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An Interview with Phil Holt

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By Nicki Kasper Lets start by telling those who don’t know you who you are, what you do, where you’re located, etc… My name is Phil Holt. I live in Tampa Florida with my four kids. I own RedLetter1 with my friend Jeff Srsic. We have three of our friends share the space with us where we all tattoo 5-6 day a weeks. Nick Stegall, Chris Reed and David Bruehl are the best shipmates Jeff and myself could ask for. I also sell my handmade pigment under the name “Old Gold Small Batch”. The batches are still “small” but it’s really gotten busy so the facility has grown and I have a lot of small batches brewing nonstop. How long have you been in the tattoo industry and what’s your tattoo history?  How did you come up in the trade? … My brother started bringing tattoo magazines around when I was about 12 years old. I think he was mainly bringing them around because back then, in the magazines like EasyRider’s you could see bikes and boobs… Not that I wasn’t impressed with boobies but I became mostly interested in tattoos. Then in high school I really sunk my teeth into art and tattooing.  I started making tattoos in 1996. In 1998 I moved to Ohio on a sink or swim mission to become a real tattooer and basically I moved every 20-24 months for a decade. In a surreal sort of way, every shop I worked at had an amazing ... Read More »

NEW *Digital TAM Issues* Added! #22-#24 Featuring Thomas Hooper, Robert Ryan, Thom deVita, Dan Dringenberg and more!

Video Download for TAM issue #23: Thomas Hooper. Click here to see more Digital issues of TAM for sale: TAM DIGITAL ISSUES Read More »

Reach Beyond Death – Group Show at Windhorse Tattoo & Gallery

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Reach Beyond Death features 32 tattoo artists from across the United States, each tattoo artist was provided with a high-quality resin forearm cast to paint, draw, or sculpt upon. No limits = exciting results. Reach Beyond Death enters it’s second and final month, with an April 6th, 2012 reception during First Fridays in Kansas City, MO. [Artists listed on expanded page.] Read More »

The London Tattoo Convention, On the Road in England

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By Kent “I hate writing blogs” Smith Oh London, how I love you. Every year for the past five years I have traveled the London convention, stayed at the same hotel with a family of friends and shared a booth with my good buddy Hunter Spanks. Every year I am so stoked that I have been able to pick up long-distance relationships with friends right on the spot and add some new ones. I’m not talking about just people from overseas, but folks right here in the states that I only get to see once a year across the pond. The friendships and relationships that we are able to build in our community are amazing. I am constantly impressed by the sense of camaraderie we have in this industry… Read More »

Tattoo Artist Magazine Volume I Book Will Be Arriving Next Week!

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We are excited to announce that Tattoo Artist Magazine Vol. I will be arriving next week from our printer!  We will begin shipping all pre-orders at the end of next week. We apologize for the extended delay and would like to thank everyone for their patience regarding this matter. If you would like to order the book please visit our TAM Pro Store here: http://tattooartistmagazine.myshopify.com/password. TAM Vol I. is for professional tattoo artists only. Foil stamped cover art by Hunter Spanks. Cheers- TEAM TAM Read More »

RedLetter1 Presents, Pop-Op: The Art of Erik Jones

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By Phil Holt: Just wanted to let you know that I have moved RedLetter1 to Hyde Park in a new and very permanent location. We are having our grand opening and new art exhibit June 3rd, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. featuring the work of Erik Jones. We would love to have you out… Read More »

Tattoo Artist Magazine Book (Issues 1-5) Pre-Order Now Available

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As you may know, the first five issues of TAM have become highly sought after and sales have recently been limited to full-set orders only due to our dwindling inventory. With this in mind we created TAM Volume 1, a book that consists of issues 1-5. The response to the prototype of this book at tattoo conventions all over the world has been unanimous, “We want this book!” Read More »

Phil Holt Article Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #24

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Phil Holt: For me, I think if I’m constantly studying and constantly trying to make things, then when the time comes where it’s like “Ooh, I need to say this,” I already have the formulas to say that. I’ve been practicing those words enough that I can articulate the whole sentence.  But if you don’t ever practice those words you never get a chance to get into the conversation. Read More »

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