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Jack Rudy – Photo Gallery of Black & Grey Masterpieces

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Jack Rudy is an American tattoo artist notable for his reinvention of the ‘Black and Gray’ style of tattooing, realistic portraits, and single-needle use. He is considered to be one of the top tattoo artists in the world. After leaving the Marines in 1975, Rudy began his career as an apprentice at Goodtime Charlie’s Tattooland, in East Los Angeles. Under the watch of Charlie Cartwright, a friend of his he had met while visiting the Old Long Beach pike while on leave from the USMC Logistics Base in Barstow CA, Rudy and Cartwright began to hone their craft of single-needle, Black and Gray style tattoos. Simultaneously creating a whole new subgenre of modern tattooing and raising the proverbial bar for many new emerging tattoo artists and artists in general. His very distinct and distinguishable style is renowned for its masterful use of light and dark shades of varying degrees of black and grey. In addition to creating a softer and more realistic style of tattooing, with the advent of the new single needle tattoo technology artists were now able to use a much greater level of detail than previously attainable utilizing older and more readily accepted tattoo machine and needle configurations. As the client base of East Los Angeles began requesting this ‘penitentiary-style’, the pair decided to create a single-needle configured tattoo machine. Jack Rudy can be found at Good Time Charlie’s Tattooland in Anaheim, CA. (From the full article as seen in Tattoo Artist Magazine #25)  Get it HERE for $14.99     OR ... Read More »

Sexy Tattoos on Women: Backs, Thighs and Chest

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The woman’s body. Sensual, powerful and full of wonderful curves!  And nothing is sexier than a confident woman who enhances her natural beauty with a stunning tattoo.  Check out some of our favorite locations on the woman’s body. Check & Neck In Europe they call this area the décolletage. The skin is soft, often exposed to sun and for the most part, exposed the majority of the time. To many it is the most feminine part of the body.  A tattoo in this area is a true statement that a woman knows who she is, now and will be for her lifetime. @tomastomas108 Artist Unknown – If you know this artist, tell them to submit more work to us on Instagram @tattooartistmagazine Jen Carmen Under the Breasts The newest and sexiest trend, right under the breast. Sometimes the designs graces the sensual curves of the cleavage and sometimes the design follows the curves of the underside of the breasts.  These are especially sensual as they are covered more than shown so you know these tattoos have a very deep and personal meaning to the wearer. @austinjevans Brandon Collins Stephan Vogel   Thigh & Buttocks Next on the list is the highly erogenous area of a woman’s body, the thighs. It’s perhaps the best place to get a seductive tattoo and with short skirts, it can play peek-a-boo for the rest of your life. Many women start by small meaningful tattoos and gradually turn them into full body canvas, while others ... Read More »

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 »

Six NEW Awe-Inspiring Black and Gray Tattoos

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*In this blog, we are going to share some of the most amazing black and gray tattoos submitted recently by artists on TAM’s Instagram. Share YOUR work by tagging us and using #tattooartistmagazine!  Black and gray is a style of tattoo that only uses black ink and water mixed to different shades. Using only a single needle, this style is said to have started in the early 1970s and later became popular in tattoo studios across the US. Since then, needle grouping of up to 45 individual pins are used to cover a larger area per strike. This true technological breakthrough was championed by master artist Filip Leu in the late 90’s and adopted by all major artists doing large scale work now. Originally referred to as Joint Style or Jail House style, it is thought to have originated in prisons where the inmates had access to limited materials. Guitar strings were used as needles and pen ink or cigarette ashes were used to produce the tattoos. Even makeshift tattoo equipment was often found made with the motors of cassette players since tattooing is illegal in prison. The technique used in making black and gray art is through diluting black ink with distilled water, in different measurements, to make a “wash” that gives a lighter shade. Gray is produce by mixing black with white ink which produces a brighter result as compared to water, but many consider this method more prone to fading and discoloration as the white particles of ... Read More »

The Dangers of Shopping for Price: scratchers, infections and bad tattoos

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With tattoos becoming increasing popular by the day, the dangers associated with getting tattoos are also increasing. While most adults are already aware of these dangers, very few teenagers seem to realize what’s at risk. Often, it’s much more than just a bad patch of inked skin. Yet bargain-shoppers in the tattoo world can’t seem to keep sound reason in mind when they shop for price, rather than quality of technique, cleanliness AND artistry. This blog serves as a reminder for people who pass on reputable tattoo studios and opt for a subpar tattoo artist working out of an unsanitary shop or worse, from home. The dangers of getting a tattoo from unreliable studios and scratchers are as follows. An Unsafe Environment Most scratchers work out of kitchens, living rooms and basements. The fact that they lack professional equipment like the mandatory autoclave means that they cannot properly ensure your safety. And they do NOT care. Given that even professional tattoo artists use disposable tubes now, this is actually a positive thing. But really, tubes aren’t the only things that matter and a scratcher is unlicensed, untrained in cross-contamination, blood-borne pathogens, or legally responsible for any the numerous requirements set by an insurance company willing to make themselves responsible for a professional tattooists actions and inactions. The Risk of Cross Contamination Simply wearing latex gloves doesn’t make the practice sanitary. In fact, tattooing while wearing gloves for prolonged periods of time can also cause contamination. Unless precautions are taken, everything ... Read More »

8 Full Back Tattoos on Strong Women

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Like any great work of art, there is a combination of talent and vision to bring a piece to life.  Large scale tattoo work is a huge commitment for both the collector and the artist. A full back piece like these often require 6-10 sessions of 4-6 hours each, and could take even 100 hours or more to complete. This is dedication. Large scale work should NOT be entered into lightly. Long hours of work and suffering (and payment for those long hours of work) are being committed to the project by both parties. It is a relationship and, like all relationships, it will be based on mutual understanding and trust. Some artists who have been burned over and over again by clients who fail to finish large tattoos, require a binding contract before taking on new clients, simply so they can know that the time they spend in this process will come to fruition– a finished tattoo. That really IS their prize- to complete one more piece for their happy clients. These images were submitted to our Instragram from around the world and we are honored to share then with you here. Full back piece by Anthony Ortega Beautiful work. Geometric shapes perfectly integrated with elements from nature.  Creative and captivating.   Tattoo by Dave Regan Dave is one fn’ AMAZING and versatile tattooer, (follow him). Excellent shading and placement on this elegant, asian themed backpiece.  The flowers are the perfect element to tie everything together.     Full Back ... Read More »

Info-Graphic: The Truth about tattoos in america

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A very cool info-graphic found on www.Nerdgraph.com !     *ARTISTS: — If you’d like us to consider sharing YOUR tattoos, tag us onInstaGram @tattooArtistMagazine and use #tattooartistmagazine to share & submit your work!   *To see MORE AMAZING TATTOOS and learn about some of the MOST REVERED 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 — BUILT BY THE TATTOO COMMUNITY!   *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 »

Bad-Ass Geometric Tattoos and the Artists Who Create Them

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Some geometric tattoos represent ancient symbols and a oneness with nature.  They often depict an optical illusion that nothing is as it seems and that all things are continuous.  Geometric design brings together common shapes in an uncommon order.  The geometric tattoo is purely decorative, it is neither male or female and not typically associated with a life event.  They are indeed a very pure form of art.  Some people are taken in by the symmetry and beauty of the shapes, while others feel a connection to sacred symbols and history through geometrical images. The tattoo work for a powerful geometric piece is tedious and precise. It is an exercise in patience and perfection.  If one line is too heavy or to too thin it can throw off the entire piece and the visual illusion being sought fails to register in the viewer.  The gallery below showcases just a few highly talented artists with advanced technical skills in the geometric style.  This images are standouts in a sea of other tattoos. Amazing work by LewisInk in Switzerland. Lewis states he has always been passionate about geometry, shapes and space. Each piece is captivating and seams endless. DotsToLines is artwork by Chaim Machlev from Berlin, Germany.  Chaim is known for expressing his work with a seamless connection between  the laws mathematics and organic styling. Paul Davies reputation proceeds him. His designs are symetrical and fluid.  Each piece looks as if it was meant to be exactly where it is. From Japan, Kenji Alucky is a master with black ink and ... Read More »

Top Six Father’s Day Gifts on sale from TAM

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Look no further for the a perfect and unique Father’s Day gift for the tattoo enthusiast Dad in your life. Chris Treviño – Gods and Warriors ON SALE NOW — SAVE 60% — This is a fitting title for Chris Trevino’s first book. His tattoos often depict themes of ancient war and hidden images in his full body work. Chris is a master of Japanese tattooing and this book has more than 200 pages of backpieces, body-suits on tri-fold pages, and some amazing art. Plus an intro by Ed Hardy– Great coffee table book or perfect for your waiting area. Shop Now               Old Timers TRADITIONAL Set: A collection of the most popular issues of TAM SAVE 50% and Get lost of in the works of old masters in the days before tattoos were mainstream. Study the techniques of artists like Mike Malone, Pinky Yun, Bob Roberts, Dave Gibson, Thom DeVita, jack rudy, Chuck Eldridge, Scott Sterling, Hanky Panky, Tony Polito, Eric Inksmith, and more! Shop Now   Original Art and Sketches From the TAM Memorabilia Collection! For the exclusive and discerning collector, our selection of one of a kind, original works is a fine addition to anyone’s tattoo art collection. See original art, flash, stencils and photos from legendary artists including: Sailor Jerry, Mike Malone, Ed Hardy, Pinky Yun, and MORE. Shop Now Tattoo Culture Magazines The perfect gift for new tattoo fans. Tattoo Culture Magazine is a digital magazine available for immediate download. Create ... Read More »

Things to Look For in a Reputable Tattoo Studio

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We have discussed this topic before . . . however, the stories of bad tattoo experiences still come in.  So, here are some things to look for before committing to an artist or his/her place of business. Getting the tattoo you want is really a test of time . . . Many tattoo enthusiasts spend months thinking about the concept of their tattoo, discussing options with different artists and friends, finally selecting an artist and providing the artist with time to sketch out a unique piece for each and every customer.  And then of course, the process of actually getting the tattoo, likely in multiple sessions. All of it TIME well spent! Avoid being another statistic and another story of “Tattoos Gone Wrong” by carefully evaluating the place and artist you wish to do the work for you. The Tattoo Artist Offers Samples of His Past Work Selecting a tattoo studio where the artist cannot produce samples of his past work is obviously a bad choice. An album of the work the artist has done on living skin should be provided. A true tattoo artist will proudly stock photos of his previous work on the walls of his studio and have an online portfolio. This should be more than enough for you to gauge how competent the artist thinks he is. This is one of the first things you should look for in a tattoo studio. Tip: Great portfolios don’t always equal great results.  Ask questions about the art, how long did ... Read More »

Interesting Tattoo Trends Among Women

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  It’s not just twenty and thirty-somethings who get tattoos these days. Baby Boomers, especially women, are increasingly shelling out big bucks for their first tattoos. About 15% of Baby Boomers, the generation born between 1946 and 1964, have tattoos. This is an interesting finding because in the 50’s and 60’s when most boomers were growing up, tattoos were reserved for troublemakers, sailors and bikers. A lot has changed since then, and apparently boomer attitudes have also shifted with the times. You’ve no doubt known business professionals, teachers and doctors with tattoos. Perhaps even your pastor has a tattoo. Despite how tattoos might have been viewed in their younger years, women in the boomer generation are increasingly open to tattoos. However, many have them placed where they can be covered up. Women in the boomer generation like tattoos that are pretty, are remembrances of their children, grandchildren, mark important turning points or spiritual symbols. However, it’s not just boomer women who are getting more tattoos: a 2012 Harris Poll of 2,016 adult respondents revealed that women were slightly more likely than men to have a tattoo, with 23% of women to 19% of men. The 2012 survey results were especially interesting because it was the first time in ten years of the survey where women were more likely than men to get tattoos. The numbers were attributed to television shows about tattoos, which may have helped permanent body art become more acceptable. It’s also possible that more men already had ... Read More »

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: “Perseverance”

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Since 1936, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has been dignified. Revered. Respectable. Timeless. As of May 29th, however, it’s going to look a little different. On May 29th, it’s getting 115 tattoos. And frankly, it’s about time.  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. It’s the third-most tattooed city in America (per capita, mind you), which makes it the perfect match of artists and audience. Richmond is, was, and will always be in love with art. Just not always the kind that hangs on gallery walls. Tattoos, graphic design, sculpture, typography, mural painting—Richmond’s breaking all kinds of new ground in these every year. When you’ve got a mix of young artists, art students, tattoo artists, musicians, skateboarders, crust punks, regular old (or as regular as they get) punks, bike gangs, motor-scooter gangs, and general nonconformists like Richmond has, you’re going to see an awful lot of beautiful things that don’t always fit the 20th-century definition of “art.” VMFA, to its credit, has realized this. In a city that prides itself fiercely on outsider ... Read More »

TAM- Artist Profile: the Classic look of Eric Jones’ tattoos!

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TAM Artist Profile: ERIC JONES, Costa Mesa, California. Interview by: MARCO ANNUNZIATA Originally from Southern California, born in Long Beach.  Since being a tattoo artist, Eric Jones worked in both Southern California and New York. He currently resides in Costa Mesa and works at Port City Tattoo.  What are your first memories of tattooed people? My first memories of tattoos involve the movie ‘The Illustrated Man’, based on the novel by Ray Bradbury. My father enjoyed the movie quite a bit, so, as a child, I was exposed to the concept of skin art. When I was a teenager, we attended the Renaissance Fair, here in California, and there was this man who had his entire skull cap tattooed. I do remember my father thinking poorly of his decision. How did you get into tattooing? I got my first tattoo done when I was eighteen. That is the legal age in California, and my friends in high school were getting them before me, so I had been looking at magazines for a year prior. One of the magazines was an International Tattoo Art featuring Dave Gibson and Mike Wilson. That was the defining moment in my decision to start drawing tattoo designs, or my redraws of these two great artists style. I redrew one of Gibson’s swallows that ran a banner with the name of his shop. In place of LUCKY, I had the name Jesus in the banner, that part of my life included christian belief. I went to a local Orange ... Read More »

10 insane, hyper-realistic 3-D & Portrait Tattoos: w/Karol Rybakowski

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NEW PHOTOS ADDED! Every now and then we find some hot new tattoo artist who has submitted photos to our InstaGram account, and they blow us away! Karol Rybakowski (of Ink Ognito Tattoo in Poland) did just that! Here’s just a taste of his AMAZING 3D, Portrait, and hyper-realism Tattoo Work! * If you’d like us to consider sharing YOUR tattoos, tag us on InstaGram @tattooArtistMagazine and use #tattooartistmagazine to submit your work!     Wow! A superb combination of black and grey technique with a truly stunning photo-realistic color blood-red rose! Hyper-realistic Chameleon tattoo. One thing I really like about Karol’s work is the use of focus and fuzziness in his work. In this image you can clearly see the technique called ‘reserve’, i.e.- reserving sharp focus and high detail for the specific focal point of the piece, while others seem to fade in both sharpness and detail. This is an artistic trick used to mimic the way our eyes naturally work. This Pit-bull tattoo seems to leap off the skin! Amazing full color animal portrait, with minimal background. Notice the use of deep background colors to PUSH the foreground subject forward toward the viewer. It not only establishes depth, but also a clean frame for the portrait, without the use of an outline.  The highlight on the tongue is particularly impressive to me, as an artist. Ahhh, here we have an incredible Portrait of actor Jean Reno in Luc Besson’s 1994 classic Hit-Man movie, “Léon: The Professional”. One of ... Read More »

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