By Marisa Kakoulas
The discussion of NYC’s gentrification is nothing new, but it still stings every time I learn of another institution of art, music & grit close its door to make way for mega-store or “luxury” anything. One living institution, who has had a profound effect on NYC’s tattoo scene, is documentarian, fine artist and tattoo artist Clayton Patterson. And, as the NY Times reported this weekend, Clayton will be shutting his Outlaw Art Museum and leaving NY’s Lower East Side with his wife Elsa Rensaa, explaining, “There’s nothing left for me here.”
In a time where our own tattoo community feels gentrified — complete with “celebrity” tattooers working in glass cages — it’s understandable why Clayton and Elsa are leaving town and heading for Bad Ischl, in Austria, where, for almost 15 years, he has collaborated with the Wildstyle Tattoo Convention.
Wildstyle is one of the many projects Clayton has worked on for tattoo artists and collectors. In 1986, Clayton and Ari Roussimoff started the Tattoo Society of New York (TSNY), with the assistance of Elsa, and the group was instrumental in working to overturn the NYC tattoo ban in 1997. When asked by Vice, what about the role of TSNY, he explained:
“It was difficult to learn to tattoo in the city, but the TSNY changed much of that. Those interested in art and tattooing gathered at the Society meetings. The whole 1990s New York City new wave came out of the TSNY. The magazines came to the Society meetings. It is through the Society that Debby Ullman, who had worked at Outlaw Biker and Tattoo Review, moved over to Pat Rusians of Pink Coyote Designs, who was looking for an editor to start a new magazine. I introduced her to Jonathan Shaw, and they started, International Tattoo Magazine. At that time there were not that many photographers on the tattoo scene. Early on, there was Charles Gatewood. Then Steve Bonge started taking photos in the mid 70s. He was instrumental in getting photos of tattoos into Biker magazine. He became the lead photographer for International Tattoo.”
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By Marisa Kakoulas
Reblogged from: http://www.needlesandsins.com
One of the most acclaimed tattoo gatherings – the NYC Tattoo Convention – has brought beautiful freaks worldwide to New York in spring time, as it has been held each May for 16 years. However, with the sad news that the convention’s venue, the historicRoseland Ballroom, will be shutting down in April 2014, I worried about the fate of my hometown show.
Thankfully, we’ll still be able to party in this iconic spot, if not for one last time, as the convention dates for 2014 are March 21st through the 23rd. While the news has been spread around social media, I’ve still been hearing people talk about making travel plans for May or even setting up appointments at that time, so I wanted to help get the word out there that the show will go on, but in March.
We’ll be there and hope to see you too! Check my bad camera phone pics from past shows on Flickr.
By Molly and Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura
New York City. I love this over-crowded, smelly, hot and humid oasis of culture, counter-culture, history, music and art. Horitaka, Horitomo, Drew Flores, and I flew out to give Horitomo’s seminar on Japanese back pieces that he did for The Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts last year. It was a whirlwind of heat, walking, talking and eating… (more…)
So I just left Buenos Aires after being there for a month-and-a-half or something like this… The guys from Welldone Tattoo and I started a really tough gang, this is our first group shot. We are tougher than leather… (more…)
After my time at Royal Tattoo in Denmark I headed to Amsterdam and The Amsterdam Tattoo Museum just a week before Christmas. Amsterdam is that city where for the first time in my life I felt like I could have died from partying. This was years ago: I remember looking out the window of my room at like five in the morning, the street lights shimmering on the black water of the canals, while my friends snored around me in drunken, coked-out stupors as my heart raced, my jaw a vice, with teeth that could have cracked walnuts, shit, they could have cracked themselves… (more…)
Courtesy of Sacred Gallery NYC:
An exhibition where some of the best underground artists take their skills back to when velvet paintings ruled the airwaves. From zombie Jesus to black light panthers. These artists will take you on a journey you wont soon forget.
Join us, Thursday, March 8th 2012 from 8-11pm here at Sacred Gallery NYC 424 Broadway 2nd Floor… (more…)
About The Project
Believing that creativity is a vital force for all of humanity, Last Rites Gallery supports ICAF in funding art programs for children across the world. Last Rites owner, Paul Booth, has raised thousands of dollars for ICAF since his first involvement with them in 2008, and founded The Art Fusion Experiment as a means of benefitting charities and connecting artists worldwide. (more…)
Painter, tattooist, and entrepreneur Paul Booth has become an internationally recognized pioneer in gaining mainstream recognition for the dark arts movement. His first showing in Switzerland, this exhibition presents the evolution of his artwork over the past 10 years – in paint, mixed media, and tattoo.
In addition to the exhibition itself, the opening reception features a live painting collaboration with Paul and the co-founders of “The ArtFusion Experiment”, Filip and Titine Leu. The painting created at the event will remain for the duration of Paul’s exhibit… (more…)