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Amazing Tattoo Artists in Southern California

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Living in Southern California awards you some amazing perks, one being having some of the most amazing tattoo artists all within reach.  These are some of the most amazing tattoo artists in Southern California today. Mike Devries Mike is located at 9545 Reseda Blvd. #2, Northridge, California 91324.  Read More »

California Love – 12 Cali Inspired Tattoos

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California, or Cali as most locals refer to it is the most populated state in the U.S.  California has major influence on Global Pop Culture, because of the birth of the film industry, many tech companies getting their start here and the birth of the hippie culture.  If your from California or have ties to there, you might be thinking of a way to commemorate Cali for you in ink.  Here are some of the raddest ideas to choose from.      Read More »

Vintage Tattoo Signage Part One

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The first documented professional tattoo artist in the USA was in 1846 and became mainstream in the 1970’s.  Here are some of the signage associated with tattooing and tattoos that dates back decades.      *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 »

Dopest Double Image Tattoos

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Double exposure tattoos are like living paintings and show a new level of photo realistic tattooing.  These are some tattoo artists that have mastered the art of the double exposure tattoo.        *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 »

Prison Tattoos and the Meanings Behind Them

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Prison tattoos are done with home-made needles and tattoo guns. The “needle” might be part of a paper clip, a staple or a bit of metal guitar string. Usually an empty ballpoint pen will then hold the needle. Ink for this type of tattoo might come from a pen, or it might be made from melted plastic, burned Styrofoam or whatever else the prisoners can find. Tattoos that mean time incarcerated or are representative of the term or sentence they are serving: A clock with no hands is usually representative of a long prison sentence.  Many prisoners view time in prison as somewhat meaningless which is exactly what this tattoo is meant to represent. A spider web in prison is usually understood to mean that the wearer has spent some time in a correctional facility. Barbed wire on the forehead often means that the prisoner is serving a life sentence The five dots, sometimes known as the quincunx, represents time done in prison. The four dots on the outside represent the four walls, and the dot on the inside represents the prisoner.  *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 ...Read More »

The Newbies Guide to Tattoo Styles

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Traditional, Tribal, Portrait, New School, Geometric, Blackwork, on and on it goes — There are many different forms of tattooing that exist today, but many are derived from these basic forms and adapted from an aspect of design that contains these classic tattoo styles. These forms are the essential building blocks that will help guide you in tattoo style or design. Traditional – American Traditional or Old School is the oldest form of tattooing besides ancient tribal techniques. This includes solid black outlines, a basic color palate, less detail.   Popular images include hearts, roses and skulls.  Read More »

Sexy, Pregnant, and Inked – Maternity Tattoos

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The image of a woman with child is one of the most beautiful pictures one can capture.  If you add tattoos to that sexy, maternal, ethereal woman you have the holy grail of beauty.  These woman are some of the sexiest, most beautiful pregnant tattooed females we have found.  Read More »

The Most Insane Blackwork Tattoos Around

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There is a style of tattoos that has been standing out for years, widely called blackwork or neo-tribal and it’s gaining more and more popularity. Welcome to the reign of monochrome.  Some people may find it extreme, or lacking of aesthetic search, but the choice of blackwork lovers deserve a lot of respect for boldness and also strength. Blackwork is pushing dotwork and linework to the extremes, with massive black tint areas, complex geometrical and symmetrical patterns influenced by Polynesian tattoos and graphic art. It focuses on the design, mostly ornamental, rather than the meaning or realism. From minimal to extremely intricate, blackwork tattoos are standing out. Yet, you can always add white ink to soften the black tint. Blackwork is also a possibility for cover-ups. Many artists are well-known for their blackwork specialization, and even tattoo shops. So let’s explore blackwork possibilities, and making the most with less.@yann_brenyak TOP PICKS of masterful Black Ink tattoos curated by the BLACKWORKERS_Tattoo Group! – See some of the BEST Black Ink tattoo work in the world!  – Thanks to Casper and the entire BW network. You guys ROCK! – Follow Blackworkers on Instagram here: @Blackworkers BLACKWORKERS is an all black tattoo page on Instagram showcasing artists with different styles from all over the world, created by Casper Mugridge giving artists recognition and worldwide exposure for a job well done! If you dig the black ink- check them out! —  Enjoy this BW Gallery! –      Read More »

12 Couples Tattoos That Will Melt Your Heart

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Getting a matching/cooresponding tattoo with your significant other is ever the rage these days. They’re a few urban legends around that tell us this is taboo but, we think it’s pretty awesome. Whether you’re already wearing a token of your undying love in the form of ink for your sweetheart or thinking about partaking in this epic past time, we think you will get a kick out of these 12 awesome couples tattoos. 1. All Love is Equal 2. Soul Mates >> SEE MORE by clicking below:Read More »

Tattooing in the heart of the jungle: Borneo Movie Blog pt1, by Fade FX

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– Prominent hand-tap tattoo artist Fade FX is heading into the heart of the jungle with film maker Tom J. Kelly to document the Culture & Tattoos of the Iban Tribe, and also to talk with them about the illegal logging decimating their culture. The team found funding from within the international tattoo community via a successful Kickstarter campaign (article HERE) and is soon to embark on an amazing adventure! It’s our pleasure to share Fade’s rather spectacular adventure through this series of monthly blogs. Stay tuned for more!   PART 1: Woohoo! I am going back to the rainforests of Borneo but this time things will be different. Thanks to the generosity of the Kickstarter contributors my journey into the jungle will be documented by film maker Tom J. Kelly. When me and Tom first sat down and discussed making a film about the tattoos of the indigenous tribes of Borneo and the devastating impact the logging industry is having on their way of life I was blown away by his passion for storytelling. I knew right away that he was the right film maker to take into the jungle despite his fear of spiders. We had a great response to our Kickstarter campaign but a few cynical folk seemed to think we were asking for money to go on holiday. While I have holidayed in Borneo this trip would be anything but a vacation. Since the idea is for sharing as much of this adventure on the TAMblog as possible, I ...Read More »

San Francisco’s Black Heart Tattoo (Video)

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*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 »

Jeremy Sutton on the opening of Electric Anvil Tattoo

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By Nicki Kasper Tell us a little bit about your history in the tattoo industry… How long have you been tattooing?  What shops did you call home before opening Electric Anvil? Etc… I have been tattooing for 18 years. Josh Egnew has been tattooing for 10 years. We both came from Three Kings Tattoo. Josh has tattooed in Brooklyn his whole career. He started out at Hand of Glory. Before Three Kings I worked at Guru Tattoo in San Diego and before that with Russ Abbott at Ink and Dagger. Who do you credit for teaching you the trade, and what was that experience like?  I learned to tattoo in Toccoa, Georgia from an old biker named Ole Roy. He taught me all the foundations of tattooing. But I really accredit the crew at Alien Arts Tattoo (now the crew of Anonymous Tattoo) in Savannah, Georgia for really helping me understand the craft of tattooing. They are also incredible artists so the envelope was always being pushed. Josh never had a formal apprenticeship, but was fortunate to have some great people looking out for him. Regino Gonzales and Marco Serio being at the top of that list. Between those guys and all of the amazing people he’s worked with over the years at Hand of Glory, Three Kings and on the road, I’d say the experience has been pretty fantastic. What made you decide to open a shop?  Well it’s been a long time coming. Just turning the key to ...Read More »

Japan’s Complex Relationship with Tattoo

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Japan’s Complex Relationship with Tattoo When visiting Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition, on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond, Virginia until September 27, you’re struck by the pure artistry. Photo after photo of intricate, mesmerizing designs, breathtaking colors, and symbolic imagery, one interwoven into the other, which would be difficult to render on canvas, much less flesh. There’s a passion and a reverence in these galleries that is almost palpable.  That’s why it’s almost inconceivable that Japan, which has been so instrumental in elevating tattooing to an art form, has also pushed this art form into the shadows, even condemned it for centuries. To understand the seemingly conflicted relationship that Japan has with tattooing, you must carefully unearth the deep roots of Japan’s tattoo culture, which date back to the Jomon Period (roughly 10,500 to 300 BC). That’s when the first evidence of tattooing in Japan was recovered from tombs, in the form of clay figurines with faces painted or engraved to represent tattoos. Fast forward many years later to the Edo Period (1615-1868) and Japanese authorities began using tattoos to mark criminals. According to “Japanese Tattoos: From Yakuza to Artisans, Aesthetes” in the Wall Street Journal, “…convicts were branded with penal markings such as bands on the arms, or the kanji character for ‘dog’ on the forehead.” While this criminal stigma would prove difficult to shake for many centuries, tattooing enjoyed a significant reprieve from the negative connotation at the end of the ...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 »

3 Day Ed Hardy Event at Kings Avenue Tattoo

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From Kings Avenue Tattoo: We are honored and humbled to host the legendary tattooer and artist Ed Hardy for an unprecedented 3-day event.  Hardy, renowned for his genre changing, globally influenced tattoo designs, announced that he will host “Pictures of the Gone World,” taking place May 15th, 16th & 17th at Kings Avenue Tattoo.  The event will consist of a three-day exhibition of Hardy’s most recent artwork, accompanied by the release of a New York- centric tattoo history book and a series of talks covering his influential, six-decade career. “Ed is a pioneer of tattooing, and we are making history with this event,” says Kings Avenue owner Mike Rubendall. Hardy will present a collection of his current and past artwork, consisting of mixed-media paintings that incorporate American an Japanese tattoo motifs, and “kiddie flash” – traditional maritime-inspired designs that he drew as a tattoo-obsessed child in the late 1950s, rendered with colored pencil on looseleaf notebook paper-which has never been publicly exhibited. The event marks the release of the Lew The Jew Alberts: Early 20th Century Tattoo Drawings, a compilation of designs attributed to Lew Alberts, a Newark, NJ native who tattooed under the famed Bowery-based artist Charlie Wagner. It’s the most recent title from Hardy Marks, the publishing imprint that Hardy co-founded in 1982, specializing in tattoo history and alternative art.  A limited number of books will be available for purchase at Kings Avenue, and Hardy will be signing copies on May 15th. Hardy will also stage two talks.  ...Read More »