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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…)


*NEW* Amsterdam Tattoo Museum Update

atm-logoBy ATM/Blue Bone crew
The situation of the museum is still very complicated. The woman who was supposed to be our financier is bankrupt and there’s a curator now in the museum and they’re still figuring out who owns what. In the meantime we still cannot enter the museum or take the collection away. Every time they postpone the date the collection is to be released because of difficulties. However, it should last no longer than one month…  (more…)


Russ Abbott: Ornamental Archive Book Project

russ_sBy Russ Abbott
The first time I can remember drawing an ornamental frame was for a tattoo design. It was a large, realistic rendering of a Merchant Marine ship. My client wanted the tattoo in memory of his Grandfather. We discussed the options and eventually decided on a reference image for the ship The tattoo would span the entire length of his shin and I would need to invent a way to create a border for the piece. I had recently picked up a vintage oval mirror with intricately carved ornaments on the frame and as I was trying to think of a great concept for the client, my eyes settled on the ornamental mirror and I instantly knew what to do.  [Click here to see Russ' Kickstarter video.] 

Since that time, I have done countless tattoos with ornamental frames and design elements.  I draw ornamental frames for portraits of people, animals, and objects of all kinds. I use the ornamental designs to add flow and excitement to otherwise stiff compositions. I’ve even started doing large-scale works that are made up entirely of ornament alone!  (more…)


Dawn Cooke: Jesse Stark Fundraiser


By Dawn Cooke
Let me tell you a little story about Jesse Stark. Jesse starting tattooing as a young man and like most of us had to struggle to learn the craft of tattooing. Jesse worked in Detroit for a while. When I say he worked in Detroit I mean in the city not the suburbs. He was shot at one too many times there and he left to work in the safer community of Ann Arbor… (more…)


Amsterdam Tattoo Museum Update: New Pop-Up Store Opening

atm-logoDear Amsterdam Tattoo Museum Supporters & Blue Boners,
Thanks to your support we are happy to announce the opening of a new pop-up store by the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum on the 28th of February. You’re most welcome to attend this event from 4-7 pm at the van Woustraat 78 in Amsterdam. In the shop we sell a wide range of tattoo (related) books and gifts and Henk Schiffmacher, Danny Boy, Chris Danley and Yushi Takei will be tattooing here as well. Of course we will host a bunch of great guest artists like we did in the old museum… (more…)


Marcus Kuhn: The Gypsy Gentleman Episode VI (VIDEO)

The Gypsy Gentleman Episode 6: Paris. Marcus Kuhn presents the sixth edition of his new tattoo and travel video series. This new adventure features interviews with Laura Satana and Tin-Tin as they travel deep into the catacombs of France to dig up some skull reference… To support this project for future episodes please visit the Gypsy Gentleman website and donate: http://gypsygentleman.com/.

 

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Dave Waugh: Holy Diver… Or How To Fuck Up A Painting And Attempt To Fix It


By Dave Waugh
So I received a lot of positive feedback on my recent Dio flash sheet, so I was inspired to do another Dio-esque piece, and this time it was for a trade…

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Paul Dobleman: Psychedelic Stories Contest 2013

By Paul Dobleman: 
So I’ve been tattooing assholes for the last year, I’m over it and moving on. As much as I’d like to blog about my opinions I think that’s all fucking bullshit and no one cares. I’m all about having a good time and this is more my speed. As tattooers a lot of us have been through some weird stuff, drugs especially… (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(more…)


Dawn Cooke: 15 Great Artists’ Pictures From Instagram

By Dawn Cooke
So I screen-shotted some of my favorite pictures from Intagram to share. My intention is to share some great work and give the artists every bit of the credit! I’m doing it to showcase what I consider to be some really great work. I hope you will all agree. One thing I want to make clear is that I am not trying to promote the idea of “stealing.” All artists are inspired by other artists. There’s a difference between being inspired and flat-out stealing. I think it’s important to know the difference. Most images in tattooing have been taken from other sources. It’s always good to know the source if you can, and try to be inspired by art outside of tattooing… and also by life and nature… (more…)


Paul Dobleman: December’s Asshole of the Month WINNER!

By Paul Dobleman: 
I’d like to thank everyone who participated and sent in an asshole story, it’s been a fun year tattooing you assholes. Cheers to everyone who reads these, hope you like next year’s project… Psychedelic Stories!

The last asshole… December’s asshole of the month is Stuart…  (more…)


Myke Chambers: Westward Expansion

Myke-profileBy Myke Chambers
If you’re familiar with 19th century American history then you should know a little about the westward expansion of the Euro-American and the ensuing American Indian wars leading to the near extinction of all Native American culture.

Now I’m not going to go into all the horrific atrocities committed by the Euro-American against the American Indians, all the countless promises broken and massacres of women and children. Please understand I’m in no way saying the mass genocide and all the horrors done to the Native American in the past and in the present in any way compares. That wasn’t the purpose of this at all. I myself am part Cherokee. What is happening with tattooing is obviously nowhere near as horrific as what happened to the native tribes. No, I have another purpose for bringing this bit of history up. You may be asking yourself where the hell is he going with this and what the hell does American history have to do with tattooing… Bear with me, and while you do look for history repeating itself… though not on such a horrific scale… (more…)


Dave Waugh: It Ain’t Rocket Science


By Dave Waugh
Here is a commission piece I did for fellow tattooer named Chris Smith. He was interested in purchasing a piece of artwork from me that had a similar format and he let me pick the subject matter… (more…)


Amsterdam Tattoo Museum Update: New Pop-Up Gallery Location

blacklogoStatement from Henk Schiffmacher:

Patience my friends, patience…

“Patience? If I wanted any patience I would have become a fucking doctor” my old friend, Vancouver’s most notorious tattoo friend, used to say.

But nevertheless, hang in there: we are on our way. We negotiate, send letters, get mails, threats, fooled and cheated and the only reason why we keep going is to see what the heck is next. First of all, the fight is not over. The divorce, in fact…  (more…)


Larry Brogan: Building a Solid Portfolio

By Larry Brogan
Courtesy of Tattoo Road Trip Your portfolio is your most important tool. Why? Because it gets you the JOB. Your portfolio is what sells your skills… (more…)


Dave Waugh: What, Are They Testing Missiles There?


By Dave Waugh

What, Are They Testing Missiles There?  (more…)


Amsterdam Tattoo Museum Update

blacklogoStatement from Henk Schiffmacher:

What’s up at this very moment? We still have no access to the collection. There are no artists working in the museum, and the shop is declared a no-go area for the tattoo world. A small group of big shots out of the real museum world and university are negotiating the release of the collection. But the schizo character of the opposite side makes it difficult. We have good hope and are already looking for a new location. Soon we will open up a temporary location for our merchandise and office somewhere in town. Meanwhile, your support is much appreciated and needed. Stay away the fuck away from the museum! It’s not ours anymore, it’s now in the hands of un-tattooed people!

Thanks to everybody who has been incredible generous and has been donating to our funds!

Henk Schiffmacher and crew…

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Paul Dobleman: November’s Asshole of the Month WINNER!

By Paul Dobleman: Assholes keep comin’ here is the November Asshole of the month… (more…)


The Restore Red Hook Art Show: Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser

imageOn Sunday, December 16 from 2pm to 8pm The Restore Red Hook Art Show will bring together some of the most prominent names in the tattoo industry to Kidd Studios (133 Imlay St.) for a benefit to help local Red Hook businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy. In addition to a silent auction, the benefit will offer on-site tattoos, live music, and a cash bar…  (more…)


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