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ROC City Tattoo Expo 2013

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By johndotcom  There are only two things you need to know about the ROC City Tattoo Expo… 1. If you are a tattooer, this show should be on your tat con list! 2. If you are a tattoo enthusiast, this show should be on your tat con list! Actually, there’s more to it than that… But just like me, that’s the tall and skinny of it… I cannot begin to thank Jet (Joseph DiProjetto, Love Hate Tattoo), Shane Stevens and the whole ROC Crew for making this experience better every time I come to Rochester…  Read More »

Dawn Cooke: 15 Great Artists’ Pictures From Instagram

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By Dawn Cooke So I screen-shotted some of my favorite pictures from Intagram to share. My intention is to share some great work and give the artists every bit of the credit! I’m doing it to showcase what I consider to be some really great work. I hope you will all agree. One thing I want to make clear is that I am not trying to promote the idea of “stealing.” All artists are inspired by other artists. There’s a difference between being inspired and flat-out stealing. I think it’s important to know the difference. Most images in tattooing have been taken from other sources. It’s always good to know the source if you can, and try to be inspired by art outside of tattooing… and also by life and nature… Read More »

True South Online Auction Fundraiser on January 15th

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Courtesy of True South: True South will be having an online auction of original art, prints and tattoo machines beginning Jan. 15th to help raise funds for our friend Woody who was recently in a mountain biking accident. More info to come. Artists works from: Tim Hendricks, Josh Arment, Jordan Teear, Erik Gillespe, Jason McCaffe, Todd Nobel, Nick Colella, Eric Perfect, JoJo Ackermann, Carl Hallowell, Matt Arriola, Bubba Reeves, Oliver MacIntosh, Tom Moser, Eric Jones, Ross Nagle, Dave Cavalcante, Lindsey Carmichael, Jud Ferguson, Thomas Kenney, Jon Miro, Beau Brady, Greg DeHoot, Little Linda, Dan Smith, Carlos Rojas, Chris Stuart, Juan Puente, Ben Mack, Raking Light Projects and more… Read More »

True South Fundraiser in Hollywood on Nov 11th

Courtesy of True South: True Tattoo and friends will be hosting a charity benefit for our friends Turbo, Ben, Rob and families on 11/11/12 at 8 p.m. at True Tattoo in Hollywood, CA… The event will include raffle items, a live auction, gifts and more from Tim Hendricks, Chad Ramsay, Tim Beck, Ron Meyers Greywash, Krooked Ken, Nick Colella, Bell Helmets and others. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Hurricane Sandy relief as well. Visit True South Relief Fund for more info at www.Truesouth222.org. Please repost and share this event with your friends and family! Read More »

Sean Herman: Tattoo Collectors (Part III)

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By Sean Herman This past Hell City I was fortunate to tattoo three different collectors. Collectors are a whole different breed of client getting tattooed. They are passionately pursuing specific tattooers, and getting pieces to signify the work from that tattooer, no matter what the subject matter of the piece is. That always makes it an honor to tattoo a collector. During the weekend I had some people who were close to me tell me, “Hey, you keep going on about how awesome it is that they love tattooing, how about you write a blog about the collectors, like the one’s you write about tattooers.” She was right, why didn’t I think of that. Genius. After Hell City, I decided to get a few of them together to tell us their stories, I hope you enjoy… [Part I] [PartII] Read More »

Sean Herman: Tattoo Collectors (Part II)

By Sean Herman This past Hell City I was fortunate to tattoo three different collectors. Collectors are a whole different breed of client getting tattooed. They are passionately pursuing specific tattooers, and getting pieces to signify the work from that tattooer, no matter what the subject matter of the piece is. That always makes it an honor to tattoo a collector. During the weekend I had some people who were close to me tell me, “Hey, you keep going on about how awesome it is that they love tattooing, how about you write a blog about the collectors, like the one’s you write about tattooers.” She was right, why didn’t I think of that. Genius. After Hell City, I decided to get a few of them together to tell us their stories, I hope you enjoy… [Part I]  Read More »

Sean Herman: Tattoo Collectors (Part I)

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By Sean Herman This past Hell City I was fortunate to tattoo three different collectors. Collectors are a whole different breed of client getting tattooed. They are passionately pursuing specific tattooers, and getting pieces to signify the work from that tattooer, no matter what the subject matter of the piece is. That always makes it an honor to tattoo a collector. During the weekend I had some people who were close to me tell me, “Hey, you keep going on about how awesome it is that they love tattooing, how about you write a blog about the collectors, like the one’s you write about tattooers.” She was right, why didn’t I think of that. Genius. After Hell City, I decided to get a few of them together to tell us their stories, I hope you enjoy…  Read More »

Krooked Ken: 5th Annual ‘Tattooing to Save Babies’ March of Dimes Fundraiser

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By Krooked Ken Tattooing to Save Babies Dear Tattooers, It brings me great pleasure to announce the date for the 5th annual Tattooing to Save Babies on September 22nd, 2012. Over the last four years we have raised nearly $40,000.00 and we could not have done it without you!!! If you have received this note we are hoping you will join us and spread the word to all tattooers of the upcoming event. It is very easy to participate, just tattoo on Sept. 24th just like any other day and at the end of the day donate all of your proceeds by mailing your check or money order made out to the March of Dimes to Tattooing to Save Babies 1201 Tuckahoe Ct. Denton MD 21629 or by using your pay pal account and send your donation to krookedken@gmail.com. All proceeds need to be received no later than November 1st… Read More »

Sean Herman: Jeff Ensminger Interview (Part II)

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By Sean Herman [Editor's Note: To read Part I of this interview please click this link.] One of my favorite [stories] from him was the story about him “tattooing” himself. It’s pretty amazing. I think Jeff is one of those great examples of someone who loves tattooing so much, they will do anything to be involved in tattooing…  Read More »

Sean Herman: Jeff Ensminger Interview (Part I)

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By Sean Herman So what did I do that night? I get home, I got the needle, the india ink, the thread, and here I am trying to poke a cross into my hand. I am like a weenie little kid, and I don’t want to poke myself with needles, so I’m trying to do it, but it just didn’t seem to want to go in. So what made the most sense to me was, ‘How do you INJECT the ink into the skin?’ I couldn’t figure that out. I was like, ‘How’s a needle going to INJECT the ink?’ So the only thing that made sense to me was to get a syringe… –Jeff Ensminger…  Read More »

Sean Herman: Jason Reeder Interview

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By Sean Herman So I wanted to do something different with this TAM Blog. The past three tattooers I have featured on here had been tattooing for over 10 years. I think at that point, you are starting to hit your stride a bit. I wanted to feature a different tattooist, one who hadn’t been tattooing for a long time, to get a different perspective on why he was tattooing. With tattooing becoming so everyday, being saturated on television, in magazines, it’s created a different time in tattooing, and I wanted to see if people got into tattooing for different reasons now, as opposed to 10, even 20 years ago.  Read More »

4th Annual ROC City Tattoo Convention: On the Road in Rochester, NY

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By Jimmy Perlman Unfortunately I don’t get to most tattoo conventions anymore. I know and hear about tons of great shows all over the world. Fact is, I work in a field that has me traveling between six and nine months a year so when I’m home from work it would be a real shit move to tell my wife and kid “alright now I know I was gone for a month working but I’m gonna go to this city for the weekend and hang out with some friends, have a good time and get tattooed.” Read More »

Sean Herman: Krooked Ken (Part III)

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By Sean Herman **EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the continuation of, Sean Herman: Krooked Ken (Part II)* Jason Reeder- What’s funny to me (and I actually talk to Sean about this a lot) is to hear you telling a story, and have the same story. You can have the people who burn their bridges and you try hard not to be that person.  Sean Herman- *I am going to interrupt the dialogue really quick: 
This is where I have to mention that my friend Jason Reeder came with me when I got tattooed by Ken. Jason has been tattooing for a little bit now. He started as a client of mine, and got an apprenticeship after I had tattooed him for a few years. He is a really dedicated, interesting tattooer. The next blog is going to be about how he got into tattooing, so this one gives you a little introduction to him. 
Now, back to the dialogue…* Read More »

Sean Herman: Krooked Ken (Part II)

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By Sean Herman **EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the continuation of, Sean Herman: Krooked Ken (Part I)** Krooked Ken- Finally I got to that point where I was like, “You know what, it’s fine, I’ve got a life.” I asked Gary if I could come full-time he said yes and I quit my job and have been tattooing since. Sean Herman-  What year was that? KK- I started in ’94. SH- Did you start working right away at his place? KK- Yep, worked there a total of 12 years. SH- Oh shit… Read More »

Sean Herman: Krooked Ken (Part I)

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By Sean Herman Walking into Powerhouse Tattoo Company in Montclair, New Jersey reminds me of everything that I love about tattooing. It’s a small space, but it is wide open. The lobby is covered floor to ceiling with flash, some old, some new, but all images that capture your eye. I found myself getting lost, just looking at everything around. Some particular pages caught my eyes that were painted by Krooked Ken, pages he had painted from old Stoney Sinclair designs. I love Stoney’s work, and his attitude toward tattooing, so this put a huge smile on my face, like a giddy kid. The work stations are also wide open, so everyone is involved in every tattoo being done. No matter how many people were tattooing, it could even be just one, everyone there was participating, talking shit and laughing. Everything about the shop was tattooing to me, especially Krooked Ken.

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