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Mike The Athens

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Photos & interview by Ino Mei Reblogged from: heartbeat ink.gr Humble, experienced and gifted with valuable knowledge of the classic Oriental tattoo, Mike The Athens gave Heartbeatink an exclusive interview about his 24 year-old career and his presence in the international tattoo scene. How did you come up with the name “Mike The Athens”? It came from a typographical error, which occurred in the 90’s in Miki Vialetto’s article, on Tattoo Planet. Instead of “Mike from Athens”, he wrote “Mike The Athens” and the nickname stuck (laughs). When was your first contact with tattoos? Since I was very young, I thought tattoos were alluring. I was excited by the idea of tattoo from a very young age. I started as a collector. Around the age of sixteen, I used to visit Jimmys’ studio, the only one that existed back then, once or twice a month, to decide which tattoo I wanted. At some point, I made my decision and just like that, I got my first tattoo. The next one I got was done by Bugs in Camden, who was then considered to be the best tattoo artist in Central London. We were a group of friends; one of them grew up to be the future Yorg. These were the days (the 80s’) of true originality. Back then the only ones who were getting tattoos done were the bikers, the rock ’n’ rollers and the greasers. No posers and new-school guys. It wasn’t a trend. Tattooing was quite underground, even misunderstood sometimes. From then ... Read More »

Bill Baker Interview: Part 2

By Andrew Goodfellow Reblogged by: swallowsndaggers.net Read Part 1 here: http://wp.me/p14cQJ-5hf Like the effect on the skin? “Yeah, the way the work was going in. And, again, there was no internet. So I had to go the fucking library, go to the reference library, lookup needle manufacturing companies all over the world, write them a letter, by hand “Dear Sir or Maddam’ and hopefully get a sample. And sure enough, samples did come. Sometimes I would get a letter back that would come and say ‘You need to buy the samples. They cost this much’. And I would go and do that. And I would get the needles and solder them and tattoo with them. And I began to see, like, oh man this really makes a difference.” “So I began to get excited about the potential. So I went and registered the company name, and I realized that I could probably make needles myself. Buying them was hit-and-miss. They would come and some of them would be measured in a weird way. I would get some that were big and short tapered. And I’d get some that were big and long tapered. And I’d get all different types. But if I could get stuff in between, it seemed reasonable that I could make a better needle. These are just sewing needles! They’re just getting thrown at me. I’m just doing what I can with them. So that’s when I started to believe that it was possible. I registered the name ... Read More »

Campfires & Carbon Episode 4: Jeff Wright

Campfires & Carbon’s mission is to have and promote real, unedited conversation with local tattooers.  Here’s their podcast of a conversation with Jeff Wright… Read More »

Bill Baker Interview: Part 1

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By Andrew Goodfellow Reblogged by: swallowsndaggers.net  There are very few tattooers working today that can lay claim to over 30 years of experience. Fewer still are those who can truly be said to have changed the course of tattooing. Bill Baker – artist, icon, entrepreneur, and now part owner of Pearl Harbor Gift Shop – is among those storied few.  In all honesty, I had no idea what to expect of my meeting with Bill when he agreed to speak with me for Swallows & Daggers. Highly regarded yet notoriously reclusive, Bill casts something of a mythical shadow over the tattoo community in Toronto. Though Pearl Harbor is among the city’s premiere shops and receives constant acclaim, he is rarely glimpsed by the clientele and is extremely selective in taking on new work. Having been tattooed there on a number of occasions, I had yet to catch sight of him even once. Little wonder, then, that I hadn’t any notion of what my afternoon with Bill would entail. What followed was an incredibly candid and fascinating tour through Bill’s 32 year career. Part raconteur, part machine technology and tattoo history teacher, Bill has managed to remain humble and utterly genuine in his love for tattooing. I learned more from him in the course of two hours than I had in the last two years of my own pursuits in the tattoo world.  I only hope that I can convey our conversation in terms that do justice to the man himself, ... Read More »

Tas Danazoglou

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Photos and Interview by Ino Mei The charismatic and one of a kind Tas Danazoglou spoke exclusively to HeartbeatInk, while tattooing at his booth at London’s “Into You” Tattoo Studio, about the art of the tattoo with absolute honesty and humour. When did you first get involved with tattooing? Twenty years ago, when I was 22 years old I began as an apprentice of Mike the Athens. Actually, Mike taught me everything I know. I still feel like Mike’s apprentice (laughs), because he is a such a perfectionist and even now calls me and tells me “what you did wasn’t that good, you have to do it like this”. He is also one of my best friends. We are like brothers. What were you doing previously? I was a radiologist’s assistant. How did drawing come into the picture? I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. My father was an amateur painter. Perhaps I was influenced by him. But yes, I definitely drew. How did the transition from drawing to tattooing happen? It’s kind of funny. Mike was my tattoo artist and because he likes music I used to record cassettes for him with death metal bands (I think he still has them) and I would paint their covers. At some point, after seeing my designs, he asked me to become his apprentice. I had never thought I would become a tatooer… Read More »

Swallows & Daggers Interview with Mike Shea

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  Reblogged fromwww.swallowsndaggers.net For those who don’t know you, could you please introduce yourself? My name is Mike Shea, I make tattoos at Redemption Tattoo in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A. I have been tattooing professionally for 13 years. You co-own Redemption Tattoo with Erick Lynch.  How did you both come to the decision to open your own place? Well tattooing was illegal in the state of Massachusetts until 2002, and up until that point Erick and I had been working in New Hampshire at different shops.  When it finally got legalized in Boston, we got together and decided it would be good timing and a good idea to try and make a move and open something up, so we went for it. Can you tell us a little about the shop and the artists working there? Our shop is a custom tattoo shop that does walk-ins whenever there is time to do one (most people these days want something custom to some extent). As for artists at the shop, we have Josh McAlear who’s been with us for about 5 years now, Ben McClellan who’s been with us for almost two years, Salty Dave who was our apprentice and pretty much now does his own thing and is starting to tattoo full time, Joe Bastek who has worked with us for a few years but now does one day a week with us, Jeff the shop guy who makes our lives easier, and myself and Erick. Read More »

You asked, Dave Tevenal answered

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By Kevin Miller Reblogged from: www.tattoosnob.com   A while back, we posted an open call for interview questions for Dave Tevenal onInstagram and Facebook. We sent Dave more than 200 questions and he picked his favorites to answer. Those of you whose questions were chosen should get at us in the comments below for your (much coveted) Tattoo Snob sticker. tattykat89: as you know there has been a recent saturation in the tattoo industry and culture. after reaching the caliber of finely tuned skill and recognition, how have you been able to maintain being motivated and humble? Making sure I stay constantly inspired would sum up one part of the answer to this question the best. Inspiration is the fuel for motivation. I find it in a lot of places. Old comics, western traditional tattooing, Japanese traditional tattooing. It all lends to what I strive to create. I also love following other tattooers who are slaying the damn game right now. I see face melting shit on the regular, and those moments push me to try something new and different. thomrein: do you ever feel your drawing or marker work is beyond your tattooing or vice versa? No. The considerations for the two are different, but I try to find harmony between the two (if that makes sense). I want people to see either my tattoos and art and realize who made them. Technique and application is different for the two, and you have to be mindful with what medium you’re working in. cotyart: of all the places you traveled ... Read More »

DOC INK Episode 1: Teté

Doc Ink is a brazilian  web series of short episodes featuring some of that country’s most respected tattooers. It was introduced to us by São Paulo-based tattooer Nico Acosta. Enjoy episode #1!   Read More »

An Interview with Amanzio Nascimbene

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By Molly Kitamura Reblogged from: http://knivesandneedlesblog.com I just met Amanzio recently but it was immediately clear that he is a talented guy that lives life to its fullest! Not only is he a talented chef, but he is a devoted husband and father. And oh, not to mention a lifestyle guru with an amazing blog of his own! With all that going on, I was lucky to catch his time long enough to do this interview for me. We even decided to trade interviews! Thank you Amanzio! Please read on… Read More »

An Interview with Alex McWatt

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By Crystal Morey When I first met Alex McWatt he immediately demanded to know where I lived, in Japanese. It caught me off guard but I answered him, in Japanese, and that was it. I passed the test and we were friends. I believe the next night ended in an odd hand poke circle of amazingness, but that’s a whole other story. Read More »

Tattoos Still Taboo? NPR Interview

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NPR Interview by Michel Martin http://www.npr.org/2013/05/22/186023466/tattoos-still-taboo MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Now we’d like to talk about another way people show off their sense of style. According to a 2012 Harris poll, about one in five Americans now has at least one tattoo. And in a country of more than 300 million people, that’s a lot of tattoos. But it is still the case that not everybody is comfortable with them. Here’s a clip of actress and comedian Margaret Cho talking about her mother’s attitude toward her tattoo. MARGARET CHO: My mother does not like my tattoos. I don’t like tattoo. Read More »

Ben Siebert SLC International Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Marina Inoue SLC International Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Stacie Jascott SLC International Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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FRANK151 Leaders Video Featuring Daniel Albrigo

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