By Dawn Cooke
So I screen-shotted some of my favorite pictures from Intagram to share. My intention is to share some great work and give the artists every bit of the credit! I’m doing it to showcase what I consider to be some really great work. I hope you will all agree. One thing I want to make clear is that I am not trying to promote the idea of “stealing.” All artists are inspired by other artists. There’s a difference between being inspired and flat-out stealing. I think it’s important to know the difference. Most images in tattooing have been taken from other sources. It’s always good to know the source if you can, and try to be inspired by art outside of tattooing… and also by life and nature… (more…)
By Dawn Cooke
Every day I ask myself this question. And if you think I always have the correct answer, I do not. Every tattoo that I do gets me closer to figuring out exactly what a tattoo is. Some of the first thoughts I have when I meet a client lead me to my conclusions about that particular piece. Each piece is different and every piece is a different answer to the question…
A unique collection of pages of flash signed Spider Murphy’s, designed by the finest tattoo artists who over the years worked in the famous California studio. The contains 110 sheets (mostly unpublished) dedicated to the most authentic and at the same time original American tattoo, designed by Theo Mindell, Matt Howse, Stuart Cripwell, Paul Anthony Dobleman and Heather Bailey.
A tribute to the early tattoo flash used in the West that decorated the first tattoo shops with vessels, ships, Cadillac cars, sports cars, women with feathers and jewels and the world of the circus that in the 20s became the most curious and unique American fashion. Dreams for the dreamers that captured the fantasy of customers, taking them on journeys to faraway worlds, rearranged by Spider Murphy’s tattoo shop and published in this book. [Ordering instructions and photos on expanded page]
By Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura
It’s already August, and the tattoo convention I throw with Roman Enriquez (Strong Tattoo/45s Forever) is coming up soon! This year the convention in scheduled for October 21-23 and we are returning to the SFO Hyatt Regency. Even with last year’s power outage on Sunday, the hotel is perfect for us and we look forward to a great weekend. Here are some highlights of this year’s show…