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Aitchison/Gogue Collaboration Piece

Back in February of this year as a part of our ongoing professional development webinar series, TattooNOW and Off the Map Tattoo produced and broadcast an unprecedented live streaming internet event. A collaboration tattoo from tattoo masters Guy Aitchison and Jeff Gogue, watched as it happened by over 6000 viewers. Matt McKelvey was the lucky recipient of this amazing tattoo. Here is his story of the experience…   When I saw that TattooNOW was offering the opportunity to be tattooed by Jeff Gogue and Guy Aitchison, I spent the next few days writing my submission. I treated my entry like a resume, which was built upon the image of the Heike Crab. I first saw the unique creature and heard its mythology on Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. My goal was to have elements where both artists could bring their strengths, but it would be unique enough to be exciting. A few months went by, and I was honored to find out I had been selected. It just so happened that I ended up in the same exact hotel room that I stayed in when I started my bodysuit. There was some pretty bad weather in Portland that weekend and after a phone conversation with Jeff, I wasn’t sure if Guy’s plane would be landing. We decided if things fell through, the least we could do would be to work on my existing tattoo. Read More »

Guy Aitchison’s 2 Day Webinar: Reinventing The Tattoo

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By Guy Aitchison   For a decade and a half now I’ve been perfecting my Reinventing The Tattoo curriculum, which teaches some of the fundamentals of artistic design in a way that can be applied toward making your tattoo work stronger, more dynamic, and more unique. It’s an educational program that has been attended by many artists who are now among the industry’s top artists and educators. So I’m psyched to offer this first installment of Reinventing The Tattoo in interactive webinar format. That means that you can attend it online from anywhere in the world but still participate in the critiques, exercises and discussion. I’m offering a limit of 30 tickets so that everyone’s work gets enough time on-screen, where I not only critique it but also use Photoshop to demonstrate ways of improving it. It can also be attended in person at a hotel near us in Marion, Illinois, but many webinar participants have found that the closeup, high definition experience they get on their computers is almost better than being there in person. It starts on April 8, where I’ll begin by going over the Reinventing fundamentals: Flow and fit, positive/negative relationships, contrast, priority and reserve, lines and edges, depth, and lighting effects. We follow that by doing an on-screen critique of each participant’s work, applying the concepts that were demonstrated at the beginning of the day. At the end of the session I’ll be handing out exercises for everyone to work on that night. Then, on ... Read More »

Off The Map Presents a 3 Day Webinar Extravaganza

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Recent years have seen huge debates between tattooers about whether modern technology adds value to tattooing. Are all new products improvements or are we losing vital artistic skills? Therefore, it is so refreshing to see technology used in such a way that no one can deny that it adds value to tattooing. An age old skill meets the height of modern technology. The use of webinars allows you, as an artist, to learn from fellow tattooers without the need to leave the comfort of your own home. It’s a win/win situation where you do not need to close your studio for days and bear the cost of extensive travelling; artists that you know and respect are made available to you without the need to leave the house. Off the Map are pleased to offer you the opportunity to buy one of a limited number of places available for a three day webinar extravaganza. So, what will you get over the three days? It all kicks off on February 9th  (is there a start time?) with a webcast that is live and free (oh yeah, free!) to the public at  HYPERLINK “http://www.tattooNOWTV.com/“www.tattooNOWTV.com. This is not about indepth technical details of tattooing but will cover a variety of issues that are faced by Jeff Gogue and Guy Aitchison when they set about designing and executing large tattoos. It will be a collaboration, seeing these artists working on a sleeve project. Watch as they fuse together traditional Japanese elements alongside cutting-edge techniques. Not only will you ... Read More »

Q & A with Guy Aitchinson

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By Ben Shaw Tattooing is a passionate craft that some are blessed to do. And for the seriously dedicated it is a lifelong journey of progress and self reflection. To chase this dream is exciting! Especially when you find some measure of success and recognition with it. Being in high demand and consistently busy makes you feel great…for awhile. Then like anything we do day in and day out, it can become a job. The pros create some cons, and it takes on the form of work. We can find our passions waining or losing focus, and our purpose less defined. Tattooing is popular. Lots of people want work and we can make a good living at this. Its gaining such recognition that we take on almost rock star status if we’re artistically talented enough. But even that doesn’t satiate the hole left by the day to day grind. Read More »

Dan Henk: What’s Wrong With the Whole ‘Tattoo Artist’ vs. ‘Tattooer’ Crap

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By Dan Henk People love clichés. They love to pick apart their coworkers and neighbors. One of the many, many little schools of dissension in tattooing tends to be the “tattoo artist” versus the “tattooer” label. Some circles, especially those who focus on old-school, have decided that “tattoo artist” is a pejorative. There is a whole list of complaints I’ve heard regarding anything that doesn’t look like a traditional tattoo. Everything from ”that won’t hold up over time,” to “that doesn’t look like a tattoo” to “anyone who wants to be called a tattoo artist is a pretentious hipster, this is a noble working class profession like pipe fitting or blacksmithing…”  Read More »

Raking Light Projects: Tattoo Artists Create Fine Art for New Online Gallery

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Courtesy of Raking Light: Raking Light Projects is an online contemporary art gallery that specializes in the sale of original art and collectible prints created by skilled tattoo artists. Based in Los Angeles, CA, the online gallery exhibits artwork from an array of internationally recognized artists with a background in or relationship to tattooing. Raking Light Projects went live in March 2012 with an exhibition of works created exclusively for the website by artists Guy Aitchison, Jondix, Timothy Hoyer, Bert Krak, Carlos “WENT” Rodriguez and Derrick Snodgrass…  Read More »

Dan Henk: Sometimes The Old-Timers Are Right

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By Dan Henk When I first started tattooing, the industry seemed to be breaking new ground. People like Guy Aitchison, Tom Renshaw and Aaron Caine were redefining what could be done with the form. It was an exciting time. I had been to art school, was doing album covers for bands, illustrations for a few clubs and magazines, and I finally saw that tattooing could be as detailed and complex as any other medium. I had interviewed with DC Comics, and Penguin books and both were very restrictive… Read More »

Free Webcast With Guy Aitchison and Michele Wortman July 21

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For more info visit this site: http://beinart.org/art-news/2012/07/16/guy-aitchison-and-michele-wortman-join-alex-and-allyson-grey-in-live-webcast/visionary_tattoo_webcast_flier/ Read More »

Chet Zar: Second Skin Group Show July 14th at Copro Gallery

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By Chet Zar I only discovered the tattoo community about 3 years ago when I was invited by tattoo artist Jon Lane to paint live at 2009′s Visionary Tattoo Art Festival. I was impressed from the start. Not only were these artists creating truly cutting edge art work on skin (conceptually, tattooing blows every other artistic statement out of the water, in my opinion), they were also painting as good as or better than a lot of well known contemporary painters I’ve seen. I was truly blown away at the variety of styles, techniques and ideas and wondered why I wasn’t seeing a lot of this stuff at the galleries I was showing at and going to, especially when a lot of the artists were expressing interest in showing at these galleries… Read More »

TAM: World Wide Tattoo Conference Review (VIDEO)

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By Crash Some may recall my enthusiastic blog report last fall on the Paradise Tattoo Gathering… Well, I’m gonna do it again! The World Wide Tattoo Conference, brainchild of Italian tattoo artist Alex De Pase and co-hosted by Gabe Ripley and TattooNOW.com, is a new first in the tattoo world; a two-day seminar event for professional tattooers, boasting lectures from six highly respected and influential global artists. More than 200 tattoo artists from around the globe travelled to St. Charles, Illinois to attend this specialized tattoo conference…  Read More »

Dan Henk: Ink Master

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By Dan Henk So, let’s talk about the new tattoo show, Ink Master. It was originally pitched to me (as I’m sure it was to several artists) by a lady named Lisa. She said, and this is an almost direct quote, “We have people on this show like Jeff Gouge and Guy Aitchison. That’s who we’re talking to. Do you think you can compete?”  Read More »

The First World Wide Traveling Tattoo Conference: Free Ticket Giveaway

By Gabe Ripley Guy Aitchison Seminar: “The Extra Mile Is Never Crowded- A Few Extra Things You Can Do To Make Your Work Stand Out” Included as part of the Worldwide Tattoo Conference educational program, $800 for 6 2-hour classes (see event description for more information).  Free ticket giveaway: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dENTeUV2QTJfdE1VMXBOMWo0S1JOclE6MQ Read More »

The First World Wide Traveling Tattoo Conference Giveaway

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By Gabe Ripley To have a chance to win a free ticket to the World Wide Tattoo Conference, please click the link below and fill out form. Winners will be chosen at the start of next week: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dENTeUV2QTJfdE1VMXBOMWo0S1JOclE6MQ Six of the world’s most famous tattoo artists will gather together in the Chicago area to share their expertise and experiences. Two days of full immersion into the secrets that made Guy Aitchison, Jeff Gogue, Nick Baxter, Boris, Bob Tyrrell and Alex De Pase very popular and successful. The program includes a series of highly integrated core seminars and lectures that provide attendees with a great opportunity to learn more about the technical skills, tips and tricks and suggestions that can make you a better tattooist. Every artist will explain his unique artistic approach to body art and show his own peculiar vision on the tattoo world. Read More »

Dan Henk: It Really Doesn’t Help to Be an Arrogant Little Fuck

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By Dan Henk This industry has been around a long time. People come in from many different angles, some just want to make a living and there is certainly a place for that. Others are artistic geniuses, and there is a place for that as well. The vast majority fall in the mid-ground. All are welcomed, as long as they approach it with the right attitude… And if you can do a good, clean tattoo… Read More »

Paradise Tattoo Gathering (VIDEO)

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