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Orge Kalodimas: Heartbeat Ink Interview

Orge Kalodimas Ink Interview

Orge Kalodimas’ love and devotion on geometric tattoo led him to his recent book publication “Solstice Mandala”. Orge spoke to HeartbeatInk Tattoo Magazine about his transition from realistic to geometric tattoo, the reason why he “avoids” colour, how he met with Sake, his influences, his preference in European tattoo and tattoo’s future which he finds auspicious. How and when were you initiated into tattooing? I have done a classic full apprenticeship for two years, from 2005 to 2007 alongside Sake. I watched him, drew all day long, mopped and swept the studio, cleaned the tubes, set up the tattoo machines – the whole package. I also answered the phones and booked appointments. I was basically the first receptionist at Sake tattoo. I have been here since the first day the tattoo shop opened in 2005. It was just the two of us to begin with and then the crew gradually grew. What do you think made Sake believe you were ready, once you completed your two years? That’s his to know (laughs). Look, up until that happened, I did a lot of tattoos on me, as well as on two of my best mates. I began gradually and did letters in the beginning and generally “easy designs”, like everyone does at that stage. In my opinion, that is how someone will appreciate the gravity of this work and prove that he can do it for the rest of his life. Because these things are kind of confused these days… That’s why ... Read More »

Freehand Tattoo by Carl Grace

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Tattoo Stories Episode 12: Chuey Quintanar

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Bob Tyrrell talks to TattooNOW about his Webinar and upcoming DVD

TattooNOW: Bob! How goes it? Bob Tyrrell: Going good man!, enjoying a killer Detroit summer. TN: Education and tattooing make for a controversial mix, why did you decide to put out a DVD and webinar? Bob: Well, because you approached me with the idea, ha-ha! But seriously, I’ve been giving seminars at tattoo conventions for many years now. I thought the webinars you did with Guy Aitchison and Russ Abbott were a great idea. I remember Paul Booth had this idea years ago but never did it. It’s a great way for tattooers anywhere in the world to do a seminar without having to travel to a convention. It’s a convenient way to be able to take a seminar. As far as the DVD, people have been asking me for years when I’m going to put one out. So now seems like a good time. I have Nikko’s and Andy Engel’s DVD’s, and they’re awesome. Really helpful for anyone wanting to progress in those styles, and learn from those masters. I held off on the DVD idea for a long time, some tattooers feel we shouldn’t give people access to this kind of info so freely. “Giving away our secrets”. I kind of used to feel that way. But times have changed. With the internet and everything, tattooers have all kinds of access to tattoo techniques. The secrets are already out there, so fuck it, why not? If I can help someone become a better tattooer, maybe they’ll end up ... Read More »

*New* Photos Added To The Gallery

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Tattoos by Big Meas www.bigmeas.com Dayton, OH Read More »

On the Road with Jacob Hanks: “Tattoo Nation,” the Movie

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By Jacob Hanks Reblogged from: http://tattooroadtrip.com/tattoo-nation-the-movie/ I am clearly not a film critic or member of the press, but I was fortunate enough to get invited to the private screening of the new film, “Tattoo Nation,” at the Arclight Theatre, in Hollywood, California. For a younger tattoo artist like me, it was a pretty big deal. If you have not heard of “Tattoo Nation,” it is a documentary, directed by Eric Schwartz and written by John Corry, about the “true story” of the black-and-gray tattoo revolution, and features several of the tattoo icons, many of whom I was exposed to, as a little boy, with my father, tattooing in Southern California. That is where the film takes place, when three unlikely tattooers—Jack Rudy, Good Time Charlie Cartwright andFreddy Negrete—came together to become the innovators of modern, fine-line, black-and-gray tattooing. The story, narrated by Corey Miller, addresses how the prison style that originated with young Mexican Americans has exploded into a worldwide phenomenon, giving rise to many new styles and pushing the limits of the popularity of tattooing as we know it today. Read More »

Valerie Vargas Article Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #31

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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…  Read More »

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

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Nick Rodin Article Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #31

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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… Read More »

Freddy Negrete Video Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #31

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgQ_BkujHY4&w=580&h=325] Interview By Shane Enholm… Read More »

Freddy Negrete Article Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #31

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Interview By Shane Enholm Shane Enholm: When is the first time you saw a tattoo? Freddy Negrete: The first time I was really struck with the whole tattoo thing I was 12 years old. I was raised in a foster home because my parents went to prison. So I was in a foster home and it was a white foster home. I grew up in a white area of San Gabriel but I knew the Mexican community from school. I was a troublemaker white kid so they liked me… Read More »

Ben Grillo Talks Tiny Tats with Horitaka

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By Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura I recently had my friend Ben Grillo come visit to hang out and make some tattoos. Most of you may know Ben for his incredibly detailed single-needle masterpieces, and I thought it would be fun to do a little TAM Blog interview with Ben… Read More »

Artist Profile: Jack Rudy (VIDEO)

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Jack Rudy is a world-renowned tattoo artist and has become a staple in the community by producing a body of work spanning 35 years. Jack and his peers revolutionized the genre of black and grey, fine-line tattooing making it one of the most popular styles found in today’s culture…[Video and pictures on expanded page] Read More »

Jack Rudy Article Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #25

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Jack Rudy: If you’re going to apprentice somebody and you’re going to apprentice them right, it’s going to take a minimum of a year, maybe more, depending on the person. But you also kind of have to be married to that person for that year. Read More »

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