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Perseverance Tattoo Exhibit Video1: VMFA w/Kip Fulbeck

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The title of the exhibition at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is derived the Japanese word gaman, loosely translated as “perseverance“—a word that has long been associated with tattooing in Japan. According to Takahiro Kitamura, curator of the exhibition, and Kip Fulbeck, exhibition creator, designer and photographer, perseverance is what has created this amazing art form despite numerous attempts by the Japanese government to suppress it, despite ongoing prejudices against its practitioners and clients, and despite a constant trend to oversimplify its complexities in contemporary media. Perseverance is a core concept in the fleeting art of the Japanese tattoo, a tradition that is transient yet also alive and well in this modern world. *Please help SUPPORT the VMFA’s efforts to elevate tattoo and tattoo art — Follow the VMFA on FaceBook:   Related Articles: Introduction to “Perseverance” by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Japan’s Complex Relationship with Tattoo Read More »

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: “Perseverance”

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Since 1936, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has been dignified. Revered. Respectable. Timeless. As of May 29th, however, it’s going to look a little different. On May 29th, it’s getting 115 tattoos. And frankly, it’s about time. With the opening of Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition (also known as Perseverance), Richmond’s most popular art form moves into the biggest gallery in town. The world-famous exhibition—including pieces by Horitaki, Horitomo, Miyazo, and Shige—combines the mysticism and beauty of feudal Japan with the style and skill of modern art. And if there’s a better place on the East Coast for it, we can’t think of it. The capital of the old South—Richmond, Virginia—is now the artistic hub of the new South. It’s the third-most tattooed city in America (per capita, mind you), which makes it the perfect match of artists and audience. Richmond is, was, and will always be in love with art. Just not always the kind that hangs on gallery walls. Tattoos, graphic design, sculpture, typography, mural painting—Richmond’s breaking all kinds of new ground in these every year. When you’ve got a mix of young artists, art students, tattoo artists, musicians, skateboarders, crust punks, regular old (or as regular as they get) punks, bike gangs, motor-scooter gangs, and general nonconformists like Richmond has, you’re going to see an awful lot of beautiful things that don’t always fit the 20th-century definition of “art.” VMFA, to its credit, has realized this. In a city that prides itself fiercely on outsider ... Read More »

Italian Adventures and Lessons Learned

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By Nicki Kasper I’ve met a lot of people over the last five years in this industry… I’ve made a lot of surface level friends and I’ve been blessed with quite a few real genuine friendships with people who truly care for me, and want to know who I am and what I’m about. I’m always humbled by this, and it means a lot to me when it’s clear that I’m not being used for what I might be able to do for someone. I always notice. I was personally invited to attend the World Wide Tattoo Conference by my friend, Alex de Pase last week in Venice, and it was great. It’s two and a half days of seminars, speeches, and discussion panels in front of a room full of people eager to learn and be inspired. I’m not a tattooer, I’m a business owner, but even I can stand to learn something from artists who are teaching and talking about what inspires them, what they have trouble with, and how they get through it. It’s all relative. There are many different styles when it comes to tattooing, as well as different schools of thought in this small industry, but… I do believe that we all stand to learn something from all of them. I think having an open mind and a willingness to shut the fuck up, realize that you might not know everything, and listen to someone teach or speak about what it is that helps them ... Read More »

P E R S E V E R A N C E

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Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World MARCH 8 – SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 Source: www.janm.org About the Exhibition Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World explores the artistry of traditional Japanese tattoos along with its rich history and influence on modern tattoo practices in this groundbreaking photographic exhibition. As Japanese tattoos have moved into the mainstream, the artistry and legacy of Japanese tattooing remain both enigmatic and misunderstood. Often copied by practitioners and aficionados in the West without regard to its rich history, symbolism, or tradition, the art form is commonly reduced to a visual or exotic caricature. Conversely, mainstream Japanese culture still dismisses the subject itself as underground, associating it more with some of its clientele than with the artists practicing it. Both of these mindsets ignore the vast artistry and rich history of the practice. Although tattooing is largely seen as an underground activity in Japan, Japanese tattoo artists have pursued their passions, applied their skills, and have risen to become internationally acclaimed artists. Through the endurance and dedication of these tattoo artists, Japanese tattooing has also persevered and is now internationally renowned for its artistry, lineage, historical symbolism, and skill. Curated by Takahiro Kitamura and photographed and designed by Kip Fulbeck, Perseverance is a groundbreaking exhibition and the first of its kind. Perseverance will explore Japanese tattooing as an art form by acknowledging its roots in ukiyo-e prints. This exhibition will also examine current practices and offshoots of Japanese tattooing in the U.S. and Japan. Perseverance features the work of seven internationally acclaimed tattoo artists, Horitaka, Horitomo, Chris Horishiki Brand, Miyazo, Shige, Junii, ... Read More »

A Review on Jeff Gogue’s “tattoo as I see it”

By Nicki Kasper “In that moment, I realized that instead of trying to be inspired, I was going to try to inspire people.” I recently ordered two copies of Jeff Gogue’s DVD, “tattoo as I see it”… Jeff is one of my closest and most genuine friends and I wanted to support his project, something I know he and put a lot of work, time, money, energy and heart into.  I bought a copy for myself, and one for a close friend of mine – an artist I thought could use some inspiration.  I didn’t know exactly what the DVD would be like, but I know Jeff, and I knew it would be inspiring, as well as very giving with valuable information and advice to tattooers… I just now was able to find the time to sit down and watch it, and it doesn’t disappoint. I know Jeff in a couple different ways…  We’re friends; I know him on a personal level, and he’s fun, open, genuine, kind, generous, and hilarious. I’m also one of his clients, so I know him on that level.  I know how much he cares about his clients, about the pieces he puts on our bodies, about the pain we’re feeling, etc.  I know how much heart he puts into every single piece, and I’m grateful and fortunate to be covered in them.  But in addition to being a friend, and a client, I’ve also had the pleasure of working with him on side projects. I ... Read More »

Body Tattoos By Shige

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By Martina Source: www.koikoikoi.com SHIGE (Shigenori Iwasaki) is a famous tattoo artist, born in 1970 in Hiroshima. After being a mechanic for Harley-Davidson in Yokohama, he taught himself how to tattoo since 1995 and pursues original Japanese Style with a traditional inspiration. Read More »

Horiyoshi III & Shige: Gypsy Gentleman Episode 7

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The seventh in a series of films chronicling the travels of the gypsy gentleman. A travel documentary profiling the world’s greatest tattooers and the world’s most fascinating places. www.gypsygentleman.com live now!!   Read More »

Tattoo Artist Magazine Digital Issues and Video Downloads Available

Because you demanded it… Tattoo Artist Magazine is now available digitally! (To subscribers and professional tattooers ONLY.) We are proud to announce that we will be releasing the entire catalog of TAM for your mobile devices. The issues will be available exclusively through our TAM Pro Store. Each issue will be available to view and save on your iPhone, iPad, Android or tablet device. Once purchased you will be sent a link to download TAM content directly to your device. The issues can be read and stored in iBooks or Kindle Reader. You will also have the option to save on your home computer and store in iTunes… Read More »

TAM News: One Million Reasons to Say ‘Thank You’

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By John  As many of you know, we started this little TAM Blog less than two years ago after I “convinced” Crash and Kent to hire me full-time to spearhead the digital media nerd moment that is sweeping the world-over… So, I am happy to announce that this week the TAM Blog has surpassed the 1 million page view mark already! This amazing accomplishment is greatly due to all of our contributors, writers, followers and sponsors that have helped us grow and build a digital space for tattooers and enthusiasts to share stories, ideas and events, not just with the tattoo community, but the entire globe…  Read More »

Tattoo Artist Magazine Goes Digital! (Issues #20 and #21)

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Because you demanded it… Tattoo Artist Magazine is now available digitally! (To subscribers and professional tattooers ONLY.) We are proud to announce that we will be releasing the entire catalog of TAM for your mobile devices. The issues will be available exclusively through our TAM Pro Store. Each issue will be available to view and save on your iPhone, iPad, Android or tablet device. Once purchased you will be sent a link to download TAM content directly to your device. The issues can be read and stored in iBooks or Kindle Reader. You will also have the option to save on your home computer and store in iTunes… Read More »

Tattoo Artist Magazine Goes Digital! (Issues #18 and #19)

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Because you demanded it… Tattoo Artist Magazine is now available digitally! (To subscribers and professional tattooers ONLY.) We are proud to announce that we will be releasing the entire catalog of TAM for your mobile devices. The issues will be available exclusively through our TAM Pro Store. Each issue will be available to view and save on your iPhone, iPad, Android or tablet device. Once purchased you will be sent a link to download TAM content directly to your device. The issues can be read and stored in iBooks or Kindle Reader. You will also have the option to save on your home computer and store in iTunes… Read More »

Tattoo Artist Magazine Goes Digital! (Issues #17 and #27)

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Because you demanded it… Tattoo Artist Magazine is now available digitally! (To subscribers and professional tattooers ONLY.) We are proud to announce that we will be releasing the entire catalog of TAM for your mobile devices. The issues will be available exclusively through our TAM Pro Store. Each issue will be available to view and save on your iPhone, iPad, Android or tablet device. Once purchased you will be sent a link to download TAM content directly to your device. The issues can be read and stored in iBooks or Kindle Reader. You will also have the option to save on your home computer and store in iTunes… Read More »

Tattoo Artist Magazine Goes Digital! (Issue #16)

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Because you demanded it… Tattoo Artist Magazine is now available digitally! (To subscribers and professional tattooers ONLY.) We are proud to announce that we will be releasing the entire catalog of TAM for your mobile devices. The issues will be available exclusively through our TAM Pro Store. Each issue will be available to view and save on your iPhone, iPad, Android or tablet device. Once purchased you will be sent a link to download TAM content directly to your device. The issues can be read and stored in iBooks or Kindle Reader. You will also have the option to save on your home computer and store in iTunes… Read More »

Tattoo Artist Magazine Goes Digital! (Issue #15)

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Because you demanded it… Tattoo Artist Magazine is now available digitally! (To subscribers and professional tattooers ONLY.) We are proud to announce that we will be releasing the entire catalog of TAM for your mobile devices. The issues will be available exclusively through our TAM Pro Store. Each issue will be available to view and save on your iPhone, iPad, Android or tablet device. Once purchased you will be sent a link to download TAM content directly to your device. The issues can be read and stored in iBooks or Kindle Reader. You will also have the option to save on your home computer and store in iTunes… Read More »

Molly Skobba: In Yokohama, Japan With Shige and His Family (Part II)

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By Molly Skobba  Shigenori Iwasaki is a remarkable being. Sorry, just had to get that out there. Taki and I spent two-and-a-half  days with Shige, his adorable family (beautiful Chisato, plus cute-as-a-button Ayaka) and a family friend nicknamed ‘Mister’. We started out the mini but extremely action-packed adventure at the famed Yellow Blaze Studio… Read More »

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