By Marisa Kakoulas
Reblogged from: http://www.needlesandsins.com
We’ve all seen them. Those tattoo “fan” pages with the billion “Likes” on Facebook where you’ll find beautiful tattoos but without any information on the artist, photographer, or collector.
Photos of me have popped up on these sites, and I have commented, “That’s me. My artist is Dan DiMattia, Calypso Tattoo,” but that all gets lost in the barrage of subsequent comments, often asking who did the work because they could not find my attribution. I’ve gotten tired of them and now simply report their use of my photos to Facebook, particularly because I don’t want to be associated — and even used by — these sites.
These sites are not tattoo fan pages. They are “Like Farms.” As Yahoo News explains:
“Here’s how it works. Someone creates a page and starts posting photos inspirational quotes or other innocent content. You like the page and it now shows up regularly in your news feed. Anytime you interact with a post, that activity shows up in your friends’ news feeds.The more likes the page gets, the more it shows up. The more comments each picture gets, the more power the page gets in the Facebook news feed algorithm.And that makes it more and more visible.
When the page gets enough fans (a hundred thousand or more)the owner might start placing ads on the page. Those ads show up in your news feed. They could be links to an app, a game, or a service they want you to buy. It could be a “recommendation” for a product on Amazon where the page owner gets a commission for every purchase made through the link. Or more nefariously, the page owner could be paid to spread malware by linking out to sites that install viruses on your computer for the purposes of identity theft. Bottom line: access to your news feed is lucrative.”
I came across the Yahoo News article thanks to Birmingham-based tattoo artist Goldilox, whose work was featured on the Facebook page Myttoo Tattoos & Piercings, without credit and with a caption linking to a clothing line (as shown in the screen capture above). Goldilox then shared with her own many fans how tattoo Like Farms are scamming tattoo fans, and encouraged people to speak out, report these sites to Facebook, and especially Unlike them.
Then the Facebook page “Credit My Work” was created to raise awareness of the issue. Now, that’s a site you should like!
It’s natural for us to want to follow sites that feature inspiring work, but we should do so only to those who support our community — not exploit it.
Around 14.000 people visited Fira de Barcelona to enjoy the work from some of the best artists in the world.
More than 1.200 tattoos were made in the three days convention, that generated more than 320.000 euro.
Many activities inspired by the urban expressions and trends completed the program of what is considered one of the best tattoo conventions in Europe
“Here the crises does not affect us much, as people that come for a tattoo by a well-known artist from New Zealand for example, knows what he wants and does not care about the price” says Laura Cubero, convention’s spokesperson and organizer. In fact, all tattooists had their agendas filled during the convention, in some cases two months in advance. Not only did they demonstrate their skills, but also participated in the awards festival. This year The Best Piece of the Show” was for Javier Olmo tattooed by Samuel Sancho from Wanted Tattoo studio (BCN).
Among a list of talented artists, the conventions special guest on his first visit to Spain, was the prestigious master of traditional Japanese tattoo, Horitoshi I. Other really gifted performers included Jack Rudy, the single needle inventor and the “Fine Line” creator. The limelight was also shared by other well known artists to include Brent McCown (New Zealand), Tang Ping (China), Norm (U.S.A), José López (U.S.A), Laura Juan (Spain), Ching y Yang, from East Tattoo (Taiwan), Jota Esteban, from Mao&Cathy (Spain) and Andrea Afferni (Italy),
Barcelona Tattoo Expo
International Tattoo Convention
When: From Friday the 4th to Sunday the 7th of October 2013
Timetable: From 12.00h to 24.00h on Friday and Saturday and from 12.00h to 22.00h on Sunday
Cost: 15€ Friday ticket
18 € Saturday ticket
18 € Sunday ticket
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By Andrew Fingerhut
A – It was more difficult to wrap my mind around the process then physically make the art. I still find it hard to believe anyone figured out this process for print making . I loved working on Stone . It was incredible. The texture is like no other . I was destroying the tips of the grease pens ! Your basically using the softest of tools on the absolute hardest of surfaces.
What elements of the print were created in the studio with the printer and which were able to be created at your studio?
How much of the piece was planned out before starting and how much was improvised?
Was the lithograph process of working layer by layer to craft a single final print image difficult or easy to adapt to?
Did your tattoo background help or influence your work with the lithograph medium? If so, can you give an example or two?
When can we expect to see the next lithograph print from you?
The untitled piece is a single edition of 30 and was recently published by Raking Light Projects. It is available for purchase on the RakingLightProjects.com website.
Photos and Interview by Ino Mei
The charismatic and one of a kind Tas Danazoglou spoke exclusively to HeartbeatInk, while tattooing at his booth at London’s “Into You” Tattoo Studio, about the art of the tattoo with absolute honesty and humour.
When did you first get involved with tattooing?
Twenty years ago, when I was 22 years old I began as an apprentice of Mike the Athens. Actually, Mike taught me everything I know. I still feel like Mike’s apprentice (laughs), because he is a such a perfectionist and even now calls me and tells me “what you did wasn’t that good, you have to do it like this”. He is also one of my best friends. We are like brothers.
What were you doing previously?
I was a radiologist’s assistant.
How did drawing come into the picture?
I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. My father was an amateur painter. Perhaps I was influenced by him. But yes, I definitely drew.
How did the transition from drawing to tattooing happen?
It’s kind of funny. Mike was my tattoo artist and because he likes music I used to record cassettes for him with death metal bands (I think he still has them) and I would paint their covers. At some point, after seeing my designs, he asked me to become his apprentice. I had never thought I would become a tatooer…
Campfires & Carbon’s mission is to have and promote real, unedited conversation with local tattooers. Here’s their podcast of a conversation with Timo Sanders from Fifth Estate Tattoo in Gilbert, Arizona…
By Ben Swann
The United States is nearly 17 trillion dollars in debt, the national unemployment rate is more than 7%, and one in seven Americans is on food stamps. But fixing those problems is just so darn hard! So several politicians in Washington DC have decided to spend their time creating tattoo regulations.
DC’s Health Department is aggressively pushing to instate a mandatory 24-hour waiting period for all individuals looking to get a tattoo in the District. The waiting period would mandate that “no tattoo artist applies any tattoo to a customer until after twenty-four hours have passed since the customer first requested the tattoo.”
Officials from the Department say the regulation would prevent “serious health risks.”
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health, Najma Roberts, thinks that the new rules would prevent individuals from making stupid decisions while they are intoxicated.
She said, “They can’t be responsible for themselves, as well as the person doing the work on them. We’re making sure when that decision is made that you’re in the right frame of mind, and you don’t wake up in the morning . . . saying, ‘Oh my God, what happened?’”
Tattoo shop owners, however, say the proposed regulations unfairly target their industry and would hurt business.
Paul Roe, a tattoo parlor owner in DC, said “Why not 24 hours’ waiting time before shaving your head?” The new rules are “honestly ridiculous” he claimed.
Gilda Acosta, a tattoo artist, said, “It would definitely be a direct hit to my income if I couldn’t tattoo people who come in and want work done on the same day.”
America is supposed to be the Land of the Free. If people want to make poor choices regarding their own bodies, they should be allowed to. In a free country, government cannot dictate lifestyle choices, nor can it become the overprotective mommy and daddy of its citizens. Freedom means having the right to make bad choices and then deal with the consequences ourselves.
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By Marisa Kakoulas
Last week, a site called jesustattoo.org came across my radar in which there is a video (shown below) of an actor, with a bad wig and faux facial hair, who plays Jesus as a tattoo artist. Tattoo Jesus transforms tattoos that say “useless” and “outcast” to “brave” and “purpose.” The big reveal is when he takes off his shirt, and we see that the negative marks are now on his body.
Even as a heathen, I thought it was a nice concept, but I just couldn’t get past the fake hair and cheezy production, so I decided not to post it. BUT, when I learned of the “outcry” against the jesustattoo.org billboard in Lubbock, Texas, well, that to me is newsworthy because it’s a reminder that many still view tattoos as “blasphemous,” and people take the tattoos of others — no matter what the subject matter — as personally offensive to their beliefs.
Also interesting is that the evangelicals behind jesustattoo.org are really digging the backlash. According to Vibe, media relations coordinator for the organization, Ashleigh Sawyer, stated: “Certainly, like with all deeply personal relationships, not everyone approves of the image of Jesus with tattoos, but we welcome the controversy because we understand that a dialogue on the issue is the best way to spread the message.”
Well, the message is out. Even I ended up posting it.
Campfires & Carbon’s mission is to have and promote real, unedited conversation with local tattooers. Here’s their podcast of a conversation with Clifton Carter who works in San Francisco and Tempe, Arizona…
By Molly Kitamura
Reblogged from: www.knivesandneedles.com
I had heard Jeff Gogue was a foodie through my husband. So imagine how excited I was to hear that Jeff had agreed to have a chat with me about food. This was the first time I had ever gotten the chance to sit down with Jeff one-on-one, and I have to say that he is very genuine and very nice. His humble attitude is almost shocking as he is one of the most talented tattoo artists out there today and could have every right to be not as nice as he is.
We mostly spoke about food, what Jeff’s favorite things to cook and eat are. We also spoke about his love of fishing. Jeff grew up fishing around Lake Tahoe but now lives in Grant’s Pass, Oregon. It sounds scenically stunning and really chill, have to make it up there one day! Just imagine the seasonal foods you could forage in the abundant wildlife up there! Jeff and his wife recently took a fishing trip up the Puget Sound where he caught some pretty impressive-looking salmon. The trip sounded fun and like a real adventure with the crisp sea air and ice-cold sea!
Jeff likes cooking (and eating!) fish in pretty much any way you could think of preparing it. He also loves a good pork chop or a rare steak on occasion. But he really tries to stay on a healthy diet and exercise regime. His favorite lunch at work consists of a young coconut filled with berries and Chia seeds. That actually sounds amazing and I will have to try it out myself! When he does have a cheat day, he loves to chow down on a burger with peanut butter. While that may sound strange, I think it is reminiscent of Thai beef with peanut sauce. Very innovative! Anyone have a good recipe for either?
An interesting fact about Mr. Gogue is he actually wanted to be a chef at one point in his life and had even taken a cooking class on one of his trips to France!
Here are some photos of Jeff, hope this inspires you to get tattooed or get in the kitchen!!
Thank you Jeff!!!! You can catch more of Jeff and what he’s up to at any of these fine places:
If you have food tattoos, recipe or are a tattooed chef or foodie tattooer- we want to talk to you!
Hit us up at @knivesandneedles or email@example.com
Doc Ink is a brazilian web series of short episodes featuring some of that country’s most respected tattooers. It was introduced to us by São Paulo-based tattooer Nico Acosta. Enjoy episode #4!
By Mauricio Tadashi
Tattoos by Thad Ritchey
Check out the IREZUMI art show at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood, CA. The show is up until October 20th.
IREZUMI is a group art show featuring original Japanese Tattoo art works from around the world. Artists include: HORIYOSHI 3, BOB ROBERTS, HIROSHI HIRAKAWA, MUTSUO NAKABAYASHI, GANJI, NAMI CHANG, MIKE ROPER, MIYAZO, BRIAN KANEKO, SMALL PAUL & more!
Reblogged from: www.swallowsndaggers.net
Anybody who reads this blog knows a thing or two about tattoos (or so I assume). Here’s a question for everybody: do you know who the first Caucasian tattooed woman in North America was? Well, there’s no way to be sure, but there are many people who say it was Olive Oatman.
I first heard about her on tattooblog.com, and let me tell you guys, her story is fascinating. Too lazy to click the link? Well then, let me tell you the story of Olive Oatman myself!
By Kevin Miller
Reblogged from: www.tattoosnob.com
A while back, we posted an open call for interview questions for Dave Tevenal onInstagram and Facebook. We sent Dave more than 200 questions and he picked his favorites to answer. Those of you whose questions were chosen should get at us in the comments below for your (much coveted) Tattoo Snob sticker.
tattykat89: as you know there has been a recent saturation in the tattoo industry and culture. after reaching the caliber of finely tuned skill and recognition, how have you been able to maintain being motivated and humble?
Making sure I stay constantly inspired would sum up one part of the answer to this question the best. Inspiration is the fuel for motivation. I find it in a lot of places. Old comics, western traditional tattooing, Japanese traditional tattooing. It all lends to what I strive to create. I also love following other tattooers who are slaying the damn game right now. I see face melting shit on the regular, and those moments push me to try something new and different.
thomrein: do you ever feel your drawing or marker work is beyond your tattooing or vice versa?
No. The considerations for the two are different, but I try to find harmony between the two (if that makes sense). I want people to see either my tattoos and art and realize who made them. Technique and application is different for the two, and you have to be mindful with what medium you’re working in.
cotyart: of all the places you traveled overseas, which was your favorite and why?
London, England and Berlin, Germany. London was my first overseas trip and convention combo. I was floored to be working in the same building as Filip Leu, Shige, Valerie Vargas and so many more. It was emotionally and creatively overwhelming and I fight everyday to remember everything I saw and experienced like a vivid photograph. It changed my tattoo career forever and put some pretty awesome people in my life that I otherwise would not have had the pleasure of being friends with. Berlin was my first extended stay in mainland Europe. It was amazing to see the difference in east and west Berlin, and to wander a city with so much history all by myself. I got to work at Lowbrow Tattoo Studio and made some awesome friends. It was the gateway to much of the rest of Europe that I got experience recently. It was another pivotal point of experience in my career.
thedudeabides87: If you could hardstyle one person (living or dead) who would it be?
jezratattoos: what do you feel is the most important thing to give back to the industry?
A sense of wonder, wrapped in some inspiration, served with a side of humility. With a tall glass of honesty.<
tattooingbywhitney: when you get burned out or feeling stale what do you change up to get inspired again and your head back in It
Aside from previously mentioning to stay inspired, my daughter doesn’t know what a burn out is. I love tattooing with all my heart, but it is also how I provide for my family. And that primal urge to provide for my offspring reminds me to tuck my pussy back in and get to fucking work.
rudeboi209: I believe with the popularity of traditional and Neo traditional it won’t be long until a artist that’s certified changes the game again by simplifying or adding unused light sources like a new school/traditional hibrid. this is actually happening now as we speak, what are you’re thoughts on style mash ups and the merge of styles
I think its cool. I’ve been grouped into that crowd I feel. Too new school to be traditional and too traditional to be new school. I think when different disciplines in tattooing come together (if implemented well and with some real thought behind it) you can expect to see some pretty awesome things happen. Approaches to tattooing that has hidden beneath our noses this whole time.<
xxlowlifexx: Do you think sponsorship is killing the industry? Less about art more about pushing products out remover when I good tattoo spoke volumes
Absolutely. Tattoo artists are not NASCAR drivers. The point is making tattoos solid, clean, bright, and awesome. To satisfy your client to the best of his or her expectations. Not to make a tattoo that only looks good the day it was made at some bullshit convention, to win an award, and hashtag thirty fucking products from your ink all the way down to the fucking rinse cups. It’s dumb. I used to be this way, I didn’t know any better and thought that being sponsored was some sort of legitimacy. After about a year of that shit, I started to feel embarrassed and ashamed of myself. I realized I’ve been acting a damn bafoon the whole time and was taking away from tattooing the very thing that mystified me about it. It’s a time that I can’t take back but taught me what tattooing was really about.
beardedtattooedvagabond: who or what was your biggest influence growing up that you can look back on and thank today for where you are now?
My father. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a thousand times. Dude is my fucking hero.
By Danny Reis
My name is Pierre Botardo I’m currently living in Brooklyn New York and I am age 34. I grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia and I was interested in tattooing pretty early, I guess. When I was in junior high, I was already doing stick and pokes on myself with a sewing needle and some ink. I remember trying to convince my friends to do it. That didn’t really work out because they weren’t into the idea of a tattoos, but I was proud if it. It was fun and painful; but that’s what drew me to tattooing because it was a kind of “club”. The pain is a part of the whole experience. Even to this day, I still see it that way. You have to “put up or shut up”. Also, around this time, tattoos weren’t very popular. It was still considered to be an “outsider” sort of thing; which I loved.
I honestly didn’t think about tattooing as a career until maybe 2007 or 2008. Around the first time I moved to Brooklyn. It was through a friend who suggested it. I was dead broke and I thought for some reason, it was something that would force me to focus on a path. I had a friend who was showing me a few things here and there out of the apartment. Good habits like setting up and breaking down the station and sanitation of equipment. After struggling with finding regular work, I thought it was time to actually pursue an apprenticeship and take things seriously. I wanted to learn more. What’s crazy is that I had invested so much money into my own equipment that I shouldn’t have been spending but I chose to anyways. It took me about a year to actually obtain any kind of apprenticeship.
Tattoos by Ben Merrell
Fort Collins, CO
By Molly Kitamura
I have never interviewed a restaurant owner but I could not resist with a restaurant named Tatau Bistro and their chef/owner, Tonino Valiente just seems so cool. Tatau Bistro is located in Huesca, Spain. They serve mainly Tapas and have just changed their menu. From the photos and reviews I’ve read, it looks and sounds like a refreshing stop with delicious food and a cool atmosphere. Tonino and I managed to do an interview via email, check it out and definitely check out Tatau Bistro the next time you are in Spain, I do not think you will regret it!!
Molly: What is your concept and how long have you been in business?
Tattoos by Richard Cook
Doc Ink is a brazilian web series of short episodes featuring some of that country’s most respected tattooers. It was introduced to us by São Paulo-based tattooer Nico Acosta. Enjoy episode #2!