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Biker Tattoos: A Historic Example of Meaning

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Those new to tattoos are often cautioned by veterans to get something that represents a strong symbolic message or meaning unique to their personality or life experience. For more than seventy-five years biker tattoos have served as a prime example of the intense meaningfulness of the art. Anyone who’s watched Sons of Anarchy at least has a functioning understanding of how important tattoos are within the biker subculture. Most fans still vividly remember the scene where Kyle gets his tattoo burned off to signify his lack of association with the gang during season one. The history of biker tattoos started back in the 1940s and 50s right alongside the beginning of motorcycle gangs. Many of the first biker gangs consisted of ex-soldiers and served primarily as a means to continue the same sense of brotherhood and companionship many soldiers lost after coming back home from war. Even today many soldiers get tattoos to signify their devotion to their unit and position in the military, so it only made sense that the trend would continue among biker gangs as well. That being said, the historic significance is pretty much where Sons of Anarchy stops paralleling the real world nature of motorcycle gangs and biker tattoos. The outlaw connotations drawn by people outside of biker gangs came from an early assumption that biker tattoos were similar in nature to prison tattoos. While there have been a number of unlawful biker gangs over the decades, the vast majority are actually law abiding organizations ... Read More »

On the Topic of Hip Tattoos

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Even the most basic tattoo can be an incredibly sensual piece of art when strategically placed. The hip is often used as one such location, particularly by women who enjoy showing off their midriffs at the beach and during the warmer times of year. People who exercise to extreme degrees often use tattoos as a way to accentuate and draw attention to particular parts of their body. Men tend to focus on their biceps, hence the popularity of bicep tattoos. Women tend to focus on their core, which is why the fairer sex tend to sport hip tattoos more than their testosterone-fueled counterparts. The hips is also a prime locations for people who work in industries that frown upon the practice. It’s an easy location to cover up, making it simple for people to deny their existence during an interview process if need be. That being said, tattoos are starting to become commonplace and more accepted year after year. This trend has caused many people to feel comfortable getting more extensive and detailed designs, and the hip is the perfect place for these larger pieces of art. As you can see from many of the designs in the gallery below, hip tattoos tend to be quite large in nature, spanning the entire region above and below the waist. If a small picture’s worth a thousand words then a hip tattoo can be likened to a novel; an easy-to-read novel visible without the need of a mirror. Hip tattoos are also ... Read More »

Filip Leu: world’s Top Japanese artists, pt4

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Filip Leu and family are some of my favorite people in the world. He was one of my first tattoo heroes, so getting to sit and pick his brain for an afternoon was life-changing. Filip’s history and life are the most unique [and inspiring] I’ve yet to encounter along my 12-year journey of documenting and sharing the very best of the contemporary world of tattooing. Filip is one of the most gifted artists our community has ever known; a great many consider this 2nd generation tattooer one of tattooing’s greatest prodigies. Son of Felix (RIP) and Loretta Leu (both artisans who tattooed to support their family and travel the world), Filip is the eldest of many siblings lucky enough to be raised in an incredibly encouraging, profoundly artistic, REAL ‘Tattoo Family.’ Filip got his first tattoo (from his father) around the age of 10. By 13, he was DOING tattoos. GOOD TATTOOS! By 18, he was an international superstar. He had no ordinary childhood. Filip spent much of that childhood doing his part for the family business- (tracing tattoo designs for the customers of Felix and Loretta), wherever the current base of operations might be for “The Leu Family’s Family Iron” [the company they are famously know as.] At any given time one could have run into the family anywhere from Switzerland to Spain to India to the US and beyond; simply, Filip was raised in art, ink, and blood. His artistic abilities, once apparent, were nurtured and encouraged by both father and mother, providing an ... Read More »

Tattoo Artist Brings Dots And Lines To New Heights In Stunning Geometric Ink Designs

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The Huffington Post  | By Katherine Brooks original article here Imagine this scene: Sharp waves stretch back for as far as you can see, eating up the horizon in a vast display of stunning movement. Like the peaks and troughs of a chaotic line graph, the seas capture jumping fish as they weave in and out of the thrashes. Careful shading separates the animal bodies as they surface, drenched in the bleeding red pigment of a sunset-flooded landscape. The description might sound like a recounting of an ancient Japanese print or a sprawling painted canvas, but the words are actually attached to artwork of a different sort. They tell the story of artist Chaim Machlev and his gorgeous tattoos. Read More »

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Tattoos by Victor Policheri www.viptattoo.com Heidi Hay Tattoo Gothenburg, Sweden IG: @viptattoo           Read More »

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Tattoos by Hanumantra Lamar www.modernbodyart.co.uk Modern Body Art, Birmingham Read More »

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Tattoos by James Mullin. Lotus Tattoo www.jamesmullintattoos.com Hemet, CA IG: @jamesmullintattoos @lotustattoohemet Read More »

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Tattoos by Matt Lang Mike Parsons Ink, Riverview, FL www.mikeparsonsink.com Read More »

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Tattoos by Sean Drennen https://www.facebook.com/sean.drennen Absolute Ink Murfreesboro, TN Read More »

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Tattoos by Ryan Willard www.marionstreettattoo.com Marrion Street Tattoo, Denver Colorado Read More »

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Tattoos by Shawn Will www.shawnwill.com Red Dagger Tattoo, Houston TX Read More »

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Tattoos by Marco Tafuri www.facebook.com/marco.tafuri Read More »

New Service Uses Artist’s Tattoo Photo to Create One of a Kind Custom Phone or Tablet Cases

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Adam Anderson TATTCase adam@tattcase.com Long Beach, CA, December 20th, 2013 — TATTCase has just launched a IndieGoGo campaign that aims to put your tattoo onto your smartphone or tablet. The TATTCase process goes far beyond simply taking a photo of a tattoo and printing it onto a generic case.  Using a photo of your tattoo, each case is individually transformed into high quality case by our team of graphic designers. Here’s what our project will create; Amazing Reproductions – The contrast between skin and ink makes it impossible to create a high-quality case with only a photo.  We have a team of top-notch designers who will take your photo and transform it into a case of the quality you would expect. Sleek design – Our cases offer a custom fit, snap-on design with a raised bezel that feels exquisite to the touch.  They provide good all around protection, maintain ease of access to all of your device ports, and protect the screen when your device is face down, so you can show off your unique case without worry. Easy as can be –  All that is needed to get a TattCase is a photo of a tattoo and your approval of the pre-production work.  After that, it will be delivered right to your front door. Anyone interested in obtaining a TattCase can visit http://IndieGoGo.com/TattCase About TattCase Our mission is to put your tattoo on your case.  Learn more at; TattCase.com facebook.com/Tatt.Case #TattCase (twitter) Read More »

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Tattoos by Josh McClear www.facebook.com/josh.mcalear.7 Redemption Tattoo, Cambridge, MA Read More »

Swallows & Daggers with Destroy Troy

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I got some time and had an online chat with tattooer and all around good guy, Destroy Troy. Following is the interview, and ways you can reach him yourself for any inquiries. Interview by Jordan Tinney http://www.facebook.com/acityofjerks  Reblogged from: www.swallowsndaggers.net Jordan Tinney: What is your (nick)name and where do you work? Destroy Troy: I go by “Destroy Troy”. I tattoo at Timeless Tattoo in Historic Westport in Kansas City, Missouri. USA JT: What year did you start tattooing professionally, and what got you started on tattooing? DT: I started working in tattoo shops 2005 then started tattooing full time in 2007. I’ve always had an interest in art. Lots of drawing and painting when I was a kid, I got my first tattoo & the next thing I knew I had sleeves. JT: How did your nickname “Destroy Troy” come to be? DT: I was apprenticed by someone with a nickname/tattoo name and forced to get one. Not knowing what to pick, I used my URL from MySpace, which was DestroyTroy because TroyDestroy was already taken. Hahaha. I’m screwed now, if I google my birth name, nothing shows up. JT: Where was your first shop, and how long were you there for? DT: The first shop I worked at is in Kansas City. I worked there for 2 years as a front counter guy/cleaner. Read More »