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Shopping for Tattoo Artists or even serious Tattoo Collectors is no easy task! — But at we’ve made it easy for you — CHECK OUT these great deals at the Tattoo Artist Magazine Store to find the perfect gift for the ink-lover in YOUR life! — TAM GIFT CARDS are available NOW, but you can also SAVE 50% on EVERY issue of TAM (print or digital) and get 60%-70% OFF on our two books: the TAM Vol.1 Book (which collects the first five sold out issues in a sleek hardback) on SALE for just $40, and the massive Gods & Warriors coffee table book which features the amazing Japanese tattoo work of one of the world’s best- Chris Trevino, marked down from $220 to just $66!! — TAM GIFT CARDS: Can’t figure out what your loved one would like best? Let them decide — Pick up a TAM gift card and allow them to choose from hundreds of items including: books, magazines, clothing, art prints or even some rare original art! —   Tattoo Artist Magazine Issues: TAM is considered the best, most informative and most important tattoo magazine EVER, by tattoo artists themselves! – We’ve worked with over 200 of the Best Tattoo Artists in the world to create something nobody else ever has. If you have an established or aspiring artist to shop for this holiday season, nothing could help them pursue their career more than the library we’ve assembled over the last 12 years, featuring the VERY BEST ... Read More »

Tribal tattooing in the heart of the jungle: part2-

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I’m in Borneo on an expedition to uncover the ancient past of tattooing and the secrets of the last head hunter hand tapped tattooists. While in Borneo I will be staying with the Skrang Iban tribe. The Iban tribe still live deep in the rainforests of Borneo and tattooing is at the heart of their ancient culture. Even the impenetrable jungle cannot protect them from the toxic effects of western culture and this corrosive force combined with the illegal logging industry is destroying a way of life that dates back beyond written record. We will be spending two weeks in Borneo and travel into the heartland of the Iabn tribe to explore their unique body art and how in infuses their daily lives. My hope is that by living with the Iban we will be able to capture on film the plight of their community and raise awareness of the very real dangers they face. While the rainforests of Borneo are some of the richest ecosystems on the planet this has not stopped rapid deforestation. Profit drives the destruction of this unique habitat and with the arrival of the chainsaw and bulldozer in the 1950’s the jungle has declined at an accelerating rate decade after decade. There is a lot of money to be made in clearing the rainforest. Trees may be cut down for the lumber trade to feed the desire for luxury hardwoods in developed countries. Once the trees are cut down the jungle never returns to its original ... Read More »

A New Trend: Romantic Couples Tattoos


Ahhh, sweet love.  It’s what makes the world go around. And for some, a need to show their commitment to another goes far beyond the ceremonies, the rings and the legal steps.  They want a sense of being connected, forever to their soul mate. While many tattoo artists and enthusiast will tell you, never tattoo someone else’s name on your body because, well, you never know . . . .These couples took their love to a whole new level with couple tattoos. Paul Berkey A classic expression of love. The once locked heart, can only be opened by he who has the key. Sink It In Tattoos @sinkitintattoospa Notice the EKG is different on each finger.  We can only assume this reflects their heart rate when they look in each other’s eyes. No Artist Mentioned “They met on a starry night. He was a dark lord with the empire and she the only heroine whose Jedi powers could tame him . . . “ Nothing says love and a commitment at Comic-Con like matching light saber tattoos! Bridget Manning @geeezelouize The old saying goes “Treat him like a King and he will treat you like a Queen.” Constance @constancetattoos The water color heart is pretty creative, but the intertwined finger prints makes this tattoo extremely unique. Black Emperor Tattooer @popisanders His and hers hearts . . . we can assume there is quite a story behind these tattoos. Sanja Tattoo @sanjatattoo Dreamcatchers are an authentic American Indian tradition, from the Ojibway ... Read More »

Blackworkers Group Presents: Black Ink Tattoos from around the globe

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TOP PICKS of masterful Black Ink tattoos curated by the BLACKWORKERS_Tattoo Group! – See some of the BEST Black Ink tattoo work in the world!  – Thanks to Casper and the entire BW network. You guys ROCK! – Follow Blackworkers on Instagram here: @Blackworkers BLACKWORKERS is an all black tattoo page on Instagram showcasing artists with different styles from all over the world, created by Casper Mugridge ( @caspermugridge ), giving artists recognition and worldwide exposure for a job well done! If you dig the black ink- check them out! —  Enjoy this BW Gallery! - Ben Volt – Scholar Tattoo: San Francisco, CA, USA Contact info: Website: Email: Instagram: @benvolt Josh Stephens – Hold It Down Tattoo: Richmond, VA, USA Email: Instagram : @joshstephenstattoos Kelly Violet – Parliament Tattoo: London, England Instagram: @kellyviolence Email: Nomi chi – Gastown tattoo: Vancouver, bc, Canada Email: Instagram: @nomi_chi Website: Landon Morgan – Leathernecks Tattoo: Brooklyn, NY, USA Email: Instagram : @tattoosbylandon Mo  Ganji – Private Studio:  Berlin, Germany Email: Instagram : @moganji Henbo Henning - Black Lotus: Liverpool, England Instagram: @henbohenning Email: Michael j Kelly – Dreams Collide: Lancaster , PA Instagram : @michaeljtattoos Email: Michele zingales – Palermo, Italy Instagram : @elzingales Email: Nick broslavskiy – Kiev, Ukraine Instagram: @broslavskiy Email:  Follow BLACKWORKERS on Instagram for the BEST COLLECTION of Black Ink Tattoos: @Blackworkers &  @Blackworkers_Tattoo  Follow Tattoo Artist Magazine on Instagram HERE – and submit YOUR work by Tagging & Hashtagging us! *To see work by some of the MOST AMAZING tattoo artists of our age, check out these deals from Tattoo Artist Magazine! ... Read More »

25 Ways the Force is with You: Star Wars Tattoos

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We are stoked! Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is coming from a galaxy far, far away to a theater near you on Dec. 18. This will be the 7th movie in the series. Can you believe that  . . 7?! Once again, we will see the plot unfold with two legendary enemies in a daring battle that is the absolute essence of good vs. evil! On the Dark Side,  the oppressive and tyrannical government known as the First Order will do everything possible to destroy and take over all that is good and pure.  And the Force will be honored with a small band of soldiers known as the Resistance. Star Wars: The Force Awakens buzz has taken social media by storm. So, this blog is for you, the dedicated Star Wars fan . . . . *Share YOUR Star Wars ink with us on Instagram by Tagging @TattooArtistMagazine & Hashtagging #TattooArtistMagazine!! — click, find and follow these amazing artists if you like their work! They will really appreciate your support, and they are, after all, some of the finest tattooers IN THE GALAXY!   This awesome Darth Vader & X-Wing is by the Polish artist Levgen Eugene knysh @levgen_eugeneknysh Gunnar V from Oslo! @gunnar_v_tattoo_artist Jerry Pipkins from Panama City Beach, FL @jerrypipkins J. Bryan Maddix @jbmaddix_tattoos Yoda by Alex Rattray @alex_rattray_ink Jose Guevara Morales @cheeseburgerchampion Dan Stone @scribbly_head Conor Wearn @conorwearn Two Snakes Tattoo @twosnakestattoo Azazel Milanówek @azazelmilanowek Kyle Berg @kvberg Lauren Bartram @laurenalexandralux Suspiria @suspirialand Khail Aitken @khailtattooer     wow – we don’t know who did this one, but the blend of ... Read More »

The 2015 Bay Area Tattoo Convention!

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THE 2015 BAY AREA TATTOO CONVENTION The 2015 Bay Area Tattoo Convention (BATC) will take place Halloween weekend (Friday October 30, Saturday October 31 and Sunday November 1st) at the SFO Hyatt Regency. Hotel conventions are always fun and a halloween weekend will be especially cool! This will be the eleventh year and as usual, features a stellar line up of invite only, world renowned tattooers. This show was started and is still run by Roman (45s Forever Harley Shop, Strong Tattoo and Strong Shirt Printing) and Taki (State of Grace Tattoo) and keeps tattooing and tattooers as the main attraction. The BATC features NO piercing, bands, celebrity appearances or contests- we are purely a TATTOO SHOW. The number of vendors is kept to a bare minimum of tattooer owned/tattoo supportive companies to insure that tattooers can promote their own t-shirts, prints, machines, and other such wares. This show is about tattooing and puts tattooing first! Some of the attending tattooers include: Don Ed Hardy, Su’a Sulu’ape Alaiva’a Petelo, Bill Salmon, Junii, Oliver Peck, Toothtaker, Beau Brady, Chad Koeplinger, Greggletron, Chuey Quintanar, Mitch Love, Ben Rorke, Malika Rose, Matt Deverson, Fred Flores, Ricardo Avila, Horifuji, Horikiku, Peter Sulu’ape, Tim Hendricks, Juan Puente, Adrian Lee, Mary Joy, Holly Ellis, Freddy Corbin,Tuigamala Andy Tauafiafi, Greg Christian, Virginia Elwood, Henry Lewis, Si’i Liufau, Luke Stewart, Sulu’ape Steve Looney, Ross Jones, Ichi Hatano, Reiko, Valerie Vargas, En, Stewart Robson, Scott Sylvia, Kikupunk, Orly Locquiao, Kevin Marr, Steve Byrne, Tony Hundahl, Pierre Chapelan, Beppe, Don and Deb Yarian, Chris ... Read More »

Black & Grey Tattoos by Chad Dingler

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Part of our mission at Tattoo Artist Magazine is to bring attention to great artists but just as importantly is the desire to teach newer tattoo collectors how to FIND qualified professional tattooists to get their work from, and help them get away from the deluge of underground, unethical scratchers who are actually just putting people at risk.  After seeing his work we asked Chad Dingler if he was interested in doing a short article with TAM! The first thing we realized was he’s a really good dude (!), which is vitally important these days. With so many tattooists in the world today, all competing for the same market, it’s simply no longer “good enough” just being a decent artist, one should also strive to be a good person. - Enjoy Chad’s interview & his amazing portfolio, then use the links below to find Chad Dingler online & FOLLOW him! (btw: he’s on the road, right now, in the south and Florida region! If you’re in the area and need some good tattoos, reach out and set up an appointment!  Q & A with Chad Dingler, aka ‘Papa Ding': Q: Hi Chad. Great work, man! I really enjoy seeing artists who can tattoo in a variety of styles and everything looks top-notch! The first thing I always want to know when learning about a tattooer, (and one of the most important things I think potential clients ought to know), is- how long have you been tattooing? A: I have been tattooing 9yrs. The time has ... Read More »

Success is not what you think it is, by Dan Henk

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One of the most common questions I get, is people asking how to get ahead. To become well known. How to “make it”. The vast majority seem to think there’s a simple trick to it. An avenue you take, a person you need to know, that sort of thing.   Well there is, but getting that important connection requires much more heart and work than most people realize. And, to be honest, more than most people have. Sure, there are a few people like Paris Hilton, that just luck into their fame and fortune. But I wouldn’t trade places with Paris for all her money. Those who get money and fame by just stumbling into it, produce nothing of value and are eventually reviled for just existing. Chris Rock made a few comments in one of his stand ups that is actually a much wiser and deeper observation than might first appear. He talks about how there is a difference between a job, and a career. A job you work on within parameters. You only commit regimented hours to it, and step out side of the box exclusively during work time, and never very far. A career keeps you awake at night. You find yourself pouring in crazy hours for no money, and only a possible chance of a return. And you fail. A lot. But you pick yourself up, determined to put even more into the next project. Frank Frazetta is one of my favorite painters. He is loaded ... Read More »

Football Tattoo’s – NFC

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YESSSSSSSS!! Football season is finally here! No matter who you root for, some would argue you’re not a real fan unless you’re wearing it on your skin! If that’s true then these extreme fans have gotten us all beat!! Here’s a small collection of AFC Division Teams, pt1!  (*not all submissions had the artist’s name or social links – we always strive to give credits, so please include that info. Thank you! …and if you did one of these tattoos, please let us know!) FANS: Share YOUR football tattoos! (*ARTISTS: can TAG and # TattooArtistMagazine on InstaGram with their daily work and get some free publicity) — - FOLLOW US on IG for DAILY DOSES of the BEST TATTOOS on the internet!! – @tattooartistmagazine  Teams in the east Dallas Cowboys (from Arlington, Texas, near Dallas and Fort Worth) No Artist Mentioned New York Giants (also from East Rutherford, New Jersey, playing in the same stadium as the Jets) No Artist Mentioned Philadelphia Eagles (from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) James Delzel @jdelzel Washington Redskins (from Landover, Maryland, near Washington, D.C.) Sober Dave @whiteclover88 Teams in the north Chicago Bears (from Chicago, Illinois) Felipe Manga @tattoosbymanga Detroit Lions (from Detroit, Michigan) Mike Fernandez @tatt2mike13 Green Bay Packers (from Green Bay, Wisconsin) Derek Higgins @artbysnax Minnesota Vikings (from Minneapolis, Minnesota) @wherescrando Teams in the south Atlanta Falcons (from Atlanta, Georgia) NO Artist Mentioned Carolina Panthers (from Charlotte, North Carolina) No Artist Mentioned New Orleans Saints (from New Orleans, Louisiana) No Artist Mentioned Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Tampa, Florida) No ... Read More »

Part 2: Nikolai, Russian Prison Tattoo Artist

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Con’t from Part 1: – We cannot show his Nikolai’s face, remember, as he fears for his life by talking about the Russian underground, while inside he had a relatively comfortable experience, tattooing the big bosses and the upper echelon of criminals. Though he was able to live a better life inside thanks to tattooing, Nikolai did have to endure harassment by prison officials. All his tattoo machines were constantly being confiscated, so he started carrying his machines in his sleeves. When they were taken during regular searches, he had to make new ones. Every master makes his instruments individually and never lets them fall into any stranger’s hands. During his six years of imprisonment, Nikolai made about 200 machines. – The prison tattoo machines can be of four types. The most widely used (up to 90% of all works done) is made of a mechanical razor (photos a & b) and functions like a sewing machine. Tattoos are made quickly and clearly, with the ability to make half-tones. A faster machine can be made from an electric razor, but it is rarely used because it needs electricity and runs too quickly.   – If there is no chance to get a mechanical razor, hand-made instruments are used. One of them Nikolai calls “utka” – the “duck.” It’s made of two #2 guitar strings, the result being something of a pen holding a drop of India ink. After sharpening, the strings are fixed to­gether and the instrument is ready – ... Read More »

Russian Prison Tattoo Artist, Nikolai: pt1

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Russian criminal tattoos were originally simple and decorative, with no real meaning to them. Later on, they were regarded more seriously when tattooed people, bearing symbols of strength on their bodies, started claiming leadership. Tattoos then became a kind of secret language because criminals needed a form of communication both in and out of prison. The meanings of criminal symbols were dictated by necessity and over the years there were revisions and re-evaluations of drawings. Gradually tattoos began to convey the social attitudes and values of their bearer. For example, if there are hexagonal or octagonal stars tattooed on a convict’s shoulders, it means that in prison, he’ll join those who are against prison regulations. If there is a hand grasping a knife tattooed on the leg, then it will be clear for those who know the symbols that this man was convicted for being a thug. Criminals often flaunt these attributes and their tattoos, which help them to separate themselves as “initiated persons” from the rest of the “lames” (fools). Tattoos can be classified as ornamental, professional, artistic, pornographic, religious, historical, symbolic, and abbreviations. There are many tattoos, worn by both men and women, of historic events with all sorts of inscriptions of tsarist Russia and of the Soviet period. Tattoos meanings also differ depending on what part of the body they are on. The criminal tattoo is gene­rally called “nakolka” (derivative from the word “to pierce”), and its bearers “sineva” – “the blue ones” (due to the faded blue ... Read More »

You Decide, Trick or Treat? 13 Halloween Tattoos

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Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, has its roots  in a pre-Christian festival from about 2,000 years ago which was held in the beginning of November. The festival was called Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”). Samhain, means “summer’s end” in Gaelic. Now, the opposite of that is, Samhainophobia, which is the fear of Halloween or the fear of the festival of the dead. Hard to imagine someone fearing the Festival of the Dead, after all, what could be more normal than dead people having a festival?  While there remains some debate with folklorist and historians about the exact origins of Halloween, one thing is for sure, if is started some 2,000 years ago and we are still celebrating it, All Hallow’s Eve deserves some special attention! Check out the collection below of some spooky and whimsical Halloween Tattoos. FOLLOW US and Submit your Halloween or other Holiday Tattoos Instagram@tattooartistmagazine Ans Pham Matt @inkedtat2 Lindsay  @Skin Decor Tattoo   By Richard Guy in the U.K. @richardartistguy Cory Stanfield @cory_ink3d Laura Murphy @lmurphytattoos Mark Duhan @markduhan Mae La Roux @missmaelaroux Christopher Fernandez @chrisfernandez_8p Sunny Buick Brad Stevens Dark Circle Tattoo Matt Houston Darcy Nutt Adam Gibson *To see MORE and learn about some of the MOST AMAZING tattoo artists of our age, check out these deals from Tattoo Artist Magazine! There’s a reason tattooers themselves consider TAM the most informative and important tattoo magazine ever –   *Be sure to check out the digital issues of Tattoo Artist Magazine ON SALE NOW– JUST $2.99 – $7.99. TAM DIGITAL ISSUES ... Read More »

What’s Your Sign? 24 Popular Zodiac Tattoos


The term zodiac reflects the 12 constellations that make their appearance in the night sky over the cycle of seasons. The individual signs take their names and basic shapes from the actual constellations. References to the zodiac can be found around the world and throughout time. From the ancient Greeks to contemporary new age thinking. Having a belief that we are connected to the universe and stars is part of the human experience and has been passed down from generation to generation for centuries. Our zodiac sign dates (that is, the date we were born indicating our zodiac signs and meanings) we are actually looking at our sun sign.  The sun signs refers to the position of the sun upon the time of our birth. The character traits explained below are from Share YOUR zodiac tattoos with us on Instagram@tattooartistmagazine  Aquarius Tattoos – January 21st – February 19th Strengths: Progressive, original, independent, humanitarian Weaknesses: Runs from emotional expression, temperamental, uncompromising, aloof Aquarius likes: Fun with friends, helping others, fighting for causes, intellectual conversation, a good listener Aquarius dislikes: Limitations, broken promises, being lonely, dull or boring situations, people who disagree with them Artist Unknown Artist Unknown   Pisces Tattoos – February 20th – March 20th Strengths: Compassionate, artistic, intuitive, gentle, wise, musical Weaknesses: Fearful, overly trusting, sad, desire to escape reality, can be a victim or a martyr Pisces likes: Being alone, sleeping, music, romance, visual media, swimming, spiritual themes Pisces dislikes: Know-it-alls, being criticized, the past coming back to haunt, cruelty of any kind ... Read More »

Women Cover Mastectomy Scars with Beautiful yet Intricate Tattoos

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When diagnosed with breast cancer, being introduced to the world of tattoos is the last thing on one’s mind. But for many women who are suffering from this disease, this is exactly what happens after the worst has passed. What these women are left with is a painful reminder of the trauma they’ve suffered. —  If not for all, some of the women who’ve had mastectomies choose to use tattoos, not as their treatment, but rather, their recovery. This year in May, a tattooist from Darwin, Australia shared pictures of a client whose had mastectomy as well as reconstruction of both her breasts, and decided to completely cover her breast with a flowery tattoo that transformed her scars into a work of art. However, tattoos can still make a lot of difference in the lives of women who’ve had mastectomy and decided against reconstructive surgery. Liz Howley, a 73 year old woman from Edinburgh, Scotland had a mastectomy in 2006. After her surgery, she struggled a great deal when trying to come to terms with the way her body looked now. “I hated looking at myself in the mirror, and I didn’t like my husband to see me without my clothes on,” she said. “It was a constant reminder of what had happened to me.” But after watching a show about tattoos, she began to wonder whether having one would make a difference. “I spoke to my consultant and he said sure, go ahead,” she says. “So I found a ... Read More »

A.F.C. Football Tattoos – Part 1

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YESSSSSSSS!! Football season is finally here! No matter who you root for, some would argue you’re not a real fan unless you’re wearing it on your skin! If that’s true then these extreme fans have gotten us all beat!! Here’s a small collection of AFC Division Teams, pt1!  (*not all submissions had the artist’s name or social links – we always strive to give credits, so please include that info. Thank you! …and if you did one of these tattoos, please let us know!) FANS: Share YOUR football tattoos! (*ARTISTS: can TAG and # TattooArtistMagazine on InstaGram with their daily work and get some free publicity) — - FOLLOW US on IG for DAILY DOSES of the BEST TATTOOS on the internet!! – @tattooartistmagazine Teams in the East Buffalo Bills Miami Dolphins (from Miami Gardens, Florida, near Miami) New England Patriots (from Foxborough, Massachusetts, about halfway between Boston and Providence) New York Jets (from East Rutherford, New Jersey, near New York City) Paul Spatola @paulspatolatattoo Teams in the north Baltimore Ravens (from Baltimore, Maryland) @tres222 Cincinnati Bengals (from Cincinnati, Ohio) Cleveland Browns (from Cleveland, Ohio) @bigtymetattoos Pittsburgh Steelers (from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania @saidpress Teams in the south Houston Texans (from Houston, Texas) @bnoz1nk Indianapolis Colts (from Indianapolis, Indiana) Reyna Sunshine @reynasunshine Jacksonville Jaguars (from Jacksonville, Florida) Tennessee Titans (from Nashville, Tennessee) Teams in the west Denver Broncos (from Denver, Colorado) Gordon Milne @gordonmilne_tattoo Kansas City Chiefs (from Kansas City, Missouri) Ricky Knuxx @rickyknuxx73 Oakland Raiders (from Oakland, California) San Diego Chargers (from ... Read More »

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