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Rotary vs Coil Machines: Joe Swanson with Clinton Crider

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How Tattoo Machines Could be Key to Treating Disfiguring Facial Sores and Even Curing Skin Cancer

Key West Lifts Ban On Tattoo Parlors

By Tom Blackwell  www.news.nationalpost.com Mention tattooing and health in the same sentence, and chances are the topic is one of the nasty infectious diseases — from HIV to Hep C — that can be transmitted by dirty needles. A new Canadian study, though, may be about to change that image, suggesting that tattooing equipment could actually be an effective new way to combat an array of skin conditions, penetrating deep enough to deliver drugs to the right cells, but not so far that the needle prods sensitive nerves. “It’s logical that it works…. But we were amazed” The just-published research found evidence that tattooing could greatly improve treatment for cutaneous leishmaniasis, a parasite that leaves millions of people worldwide with disfiguring, and often emotionally devastating, facial sores. It affects mainly developing countries, but even Canadian soldiers returning from Afghanistan have contracted the illness. The technology, though, could eventually have application in treating skin cancer, psoriasis and other ailments, speculates the scientist behind the project. “We were extremely excited, very surprised [at the success of the experiment],” said Anny Fortin, a biochemist who did the work at McGill University. “If you think about it, it’s logical that it works.… But we were amazed.” She cautioned that the initial study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, was conducted on mice, so there is no guarantee the results will translate into humans. The next step is further drug-tattooing work on pigs, whose skin is closer to that of people, and then to try ... Read More »

#Sobaone Monster

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By Bj Johnson http://www.sobaone.com http://www.workhorseirons.com The meaning behind the madness… I have been making things my entire life. I was never a conscious choice, it simply flowed naturally and automatically from my skills, my interests and my passion. For me, creating is innate.  I cannot not create. I finally made a career of my art in 1997 when I began tattooing. Tattooing is creative and experiential, but I found I still needed to build tangible things as well, so I soon gravitated to investigating the mechanics of building tattoo machines. Creating custom tattoo machines from scratch was wildly fulfilling, and naturally I wanted to set my work apart from others. To do this, I turned to other forms of metal art. I took a couple jewelry making classes at GVSU and was introduced to the metalsmithing craft.  I became addicted to this new medium immediately.  However the constraints of tattoo machine mechanics would not allow for exploration of all these wonderful tricks and techniques the metalsmithing world offered, so I began making little sculptures. These small scale sculptures were simply physical forms based on ideas and emotions I had, but I never went in any specific direction with them.  It was just playing. I have also always loved symbolism.  Wanting my work to have deeper meaning and layers, I began researching.  All the paintings of the old masters are rife with symbolism.  Each element in their paintings was there for a reason.  I loved this and began to search for ways to include ... Read More »

A Visit With Union Machine

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By Casey Keener I had an opportunity to head out to Gardena California to check out the new Union Machine and Union Electric Tattoo shop recently to catch up with Big5 and Rupert and see for myself what all the buzz was about. I personally have always been fascinated with what goes into building machines, and Union Machine didn’t disappoint. With all the parts being made in house, I felt a little like I was getting a window into a couple of guys’ minds who truly live and breathe the art of tattooing and making machines, and all the while the Machine side has only “technically” being in business for just a year! Read More »

Taki and Molly Kitamura: The Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts 2012

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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…  Read More »

Taki and Molly Kitamura: Joshua David

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By Molly and Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura  Josh David is one of the most good-hearted guys you’ll ever meet. And his tattoos ain’t too bad either, hee-hee! Having just moved to California from Ohio, he is building up a wide clientele by working at two remarkable shops, Garage Ink in Napa Valley and State of Grace in San Jose… Read More »

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