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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 »

Alliance of Professional Tattooists

Professional tattoo alliance

By Jason Sweet This article is part two, in a two part series, about the professional organizations in tattooing. I attended the APT Trade Show as part of my research and found myself not only rejoining them after a 10 year hiatus; I found myself being recruited for service to the APT in the future.   As much as I tried to resist, the call of service to my profession was too loud to ignore. Over the weekend, I was struck as to the commitment some had made to attend the APT trade show. I met a woman tattooist from Austria and a man from Australia. One couple I met drove to the trade show from Indiana, because flying from their home was prohibitively expensive. I personally found this type of dedication to tattooing and the APT, inspiring and motivating. I only took 5 days out of my year to attend the trade show; they took two weeks. I was originally introduced to the Alliance of Professional Tattooists, when I was tattooing about 2 years. I was hired at a tattoo studio that required I become a member of the APT as part of working for them. Joining the APT required filling out an application and providing professional references and a sponsor, as I had been tattooing less than three years. Additionally, I was required to take the Preventing Disease Transmission in Tattooing (PDTT) as part of my membership. The PDTT course was 6 hours long. It covered Blood Born Pathogens ... Read More »

Confessions of a Tattoo Artist: Part 3

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Confessions of a Tattoo Artist: Part 2

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Confessions of a Tattoo Artist: Part 1

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Tattoo Stories Episode 3: Jack Rudy

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On the Road with Jacob Hanks: “Tattoo Nation,” the Movie


By Jacob Hanks Reblogged from: I am clearly not a film critic or member of the press, but I was fortunate enough to get invited to the private screening of the new film, “Tattoo Nation,” at the Arclight Theatre, in Hollywood, California. For a younger tattoo artist like me, it was a pretty big deal. If you have not heard of “Tattoo Nation,” it is a documentary, directed by Eric Schwartz and written by John Corry, about the “true story” of the black-and-gray tattoo revolution, and features several of the tattoo icons, many of whom I was exposed to, as a little boy, with my father, tattooing in Southern California. That is where the film takes place, when three unlikely tattooers—Jack Rudy, Good Time Charlie Cartwright andFreddy Negrete—came together to become the innovators of modern, fine-line, black-and-gray tattooing. The story, narrated by Corey Miller, addresses how the prison style that originated with young Mexican Americans has exploded into a worldwide phenomenon, giving rise to many new styles and pushing the limits of the popularity of tattooing as we know it today. Read More »

Streaming Version of Tattoo Nation Movie Available Today!

Click here to get the Streaming DVD version of Tattoo Nation. Yekra Player Yekra is a revolutionary new distribution network for feature films. Tattoo Nation 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. Read More »

Variety: It Hurts So Good at ‘Tattoo Nation’ Premiere Opens Today 4/4/13


By Michelle Salemi (Original story appears at: 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.’ “ Read More »

Tattoo Artist Magazine’s ‘Tattoo Nation’ Sneak Peek Opening In Theaters On 4/4/13 (VIDEO)


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… Read More »

Ink Shadows Music Video For ‘Tattoo Nation’ Opening In Theaters On 4/4/13

Courtesy of Tattoo Nation:  For Country, City and Theater listings visit: Find Music from TATTOO NATION at iTunes on 4-2-13. Tickets at: Read More »

Danny Trejo Talks About ‘Tattoo Nation’ Opening In Theaters On 4/4/13

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Pep Williams: Tattoo Nation Movie Review


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…  Read More »


MusInk 2013 Poster

Courtesy of MUSINK: MusInk 2013 will kick off its 6th annual festival on March 8-10 at the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa, CA, with performances by Bad Religion,Pennywise, Reverend Horton Heat, TSOL, Lagwagon, The Vandals and Lucero among others and appearances by over 300 tattoo artists including Jack Rudy, Robert Atkinson, Small Paul and Tomas Garcia. Tickets are available at Featured Tattoo Artists: Jack Rudy, Robert Atkinson, Small Paul, Tomas Garcia, Nikko, Baba, Roman Abrigo, Bob Tyrrell, Robert Hernandez, Spotlight Tattoo, Gold Rush Tattoo, Shamrock Social Club, BJ Betts, Oliver Peck, Franco Vescovi, Norm, Chente, Newport Tattoo, Kyle Crowell, Rick Walters, Sid Stankovits, Yushi, Tokyo Hiro, Onizuka Tattoo and many more… Read More »

The Craft and Folk Art Museum Presents: Artist Talk and Demo with Jack Rudy and Freddy Negrete


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…  Read More »

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