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Interview with Vetoe by Pep Williams

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When did you know you wanted to get into tattooing?  My grandfather had a panther on his arm that he named marmaduke that he got in the Korean War. When I was 4 years old I would color on it with crayola markers. I think my mom knew at that point, my mom always told me I could be whatever I wanted to be. Since I could remember all I ever wanted to do was travel, skateboard, do graffiti, and tattoo. I wasn’t good at skateboarding, kept getting busted painting graffiti, so tattooing and traveling was all I had. How Long have you been tattooing at Zombie Tattoo. I first went to zombie tattoo a few years back after I sold 6th street tattoo in corona ca. Zombie Joe the owner is one of my best friends so I came over part time while working at inkslingers also part time. I later was offered a full time spot at inkslingers and worked there total for 2 years. I left and did my own thing trying to find what direction I wanted to go with my wife, children, and career, and zombie was always home, I’ve been around a lot of shops who claim family, but this is my family. No matter if I worked there or not they were all always a huge part of mine and my families life. What are your favorite type of tattoos do you like doing? Realism, Letters ect. I try to stay well rounded. ... Read More »

Russ Abbott/Guy Aitchison Collaboration: TODAY

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  Russ Abbott and Guy Aitchison are gearing up for a major collaboration, which will be webcast live this October 22-23 from Off The Map Tattoo in Easthampton, Mass., where you’ll see biomech, ornamental and dimensional graphic elements fused into something totally new. The first session’s webcast will be free to the public, where you’ll be able to observe the unfolding of a major leg piece, and can submit your questions for the artists through the TattooNOW chat feature. The second day’s session will be for professionals only and will get into the in-depth technical aspects of the project, from layout to machines to rendering techniques. Tune in to TattooNOWtv.com on Oct.22 to check it out, or you can sign up in advance for the paid seminar. Advance tickets are $175, and tickets sold during the event will be $200. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from two of the industry’s leading educators in a single high-powered event! The good folks at Wacom will be giving away a free tablet on the 23rd!  Don’t miss out! To purchase tickets, go to: http://www.tattooNOW.com Starts at Noon eastern time. and can submit your questions for the artists through the TattooNOW chat feature. The second day’s session will be for professionals only and will get into the in-depth technical aspects of the project, from layout to machines to rendering techniques. Tune in to TattooNOWtv.com on Oct.22 to check it out, or you can sign up in advance for the paid seminar. Advance tickets are $175, and tickets sold during ... Read More »

Alex de Pase on the World Wide Tattoo Conference

By Nicki Kasper What was the inspiration for the World Wide Tattoo Conference, and who’s idea was it in the beginning?  The project WWTC (WorldWideTattooConference) was conceived in 2011. The original idea was to get together different talented Tattoists in an itinerant multicultural context who would travel around the world, stopping over in significant European and American spots to share and offer their expertise and personal views of their work to the global tattoo community. The initial idea was mine. This year’s conference is in Venice, Italy… Where have previous conferences been held?  Did you find that each event had a different vibe? 2014 is the year to get back to the origins… After the first edition of Rome 2011, the WWTC is going back to its home country, Italy. So far the WWTC has been held 5 times, once in Europe and once in the States alternatively: 2011 was in Rome, April 2012 was the turn of Chigago, then September of the same year in London… 2013 was in Boston and 2014 will be Venice (actually it is in Mogliano Veneto, 10 minutes from Venice). Each edition had definitely a different vibe, specially if we distinguish between Europe and the US, but I guess the most distinctive one was the atmosphere perceived in London, as this conference was much rougher and wilder than the other ones, being it held in the same premises of the 8th London Tattoo Convention and just before the very same convention.   How has the conference progressed ... Read More »

Robert Atkinson and Jojo Ackermann: Ten Thousand Waves

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By Nicki Kasper How long have you guys been tattooing? Where are you from?  What shops were you in before opening Ten Thousand Waves?    Robert: We both started tattooing in 1992… I grew up in Santa Clarita, North LA.  I’ve worked in many shop throughout my career, Melrose Tattoo, Royal Tattoo in Denmark, Dragon Tattoo in Holland, Eternal Art, The Tattoo Room, and last but not least, The Dolorosa. Jojo: I started tattooing back when there was no internet hahah. I am born and raised in the high desert of Southern California and recently have moved out closer towords Los Angeles. I began tattooing at Psycho City Tattoo in Lancaster CA. Under Mike Pike, where I worked for my first 16 years. Then Pike and myself opened American Made Tattoo near Edwards Air Force base, but we had to leave due to the military downsizing and local economy shift, then I ended up in Santa Clarita at Eternal Art Tattoo for almost 3 years until now. What made you decide to partner up on a shop?   R: I had been looking into locations for a new studio and Jo happened to call and said he was looking for a change… I told him I wanted to open a studio and asked him if he wanted to do it together, he said yes and here we are. J: We both discussed having a shop together for a few years now and the timing seemed right, so we went for it. Tell us a little ... Read More »

Victory Cult with Josh Egnew

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by Nicki Kasper Tell us a little bit about yourself… Where are you from? How long have you been tattooing?  What shop are you in now? Etc… I was raised in Florida, ended up in NYC where I’ve been for the past 10+years. I began tattooing just about 9 years ago and have been at Three Kings in Brooklyn for the last 6 1/2.  How would you describe Victory Cult, and what was the inspiration?  I’d call it sort of a sophisticated street wear brand. I grew up skateboarding and playing in bands, so I’ve always had a strong inclination towards graphics and the merch game. When I began tattooing It was just a natural progression to carry that on. With this project, I have begun with the basics (t-shirts,hats,hoodies,etc.), but I aim to eventually expand that scope. I also wanted to create a project that would treat the artists involved respectfully. I know a lot of us tattooers have been approached by companies that look at us as cheap labor, so I’m just trying to keep this all in the family and have everybody treated correctly. You know the old adage, if you want to do something right, you have to do it yourself.   How long did you sit on the idea before you decided to get it rolling?  Probably not long enough. Haha. I had always thought it would be fun to create a proper brand, but I had never taken the idea all that seriously. It took a ... Read More »

Gadget Makes Music by Scanning an Arm Tattoo

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by HANNA TRUDO Dmitry Morozov’s tattoo isn’t just about looks, it’s about sound. The Moscow-based artist has a hefty 8- by 3-inch barcode stretching down his left forearm, and when he scans it with the right gadget: music. Morozov grew up studying guitar and is a self-taught engineer. “I wanted to combine two passions—electronic music and robotics—and I already had tattoos,” he says. Morozov created the barcode in Photoshop and modded a scanner with two black-line sensors, a stepper motor, and a Nintendo Wii remote. As the motor guides the sensors along his tat, the length of each bar dictates the duration of the sound; if he moves his arm, the Wii’s accelerometer detects the shift and distorts the tone. It’s a little … monotonic, and not everyone is impressed—many Russians associate tattoos with criminal culture. But Morozov is determined to change their minds. “I try to explain the theory and technology of the art and body, and then most people respond positively,” he says. Sounds like progress. Original Article Found here Read More »

Guy Aitchison – Jeff Gogué tattooing

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In this one hour clip Guy Aitchison and Jeff Gogue join talents for this unprecedented tattoo event. Guy and Jeff come together to create a large collaborative sleeve tattoo that includes both traditional Japanese elements and some more modern techniques and effects. This is an amazing opportunity for you to sit in on a unique project. This one hour clip brought to you by http://wwwTattooNOW.com and Cheyenne Tattoo Equipment http://www.cheyenne-tattoo.com/ You can view the full 8 hour collaboration by visiting the link below: http://www.tattoonow.com/Webinars-and… http://www.TattooNOWTV.com   Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #15 features Jeff Gogué, Shige & more… Get issue 15 Featuring Jeff Gogué here | Enter code October at check out and save 65%   Jeff Gogue - honesty…from the gut By Crash Shige - Yellow Blaze Tattoo By Horitaka Scott Sterling - The Bridge between Paul Rogers and Dringenberg, Cain and Ciferri is pure Sterling By Shane Enholm Book Reviews - Original Cliff Raven Designs, Bella, Vintage Tattoos Asian Art Museum - State of Grace By Horiyuki News Flash - Featuring Aloha Monkey Flash (Hardy and Arment), Richard Stell Sailor Jerry Letter - Experiments with Sailor Jerry Tattoo Photography - Basic Principles By Max Dolberg For The Record - Tattoo Design Origins: Hot Stuff By Tattoo Archive Professional Product Review - Critical Tattoo Supply Models CX-1 and CX-2 Read More »

THE INKSPIRATION APP BY P.INK

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A new tool for life after a mastectomy. Breast cancer survivors are often told they have two options following a mastectomy: reconstruction or not. Most of the time, neither option can conceal the scars that often mark the experience. That’s why we at P.ink created the Inkspiration app by P.ink — to help survivors make friends with the mirror again after a mastectomy. Try on your own tattoo. In private. Inkspiration offers survivors a way to try on mastectomy tattoos in the privacy of their own home. Select a body type or upload a photo to get a better idea of what designs might look like. Inkspiration houses a growing library of tattoo inspirations and helps survivors identify and connect to tattoo artists who have mastectomy experience. An empowering step in taking back control.Most survivors have no idea where to begin when they consider a mastectomy tattoo, especially if they’re not a “tattoo person.” We created the app to demystify things — to show them what a tattoo might look like on them. And to point them towards the artists who can help them move on after a mastectomy. Download the Inkspiration app for iPhone now. Release notes: iPhone only for now. Android version is in the works. Future feature: order temporary tatts directly from our app. Are you a survivor or a previvor? We’d love to hear what you think. Leave a review or drop a line: help@p-ink.org. Would you like to donate your illustrations to our image library? Send your hi-res vector files to help@p-ink.org. The ... Read More »

Marius Meyer finishing back tattoo

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Ivar Myhrvold is a tattoo enthusiast and a frequent reader of the TAM blog. Last friday he got the rare opportunity to shoot some video while Marius Meyer put the finishing touches on his friend Wilhelm’s full back piece. Check out this awesome piece come to completion!   Read More »

Art and Tattooing: Tradition and Post Modernism

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by Colin Higgins “I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies” – Le Corbusier Ever since I can remember I loved to draw. As a kid I drew continuously on anything I could get my hands on. From my love to draw came my love of art in general. As a kid I loved comics, and aspired to draw as well as the artists who filled their pages. As a teenager I continued to collect comics. About this time period I also gained in an interest in tattoos. Before the 90′s were done I was getting tattooed and loving it. After I graduated high school I worked construction for some time before making the decision to go to university and major in studio art. I had no real aspiration to use the degree I was working towards as a gateway to a career of any kind, I just loved drawing and wanted to learn how to draw better. School opened my eyes wide, as I learned techniques and tradition when it came to drawing, painting, and printmaking. I also minored in art history and gained a broad appreciation for the greater history of the visual arts. Once I graduated I got back into construction as a means of making money and continued to paint and draw in my spare time. I always liked tattoos, but more specifically loved art and drawing. So in 2004 I managed to land an apprenticeship at a tattoo shop. ... Read More »

Orge Kalodimas: Heartbeat Ink Interview

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Orge Kalodimas’ love and devotion on geometric tattoo led him to his recent book publication “Solstice Mandala”. Orge spoke to HeartbeatInk Tattoo Magazine about his transition from realistic to geometric tattoo, the reason why he “avoids” colour, how he met with Sake, his influences, his preference in European tattoo and tattoo’s future which he finds auspicious. How and when were you initiated into tattooing? I have done a classic full apprenticeship for two years, from 2005 to 2007 alongside Sake. I watched him, drew all day long, mopped and swept the studio, cleaned the tubes, set up the tattoo machines – the whole package. I also answered the phones and booked appointments. I was basically the first receptionist at Sake tattoo. I have been here since the first day the tattoo shop opened in 2005. It was just the two of us to begin with and then the crew gradually grew. What do you think made Sake believe you were ready, once you completed your two years? That’s his to know (laughs). Look, up until that happened, I did a lot of tattoos on me, as well as on two of my best mates. I began gradually and did letters in the beginning and generally “easy designs”, like everyone does at that stage. In my opinion, that is how someone will appreciate the gravity of this work and prove that he can do it for the rest of his life. Because these things are kind of confused these days… That’s why ... Read More »

I lost a job because of my tattoos

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Readers have been getting in touch about their experiences of terminated job interviews, losing out on promised promotions and leaving jobs because of their tattoos. It followed a Magazine article which asked whether discrimination against people with tattoos should be banned in the workplace. Here are some of their stories. ‘I was told I’m a bad example to children’ I’m 35 and quite heavily tattooed. I had a job as a mid-day assistant at a school. I was taken on having tattoos and facial piercings which during the winter months was fine as I was covered up, but when the summer arrived my arms were on show. I was promptly issued with a “standards of dress” guide. It said that visible tattoos and facial piercings were not setting a good example and should be covered up. This was the first bit of communication I had received during my job. I was good at my job and the children seemed to like talking about my tattoos. I did start a bit of a campaign but I didn’t want to work in an environment that said because I have tattoos and a piercing I cannot do the job. After a week or so I went to see the headmaster and resigned with immediate effect. He had called me in to have meetings with personnel over the issues I had raised, but I didn’t feel I wanted to work in a place that discriminates against tattoos and piercings and I don’t believe I should have ... Read More »

National Tattoo Association

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By Jason Sweet http://freaksandgeekstattoo.com Professional associations; most professions have them. Tradesmen have unions, Doctors have the American Medical Association, Dentists have the American Dental Association, the National Basketball Association, the Professional Golf Association, The American Motorcycle Association; the list could continue for many pages. Tattooing has two professional associations of its own. The National Tattoo Association (NTA), and the Alliance or Professional Tattooists (APT). This article is part one of two, regarding tattooing’s own professional organizations. Part One will focus on the Nation Tattoo Association.   Some members of the NTA are members of the APT as well, but the two groups are distinctly different in focus and therefore deserve individual attention. Read More »

William Doolittle Video

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Tattoo Artist Video Interview William Doolittle williamdoolittle.com Instagram: @williamdoolittle williamdoolittle@hotmail.com Shop: Studio City Tattoo 11032 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA studiocitytattoo.com   Read More »

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G.E.T at the Duke City Tattoo Fiesta 2014

The Duke City Tattoo Fiesta at Isleta Casino 2014. The Guild of Ethical Tattooists inspecting the Tattoo Fiesta. Read More »