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Changing of the Guard

 

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It is with excitement and purpose that I start as the new Editor-in-Chief of Tattoo Artist Magazine. First and foremost, I am committed to continuing the culture of excellence and quality of TAM as admirably lead by outgoing Editor-in-Chief, Crash. I recognize the importance of TAM to our community & cultural progress and envision clear potential for continued growth and innovation. In conjunction with editing every issue of TAM, I also have a vision of further integrating TAM into the hands of avid tattoo collectors and artists, fully mining the educational format of TAM to better serve artists, collectors, readers and our society as a whole.

The “changing of the guard” at TAM will bring a new perspective to the magazine. With this change comes a shift in editorial emphasis to make TAM the world’s primary outlet for tattoo culture, tattoo education and tattoo art more relevant to our industry than any other magazine in our field. As the new Editor, my aim will be to increase the availability of important articles, artists, values, social and artistic advancements in our industry.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with me, I have been with TAM since it’s inception 11 years ago. Unlike Crash, I am not a tattoo artist, but have paid my dues within the industry for well over a decade. I know the ins and outs of everything tattoo and tattoo related. I am eager to start this position and see where I can help carry TAM into the future.

I invite each and every one of you who has any questions or concerns about the future of TAM and our craft to please email me to discuss our shared future and what we can build together.

You may reach me at: kent@tattooartistmagazine.com

- Kent

 


Tattoo Artist Magazine: Mike Rubendall Issue #28 Teaser Video

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TAM #17 Interview with Frank Lee


Myke Chambers Article Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #36

TAM-headerCHAMBERS-3Myke Chambers is one of the most positive voices in tattooing right now, which is kinda paradoxical in a way because behind all Myke’s openness, generosity and hard-earned skill is a guy who had it pretty rough growing up. Virtually abandoned in childhood to an institution, he’s gone from time in a home to time on the streets, (and even some time behind bars); through all this it’s Tattooing that’s given Myke the maturity and stability of mind required to make positive and intentional changes in his life and, along the way, in his work.

His story, like all the stories we feature in TAM & TCM, is about celebrating the transformative power inherent in the art & craft of tattooing to leave more than just a physical “mark” on our lives.
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At a young age, Myke left home with a backpack and his dog to wander the countryside by freight train in search of something he never found. Living a vagabond life he began his tattoo apprenticeship in the early 90′s…along with his schooling of hard-knocks and plenty of tough life lessons learned, he’s emerged into a well rounded tattooer and overall better person that is always there to help his fellow man when in need.

Myke’s style has strong roots in Traditional Americana, though he likes to put his own spin on the basic concepts of Old School, his style is clearly his own. Today, he’s trying to focus on painting and growing with every new endeavor he undertakes. Myke hasn’t yet shaken the wanderlust and you might find him roaming anywhere in the world, honing his craft.

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Myke Chambers

By Russ Abbott

Russ Abbott: Myke Chambers, how would you describe your tattoo style?

Myke Chambers: My tattoo style? I definitely have a traditional influence but I don’t really call it traditional, some people would. I don’t really. I just call it a tattoo.

What are some of the basic elements that you try to include in your work?

Basic elements I try to include are just a solid, bold outline, I like to whip-shade a lot of stuff, heavily saturate stuff… I usually try to keep mostly primary colors, minimum blending type of stuff.

And do you like to do big tattoos? 

I’d prefer big tattoos. I like tattoos that I can finish in one shot like three to five hours but I do like big projects. Lately, I’ve been having a lot of fun taking a design that should be maybe hand size and blowing it up to a full back piece, keeping it just as simple.

I just do tattoos. I don’t really even care to put my tattoos in any kind of category of realism or if I can do new school, or traditional. People say it’s traditional but I’d rather just not even be categorized in it. I just do tattoos. I like my tattoos to standout. I like people to know that I did it, make it unique, and true to myself.

What do you think makes a great tattoo as far as the structural elements?

That’s very suggestive. Having a good amount of black in a tattoo? It’s going to hold it up but then again, all the inks today; we don’t really know how they’re going to hold up. They could hold up just as well as any black ever did. With my tattoos, I like bold outlines, solid color, heavy black, but that’s all preference. I like realism tattoos. I like illustrative tattoos. I like all those types of tattoos.

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Dave Waugh: Work in Progress Session VI (By Hunter Spanks)

By Hunter Spanks
1:41pm August 29, 2012 and Lizzy finds herself back in Georgetown at Jinx Proof Tattoo for the sixth session on her back piece by Dave Waugh. A mystical piece complete with unicorns, naked women, hidden cocks and butt plugs just to round things out. Dave prepares a message table as they harass each other in preparation for the session to start. I’m sure this is just to work out the nerves. At least on Lizzy’s part. Dave seems cool as a cucumber as always…  (more…)


*NEW* Pictures Added to the TAM Blog Gallery

Tattoos By Jack Mauk
Port City Tattoo
Long Beach, CA
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Dawn Cooke: Never Take Each Other For Granted


By Dawn Cooke
This blog is about the intricacies of the client/artist relationship. It’s sort of like any other relationship, only usually interactions happen in relatively short bursts and there are just so many of them. I try to always value this relationship and interaction. I think it is a valuable life experience for both parties, usually… (more…)


VICE: In Cuba, Tattoo Artists Make More than Doctors and Lawyers

247955866d749ef2d3213bf14290ebcdStory by Jasper Craven. Photos by Stacey Rupolo. (Story originally appears at www.VICE.com.)
This year, a 52-year-old politician named Miguel Diaz-Canel was appointed vice president of the ruling Council of State in Cuba, making him a likely future leader of the country. Some Cubans hope he will lead their country into a new era. One reason: while he was governor of Villa Clara province, he sponsored a tattoo festival…  (more…)


Assistance Through Creative Block

melissa-fusco-0By Melissa Fusco
At one time or another in every artist’s life, including myself, we have all experienced some type of artist block. There are many levels of creative block, from just the annoyance of interrupted flow that is short-lived or even deeper resulting in depression, lack of self-worth, loss of self-esteem and unfortunately self-destruction. An artist block or otherwise known as “creative block” is the inability to access one’s flowing stream of inspiration and creativity. What was once an overflowing well of ideas may now feel like an endless drought. It can last for days, weeks, months or even years. A feeling of loss in self may arise, and with every forward gaze stands fear, fear of not creating a worthy piece because of all the emotional strain that has occurred…  (more…)


*NEW* Pictures Added to the TAM Blog Gallery

Tattoos By Charles Ong
Facebook
Los Angeles, CA
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Icelandic Tattoo Convention 2013

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Iceland… Land of the Midnight Sun… In retrospect, ending a month-long European trip in a place that has 24-hours of sunlight was probably not the best idea I’ve had. However, despite the lack of sleep and the subsequent fatigue-jetlag-exhuastion-sleep deprivation-sinus cold I’ve had since returning to the States… I’d say it was well worth it… Before I continue, I just want to thank Össur, Linda, Thomas Asher, Olafia and everyone at Reykjavik Ink for making all the madness possible… (more…)


Nick Bubash: The Patron Saint of White Guys That Went Tribal and Other Works

CAL_20130222_bubash_mainCourtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum: The Patron Saint of White Guys That Went Tribal and Other Works, the first solo museum exhibition of work by Pittsburgh artist Nick Bubash features a recreation of the artist’s studio which focuses on a large group of found object sculptures. These sculptures reveal a playful approach to the artist’s practices and sardonic sense of humor… (more…)


Paul Dobleman: Psychedelic Stories from the Road

Psychedelic s for webBy Paul Dobleman: Due to the fact I’ve been on the road, I haven’t had the chance to do a proper psychedelic story, so you are going to just have to hear one of mine… (more…)


*NEW* Pictures Added to the TAM Blog Gallery

Tattoos By Mario Johnston
White Crane Tattoo
Cincinnati, OH
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11/14 Flash Collection Book Release Party at Kings Avenue Tattoo (VIDEO)

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*NEW* Pictures Added to the TAM Blog Gallery

Tattoos By Paul Aherne
Spilled Ink Tattoo
Dublin, Ireland
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Craft Your Profession (VIDEO)

Craft Your Profession – Old Star Press from Josh on Vimeo.

My names Josh McHale, I’ve been doing the videos for Tattoo Artist Magazine since 2007. I created a new series called, Craft Your Profession. It focuses on individuals who create art and make a profession out of it doing it all by themselves. I do the same with the video aspect of it… (more…)


*NEW* Pictures Added to the TAM Blog Gallery

Tattoos By Jason Schroder
Incognito Tattoo
Los Angeles, CA
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Myke Chambers: Idiocracy?

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I was talking with a friend a little while back about the state of tattooing today, comparing it with how things were just 15 or 20 years ago. He made a really good point… A lot of people say, “Yeah tattooing going mainstream sucks but now there are more people getting tattooed so we’re all making a lot more money.”

But he then reminded me that yeah, 15 years ago there weren’t as many people getting tattooed but there also weren’t as many tattooers either, so anyone that wanted a tattoo didn’t have a whole lot of choices. Today there are sometimes a hundred shops in a city or maybe even upwards of 300 in a big city…  (more…)


Ben Siebert SLC International Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

Video by Luke Holley

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Update: Richard Stell Benefit This Saturday June 15th

richard-stell-1Richard Stell recently suffered a heart attack and has been diagnosed with heart disease. This couldn’t have happened at a worse time for them as they are in the middle of opening their new shop Pair-O-Dice in Oklahoma. This event will be held June 15th, 2013. I’m asking tattooers from coast to coast to work a normal day on the 15th, and send those profits from that one day’s work as a donation to the Stell’s via PayPal. The donation PayPal is: RStellHeart@gmail.com…  (more…)


Facebook Allows Mastectomy Photos: Tattooed Model In Controversial Picture Speaks Out

yahoo-blogBy Beth Greenfield (Original story appears at Yahoo Shine.)
After a storm of controversy, Facebook officially changed its policy on the posting of mastectomy photos, making it clear on Wednesday that they are now permitted. And that’s been welcome news to the women behind the once-banned photos, who have called it a victory for their effort to make the truth about breast cancer visual…  (more…)


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