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Icelandic Tattoo Convention 2013

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Story and photos by johndotcom Iceland… Land of the Midnight Sun… In retrospect, ending a month-long European trip in a place that has 24-hours of sunlight was probably not the best idea I’ve had. However, despite the lack of sleep and the subsequent fatigue-jetlag-exhuastion-sleep deprivation-sinus cold I’ve had since returning to the States… I’d say it was well worth it… Before I continue, I just want to thank Össur, Linda, Thomas Asher, Olafia and everyone at Reykjavik Ink for making all the madness possible… Read More »

ROC City Tattoo Expo 2013

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By johndotcom  There are only two things you need to know about the ROC City Tattoo Expo… 1. If you are a tattooer, this show should be on your tat con list! 2. If you are a tattoo enthusiast, this show should be on your tat con list! Actually, there’s more to it than that… But just like me, that’s the tall and skinny of it… I cannot begin to thank Jet (Joseph DiProjetto, Love Hate Tattoo), Shane Stevens and the whole ROC Crew for making this experience better every time I come to Rochester…  Read More »

Larry Brogan: Tattoo Convention Booth Set Up Part II

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By Larry Brogan Courtesy of Tattoo Road Trip: In part one of Tattoo Convention Booth Set Up we touched on things such as having promotional items such as business cards and stickers, proper banner size and good overall lighting. In part two, I’ll talk about keeping your items safer from theft, helpful display tips and a continuation of proper lighting…  Read More »

18th Annual Motor City Tattoo Expo ~ Feburary 22nd – 24th 2013

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Location: Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center Renaissance Center Downtown Detroit, MI 48265 Phone: #(800) 352-0831 for room reservations Website: detroitmarriott.com More info: eternaltattoos@aol.com Hours of Convention: Friday: Noon – 11:00PM. Saturday 11:00AM – 11:00PM. Sunday 11:00AM – 7:00PM Read More »

Larry Brogan: Building a Solid Portfolio

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By Larry Brogan Courtesy of Tattoo Road Trip:  Your portfolio is your most important tool. Why? Because it gets you the JOB. Your portfolio is what sells your skills… Read More »

Megan Hoogland: Why in the Hell Do I Still Do So Many Conventions?

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By Megan Hoogland I’m sick, and I know why I’m sick. I was on the road for three weeks in a row and it was too much. I came home and came down with the plague as soon as I set foot in Minnesota. (I would like to say I’m allergic to this place but that would be an easy out.) This has happened before, so why do I do it? I have three kids and a shop and a house to take care of… It’s a lot and I know there are a lot of us in the same boat. Then throw tattooing and all that comes with that into the mix… Read More »

Tattoo Artist Magazine in New Zealand This Weekend

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Courtesy of NZ Tattoo & Art Festival: This week New Plymouth will play host to the biggest tattoo convention in New Zealand. Artists from around the world will descend on the TSB Stadium for the two day NZ Tattoo and Art Festival on November 24 and 25. And two people who will be at the convention are local tattooists Jason Hardwick and Paul Gledhill… Read More »

Taki and Molly Kitamura: The Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts 2012

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By Molly and Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura  This year’s convention went by so quickly, so I will try to break it down for you short and sweet…  Read More »

TAM News: Nicki Kasper Becomes Newest Member of TAM Family

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TAM is proud to formally announce that Nicki Kasper is the new Project Manager at Tattoo Artist Magazine! I’m always humbled by the people who have an expanded capacity to care and give selflessly to others. That is a rare quality in modern society, I’m sure you’ll agree. Nicki’s passion is helping others bring their projects to life and for more than a year she has given herself to the TAM project, asking (literally) nothing in return. No mere “booth-girl,” she is the owner of three successful companies of her own, has managed numerous gallery events, book projects, private wine labels, (and innumerable other projects), for some of the most respected tattooers in our community, and is now head of the New Project Division of TAM. I know she wouldn’t want me to mention these things, but I believe it’s important for the community to really know who she is and what she’s capable of. We’re proud to have her on the team… Read More »

Canyon Webb: 1st Annual Park City Utah Tattoo Convention Review

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By Canyon Webb Our flight left at 6:15 a.m. Thursday, still dark and half-asleep getting on the plane. The onset of pre-flight jitters and excitement of going to a new place fight the urge to sleep. It seemed like I closed my eyes and re-opened them to notice the reflection of the sun on a huge salty lake. We were here, and the landscape was scattered in jagged mountains, dirt and sagebrush. Down the escalator to the baggage claim as a black suited driver holds a sign that says Jeff Gogué, I turn to look at Jeff with a huge smile… Read More »

Larry Brogan: Scheduling Appointments and Taking Deposits

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By Larry Brogan Courtesy of Tattoo Road Trip: How many times have you gotten excited about doing a big cool tattoo where you spend all kinds of time designing, hunting for reference images and hours of drawing a piece that you just know it’s going to be one of your best ever? You even get to the shop early and set up your station, and the next thing you realize, your appointment is 20 minutes late. After waiting around, losing your excitement minute by minute, you call the client’s number only to get voicemail. It’s then that you realize you have been stood up. At first, you are bummed, because you have been itching to do the piece, and then you realize that you just spent hours drawing, and all for nothing. Then you get pissed, because you will quite possibly have to sit on your thumb all day, doing nothing and making no money. Well, at least you took that $20-dollar deposit. Maybe you can buy lunch with it…  Read More »

Nicki Kasper: On The Road in Napoli, Italy (VIDEO)

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By Nicki Kasper There are times in our lives that we’re blessed with real experiences, the kind of experiences that can change us if our eyes are open to them. If you sit quietly and observe… If you can really take in what’s going on around you and reflect on it for a moment, you have a chance to see so much, and you have a chance to better yourself. Tattoo Expo Napoli was one of those experiences for me, and I’m gonna go out on a limb, to a very vulnerable place for me and try to share some things about how it all made me feel… Read More »

Larry Brogan: Tattoo Convention Booth Set Up (Part I)

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By Larry Brogan Courtesy of Tattoo Road Trip: Most tattoo conventions provide a space for two working artists approximately 10’x10’ but they can vary by a couple feet in either direction. You will usually have two long narrow tables, one to tattoo from and a front table to showcase and display your tattoo portfolio, original artwork, paintings, prints, tattoo machines, t-shirts or any other items and promotional material you choose provided they are permitted by the promoters and local law… Read More »

Small Paul Presents Art of the Dragon Show During Ink-N-Iron Festival

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Small Paul Stottler presents Art of  the Dragon at The Hellada Gallery in Long Beach, California on June 8th through the June 10th, 2012. Art of the Dragon features art works from over 50 of the worlds leading tattoo artists inspired by a love for dragons, tattooing and the Chinese zodiac year of the dragon 2012… Read More »

Tattoo Expo Napoli 2012 Preview

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The 9th edition of Tattoo Expo Napoli is arriving, the big summer event in Naples (Italy) dedicated to the world of body art, culture and much more. The Expo, organized by the Cultural Association Napolindelebile and Micromutazioni in the huge spaces of Mostra d’Oltremare in Naples, this time will host 170 international tattoo artists, international suppliers in the business and a complex series of events scheduled during the three days (29, 30 June and 1st of July) like: art expositions, workshops, live performances (including suspensions, bondage, live music), the airbrush show and many contests… just to mention some of the attractions…  Read More »

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