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ANTENNAE OF INSPIRATION: THE INSECT ART PROJECT

By Marisa Kakoulas

Source: http://www.needlesandsins.com

antennae of inspiration

A beautifully curated and styled collection of entomology-based artwork from around the world, Antennae of Inspiration: The Insect Art Project is yet another wonderful accomplishment of Jinxi Boo Caddel and her Out of Step Books. The cover artwork alone, by Jeff Gogue, is a perfect example of the stunning works on the pages inside.  In addition to images of tattoos, paintings, drawings, photography and other mediums, there are also engaging stories behind many of the works.

Antennae of Inspiration is part of Out of Step’s Inspiration Art Project Series: beautiful hardcover publications designed to do exactly what the name says — inspire exciting interpretations of particular themes by presenting an ensemble of art in different mediums focused on those themes. This volume is all about bug art. Here’s more about it from Jinxi:

“With a multitude of mediums included, our insect, snail, and arachnid friends are colorfully interpreted in over 1,650 different ways by 848 unique and talented artisans. This collective project brings together an artistic treasure trove of inspirational work to celebrate the wondrous world of compound eyes, aerodynamic wings, and versatile antennae. Antennae of Inspiration is a full color, hardback, coffee-table style, 480-page beauty of a book.”

You can purchase the book online for $79.95. Such a compilation is worth so much more. Gorgeous examples of what you’ll find in the book are below.

What is also particularly excellent is that a percentage of the proceeds of all book sales through Jinxi’s Out of Step Books goes to Donorschoose.org in an effort to keep arts education alive and thriving. There are also art prints for purchase, and all the proceeds from those sales go to Donorschoose.org.

Check more of the titles and art available on Out of Step Books and Like them onFacebook.  You can also find Jinxi on Instagram.

Andrey Barkov Gimmy tattoo

Tattoo by Andrey Barkov Gimmy.

by Damien Voss Friesz

Painting by Damien Voss Friesz.

**Jinxi’s books are also available at: http://www.getTAM.com.


Our Bodies, Our Ink: ‘Bodies of Subversion’ Explores Women’s Tattoos

By Dwight Garnier

Reblogged from: http://www.nytimes.com

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Tattoo by Saira Hunjan.

Among the first mainstream American celebrities to openly wear tattoos was Janis Joplin. On her left wrist, she had a Florentine bracelet. On her chest, she wore a small heart — the size of a candy heart. “Just a little treat for the boys,” she told Rolling Stone, “like icing on the cake.”

It seems like only yesterday that tattoos were rarities, like certain crows. They were worth commenting upon, either for their beauty or their banality. Now tattoos creep like vines along the arms, legs and torsos of nearly everyone you meet. If print is dead, ink is undead — and on the move.

There’s been some sophisticated fiction about skin and ink. I’m thinking especially of Sarah Hall’s novel “Electric Michelangelo,” a finalist for the 2004 Man Booker Prize. But it’s a lacunae in our literature that there hasn’t been a definitive nonfiction book on the topic, a volume that packs sociology and criticism and history and memoir into a dense sleeve, as a tattoo artist might put it, of meaning.

While we await that book, we have Margot Mifflin’s perceptive and moving “Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo,” first published in 1997 but reissued now in a heavily updated and resplendently illustrated third edition.

For most of history, tattooing has been a male preoccupation, either a one-fingered salute or an exercise in swagger. Think of Popeye and his twin anchors. Ms. Mifflin had the good idea to examine tattooing in the Western world from a female perspective. Her relatively slim book doesn’t provide a truly wide-angle view, but the insights she brings are insinuating and complex.

This new edition of “Bodies of Subversion” arrives at the crest of a wave. For the first time, according to a 2012 Harris Poll, American women are more likely to be tattooed than men. Some 23 percent of women have tattoos; 19 percent of men do. They’re no longer rebel emblems, Ms. Mifflin notes. They’re a mainstream fashion choice.

She is mostly an admirer of women’s tattoo culture. Tattoos have been “emblems of empowerment in an era of feminist gains,” she declares. They’re also “badges of self-determination at a time when controversies about abortion rights, date rape and sexual harassment” have made women “think hard about who controls their bodies.”

Her book includes striking color photographs of the tattoos some women have had embroidered on their chests after mastectomies. Thanks to recent legislation, tattoo artists can sometimes directly bill insurance companies for this work.

(If only Joplin had known that it would be possible to have your weed and your tattoos covered by insurance, she might have decided to stick around.)

But Ms. Mifflin is a flinty observer. She notes that tattoos have the “ability to degrade as well as to enhance, to invoke the sacred and the inane.” She assesses the work of social critics who posit that tattooing can be a political cop-out, a cover for disengagement.

These critics argue, she writes, that “tattooing shifts the focus of women’s issues from society to the self; that tattooed women are empowered only in their minds; and that women who find solace in tattoos are no different from women for whom shopping and exercise are substitutes for problem-solving.” Ouch, as the client said to the tattooist.

“Bodies of Subversion” is delicious social history. Tattooing was an upper-class social fad in Europe in the late 19th century. Winston Churchill’s mother had a tattoo of a snake eating its tail (the symbol of eternity) on her wrist. The fad spread to America. In 1897, Ms. Mifflin writes, The New York World estimated that 75 percent of American society women were tattooed, usually in places easily covered by clothing.

By the 1920s, tattooed women were mostly to be seen in freak shows and in circus acts, where they could make more money than tattooed men. They offered, the author avers, “a peep show within a freak show.”

Tattoos lost their appeal for nearly everyone shortly after World War II. One reason was because “tattoos perpetrated in concentration camps had added a ghastly new chapter to tattoo history.”

Ms. Mifflin’s story spins forward through the tattoo revival of the 1970s, when women with a tattoo or two began to shake the stigma that they were sexually available. She moves attentively through the 1980s and ’90s, the era that gave us Dennis Rodman, the lower-back tattoos now known as tramp stamps and a kudzu forest of copycat tribal tats.

Her final chapter takes us up to the present day, with assessments of the tattoo artist Kat Von D’s fame and of cultural moments like the popularity of Stieg Larsson’s 2005 novel “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” Ms. Mifflin appraises the work of famous female tattoists; she argues that the world needs tattoo critics. I hereby nominate Tim Gunn and Lil Wayne as the genre’s Siskel and Ebert.

She is at her best when considering class and tattoos. She quotes an inked-up female doctor who says that it’s easier for professional women to wear them at work: “If you’re working some crummy little desk job with a dress code, it’s a lot harder to walk around wearing your tattoos in the open.”

Ms. Mifflin deals, too, with the matter of tattoo regret. There’s plenty of that going around. She cites a survey by the Archives of Dermatology stating that 69 percent of tattoo removal requests come from women. Most got stamped at the age of 20 or so. Quoting the same survey, she says about tattoos, “Their marks of uniqueness ‘turned into stigmata.’ ” But the Harris Poll cited above also noted that 86 percent of tattooed people were content with their ink.

Those who would shame women with tattoos often utter things like: How are those things going to look when you’re old and wrinkled? On the basis of the photographs of older women with tattoos in this book, I’d say they hold up pretty well.

In fact, I’d say they look sort of awesome.


Black Tattoo Art II: Modern Expressions of the Tribal

By Marisa Kakoulas

Black Tattoo Art II

We live in a time when images of tattoos are in a constant stream online. Your eyes may light up at the artistry, as you scroll through your Instagram and Facebook feeds, click “Like,” maybe even “Share” … and then on to the next one. For me, when I want to really find inspiration, to spend time with a work of art, I want a book in my hands. That’s why I continue to give birth to these monster tomes that are great big love letters to various genres of tattoos — books that are meticulously crafted and published by Edition Reuss.

Black Tattoo Art II: Modern Expressions of the Tribal is my latest book; it’s the second volume to my very first baby.   

At the time, when we published the first volume in 2009, I had no idea that we would have such an incredible response. I just thought that there wasn’t really any comprehensive books on works created only with black ink, such as neotribal, ornamental and abstract work, and so Edition Reuss and I made one. What came out of it was a community. Artists and collectors from the book contacted each other, shared ideas, and had a few drinks. It was the greatest gift I ever received from a project. So when asked if I’d do a second volume, I said, “Hell yeah!”

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Gomineko Books Customer Appreciation Contest

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I wanted to take a sec to say thanks for all the orders of late, so I figured I’d make a honker of a contest. Post a pic of books ordered from me, tag @gominekobooks and #gominekobooks and you are entered. I know a lot of you are still waiting on books, they are coming! Contest ends August 31st, a winner will be picked randomly, from the hashtagged page and the winner will receive $1000 credit for anything I have a hand in, the books, the ig auctions, the tours…you can spend it on whatever you want! Only photos with purchases from me will be considered, thank you very very much for supporting Gomineko Books and helping sustain a quickly fading genre.
xoxo Crystal

11/14 Flash Collection Book Release Party at Kings Avenue Tattoo (VIDEO)

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Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and the Tattoo

BODIESOFSUB_COVER.inddStory originally appears at The Dish: http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2013/04/08/inked-in-america/.

In 2012, tattooed women outnumbered tattooed men for the first time in US history. Steven Heller reviews the recently re-released Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and the Tattoo by Margot Mifflin…  (more…)


Second Pressing of Tony Hundahl Sketch Book Presented by Tattoo Artist Magazine Now Available *LIMITED RUN*


Tattoo Artist Magazine (TAM)
presents the second pressing of its newest publication: Line Drawings By Tony Hundahl. The book is 8.5 x 11, spiral bound, 100 pages with over 400 drawings on heavy weight paper. As the first ones went quickly we predict these will too… Don’t miss out!

The book can only be purchased on the TAM eBay store: http://ow.ly/iLMB2

OR… Click here http://tattooartistmagazine.myshopify.com/password if you would like to get an artist password to our online Pro Store, with access to more cool stuff ONLY for professional tattooers!

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Russ Abbott: Ornamental Archive Book Project

russ_sBy Russ Abbott
The first time I can remember drawing an ornamental frame was for a tattoo design. It was a large, realistic rendering of a Merchant Marine ship. My client wanted the tattoo in memory of his Grandfather. We discussed the options and eventually decided on a reference image for the ship The tattoo would span the entire length of his shin and I would need to invent a way to create a border for the piece. I had recently picked up a vintage oval mirror with intricately carved ornaments on the frame and as I was trying to think of a great concept for the client, my eyes settled on the ornamental mirror and I instantly knew what to do.  [Click here to see Russ' Kickstarter video.] 

Since that time, I have done countless tattoos with ornamental frames and design elements.  I draw ornamental frames for portraits of people, animals, and objects of all kinds. I use the ornamental designs to add flow and excitement to otherwise stiff compositions. I’ve even started doing large-scale works that are made up entirely of ornament alone!  (more…)


Jay Brown: Coeur d’Alene’s Blue Rose Tattoo – An Interview with Robert McNeill (Part III)

By Jay Brown  In Northern Idaho there is the lake town of Coeur d’Alene, actually more of a city than a town. In the sea of tattooing these days, some of the old timers really shine through as great tattooers as well as incredible artists, one of those is Robert McNeill. I recently got a chance to stop in to see him at his studio on 4th Street right in the heart of downtown Coeur d’Alene. Blue Rose Tattoo is a clean, comfortable shop, with lots of incredible artwork adorning the walls, all of which is either Japanese or American Traditional tattoo designs, all painted by Robert. And speaking of painting, Robert is incredible at that, pin-ups I think being one of his strong points, but he can do anything, all in all Robert is one of those artists that can create on skin as well as he can on paper or canvas. So after we were done with the hellos and the pleasantries, we got down to the interview, which wound up being 43 minutes long, so I am gonna edit things, cause I don’t have enough pictures to go with that many pages, and that’s a lot of pages so we’re gonna trim it down a bit, although it was a great interview all the way through, but we’re not writing a book, but I digress… Yes, so the interview. I hope you enjoy… [Editor's Note: Jay's interview, due to its length, will be broken into three weekly installments, this is Part III of III.] 

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Jay Brown: Coeur d’Alene’s Blue Rose Tattoo – An Interview with Robert McNeill (Part II)

By Jay Brown  In Northern Idaho there is the lake town of Coeur d’Alene, actually more of a city than a town. In the sea of tattooing these days, some of the old timers really shine through as great tattooers as well as incredible artists, one of those is Robert McNeill. I recently got a chance to stop in to see him at his studio on 4th Street right in the heart of downtown Coeur d’Alene. Blue Rose Tattoo is a clean, comfortable shop, with lots of incredible artwork adorning the walls, all of which is either Japanese or American Traditional tattoo designs, all painted by Robert. And speaking of painting, Robert is incredible at that, pin-ups I think being one of his strong points, but he can do anything, all in all Robert is one of those artists that can create on skin as well as he can on paper or canvas. So after we were done with the hellos and the pleasantries, we got down to the interview, which wound up being 43 minutes long, so I am gonna edit things, cause I don’t have enough pictures to go with that many pages, and that’s a lot of pages so we’re gonna trim it down a bit, although it was a great interview all the way through, but we’re not writing a book, but I digress… Yes, so the interview. I hope you enjoy…[Editor's Note: Jay's interview, due to its length, will be broken into three weekly installments, this is Part II of III.] 

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Jay Brown: Coeur d’Alene’s Blue Rose Tattoo – An Interview with Robert McNeill (Part I)

By Jay Brown In Northern Idaho there is the lake town of Coeur d’Alene, actually more of a city than a town. In the sea of tattooing these days, some of the old timers really shine through as great tattooers as well as incredible artists, one of those is Robert McNeill. I recently got a chance to stop in to see him at his studio on 4th Street right in the heart of downtown Coeur d’Alene. Blue Rose Tattoo is a clean, comfortable shop, with lots of incredible artwork adorning the walls, all of which is either Japanese or American Traditional tattoo designs, all painted by Robert. And speaking of painting, Robert is incredible at that, pin-ups I think being one of his strong points, but he can do anything, all in all Robert is one of those artists that can create on skin as well as he can on paper or canvas. So after we were done with the hellos and the pleasantries, we got down to the interview, which wound up being 43 minutes long, so I am gonna edit things, cause I don’t have enough pictures to go with that many pages, and that’s a lot of pages so we’re gonna trim it down a bit, although it was a great interview all the way through, but we’re not writing a book, but I digress… Yes, so the interview. I hope you enjoy… [Editor's Note: Jay's interview, due to its length, will be broken into three weekly installments, this is Part I of III.]  (more…)


Jay Brown Provides Inside Look at The Northwest Tattoo Museum

By Jay Brown 
The Northwest Tattoo Museum is a project that was started almost two years ago when in a conversation it was suggested that there needs to be a tattoo museum in the Northwestern US. In answer to this call myself (a longtime tattoo artist of 24 years at the time) and avid hoarder of everything tattoo, and my fiancé Jennifer DeRose, who is an anthropologist/archaeologist decided to take on the challenge. I then dug out my collection of tattoo machines, old flash and other stuff I had piled up over the years while Jennifer started building the database for the museum’s collection…  (more…)


NEW Tony Hundahl Sketch Book Presented by Tattoo Artist Magazine


Tattoo Artist Magazine (TAM)
presents its newest publication: Line Drawings By Tony Hundahl. The book is 8.5 x 11, spiral bound, 100 pages with over 400 drawings on heavy weight paper. The book can only be purchased on the TAM eBay store: http://ow.ly/ffWp0

OR… Click here http://tattooartistmagazine.myshopify.com/password if you would like to get an artist password to our online Pro Store, with access to more cool stuff ONLY for professional tattooers!

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Hardy Marks Publishing: deVita Unauthorized

By Mary D and Nick Bubash
DeVita Unauthorized chronicles and benefits a man who was at the root of a massive art and tattoo movement that began on NYC stoops in the 60s. Lovingly authored by student and long time friend Pittsburgh artist Nick Bubash, deVita Unauthorized* is a replication of an original Loose-leaf portfolio made by Nick Bubash between the fall of 2001 and spring of 2003. The original 30 copies were painstakingly assembled by Bubash and was housed in a wooden box measuring 17′ x 22′ x 11/2′. It cover was held on by two wing-nuts and a clivis pin and it was painted and collaged inside and out by deVita and embellished with various wooden and metal objects…  (more…)


King of Tattooists; The Life and Work of George Burchett Book Review

By Lal Hardy (New Wave Tattoo, London)
When I first took a decided interest in tattooing (more years ago than I care to remember) very little information was available on the subject, except in a few sensationalist or oddball newspaper reports or titillating stories in top shelf “mens” magazines. The only two books listed by the local library were Hanns Ebensten’s, Pierced Hearts and True Love and George Burchett’s, Memoirs of a Tattooist, both of which had been either stolen or “not returned!” Fortunately, I managed to procure a copy of Burchett’s book from a second-hand bookstall in a local market and read it with great interest. Since those days over 35 years ago a whole host of books on the subject of tattooing and tattoos have been published, covering absolutely every aspect of the art and trade. But surprisingly, despite being perhaps Britain’s most famous tattooist, no work had been written about the life and times of George Burchett since Memoirs of a Tattooist. That was until NOW, with the release of King of Tattooists; The Life and Work of George Burchett, by Jon Reiter… (www.solidstatebook.com(more…)


Jay Brown: ‘Coil Guys For Life’ Book Review

By Jay Brown Coil Guys For Life, Handmade Tattoo Machines and Their Builders, by Dano Collins is a compilation of 34 tattoo machine builders and their stories, or bios if you prefer, their art, their tattooing and of course their tattoo machines. This hardbound book covers a wide array of machine builders from the old-schoolers to the new generation of machine builders. This book contains a broad spectrum of builds from practical, to absolutely wild, to fine art. Every page shows great work from these fine craftsmen of the electric coil-type tattooing machine… (more…)


Subscribe Now: Win Free Stuff!!! (BLOODWORK: BODIES Book)

Subscribe, renew or add to your Tattoo Artist Magazine subscription now for a chance to win one extra year’s subscription to TAM and a copy of the amazing Bloodwork:Bodies book.

Winner will be chosen by May 15th, 2012.

(Contest is for tattooers only.)

Click here to sign up: http://www.tattooartistmagazine.com/payment  (more…)


BLOODWORK: BODIES Now Available From TAM

BloodWork: Bodies is an archival body of work requiring time and attention to absorb. Weighing in at 27 pounds, the scale alone informs the holder of the commitment needed. Inside this tremendous 900 page tome, 119 back-pieces and bodysuits created by 53 tattooers the world over, are documented in luxuriant detail. The oversized foldouts offer massive views of each tattoo, exhaustive close-up studies reveal hidden details, and portraits of tattooers as well as collectors personalize each image set… (more…)


Subscribe Now: Win Initialed Sailor Jerry Acetate and More!

Subscribe, renew or add to your Tattoo Artist Magazine subscription now for a chance to win an original Sailor Jerry acetate (initialed), one extra year’s subscription to TAM and the Chris Treviño Book: Gods and Warriors.

Winner will be chosen March 1st, 2011.

(Contest is for tattooers only.)

Click here to sign up: http://www.tattooartistmagazine.com/payment [Picture of Sailor Jerry acetate on expanded page.]

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Subscribe Now: Win Free Stuff

Subscribe, renew or add to your Tattoo Artist Magazine subscription now for a chance to win one extra year’s subscription to TAMChris Treviño Book: Gods and Warriors and an original Sailor Jerry sketch.

Winner will be chosen November 15th, 2011.

(Contest is for tattooers only.)

Click here to sign up: http://www.tattooartistmagazine.com/payment [Picture of Sailor Jerry sketch on expanded page.]

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Sign Up Now for the TAM Blog Monthly Giveaway

Sign up to be entered into the FREE monthly TAM Blog giveaway!

Each month TAM will put together an awesome prize package for all the true tattoo fanatics out there!

September’s Prize: WIN a free Sailor Jerry book “Homeward Bound”, the Hori Smoku DVD documentary on the life and work of Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins, a TAM Blog t-shirt and a grip of assorted TAM stickers! Several runner-up sticker package prizes will be awarded each month too.

Signing up also grants you access to a FREE monthly video and entrance into our monthly prize package drawing, as well as special limited offers on tattoo artist merch; like shirts, books and prints from some of the best tattooers in the world!

Click here for more info on the TAM Giveaway.

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Jeff Gogue: Calvaria Book Preview (VIDEO)

Calvaria is the Latin word for skull.  This book is a collection of skulls painted and tattooed by Jeff Gogué from 2006-2010.  It is printed with the highest quality paper and ink available, and bound by hand. The cover is made of the finest Italian leatherette, and debossed with a custom die designed by Jeff… [Additional video and pictures on expanded page] (more…)


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