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NEWS: Tattoos Derail Some Immigrants’ Green Cards

By Miriam Jordan | The Wall Street Journal In December, Hector Villalobos traveled from Colorado to his native Mexico for an interview, part of his application for U.S. permanent residency. Mr. Villalobos expected to be gone a couple of months to complete the process. Seven months later, U.S. consular officers haven’t allowed the 37-year-old handyman to return home to his wife and three children. The problem: tattoos—some associated with violent Mexican gangs—on Mr. Villalobos’s body…  Read More »

Health Issues With Tattooing (Jesse Smith)

Jesse Smith Tattoo Artist

By Petri Aspvik Petri Aspvik:  What type of physical problems have you encountered due to tattooing? Jesse Smith: I’ve definitely had a few issues with carpal tunnel here and there. As well as a few nerve issues in my shoulders and arms. I’ve also noticed that my hearing has suffered because of the constant buzzing over the years…  Read More »

For The Record: Tattoo Stamps

Courtesy of Tattoo Archive:You may have been reading lately about the money problems that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is having. The Post Office has been trying to find ways to cut expenses as well as bring in more money. One of the least popular expense-cutting ideas was to cut Saturday delivery. One idea for raising more money was to allow living people to be honored on U.S. postage stamps. The USPS recently announced that they have ended the long-standing rule that stamps cannot feature people who are living. It is unknown when the dead-only rule was put into effect, but it goes back to at least the 1960s…  Read More »

Shawn Barber: The Tattooed Portraits – An Outsider’s View of Another World

Story and photos by Mitch Gurowitz My trip to the Joshua Liner Gallery for the opening of Shawn Barber’s Memoir: The Tattooed Portraits Series was yet another door opening into another world for me. I went there to view the work of a fine artist who specializes in painting tattooers and tattooed people. While I’m no stranger to art or to galleries, I’ve only recently joined the ranks of the tattooed a few months earlier as a celebration of my 50th birthday. My mind skipped between the excitement of seeing Shawn’s artwork up close and meeting him and the subjects of some of his work, and also concern that the reception would be a gathering of a very exclusive and private group of professionals… A group that may not appreciate an outsider walking into their world…  Read More »

Marcus Kuhn: The Gypsy Gentleman Episode IV (VIDEO)

Here is just one extraordinary example of our collective creative potential when it’s put into motion! This is Marcus’ contribution to our community. If you really ‘get it’ and want to help Marcus make more or spread the word, link The Gypsy Gentleman to your own site and blog.  These episodes will only get better as Marcus and his crew gain experience and a decent budget. Enjoy! -Crash Send PayPal Donations by cut-and-pasting this link and then clicking the “donate” icon above: justgoodtattoos@yahoo.com [vimeo 44791019 w=560 h=400] [More information on expanded page] Read More »

Paul Booth’s Last Rites Gallery Presents Taboo: Beinart Collective Group Exhibition

Last Rites Gallery presents Taboo, a group exhibit of works by artists in the Beinart Collective, guest curated by Jon Beinart. Guest Curated By Jon Beinart July 7th – August 11th Opening Reception: Saturday, July 7th, 7-11pm Read More »

Health Issues With Tattooing (Kari Barba)

By Petri Aspvik Petri Aspvik:  What type of physical problem have you encountered due to tattooing? Kari Barba: I have encountered back, neck and hand pain for sure. I think we all get that. Have you had to see a doctor, chiropractor, masseuse therapist, acupuncturist or anything similar because problems or because you want to avoid them?  Read More »

Papa Joe’s Tattoo Sign Build (VIDEO)

[vimeo 44612500 w=560 h=341] Check out this cool little video sent in by Luke Holley… Read More »

Health Issues With Tattooing (Mike Giant)

By Petri Aspvik Petri Aspvik: Did you encounter any type of physical problems when you were tattooing? Mike Giant: Yes, my neck, back, shoulders, elbows, wrists and fingers would always hurt after a long day of tattooing. It took its toll over the years. These days I can only tattoo once or twice a week because of the pain…  Read More »

Adam Hays: Tsuchigumo Progression

By Adam Hays This might be of interest to a few of you who like to paint in watercolor. It’s my preferred medium as I suck with most others. I did a painting of the giant Earth spider Tsuchigumo recently for the Gomineko book project of Japanese creatures. It’s from it’s moment of death when the belly of the beast was sliced open spilling a lifetime of skulls along with hundreds of baby spiders. Cool story…  Read More »

Health Issues With Tattooing (Seth Ciferri)

By Petri Aspvik Petri Aspvik: What type of physical problems have you encountered do to tattooing? Seth Ciferri: A lot of it is from sitting all hunched over for so long… I developed this weird muscle mass in my mid back. It was there because I had such poor posture while working, due to a lack of core strength. It’s taken years of weight training, massage therapy, and chiropractic work to get it straightened out. Core strength is KEY in maintaining good posture while working. It will help ensure a long and comfortable career…  Read More »

Skate It or Hang It Exhibition in Atlanta (VIDEO)

Courtesy of the MODA: Skate It or Hang It!? The Evolution of Skateboard Art will examine the visual aspects of skateboarding, a sport important to contemporary youth culture since the 1970s, by presenting a broad range of styles, imagery, and visual expression in skateboard art. With a broad focus on skateboard graphics – in particular the styles and methods used to embellish skateboard decks – the exhibition will appeal to a broad range of skateboarders, designers, and artists, as well as to Atlanta’s youth in general… Read More »

Markus Lenhard: Workplace Ergonomics and Long Term Health Improvement Techniques for Tattoo Artists

By Markus Lenhard After reading the [TAM Blog] post about health issues by Marcus Kuhn, I was inspired to share my own ramblings and experiences with you. Over the years I had countless tension migraines from working in sub-optimal lighting conditions, lower and upper back pain. Lumbago, cramps in the Shoulder, neck and head muscles resulting in different flavors of terrible multi day headaches. Tendonitis of the wrist, tendonitis of both elbows, cramps in the calf, tingly fingers and ass-cheeks to a total loss of feeling in some parts of my right thigh… I am out of permanent trouble for more than a year now. I still sometimes have a bit of a backache or long for a massage but then I am doing horrible long sessions on people who are traveling from far and sit on the computer a lot…  Read More »

Canyon Webb: Making Good Choices

By Canyon Webb Making good choices is an important part of life, let alone tattooing. Frankly my biggest mistakes were bad decisions, or uncalculated risks. As crazy as it sounds, I just came to this realization while moving to a different location and acquiring new clients. To some degree my mentality was wrapped up in karmic thinking… A “we get what we deserve” thought process…  Read More »

Markus Lenhard: The End of Paper

By Markus Lenhard It has been about two years since I have rendered my last tattoo design on paper now, and I have gotten many requests to explain why I abandoned paper and how I went about it. Let me go off on a tangent for a bit to explain how and why I make decisions, though… Since I can remember I am suffering from strong Boredom Intolerance Disorder. Most people call this ADD. I call it that BID. It seems more appropriate…  Read More »