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RIP Isobel! Most tattooed senior passes away

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I remember seeing pictures of Isobel early in my tattooing career. World famous for the amount of total body coverage and photographed in every major tattoo magazine at the time. RIP, you trendsetter!   Guinness World Records has learnt with great sadness of the passing of Isobel Varley, world record holder for Most tattooed senior citizen (female), who died yesterday at the age of 78. An iconic figure within the body modification community, Isobel had an incredible 93 per cent of her body covered with tattoos. Born in Yorkshire (UK) before eventually moving to the south of England as a youngster, Isobel was surprisingly something of a latecomer to body art, having had her first tattoo when she was in her late 40s. A visit to a tattoo convention at London’s Hammersmith Palais in 1986 saw her go under the needle for the first time, kicking off an obsession which saw her have an incredible 200 pieces of body art inked over a ten-year period. During that time Isobel estimated she spent over 500 hours having her body decorated. Explaining how her interest in body decorations developed, Isobel said: “Originally, I was only ever going to have one – a small bird – but I fell in love with it, and developed an addiction.’ “The only areas not completely tattooed is my face, the soles of my feet my ears and some area on my hands.” A regular at tattoo conventions around the world, she entered her first competition in 1989  “for ... Read More »

Good Bye to Legendary Writer and Editor, Chris Pfouts

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By Durb Morrison The tattoo world has lost one of its legendary writers and editors, Chris Pfouts. He was an author and editor who was dedicated to many things throughout his life, including the tattoo industry and community. He authored several books about his life experiences, interests and collections, including “Hula Dancers and Tiki Gods,” “True Tales of American Violence,” “Lead Poisoning,” and more. Chris was best known to most of us as the editor of INTERNATIONAL TATTOO ART magazine, which he edited for approximately 20 years, and more recently the editor for STRETCHING CANVAS magazine. Read More »

Tarrah Wray: Jason Wojceik (RIP)

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(A letter to TAM) My name is Tarrah Wray and I am writing you in regards to a tattooer from London, Ontario named Jason Wojceik, or ‘Addictive Jay’ as he’s also known. The point of my letter to you, is to respectfully request that Jay be featured in your magazine. He was owner of Addictive Tattoo, also in London, as well as being my co-worker, partner and mentor…. most importantly, he was a very talented and formidable tattooer. So I’m writing to be a voice to make him known to you. Jay was exceedingly humble, and because of my respect for him I’m doing this on his behalf. He had an unpretentious demeanor and had never put value into being eminent, or well-known, but after nearly 20 years of hard work, perseverance and amazing tattoos he’s amounted into a distinguished artist, and he was more than what I would describe as noteworthy… Read More »

Pinky Yun (RIP) Tattoo Artist Magazine Article Preview Issue #26

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By Horitaka and Horiyuki [*Note from Editor* We’re sorry to say that Pinky passed away December 2nd, 2010. We’re leaving the story as originally written, when Pinky was still with us.] Pinky Yun may be one of last great strong holds of a bygone era. His career began in Hong Kong tattooing sailors for the mob and his life’s journey led him to opening a shop in Japan and later multiple shops in California. His flash continues to inspire generations of tattooing and he is best known for his definitive interpretation of tigers, panthers, dragons and of course pin-ups. The most well known pin-up he designed was his famously iconic Suzy Wong, which was popularized by Sailor Jerry… Read More »

Christopher Lee Hanna Remembered

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By Hunter Spanks In an industry filled with clones, wannabes and egos, it is hard to find someone who stands a bit above the rest with his own swagger and style. On February 4th, 2011 the tattoo industry was dealt a blow with the loss of such a man. Lee Hanna passed away and has left a void in the industry that will be a hard one fill. Read More »

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