An Exhibition of the Contemporary Art + Collectible Design
Celebrate the World’s First Large-Scale Exhibition Dedicated to Designer Toys at the Design exchange.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – TORONTO, Canada – February 7, 2014 – Design Exchange (DX), Canada’s Design Museum, is proud to present a series of firsts with its playful, unprecedented exhibition This Is Not A Toy, guest curated by music and fashion mogul Pharrell Williams. The first major original programming produced by DX. The first foray into museum curation for cultural connector Williams. The first time coveted artists, Brooklyn’s KAWS and Japan’s Takashi Murakami, have shown their work in a design museum. Dedicated to exploring the conceptual toy – a form made solely as an expression of an aesthetic or idea – as a fine art and design object, as well as a contemporary cultural signifier, This Is Not A Toy marks the first time these vibrant collectible sculptures, figures and paintings have collectively been on display in a museum setting.
By Dave Allen
Dave Shore passed away suddenly this year, the very day his shop was scheduled to close. He worked almost daily right up to the end. It is his legacy that we wish to honor! A character of mythical proportions… Stories of his days in Texas, Hawaii and Europe are from an era in tattooing few of us got to witness. Dave worked under the banner of such great tattooists as Mike Malone, Zeke Owens and Henk (Hanky Panky) Schiffmacher and alongside Ed Hardy, Horiyoshi, Luke Atkinson, Corey Miller, Paul Jefferies and many more. Dave was bigger than life and left a great impression wherever he went… (more…)
Article originally appears at CBC News: http://ow.ly/knwl8
An Ottawa woman’s elaborate tattoo across her chest, where her breasts used to be before a mastectomy, has attracted the praise of thousands online… (more…)
By Dave Allen
Last year’s devastating tsunami and earthquake in Japan deeply affected everyone in our industry. It would be hard not to be. More than 20,000 dead and 100,000’s left rebuilding. As a community we banded together and raised money for relief efforts. After a full year it is still apparent that people in Japan could use our help… (more…)
By Ollie XXX
Lately I’ve been hearing all sorts of talk about people coming into tattooing and profiting off our industry, without actually being tattooers or being involved in it in any way. After a few years of this, I’ve come to wonder… Why are we relying on other people? Do we really not have the time to do anything for ourselves anymore? More importantly, how many people involved in tattooing actually know how? Obviously begging the question, should they be involved?
By Ollie XXX
Style over substance in tattooing… it’s gone from a small problem to a downright epidemic. People who haven’t even been tattooing for five years picking and choosing what tattoos are their style. Not that I’m some groundbreaking tattooer, but style is about the last thing on my mind. People need to understand that being able to draw or tattoo things in their rudimentary form, is the basis for being able to stylize it.
Over and over I see people disguising poorly done traditional tattoos with a red halo, colored in cursive letters and geometric flowers. The depressing thing is that they are stealing the impact from the guys who come up with it initially. After you’ve seen that stuff decorating bad tattoos a few times, even the real thing just doesn’t seem to have the visual power it had when it was first done… (more…)
By Jesse Dolphin
Hello once again, I was at the Calgary Alberta Bound Tattoo Convention a little over a week ago… Steve Peace owner of Immaculate Concepts in Calgary has for years been bringing in some of the best artists known worldwide. The show where I bought my first TAM mag. Wow, has it grown… (more…)
By Dave Allen
Photos by Jayme Ford
I never thought that I could make much difference in the world, let alone inspire others to follow my lead. I’m just a hard-working tattoo artist that no one’s heard of. And to tell you the truth, I don’t mind slaving away in anonymity. But I guess when certain circumstances move you to act there’s no telling what might happen…
Despite an auspicious start my trip to Toronto to cover North by Northeast (NXNE) music festival and North Ink Exposure (NIX) tattoo convention was quite informative and enjoyable. NIX was my second convention and I was to learn how to run the TAM booth from the boothmaster John, as well as interview tattooers and cover music at NXNE. We embarked on this trip with less than a full night of sleep between us, so by the time we made it to Canada we were what you might call, spent…
By John Niederkorn
Oh… Canada? The Northern Ink Exposure (NIX) ended a string of three successive tattoo conventions for me, which would explain this post’s extreme tardiness. It was my first time on Canadian soil and Kent had me super stressed about Canadian customs… Okay, lets get my story straight; “Hello, I’m here on ‘vacation’ and in no way will I be taking your crazy Monopoly money back to my country.” Luckily for us North By Northeast (NXNE) was the same weekend as NIX so I had a built in excuse…
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The biggest earthquake to shake Japan, since records began almost 150 years ago, hit the country’s northeast coast. That and the tsunami that followed has devastated the island nation of Japan. Japanese influence on modern-day tattooing is undeniably vast. The least we can do is some tattooing in return… (more…)
By John Niederkorn
The recent natural disasters in Japan have sent shock-waves through the global community, which left many people wondering how they could help the Japanese people in their time of need. One such community that has been organizing to support Japan is also a community that has been heavily influenced by Japanese culture, the global tattoo community. (more…)