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Artist Sportlight – Bryan Merck

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Bryan Merck @Bryan Merck Bryan Merck is a tattoo artist who works out of The Séance Tattoo Parlor in Bensalem, PA. He specializes in black-and-grey and color portrait realism tattoos and is clearly one of the best in the business. Just check out the gallery below and you’ll probably start wanting a portrait realism tattoo from Bryan as soon as possible. Luckily Bryan is quite readily available and accessible for a lot of people – at least as accessible as a trip to Pennsylvania can be depending on your personal situation. But even if you can’t get an original Bryan Merck tattoo of your own, at least you can enjoy his spotlight gallery. The Séance Tattoo Parlor Facebook – https://m.facebook.com/Bryan-Merck-1571808496372395/ Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/bmerck_ink/ WEBSITE – www.seancetattoo.com   Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Dave Wah

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  Dave Wah   @davewahtattoos Dave Wah is a tattoo artist that works at and owns the Stay Humble Tattoo Company in Baltimore, Maryland. He strives to be the best tattoo artist in the world and, while best is an opinion that can never be proven, the high standards he holds for himself certainly show in each piece he designs. Wah does both black and grey and colored ink tattoos, choosing to follow a well-rounded path of being able to do anything instead of specializing in any one particular tattoo style. He often frequents tattoo conventions and events all over North America, and could be one of the most accessible tattoo artists we’ve covered. Westminster, Maryland STAY HUMBLE TATTOO COMPANY IG – https://www.instagram.com/davewahtattoos/?hl=en FB – https://www.facebook.com/dwah2?fref=ts www.davewah.com   Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Rob Richardson

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Rob Richardson @robrichtattoo U.K. Known primarily for his portrait realism and surrealism work, Rob Richardson is a master black ink tattoo artist. After looking through the gallery below we think you’ll agree he doesn’t need color to bring his designs to life. Richardson’s mastery over the fundamentals of tattooing allows him to recreate picture perfect portraits and create black ink designs that many artists only wish they could achieve. Unfortunately, he’s not taking on new bookings right now, but if you follow his Facebook page – which is linked below – you’ll be notified as soon as he’s taking on new clients and be the first in line to get a tattoo done by this master of the craft. IG – https://www.instagram.com/robrichtattoo/?hl=en FB – www.facebook.com/robrichardsontattooartist Read More »

Artist Spotlight – AD Pancho

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AD Pancho (Alex Pancho) @ad_pancho While most insanely talented tattoo artists are able to create designs of any and every style, many tend to become well-known for one or two particular forms and become the go-to artist for said style. However, AD Pancho is a bit of an oddity because he doesn’t stick to any one particular style. Follow his Facebook or Instagram accounts and you’re sure to see a variety of tattoo styles that you won’t get from a lot of other tattoo artists. It’s his high level of talent coupled with this level of variance that makes AD Pancho such an impressive artist. He’s a Polish artist who works out of Needle Art Studio in Wroclaw, Poland. If you ever find yourself in the area and are able to do so, we highly suggest getting a tattoo done by him. A single glance at the gallery below should be enough to understand why. Needle Art Studio Wroclaw, Poland Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/ad_pancho/?hl=en Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/A.D.PANCH0 Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Andy Walker

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Andy Walker is a phenomenal tattoo artist in the UK who works at creative VANDALS and specializes in new school tattoos often featuring favorite fictional characters from various pop culture outlets. His designs are often colorfully bright and feature a lot of personality to go along with the subject of the tattoo, making it seem as though it’s threatening to come to life at any moment. If you’re looking for a colorful tattoo with a lot of character, Andy Walker is definitely your man. Of course, an artist with this level of talent could likely create any tattoo you could possibly desire. Andy Walker @4ndy_w4lker Creative Vandals Hull, England IG – https://www.instagram.com/4ndy_w4lker/?hl=en   Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Anthony Flemming

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There’s not much we can say about Anthony Flemming and his phenomenal work that isn’t said or shown in the video above and the gallery below. We hope you enjoy both and if you have an opportunity to get a tattoo by Flemming, we suggest you take it. Antony Flemming @antonyflemming Belgium World of Tattoos http://antonyflemmingtattoo.bigcartel.com IG – https://www.instagram.com/antonyflemming/ Read More »

Tattoos by Halo

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 Helios Tattoo is proud to sponsor this TAM Artist Spotlight interview with Halo Jankowski. Easily one of the most recognizable tattoo artists in the world today (following his stint on Spike TV’s long-running Ink Master tv show in season 4), Halo transcends the typical tv-personality status usually associated with artists who have ‘been on tv’ because he’s actually a really GOOD tattooer! And that matters a LOT more than people realize. It’s way more important to get a tattoo from someone who’s good than from someone who’s ‘famous’. Halo Jankowski just happens to be both!  Featured Artist: Halo Jankowski  Follow him here: http://www.blacklotustattoos.com https://www.facebook.com/BlackLotusTattooGallery https://www.instagram.com/blacklotustat2gallery https://twitter.com/BlackLotusTat2s       We caught up with Halo recently and asked him some questions about his time on Ink Master, how he got into tattooing, his life, career and plans for the future: First off, thanks to Helios for making this interview happen. It’s really refreshing to see this new symbiosis in the tattoo world- there are so many artists out there on social media every day showing support & sharing the companies they believe in, but it’s even more refreshing to find the good, quality companies who are doing the same thing- showcasing and promoting the artists who actually buy and use their products. So, real quick- I know you use their needles and the Helios Rotary Pen tattoo machine; how are these tools affecting your art & would you recommend them to other professionals?  Absolutely! When it comes to needle cartridges, I’ve tried them all, and ... Read More »

New work: catching up with Nick Baxter

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Nick Baxter is well known for his distinct hyper-realistic style of painting and tattooing. When it comes to his art his main focus has always been on learning and growing as much as possible in order to create a truly refined and unique work of art. Whether he’s working in oils or in ink, his complete dedication and passion for his craft reveals itself in every minute detail of his work. As a result, he’s inspired a myriad of artists and tattooers and has garnered countless fans and admirers. Despite all of his success and attention, he remains humble and genuine and we were fortunate enough to spend some time and talk with him recently.   B:So Nick, what’s new? What have you been up to? N: It’s been a busy summer, artistically. I’ve been taking some painting workshops and just doing the usual tattoo work but I’ve really been trying out some new techniques and some new genres of painting that I’m enjoying.   B: I saw that you did a Dutch Masters kind of still life painting workshop? Is that right? N: Yes. I took a 17th century Dutch still life workshop in New York City at the Grand Central Atelier. It was basically just painting in the manner and the technique of the Dutch realist painters from around the Renaissance Period.   B:Was that challenging? N:Yea, the most challenging aspect really is the foundation step of drawing, just seeing accurately and drawing. I’ve been painting now for ... Read More »

Patty: “I didn’t want the scars to be all I saw”

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Each month we feature the inspirational and transformative Stories of few post-mastectomy cancer survivors and the artists & ink that help change their lives. Please support these Warrior Women by sharing their stories with those you love! And remember- Get your exams, ladies! -TAM Warrior: Patty Artist: Shane Wallin Shop: Garnet Tattoo Studio, San Diego, CA Here’s Patty’s Story: In 1991 my father was diagnosed with breast cancer.  That was a shock since we didn’t realize that men could get that particular form of the disease.  Over the next seven years he underwent a mastectomy and many rounds of chemo before passing away in 1998.  In 1997 my sister Robin was also diagnosed with breast cancer. She had a mastectomy and went through many rounds of both chemo and radiation as the disease metastasized.  Robin passed away in 2004. After speaking with her oncologist I decided to see some experts.  One genetic counselor and many doctors later I had a prophylactic double mastectomy and reconstruction.  My surgeons were fantastic and things went very well but after 2 1/2 years and two serious infections the implants had to be removed.  By 2014 I had undergone two more surgeries and received new implants. Every time I looked in the mirror I would have very mixed feelings.  I didn’t want the scars to be all I saw everyday but these were scars that I chose, and that I would choose again.  My father and sister didn’t have that choice. I started looking at ... Read More »

An Interview with Dan Trocchio

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By Nicki Kasper Tell us a little bit about yourself… Where are you from?  Where do you work? etc… I’ve been working in NYC since I moved there in 2000, however I’ve been doing a lot of traveling the last couple of years and six months ago I moved to Providence Rhode Island.  I’m still tattooing in NYC for a week or two at a time and it’s still primarily where I make my living, tattooing at Three Kings Tattoo in Brooklyn.  I think I’m going to move back in spring, or start traveling again. Were you primarily traveling here in the states or were you also working internationally? Any specific places on your bucket list? I was in Madrid and Barcelona, both amazing places. I love Spain. And to Bremen, Germany to see some good friends and do a little work. I took the train from Spain to Germany, I prefer trains. Looking out the window and being grounded is best. When i got back to the states, I took the train from NYC to Colorado, then to SF, then Portland. The West Coast train was awesome, the star light and the Zephyr. Though the train through the Midwest, I would skip… Not a very exiting landscape from the window of a train. I really want to go to Thailand, or any of those beautiful places where you can survive on 2$. Grand Canyon and Crater National Park are definitely on my bucket list, too. I’ve been staying put at the ... Read More »

STUNNING TATTOOED CERAMIC LADIES: WE INTERVIEWED THE ARTIST BEHIND THEM

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By Indigo del Castillo www.lostateminor.com Sculptor Jessica Harrison has forever changed how we see Victorian-era ceramic figures with her works involving ladies in fancy dresses sporting badass tattoos or their own blood and guts. In this exclusive interview, she talks more about her roots as an artist and her unique take on ceramics. [read our original posts about her sculptures here and here] How did you discover your passion for sculpture? When I was little I wanted to work in animation – there were quite a few great children’s tv programs on in the 80’s that were made with 3D models and I decided quite early on it looked like the best job in the world to mess around with clay all day. Let’s talk about your grotesque ceramic ladies with severed heads and misplaced body parts. Where did you get the inspiration for this collection? What was the message you were trying to convey here? That series is called ‘Broken’ as the pieces are made using found ceramics that I have quite literally taken a hammer and chisel to.They present an impossibly fair-skinned ‘perfect’ woman and my attraction to these works was precisely because of this image they portray of the female body – my aim was to counter it and present its opposite within itself. This was simple to do, by breaking apart the hollow cast pieces and ‘revealing’ the interior, a standard formula in Western knowledge for making discoveries about the body. The female interior is a ... Read More »

Tim Lehi’s Father, Rick Lee Peter’s Cancer Memorial Fund

Donate to Rick Lee Peters and his family as he continues his fight against Cancer. Please help provide him peace of mind in his final days. Rick Lee Peters received his Masters of Fine Arts with Honors from The University of Kansas.  But who needs a fancy piece of paper to notice the true talents of this man.  One peek at his repertoire is a clear display of a truly wonderful, creative and talented man who our Universe is preparing to take away due to Cancer. He began his battle about a year ago and we all had hopes that he would pull thru this routine procedure.  The other side of the curtain must need some funny, bright new personalities and probably some new artwork! As Rick prepares for a battle that his body no longer has control over, his family – his beautiful wife Jill, his son Tim and daughter Aimee, his grandchildren and a long list of loved ones and friends take comfort in being able to see and speak with Rick, and share encouraging hugs during these final days.  His good humor helps everyone ease thru an extremely heartbreaking and difficult process. Of course – with any medical battle there are costs involved.  Not only the hospital and treatment bills, but cost of living expenses, final resting costs, and the stress of being able to provide for loved ones once that fateful day has come.  One of Rick’s requests is to have a simple heart shaped headstone  -even the most ... Read More »

DOC INK Episode 1: Teté

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 #1!   Read More »

Dan Gilsdorf “Sentences” Art Show

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By Dan Gilsdorf A few months back I told Crash that I was having a solo show at a gallery in Portland, Oregon and he thought it would be a good idea to put together an announcement for the TAM website. I dragged my feet on it, thinking that the exhibition didn’t have anything to do with tattoos and might not be the kind of thing that many tattooers would be into. But in the end he convinced me, so at the risk of boring his readership…  Read More »

Artist Profile: Dan Gilsdorf (VIDEO)

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Dan Gilsdorf has been tattooing since October of 1992, learning the trade in Boulder, Colorado alongside Rocky Acosta and Lance Talon. After a few rewarding years working in that town at Bolder Ink and receiving a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the University of Colorado, Dan accompanied Jerry and Jennifer to Portland in 1998 in order to open Atlas. [Video and pictures on expanded page] Read More »