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Artist Spotlight – Jhon Rodriguez

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Jhon Rodriguez @jhonrodriguez Before moving to the US, Jhon Rodriguez owned one of the first tattoo shops in Bogota, Colombia for 16 years. He moved to the US in 2012 and started Rosa Negra in 2015. The walls of the studio is full of paintings created by Jhon and various other tattoo artists over the years. Jhon’s 21 years of professional tattooing experience are evident in each design he creates. He specializes in bold, clean lined tattoos and enjoys drawing animal tattoos more than anything else. If you’re in the Wynwood area of Miami, Florida, stop by Rosa Negra and get a tattoo or commission a painting from this masterful artist. You won’t be disappointed. http://www.rosanegratattoo.com/ IG – https://www.instagram.com/jhonrodriguez/?hl=en FB – https://www.facebook.com/JHONRODRIGUEZTATTOO?fref=ts   Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Marco Canelas

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Marco Canelas is a tattoo artist who utilizes a variety of different styles and forms from client to client. He’s mostly known for the spiritual designs he creates that explore both the light and dark sides of life and death. IG – https://www.instagram.com/marcocanelas_tattooartist/?hl=en FB – https://www.facebook.com/Marco-Canelas-Tattoo-Artist-323215221221042/photos_stream   Read More »

The Phenomenal Benjamin Lloyd Collection

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New Zealand tattoo artist Benjamin Lloyd is bringing smiles to sick children’s faces through the use of tattoos. No, he’s not actually tattooing young children. He utilizes a special non-toxic ink and airbrushes the tattoos on. Each one takes about nine minutes to create and washes off in the shower. However, while the tattoos may be temporary, the joy and confidence boost they bring to the children and people in need isn’t. Mr. Lloyd knows as much from first-hand experience. As a child, he was often bullied and teased at school over a burn he had on his hand. In an effort to avoid the bullying, young Benjamin would draw intricate designs over his hand and up his sleeve. Over time and a lot of practice, he became a talented artist. What you see in the videos and galleries below is his way of giving back, of using the lessons he learned throughout his life to better the lives of others. All you have to do is see the smiles on these children’s faces to know he’s making a positive difference in their lives. And it’s all done through tattoos. Sure, they may not be permanent, but the core idea and values still remain. The next time you see someone looking down on tattoos and tattoo culture, politely point them towards the Benjamin Lloyd Collection. It may not change their minds, but it’s might at least bring some positivity to their life – and that’s something we could all use ... Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Renan Batista

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Renan Batista @renanbatistatattoo , which is of course located in Berlin, Germany, where he creates stunning artworks on skin and paper. Renan is a well-rounded artist who has stunning artwork to offer everyone, even if they’re not interested in getting a tattoo. That being said, you’d be crazy to pass up the opportunity to get a tattoo done by this masterful artist. If you find yourself in or around Berlin, you should definitely stop by Berlin Ink Tattooing and see what Renan can do for you. Berlin Berlin Ink IG – https://www.instagram.com/renanbatistatattoo/?hl=en FB – https://www.facebook.com/renanbatistatattoo/?fref=ts Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Christian Marek

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I sat down with tattoo artist Christian Marek, based in Orange County, California this weekend for our interview and ended up getting a lot more than I bargained for. He is an OG and very well respected in the industry. Not only is Christian incredibly talented, he’s also one of the coolest, most genuine artists I have yet to have interviewed. Get ready for one amazing story, buckle up folks. At the age of 7 Christian’s mom married the President of the infamous biker club, the Hell’s Angels. One day he stumbled upon his stepfather’s Easy Rider/Outlaw Biker magazines and began looking through one of them. He came across an article on tattooing that peaked his interest. This article had pictures and descriptions of actual tattoo equipment, and Christian started building his first homemade tattoo machine. At the age of 9 he started actually tattooing kids in his neighborhood around the same age. The only artistic references he had were images from the magazines, which back in the 80’s were mainly biker and jailhouse tats.  These references made their way to the bodies of the neighborhood kids, which were not only permanent but some were images of skulls and naked women, not exactly the kind of art a mom wants inked on her child. Needless to say, Christian was somewhat of a hell raiser from an early age and the next few years had landed him in some trouble with the law. This shaped his life in more ways than ... Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Oliver Peck

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Oliver Peck @oliverpeckertattoos Oliver Peck is a professional tattoo artist who works out of Elm Street Tattoo in Dallas, TX. He specializes in exquisite new school tattoos and is the man to see if you’re looking for a colorful tattoo design. Like it says on the Elm Street Tattoo About page, Peck is a tattoo artist who believes tattoos are a life-style, not a fashion statement. We think you’ll agree his passion is quite readily translated in his work. Anyone looking for a tattoo by Oliver Peck can likely walk into Elm Street Tattoo on any given day and get their tattoo process started with him. Although those who can’t afford the trip to Texas can still enjoy the work he uploads regularly to his Instagram. Elm Street Tattoo Dallas, TX Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/oliverpecker/?hl=en WEBSITE – http://www.elmstreettattoo.com/   Read More »

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 »