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

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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 »

Taki and Molly Kitamura: Joshua David

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By Molly and Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura  Josh David is one of the most good-hearted guys you’ll ever meet. And his tattoos ain’t too bad either, hee-hee! Having just moved to California from Ohio, he is building up a wide clientele by working at two remarkable shops, Garage Ink in Napa Valley and State of Grace in San Jose… Read More »

Bryan Burk Article Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #32

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Cover By Byran Burk Interview by Miguel Montgomery & Adam Warmerdam Miguel Montgomery: On a little bit of a different note about your tattooing, I’ve seen some Japanese tattoos with American roses in the background. I haven’t seen too much of that. Did something spark that made you want to do that? Or did you just take it upon yourself, like ‘this snake needs a rose next to it’? Bryan Burk: There were a few conversations I had when I was working with Bob about how we should try doing that stuff. And there were some kids that I had tattooed on, one was my friend Jeff, who’d gotten a bunch of tattoos and wanted to fill in all the space around them. So he was one of the first people that I filled in with roses and water around everything because it kind of fit in all these little spaces he had. On his it worked, and I think if you’re gonna do blue water with roses and some American stuff, it works. As long as you kinda keep it pumped up on the American side of town; color clouds and blue water with black behind all of that, like Eddy Deutsche, like Eddy meets late Sailor Jerry-type Japanese compositions, it’ll work. But I think if you’re doing black Japanese background with grey water, for whatever reason, roses look weird…  Read More »

Chente Rios Article Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #32

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Interview by Kore Flatmo Kore Flatmo: Yeah, and growing up, you must have seen a lot of Jack and Freddy’s work too.   Chente Rios: Yeah, my dad gets tattooed by Freddy, well, when they were young.   And Mike Brown from the 80s?   Yeah, all them. My dad has work from the Pike, Good Time Charlie’s. I’ve been around this since I was a kid; watching all of this unfold. I grew up in East L.A. right around the corner from Good Time Charlie’s…  Read More »

State of Grace Article Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #32

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Crash: Okay, let’s start with a basic history of yourself and then I want you to talk about the shop and it’s crew. Horitaka Kitamura: Sure man, basic story… Well I was born in Japan and my parents moved to America when I was a few years old. My parents were bilingual so they taught me Japanese as well, which opened a lot of doors for me later on… So I grew up here and probably had a very similar interest in tattooing like many of my generation, I was a skater, turned punk rocker and liked tattoos from my junior high school days. I do recall liking the tattoos in an old Japanese TV show, “the tattooed magistrate” where the hero shows his cherry blossom tattoos before he kicks ass at the end of every episode. So I guess I’ve long had an affinity for tattoos. I know in high school I had already decided I wanted a body suit, didn’t know what the hell that meant or what was good but I just knew that I wanted tons of tattoos! Read More »

Taki and Molly Kitamura: Amsterdam Adventure

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By Molly and Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura  We love Amsterdam! Taki had been commissioned to do a promotion for Bacardi Rum’s new flavor, and as part of the commission they flew Taki out there (with me in-tow) to do a few tattoos… Read More »

Taki and Molly Kitamura: A Tour of New York City

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By Molly and Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura  New York City. I love this over-crowded, smelly, hot and humid oasis of culture, counter-culture, history, music and art. Horitaka, Horitomo, Drew Flores, and I flew out to give Horitomo’s seminar on Japanese back pieces that he did for The Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts last year. It was a whirlwind of heat, walking, talking and eating… Read More »

Molly Skobba: Brynne Palmer

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By Molly Skobba I have not known Brynne Palmer for a long time, but I feel like I’ve known her for years already. I attribute that to her sweet and open personality. Her sunny disposition immediately puts you at ease and any intimidation seems to melt away. Brynne has been tattooing for almost eight years. She started out at Tattoo Mania in L.A. and currently works at Gold Rush in Costa Mesa, California… Read More »

Molly Skobba: Colin Kenji Baker

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By Molly Skobba Colin Kenji Baker started off his remarkable career as a tattoo artist at State of Grace as Horitaka’s apprentice. He has worked at State of Grace ever since, instrumental in the shop’s growth for the last 4 years. Colin has done everything from making killer tattoos to passionately assisting Horitaka in his many media and publishing endeavors. Colin is a hard worker. His latest passion is tattoo machine design. I have a short Q & A with Colin. He is a quiet soldier instrumental in the State of Grace Army, read on…  Read More »

Molly Skobba: Si’I Liufau

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By Molly Skobba Si’I Liufau, owner of A-Town Tattoo Studio, is part shark, part human and definitely a tattooer with talent. We spent time with Mr. Liufau in Hawaii; I think I might have mentioned him in my blog about Pacific Soul. Although he has not been tattooing as long as some of my other blog subjects, he is one to watch out for…  Read More »

Molly Skobba: Drew Flores

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Molly Skobba The minute Drew Flores started at State of Grace everyone knew he’d fit in just fine. He brought a breath of fresh air into the studio, adding to the repertoire and reputation of the already stellar State of Grace… Read More »

Facade Art Show in San Francisco

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Place Pigalle is pleased to announce the art exhibition “Facade.” The opening reception will be held at Place Pigalle in Hayes Valley on Saturday, March 17th from 7pm to 11pm. “Facade” showcases fine art and tattoo talent and is curated by San Francisco artist Aaron Hodges. Aaron is interested in the cross-section of these industries: at what point do they intersect and is there a distinct difference? Read More »

Molly Skobba: Pacific Soul Tattoo

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By Molly Skobba Man, Pacific Soul has it all: personality, style and most of all talent. Steve and Paulo can tattoo everything from American traditional to Japanese to what they’re most famous for, their Polynesian tattoos. in addition, they’re located two blocks from Ala Moana beach in Honolulu, Hawaii… Read More »

Molly Skobba: Beau Brady Visits State of Grace Tattoo

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By Molly Skobba  Beau Brady is rad. He is known not only for his killer tattoos, but also for his warm and open personality. Taki and I had the opportunity to hang out with Beau for a week. Beau is originally from Arizona but works at Fun City Tattoo in Manhattan and Da Vinci Tattoo in Long Island, New York. He likes long walks on the beach and thinks sun-dried tomato aioli is a revelation… Read More »

Jondix Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #29 Article Preview (Pre-Order Now Available)

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Interview by Beppe Strambini Beppe Strambini: There are a like a bunch of new tattooists that are very recognizable and you are one of them and there’s like a connection between all you guys… It looks like a family… can you talk about them… Xed, Hooper, Freddy, Filip… Jondix: Xed, I was his customer many years ago and we become friends. He visited Barcelona every once in a while, we even did holidays together in Athens… He played the Tibetan conch at one of our concerts. He can do continuous breathing from didgeridoo. He’s fantastic. The king of psychedelic. He was the pioneer of dot work… the source… rotaries, patterns, e-Bay… Last year I gave him a gift -it was a tongue depressor with a natural hole on it, and I think he got pissed off? He’s a real artist… We have a big dialectic gap between tattooists… And I’m still not used to it… Read More »