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Aitchison/Gogue Collaboration Piece

Back in February of this year as a part of our ongoing professional development webinar series, TattooNOW and Off the Map Tattoo produced and broadcast an unprecedented live streaming internet event. A collaboration tattoo from tattoo masters Guy Aitchison and Jeff Gogue, watched as it happened by over 6000 viewers. Matt McKelvey was the lucky recipient of this amazing tattoo. Here is his story of the experience…   When I saw that TattooNOW was offering the opportunity to be tattooed by Jeff Gogue and Guy Aitchison, I spent the next few days writing my submission. I treated my entry like a resume, which was built upon the image of the Heike Crab. I first saw the unique creature and heard its mythology on Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. My goal was to have elements where both artists could bring their strengths, but it would be unique enough to be exciting. A few months went by, and I was honored to find out I had been selected. It just so happened that I ended up in the same exact hotel room that I stayed in when I started my bodysuit. There was some pretty bad weather in Portland that weekend and after a phone conversation with Jeff, I wasn’t sure if Guy’s plane would be landing. We decided if things fell through, the least we could do would be to work on my existing tattoo. Read More »

Guy Aitchison’s 2 Day Webinar: Reinventing The Tattoo

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By Guy Aitchison   For a decade and a half now I’ve been perfecting my Reinventing The Tattoo curriculum, which teaches some of the fundamentals of artistic design in a way that can be applied toward making your tattoo work stronger, more dynamic, and more unique. It’s an educational program that has been attended by many artists who are now among the industry’s top artists and educators. So I’m psyched to offer this first installment of Reinventing The Tattoo in interactive webinar format. That means that you can attend it online from anywhere in the world but still participate in the critiques, exercises and discussion. I’m offering a limit of 30 tickets so that everyone’s work gets enough time on-screen, where I not only critique it but also use Photoshop to demonstrate ways of improving it. It can also be attended in person at a hotel near us in Marion, Illinois, but many webinar participants have found that the closeup, high definition experience they get on their computers is almost better than being there in person. It starts on April 8, where I’ll begin by going over the Reinventing fundamentals: Flow and fit, positive/negative relationships, contrast, priority and reserve, lines and edges, depth, and lighting effects. We follow that by doing an on-screen critique of each participant’s work, applying the concepts that were demonstrated at the beginning of the day. At the end of the session I’ll be handing out exercises for everyone to work on that night. Then, on ... Read More »

Off The Map Presents a 3 Day Webinar Extravaganza

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Recent years have seen huge debates between tattooers about whether modern technology adds value to tattooing. Are all new products improvements or are we losing vital artistic skills? Therefore, it is so refreshing to see technology used in such a way that no one can deny that it adds value to tattooing. An age old skill meets the height of modern technology. The use of webinars allows you, as an artist, to learn from fellow tattooers without the need to leave the comfort of your own home. It’s a win/win situation where you do not need to close your studio for days and bear the cost of extensive travelling; artists that you know and respect are made available to you without the need to leave the house. Off the Map are pleased to offer you the opportunity to buy one of a limited number of places available for a three day webinar extravaganza. So, what will you get over the three days? It all kicks off on February 9th  (is there a start time?) with a webcast that is live and free (oh yeah, free!) to the public at  HYPERLINK “http://www.tattooNOWTV.com/“www.tattooNOWTV.com. This is not about indepth technical details of tattooing but will cover a variety of issues that are faced by Jeff Gogue and Guy Aitchison when they set about designing and executing large tattoos. It will be a collaboration, seeing these artists working on a sleeve project. Watch as they fuse together traditional Japanese elements alongside cutting-edge techniques. Not only will you ... Read More »

Bob Tyrrell talks to TattooNOW about his Webinar and upcoming DVD

TattooNOW: Bob! How goes it? Bob Tyrrell: Going good man!, enjoying a killer Detroit summer. TN: Education and tattooing make for a controversial mix, why did you decide to put out a DVD and webinar? Bob: Well, because you approached me with the idea, ha-ha! But seriously, I’ve been giving seminars at tattoo conventions for many years now. I thought the webinars you did with Guy Aitchison and Russ Abbott were a great idea. I remember Paul Booth had this idea years ago but never did it. It’s a great way for tattooers anywhere in the world to do a seminar without having to travel to a convention. It’s a convenient way to be able to take a seminar. As far as the DVD, people have been asking me for years when I’m going to put one out. So now seems like a good time. I have Nikko’s and Andy Engel’s DVD’s, and they’re awesome. Really helpful for anyone wanting to progress in those styles, and learn from those masters. I held off on the DVD idea for a long time, some tattooers feel we shouldn’t give people access to this kind of info so freely. “Giving away our secrets”. I kind of used to feel that way. But times have changed. With the internet and everything, tattooers have all kinds of access to tattoo techniques. The secrets are already out there, so fuck it, why not? If I can help someone become a better tattooer, maybe they’ll end up ... Read More »

Russ Abbott Presents: The Tattooist’s Palette

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“The Tattooist’s Palette” seminar is designed by Russ Abbott to help today’s tattoo artists realize the full potential of the color options available today. This interactive seminar gives tattoo artists his years of hard won color understanding, along with a notebook of his secret learning materials and personal interface. Read More »

Gunnar Gaylord: A Change in Direction and an Addition of Goals

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By Gunnar Gaylord Last year I had the good fortune of attending two amazingly inspirational conventions, that put me on the path to a brand new year in art. I had blogged on both events at the time, those being Paradise Gathering in Massachusetts and Hell City Phoenix. And I have to say the fact that it was in Phoenix, may have a more profoundly symbolic meaning, then it was meant to. However, from these events was born a new passion in art, one that I hadn’t had in years… Read More »