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Paul Dobleman: Psychedelic Stories from the Road

Psychedelic s for webBy Paul Dobleman: Due to the fact I’ve been on the road, I haven’t had the chance to do a proper psychedelic story, so you are going to just have to hear one of mine… (more…)


Myke Chambers: Idiocracy?

0-1 By Myke Chambers
I was talking with a friend a little while back about the state of tattooing today, comparing it with how things were just 15 or 20 years ago. He made a really good point… A lot of people say, “Yeah tattooing going mainstream sucks but now there are more people getting tattooed so we’re all making a lot more money.”

But he then reminded me that yeah, 15 years ago there weren’t as many people getting tattooed but there also weren’t as many tattooers either, so anyone that wanted a tattoo didn’t have a whole lot of choices. Today there are sometimes a hundred shops in a city or maybe even upwards of 300 in a big city…  (more…)


Crystal Morey: Horibenny (Part II)

crystal-morey-16By Crystal Morey
Horibenny is one of my favorite monsters. Odder than bacon with legs, he oozes with creative zealotry and possesses an indiscriminate passion for life that is contagious. Benny is one of the first round-eyes to be given and to complete a formal tattoo apprenticeship here in Japan, and by this I mean, he cooked, fetched and lived for his sempai for over four years… A far cry from the ‘two week a year drop in to study and pay money’ apprenticeship awarded to many gaijin deshi these days.

Benny is an accomplished painter, his tattoo work is delicate yet powerful, it often embodies the Japanese tenet that less is more, and his earnest demeanor only lends to his accomplishments as an artists. Ever the student, Ben works his ass of on a daily basis to learn more and push himself further and I’ve had the pleasure of watching him make significant artistic advancements over the past few years. He is not unlike one of those wind-up toys you point and they take off pointedly in one direction… only Ben’s nose is pointed at the moon and with his passion it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he got there… (Click here to read Part I)

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Crystal Morey: Horibenny (Part I)

crystal-morey-16By Crystal Morey
Horibenny is one of my favorite monsters. Odder than bacon with legs, he oozes with creative zealotry and possesses an indiscriminate passion for life that is contagious. Benny is one of the first round-eyes to be given and to complete a formal tattoo apprenticeship here in Japan, and by this I mean, he cooked, fetched and lived for his sempai for over four years… A far cry from the ‘two week a year drop in to study and pay money’ apprenticeship awarded to many gaijin deshi these days.

Benny is an accomplished painter, his tattoo work is delicate yet powerful, it often embodies the Japanese tenet that less is more, and his earnest demeanor only lends to his accomplishments as an artists. Ever the student, Ben works his ass of on a daily basis to learn more and push himself further and I’ve had the pleasure of watching him make significant artistic advancements over the past few years. He is not unlike one of those wind-up toys you point and they take off pointedly in one direction… only Ben’s nose is pointed at the moon and with his passion it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he got there… (more…)


Dave Shore Dragon Art Tribute and Auction

dave-allen-3By Dave Allen
Dave Shore passed away suddenly this year, the very day his shop was scheduled to close. He worked almost daily right up to the end. It is his legacy that we wish to honor! A character of mythical proportions… Stories of his days in Texas, Hawaii and Europe are from an era in tattooing few of us got to witness. Dave worked under the banner of such great tattooists as Mike Malone, Zeke Owens and Henk (Hanky Panky) Schiffmacher and alongside Ed Hardy, Horiyoshi, Luke Atkinson, Corey Miller, Paul Jefferies and many more. Dave was bigger than life and left a great impression wherever he went… (more…)


Alex Grey: Entheon Kickstarter Project


Dear Cosmonauts,
We have been inspired by the recent success of Kickstarter for funding projects large and small.  Just this month, two movie projects have generated millions of dollars by rallying their dedicated fans. If artists projects can be financed by friends, there is no limit to creative freedom.  In that spirit we announce the launch of the Entheon Kickstarter today!  Check it out, make a pledge, and build Entheon with us…  (more…)


Larry Brogan: How to Throw an Opening Party

Courtesy of Larry Brogan and Tattoo City
I thought I would send some info about our Grand Opening of my Tattoo City and Flower of Life Art Gallery located at 1601 State Street in Lockport, Illinois. Over two hundred people, including the mayor of Lockport, various city officials and reporters from the Lockport Legend newspaper. Friends traveled from far and wide, from Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and even Canada, to share in the occasion…  (more…)


Dave Waugh: Rollo


By Dave Waugh
Yesterday was the birthday of one of my biggest early influences in tattooing. His name was Mike Malone, his friends called him Rollo… I called him, Mr. Malone…  (more…)


Paul Dobleman: Psychedelic Stories March’s WINNER!

Psychedelic s for webBy Paul Dobleman: 

Here is the Psychedelic Stories winner for March, thanks to everyone who participated…  (more…)


Dave Waugh: Up The Irons


By Dave Waugh
I was asked to participate in an Iron Maiden themed art show at The Pretty Pretty Collective in San Francisco. The show started Friday, March 16th and runs for two months… (more…)


Jamie Macpherson: Psychedelic Visions and Revolution Through Art

Jamie Macpherson-profileBy Jamie Macpherson
I’ve been creating some new works using multiple processes. For years, I despised the digital medium, attributing it to taking jobs from all the real organic artists and classical animators. As a tattoo artist I value the hand-made aspect of creation as something more intimate or personal. Then I got into the world of fractals and sacred geometry and I knew I had to use computers to my advantage. The computer became a way of generating beautiful mathematical patterns that I could use in sculpting a complex new art style that combines hand drawn and hand painted elements. I taught myself how to customize settings and brush tools and as a result, I have created a new medium to work in that is so much more than just clicking a button…  (more…)


Larry Brogan: Tattoo Convention Booth Set Up Part II

By Larry Brogan
Courtesy of Tattoo Road TripIn part one of Tattoo Convention Booth Set Up we touched on things such as having promotional items such as business cards and stickers, proper banner size and good overall lighting. In part two, I’ll talk about keeping your items safer from theft, helpful display tips and a continuation of proper lighting…  (more…)


Gomineko Books: Adam Kitamoto’s Myths, Gods & Legends

adam-kitamoto-1Courtesy of Gomineko Books: Gomineko Books is proud to announce our newest publication, Adam Kitamoto’s Myths, Gods & Legends. This is a brilliant collection of Kitamoto’s illustrations and tattoo work, highlighting his keen eye for Japanese nuances and aesthetic…  (more…)


Dave Waugh: This Week’s Record Reviews


By Dave Waugh
So I’ ll begin this weeks record reviews from low to high. It was a good score from Emmittsburg this week with both lows and highs. And lows that should have been highs. Up first, a bland 60′s comp of “danger music” movie and TV theme songs…
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Paul Dobleman: Psychedelic Stories February’s WINNER!

Psychedelic s for webBy Paul Dobleman: 
So it begins! We got a little bit of a late start… So here is February’s Winner!

A big thanks to everyone who wrote in… (more…)