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Dave Allen: Kannon, Goddess of Mercy Art Show & Auction

By Dave Allen
Last year’s devastating tsunami and earthquake in Japan deeply affected everyone in our industry. It would be hard not to be. More than 20,000 dead and 100,000’s left rebuilding. As a community we banded together and raised money for relief efforts. After a full year it is still apparent that people in Japan could use our help… (more…)


Sailor Jerry: Chris Trevino Hold Fast (VIDEO)

 
Courtesy of Salior Jerry: Chris Trevino is an expert in traditional Japanese tattooing who earned the nickname “Horimana” after studying for five years under the legendary master Horiyoshi III. His elaborate, full-body representations of Asian symbology remind us of the later works by Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins aka Horismoku. Trevino now runs Perfection Tattoo in Austin, TX which was founded by Bob Moreau in the late 70s… (more…)


Horitaka: Molly Skobba Previews Bloodwork: Bodies


By Molly Skobba

I had a hard time writing this blog. It took me longer than usual, with more restarts and edits before send off. I realized that it’s because BloodWork: Bodies is such a gigantic project with so many facets and possible approaches in writing about this book. It is epic not only in content but also in physical stature with 2 volumes, 900 pages and weighing over 25-pounds filled with massive pages of outsized and extravagant photos that bond the human form and visual art seamlessly…

 
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Horitaka: Molly Skobba Previews Horitomo’s New Book Immovable

As many people in the tattoo world are aware, Horitomo has been busy working on his first book and seminar. I was just telling my girlfriend Molly that I was going to blog about this and she beat me to the punch. She even snapped some photos at Horitomo’s house when he was showing us his drawings. Here is a sneak-peak at what I think will be one of the most important books in tattooing. Introducing guest blogger Molly Skobba… Enjoy!
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Pinky Yun (RIP) Tattoo Artist Magazine Article Preview Issue #26

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… (more…)


Tattooers for Japan Founder Dave Allen Talks to TAM in Toronto (VIDEO)

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Artist Profile: Chris Trevino (VIDEO)

By Ed Hardy:
I first met Chris Trevino when he and his then-partner, Shawn Degan, came to San Francisco in about 1992 to talk with me about getting some work done. He had not been tattooing very long at that time but Chris’ enthusiasm and ideas were off the charts… [Video and pictures on expanded page] (more…)


Chris Trevino: Gods and Warriors Book Preview

Gods and Warriors

This is a fitting title for Chris Trevino’s first book. His tattoos often depict these precise themes. But more notably, the title is actually fitting for Chris himself. In many ways he embodies the eternal qualities of the warrior hero or the deified persona of an ancient culture’s history; in short, a modern knight in quest for the mythic grail. His accomplishments, perhaps in a slightly older culture and rendered symbolically in the romantic style, could very well be the foundation of myth. (more…)


The Biggest Tattoo Convention in the World? (VIDEO)

When people think of “big” tattoo conventions there are a few that come to mind; London, Milan, Ink ‘n Iron… But just like Darth Vader said in Empire, “There is another…”

As unlikely as it sounds, the tattoo convention held in Taiwan this Aug 5th –7th 2011, may actually be the biggest tattoo convention in the world? [Video link on expanded page] (more…)


Tattooers for Japan (UPDATE)

By Craig Driscoll

The biggest earthquake to shake Japan, since records began almost 150 years ago, hit the country’s northeast coast. That and the tsunami that followed has devastated the island nation of Japan. Japanese influence on modern-day tattooing is undeniably vast. The least we can do is some tattooing in return… (more…)


Jason Tyler Grace, On the Road in Vietnam: Part V

I’ve been tattooing for around 12 years now and I’ve loved it more than I’ve hated it. There have been times along the way where I felt trapped by it, or bullied around by it, or out of the loop –like I didn’t belong or just wasn’t good enough or at least as good as I wanted to be. Though there were other times when I felt like I was on top of the world, or better than I really was. There was only one time when I gave it up to do something else; it must have been early 2000 something. (more…)


Tattooers for Japan

By John Niederkorn

The recent natural disasters in Japan have sent shock-waves through the global community, which left many people wondering how they could help the Japanese people in their time of need. One such community that has been organizing to support Japan is also a community that has been heavily influenced by Japanese culture, the global tattoo community. (more…)


Jason Tyler Grace, On the Road in Thailand: Part IV

A while ago at a convention I bought a shirt off of Permanent Mark that had a rad tiger design on it from Thailand, but the shirt was too big for me. While I was in Peru last year I cut it out and sewed it on the back of a flannel, which I brought with me, but it got stolen. So I was excited to come and find that design out here. (more…)


Jason Tyler Grace, On the Road in Tokyo: Part III

Daily life in Tokyo

How did I spend my second day in Japan? Well, I spent the entire day in my box of a room, downloading music, movies and TV shows onto my computer. Laying on my “tatame” mattress, holed away from the brisk wind and foreign language. I ate sushi and other fast food from the 7-11, which was right around the corner –that shit was good. (more…)


Jason Tyler Grace, On the Road: Part II

January 25, 2011

I have now been homeless for over a year…

I am in a coffee house in Tokyo, Japan as I write this. A coffee is about five-fucking dollars. I managed to find one of the cheapest places to sleep in Tokyo and it is $33 dollars a night. I don’t have a lot of money, so living on the cheap is a must and it is a serious challenge in the Land of the Rising Sun. (more…)


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