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Tag Archives: Henk “Hanky Panky” Schiffmacher

Tattoo Artist Magazine Goes Digital! (Issues #17 and #27)

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Because you demanded it… Tattoo Artist Magazine is now available digitally! (To subscribers and professional tattooers ONLY.) We are proud to announce that we will be releasing the entire catalog of TAM for your mobile devices. The issues will be available exclusively through our TAM Pro Store. Each issue will be available to view and save on your iPhone, iPad, Android or tablet device. Once purchased you will be sent a link to download TAM content directly to your device. The issues can be read and stored in iBooks or Kindle Reader. You will also have the option to save on your home computer and store in iTunes… Read More »

JoJo Ackermann: Fear of a Flash Planet

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By JoJo Ackermann About six months ago, three guys in their early 20s walked into the shop around opening time with the request to have a heart and the word “Mom” tattooed on their asses. Honestly, I thought they were just screwing around but after a few laughs and some more questions, I realized these dudes were serious about getting it done…  Read More »

New Publication From The Amsterdam Tattoo Museum: Mother

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Mothers have always been a popular theme in the world of tattoos, and the first tattoo a young man gets is often associated with this theme, not least because of the ruckus he will avoid when returning home with it. At first most mothers become angry at such an impulsive deed, but once she realises that this is an indelible display of unconditional love for her and that it will be visible to all for all time, all her heart can do is melt…  Read More »

JTG: The South American Experience

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By JTG So I just left Buenos Aires after being there for a month-and-a-half or something like this… The guys from Welldone Tattoo and I started a really tough gang, this is our first group shot. We are tougher than leather…  Read More »

JTG: On the Road in Amsterdam and Beyond

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By JTG After my time at Royal Tattoo in Denmark I headed to Amsterdam and The Amsterdam Tattoo Museum just a week before Christmas. Amsterdam is that city where for the first time in my life I felt like I could have died from partying. This was years ago: I remember looking out the window of my room at like five in the morning, the street lights shimmering on the black water of the canals, while my friends snored around me in drunken, coked-out stupors as my heart raced, my jaw a vice, with teeth that could have cracked walnuts, shit, they could have cracked themselves… Read More »

Amsterdam Tattoo Museum

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“The Book of Lucky” by Lucky Bastard In the beginning there was the Red Light… In 1998, I took my first trip to Amsterdam to try and sit-in at the infamous Hanky Panky Tattoo. I was told by others that had worked for Hanky (Henk Schiffmacher) that it was not possible to get someone to vouch for you, or to call ahead to test the waters. You just had to meet Henk face-to-face, and hope he liked what you were doing. Not just artistically, but most importantly personality-wise… Read More »

JoJo Ackermann: That’s The Impression That I Get

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By JoJo Ackermann “Tattoos are my life!” That is a bold statement. I have heard it from beginners with less than five years and from veteran tattooers with more than 20 years in the craft… Hell, I have even said it myself. It would seem that most people who begin their journey into the world of tattooing understand that it is a lifetime commitment, which reaches far beyond the ability to just apply a tattoo. Listening and being respectful while the older veteran tattooers speak about stories and reflect on experiences, or even share tips and advise is almost like hearing tribal elders pass on the secrets of a world that is still closed off to most… Read More »

First Look Inside the New Amsterdam Tattoo Museum

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A letter to Tattoo Artist Magazine from Dean Williams: Tattoo Artist Mag… Hey hey, it’s Dean Williams co-owner of Elm Street Tattoo with my long shadow-casting partner, Oliver Peck. On November 5th me, Oliver and couple of the guys from the shop went to Amsterdam for Hanky Panky’s grand-opening of the tattoo museum. I would say it exceeded my expectations, not to mention there’s… I believe a couple more buildings not yet open to the public. But what is open now is a couple of wings beautifully crafted with three floors with tattooing rooms upstairs that would accommodate any style of tattooing… Read More »

New Amsterdam Tattoo Museum to Open on Schedule

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By Danny Boy (A letter to Crash) Just wanted to let you and your readers know where we are at with the museum. We got 12 days left and going into the last round. This week should be pretty hectic, but that’s how we like it. The permanent exhibitions are just about finished as far as painters and carpenters go. Henk is working around the clock, painting away, having meetings, interviews, barking at everyone, overseeing some 50 people with the help of Annemarie Beers and Almar, still squeezing in some tattoos here and there, and still showing up in the mornings with new ideas and drawings of rooms and exhibitions he had made the night before. And all this is for you, tattoo lovers of the world… Read More »

Amsterdam Tattoo Museum Opens on November 5th, 2011

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Dear Tattoo Friends, November 5th is the big day: The opening of the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum. The evening is for the public on Museumnacht (museum night, tickets: www.n8.nl)… [More info on expanded page] Read More »

Hanky Panky Tattoo Artist Magazine Article Preview for Issue #27

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                 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… Read More »

Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #27 Pre-Orders Now Available

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Tattoo Artist Magazine (TAM) #27 features articles from Henk Schiffmacher (Hanky Panky), Doug Hardy, Adam Shrewsbury and Horiken. Click here: http://tattooartistmagazine.myshopify.com/ to pre-order TAM #27. TAM checks each individual order to verify that you are a professional artist. If you are not a professional your order will be cancelled and money refunded. Please don’t waste our time… We stay pretty busy… (Cover art by Doug Hardy and Adam Shrewsbury.) Cheers- TEAM TAM Read More »

Danny Boy Discusses New Amsterdam Tattoo Museum with Horitaka

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By Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura Tattooers love to travel… I recently got to catch-up with Danny Boy as he was running up and down California. His wife was getting tattooed by Horitomo at my shop and they crashed at my house for the night. We chatted a bit over coffee and I was especially eager to ask about the New Amsterdam Tattoo Museum. This project is the brainchild of Henk “Hanky Panky” Schiffmacher, a living legend of tattooing and one of the world’s leading tattoo historians. The opening is scheduled for later this year… Read More »

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