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Thom deVita Appearance and Pop-Up Gallery at Kings Ave Tattoo

devita-kings-aveIn honor of Tattoo Age’s Thom deVita episode, VICE is holding an art show and sale at Mike Rubendall’s Kings Ave Tattoo shop in NYC from January 11th-13th. Thom’s one of a kind creative rubbings from tattoo stencils, art boxes, signed books, and more will be available for purchase. The legendary artist himself will also be present to talk about his art and Scott Harrison will be tattooing Saturday and Sunday… (more…)


Vice: Tattoo Age Thom deVita Episode V (VIDEO)


In the final part of Thom deVita’s Tattoo Age series we have to cover a lot of ground. So please sit back and prepare to go from the days before tattoo artists wore gloves while working to Thom’s current life as an artist. Enjoy. [More info on expanded page]
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Vice: Tattoo Age Thom deVita Episode IV (VIDEO)


In the new episode of the Thom deVita Tattoo Age series we explore the neighborhood in which Thom live and worked, the Lower East Side of Manhattan. We also go into the types of tattoos Thom did, and what it took to talk someone into getting tattoos that were a little out of the norm. [More info on expanded page] (more…)


Vice: Tattoo Age Thom deVita Episode III (VIDEO)


In part three of Thom deVIta’s epic Tattoo Age series, we take look at his personal history and how he came into tattooing. We also hear from tattoo legend Angelo Scotto on the history of tattooing in New York City… [More info on expanded page] (more…)


Vice: Tattoo Age Thom deVita Episode II (VIDEO)


In the second part of the Thom deVita Tattoo Age series we focus on the touching and often hilarious relationship he has with Nick Bubash. Thom and Nick met in the early 1970s and soon after Thom started to tattoo Nick, he also started to teach him how to tattoo. Over the past 40 years their relationship has gone way beyond tattooing, or even art for that matter, but they still continue to create together… [More info on expanded page] (more…)


Vice: Tattoo Age Thom deVita Episode I (VIDEO)


Thom deVita began tattooing in the late 60s in New York’s Lower East Side, when the practice was illegal. He quickly began to forge his own styles, drawing influence from Puebla Indian designs to Lord and Taylor shopping bags. In this episode, we hear from Ed Hardy, photographer Clayton Patterson, Nick Bubash, Scott Harrison, John Wyatt, Angelo Scotto, Bubba Reeves, Robert Ryan, and more, as we unfold Thom deVita’s epic story…. [More info on expanded page] (more…)


Vice: Tattoo Age Valerie Vargas Bonus Footage (VIDEO)

While we’re waiting for the premiere of Tattoo Age’s Thom DeVita killer episode, we just released some Valerie Vargas Bonus Footage. Vargas takes us to meet the legendary English tattooer Lal Hardy who has been tattooing since 1975 and is generally considered to be one of the people who elevated tattooing in the UK in the 1980s.

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Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age Thom deVita Extended Trailer (VIDEO)


The next Tattoo Age series is about Thom deVita. Thom is an artist on many levels, and tattooing is just one of the ways he expresses himself. He began tattooing in New York City in the late 60s, when the practice was illegal. In this episode, which starts on November 21, we will hear from Don Ed Hardy, Nick Bubash, Scott Harrison, John Wyatt, Angelo Scotto, Bubba Reeves, and Robert Ryan, as we try to tell the epic story of Thom deVita, the artist. (more…)


Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age Mutsuo Episode III (VIDEO)


In Part 3, Mutsuo reflects on the blurry line of legality of tattooing in Japan, along with the prejudice against tattooed individuals that still lingers within society today, where people with tattoos are not welcome in public baths, beaches, pools, etc. He muses on why tattooing makes him happy and provides personal thoughts on spirituality, while bringing us to local temples of his hometown and introducing us to his lovely family. (more…)


Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age Mutsuo Episode II (VIDEO)

In this episode of Tattoo Age we delve into the history of Three Tides Tattoo. We hear from Mutsuo, Chris Garver, and Masa Sakamoto, as they give us insight into how western-style tattooing gained ground in Japan after the 1999 Tokyo Convention. We also hear about all the guest artists who have contributed to making Mutsuo the artist he is today.

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Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age Mutsuo Episode I (VIDEO)


The new Tattoo Age features Mutsuo, he has more styles than the first of day school.

This series revolves around an artist named Mutsuo who tattoos at the world-famous Three Tides Tattoo in Osaka, Japan. Mutsuo went from being one of the shop’s first customers to its first apprentice, and now he is considered its most senior tattoo artist. He learned the trade from all the American tattoo masters who visited Three Tides, and got what Chris Garver calls “a 90s-style tattoo education.” Enjoy.

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Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age Valerie Vargas Episode III (VIDEO)

In the last part of our Valerie Vargas episode, we take a closer look at the tattoo power couple that is Stewart Robson and Valerie Vargas. When we began shooting this piece, we didn’t know how close these wonderfully talented artists were and found ourselves pleasantly surprised by their shared pleasure in tattooing. P.S. Be on the look out for a little Valerie Vargas bonus part coming out later this season. Enjoy.

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Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age Valerie Vargas Episode II (VIDEO)

Second installment of Tattoo Age’s Valerie Vargas piece is now live! We take a closer look at Frith Street, the tattoo parlor where she works, and its owner, Dante DiMassa. Valerie also gives us insight into her development as a tattooer and why London will be her home base for the foreseeable future

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Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age Valerie Vargas Episode I (VIDEO)

Valerie Vargas grew up in Scotland, but has lived and worked in London for the last five years. You can find her at Frith Street Tattoo in SoHo, where she’s known for doing the prettiest “lady heads” in the world. Valerie has only been seriously tattooing since 2007, so she’s proof that talent and hard work will never fail you.

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Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age Season 2 Trailer (VIDEO)

Courtesy of VICE.com: In this season of VICE’s acclaimed show, we travel the world to feature different artists from all ends of the tattoo spectrum, including Valerie Vargas of the UK, Mutsuo of Japan, and Thom deVita of New York City. Each artists’ episodes will include three installments, airing every Wednesday on VICE.COM. First up – Valerie Vargas, whose first installment will air next Wednesday, September 12th.

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Valerie Vargas Article Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #31

Interview By Chad Koeplinger

Chad Koeplinger: Who are some of the tattoo artists that you were interested in at that point? What were you looking at tattoo-wise? What was blowing your mind?

Valerie Vargas: At that point I don’t think I became fully aware of people that I like now until I already started my apprenticeship, because that’s when I was allowed to have a look through the books that for me at the time were way too expensive -I couldn’t afford them. And my boss had all of the Tattootimes. He never looked at them anymore but they were up on the shelf and any time it was quiet I’d have a look. I became more aware of Ed Hardy and more of the West Coast kind of guys. But even then I was still struggling to remember names, I just knew the work. I remember some backpieces that are still pretty awesome. And it was also through my friendship with Stewart in the beginning that he was really on it. He knew who everybody was, what they were doing, and he was totally stoked about everything, and he taught me a fair bit about it…  (more…)


Nick Rodin Video Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #31 (VIDEO)

Interview By Freddy Corbin (more…)


Nick Rodin Article Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #31

Interview By Freddy Corbin

Freddy Corbin: When it comes to customers, what is it that a customer might do that bugs you the most?  What things drive you the most crazy?

Nick Rodin: A customer that you know doesn’t trust you I think is the worst customer.

Good answer.

Like if they’re just second-guessing everything you do. Because then you start second-guessing yourself, and then you start making mistakes.  So uncomfortable… (more…)


Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age, Freddy Corbin Bonus Footage (VIDEO)

Courtesy of VICE.com: Bonus footage from the Freddy Corbin series.
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Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age, Freddy Corbin Episode III (VIDEO)

  
Courtesy of VICE.com: In the third and final episode of the Freddy Corbin series, not only do we get exclusive footage of the renowned tattooer parachuting at the tender age of 24, but we hear the personal, intimate details of his young life and career – from the early days of his drug abuse, to living in Amsterdam’s Red Light District, his brother’s tragic death, and being petrified of starting a family.
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Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age, Freddy Corbin Episode II (VIDEO)

Courtesy of VICE.com: In this episode of Tattoo Age, we talk to Freddy about his rise as a tattoo artist -from the day he received an income tax return check in the mail for $75 that he used towards his first tattoo, to the unforgettable 9 a.m. phonecall from Ed Hardy with a job offer. We chat about everything from Freddy’s Rock of Ages back piece to the post-punk industrial period of the 80s, and hear anecdotes of the tattoo greats (such as Ed Hardy, Henry Foldfield, Dan Higgs, and Sonny Tufts) that Freddy learned all his tricks from.

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Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age, Freddy Corbin Episode I (VIDEO)

Courtesy of VICE.com:  In this episode, Freddy channels the ultimate“cool dude” of tattooing, complete with diamond teeth, old cars, face and neck tattoos, loyal friends, and cute blonde children. We meet up with Freddy and his friends as they muse about his growth as a tattoo artist – from a kid who was into drawing, to one of the perpetrators of some of the biggest trends in the craft (specifically, with the Day of the Dead Skull).

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Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age, Freddy Corbin Teaser (VIDEO)

Courtesy of VICE.com: Freddy has been tattooing for over twenty-seven years, and is known throughout the world for his two popular Oakland parlors, Temple and Tattoo 13. In the series trailer, Freddy takes us to an impromptu Chinese-style tea ceremony to meet one of his spiritual friends, and sets the tone for the rest of his series -filled with anecdotes of religious experiences and musings about getting clean after years of drug use.

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