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Artist Spotlight – Victor Chil

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Victor Chil started his art career as a teenaged graffiti artist before he began going to art school in Barcelona. Then one day he decided to get a tattoo by Rafa from Ronin Tattoo and became fascinated with the artistry of tattooing. He asked Rafa to apprentice him and he’s been tattooing ever since. Victor specializes in a unique new school style that’s very clean and mixes splashes of realism and absurdity to create unique tattoos you won’t find on anyone else. Being talented in a form that utilizes a bit of both ends of the artistic spectrum, he’s able to craft tattoos in a variety of styles effectively and with a consistent high level of quality regardless of how different each tattoo is from the next. If you ever find yourself in Barcelona, Victor Chil is definitely the man you want to see about getting a new tattoo while you’re there. BARCELONA, SPAIN IG – https://www.instagram.com/victor_chil/?hl=en Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Mattia Mambo

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Mattia Mambo started tattooing traditional tattoos years ago. Back then he was your average budding, talented tattoo artist looking to get better at his craft while maybe making a name for himself along the way. He’s done just that by creating his own unique art style called “destructured” tattoos. These tattoo may look quite simplistic, and design-wise they admittedly are, but what sets Mattia Mambo’s unique design style apart is how much it says about its subject. You know people say a picture is worth a thousand words? Mambo’s unique art style essentially uses the least amount of words possible to concisely tell two thousand words with each tattoo he designs. It’s minimalism and mocking humor at its finest. While it may not be for everyone, we’re sure some of you out there love it too. If you find yourself in Italy, or able to get there, and you’re looking to get a unique tattoo, just ask around for Mattia Mambo. You won’t leave disappointed. Meda. Milano. Italy. IG – https://www.instagram.com/mambotattooer/ FB – https://www.facebook.com/mattia.calvi.37?fref=ts Read More »

#AREYOUKIDDINGME

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No matter how many bad tattoos we come across, they never get any less cringe-worthy. Just take a look at these atrocious insulting to tattooing! We’d MAYBE understand if they were prison tats, but they’re not. These are pictures of people proudly showing off their horrendous tattoo jobs. Yes, you read that right. These people are SHOWING OFF THESE TATTOOS WITH PRIDE! It’s like they’ve never seen a good tattoo in their life. You know what? Maybe that’s it! Maybe these people just don’t know any better because they haven’t seen what’s possible when you hire a good artist. Which is all the more reason for us to work together to get the word out and bring the gift of good tattoos to the masses. WHO’S WITH US?! Read More »

Well, That Escalated Quickly

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The beginning of this piercings gallery probably won’t shock many of you. You’ve probably seen something like this before, especially if you’re a regular TAM visitor. As you go down the rabbit hole though, things quickly escalate into a level of weird many of you may not be comfortable with. (But that’s why you’re here anyway, right?) You may think you’ve seen things escalate quickly before, but when you hit the real freaky portion of this gallery you may have to rethink your stance on what escalating quickly really means. You’ll want to avert your eyes, to not progress to the next pictures, but something inside will force you to continue on until you see some of the strangest piercings you’ve ever seen in your life. Oh, and all the pictures are real by the way. No editing. These piercings really happened. Have fun. Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Abey Alvarez

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Abey Alvarez is a tattoo artist who owns and operates out of 3 Foot Radius Tattoo in Southern California. He learned about tattooing from his cellmate while incarcerated in the late 90s and tattooed himself upon release with a homemade tattoo gun. From there he started tattooing anyone who would let him and will readily admit that his work during his time as a scratcher was far from good, but that’s how he learned and eventually became the master craftsman he is today. He’s an award winning tattoo artist who specializes in black-and-grey tattoos. Abey’s mostly well known for his realism designs, but he’s also no stranger to various other styles of art. He’s constantly looking to better himself as an artist and expand his horizons. You don’t have to take our word for it though. The video above and the gallery below should be more than enough to show you just how special of an opportunity getting a tattoo done by Abey Alvarez would be. Southern Cali www.3footradiustattoo.com IG – https://www.instagram.com/abeyalvarez/?hl=en FB – https://www.facebook.com/abeyalvarez?fref=ts Read More »

What’s the Worst that Could Happen?

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If you ever find yourself asking aloud, “What’s the worst that could happen?” then you clearly haven’t thought whatever you’re about to do through. There’s almost always a worst case scenario that’s worse than what you’ve imagined. In the case of a trailer with a poorly made “Body Piercings” sign, the worst that could happen is you contract a nasty infection from an improper piercing that costs you your life. Don’t take our word for it, you can click here for a prime example of just how dangerous amateur piercings can be. You should never take any sort of body modification lightly. The human body may be incredibly resilient, but it’s simultaneously quite fragile. Respect your body and yourself enough to get all your piercings done by a license professional in a clearly sterile environment. Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Damien Rodriguez

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Damien Rodriguez went through years of hard work and apprenticeship before he started professionally tattooing at the beginning of 2003. He spent four years tattooing in his hometown of Philadelphia before moving to The Big Apple (aka New York City) in 2007. He’s been tattooing in New York ever since, refining his abilities as he constantly attempts to outdo himself with each new tattoo design. Damien specializes in traditional Japanese and American themed tattoo designs. Far Eastern lore and American nostalgia are what he’s passionate about, which is why you’ll find them throughout most of the tattoos featured below. If you’re looking for a traditional Japanese or American tattoo, we suggest booking Damien Rodriguez immediately. New York, New York www.damienrodriguez.com IG – https://www.instagram.com/damienrodriguez/?hl=en FB – https://www.facebook.com/lordxdamien?fref=ts Read More »

Artist Spotlight- Dmitriy Samohin

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Dmitriy Samohin is a Ukrainian tattoo artist who has been tattooing for well over a decade. He didn’t get into tattooing as an apprentice, nor did he have aspirations of becoming an artist when he was young. While in the army, Dmitriy happened across a tattoo magazine and became intrigued by the art from. He wanted to create on skin what others have done on canvas, and so he decided to start teaching himself how to tattoo. His talents are largely natural and entirely self-taught, which makes his work all the more impressive. He’s well-known for his realism work but, as you’ll see in the gallery below, Dmitriy can design any style of tattoo your heart desires. He’s an eclectic tattoo artist who primarily works out of Odessa, Ukraine and if you’re ever able to get a tattoo designed by him we highly suggest taking him up on the opportunity. Odessa, Ukraine. IG – https://www.instagram.com/dmitriysamohin/?hl=en FB – www.facebook.com/DmitriySamohin Read More »

When Piercings Become Self-Mutilation

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These piercings have to count more towards self-mutilation than body modification, right? At some point the line is crossed and these seem to us like they’re well past that line. We’re all for freedom of expression and the right to do with your body as you see fit, but these piercings are so bad that we’re not so sure some of these people aren’t a serious danger to themselves. Some of these people have to be one police introduction away from receiving a Baker Act. (For those who don’t know, a Baker Act is a means of providing individuals with emergency services and temporary detention for mental health evaluation and treatment on either a voluntary or involuntary basis.) If you want to avoid the loony bin, maybe avoid getting terrible unprofessional piercings like these. Read More »

THIS HAS BEEN AN ANGRY BROADCAST!

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WTF PEOPLE?! WHY DO THESE SHITTY TATTOOS KEEP CROPPING UP?! WE’RE BEGINNING TO LOSE ALL HOPE IN HUMANITY! Seriously though, these terrible tattoos have to stop. Tarnishing the image of Jack Skellington or getting tattoos that say “This pussy is juicey” right above your crotch give tattoos everywhere a bad name. These are the images people who are against tattoos point to and they’re all over the place. It’s 1000 times easier to find pictures of bad tattoos than to find good ones. Let’s start a revolution to stop garbage tattoos like these from happening. Spread the word. Let people know that even tattoo enthusiasts disapprove of these horrible tattoos and maybe, just maybe, we can start to bring about the end of bad tattoos together. Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Leo Valverde

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Leo Valverde is a beautifully talented new school tattoo artist who specializes in illustrative cartoon-y tattoos often featuring pop culture characters from film franchises and various other outlets. He travels a great deal and can be met at tattoo conventions all over the world, as well as a guest artist at a variety of tattoo studios too. If you’re looking to get a tattoo by this master artist then your best bet is to either email him directly or follow him on social media and wait for him to be near your area. You may have to wait a bit, but that wait will certainly be worth it. Needle Art Tattoo Barcelona, Spain IG – https://www.instagram.com/leotattoons/?hl=en FB – https://www.facebook.com/leovalverdeart Read More »

This is Why You Should NOT Trust Scratchers!

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Scratchers, in tattooing terms, is an untrained tattoo artist who tattoos outside of a studio utilizing any equipment he/she can get their hands on. Generally speaking, nowadays scratchers are people who think tattooing is simply taking a tattoo gun and sketching – or “scratching” – a design onto someone’s skin. They get people by having their friends and family talk them up to others and by offering tattoos for a fraction of a professional’s price. While a lot of historically well-known tattoo artists back-in-the-day got their starts as scratchers, it’s not a common way into the industry today. Most budding tattoo artists start as studio apprentices and learn their craft from other professionals. Take this tattoo gallery as a warning sign and avoid scratchers at all costs. You don’t want to end up with a shitty tattoo like one of these on your body, messing up your skin for a quick buck. Read More »

Done by a Nonprofessional

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We’re not saying all of these tattoos are atrocious. In fact, some of the nonprofessional tattoos depicted in the gallery below look like they were done by people that might have real talent if they keep practicing. That being said, none of these tattoos are well done according to today’s standards. Maybe decades ago they would’ve been considered passable, but tattoo quality standards have evolved rapidly over the last few decades. As we show with our Artist Spotlight galleries, there are plenty of insanely talented artists around the world – many of which are readily accessible and easy to book. Don’t settle for second rate. Do your research and get a really good tattoo you can display proudly even to tattoo enthusiasts. Read More »

#thinkbeforeyouink

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Take to Twitter and get #thinkbeforeyouink trending as soon as possible! These bad tattoos have to stop. There’s no reason for them to continue being applied. Artists should take more pride in their work and people should take more pride in their bodies. The tattoos below are examples of what we’re trying to help people avoid, and you can get involved by warning your friends and family members on Facebook and Twitter with #thinkbeforeyouink. We’ve seen a lot of terrible tattoos recently and believe this issue warrants attention by everyone. None of us like to see bad tattoos, so please, we’re begging you to #thinkbeforeyouink. Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Maggie Cho Brophy

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Maggie Cho Brophy is one of those artists who prefers to focus more on her art than herself. You won’t find a biography or about page on her website, but you will find plenty of her pieces that show off her unique art style. As you will see in the gallery below, Maggie’s black-and-grey tattoo style is very unique in its hand-drawn look and style. Most of them look like they’ve been done with a pencil, which makes a lot of sense when you check out her portfolio site and see the paper and canvas work she does too. If you like Maggie’s style and want one of her unique tattoos too, your best bet is to email her directly. maggiebrophy.com IG – https://www.instagram.com/maggiechotattoo/?hl=en Read More »