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For years people saw tattoos as a sign of rebellion. A middle finger salute to the rest of the world. Outlaw bikers got tattoos. Sailors on leave in Singapore got tattoos. Lifers in the joint got tattoos. But now in the United States one out of every three adults under forty has a tattoo! So what happened? How did tattoo go from something that was put on you to an expression that comes from within you? Tattoo Nation tells the story of a few people who helped transform the world of tattoo, and the way we think about tattoos, forever. This is the true story of the ink revolution.
By Michelle Salemi (Original story appears at: http://variety.com/)
Skin artwork was not a sign of rebellion but camaraderie at the L.A. preem of D&E’s doc “Tattoo Nation” on March 28.
“There’s just such great soul in these tattoo artist, and then if you have the talent, pass it on!” tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy said before the Arclight screening.
Actor Danny Trejo, whose tattoos include a family portrait of his children on his back, gets asked a lot about his ink: “People ask me if my tattoos have hindered my career. I say, ‘For the first five years of it.’ I played inmate number one. The only thing I heard the director say was ‘Danny, take off your shirt.’ “ (more…)
By Kent Smith
When approached by Eric Schwartz and John Corry (the director and producer) of Tattoo Nation over a year ago, we knew they were on to something good. While they were not apart of the industry, we knew they were doing this movie the “right way.” Eric had taken his time and developed a story that encompassed the true black and grey history of tattooing…
Courtesy of Tattoo Nation: For Country, City and Theater listings visit: https://www.facebook.com/notes/tattoo-nation-movie/137-us-theaters/600257663333494.
Courtesy of Tattoo Nation: For Country, City and Theater listings visit: https://www.facebook.com/notes/tattoo-nation-movie/137-us-theaters/600257663333494
By Pep Williams
Yesterday I had a chance to see a private screening of Tattoo Nation with the creators of the film: the directors, producers, editor and so on. There were only nine of us in the screening to view it so it was very cool to be invited for a pre-screening of the film. All I have to say is this film is an amazing piece of art and history… (more…)
Courtesy of The Craft and Folk Art Museum: The Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) presents a conversation with tattoo artists Jack Rudy and Freddy Negrete and photographer Edgar Hoill about the history and significance of the black and grey style of tattoo that was born in East Los Angeles on December 2nd, 2012. Freddy Negrete will also be doing a live tattoo demo before the talk… (more…)
By Molly and Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura
This year’s convention went by so quickly, so I will try to break it down for you short and sweet… (more…)
Courtesy of The Craft and Folk Art Museum: L.A. Skin & Ink, is an exhibition that explores the unique role that Los Angeles played in the tattoo renaissance that took place in the United States. The exhibition will move through the 60-year transformation of tattooing from its traditional base of military and outlaw cultures into an art form of great distinction and adoption into contemporary culture. The exhibition will be in view from September 29, 2012 through January 6, 2013. (more…)
Courtesy of Tattoo Nation: On Thursday, October 11th the premiere for Tattoo Nation, the first feature length documentary about the revolutionary style of Black and Grey tattoo art, will be held at the ArcLight Theater in Hollywood. The film traces the origins of tattoo and its explosion into mainstream culture…
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… (more…)
By Greg Kilday | The Hollywood Reporter
Eric Schwartz’s film, narrated by “Machete’s” Danny Trejo, recounts the growth of Black and Grey tattoo art. D&E Entertainment has set Oct. 18 as the nationwide release date for Eric Schwartz’s Tattoo Nation, a documentary about Black and Grey tattoo art. The film is scheduled to play special theatrical screenings in more than 60 cities, following its world premiere in London on Sept. 29 and its Oct. 11 U.S. premiere at the ArcLight Theater in Hollywood… (more…)
Interview By Chad Koeplinger
Chad Koeplinger: Who are some of the tattoo artists that you were interested in at that point? What were you looking at tattoo-wise? What was blowing your mind?
Valerie Vargas: At that point I don’t think I became fully aware of people that I like now until I already started my apprenticeship, because that’s when I was allowed to have a look through the books that for me at the time were way too expensive -I couldn’t afford them. And my boss had all of the Tattootimes. He never looked at them anymore but they were up on the shelf and any time it was quiet I’d have a look. I became more aware of Ed Hardy and more of the West Coast kind of guys. But even then I was still struggling to remember names, I just knew the work. I remember some backpieces that are still pretty awesome. And it was also through my friendship with Stewart in the beginning that he was really on it. He knew who everybody was, what they were doing, and he was totally stoked about everything, and he taught me a fair bit about it… (more…)
Interview By Freddy Corbin (more…)
Join the Nation! http://www.facebook.com/TattooNationMovie — Tattoos used to be a sign of rebellion. A middle finger salute to the rest of the world. Outlaw bikers got tattoos. Sailors on leave in Singapore got tattoos. Lifers in the joint got tattoos… (more…)
Interview By Freddy Corbin
Freddy Corbin: When it comes to customers, what is it that a customer might do that bugs you the most? What things drive you the most crazy?
Nick Rodin: A customer that you know doesn’t trust you I think is the worst customer.
Like if they’re just second-guessing everything you do. Because then you start second-guessing yourself, and then you start making mistakes. So uncomfortable… (more…)
Interview By Shane Enholm… (more…)
Interview By Shane Enholm
Shane Enholm: When is the first time you saw a tattoo?
Freddy Negrete: The first time I was really struck with the whole tattoo thing I was 12 years old. I was raised in a foster home because my parents went to prison. So I was in a foster home and it was a white foster home. I grew up in a white area of San Gabriel but I knew the Mexican community from school. I was a troublemaker white kid so they liked me… (more…)
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… (more…)
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…
By Omar Edmison
In this age of websites, magazines, blogs, TV shows and a vast myriad of other such social networking venues the tattoo world has shrunk. There are lots of super-talented kids out there tattooing who are doing mind-bending work that everyone knows about. Their names are talked about in excited conversations in tattoo shops springing up on every corner in every town with a population larger than 200 all over the world. Some are even being spoken in hushed reverent tones as the new “legends” of tattooing. There are more people tattooing now than ever before. They are more widely recognized than ever before the age of the “tattoo celebrity” is upon us. The possibilities are seemingly endless for a young up-and-coming kid with talent and ambition…
Jack Rudy will be hosting his Artist’s Choice opening party on Saturday, Dec. 3rd at Koolsville. Please call the number on the flyer for more information. Some of the attending artists will be Don Ed Hardy, Bob Roberts, Mr.Cartoon, Jack Rudy, Aaron Bell, Filip and Titine Leu, Paul Booth, Von Franco, Keith Weesner and many many more… [Larger image on expanded page]
By John Niederkorn
Las Vegas… Home of the perpetual Affliction t-shirt and unnecessary plastic surgery… Wait. Do I really wanna go down this road? Do I really wanna start like this? Well, let’s start again… Vegas; it’s as if Hollywood, Times Square and Wrigleyville all had a fat overpriced tourist baby! There, that’s better…
When Kent called me and said, “Hey, do you wanna go to Vegas for a week?” I cringed… and thought, “Wait until he sees those god damn bats!” There is no doubt that a week in Vegas would be just short of some kinda sick, demented self-suicide with a blackout blizzard of shame setting its course, heading straight for me… no stopping it, no preparation could help me weather that storm. Buy the ticket, take the ride… Let’s just hope I make it to the Mirage Hotel and Casino before those god damn bats do…