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MUSINK 2013

MusInk 2013 PosterCourtesy of MUSINK: MusInk 2013 will kick off its 6th annual festival on March 8-10 at the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa, CA, with performances by Bad Religion,Pennywise, Reverend Horton Heat, TSOL, Lagwagon, The Vandals and Lucero among others and appearances by over 300 tattoo artists including Jack Rudy, Robert Atkinson, Small Paul and Tomas Garcia. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.

Featured Tattoo Artists: Jack Rudy, Robert Atkinson, Small Paul, Tomas Garcia, Nikko, Baba, Roman Abrigo, Bob Tyrrell, Robert Hernandez, Spotlight Tattoo, Gold Rush Tattoo, Shamrock Social Club, BJ Betts, Oliver Peck, Franco Vescovi, Norm, Chente, Newport Tattoo, Kyle Crowell, Rick Walters, Sid Stankovits, Yushi, Tokyo Hiro, Onizuka Tattoo and many more…
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Valerie Vargas Article Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #31

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…  (more…)


Nick Rodin Video Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #31 (VIDEO)

Interview By Freddy Corbin (more…)


Nick Rodin Article Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #31

Interview By Freddy Corbin

Freddy Corbin: When it comes to customers, what is it that a customer might do that bugs you the most?  What things drive you the most crazy?

Nick Rodin: A customer that you know doesn’t trust you I think is the worst customer.

Good answer.

Like if they’re just second-guessing everything you do. Because then you start second-guessing yourself, and then you start making mistakes.  So uncomfortable… (more…)


Freddy Negrete Video Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #31


Interview By Shane Enholm(more…)


Freddy Negrete Article Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #31

Interview By Shane Enholm

Shane Enholm: When is the first time you saw a tattoo?

Freddy Negrete: The first time I was really struck with the whole tattoo thing I was 12 years old. I was raised in a foster home because my parents went to prison. So I was in a foster home and it was a white foster home. I grew up in a white area of San Gabriel but I knew the Mexican community from school. I was a troublemaker white kid so they liked me… (more…)


Salon Meritage Shooting Victims’ Fundraisers in Seal Beach

By Tim Shelton
This fundraiser is for the survivors and victims families of the Salon Meritage shooting in Seal Beach, CA. The city of Seal Beach is putting on the Cut-A-Thon on Main St. I’m hosting a Tattoo-A-Thon on Oct. 30th at my shop Still Life Tattoo in Seal Beach. I have Lindsey Carmichael, Marc Jackson and HEK and another guy or two coming out that day to help raise money through tattooing to help out… [More info on expanded page]

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Artist Profile: Jack Rudy (VIDEO)

Jack Rudy is a world-renowned tattoo artist and has become a staple in the community by producing a body of work spanning 35 years. Jack and his peers revolutionized the genre of black and grey, fine-line tattooing making it one of the most popular styles found in today’s culture…[Video and pictures on expanded page]

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Jack Rudy Article Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #25

Jack Rudy: If you’re going to apprentice somebody and you’re going to apprentice them right, it’s going to take a minimum of a year, maybe more, depending on the person. But you also kind of have to be married to that person for that year. (more…)


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