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San Francisco’s Black Heart Tattoo (Video)

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*To see MORE and learn about some of the MOST AMAZING tattoo artists of our age, check out these deals from Tattoo Artist Magazine! There’s a reason tattooers themselves consider TAM the most informative and important tattoo magazine ever –   *Be sure to check out the digital issues of Tattoo Artist Magazine ON SALE NOW– JUST $2.99 – $7.99. TAM DIGITAL ISSUES And look at our $.99 collection of  TAM VIDEO Downloads available now! Either way, See the BEST TATTOOS from the BEST ARTISTS in the world. Add to your collection today! Read More »

Bay Area Tattoo Convention 2014

Bay area tattoo convention 2014

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Knives & Needles with Grime

By Molly Kitamura Grime, Grime, Grime. One of the best tattoo artists in the world! On the slim chance you have not heard of him, he has a shop called Skull and Sword in San Francisco. He is widely known for being a renaissance man of tattooing (and art in general!). What I mean by that is that man consistently crushes any tattoo or style of tattoo requested of him no matter what it is. Grime has created his own style in the process, one that cannot be imitated or replicated although many have tried and failed. Basically you have to see his work for yourself to understand what I am talking about and I highly recommend checking him out! But today that is besides the point. Today we are talking Grime and his food! Mr. Grime can also cook (…renaissance man…) and he occasionally sends me photos of his dishes. They always look amazing. The other day he sent me a particularly mouth-watering photo of his pan-fried salmon filet with an oven-roasted yam and sautéed spinach garnished with raisins, pine nuts and a balsamic glaze. That photo had me seriously second-guessing what I had already decided to cook for dinner that night. You can never go wrong with simple yet sophisticated! Check out a few great recipes and some of Grime’s tattoo work below… Cheers! I will try my best to recreate Grime’s recipes for you all. Try this dish for your next dinner, you will love it! ... Read More »

The Opening of ATAK:SF


After a year & a half search, six months of construction, blood, sweat, tears, etc., we at last announce the opening of the ATAK:SF creative workspace & gallery.  Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood within a lofty brick building, this flex creative space will allow us to peruse new & different avenues while still focusing on our core mission of tattooing.  The main floor will host the gallery & creative workspace with tattooing on a private second floor loft. To consecrate the space we are hosting an inaugural exhibition centered around the ubiquitous theme of rebirth.  The event will feature over forty artists from around the globe.  Come & celebrate this new beginning with us. RE:BIRTH Thursday, March 6 7pm ’till late 1038 Larkin St SF, CA 94103 Earth Read More »

The Must-See: Mike Giant’s “Modern Hieroglyphics” Exhibition @ Fecal Face Gallery

By Jack Smylie Source: OG graffiti writer/tattoo artist Mike Giant is set to open a new solo show in San Francisco this February. The exhibition is entitled Modern Hieroglyphics and is hosted by Fecal Face Gallery. You’ll see a series of new works on paper that mix tattoo art, cultural symbols, logos and written motifs, as well as some custom screen-printed pieces. The thing opens on February 7th, visit Fecal Face’s website and don’t miss out if you’re in the area. RELATED: MIKE GIANT DISCUSSES GRAFFITI CULTURE AND HIS NEW BOOK, ‘ETERNAL’ Read More »

Tattoo Age: Grime Part 3

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Tattoo Age: Grime Part 2

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Tattoo Age: Grime Part 1

  WANT TO KNOW MORE? Learn about Grime’s life and career, plus Read Grime’s CONTROVERSIAL INTERVIEW on ‘BITING’ other artists’ work! Available now in TAM#2 DIGITAL ISSUE — ON SALE for $4.99.   -Sorry, we are sold out of print copies, but HEY, you can still get it in print by purchasing the TAM vol.1 reprint book. This coffee table book includes Tattoo Artist Magazine #1-5! Regularly $99.99, on sale for $69.99) Read More »

Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts: THIS WEEKEND!

Nicki is working the Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts this weekend at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Hotel!  If you’re in the area, stop by and check it out.  The line up at this show is amazing, and there’s some amazing limited edition art prints and merchandise you can pick up! Read More »

Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts


    TAM will have a booth at the Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts October 25-27!  If you’re in the San Francisco area that weekend, stop by and check out the show! Read More »

*New* Photos Added To The Gallery


Tattoos by Megan Wilson Analog Tattoo Arts Kollectiv, San Jose & San Francisco, CA Read More »

Knives & Needles: Tattooer Don Ed Hardy

By Molly Kitamura I had the most interesting and enjoyable lunch today, Taki and I drove up to San Francisco and ate lunch with the living legend Ed Hardy. He took us to one of his favorite haunts, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana. Ed had nothing but praises for the owner, Tony Gemignani, and his amazing pizza spot. Tony is super tattooed and even travels to Italy to partake in pizza-making contests. Rad!  Read More »

*NEW* Pictures Added to the TAM Blog Gallery


Tattoos By Dr. Claw Diamond Club Tattoo Studio San Francisco, CA TAM Blog 2013 Picture Gallery Read More »

Taki and Molly Kitamura: The Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts 2012


By Molly and Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura  This year’s convention went by so quickly, so I will try to break it down for you short and sweet…  Read More »

Valerie Vargas Article Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #31

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Interview By Chad Koeplinger Chad Koeplinger: Who are some of the tattoo artists that you were interested in at that point? What were you looking at tattoo-wise? What was blowing your mind? Valerie Vargas: At that point I don’t think I became fully aware of people that I like now until I already started my apprenticeship, because that’s when I was allowed to have a look through the books that for me at the time were way too expensive -I couldn’t afford them. And my boss had all of the Tattootimes. He never looked at them anymore but they were up on the shelf and any time it was quiet I’d have a look. I became more aware of Ed Hardy and more of the West Coast kind of guys. But even then I was still struggling to remember names, I just knew the work. I remember some backpieces that are still pretty awesome. And it was also through my friendship with Stewart in the beginning that he was really on it. He knew who everybody was, what they were doing, and he was totally stoked about everything, and he taught me a fair bit about it…  Read More »

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