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Jay Brown: 28 Machine Builders Part I of IV

By Jay Brown
The tattoo machine has been around for 135 years now, the first stencil pen by Thomas Edison was used by tattooers. Then in 1891 Samuel O’Reily came up with his version of the tattoo machine and then it has just evolved from there. The odd thing is, the basic concept of the machine hasn’t changed all that much since the turn of the century, and the inline electromagnetic coil type machine still reigns supreme in today’s modern world.

I am a tattoo artist of 25 years, but I am also a tattoo machine builder. In this day and age it seems like everyone is building or assembling machines, some who haven’t been tattooing long enough to know the nuances of the machine itself, yet others really understand the geometry, and workings of a machine due to years of experience tattooing.

A few years ago everyone had to have apprentices, and apprentices had apprentices, now it seems the fad is to build machines. I personally do it because I have had a passion for tattoo machines since the beginning, hacking off Supreme frames in the 90s to do it as a version of Paul Rogers’ Mad Bee or Mike Malone’s Rollo-matic. And then 10 years ago I began building machines,  starting out with some basic designs and bolt together-s in steel and aluminum, then cast brass only doing 13-20 a year. Now I work with steel, kind of gone full circle, all though I still do Jonesy replicas in cast brass. In the past few years I have made it more a full-time venture. Now I build 50-100 a year, all handmade and my designs and geometry. I really enjoy building good quality tattoo machines, and knowing that the artist using it gets to create beautiful skin art… So how do you know who a good machine builder is? (more…)


Rollo & Me Comic #8

The “Rollo & Me” strip is a series of stories told by Keith Underwood and illustrated by Dan Henk which appear regularly in Tattoo Artist Magazine. They chronicle Keith’s experiences living with and working alongside one of tattooing’s greatest icons of the 20th century- Mike ‘Rollo Banks’ Malone. Mike departed this life in 2007 but these stories represent Keith’s healing process and are figuratively supposed to occur on the couch of his therapist.
Enjoy. There’s more to come. [Full comic on expanded page]

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Mike Brown (RIP) Vice Magazine Art Talk (VIDEO)

 
Courtesy of Vice Magazine: Mike Brown is a tattoo artist who, if you know your history, always comes up when people talk about those who pioneered tattooing in the late 1970s. He worked at China Sea (formerly owned by Sailor Jerry), ground zero for traditional American tattoos, and at the birthplace for black grey penitentiary-style tattoos, Good Time Charlie’s Tattoo Land. His life has had some ups and downs over the years, and they’ve made him a little hard to track down if you’re looking to get a Mike Brown tattoo. But we had the chance to visit Honolulu in January and made sure to stop by the shop Mike works at to ask him about the old days. He still tattoos five days a week, and we’d wager that most people who see him have no idea about his pedigree. His portfolio alone is a history lesson in tattooing, with everything from the most beautiful Cholas, Pin-Ups, mean-ass biker skulls, and touristy sea turtle tats. Mike Brown still does it all, and does so with the most humble manner…  (more…)


Rollo & Me Comic #7

The “Rollo & Me” strip is a series of stories told by Keith Underwood and illustrated by Dan Henk which appear regularly in Tattoo Artist Magazine. They chronicle Keith’s experiences living with and working alongside one of tattooing’s greatest icons of the 20th century- Mike ‘Rollo Banks’ Malone. Mike departed this life in 2007 but these stories represent Keith’s healing process and are figuratively supposed to occur on the couch of his therapist.
Enjoy. There’s more to come. [Full comic on expanded page]

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Aubrey Trufant: Tattoo Giants of Texas Part II (Tony Hundahl)

By Aubrey Trufant
It gives me great pleasure today to be writing the continuation for one of Austin’s finest tattoo shops, Rock of Ages. A shop that has set a high standard for quality tattooing, with style and flare. The knowledge of the craft and the respect for tattoo history resonate throughout the shop with original artwork and vintage paintings. The positive creative energy and work ethic of Rock of Ages proves to be exemplary. I’m happy to have had the opportunity to talk one of Texas’ tattoo giants, the very talented, the infamous, Tony Hundahl…

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Paradise Tattoo Gathering, On the Road in Jiminy Peak (VIDEO)

By Crash
The Paradise Tattoo Gathering (PTG), at the Jiminy Peak Resort in Massachusetts, is a unique experience and one which I would highly recommend. In its fourth year, this convention stands alone amongst hundreds as being completely orchestrated for the benefit of tattooers. Don’t get me wrong, the public is welcome but with the location chosen and the schedule of events, it’s apparent this show is for tattooers who WANT to be in their community and who also want to improve themselves, their art and their tattooing. It’s quite unlike anything else out there and it was EXACTLY what I needed, at exactly the right time…  (More on that in a minute.)

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Hanky Panky Tattoo Artist Magazine Article Preview for Issue #27

                

Interview by Daniel Sawyer

Daniel Sawyer: So then into the 80s you started to have a lot of contact with American tattooers, who were starting to come over, right? Leo Zelueta, Malone…

Hank Panky: Everybody eventually came over. Also, in the very early days, Bob Roberts came over. Because at the first convention, it was Hardy, it was Greg Irons, and the Leu family—Philip Leu was about seven, I think. Greg Irons, he stayed in Europe. He wanted to go travel. He stayed in Ostender, did a couple of tattoos in my shop. And Bob, who was friends with Greg, came after him. He also went to Ostender, and then stayed in Amsterdam for a long time. When Bob went back, he sent me some very young kids, a young band. They were like 19 or 20. They were called The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and I had no fucking idea who they were, or what their music sounded like. But they were very, very young. So I tattooed them, and they turned out to do whatever they do, with the socks around their dicks and all that. But so the tattoos were very much seen. Everywhere. And these kids were sending me all the rock and roll people. And together, with all of that stuff, a lot of very young tattoo artists came to Amsterdam, and wanted to work a while in the shop, as part of their training. Mike Wilson, Freddy Corbin, Eddie Deutsche. Almost everybody…

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Aubrey Trufant: Tattoo Giants of Texas Part I (Steve Byrne)

By Aubrey Trufant
Austin, Texas is a vast melting pot filled with all kinds of food, entertainment, culture/counter-culture and lots of art. Austin has been home to many great tattoo artists, past and present. The talent in this city alone is overwhelming but I spent some of my time at Rock of Ages Tattoo (ROA). The ROA team consists of co-owners Tony Hundahl and Steve Byrne, supported by Jay Chastain and Bobby Padron. They live and breathe tattooing, which has established Rock of Ages as one of the best shops in Austin.

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Tattoo Artist Magazine Volume I Book Will Be Arriving Next Week!

We are excited to announce that Tattoo Artist Magazine Vol. I will be arriving next week from our printer!  We will begin shipping all pre-orders at the end of next week. We apologize for the extended delay and would like to thank everyone for their patience regarding this matter.

If you would like to order the book please visit our TAM Pro Store here: http://tattooartistmagazine.myshopify.com/password.

TAM Vol I. is for professional tattoo artists only.

Foil stamped cover art by Hunter Spanks.

Cheers- TEAM TAM

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Doug Hardy Tattoo Artist Magazine Article Preview for Issue #27

       

Interview by Katie Sellergren
Doug Hardy: I was in Hawaii for six years. I was there from April ’92 to April ’98. And it was great. I loved working with Mike. He was incredibly patient and an incredibly good teacher. I mean, he had a temper, and so did I, but he would always show me how to do something the right way. And I was not the best apprentice…

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Doug Hardy Tattoo Artist Magazine Article Preview Issue #27 (VIDEO)

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Rollo & Me Comic #6

The “Rollo & Me” strip is a series of stories told by Keith Underwood and illustrated by Dan Henk which appear regularly in Tattoo Artist Magazine. They chronicle Keith’s experiences living with and working alongside one of tattooing’s greatest icons of the 20th century- Mike ‘Rollo Banks’ Malone. Mike departed this life in 2007 but these stories represent Keith’s healing process and are figuratively supposed to occur on the couch of his therapist. Enjoy. There’s more to come. [Full comic on expanded page]

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Rollo & Me Comic #5

The “Rollo & Me” strip is a series of stories told by Keith Underwood and illustrated by Dan Henk which appear regularly in Tattoo Artist Magazine. They chronicle Keith’s experiences living with and working alongside one of tattooing’s greatest icons of the 20th century- Mike ‘Rollo Banks’ Malone. Mike departed this life in 2007 but these stories represent Keith’s healing process and are figuratively supposed to occur on the couch of his therapist.
Enjoy. There’s more to come.

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Isaac Fainkujen Tattoo Artist Magazine Article Preview Issue #26

Interview by Brian Seghers
Brian Seghers: If you could go back in time to any era, or to work with somebody, or somewhere, where would you like to go? Have you ever thought about that?

Isaac Fainkujen: Yeah, I think for me the era that’s most interesting is kind of the tattoo renaissance that took place in and around the Bay area in the 70s and the 80s with Ed Hardy, Bob Roberts, Greg Irons, Eddy Deutsche and people like those guys that started to push the boundaries of what was okay and what wasn’t okay to do in a tattoo…
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Shop Profile: Ed Hardy’s Tattoo City Teaser (VIDEO)

Short video clips from Doug Hardy’s interview…  [Pictures and info on expanded page] (more…)


Sailor Jerry Documentary ‘Hori Smoku’ Screening at Ink ‘n Iron

The Sailor Jerry Rum Company will be hosting a special screening of Hori Smoku this weekend at the Ink and Iron Festival on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. If you have not seen this award winning documentary, this would be a great time to see it… [Lager image and more info on expanded page]

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Rollo & Me Comic #4

The “Rollo & Me” strip is a series of stories told by Keith Underwood and illustrated by Dan Henk which appear regularly in Tattoo Artist Magazine. They chronicle Keith’s experiences living with and working alongside one of tattooing’s greatest icons of the 20th century- Mike ‘Rollo Banks’ Malone. Mike departed this life in 2007 but these stories represent Keith’s healing process and are figuratively supposed to occur on the couch of his therapist. Enjoy. There’s more to come. [Full comic on expanded page]

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Sailor Jerry Toast at Ink ‘n Iron

Well, it’s here again… Ink ‘n Iron time. Time to cram into a giant haunted boat with 10,000 of our closest friends…

This year the good folks at the Sailor Jerry Rum Company are sponsoring a toast to the life and memory of Norman Keith Collins, a.k.a Sailor Jerry. [More info on expanded page] (more…)


Tattoo Artist Magazine Book (Issues 1-5) Pre-Order Now Available

As you may know, the first five issues of TAM have become highly sought after and sales have recently been limited to full-set orders only due to our dwindling inventory. With this in mind we created TAM Volume 1, a book that consists of issues 1-5. The response to the prototype of this book at tattoo conventions all over the world has been unanimous, “We want this book!”

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Rollo & Me Comic #3

The “Rollo & Me” strip is a series of stories told by Keith Underwood and illustrated by Dan Henk which appear regularly in Tattoo Artist Magazine. They chronicle Keith’s experiences living with and working alongside one of tattooing’s greatest icons of the 20th century- Mike ‘Rollo Banks’ Malone. Mike departed this life in 2007 but these stories represent Keith’s healing process and are figuratively supposed to occur on the couch of his therapist.
Enjoy. There’s more to come. [Full comic on expanded page]

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Rollo & Me Comic #2

The “Rollo & Me” strip is a series of stories told by Keith Underwood and illustrated by Dan Henk which appear regularly in Tattoo Artist Magazine. They chronicle Keith’s experiences living with and working alongside one of tattooing’s greatest icons of the 20th century- Mike ‘Rollo Banks’ Malone. Mike departed this life in 2007 but these stories represent Keith’s healing process and are figuratively supposed to occur on the couch of his therapist.
Enjoy. There’s more to come. [Full comic on expanded page]

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Louisville Tattoo Arts Convention: On the Road in Kentucky

By Metal Allison

I feel like riding a really fast horse to get some chicken so I’m going to Louisville. Actually I am going to a convention, but there was always time for chicken! (more…)


Rollo & Me Comic #1

The “Rollo & Me” strip is a series of stories told by Keith Underwood and illustrated by Dan Henk which appear regularly in Tattoo Artist Magazine. They chronicle Keith’s experiences living with and working alongside one of tattooing’s greatest icons of the 20th century- Mike ‘Rollo Banks’ Malone. Mike departed this life in 2007 but these stories represent Keith’s healing process and are figuratively supposed to occur on the couch of his therapist.
Enjoy. There’s more to come.

(As seen in issue #20 of Tattoo Artist Magazine)

Dan Henk can be found at: http://danhenk.com/

Keith Underwood can be found at: Austin Tattoo Co. and Taylor St. Tattoo.

(Mike Malone was featured in Tattoo Artist Magazine #6)



Milano Tattoo Convention: Original/Rare Memorabilia Available at the Tattoo Artist Magazine Booth

Original Bert Grimm Flash Sheet

Every year Tattoo Artist Magazine (TAM) makes the journey half way across the globe to partake in the festivities at the Milano Tattoo Convention. This year TAM has sweetened the deal and brought with it some very rare and collectible tattoo memorabilia that will be for sale at the TAM booth.  (more…)


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