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Life Happens Everyday, Balance is Key

By Omar Edmison

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My wife of 18 years asked me awhile back if I was still writing a blog for Tattoo Artist Magazine. I shot her a pile of excuses about time & being busy at work, taking care of the shop & spending time with her & the kids. She looked at me with her amazingly sweet smile as if to say “Sure Omar, I love you I have your back but you’re throwing up a smoke screen.” She knows me really well, better than any other human being on the planet. Her words that she spoke next were small and to the point. she simply said ” you’re really good at what you do. you have wisdom to impart.” I am not making that part up; she really does speak like that. So here I am sitting in front of a computer trying to figure out what to “impart” on you, gentle reader. I started thinking about what I had said to my beautiful and talented better half. It wasn’t a lie I have been busy with an amazing varied rag tag bunch of folks who for what ever reason be it a bump on the head or just a history of poor life choices have asked me to mark them permanently. It is also true that -as any shop owner can attest to- when you own a tattoo shop stuff comes up, there are always fires to be put out, business needs handling. It is most decidedly true that I love spending time with her and our 3 awesome kids. I don’t know about y’all but the last time I checked there are only 24 hours in a day only 7 of those days in a week etc., etc. you know the math. You are,I am sure, by this point getting my point that there are a lot of things that come up in my day to day life that are at times pleasurable at times nerve wracking & everything in between. Much like some of you out there, I get to try to figure out how to balance business & family, which is what struck me as something to write about…

Life, Happens everyday. It comes at us pretty fast you have to keep your eyes open and your head up if you are going to get through it in one piece. How to balance work & family…

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I am not great at Balance. I don’t know to many tattooers who are, actually. We seem to be creatures prone to addictive behaviors. Not in drugs or drink; although there are certainly some of us who have found themselves killing time and brain cells with various chemeicals. I am speaking to the idea that when we find something we like we do it, A LOT. We drive forward forsaking relationships & responsiblity. Think about your apprenticeship or the first several years of tattooing. Were you able to carry on conversations about ANYTHING aside from tattooing? If the answer is yes, then I applaud you, I certainly couldn’t. In fact in the beginning years of my career, my aforementioned amazing, beautiful wife got frustrated with me & my tattooer buddies. She threw up her hands and said “Can we have a conversation about something else for five minutes? Anything else is fine, seriously”. We assured her that we could then sat in silence for the next 3 minutes until she gave us the reprieve, letting us get back to our discussion of coil wire, capacitors, tube vises, making ink etc., etc. I can’t recall exactly what we were talking about but it sure wasn’t what Kati wanted to talk about. We are like dogs with our respective bones. Which is what it takes to succeed and build a career. I know I wouldn’t be here after nearly 23 years if I didn’t pursue tattooing with laser like focus. I also know that I wouldn’t be where I am without the love and support of my family.

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Red Fang Whales and Leeches – Available Now!

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Purchase the new album from the following locations:

Relapse / iTunes / Amazon / Bandcamp / FYE / Best Buy / Buy at a Local Record Store

Streaming:

Bandcamp / Spotify / Rdio


Melissa Fusco: Breaking The Artist Bubble

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By Melissa Fusco
Last month I had the pleasure of visiting  Off The Map Tattoo Studio in Grant’s Pass, Oregon. It was my first time ever visiting Oregon, and I must say it gave Colorado a little competition. I arrived with the all to familiar nervous, anxious, first time exploring butterflies that I feel in my stomach while starting a new journey.  Off The Map Tattoo Studio shares it’s name with Jeff Gogue’s Grant’s Pass location. I had a few days of tattooing lined up, and was very excited about that, however I was more focused on the plans I had made in advance. I coincided my guest artist spot around Jeff’s painting workshop. I had this trip planned out for about 10 months, and it seems the longer it takes for me to plan anything the more anxiety builds for the trip.

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*New* Photos Added To The Gallery

Tattoos and Painting by Joe Larralde

http://artworkrebels.com

Portland, OR

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*New* Pictures Added To The TAM Gallery

Tattoos by Ross Carlson

http://artworkrebels.com

Portland, OR
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Jeff Gogué: Waves (VIDEO)

Jeff can be found at: http://www.gogueart.com/
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Joe Larralde: Polynesian Tattooing in the Pacific Northwest

By Joe Larralde
Polynesian tattooing is alive and well here in the Pacific Northwest. Washington and Oregon have long been a hub for Hawaiian and other people of Pacific-island descent. Portland in particular has a large and ever growing population, and fortunately for me they are seeking out their roots when choosing their tattoos…

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Portland Tattoo Expo, On the Road in Oregon

By Nicki Kasper
I was looking forward to the Portland Tattoo Expo knowing that I had several friends working it and fun and debauchery would ensue. The fact that Portland is just a short drive from where I live was an awesome added bonus…

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Cory Norris Tattoo Artist Magazine Article Preview Issue #26

Interview by Jeff Gogué
Cory Norris: The approach that I take in life is going to be the same approach that I take for every tattoo, for the work that I do. I go at it with an open mind, I listen, I am observant. Obviously with a tattoo, you’re working on somebody else so they’re going to have their own agenda on what they’re wanting in the tattoo. You have to be respectful of that, but hopefully they’ll give you some leeway to open up and express yourself through it, to a certain degree… (more…)


Oregon Inkshow, On the Road in Eugene

By Nicki Kasper

My weekend started with Damon Conklin’s solo gallery show down in Grants Pass at Gogué Art on Friday night.  I had to miss the first day of the Eugene convention, but I was committed to the gallery show, and had been working on support products for it for months… (more…)


Jeff Gogue: Calvaria Book Preview (VIDEO)

Calvaria is the Latin word for skull.  This book is a collection of skulls painted and tattooed by Jeff Gogué from 2006-2010.  It is printed with the highest quality paper and ink available, and bound by hand. The cover is made of the finest Italian leatherette, and debossed with a custom die designed by Jeff… [Additional video and pictures on expanded page] (more…)


Artist Profile: Jeff Gogué (VIDEO)

Jeff Gogué started his career as a tattooer in 1999 after working in construction for eight years.  He is self-taught, and never had an apprenticeship, although he credits Cory Norris and Kevin Cox for mentoring him along the way. [Video and pictures on expanded page] (more…)


Dan Gilsdorf Tattoo Artist Magazine Article Preview for Issue #25

Dan Gilsdorf: To me, it’s apples and oranges. Tattooing is very much tied up in the idea of technical skill, so whether I want to do a tattoo that has kind of a raw look to it, I need that raw look to be intentional. I need it to be something that I am able to achieve because I have a certain dexterity that I’ve built up over the years. I need to have control over the medium so that I can make it look the way that I want it to. But that’s a technical skill. (more…)


New Scott Harrison (Welt) Painting!

“it is because our souls lack enterprise” 11″ x 14″ $400


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