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The Old School Code of Conduct

By Bob Done Reblogged from: http://www.swallowsndaggers.net At a time when new Tattoo Studios are popping up in towns faster and more frequently than ever, I thought it would be cool to have a chat with my mentor and 20 year veteran of the craft Phil Kyle about the situation we find ourselves collectively in, and what it was like for him “back in the day”. This is the slightly edited version because I don’t think the internet was, nor will it ever be ready for the original. BD – Ok, what’s your name and how long have you been tattooing for? PK – Phil Kyle, been tattooing 21 years and been getting tattooed for almost 30 now. Where did you start tattooing? I served my apprenticeship at Main Street Tattoo just outside of Baltimore Maryland in Edgewood. I started actually tattooing when my mentor thought it was the right time. How many shops were in town when you first started tattooing?  2 at most, unlike today’s carnival. And what was the relationship like between those shops and yours? People just did their work and got on with it. And what would have happened if someone else moved into town and opened up a shop? (Laughing) Well…….Back then they would’ve got a warning, and if they ignored the warning there would’ve been some action. They’d have their equipment taken maybe, or you know… But the fact was that people with no morals or ethics got served the fuck up. It’s not like ... Read More »

Alex Reinke (Horikitsune) London Tattoo Convention Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Uncle Allan London Tattoo Convention Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Paul Dobleman London Tattoo Convention Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Chriss Dettmer London Tattoo Convention Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Victor Policheri London Tattoo Convention Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Liorcifer London Tattoo Convention Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Jess Yen London Tattoo Convention Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Stewart Robson London Tattoo Convention Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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David Tevenal London Tattoo Convention Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Angelique Houtkamp London Tattoo Convention Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Phil Kyle London Tattoo Convention Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Guen Douglas: How To Avoid Tattoo Plagiarism

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By Guen Douglas It’s been so long since I’ve last written. so much has been going on in my life; a move from Amsterdam’s Salon Serpent to Brighton’s Magnum Opus and a couple of conventions back to back after the move (Brighton and Milan) have kept me busy. But I’m back with a few ideas for upcoming TAM Blogs, so keep posted. This month’s TAM Blog was inspired by one of my client’s tattoos that keeps being copied…  Read More »

Phil Kyle: From Brighton to Milan and Back… Part II

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By Phil Kyle So a few days later it’s off to Milan tattoo convention… The 17th edition, already! This is another one of my favorite convention because you get to see everyone and yet again… another great time. This convention is always packed with kick-ass artists, the attendance is unreal and it’s placed perfectly for folks from Switzerland, Germany, Austria and France to get there fairly easy… Read More »

Phil Kyle: From Brighton to Milan and Back… Part I (VIDEO)

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By Phil Kyle So I got to Brighton on the 26th of February.  The day after was the Magnum Opus pre-tattoo convention party. There was a shit-ton to do in that short time.Had to haul my drum set over to the Prince Albert where the party was..had to pack for the Brighton convention… had to get prints made etc… You know, all that last-minute shit… Read More »