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R.I.P. Tattoos to Remember Those Lost in 2015

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Gone but not Forgotten!! – Tattoos are one of the most endearing ways to remember those we’ve lost and those who’ve had the greatest impact on our lives. The beginning of the year, particularly the first few weeks in January, are often used to reflect on the year that just went by. Websites and YouTube channels have done “Top ___ of 2015” lists and videos as a way to acknowledge and remember the good times we all had throughout the year. While it’s important to remember the fun times, it’s also important to remember the people we’ve lost. Not just for the year, but for the rest of our lives. The world lost a lot of good people in 2015, from beloved movie icons to musical legends. Tattoos are one of the most intimate and sincere means we have of memorializing the memories of people who’ve touched our lives over the years, which is why it’s only fitting we remember some of the people we lost in 2015.   LEMMY from Motorhead Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister passed in late December 2015 of cancer. His impact on many in the tattoo culture and community was so great that hundreds of fans shared their Motorhead/Lemmy tattoos with us on our social media, paying tribute to this fallen hero. We collected a bunch of them here- Wes Craven Even people who aren’t fans of horror films likely recognize Wes Craven’s name. He was the creator of Freddy Kruger and a legendary horror film director who ...Read More »

Tarrah Wray: Jason Wojceik (RIP)

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(A letter to TAM) My name is Tarrah Wray and I am writing you in regards to a tattooer from London, Ontario named Jason Wojceik, or ‘Addictive Jay’ as he’s also known. The point of my letter to you, is to respectfully request that Jay be featured in your magazine. He was owner of Addictive Tattoo, also in London, as well as being my co-worker, partner and mentor…. most importantly, he was a very talented and formidable tattooer. So I’m writing to be a voice to make him known to you. Jay was exceedingly humble, and because of my respect for him I’m doing this on his behalf. He had an unpretentious demeanor and had never put value into being eminent, or well-known, but after nearly 20 years of hard work, perseverance and amazing tattoos he’s amounted into a distinguished artist, and he was more than what I would describe as noteworthy…Read More »

Mark “Tigger” Liddell’s Life Celebration

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Courtesy of Mari Bell Bones: Mark “Tigger” Liddell was a true one-in-a-million man who lived life to its fullest! He was a Renaissance man with advanced degrees in some pretty serious topics yet always made time for decadence and debauchery on a grand scale. He was a man who is now evolving into legend — and his family is in need of assistance… Read More »

Christopher Lee Hanna Remembered

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By Hunter Spanks In an industry filled with clones, wannabes and egos, it is hard to find someone who stands a bit above the rest with his own swagger and style. On February 4th, 2011 the tattoo industry was dealt a blow with the loss of such a man. Lee Hanna passed away and has left a void in the industry that will be a hard one fill.Read More »

R.I.P. “Rollo”/Mike Malone Memorial Video: TAM

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In the city of Chicago, mid-2007 at the memorial celebration for legendary tattoo artist Mike “Rollo Banks” Malone upwards of 25 tattoo artists, family and friends concluded the day by getting tattooed with an ink batch containing a spoonful Malone’s ashes. It was a loving act of tribute to the man perhaps most responsible for the gigantic growth of modern tattooing in the mid to late 20th century, both inside the craft of tattooing and in the larger public perception of tattooing itself. Mike changed the world, (our world, anyway),even co-curating New York’s very first exhibit of tattoo-based art and history, represented as a true form of American Folk Art. That was Mike’s introduction to the tattoo world, by the way. The rest is history. Chase LIsbon filmed and photographed for all of us that day and created this touching 3 min video to commemorate our ongoing celebration of Rollo, his art and his legacy. For us and for posterity. To this day, it’s hard to get through this video without an uprising of tears in my eyes. Tears of sadness, yes, but also tears of joy. — Long Live ROLLO BANKS!! — Teacher. Friend. And Mentor..to so many. Tattooing would not be what it is today without you, Mike. (Neither would I.) Thank you. -Crash [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERMbzQc1mZc&w=480&h=390] [Video edited by Chase Lisbon] Read this touching account of Rollo by famed artist Dave Waugh- “Happy Birthday, Rollo”    *LIMITED QUANTITY- We have uncovered perhaps the last few copies of TAM #6, Mike Malone’s ...Read More »

Keith Tats Oliver at Rollo’s Memorial

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Keith tats Oliver at Rollo's memorial Read More »