Prestigiousness in Tattooing

By Ben Shaw We were once warriors, tribal leaders and medicine men/women. Tattoos were once sacred images used for many purposes; warrior markings, rites of passage, sacred journeys, social status, healing, etc. The revolutionized tattoo machine eliminated much of the pain, price and time required. So from the late 1800s until today,

Tattoo Copyright & Celebrities

By Marisa Kakoulas Reblogged from: http://www.needlesandsins.com Video screen capture above from Yahoo Fantasy Sports: Colin Kaerpernick Ink. Last week, Forbes published an article entitled "Questions Concerning Copyright Of Athlete Tattoos Has Companies Scrambling." It's amazing for me to watch the evolution of the tattoo copyright concept because, when I started writing about it in 2003, people

Invocation Of Trust

By Nick Baxter Here’s a recent piece I completed for submission to an upcoming charity art exhibit at The Egan Gallery in Fullerton, California, curated by friend and fellow artist Cody Raiza who is a passionate animal welfare activist. 19661

I Deserve To Be Naked If I Want To

By Margaret Cho Reblogged from: jezebel.com This is a really beautiful Korean spa in Los Angeles called Aroma Spa & Sports. Korean spas are wonderful, and they hold a special place in my heart. I have been going to the jimjilbang since I was a little girl in Korea. You can have a

Melissa Fusco: Breaking The Artist Bubble

By Melissa Fusco Last month I had the pleasure of visiting  Off The Map Tattoo Studio in Grant's Pass, Oregon. It was my first time ever visiting Oregon, and I must say it gave Colorado a little competition. I arrived with the all to familiar nervous, anxious, first time exploring butterflies

Gomineko Creatures Publication: Call For Submissions

  Heikegani (Samurai Crabs) These are the rad crabs  popular with Kuniyoshi that feature the face of a samurai on their shells. Really cool little guys. They are a product of the Gempei war, a conflict between the Taira and Minamoto Clans. During the battle of Dan- no-ura Yoshitsune and his chief retainer

An Interview with Lizette Gonzalez

By Molly Kitamura Reblogged from: http://knivesandneedlesblog.com/ I am super stoked to introduce Lizette Gonzalez today! She is an incredible talent, a beautiful girl and a woman who knows whats she wants! Check out her interview and get inspired to bake your ass of! Molly: Tell us about yourself, background and what you are doing now.

Q & A with Guy Aitchinson

By Ben Shaw Tattooing is a passionate craft that some are blessed to do. And for the seriously dedicated it is a lifelong journey of progress and self reflection. To chase this dream is exciting! Especially when you find some measure of success and recognition with it. Being in high demand