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Alliance of Professional Tattooists

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By Jason Sweet This article is part two, in a two part series, about the professional organizations in tattooing. I attended the APT Trade Show as part of my research and found myself not only rejoining them after a 10 year hiatus; I found myself being recruited for service to the APT in the future.   As much as I tried to resist, the call of service to my profession was too loud to ignore. Over the weekend, I was struck as to the commitment some had made to attend the APT trade show. I met a woman tattooist from Austria and a man from Australia. One couple I met drove to the trade show from Indiana, because flying from their home was prohibitively expensive. I personally found this type of dedication to tattooing and the APT, inspiring and motivating. I only took 5 days out of my year to attend the trade show; they took two weeks. I was originally introduced to the Alliance of Professional Tattooists, when I was tattooing about 2 years. I was hired at a tattoo studio that required I become a member of the APT as part of working for them. Joining the APT required filling out an application and providing professional references and a sponsor, as I had been tattooing less than three years. Additionally, I was required to take the Preventing Disease Transmission in Tattooing (PDTT) as part of my membership. The PDTT course was 6 hours long. It covered Blood Born Pathogens ... Read More »

Robert Atkinson and Jojo Ackermann: Ten Thousand Waves

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By Nicki Kasper How long have you guys been tattooing? Where are you from?  What shops were you in before opening Ten Thousand Waves?    Robert: We both started tattooing in 1992… I grew up in Santa Clarita, North LA.  I’ve worked in many shop throughout my career, Melrose Tattoo, Royal Tattoo in Denmark, Dragon Tattoo in Holland, Eternal Art, The Tattoo Room, and last but not least, The Dolorosa. Jojo: I started tattooing back when there was no internet hahah. I am born and raised in the high desert of Southern California and recently have moved out closer towords Los Angeles. I began tattooing at Psycho City Tattoo in Lancaster CA. Under Mike Pike, where I worked for my first 16 years. Then Pike and myself opened American Made Tattoo near Edwards Air Force base, but we had to leave due to the military downsizing and local economy shift, then I ended up in Santa Clarita at Eternal Art Tattoo for almost 3 years until now. What made you decide to partner up on a shop?   R: I had been looking into locations for a new studio and Jo happened to call and said he was looking for a change… I told him I wanted to open a studio and asked him if he wanted to do it together, he said yes and here we are. J: We both discussed having a shop together for a few years now and the timing seemed right, so we went for it. Tell us a little ... Read More »

How Rinsecup Cleanup Came About

How Rinsecup Cleanup Came About

By Dan Mcnab I’m a tattoo artist in the city of Huntington Beach, Ca. I own and work at The Tattoo Gallery with four of my very close friends. After years and years of leaking trash bags, I decided one day to put an end to it once and for all and created RinseCup CleanUp. When I designed this product I made sure it is the best that exists and can not get any better. Also, it’s non-toxic because our trash gets put into landfills and that would only hurt the environment. I believe as a whole, us humans do enough of that! Disposing of our rinse cups and ink caps this way is the safest method and eliminates cross-contamination in our trade due to the contaminated liquids we produce. Once in the landfill, RinseCup CleanUp slowly releases the water and improves soil conditions through aeration. It’s less expensive than using paper towels and safer than dumping it down a sink. When that method is used more toxic chemicals are needed to clean the area it was dumped in, which leads to poisoning our environment even more. Now we are in many countries and the response is amazing. So much support from this trade! The only advertising I have done is thru IG. It’s spreading like wildfire and I’m excited to see where it goes from here. It’s only been about 6 months since I released it for sale! For more information about Rinsecup Cleanup, email: Rinsecup@yahoo.com Read More »

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Tattoos by James Mullin. Lotus Tattoo www.jamesmullintattoos.com Hemet, CA IG: @jamesmullintattoos @lotustattoohemet Read More »

Tattoo Stories Episode 3: Jack Rudy

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Tattoos by Thad Ritchey https://www.facebook.com/pages/California-Electric-Tattoo-Parlour/232866120063315 Soquel, CA Read More »

Irezumi Japanese Tattoo Art Exhibition

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Check out the IREZUMI art show at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood, CA.  The show is up until October 20th. IREZUMI is a group art show featuring original Japanese Tattoo art works from around the world. Artists include: HORIYOSHI 3, BOB ROBERTS, HIROSHI HIRAKAWA, MUTSUO NAKABAYASHI, GANJI, NAMI CHANG, MIKE ROPER, MIYAZO, BRIAN KANEKO, SMALL PAUL & more!   Read More »

Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts

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    TAM will have a booth at the Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts October 25-27!  If you’re in the San Francisco area that weekend, stop by and check out the show! Read More »

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Tattoos by Jason Schroder www.incognitotattoo.com Los Angeles, CA Read More »

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Tattoos by Alex Strangler http://thedolorosa.net Studio City, CA Read More »

Tattoo Nation Nights Starts This Thursday in Long Beach, CA!

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Tattoo Artist Magazine and Tattoo Culture Magazine have long believed that the key to our success in this industry is community. We are excited to introduce a series of events in association with the Tattoo Nation Documentary aptly named “Tattoo Nation Nights”!   The first event will be Thursday September 26th, 2013 at the Mai Tai Bar at the Pike in Long Beach. It will start at 9pm and there will be Happy Hour prices all night long.   This event is open to the public and we believe it will be a great opportunity  to network with tattoo artists, tattoo collectors , as well as Tattoo Artist Magazine/Tattoo Culture Magazine in this growing community.   All are welcome. No entry fee.  21+.  I.D. required. Artists: please bring a business card to qualify for a shop raffle.   Read More »

Knives & Needles: Beau Brady

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By Molly Kitamura Reblogged from:http://knivesandneedlesblog.com Beau Brady. What can I say about one of the most charming tattooers out there? Beau is one of the latest additions to State of Grace, he is super talented, and at one point in time there was no shortage of home made baked goods from the many googly-eyed female clients that seem to follow his every move around the globe. But I digress! I sat down with beau for a second and grilled him on his eating habits, what he likes to eat and most importantly what he cooks. Read on! Beau’s Background Before tattooing I worked in restaurants from the time I was 15. From French to Italian. From pizza shop to Delis I either was a busser or working in the back dish washing and prepping food. that being said I can cook like 6 things haha. What he does now I am a tattooer working at State of Grace Tattoo in San Jose California. I travel frequently and try to enjoy life! Last meal he cooked As I said earlier, I can cook like 6 things, so the last meal I physically cooked was Mac and cheese. Yup, Kraft, blue box Mac and cheese. Kept in the pot I cooked it in, add ketchup. Big bottle of water. Bing bang boom. Dinner, snack. Last meal My last meal on earth is simple. Steak. Ribeye, medium rare, a little more rare. Mashed potatoes, with tons of butter. Steamed broccoli, a big salad ... Read More »

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Tattoos and Painting by Jeff Johnson www.jeffjohnsontattoos.com CA Read More »

Prestigiousness in Tattooing

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By Ben Shaw We were once warriors, tribal leaders and medicine men/women. Tattoos were once sacred images used for many purposes; warrior markings, rites of passage, sacred journeys, social status, healing, etc. The revolutionized tattoo machine eliminated much of the pain, price and time required. So from the late 1800s until today, our craft has become readily available and widespread. Everything happens for a reason. Tattooing today has entered the world of fine art and is so elaborate and beautiful. Our tools and tricks have evolved the art to a whole new level. During this process of evolution it has opened many of the artists to the ancient processes within. Seeking imagery through meditation and contemplation. Actually reaching out to life experiences to find inspiration for art. Many artists are opening themselves up to the client’s desires, becoming the “ear” for the client to vent. Helping them through emotional and spiritual needs. Read More »

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Tattoos by Sung Song http://tattoounbreakable.com Studio City, CA Read More »