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Durb Morrison discusses RedTree Tattoo Gallery, Arizona, and leaving Ohio

By Kevin Miller Source: www.tattoosnob.com Earlier this week, Durb Morrison announced on Instagram that RedTree Tattoo Gallery would be opening a second location in Phoenix, Arizona. In the same announcement, Durb officially stated he would be relocating to Phoenix. This is obviously a huge announcement, as Durb is a leader in the Ohio tattoo scene and the tattoo industry as a whole. To find out more about this news, we caught up with Durb Morrison and asked him a couple questions. Tattoo Snob: Let’s start off with the basics Where is original location of Red Tree Tattoo, and when did it open? Durb Morrison: The RedTree Tattoo Gallery opened in 2012 at in Italian Village connected to the Short North Arts District at 1002 N. 4th St. in Columbus, Ohio TS: Who currently works at the Ohio location? DM: The artists at RedTree in Columbus are myself, Adam France, Gunnar, Kevin Stress, Rich Cook, and Rusty Dornhecker. TS: The shop is a little different than your average tattoo shop, can you tell us a little about that and why you chose to have it that way? Read More »

New Service Uses Artist’s Tattoo Photo to Create One of a Kind Custom Phone or Tablet Cases

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Adam Anderson TATTCase adam@tattcase.com Long Beach, CA, December 20th, 2013 — TATTCase has just launched a IndieGoGo campaign that aims to put your tattoo onto your smartphone or tablet. The TATTCase process goes far beyond simply taking a photo of a tattoo and printing it onto a generic case.  Using a photo of your tattoo, each case is individually transformed into high quality case by our team of graphic designers. Here’s what our project will create; Amazing Reproductions – The contrast between skin and ink makes it impossible to create a high-quality case with only a photo.  We have a team of top-notch designers who will take your photo and transform it into a case of the quality you would expect. Sleek design – Our cases offer a custom fit, snap-on design with a raised bezel that feels exquisite to the touch.  They provide good all around protection, maintain ease of access to all of your device ports, and protect the screen when your device is face down, so you can show off your unique case without worry. Easy as can be –  All that is needed to get a TattCase is a photo of a tattoo and your approval of the pre-production work.  After that, it will be delivered right to your front door. Anyone interested in obtaining a TattCase can visit http://IndieGoGo.com/TattCase About TattCase Our mission is to put your tattoo on your case.  Learn more at; TattCase.com facebook.com/Tatt.Case #TattCase (twitter)Read More »

Local Tattoo Artists Host Lansing Fundraiser

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By Juliana Moxley/The State News Source: www.health.einnews.com Local Lansing tattoo artists collaborated on Sunday evening for Artonica, an event meant to benefit the Greater Lansing Food Bank and Capital Area Humane Society. But these artists weren’t focused on their typical work. Rather than creating artwork on skin, the artists rotated around 10 different canvases every 20 minutes and drew whatever came to mind with charcoal. The pieces were sold at an auction later in the evening. Monica and Greg Drake started Artonica three years ago as a way to give back to local charities. Greg said the artists don’t get paid for the work because the night was just about giving back to charity. The tattoo artists at the event were hand-picked by Greg for demonstrating exceptional creative skills. “We look for custom shops,” Monica Drake said. “We look for artists that have the ability to actually be able to draw.” The Drakes partner together to run Local Tattoo & Laser Co. in Lansing, a shop that only uses vegan ink for its creations. The artists rotate to different canvases for a total of about two hours and once the artwork is complete, it gets framed and auctioned off to the crowd. Proceeds from the auction go towards the Greater Lansing Food Bank and Capital Area Humane Society. Photographer Michele Hoffman heard of Artonica and the praise its artists received for their skills, so she came to the event in the hopes of finding artists that she could use for her own photography ...Read More »

Nephews Skateshop + Gallery Presents Wild And Free January 25, 2014

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Port Monmouth, NJ – January 17, 2013 Nephews Skate Shop + Gallery will be hosting WILD AND FREE, a group artist exhibit on Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 6pm to 10pm. The exhibit has been guest curated by Little Chris Smith. WILD AND FREE will feature all original works of local tattoo artists Erik Schmidt, Little Chris Smith, Pete Pederson, Chuck Ordino, and Bryan Keinlen. Nephews will be opening up their doors to the public to host an evening of inspiration, conversation and enjoyment. Erik Schmidt – “Erik has been tattooing in Neptune for several years after ‘doing time’ in Asbury Tattoo. He learned to tattoo under the guidance of Patrick Dean and Dave Shoemaker, following proudly in the tradition of those before him. His focus is clean, solid methodical tattooing, just like his mentors.” Little Chris Smith – “Little Christopher Smith hails from Sandy Hook, New Jersey.  He enjoys a radical lunch, surfing hella waves, skateboarding with buds, and entertaining hot chicks.  You will usually find his best girl, Leche (his baby dog),at his side when he is not tattooing at Neptune Tattooville, where he works for the most gnarly awesome bosses Patrick Dean and Dave Shoemaker.  Little Chris, or LC as his friends call him, prides himself on his ability to get wild and loves his mother like all radical dudes do.” Pete Pedersen – “Pete has taken the long road at achieving his tattoo skills. His background in art of all mediums has proven to be vital in ...Read More »

Stick And Poke Tattoo Kits

Marisa Kakoulas www.needlesandsins.com Hand-poked tattoos are experiencing a Renaissance, with stellar professional tattooers reviving the ancient methods of body adornment. Employing techniques passed down from generations, much of hand tattooing comes with strict tradition and sacred rituals. The question is should it come in a box? When SF tattooist Shannon Archuleta sent me the link to the Stick & Poke Tattoo Kit, we both said that our initial reaction was Oooh nooo. Then there’s the rationalization reaction: people have always been sticking and poking themselves, so they might as well be safe. This rationalization is how the kit is touted. However, upon further reading of the site — particularly the “Open letter to the precious tattoo artist” on the blog portion — the disdain for the craft, the hygiene 101 info and bad advice on what to do with the dirty needles, and also the goal of putting the kits in stores around the world, well, it made Shannon and I revert to our original reaction: this is not a good thing. To read more of this article, go to: http://www.needlesandsins.com/2014/01/stick-and-poke-tattoo-kits.htmlRead More »

A Treasure Trove of Antique Tattoo Flash is Found in Corpus Christi

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By Craig Hlavaty Source: www.blog.chron.com Long before tattoos were the subject of reality show after reality show and people like Justin Bieber sported ink, tattoos were the milieu of sailors, soldiers, Marines, and maybe circus folk. This weekend, Peveto Art Gallery will display 20 sheets of historic tattoo flash art that were recently found in an abandoned house in Corpus Christi. According to gallery owner Scott Peveto, the flash looks to be over 100 years old. The items were rescued from a Dumpster by a man who cleans out houses that are tagged to be torn down. “I’ve spent enough time with them to know they are real,” said Peveto. The sheets are water and nicotine-stained and more than likely were originally displayed on the walls of a tattoo shop for customers to choose pieces from. The art is on heavy illustration board and shows  signs of wear from push pins. Artist names are included on most. “The majority of them are by the same artist,” said Peveto. You can really pinpoint the ones that don’t quite go with the others. Peveto is looking to sell half the lot at a public unveiling of the exhibit  Saturday night at his Montrose gallery. He said he is going to ask around $2,000 per sheet. The exhibit opens at 6 p.m. Peveto said the work predates the art of  Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins, who made his name tattooing sailors, rebels, and rogues. Sailor Jerry’s name is now on rum bottles, art galleries, dorm posters, baby ...Read More »

Fineline Tattoo in the East Village, the Longest Continually Running Tattoo Shop in Manhattan

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By Allison B. Siegel Source: www.untappedcities.com Fineline Tattoo opened in 1976 during the New York City ban on tattooing and is considered the longest continually running tattoo shop in Manhattan. It’s located on 1st Street and First Avenue in the East Village. Previously, Mike Bakaty, the founder and owner, operated underground for 36 years in secret back rooms and loft apartments. With the walls adorned with Bakaty’s original flash art, Fineline is definitely near and dear to our skin and to the history of NYC. We interviewed Bakaty and asked him about tattooing and New York City: When did you first fall in love with tattooing? I’m still falling in love with tattooing. I got interested back in ’74 when I went to get some work covered up…I got more interested in ’75…and then by 1976 my interest was such that I started tattooing myself. And you didn’t care that tattooing was illegal at the time in NY? Hell yeah, I cared. Every time the phone rang I jumped thinking it was the cops looking to bust me. After 21 years eventually I got over jumping at the phone. How do you feel at the Bowery now and all the changes going on? Well, you know, it’s not the Bowery I lived on for 34 years, you know? Don’t know how I feel about the changes. When they first built the Whole Foods down here I thought who the hell is gonna come down here and buy food? We tried to save the building we lived in (McGurk’s ...Read More »

New Seattle Shop To Check Out

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Dark Age Tattoo is now open!! Artists:  Derek Noble Jesse Roberts Jason Calvert Hanna Sandstrom Eric Eye Heidi Sandhorst Check out the shop located at:  1407 E. Madison St Seattle, WA www.darkagetattoo.com IG: @darkagetattooseattle FB: https://www.facebook.com/DarkageseattleRead More »

Watercolour Tattoos by Sasha Unisex

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Reblogged from: feeldesain.com Russian (St. Petersburg) artist Sasha Unisex transports beautiful geometric watercolors on skin as permanent tattoos.  Find her works on Facebook and instagram.  @sashaunisex www.facebook.com/sasha.unisexRead More »

My Chat With Greece’s Heartbeat Ink

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By Marisa Kakoulas Having a Greek father who once told me that tattoos would never be accepted in the motherland, it’s with true pleasure (and a bit of “I told ya so“) to see a tattoo publication rise to international popularity, which happens to come out of Greece. HEARTBEATINK is an online tattoo magazine in English and Greek with excellent photography and videos, and thoughtful interviews with tattooists, musicians, and collectors. I’m honored to be among those collectors interviewed by the magazine’s most excellent editor Ino Mei. Our Q &A was just posted today. I first met Ino in person at the last NYC Tattoo Convention, where she beautifully captured the scene in her convention coverage for her mag. Then we got to hang at the London Tattoo Convention in September, for which she also took wonderful images and video. There, we found a moment to chat about a possible “tattoo gene,” the comparisons between tattooing & plastic surgery, tattoo law, and what happened when my dad did find out I was heavily tattooed (and more). It was a fun talk. Here’s a bit from it:  How did you get into tattoos? Me:  Ed Hardy once told me in an interview that he believes that there could be a “tattoo gene.” It made a lot of sense to me because, when you ask somebody who has a visceral response to tattooing — who sees tattooing and has an actual physical reaction and is attracted to it — that is something that’s ingrained; people can think back and say,  “Well, I’ve ...Read More »

Heartbeatink with Yorg Powell

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Photos and Interview by Ino Mei Source: www.heartbeatink.gr Unique, humble and conscious of himself, Yorg Powell spoke exclusively to HeartbeatInk, about his eighteen year-old career and traditional – classic tattooing. What lead you to get your first tattoo? I was born in London. My parents didn’t have any tattoos. However they were up to beat with everything. So in the summer of 1983 we were on a family trip in Mykonos and there was an English tattooist on the island working out of a rented room. It was the age of punk, we were very young and the moment we heard about him we went and got ourselves tattooed without a second thought. I didn’t even ask the price. I picked a design off the wall that was a rat with his hands behind his back holding a pool stick. It was an experience. I remember it well. Then we found out that the inhabitants of Mykonos got him, threw his things into the sea and shipped him home because he tattooed a fisherman’s daughter. When I was sixteen, I saved up after selling an old BMX I had and went to Bugs. It was a random choice. He wasn’t known then and did his tattoos in 1,5 x 1,5 room next to the toilet of an underground retro rock n’ roll cafeteria in Camden. Nothing custom existed in those days, it was all ready-made flash designs on the wall. What design did you choose the second time round? I got a unicorn. ...Read More »

Filip Leu VIDEO tattoo shop tour

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Knives & Needles with Ryan Zale

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By Molly Kitamura Ryan Zale is a very talented chef. He also loves tattoos! I got Ryan to write some stuff about himself the other day. Continue reading and see what makes this amazing chef tick! Plus he has a terrific recipe at the end…. A serious must try! I am the Executive Chef at the Local Chop and Grill House in Harrisonburg VA. I work hard and play hard, haha. I love disc golf, gardening, home brewing, eating weird stuff and the Pittsburgh steelers. I grew up on a dairy farm in Ohio so fell in love with farm concept early on. My grandmother and mom were good cooks, so I learned a lot from them, but there always something about food that gave my pleasure in life, so I cooked a lot on my own. Experimenting, trying different flavor profiles, cooking for friends late-night wasted, that kinda of stuff. I went on to culinary school right out of high school knowing I wanted explore this crazy lifestyle. I really enjoy the snout to tail concept, utilizing the entire animal. Butchering is great, and the farm to table concept is what I’m really into. My first tattoo is terrible, I was 15 and it’s a stupid tribal piece with an eye ball in the middle of it. I love the creative side of artists, the passion they have. I think it makes are industry very similar, they get a human I get an animal and we transform it into ...Read More »

Tattoo Stories Episode 7: Tattoo Tony

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Flattery, Thievery, Or Just Plain Business?

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By Deb Yarian www.eaglerivertattoo.com Almost daily, people come in to my shop with drawings or illustrations that they want tattooed on them. More times than not they get them on line- Pinterest or another source, without a clue as to who the original artist is. Now I am not speaking of a photo of an existing tattoo done by a known to you, or unknown to you tattoo artist. My question is – as a tattooer, is it my responsibility to search for the artist, contact them and ask for their permission to do a tattoo based on or directly from their artwork? I ask this question because i’ve read a few blogs and articles on the subject of plagiarism recently regarding tattoos, and it started affecting how I do business… Case in point- a girl came in to my shop to make an appointment- she has with her a line drawing of flowers surrounded by Victorian scrollwork. It’s a lovely design that I would enjoy tattooing. I ask her if she drew it? To which she replies, “No, I found it on Pinterest.” So I delve deeper. I ask if there was a signature or credit given to an artist?  Was she able to track back to an original post? But she had no idea who drew it, if it was drawn to be tattooed (which it looks like) which would lead me to believe that it was drawn by a tattooer. Now, I have in my mind that ...Read More »

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