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Sailor Jerry Rum to Open Hotel Street Venue in London

Courtesy of Sailor Jerry Rum Company: Sailor Jerry will open its very own London venue later this month bringing rum, clothing, music, film and the original art of tattoo master Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins to Soho. Opening on Thursday 19th April, Hotel Street at 120-125 Charing Cross Road is named after Honolulu’s infamous Hotel Street District where Collins’ made his name. A gallery and store by day, and gig and dive bar by night, Hotel Street will be an all-round good place for bad people – open Tuesday’s to Sunday’s from midday to midnight, serving up the best Sailor Jerry Spiced cocktails in town…  (more…)


Sailor Jerry Airstream at MUSINK 2012

Story and Photos by Nate Igor Smith
As I write this I am currently on a flight from Los Angeles  to New York City on my way home from shooting the Musink tattoo convention and music festival in Orange County, CA. I was out there working for Sailor Jerry and having some fun along the way. Sailor Jerry once again set up a trailer to tattoo bands, promote the brand and host some serious games of corn hole. Dan Smith was doing the tattoos all weekend and tattooed bands like New Found Glory, Bayside, Paramore, Against Me! and a bunch of others…  (more…)


Phil Kyle: From Brighton to Milan and Back… Part II

By Phil Kyle
So a few days later it’s off to Milan tattoo convention… The 17th edition, already! This is another one of my favorite convention because you get to see everyone and yet again… another great time. This convention is always packed with kick-ass artists, the attendance is unreal and it’s placed perfectly for folks from Switzerland, Germany, Austria and France to get there fairly easy… (more…)


Phil Kyle: From Brighton to Milan and Back… Part I (VIDEO)

By Phil Kyle
So I got to Brighton on the 26th of February.  The day after was the Magnum Opus pre-tattoo convention party. There was a shit-ton to do in that short time.Had to haul my drum set over to the Prince Albert where the party was..had to pack for the Brighton convention… had to get prints made etc… You know, all that last-minute shit… (more…)


Star of Texas Tattoo Revival: On the Road in Austin, Texas

By Nicki Kasper
I was excited when I was asked to work the Austin show. I hadn’t been to Texas, and was looking forward to checking out the city. After a full-body search courtesy of Portland airport security, a long flight and a cab ride that almost sent me flying through the windshield, I was happy to get checked into my hotel room…
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UPDATE: Paradise Artist Retreat Giveaway Four Free Booths Up for Grabs (VIDEO)

By Gabe Ripley: To have a chance to win a free booth please click the link below and fill out form.Each winner will get a weekend pass. Passes are good for a few activities a day, a 5′x 5′ artist spot, entry into open bar at the opening party. Winners will be chosen at the start of next week: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dENTeUV2QTJfdE1VMXBOMWo0S1JOclE6MQ

The Paradise Artist Retreat will be held February 20-23rd at the amazing Tamaya Resort in New Mexico. While many painters toil away alone in their basement, this art retreat is an opportunity for artists to create alongside over a hundred other artists in a beautiful environment! Through the course of four days artists of all skill levels, from first time beginners to seasoned accomplished professional artists, will participate in numerous workshops, seminars, discussion panels, critiques, and art creation…
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Paradise Artist Retreat at the Tamaya Resort in New Mexico (VIDEO)

By Gabe Ripley: The Paradise Artist Retreat will be held February 20-23rd at the amazing Tamaya Resort in New Mexico. While many painters toil away alone in their basement, this art retreat is an opportunity for artists to create alongside over a hundred other artists in a beautiful environment! Through the course of four days artists of all skill levels, from first time beginners to seasoned accomplished professional artists, will participate in numerous workshops, seminars, discussion panels, critiques, and art creation…
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TAM News: An Open Letter From Miki Vialetto

TAM headquarters received the email below regarding a new crop of European shows. This email was sent from Miki Vialetto, a long time friend of TAM’s, publisher of Tattoo Life and Tattoo Energy, and mastermind behind the ORIGINAL London Tattoo Convention and the Milano Tattoo Convention.

We are publishing this email not to color the tattoo community’s perception of any given company, but to bring to light what is happening in our industry, so that each of you can make informed decisions on the shows, companies and people you support. (more…)


Richmond Tattoo Arts Festival: On the Road in Virginia (VIDEO)

By John
The 19th Annual Richmond Convention was… ah… screw-it!  Just watch the video:

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Calgary Alberta Bound Tattoo and Arts Festival, On the Road in Canada

By Jesse Dolphin
Hello once again, I was at the Calgary Alberta Bound Tattoo Convention a little over a week ago… Steve Peace owner of Immaculate Concepts in Calgary has for years been bringing in some of the best artists known worldwide. The show where I bought my first TAM mag. Wow, has it grown… (more…)


Portland Tattoo Expo, On the Road in Oregon

By Nicki Kasper
I was looking forward to the Portland Tattoo Expo knowing that I had several friends working it and fun and debauchery would ensue. The fact that Portland is just a short drive from where I live was an awesome added bonus…

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The London Tattoo Convention, On the Road in England

By Kent “I hate writing blogs” Smith
Oh London, how I love you. Every year for the past five years I have traveled the London convention, stayed at the same hotel with a family of friends and shared a booth with my good buddy Hunter Spanks. Every year I am so stoked that I have been able to pick up long-distance relationships with friends right on the spot and add some new ones. I’m not talking about just people from overseas, but folks right here in the states that I only get to see once a year across the pond. The friendships and relationships that we are able to build in our community are amazing. I am constantly impressed by the sense of camaraderie we have in this industry…

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Big Gus Goes Off the Map at the Paradise Tattoo Gathering

By Big Gus

Alright, this year’s trip to Paradise Tattoo Gathering was super cool, and I also had a chance to go to Off The Map Tattoo and guest-spot the week of the show.

Let’s just say that the name Off The Map is fitting! It’s in small town USA where nobody locks their doors or cars, which seemed weird to me because back home in L.A. we lock up everything, including the dogs…

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Paradise Tattoo Gathering, On the Road in Jiminy Peak (VIDEO)

By Crash
The Paradise Tattoo Gathering (PTG), at the Jiminy Peak Resort in Massachusetts, is a unique experience and one which I would highly recommend. In its fourth year, this convention stands alone amongst hundreds as being completely orchestrated for the benefit of tattooers. Don’t get me wrong, the public is welcome but with the location chosen and the schedule of events, it’s apparent this show is for tattooers who WANT to be in their community and who also want to improve themselves, their art and their tattooing. It’s quite unlike anything else out there and it was EXACTLY what I needed, at exactly the right time…  (More on that in a minute.)

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Gunnar Gaylord: It Really was ‘Paradise’

By Gunnar
A few weeks back, I wrote my first blog for TAM. I wrote about the internal paradigm shift I was making in my views toward life and about dropping the ego and being more open-minded. I then discussed the profound effects those changes had created in my sense of community. The response was amazing. It seemed that the idea of a positive paradigm shift in the tattoo community was something hordes of people desired. They were sick of the ego’s and attitudes and like me, were just saddened by the state of the tattoo industry… (more…)


Montreal Art Tattoo Show, On the Road in Canada

By Jesse Dolphin
Hello fellow tattooer and close followers. TAM just took part in one of the smoothest running conventions this year. Montreal is a beautiful city with its fair share of beautiful tattooed people. The convention was held a the Gare Windsor, a remodeled, beautiful old train station with the natural lighting and its open concept it gave a fresh and inspiring surrounding. Pierre and his wife Val have been doing this convention for a few years now and have an understanding of what makes a good show…

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ROC City Tattoo Expo: On the Road in Rochester, NY

By John 
ROC City (now in its third year) had some pretty stiff convention competiton last weekend… ROC City was one of three major US shows that weekend, including the biennial Green Bay show and Hell City PHX. However, despite these shows, a hurricane, an earthquake and whatever other acts of God were thrown in the mix, ROC City definetely put the R-O-C back in rock

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Horitaka Talks About the Upcoming Bay Area Tattoo Convention

By Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura
It’s already August, and the tattoo convention I throw with Roman Enriquez (Strong Tattoo/45s Forever) is coming up soon! This year the convention in scheduled for October 21-23 and we are returning to the SFO Hyatt Regency. Even with last year’s power outage on Sunday, the hotel is perfect for us and we look forward to a great weekend. Here are some highlights of this year’s show…

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Seattle Tattoo Expo: On the Road in Washington

By Nicki Kasper
My trip to Seattle started a little rough… I was trying to get to my hotel to pick up all my boxes and drop them off at the venue before they closed at 7 p.m. but apparently there are two Roy Streets in Seattle, and my navigation system had other plans for me. After I got all the boxes loaded into my car, I made my way to Super Genius for Damon Conklin’s pre-funk party…

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Seattle Tattoo Expo Aug. 12-14

Courtesy of Seattle Tattoo Expo: The 10th annual Seattle Tattoo Expo is being held at the Seattle Center’s Northwest Rooms and Courtyard beginning Friday, August 12 through Sunday, August 14. This year’s expo, featuring national and international artists including Jack Rudy, Shawn Barber, Damon Conklin and Cory Norris will provide attendees the opportunity to schedule on-site tattoo appointments. Additional information about the artists and their portfolios can be found at the Seattle Tattoo Expo website: www.seattletattooexpo.com. (more…)


Tattoo Artist Magazine: Rose Riot at NXNE and NIX

Despite an auspicious start my trip to Toronto to cover North by Northeast (NXNE) music festival and North Ink Exposure (NIX) tattoo convention was quite informative and enjoyable. NIX was my second convention and I was to learn how to run the TAM booth from the boothmaster John, as well as interview tattooers and cover music at NXNE. We embarked on this trip with less than a full night of sleep between us,  so by the time we made it to Canada we were what you might call, spent

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Northern Ink Exposure, on the Road in Toronto… Eh!

By John Niederkorn
Oh… Canada? The Northern Ink Exposure (NIX) ended a string of three successive tattoo conventions for me, which would explain this post’s extreme tardiness. It was my first time on Canadian soil and Kent had me super stressed about Canadian customs… Okay, lets get my story straight; “Hello, I’m here on ‘vacation’ and in no way will I be taking your crazy Monopoly money back to my country.”  Luckily for us North By Northeast (NXNE) was the same weekend as NIX so I had a built in excuse…

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Tattoo Artist Magazine: 2011 Ink ‘N Iron Video Review (VIDEO)

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Ink ‘N Iron Tattoo Convention, On the Queen Mary in Long Beach (VIDEO)

By Kent Smith

I’m going to start this out by saying what an incredibly long week it was leading up to this convention. Crash, John and I all woke at 4 a.m. (well Crash and I did, I think John got up at 5 a.m.) to catch a flight from Atlanta to L.A. on June 3rd…

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