Courtesy of VICE.com: In this episode of Tattoo Age, Rubendall gives us a glimpse into his busy schedule: Getting up at 5 a.m. every morning in order to draw sketches before Daddy-duties commence. Mike’s tattoo guru, Frank Romano, talks about the many ways in which Mike has surprised him throughout his career with his work hard, play hard mentality that leaves no room for vacations.
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Courtesy of VICE.com:Mike Rubendall reels in people from all the world to the small Long Island town of Massapequa for a taste of his renowned style. In this episode, Tattoo Age talks to the acclaimed tattooer and his mentor, Frank Romano, about his early days as a budding artist, when he would trace over drawings out of magazines to perfect his style. Rubendall muses about how he has always been fascinated by tattoos, breathing and living the craft from the tender age of 17 -growing into one of the most sought out artists in the world.
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Courtesy of VICE.com: Mike Rubendall reels in people from all the world to the small Long Island town of Massapequa for a taste of his renowned style. In this episode, Tattoo Age meets Mike’s two adorable daughters and goes on a fun drive around his small suburban town – bumping into
his good buddy, the Steve Guttenberg. We visit Mike’s classy tattoo shop, King’s Avenue Tattoo, and talk to him about his upbringing as a normal, middle-class kid. [More info on expanded page] (more…)
By Jesse Dolphin
Hello fellow tattooer and close followers. TAM just took part in one of the smoothest running conventions this year. Montreal is a beautiful city with its fair share of beautiful tattooed people. The convention was held a the Gare Windsor, a remodeled, beautiful old train station with the natural lighting and its open concept it gave a fresh and inspiring surrounding. Pierre and his wife Val have been doing this convention for a few years now and have an understanding of what makes a good show…
Courtesy of Shirts & Destroy: Shirts & Destroy’s first retail store, located at 293 Manhattan Ave. in Brooklyn, NY will officially be open to the public on September 9th, 2011. This brick and mortar store has been a long time in the making, and what was once an old social club in Brooklyn is now a storefront housing some of the finest shirts, prints and other merchandise from the most forward-thinking artists, metal / punk bands and tattooers from around the globe. Some of S&D’s current contributors include world-renowned artists like Thomas Hooper, Chris O’Donnell, Florian Bertmer, Christopher Conn, Arik Roper, Aaron Horkey, Mike Rubendall, Seldon Hunt, Mario Desa, Aye Jay, Justin Bartlett, Timothy Hoyer and bands like Gallows, Cave In, SunnO))), Kvelertak, Isis, Boris, Disfear, Pelican, Integrity, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Nachtmystium, Watain, Doomriders and more. Their merchandise, along with other exclusive items, will be available at the Shirts & Destroy store along with material from countless other artists under the S&D umbrella. (more…)
By Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura
It’s already August, and the tattoo convention I throw with Roman Enriquez (Strong Tattoo/45s Forever) is coming up soon! This year the convention in scheduled for October 21-23 and we are returning to the SFO Hyatt Regency. Even with last year’s power outage on Sunday, the hotel is perfect for us and we look forward to a great weekend. Here are some highlights of this year’s show…
Well, my New York trip was a little hectic. I managed (with lots of help and cooperation) to get around 10 interviews filmed in four days, while having a pretty good time in the process… (more…)
To continue with my list of highlights from the SF show… It’s always a treat seeing Thom deVita and, as usual, finding him in the hotel lobby every morning by 7a.m. (He and I are commonly the only people stirring at this hour). Sitting with Thom and listening to a few of his stories each morning was a real treat.
The first morning I asked him what he was doing…”Are you people-watching?”
“Lady-watching,” he said, with a wry grin.
DeVita also sold some of his art (which we will soon be featuring on the TAM site) and he did several tattoos on some devoted tattooers over the weekend. (It was the first time I’d seen him wear gloves!)