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A Review on Jeff Gogue’s “tattoo as I see it”

By Nicki Kasper

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“In that moment, I realized that instead of trying to be inspired, I was going to try to inspire people.”

I recently ordered two copies of Jeff Gogue’s DVD, “tattoo as I see it”… Jeff is one of my closest and most genuine friends and I wanted to support his project, something I know he and put a lot of work, time, money, energy and heart into.  I bought a copy for myself, and one for a close friend of mine – an artist I thought could use some inspiration.  I didn’t know exactly what the DVD would be like, but I know Jeff, and I knew it would be inspiring, as well as very giving with valuable information and advice to tattooers… I just now was able to find the time to sit down and watch it, and it doesn’t disappoint.

I know Jeff in a couple different ways…  We’re friends; I know him on a personal level, and he’s fun, open, genuine, kind, generous, and hilarious. I’m also one of his clients, so I know him on that level.  I know how much he cares about his clients, about the pieces he puts on our bodies, about the pain we’re feeling, etc.  I know how much heart he puts into every single piece, and I’m grateful and fortunate to be covered in them.  But in addition to being a friend, and a client, I’ve also had the pleasure of working with him on side projects.

I know from experience that nothing Jeff Gogue does professionally or otherwise is half-assed.  He cares about the details.  If he decides he’s going to do something, he wants to give all of himself to it.  If it has his name on it, he wants it to be the absolute best he has to offer at that time and place.  He never thinks he’s reached his full potential, which is why we see his work changing and evolving over and over. I can relate to him in many ways, which I think is part of the reason we became instant friends so many years ago.

“You’re either a taker, or you’re a giver.”

He wants to inspire others, and that is the point of this movie.  It will inspire everyone who watches, artist or not.  He’s honest and open about his process, what he wants, his strengths and weaknesses.  It’s real, and humble and people can always relate to that.

If you’re an artist, you will be blown away at how generous Jeff is with information that will help you from laying out a piece to tips on using contrast in your work to mixing colors.  It’s invaluable information that he’s learned by trial and error over the years and he’s sharing it all with you. But if you’re not an artist, and you just want to be inspired about believing in yourself and making shit happen for yourself… About not accepting failure, and instead being driven by it, you need to watch this film.

To Jeff and Ryan Moon – You guys did an incredible job on this, and now I wish I hadn’t been such a chicken about being interviewed for it! I’m proud of you both!


Art Theft

David Palacios ThinkingBy David Palacios
Tattooing is spreading like a wild-fire! I’m not sure if it’s because all the tattoo shows out nowadays, or the ease of buying tattoo equipment. Whatever it may be, the industry is being saturated with tattooers, and there is a one main thing many of these tattooers are overlooking beside the respect for the craft. I’m talking about the artwork itself. What do tattooers and their clients see as custom art, flash and theft of artwork? There is a huge lack of originality and a spike in theft of artwork with all these new tattooers and we need to clarify what the boundaries are. Yes there are boundaries… (more…)


Tattoo Artist Magazine Digital Issues and Video Downloads Available

Because you demanded it… Tattoo Artist Magazine is now available digitally! (To subscribers and professional tattooers ONLY.) We are proud to announce that we will be releasing the entire catalog of TAM for your mobile devices. The issues will be available exclusively through our TAM Pro Store. Each issue will be available to view and save on your iPhone, iPad, Android or tablet device. Once purchased you will be sent a link to download TAM content directly to your device. The issues can be read and stored in iBooks or Kindle Reader. You will also have the option to save on your home computer and store in iTunes… (more…)


Tattoo Artist Magazine Goes Digital! (Issues #20 and #21)

Because you demanded it… Tattoo Artist Magazine is now available digitally! (To subscribers and professional tattooers ONLY.) We are proud to announce that we will be releasing the entire catalog of TAM for your mobile devices. The issues will be available exclusively through our TAM Pro Store. Each issue will be available to view and save on your iPhone, iPad, Android or tablet device. Once purchased you will be sent a link to download TAM content directly to your device. The issues can be read and stored in iBooks or Kindle Reader. You will also have the option to save on your home computer and store in iTunes… (more…)


Chet Zar: Second Skin Group Show July 14th at Copro Gallery

By Chet Zar
I only discovered the tattoo community about 3 years ago when I was invited by tattoo artist Jon Lane to paint live at 2009′s Visionary Tattoo Art Festival. I was impressed from the start. Not only were these artists creating truly cutting edge art work on skin (conceptually, tattooing blows every other artistic statement out of the water, in my opinion), they were also painting as good as or better than a lot of well known contemporary painters I’ve seen. I was truly blown away at the variety of styles, techniques and ideas and wondered why I wasn’t seeing a lot of this stuff at the galleries I was showing at and going to, especially when a lot of the artists were expressing interest in showing at these galleries… (more…)


The Nikko Color Contest

Here’s a contest for tattooists looking to share their realism work and also get the chance to win prizes that could help further their craft:

The Nikko Color Contest is a collaboration between portrait phenom Nikko Hurtado, Sullen Clothing, Tattoo Artist Magazine and Fusion Tattoo Ink…  (more…)


Calgary Alberta Bound Tattoo and Arts Festival, On the Road in Canada

By Jesse Dolphin
Hello once again, I was at the Calgary Alberta Bound Tattoo Convention a little over a week ago… Steve Peace owner of Immaculate Concepts in Calgary has for years been bringing in some of the best artists known worldwide. The show where I bought my first TAM mag. Wow, has it grown… (more…)


Nikko Hurtado Free Tattoo Contest Sponsored by Sullen Clothing

Courtesy of Sullen Clothing: Nikko Hurtado and Sullen Clothing have combined forces to give one lucky winner a free tattoo. The Nikko contest runs until July 31, 2011. The prize that the winner will receive is a five hour tattoo session with Nikko Hurtado, $500 dollars worth of Sullen Clothing, one night stay in a hotel, and a spot on Sullen TV…

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Tattoo Artist Magazine Video Downloads

Now you can digitally own a little piece of tattoo history!

The following videos were previously released on the CD ROMs and DVDs that accompany each issue of Tattoo Artist Magazine from 2002-present. The $1.99 videos include artists, Jeff Gogué, Shige, Thomas Hooper, CIV, Alex Reinke, Chad Koeplinger, Chuck Eldridge, Dana Helmuth, Frank Lee, Jason Brooks, Jeff Rassier, Matt Arriola, Matt Shamah, Wido de Marval, Sid Stankovitz and Nikko Hurtado.

The $0.99 videos include artists, Uncle Allan, Ernie Gosnell, Tony Hundahl, Trevor McStay, Mick Tattoo, Mike (Rollo) Malone, Oliver Peck, Tim Hendricks, Keith Underwood, Jim Rosal, Joel Long, Juan Puente, Hunter Spanks, Horiyoshi II, Filip Leu, Eric Doyle, Chris Trevino, Chris O’ Donnell, Chad Soner, Beppe Strambini and Aaron Bell…

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Paradise Tattoo Gathering (VIDEO)

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