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The 2015 Bay Area Tattoo Convention!

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THE 2015 BAY AREA TATTOO CONVENTION The 2015 Bay Area Tattoo Convention (BATC) will take place Halloween weekend (Friday October 30, Saturday October 31 and Sunday November 1st) at the SFO Hyatt Regency. Hotel conventions are always fun and a halloween weekend will be especially cool! This will be the eleventh year and as usual, features a stellar line up of invite only, world renowned tattooers. This show was started and is still run by Roman (45s Forever Harley Shop, Strong Tattoo and Strong Shirt Printing) and Taki (State of Grace Tattoo) and keeps tattooing and tattooers as the main attraction. The BATC features NO piercing, bands, celebrity appearances or contests- we are purely a TATTOO SHOW. The number of vendors is kept to a bare minimum of tattooer owned/tattoo supportive companies to insure that tattooers can promote their own t-shirts, prints, machines, and other such wares. This show is about tattooing and puts tattooing first! Some of the attending tattooers include: Don Ed Hardy, Su’a Sulu’ape Alaiva’a Petelo, Bill Salmon, Junii, Oliver Peck, Toothtaker, Beau Brady, Chad Koeplinger, Greggletron, Chuey Quintanar, Mitch Love, Ben Rorke, Malika Rose, Matt Deverson, Fred Flores, Ricardo Avila, Horifuji, Horikiku, Peter Sulu’ape, Tim Hendricks, Juan Puente, Adrian Lee, Mary Joy, Holly Ellis, Freddy Corbin,Tuigamala Andy Tauafiafi, Greg Christian, Virginia Elwood, Henry Lewis, Si’i Liufau, Luke Stewart, Sulu’ape Steve Looney, Ross Jones, Ichi Hatano, Reiko, Valerie Vargas, En, Stewart Robson, Scott Sylvia, Kikupunk, Orly Locquiao, Kevin Marr, Steve Byrne, Tony Hundahl, Pierre Chapelan, Beppe, Don and Deb Yarian, Chris ... Read More »

Ink Master s6/e9 review – 8/18/15

As the competition continues true colors are revealed.  This week featured underhanded schemes and motives to strategically eliminate the competition on this episode of ‘Ink Master’, Composed and Exposed which aired Tuesday, August 18, 2015. The plotting progressed as the remaining artists formed new alliances. Only 11 artists were left to compete after Saint Marq was sent home last week.  Returning from elimination Chris Blinston exposed himself as a wolf in sheep’s clothing determined to do whatever it takes to win, which sends the other contestants scrambling to find a way to send him packing.  For this week’s challenge, the artists were individually tasked with creating a composition piece in the form of a post card. The elements needed to make sense and move at the same time. The artists were paired with a canvas to create permanent souvenirs to commemorate their travel experiences and “living mas”. Challenges were met immediately as each artist searched for authenticity in their presentation.  After judging the challenge Matt O’Baugh was declared the winner. This gave him the power to assign canvases for the elimination tattoo. As things heated up Craig Foster persuaded Matt unknowingly to do his dirty work by going after Chris’s followers, Dave and Tyler. For the elimination challenge each artist created a piece in the European art form of Trash Polka. Composition and dynamics are a must in the art form that only uses black, gray and red ink. Immediately, the difficult canvases, and those with scattered ideas were used ... Read More »

Oliver Peck Partners with The Reverend Horton Heat for Elm Street Music and Tattoo Festival


By Kiernan Maletsky Reblogged from: Oliver Peck’s annual tattoo feats on Friday the 13th are already the stuff of legend and record (he’s literally in the Guinness book for it). But this year marks the start of a huge development for the event: It will now be a tattoo AND music festival, and Reverend Horton Heat will co-present alongside Peck. The festival goes from Friday, September 13 to Sunday, September 15, and tickets are on sale now. They’re $20 for a one-day pass, $40 for a weekend pass or $100 for VIP, which includes access to a “private club” on Elm Street. Read More »


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Courtesy of MUSINK: MusInk 2013 will kick off its 6th annual festival on March 8-10 at the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa, CA, with performances by Bad Religion,Pennywise, Reverend Horton Heat, TSOL, Lagwagon, The Vandals and Lucero among others and appearances by over 300 tattoo artists including Jack Rudy, Robert Atkinson, Small Paul and Tomas Garcia. Tickets are available at Featured Tattoo Artists: Jack Rudy, Robert Atkinson, Small Paul, Tomas Garcia, Nikko, Baba, Roman Abrigo, Bob Tyrrell, Robert Hernandez, Spotlight Tattoo, Gold Rush Tattoo, Shamrock Social Club, BJ Betts, Oliver Peck, Franco Vescovi, Norm, Chente, Newport Tattoo, Kyle Crowell, Rick Walters, Sid Stankovits, Yushi, Tokyo Hiro, Onizuka Tattoo and many more… Read More »

Adam Lauricella: Thom deVita Pop-Up Gallery Review


By Adam Lauricella The “pop-up gallery” is a phenomenon that is refreshing yet pragmatic. It’s something doable for artists who may not have the resources to establish a long-standing art gallery yet, still show their work or the work of others. Often times these galleries take shape in empty spaces or open in unsuspecting locations that aren’t in use. The term pop-up gallery is loosely used to describe the event that went down the weekend of January 11-13, 2012 at Kings Avenue Tattoo… Read More »

Tattoo Culture Magazine: Launch Party Time


By Nicki Kasper Oh what a night… The TCM launch party was more than any of us could have asked for. We wanted to celebrate all the work and effort we’ve put into this project and really blow it up for the people who showed up to support us. I think it’s safe to say that no one left disappointed…  Read More »

Tattoo Culture Magazine Official Launch Party in Atlanta (Special Guest: Oliver Peck)


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Sailor Jerry: Oliver Peck Hold Fast (VIDEO)


Courtesy of Salior Jerry: Oliver Peck aka “Ducky” needs little introduction ever since he joined the judging panel on the hit Spike TV tattoo competition Ink Master, but this guy’s been at it for awhile. Based at Elm Street Tattoo in Dallas TX, a shop he founded with Dean Williams, Oliver has been laying in color since he was 19 years old. He even holds the Guinness World Record for most tattoos done in 24 hours with 415 pieces of his favorite subject, the number 13… Read More »

Victor Farinelli: Ink Master Review (Finale)


By Victor Farinelli  Well, the end is finally here. In the two-episode finale of this season of Ink Master, I have been left wondering the meaning of life. Well no, not really, but it has a good ring to it. Our contestants are finally whittled down to the last four. In the first of the two episodes, the contestants did not have to do a flash challenge. It was straight to the elimination challenge. They had to demonstrate all the different aspects of tattooing to see who gets to go to the live finale…  Read More »

Victor Farinelli: Ink Master Review (Episode 11)


By Victor Farinelli  It is getting down to the wire. Just a few more episodes to go until one of the contestants gets a $100,000 paycheck they have to pay taxes on and a feature in Inked Magazine. “Inked.” I hate that term. It is just as bad as “human canvases.” Hey man, I am going to go down to the tat shop and get inked! YOLO! Then, I am going to go watch The Hobbit! FRODO! Read More »

Victor Farinelli: Ink Master Review (Episode 10)

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By Victor Farinelli  Just when I start to think that some of these cats are humble and are willing to learn, then they go say some arrogant stupid shit. The show starts off with Jesse fucking saying, “You know what coasting is? That is what I did for the Japanese challenge… I would rather lose for doing me than win for not doing me.” Then why the fuck did he want to be on the show? It’s not some fucking highfalutin serious goddamn art exposition. It is a fucking game show. Period. End of fucking explanation. I will take “Douche Bags” for $200 please, Alex. At the end of the season the winner gets a paycheck they have to pay taxes on. If you got into this for any other reason than the money, and being on TV, you are fucking fooling yourself. You do what you have to do to play the game because at the end of the day, that’s all this is… a game. If it was not on Spike, it would be on the Game Show Network…  Read More »

Victor Farinelli: Ink Master Review (Episode 9)


By Victor Farinelli  This week’s episode opens with Sarah bitching about the judges not giving her a good honest critic. I call bullshit. The judges have actually done a pretty good job of telling this motley crew what they did wrong and what they need to improve on. I have been in a lot of shops in my years and have observed a lot of apprentices on their road to Tattooville, and I have seen some who have been torn new assholes for the tattoos they have attempted to do… Read More »

Victor Farinelli: Ink Master Review (Episode 8)


By Victor Farinelli  Ink Master is a train wreck and Sarah Miller is the engineer. As I said in my last post, she needs serious mood stabilizing medication. She is a shitstorm of manic depression. This episode is not different. This episode was the black and gray challenge, and the special guest judge was Mr. Freddy Negrete. The twist this time around was that they had to work in teams. For the flash challenge, the contestants had to create an image on scratchboard. Since Tatu Baby was the winner of last week’s elimination challenge, she got to pick the teams for this flash challenge. She stuck Sarah with Mark “I got one foot out the door” Matthews. The other teams were Clint Cummings with Jamie Davis, Steve Tefft with Sebastian Murphy, and Tatu Baby with Jesse Smith…  Read More »

Victor Farinelli: Ink Master Review (Episode 7)


By Victor Farinelli  A long time ago in, in a galaxy far, far away… a girl needed lithium. Sarah Miller needs some serious medication. One minute, she is bouncing off the walls she is so excited, the next she is about to kill herself. She displayed this so well in this episode: The Star Wars challenge… Read More »

Victor Farinelli: Ink Master Review (Episode 6)


By Victor Farinelli  Let’s celebrate the land of the free, home of the brave with GUNS! Sorta like banjos, only different. Episode VI was “all about attention to detail,” Dave Navarro emphasized. For the flash challenge, the contestants had to carve an image into the stock of a gun. Guns owned by real, meat-eating, beer-bellied, heart-diseased ‘Mericans! Where’s my Rascal scooter? Read More »

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