Courtesy of VICE.com: In this episode, Freddy channels the ultimate“cool dude” of tattooing, complete with diamond teeth, old cars, face and neck tattoos, loyal friends, and cute blonde children. We meet up with Freddy and his friends as they muse about his growth as a tattoo artist – from a kid who was into drawing, to one of the perpetrators of some of the biggest trends in the craft (specifically, with the Day of the Dead Skull).
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Please join us for the opening reception:
Thursday, November 3, 2011
6pm – 9pm
SMITH ANDERSEN EDITIONS presents TASTE OF TATTOO, an exhibit that features prints from the Tattoo Project, and highlights the relationship between marking on skin and marking on a printing plate. In our most recent project, we invited ten artists to make work influenced or inspired by tattoos. Five of the participants are known for tattooing and five for printmaking. For Ross K. Jones, Mary Joy, Jen Lee, Jeff Rassier, and Kahlil Rintye, who generally work with skin and ink, the project afforded the opportunity to collaborate with a master printer, to experiment with new materials, and to embrace the spontaneity atypical of tattooing. For the printmakers, Enrique Chagoya, George Herms, Kathryn Kain, Kara Maria, and Richard Shaw, the tattoo project encouraged the investigation of new symbols, styles, and ideas….
Courtesy of VICE.com: Freddy has been tattooing for over twenty-seven years, and is known throughout the world for his two popular Oakland parlors, Temple and Tattoo 13. In the series trailer, Freddy takes us to an impromptu Chinese-style tea ceremony to meet one of his spiritual friends, and sets the tone for the rest of his series -filled with anecdotes of religious experiences and musings about getting clean after years of drug use.
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The 3 of a Kind art show at Firecat Projects in Chicago will feature the works of Don Ed Hardy, Nick Bubash and folk art/tattoo legend Thom deVita, starting on Oct. 28th and running until Nov. 26th, 2011. Currently, this is all the information we have, but we will update this post when more information is made available.
3 of a Kind Art Show: October 28 – November 26 2011
Opening Reception October 28, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
2124 N. Damen Ave., Chicago IL 60647
Beer by Three Floyds
Wines by Red and White Wines in Chicago
By Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura
It’s no secret that I love books. I collect them, I write them, I publish them… and it’s nice to see that amidst the flurry of Google image searches and technological advances, books are still in use in the tattoo community. I haven’t been tattooing that long, but book collecting was, and is, something all my mentors and role models encouraged. It was about study and reference, doing your homework to make the best tattoo drawing you could!
The Paradise Tattoo Gathering (PTG), at the Jiminy Peak Resort in Massachusetts, is a unique experience and one which I would highly recommend. In its fourth year, this convention stands alone amongst hundreds as being completely orchestrated for the benefit of tattooers. Don’t get me wrong, the public is welcome but with the location chosen and the schedule of events, it’s apparent this show is for tattooers who WANT to be in their community and who also want to improve themselves, their art and their tattooing. It’s quite unlike anything else out there and it was EXACTLY what I needed, at exactly the right time… (More on that in a minute.)
By Molly Skobba and Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura
And here we go again! I’ve been super busy tattooing and also getting ready for the SFO Tattoo Convention coming soon and haven’t had a chance to blog lately. No problem, my amazing girl Molly has been on it and wrote a few words about Ben’s last visit to San Jose. Enjoy… (more…)
Interview by Nicki Kasper
Nicki Kasper: Do you explore other mediums, like paint? If so, how do you approach that? Do you market and sell them?
Horiken: Yes, I like to paint very much. I usually paint with acrylics on paper. I like wooden panels as well. I do try to do different things from my tattooing, I may use the same motifs, but I lay paintings out differently. And, I guess I use different shading and coloring techniques; some that may not work in a tattoo. And… yeah, I do sell paintings, I don’t really make a huge effort to sell them, but if someone wants one, I do sell them. When I was in art school, I studied art history. I am trying to study this more and I have the thought that maybe I can paint and draw, a bit separate from tattooing and make something new…
Interview by Daniel Sawyer
Daniel Sawyer: So then into the 80s you started to have a lot of contact with American tattooers, who were starting to come over, right? Leo Zelueta, Malone…
Hank Panky: Everybody eventually came over. Also, in the very early days, Bob Roberts came over. Because at the first convention, it was Hardy, it was Greg Irons, and the Leu family—Philip Leu was about seven, I think. Greg Irons, he stayed in Europe. He wanted to go travel. He stayed in Ostender, did a couple of tattoos in my shop. And Bob, who was friends with Greg, came after him. He also went to Ostender, and then stayed in Amsterdam for a long time. When Bob went back, he sent me some very young kids, a young band. They were like 19 or 20. They were called The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and I had no fucking idea who they were, or what their music sounded like. But they were very, very young. So I tattooed them, and they turned out to do whatever they do, with the socks around their dicks and all that. But so the tattoos were very much seen. Everywhere. And these kids were sending me all the rock and roll people. And together, with all of that stuff, a lot of very young tattoo artists came to Amsterdam, and wanted to work a while in the shop, as part of their training. Mike Wilson, Freddy Corbin, Eddie Deutsche. Almost everybody…
Interview by Katie Sellergren
Doug Hardy: I was in Hawaii for six years. I was there from April ’92 to April ’98. And it was great. I loved working with Mike. He was incredibly patient and an incredibly good teacher. I mean, he had a temper, and so did I, but he would always show me how to do something the right way. And I was not the best apprentice…
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Courtesy of Luis Garza: You’ve heard of Ed Hardy, the $500 million lifestyle franchise, but do you really know the man behind it all? Did you know that Don “Ed” Hardy turned down a scholarship in art from Yale University to pursue the questionable profession of tattooing?
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 Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura
A few words with Professor Eric Jones…
HT: How do you feel about Vietnamese bars?
EJ: How do I feel about Vietnamese bars? Since you were the first to show me, it has a soft spot in my heart. It might be hard in other places…
I’m too old for this shit, but damn, what an adventure! I thought I could write something short to share the TAM Road Trip journey and give TAM Blog a little more content. I believe the potentials we have with the TAM Blog are pretty evident, and given enough time, can be fashioned into something powerful, entertaining and educational…
Interview by Brian Seghers
Brian Seghers: If you could go back in time to any era, or to work with somebody, or somewhere, where would you like to go? Have you ever thought about that?
Isaac Fainkujen: Yeah, I think for me the era that’s most interesting is kind of the tattoo renaissance that took place in and around the Bay area in the 70s and the 80s with Ed Hardy, Bob Roberts, Greg Irons, Eddy Deutsche and people like those guys that started to push the boundaries of what was okay and what wasn’t okay to do in a tattoo…
Short video clips from Doug Hardy’s interview… [Pictures and info on expanded page] (more…)
The Sailor Jerry Rum Company will be hosting a special screening of Hori Smoku this weekend at the Ink and Iron Festival on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. If you have not seen this award winning documentary, this would be a great time to see it… [Lager image and more info on expanded page]
Well, it’s here again… Ink ‘n Iron time. Time to cram into a giant haunted boat with 10,000 of our closest friends…
This year the good folks at the Sailor Jerry Rum Company are sponsoring a toast to the life and memory of Norman Keith Collins, a.k.a Sailor Jerry. [More info on expanded page] (more…)
By Ed Hardy:
I first met Chris Trevino when he and his then-partner, Shawn Degan, came to San Francisco in about 1992 to talk with me about getting some work done. He had not been tattooing very long at that time but Chris’ enthusiasm and ideas were off the charts… [Video and pictures on expanded page] (more…)
This is a fitting title for Chris Trevino’s first book. His tattoos often depict these precise themes. But more notably, the title is actually fitting for Chris himself. In many ways he embodies the eternal qualities of the warrior hero or the deified persona of an ancient culture’s history; in short, a modern knight in quest for the mythic grail. His accomplishments, perhaps in a slightly older culture and rendered symbolically in the romantic style, could very well be the foundation of myth. (more…)
Jason Kundell: Tattoo wise- I had the good chance of working with some great people along the road. There’s been a lot of great influences. The guys who taught me, Adrian and Paco, were really good influences and they’ve gone on to do great things. When me and Grime had the shop together he was a great influence. He was a good influence especially because he was going through this time in his life where he was really tired of everyone sort of taking some of his cool little nuances. (more…)
Every year Tattoo Artist Magazine (TAM) makes the journey half way across the globe to partake in the festivities at the Milano Tattoo Convention. This year TAM has sweetened the deal and brought with it some very rare and collectible tattoo memorabilia that will be for sale at the TAM booth. (more…)