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Jack Rudy – Photo Gallery of Black & Grey Masterpieces

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Jack Rudy is an American tattoo artist notable for his reinvention of the ‘Black and Gray’ style of tattooing, realistic portraits, and single-needle use. He is considered to be one of the top tattoo artists in the world. After leaving the Marines in 1975, Rudy began his career as an apprentice at Goodtime Charlie’s Tattooland, in East Los Angeles. Under the watch of Charlie Cartwright, a friend of his he had met while visiting the Old Long Beach pike while on leave from the USMC Logistics Base in Barstow CA, Rudy and Cartwright began to hone their craft of single-needle, Black and Gray style tattoos. Simultaneously creating a whole new subgenre of modern tattooing and raising the proverbial bar for many new emerging tattoo artists and artists in general. His very distinct and distinguishable style is renowned for its masterful use of light and dark shades of varying degrees of black and grey. In addition to creating a softer and more realistic style of tattooing, with the advent of the new single needle tattoo technology artists were now able to use a much greater level of detail than previously attainable utilizing older and more readily accepted tattoo machine and needle configurations. As the client base of East Los Angeles began requesting this ‘penitentiary-style’, the pair decided to create a single-needle configured tattoo machine. Jack Rudy can be found at Good Time Charlie’s Tattooland in Anaheim, CA. (From the full article as seen in Tattoo Artist Magazine #25)  Get it HERE for $14.99     OR ... Read More »

Ink Master s6/e9 review – 8/18/15

As the competition continues true colors are revealed.  This week featured underhanded schemes and motives to strategically eliminate the competition on this episode of ‘Ink Master’, Composed and Exposed which aired Tuesday, August 18, 2015. The plotting progressed as the remaining artists formed new alliances. Only 11 artists were left to compete after Saint Marq was sent home last week.  Returning from elimination Chris Blinston exposed himself as a wolf in sheep’s clothing determined to do whatever it takes to win, which sends the other contestants scrambling to find a way to send him packing.  For this week’s challenge, the artists were individually tasked with creating a composition piece in the form of a post card. The elements needed to make sense and move at the same time. The artists were paired with a canvas to create permanent souvenirs to commemorate their travel experiences and “living mas”. Challenges were met immediately as each artist searched for authenticity in their presentation.  After judging the challenge Matt O’Baugh was declared the winner. This gave him the power to assign canvases for the elimination tattoo. As things heated up Craig Foster persuaded Matt unknowingly to do his dirty work by going after Chris’s followers, Dave and Tyler. For the elimination challenge each artist created a piece in the European art form of Trash Polka. Composition and dynamics are a must in the art form that only uses black, gray and red ink. Immediately, the difficult canvases, and those with scattered ideas were used ... Read More »

Top Six Tattoo Influencers of All Time

Nick Baxter

Tattoos have been around for centuries and there have been numerous tattoo artists that have made their mark in the industry. Some of them have been so good that they inspired entire generations into the tattoo culture and undoubtedly deserve their name to be mentioned in the list of the most influential tattoo artists of all time. Tattoo culture has definitely risen in popularity recently and therefore, we have decided to create the list of the most influential tattoo artists of all time. Nick Baxter is another tattoo artist who has shot to fame due to his incredible large scale tattoos. His consistent attention to detail and his willingness to push his limits and test his artistic boundaries is what has made him into one of the best tattoo artists today. Aaron Cain has been flying the flag for biochemical tattoo artist for the past 20 years. His art and skill is recognized due to his penchant for hard edges and thick lines. Cain has been an inspiration for numerous tattoo artists with his jaw-dropping tattoo creations. Paul Booth is one of the most recognized and famous tattoo artists on the planet today. His name is revered around anything that is dark and evil and his portrayals of the dark side have shot to him to international superstardom. He has also made appearances on national television and stations like CNN, Discovery, MTV, MSNBC, TLC, and A&E. Nikko Hurtado is well known due to his specialization in colored portraiture. He has ... Read More »

Victor Farinelli: Best Ink Season II Season Finale (Episode 10)


By Victor Farinelli  In the words of the dead, drug addled rock star Jim Morrison, “This is the end, beautiful friend, the end.” Yes folks, this pop-culture game show dubbed “Best Ink Season II” has reached its final episode. What started off as a study in mediocrity, slowly digressed into a judge’s vehicle in auto-fellatio pseudo-fame. If the item that is to be fellatioed could be found, that is…  Read More »

Victor Farinelli: Best Ink Season II (Episode 9)


By Victor Farinelli  It is down to the wire, folks. Four contestants are left in the game show of extreme skill and ability to see who is going to be named Best Ink. They must pay income tax on $100,000, and appear on the cover of Tattoo Magazine. HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA, “extreme skill!” I crack myself up sometimes! And Tattoo Magazine? I haven’t picked up this rag in a long time, but when I did, it had some of the crappiest tattoos out there. Back in the day, this wonderfully professional publication contained construction paper pages of black and white photos of color tattoos. Apparently, it has improved somewhat over the years, relying more on artists’ submissions than submissions by people with their own homemade tats… Read More »

Victor Farinelli: Best Ink Season II (Episode 8)


By Victor Farinelli  This week’s show was humdrum and tiresome. It is a chore to watch this poorly produced, sadly directed piece of shit. I could edit better in iMovie than these cats can with their high-dollar editing studio. This week’s focus was on realism. For the flash challenge, the troupe was taken to a side-street where, out of nowhere, this clearly staged accident-slash-gun fight happened right in front of them. The contestants were supposed to draw a “hyper-photo-realistic” rendition of it. It was just a big advertisement for the new Fast and Furious 6 movie. Lame… Read More »

Victor Farinelli: Best Ink Season II (Episode 7)


By Victor Farinelli  This is not gonna be a long post because, frankly, this show is just becoming sad… Just sad. I thought this show would give me some great ammunition to vent the fury in my head. But alas, no. I have to take that out on my last place Brewers who, as I write this, beat the first place Cards. So I can’t even take it out on them. Fuck! I guess there are always the Astros…  Read More »

Victor Farinelli: Best Ink Season II (Episode 6)


By Victor Farinelli  Let me start by reminding y’all that the views expressed in these here ramblings are my own and do not represent the views of TAM. With that out of the way, I wanted to touch on some action going on at the TAM Facebook page. There have been some posts that have criticized TAM for allowing me to even acknowledge that Best Ink, and other tattoo shows, even exist… One: See the first sentence. Two: Face it folks; ever since MTV’s The Real World (maybe even The Dating Game), TV has become one “reality” show after another. COPS, Survivor, Idol, Top Chef; the list goes on and on. Tattoo shows are no different. I don’t think they are going to go away anytime soon, either. Look at how many seasons American Chopper has been on. Those goofballs still get huge ratings. True “outlaw bikers” probably hate that show, just like many passionate tattoo artists hate tattoo shows…  Read More »

Victor Farinelli: Best Ink Season II (Episode 5)


By Victor Farinelli  Howdy folks. It’s me again here to bring you yet another exciting and death-defying episode of Best Ink Season II. This episode demonstrates to me that I am absolutely no judge of what a decent tattoo should be. I thought that most of the work that came out of this episode was pretty good. However, walking heart-attack Joe Capobianco hated most of them. I never had good taste…  Read More »

Victor Farinelli: Best Ink Season II (Episode 4)


By Victor Farinelli  My fellow cynic “johndotcom” asked me the other day if this show is painful to watch. Yes it is. It makes me wish for the zombie apocalypse. I think it has to do with the real egotistical ass-hats that are on this show, including the host, Pete Wentz. I guess that is why they were picked in the first place. Some of the douchingtons are so egotistical that they don’t even realize that they are fucking up someone’s life with a shitty tattoo. Well, I guess that is why the laser removal industry is so big now… Read More »

Victor Farinelli: Best Ink Season II (Episode 3)


By Victor Farinelli  Hello Folks. This is your resident dickhead back again to bring you a recap of this week’s episode from one of the most asinine shows on TV. Week three of Best Ink is pretty much like week two. For the flash challenge, the guest judges were Vanessa and Angela Simmons, founders of Pastry Brand fashionable footwear and apparel. The Simmons are daughters of Rev. Run from Run-DMC and nieces of Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam records. The flash challenge was all about branding. So now tattoo artists have to brand themselves? What the fuck is that all about? Oh, I forgot, the last challenge was all about branding too. Kids; don’t do tattoos at home. But if you’re going to, use my Easy Glow Tattoo Pigment and custom “Brickhouse” coil tattoo machine…  Read More »

Victor Farinelli: Best Ink Season II (Episode 2)


By Victor Farinelli  Hello, my name is Victor, and I am an asshole (Hi,Victor). I am officially in asshole relapse mode. I don’t know what has come over me. Everytime I try not to be an asshole, the compulsion takes over. So, I have accepted my assholism and will embrace it. Today is a new day. I feel like a butterfly emerging from the cocoon. I am going to spread my wings and fly! *grin* *single tear* *sunbeam and rainbows* Read More »

Victor Farinelli: Best Ink Season II (Episode 1)


By Victor Farinelli  Hello friends and neighbors! It’s me again, here to give you the scoop on this shitstorm called Best Ink. First off, during the show, these little pop-up windows come up giving “industry slang.” One was “Skin- Tattoo Client.” What the fuck. The only time I have heard a customer called skin is never. Great. Now all these white trash wannabe scratchers are going to be calling their customers and clients “skins.” (Screen fades into dream sequence like a ‘70’s sitcom…)  Read More »

Victor Farinelli: Best Ink Season II Prologue


By Victor Farinelli  So… I was sitting with remote control in hand, watching reruns of Cops, surfing the Internet, and thinking about how depressed I have been ever since Ink Master Season 2 ended. There has been nothing to fill my gawking freak show void left by Ink Master, since it ended. I tried watching Black Ink Crew, but it just didn’t catch my attention. It reminded me too much of all the scratcher shops in Austin. There was no real point behind it either…  Read More »

Victor Farinelli: Ink Master Review (Finale)


By Victor Farinelli  Well, the end is finally here. In the two-episode finale of this season of Ink Master, I have been left wondering the meaning of life. Well no, not really, but it has a good ring to it. Our contestants are finally whittled down to the last four. In the first of the two episodes, the contestants did not have to do a flash challenge. It was straight to the elimination challenge. They had to demonstrate all the different aspects of tattooing to see who gets to go to the live finale…  Read More »

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