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Tattoo Events, the Artists and You

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Tattoo events are almost everywhere and new tattoo enthusiasts join the pack almost every minute all over the world. What started as an innocent, small body ink can turn into a burning passion that you couldn’t live without. Many celebrities, who had small tattoo, at first, became tattoo enthusiasts and maintained regular appointments with their favorite tattoo artist. If you are curious about what goes on in the world of tattoo, then it is best to attend any of the tattoo events when your schedule permits. You will learn a great deal about the art and the reasons behind its rising popularity. Before, only tribesmen, service men, circus people, and criminals got to wear tattoos. Today, almost anyone who has a flair for tattoo art can wear one. If you need a quick introduction and learn about tattoos, then going to a tattoo convention is the best place to start.   What to Expect Most artists attend all tattoo conventions whenever their schedule permits. It is a great avenue for them to share their expertise and gather new clients. They also get to meet with fellow artists and old friends. There are artists who hold exhibits and showcase some of their work. If you are on the lookout for a tattoo designer to hire, then the event can give you lots of suggestions. You might even see them in action. Some tattoo events also hold contests and seminars where artists get to participate. The usual categories for the contest are ... Read More »

Celebrities’ Famous Tattoos

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More and more Hollywood celebrities are getting hooked on body ink, and the famous tattoos that these celebrities wear are almost always the talk of the town. Celebrities (SHOULD) only hire the best tattoo artist in the book, and they don’t expect to get anything less. There are celebrities who spend a lot in their tattoos – whether to express themselves or turn their bodies into a living story book of their life’s adventure. A bunch of them-    Johnny Depp and his Tattoos Johnny Depp claimed that his body is his journal, and each of his tattoos represents a story. His first tattoo art, an Indian chief, has “Wino Forever” written above it in honor of Winona Ryder who was his girl at that time. It was altered after they fell apart. His mother’s name, wrapped in a heart, can be seen on his left arm. He added the inscription, “the greatest lady in the world”. He has famous tattoos bearing the names of his children. He has a tattoo to support a certain documentary. He has a sparrow tattoo from his pirate movie. His body became a living journal of what goes on with his life, and they are clearly depicted in his choice of tattoos. Angelina Jolie and her Tattoos Angelina Jolie is an epitome of a sexy and adventurous woman, someone not afraid to face anything head on, and her tattoos speak well about the person who wears them. It is a known fact that Angelina ... Read More »

In the Hands of the Professional Tattoo Artist

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Tattoo leaves a permanent mark on the skin, and it is only rational to hire a professional tattoo artist. He or she may charge more than the ordinary artist, but you can be sure that you will get the tattoo that’s worth the money. You don’t want to end up on the list of terrible tattoos, so hire a real professional to do the job. On the succeeding section, you will see the names of the different tattoo artists together with a brief description of their style. You already know the style of Kat Von D, Ami James, and other tattoo artists in Hollywood – you won’t see their names on the list anymore. The Artist and his/her Style Chaim Machlev of Berlin, Germany is famous for his dots to lines tattoo. His austere black-ink geometric designs are pure and intricate. The designs are simply flawless. They are simple and yet they exude sophistication. The more you look at the designs, the more you get enthralled. Chaim Machlev is a master tattoo artisan that you wouldn’t regret hiring. Anil Gupta is famous for his realistic tattoo art and accurate deliverance of his work. He can produce a tattoo that closely resembles a real person. He can replicate famous artwork, of Salvador Dali for example, on your skin. He can re-create it with an eerie similarity and all you can do is be amazed. He is also famous for abstract pieces and tribal-inspired designs. Paul Booth is famous for creating designs ... Read More »

Things You Need To Do To Avoid Getting Terrible Tattoos

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The terrible tattoos that you see when you surf the net or go to the mall could have been prevented if the wearer planned everything carefully from the start. Tattoo is a permanent mark on your skin, and it won’t be easy to erase in case you don’t want it anymore. Don’t Rush Things Just because all of your friends talked non-stop about the great job that their tattoo artist did on their skin does not mean that you should immediately dash to the next tattoo salon and let them ink you. Tattoo enthusiasts do not get their tattoos on a whim. They usually plan everything before telling their favorite artist to proceed. There are studios that do not give their services to someone with shallow reasons for having it. Visit Events about Tattoo If you are a complete novice in the world of tattooing, then it is advisable to attend tattoo events and learn things. Tattoo artists usually go to such events to display their skills and fish for new clients. Some hold seminars, exhibits, and contests. You will meet tattoo enthusiasts and it is a good idea to ask for some advice. You will be able to determine if having a tattoo is something you really want when you attend such events.   Conduct a Background Research Investigate your target tattoo studio and artist if you already made up your mind about getting one. You need to make sure that everything will turn out fine and you won’t ... Read More »

Tattoo Art’s Journey through Time

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Tattoo art keeps changing with time, but one thing remains the same – the desire of some individuals to adorn their skin with it. Take a journey through time and get to know more about the transformation in the designs of tattoo. Tattoo Designs of the Past Ancient people use sticks and other spiky objects for tattooing. They intentionally wound themselves and pack ashes or dirt into the graze. They have their unique tattoo art. It is assumed that men in prehistoric era puncture their skin and add color to it by applying the black substance from the cooled burnt sticks. They usually create tribal markings. For the ancient men, there were no terrible tattoos. They wear their tattoo as a protective charm to safeguard them during the hunt. They also viewed tattoos as a way to align their lives with God’s purpose, ensure the preservation of their body even after death, as a sign of their status within the tribe, and boost fertility and virility. Tattoo Designs of the Not-So-Distant Past In the 1930s and 1940s, the only men and women who wore body ink were those in the service, circus people, or criminals. Popular tattoo art designs were anchor, ships, ferocious animals, ladies, weapons, eagles, and anything that can depict the patriotism of the men and women in service. Wearing a tattoo for art’s sake, and nothing more, became popular in the 1960s. There were people who decided to collect tattoos as if they were collecting paintings or ... Read More »

Top 10 Tattoos For Friday the 13th

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Tattoos and superstitious have made good bed fellows. On Friday the 13th, tattoo parlors all over the world (and particularly in the United States) are preparing flash designs for customers who want to tempt Fate. Ink Master judge and old school artist Oliver Peck has even made it a tradition and a world record, tattooing 415 number 13 on simply one Friday the 13th … Friday 13th are considered misfortune due to the fact that some think that Jesus was crucified that day. For others, it is good luck.                   *Note from Tattoo Artist Magazine Blog – Unfortunately, we were not able to find the information on the artists who are responsible for these amazing tattoos. If you happen to know who did one of these pieces, please feel free to leave a comment and let us and the rest of the readers know!   Read More »

Your Body: The Perfect Ink Canvas

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A tattoo is, like all other works of art, a medium of self-expression. Whether by the artist or by the person being inked, a tattoo often holds meaning that cannot be expressed in words. Tattoo art varies greatly across the world, depending on the artist, the culture and the current trends. Classic designs such as tribal art, portraits, and Oriental elements have stood the test of time with its popularity among the tattoo world. For example, portraits rarely go out of style because each tattoo is unique to the person getting inked. The subject is someone the customer wants to be remembered or honored. Meanwhile Oriental tattoo art (dragon, koi, Japanese Kabuki mask, tiger, to name a few) is as popular. Not only because the imagery looks amazing when inked, but also because they usually have a deeper meaning. Customers attribute virtues such as courage, beauty or love to their chosen Oriental design. Tattoo art is still evolving, much like its counterparts in visual arts such as painting, drawing or sculpture. More and more tattoo designs move away from classical themes and go toward contemporary art. Starting with Americana themes such as pin-up girl tattoos, which were famous in the 50s up until now, tattoos can also be just about fun. Other examples of colorful tattoos are comic and cartoon characters. Random shapes are also thrown into the mix; heart tattoos on the wrist, small cartoon birds behind the ears, a different star shape for every finger. Other artists are ... Read More »

Meet and Greet Tattoo Stars

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As you start to get more and more tattoos on your skin, you would also want to know more about the tattoo world and how it all works, right? Luckily, there is always a venue for an up-close and personal encounter with all the amazing people who run the tattoo industry. Among these are tattoo events. These are conventions held all around the world and the basic idea behind it is to showcase the artists and their artworks. Aside from seeing great practitioners in person, they also have the opportunity to show off existing works that they are proud of. Most interestingly, tattoo events are also a venue to see them at work. This is great for aspiring tattoo artists who want to pick up techniques from the very best, as well as tattoo enthusiasts who want to see their favorite artist in person.   Tattoo events or conventions are mainly organized by professionals involved the industry. Examples of these are suppliers, tattoo studios/companies, and artists. Conventions can last anywhere from a day to three days, and the entrance tickets can range from about $10 to more than $30 per day. Not only do conventions showcase artists at work, but these can also provide other entertainment for its participants. Music shows, seminars, supplier booths, and contests are just some of the things you may expect when walking through the biggest tattoo events. This is also a perfect opportunity to book your favorite artists for an appointment. Some of the more ... Read More »

Deb Yarian On the Pain of a Tattoo

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By Deb Yarian I’ve heard it over and over again from my customers – The more they get tattooed, the more it hurts, and I’ve thought about it and experienced it myself. I don’t think it’s my imagination. Each time I get tattooed it does seem to hurt way more than the time before! I have my own (not scientifically proven) theory about this… Simply put, if you were to be poked with a sharp object you would feel pain, your brain would say “hey there’s a pain, move away from the source of the pain.” The next time that you were poked with that sharp object, your brain again would direct you to move away from the source of the pain. Okay, so what happens if you don’t move away…? Your brain probably says, “hey, I recognize that pain, and I’ve directed you to move away from that pain source AND YOU’RE NOT!!!!” So what happens the next time you feel that pain and you don’t move away- again ignoring the primitive instinct to move one’s self out of harm’s way? Well this time your brain calculates that you’ve been stuck with this sharp object before and you still refuse to move away from the pain source- so your brain instinctively, as a survival mechanism, must some how convey to your uncooperative body the importance of moving away from the pain. So what does it do? It makes it hurt worse. Just because you’ve decided to subject yourself to ... Read More »

The Pros and Cons of Tattoo Conventions

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Thinking about attending your first tattoo convention? Here are some suggestions for getting the most out of your convention experience, and a few warnings to consider before you go. The very best tattoo conventions in my experience, (for fans and pros alike), are those hosted by actual tattooers. I’ve been involved in tattooing for 25 years now, and I remember back in my early days the sheer excitement of attending one of the perhaps three or four tattoo conventions being held per year. My first convention experience was magical. (*Read about here-)  Good tattoo conventions are special; they encourage community, advance the craft, and they are focused on the fans, the art AND the artists, not the money. In the beginning, conventions were exclusively put on by art-ists, not corporations and not event professionals. Today, more numerous than ever, conventions seem designed for the green more than for the ink, and definitely more than the actual art or craft of tattooing. So many of them are getting known for gouging the artists working the show as well as the thousands of attendees, at every opportunity, charging outrageous amounts for tickets, food, beverages and the like, while they rake it in, hand-over fist, capitalizing on tattooing’s meteoric rise in popularity. Tattooing doesn’t matter to these people, it’s just an opportunity to make money. And it’s no wonder, tattoo conventions have become a multi-million dollar industry over the last several years, with more than 400 tattoo conventions being held annually, worldwide!   That’s an average of more ... Read More »

Jim Miner – Elegance Of Entropy Opening Reception: March 14th

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We just received this announcement from our friends at Analog Tattoo in San Francisco about their next art exhibit, this time featuring the amazingly talented Jim Minor. If you can make it, check out the exhibit. It’s sure to be superb! In this virtually empty & inhospitable universe where anything that does live will, after a beautifully brutish moment in time break down & disappear, we have a unique opportunity to understand & appreciate the beauty of the world around us.  Even in the chaos of an indifferent existence, beautiful things exist so they can be witnessed and interpreted by the viewer. Jim Miner, an integral member of the Analog Tattoo Arts Kolectiv, has been a practicing tattooer for over seventeen years, the last ten of which has found him further integrating decorative & ornamental themes into his work, adding layer upon layer of beauty to tried & true designs.  Jim is also an accomplished musician & his ability to combine musical & visual influences is immediately apparent to anyone familiar with his body of work. Inspired by Baroque & Victorian decorative styles, nature, travel & music, Jim’s works in watercolor & acrylic incorporate themes from the world of tattooing, attempting to elevate the visual & metaphorical imagery to another level of elegance.  As Jim puts it “making things beautiful for no reason”.  A simple reflection of the world itself, before this cycle ends & moves on to another state. For details about the March 14th, 2015 opening, click here. Read More »

Brooklyn Tattoo Shop to Host “Warriors Fund” Art Exhibition

Art Exhibition to Benefit Wounded Knee District School

Brooklyn Tattoo Shop to Host “Warriors Fund” Art Exhibition to Benefit Wounded Knee District School BROOKLYN, NY – Brooklyn tattoo shop Eight of Swords recently announced plans to host a fundraiser benefiting Lakota students from the Wounded Knee District School (WKDS) on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge reservation. The event, called The Warriors’ Fund, is slated for Friday, March 6th at 7:00 PM and will showcase original artwork from over fifty of the country’s top-notch tattooers, including veteran Scott Sylvia of San Francisco’s iconic Black Heart Tattoo, Timothy Hoyer, known for his decidedly non-tattoo style oil paintings, and Justin Weatherholtz from King’s Avenue, one of New York’s best-known shops owned by internationally recognized tattooer Mike Rubendall.   The WKDS serves 134 students ranging from kindergarten through eighth grade. Reservation schools throughout the country are often geographically isolated, contend with a severe lack of funding, and have some of the highest dropout rates in the nation. But one of the most immediate issues facing the students at the WKDS is hunger. While every student qualifies for free meals during school, the need is greater at home.   Newly-appointed principal Alice Phelps has made arrangements with Feeding America in Rapid City for a monthly food distribution for reservation families. Unfortunately, the need at home is more than they can handle. With only a single convenience store on the reservation and the nearest grocery store a staggering 80 miles away, Phelps started a food pantry that she runs out of the school for families ... Read More »

Should tattoos be considered art? Are tattooers artists?

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by Dan Henk  Working title: “Why people might think your work sucks”. I have been hearing complaints almost since I began fifteen years ago about how tattooing is not being taken seriously as an art form. Maybe it was as a genre specific sort of folk art, but that wasn’t enough for most people in the business. But you know what? I see where the illustrators are coming from. Now, before people get start to react, let me go over some of this. I think the best approach is to compare tattooing to another medium. When punk rock came out, there were a few auteurs, but most of it was crap. And I like punk. But it’s true. In high school I had a blue mohawk, combat boots, and a spiky leather jacket. Over time, some real talent started to emerge. That’s when it was recognized as an art form. It took a while, but bands like Black Flag and the Dead Kennedys are respected now. The Ramones and the Sex Pistols have even been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Same with metal. Or science fiction. Or comic books. In fact, I almost went into comics, and I’m still the first to admit that most early comics had mediocre artwork and stories. At best. Now you get the likes of Alan Moore and John Totleben. Metal used to have Venom. Now they have musicians that can play circles around many in other genres. Even  if you don’t ... Read More »

Tattoo Community raises $19k to honor one of their own- living legend Zeke Owen

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One of the most common issues plaguing tattoo artists from every generation is the serious lack of medical coverage and retirement options available to independent, blue collar craftsmen & women in the profession. From basic medical coverage to disability, these are real-world concerns for tens of thousands of professional tattoo artists, all across the nation and the world. There aren’t many 401K plans for the self-employed. Recently, the tattoo community was made aware of living legend Zeke Owen’s medical situation, and came together to help raise more than $19,000 (0f $20K needed) to help pay for this amazing man’s Alzheimer’s treatment and his nursing home. Amazingly, Zeke Owen started tattooing on the Pike in 1957!  The Pike is considered one of the west coast’s historical tattoo sites thanks to Bert Grimm & Bob Shaw, two legends of tattooing (before there were legends in tattooing). Zeke was part of that crew till, a few years later, he opened his own shop. In time, Ed Hardy and Mike Malone both worked for Zeke early in their careers, and a slew of others. Zeke was on one of the forerunners of early Japanese Style tattooing in America. Zeke has spent decades on the road doing guest spots at tattoo shops from Georgia to Alaska, tattooing collectors, spinning yarns, and selling antique tattoo art & stencils. Zeke is also the featured artist biography in the newly released Tattoo Artist Magazine #39. While doing promotions for the upcoming issue, project manager Nicki Kasper was contacted by Zeke’s son, Douglas, and ... Read More »

Unique Full Back Tattoo Design Ideas

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Nowadays, high quality tattoos tend to be seeing as high-end works of art, and with fine art, certain tattoos requires a big canvas.  So, what better canvas for a large tattoo is there than a back?  Here are just a few unique full back tattoo design ideas we found.                         *Note from TAM – Unfortunately, we were not able to find the information on some the artists who are responsible for these tattoos.  If you happen to know who did one of these pieces, please feel free to leave a comment and let us and the rest of the readers know! Cheers  *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 »

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