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Japanese Ghosts and Eerie Creatures Exhibition Catalog – This one is a must have!!!!

Size: 9″ x 11.5″ – Pages: 206 – Published: 2013 – Price: $75 – Binding: Softcover This is the catalog from the Japanese Ghosts and Eerie Creatures ehibition that just ended and was without a doubt one of the coolest collections of yokai artwork under one roof. Over 200 pages of amazing imagery and a lot of stuff I hadn’t seen before. Plus all the pieces are labelled in English as well as Japanese so you can research the stories a bit if you are so inclined. Don’t let the kookie 80’s cover fool you, thi book is solid gold. I got 200 for the publisher and one they’re gone, that’s it so don’t sleep on this one kids. xoRead More »

The Artwork of Takabatake Kasho – Awesome for faces!

Size 6″ x 8” – Pages: 136 – Published: 2011 – Price: $42 – Binding: Softcover    I looooove Kasho’s work – amazing reference for faces. He has such great tecnique for creating soft thoughtful Japanese faces…a far cry from the angular ones seen in ukiyo-e. Wrapped in fashion from the 20’s and 30’s his ladies are wonderfully dated and presented. Lots of eyecandy! This is a good one to pick up. Read More »

Humorous Japanese Shunga – OOP – One of my Favorite Shunga Books

Size 8″ x 11.5” – Pages: 182 – Published: 1986 – Price: $80 – Binding: Softcover This is a great collection of Japanese Shunga – It starts out with the regular men and women in a variety of poses but towards the end there is some stuff that made my eyebrows hit my hairline! The Daruma vagina in here makes this book a must have for any collector of Shunga. One of the best ones I stock as far an imagery goes. Lots of fun stuff!  Read More »

Brilliant New Series of Books on Sculptures in Temples & Shrines Around Japan – MUST HAVE

Size: 7.5″ x 10″ – Pages: 224 – Published: 2012 – Price: $75 – Binding: Softcover This is one of a series of books that were immediately some of my all time favorites. Gorgeous photography and cover to cover brilliant reference. The sculptures provide nice clean lines and movement imperative to rendering crisp Japanese imagery. So much detail and so much inspiration in this series, words fail me. These are must have reference books! Size: 7.5″ x 10″ – Pages: 224 – Published: 2012 – Price: $75 – Binding: Softcover This is the second book in this must have series of books rife with tattoo reference. Cover to cover photos of dragons, karashishi (foo dogs) phoenix, cranes, peacocks, baku, tortoise, deities, tigers and heaps more. These are must have reference books!   Size: 7.5″ x 10″ – Pages: 224 – Published: 2013 – Price: $75 – Binding: Softcover This is the third book in this series of mind blowing reference books. So much eye candy and so much to pull from for tattoo designs. These are must have reference books!Read More »

Japanese Refillable Brush Pens

  1 regular brush pen, 1 fat tipped brush pen, 1 med tipped brush pen, 1 fine tipped brush pen with black sumi ink (refillable) and 1 with orange ink perfect for initial sketches. Comes with 3 black ink refills and 1 orange. 5 pens & 4 refills $60 1 orange & 3 blacks $25Read More »

Hokusai & Kyosai Humorous Ukiyo-e Exhibition Catalog – LMT

Size: 6” x 8” – Pages: 320 – Published: 2013 – Price: $60 – Binding: Softcover This is a GREAT little collection of Hokusai sketches and full color illustrations as well as Kyosai sketches and artwork. Predominately sketches and definitely some old favorites, but the Kyosai sketches make this book a great addition to any and all Japanese art collections. They only made 1000 copies and it will sell out fast. I got 200 and once I am out, that’s it.Read More »

ROC City Tattoo Expo 2013

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By johndotcom  There are only two things you need to know about the ROC City Tattoo Expo… 1. If you are a tattooer, this show should be on your tat con list! 2. If you are a tattoo enthusiast, this show should be on your tat con list! Actually, there’s more to it than that… But just like me, that’s the tall and skinny of it… I cannot begin to thank Jet (Joseph DiProjetto, Love Hate Tattoo),Shane Stevens and the whole ROC Crew for making this experience better every time I come to Rochester… Read More »

The Pacific Ink & Art Expo: Hawaii’s First Ever Tattoo Expo Breaks New Ground

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By Danny Claser In 2009 I was free and clear from break-up with a female tattoo artist who was on the show LA Ink. In the time we were together we spent a lot of time traveling the world doing tattoo conventions. I fell in love with the atmosphere and the people who attended these expos. It reminded me of being on Warped Tour when I was a traveling musician. I think I connected to this messed up, chaotic, yet beautiful carny way of life where nothing had stability yet it was stable in the storm. I missed being surrounded by people the world looked at as weirdos or circus freaks. The musicians life is not that far off from the tattooers lifestyle and somehow porn stars and gypsies all seem to fall under that umbrella as well… Read More »

Megan Hoogland: Why in the Hell Do I Still Do So Many Conventions?

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By Megan Hoogland I’m sick, and I know why I’m sick. I was on the road for three weeks in a row and it was too much. I came home and came down with the plague as soon as I set foot in Minnesota. (I would like to say I’m allergic to this place but that would be an easy out.) This has happened before, so why do I do it? I have three kids and a shop and a house to take care of… It’s a lot and I know there are a lot of us in the same boat. Then throw tattooing and all that comes with that into the mix…Read More »

Bryan Burk Article Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #32

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Cover By Byran Burk Interview by Miguel Montgomery & Adam Warmerdam Miguel Montgomery: On a little bit of a different note about your tattooing, I’ve seen some Japanese tattoos with American roses in the background. I haven’t seen too much of that. Did something spark that made you want to do that? Or did you just take it upon yourself, like ‘this snake needs a rose next to it’? Bryan Burk: There were a few conversations I had when I was working with Bob about how we should try doing that stuff. And there were some kids that I had tattooed on, one was my friend Jeff, who’d gotten a bunch of tattoos and wanted to fill in all the space around them. So he was one of the first people that I filled in with roses and water around everything because it kind of fit in all these little spaces he had. On his it worked, and I think if you’re gonna do blue water with roses and some American stuff, it works. As long as you kinda keep it pumped up on the American side of town; color clouds and blue water with black behind all of that, like Eddy Deutsche, like Eddy meets late Sailor Jerry-type Japanese compositions, it’ll work. But I think if you’re doing black Japanese background with grey water, for whatever reason, roses look weird… Read More »

Former inmate now black n grey master – Chente Rios Article

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Interview by Kore Flatmo Kore Flatmo: Growing up, you must have seen a lot of Jack and Freddy’s work too. Chente Rios: Yeah, my dad gets tattooed by Freddy, well, when they were young. And Mike Brown from the 80s? Yeah, all them. My dad has work from the Pike, Good Time Charlie’s. I’ve been around this since I was a kid; watching all of this unfold. I grew up in East L.A. right around the corner from Good Time Charlie’s… Read More »

State of Grace Article Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #32

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Crash: Okay, let’s start with a basic history of yourself and then I want you to talk about the shop and it’s crew. Horitaka Kitamura: Sure man, basic story… Well I was born in Japan and my parents moved to America when I was a few years old. My parents were bilingual so they taught me Japanese as well, which opened a lot of doors for me later on… So I grew up here and probably had a very similar interest in tattooing like many of my generation, I was a skater, turned punk rocker and liked tattoos from my junior high school days. I do recall liking the tattoos in an old Japanese TV show, “the tattooed magistrate” where the hero shows his cherry blossom tattoos before he kicks ass at the end of every episode. So I guess I’ve long had an affinity for tattoos. I know in high school I had already decided I wanted a body suit, didn’t know what the hell that meant or what was good but I just knew that I wanted tons of tattoos!Read More »

London Tattoo Convention Video

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[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/50700733 w=590&h=420] Video by Craig Burton http://craigburtonphotography.com/blog info@craigburtonphotography.com The London Tattoo Convention: I’m Not Kent… Read More »

The London Tattoo Convention: I’m Not Kent…

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By johndotcom I understand why people confuse Kent Smith and I… We are both smart, handsome and incredibly funny, actually I’m slightly more handsome, but it is such a small margin of error I see how it’s confusing for most. I would personally like to thank Lucky Bastard for calling me “Kent” all weekend, even going out of his way to pop into the TAM booth room just to shout KENT at the top of his lungs. Thanks for adding to the surmounting confusion… Ha-ha! On with the show… Read More »

Jeff Gogué: Tattoo Expo Napoli, What An Experience…

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By Jeff Gogué When I first agreed to attend the tattoo expo in Napoli, Italy… Honestly, I had doubts I would make it. It would be my third trip to Italy in less than a year. I, of course, am honored and grateful to be invited anywhere and would continuously be on the road if it wasn’t for my responsibilities at home. I love adventure and with an ever-present awareness of my own mortality, I want to experience as much as I can before the bell tolls. I wouldn’t call myself a thrill seeker. I hardly call myself a traveler, but I do what I can to make new friends and see new places. Napoli was a new place. Different than the places I’ve been before in so many ways… Read More »

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