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From England to Austin, Texas – Tattoos by Steve Byrne + interview

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Tattoos by Steve Byrne Rock of Ages Tattoo Austin, Texas FOLLOW STEVE to see more amazing tattoos! — Instagram  By Aubrey Trufant Austin, Texas is a vast melting pot filled with all kinds of food, entertainment, culture/counter-culture and lots of art. Austin has been home to many great tattoo artists, past and present. The talent in this city alone is overwhelming but I spent some of my time at Rock of Ages Tattoo (ROA). The ROA team consists of co-owners Tony Hundahl, Thomas Hooper and Steve Byrne. They live and breathe tattooing, which has established Rock of Ages as one of the best shops in Austin. Aubrey Trufant: Steve, how many years have you been tattooing? I did my first tattoo around the end of 1996 so that means I have been tattooing for nearly 20 years. AT: Being British and from the UK, how did you end up in Texas and why did you move here? SB: My wife and I were looking for a change of weather and a change of pace. We lived in Florida for a while, the UK for a year or so… I had a fair amount of offers on the table, but when the opportunity arrived to move here and work at Rock of Ages, I jumped at it. I held the shop in really high regard, pretty much considered it one of the best tattoo shops in the United States since it’s inception. I was originally going to work for Jason Brooks, part-time ... Read More »

Chris Trevino- Top Japanese Style tattooists! pt5

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Chris Trevino is an expert in traditional Japanese tattooing who earned the nickname “Horimana” after studying for five years under the legendary master Horiyoshi III. His elaborate, full-body representations of Asian symbology reminds us of the later works by Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins aka Horismoku. Trevino now runs Perfection Tattoo in Austin, TX which was founded by Bob Moreau in the late 70s… The shop attracts people from every continent seeking to receive the gift of his artwork. His clients are usually serious about their tattoos, often committing to large scale projects that cover much of their body. Trevino knows how to communicate with individuals to draw out and refine an initially loose idea of what they want. He fully understands the iconography of Japanese art and explains how a seemingly simple warrior tattoo can represent far more than meets the eye based on the stories behind the character. His in-depth bio can be found in Tattoo Artist Magazine #11 and a full retrospective of his artwork and tattoos can found in his latest book “Gods & Warriors – Horimana: The Works of Chris Trevino” Horimana is his Japanese tattooer name, given him by Horiyoshi III, but he’s more commonly known as Chris Trevino, aka the workaholic, aka the Cyborg, aka THE MACHINE: Here’s why!- by Crash Hailing from Austin, TX, Chris Trevino was already well-known in the early 90s for his cutting edge tattoo skills and flash designs. This was the start of the ‘new-school’ movement of tattooing and ... Read More »

Nick Baxter / Jeff Ensminger Exhibition

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Press Release Nick Baxter: Perception of Being Jeff Ensminger: Into the Void Exhibition of new works at Mindzai Creative, 2001 South Lamar #D, Austin, TX 78704 November 21 – December 3, 2014 OPENING – 8pm – 11pm Friday, November 21 Mindzai Creative in Austin Texas is pleased to present a dual exhibition of new paintings by two Austin fine artists and tattooers, Nick Baxter and Jeff Ensminger. Both artists have worked over the past year to create a new body of work for the show, each with their own cohesive theme and symbolism. The unveiling of these paintings will take place at the Mindzai warehouse and gallery space in South Austin from 8 to 11 pm on Friday, November 21st. Both Nick and Jeff will be in attendance, with originals for sale as well as limited edition giclee prints and posters, along with live t-shirt screen printing featuring a design from each of their painting series.   Nick Baxter’s series titled Perception of Being consists of twenty oil paintings on board, each sized at 9 x 12 inches and depicting a lone human heart on a background of pure white. Each of the twenty hearts features a unique variation or visual effect representing one of the many complex emotional or feeling states of the human experience. Conceptually, this series references the philosophical study of phenomenology while also being inspired by modern scientific research into emotion-based changes in the electromagnetic fields generated by the heart. Nick reduces these ideas into a ... Read More »

Arts In Context | A Moving Canvas


A message from Kate Hellenbrand: TODAY is the DAY!!! PBS SPECIAL airing TONIGHT at 7:30 p.m. here in AUSTIN, Central Time~ Available on line thru their website tomorrow for the rest of the world to see. This isn’t some crappy “reality” TV SHOW. This is a respectful overview of the real art of tattoo. It’s PBS, people! I’ve continued to turn down “Ink Disaster” and “Tattoo Titans” and all the other crap thrown at me that is made up and disrespectful to my glorious art/craft. Thankfully, I held out. I am proud. And even though haters will pick it apart, I say: SUCK IT! I am almost excited enough to buy a TV (which I don’t have) and subscribe to cable (which I won’t do) so gratefully I’m going to watch at Chris Kirkpatrick’s home with his lovely wife Christine. He’s the client getting the girl with the cobra that you’ll see. LEMME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK And we have some photos up on the website: and also on the Facebook page: Read More »

Life Happens Everyday, Balance is Key


By Omar Edmison My wife of 18 years asked me awhile back if I was still writing a blog for Tattoo Artist Magazine. I shot her a pile of excuses about time & being busy at work, taking care of the shop & spending time with her & the kids. She looked at me with her amazingly sweet smile as if to say “Sure Omar, I love you I have your back but you’re throwing up a smoke screen.” She knows me really well, better than any other human being on the planet. Her words that she spoke next were small and to the point. she simply said ” you’re really good at what you do. you have wisdom to impart.” I am not making that part up; she really does speak like that. So here I am sitting in front of a computer trying to figure out what to “impart” on you, gentle reader. I started thinking about what I had said to my beautiful and talented better half. It wasn’t a lie I have been busy with an amazing varied rag tag bunch of folks who for what ever reason be it a bump on the head or just a history of poor life choices have asked me to mark them permanently. It is also true that -as any shop owner can attest to- when you own a tattoo shop stuff comes up, there are always fires to be put out, business needs handling. It is most decidedly true ... Read More »

*New* Photos Added To The Gallery

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Scott Ellis Austin Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)


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Jesse Roberts Austin Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)


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Paco Cendon Austin Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)


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Keet D’Arms Austin Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)


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Derek Noble Austin Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)


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Joey Ortega Austin Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Victor Farinelli: Ink Master Review (Finale)


By Victor Farinelli  Well, the end is finally here. In the two-episode finale of this season of Ink Master, I have been left wondering the meaning of life. Well no, not really, but it has a good ring to it. Our contestants are finally whittled down to the last four. In the first of the two episodes, the contestants did not have to do a flash challenge. It was straight to the elimination challenge. They had to demonstrate all the different aspects of tattooing to see who gets to go to the live finale…  Read More »

Victor Farinelli: Ink Master Review (Episode 11)


By Victor Farinelli  It is getting down to the wire. Just a few more episodes to go until one of the contestants gets a $100,000 paycheck they have to pay taxes on and a feature in Inked Magazine. “Inked.” I hate that term. It is just as bad as “human canvases.” Hey man, I am going to go down to the tat shop and get inked! YOLO! Then, I am going to go watch The Hobbit! FRODO! Read More »

Victor Farinelli: Ink Master Review (Episode 10)

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By Victor Farinelli  Just when I start to think that some of these cats are humble and are willing to learn, then they go say some arrogant stupid shit. The show starts off with Jesse fucking saying, “You know what coasting is? That is what I did for the Japanese challenge… I would rather lose for doing me than win for not doing me.” Then why the fuck did he want to be on the show? It’s not some fucking highfalutin serious goddamn art exposition. It is a fucking game show. Period. End of fucking explanation. I will take “Douche Bags” for $200 please, Alex. At the end of the season the winner gets a paycheck they have to pay taxes on. If you got into this for any other reason than the money, and being on TV, you are fucking fooling yourself. You do what you have to do to play the game because at the end of the day, that’s all this is… a game. If it was not on Spike, it would be on the Game Show Network…  Read More »

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