tattoo shops in Barcelona like there are today. I was going to tattoo conventions abroad just as a fan and even buying machines just for decoration purposes. Nobody did this in Barcelona, not even the established tattooists. So I knew who Tas was and I knew who Mike the Athens was from “Tattoo Planet” magazine and I wanted to get their more spiritual tattoos, as opposed to the trendy shiny stuff. Then one day on my birthday Tas came home and I played him “Resurrection” by Halford and he in return he showed me how to set up a machine and do a tattoo… and I ended up tattooing a bit on his neck that night…

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To read this full article, visit: http://heartbeatink.gr/en/columns-features/artists-studios-columns-features/jondix/#!prettyPhoto[]/0/


Uncle A booking!

Oh heey, happy first day of spring, you guys!
I don’t know what the weather is like in your part of the world, but here in Berlin, it’s fucking amazing.
So what better day to open up for booking once more, am i right?

Starting today, i am opening up for May and June, so if you would like to get tattooed by Uncle Allan during either of those months, email me at conspiracyinctattoo@gmail.com.
As always, please include your ideas for the tattoo, relevant pictures, size and placement, budget if you have one, as well as your preferred dates.
There’s no time limit on this one, but i’d like to get both months booked up before i go on vacation in two weeks, so as a personal favor to me, please email right away, ok? Thanks!

Also, since there still seems to be a lot of confusion on the subject, i’d just like to point out that there is no waiting list anymore. It’s over, done.
I understand how that’s hard to grasp for some people, seeing how there used to be a rather long one for many years, but we decided a while back that it was too much of a hassle, so we ditched that whole system. So this is how it works now; whenever i do a post like this, it’s booking time, and that’s it.
No need to sign up anywhere, just keep your eyes on the blog!

Now send that email, and then go get yourself some ice cream, i’m sure you’ve earned it!

One finished…

… and one in progress!

Uncle A booking!

Oh heey, happy first day of spring, you guys!
I don’t know what the weather is like in your part of the world, but here in Berlin, it’s fucking amazing.
So what better day to open up for booking once more, am i right?

Starting today, i am opening up for May and June, so if you would like to get tattooed by Uncle Allan during either of those months, email me at conspiracyinctattoo@gmail.com.
As always, please include your ideas for the tattoo, relevant pictures, size and placement, budget if you have one, as well as your preferred dates.
There’s no time limit on this one, but i’d like to get both months booked up before i go on vacation in two weeks, so as a personal favor to me, please email right away, ok? Thanks!

Also, since there still seems to be a lot of confusion on the subject, i’d just like to point out that there is no waiting list anymore. It’s over, done.
I understand how that’s hard to grasp for some people, seeing how there used to be a rather long one for many years, but we decided a while back that it was too much of a hassle, so we ditched that whole system. So this is how it works now; whenever i do a post like this, it’s booking time, and that’s it.
No need to sign up anywhere, just keep your eyes on the blog!

Now send that email, and then go get yourself some ice cream, i’m sure you’ve earned it!

One finished…

… and one in progress!

Uncle A booking!

Oh heey, happy first day of spring, you guys!
I don’t know what the weather is like in your part of the world, but here in Berlin, it’s fucking amazing.
So what better day to open up for booking once more, am i right?

Starting today, i am opening up for May and June, so if you would like to get tattooed by Uncle Allan during either of those months, email me at conspiracyinctattoo@gmail.com.
As always, please include your ideas for the tattoo, relevant pictures, size and placement, budget if you have one, as well as your preferred dates.
There’s no time limit on this one, but i’d like to get both months booked up before i go on vacation in two weeks, so as a personal favor to me, please email right away, ok? Thanks!

Also, since there still seems to be a lot of confusion on the subject, i’d just like to point out that there is no waiting list anymore. It’s over, done.
I understand how that’s hard to grasp for some people, seeing how there used to be a rather long one for many years, but we decided a while back that it was too much of a hassle, so we ditched that whole system. So this is how it works now; whenever i do a post like this, it’s booking time, and that’s it.
No need to sign up anywhere, just keep your eyes on the blog!

Now send that email, and then go get yourself some ice cream, i’m sure you’ve earned it!

One finished…

… and one in progress!