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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

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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 www.astrology-zodiac-signs.com 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 »

Ultimate Baseball Fan Tattoos

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– Ah, Baseball Season!! Whether it’s spring training or the last pitch of the World Series, diehard fans NEVER lose the love of the game! Collected here are some of the MOST AMAZING baseball tattoos that have been submitted to TAM from artists all around the world!! FOLLOW these guys and share YOUR baseball themed body art with us, too!! (*Artists can submit their best photos each day by TAGGING & HASHTAGGING – tattooartistmagazine on Instagram!)  — & FOLLOW US HERE – @TattooArtistMagazine Everybody ready? — “TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME…” @craigmostontattoos (A portrait of Lou Gehrig at Yankee Stadium after being forced to retire because of the degenerative effects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS.) Willie Kingsolver @wonkatastic Oscar Canteros @oc_tatt Chris Thayer @christhayer Evvan Amundson @e.amundson.tattoos Izzey Juarez @izzeyjtattoos Petey P @dallastattedup   Andres Acosta, Austin, TX https @Acostattoo  Francisco R Cervantes @ciscokid_ink   Danny wild of tattoo mania Hollywood – SEND US YOUR PHOTOS!! *To see work by 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 And look at our $.99 collection of  TAM VIDEO Downloads available now! Either way, See the BEST TATTOOS from the BEST ARTISTS in the world. Add to your collection today!    Read More »

Post-Mastectomy tattoos: “I wish I could walk around topless” by Reina

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 My journey began 3 weeks before my 40th birthday. I scheduled a mammogram because in my opinion, I have medical insurance and when you turn 40 as a woman and you have children, it is important to take care of yourself so you can be around to see your children grow and blossom into the great people they are meant to be.  The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, I visited a breast care specialist. She examined me but could not make an assessment as to whether or not the mass in my breast was a cancer mass or just very dense breast tissue. I was referred to mammography with the possibility of an ultrasound and possibly a biopsy. December 6th, the eve of my 40th birthday party, I did end up having the full exam, including a biopsy. The radiology doctor told me it didn’t look good… Even after that I continued to tell myself it was nothing until they told me otherwise, so I continued to live life as normal, including celebrating my birthday with friends and family the next night. You may be asking “where is your husband during all of this?”. Well, the mammography appointment I honestly believed was going to be a piece of cake so I did not invite him to the appointment. Once I told him there was actually a biopsy, he cried. My response to that? “Please don’t plan my funeral yet. First we don’t know anything yet, so don’t go dark. Second, don’t plan ... Read More »

Color Realism tattoos by Russian Artist Ben Klishevskiy

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Hailing from Moscow, Russia, this sublime color-realism specialist is getting some serious attention from tattoo aficionados as well as other artists on a worldwide scale with his viral tattoo pics… and it’s easy to see why! [divide] – Friend him on Facebook HERE -Follow him on his superb Instagram Feed  IF YOU’D LIKE TO READ AN INTERVIEW WITH BEN IN TATTOO ARTIST MAGAZINE – LET US KNOW & WE’LL TRY TO MAKE IT HAPPEN !!!!!  Email Crash@tattooartistmagazine.com *To see work by 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 And look at our $.99 collection of  TAM VIDEO Downloads available now! Either way, See the BEST TATTOOS from the BEST ARTISTS in the world. Add to your collection today!   Read More »

New ED HARDY Exhibit: “Visionary Subversive” // oct.5-nov.2

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Ed Hardy: Visionary Subversive is a major exhibition of original art by one of the world’s most well-known culture icons. Original works presented by Varnish Fine Art at The Midway Show Dates: October 5 to November 2, 2015 Artist Reception: Thursday October 29, 7-11pm Closing Party: Monday November 2, 7-11pm  Co-curated by Hardy’s assistant Trevor Ewald and presented by Varnish Fine Art at The Midway in San Francisco, this month-long art show includes Ed Hardy’s self-described “Automatic”, “Crazy Animal”, “Eyecon” and “Rose of No Man’s Land” paintings alongside the debut of his porcelain “Paños” inspired by jailhouse handkerchief art. With a half-century of fierce dedication as an artist, art historian and writer, Hardy seamlessly fuses disparate artistic elements to his own personal history, telling the story of his life in art.  A Southern California native born in 1945, in 1967 Hardy completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2000, that school awarded him an honorary doctorate degree. He began tattooing in 1966 and developed the fine art potential of the medium with emphasis on its Asian heritage, frequently studying and working in Japan. Hardy no longer tattoos but focuses on painting, printmaking, and porcelain. With his son Douglas, he still operates the San Francisco studio Tattoo City.   Hardy has curated several exhibitions in museum and nonprofit spaces as well as showing his own works. Since 1982 he and his wife, Francesca Passalacqua, have written and published over thirty books on ... Read More »

P.INK DAY 2015: Announcing Cities & Artists for Survivors of Breast Cancer

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Announcing that P.ink Day 2015 is coming to 13 North American cities on the weekend of October 10. This year we’ve enlisted 45 artists across our network to ink mastectomy tattoos for 45 remarkable breast cancer survivors. WHAT IS P.INK DAY? P.ink Day (“pea-ink day”) is our all-volunteer day of healing with ink. And more: it’s our make-a-wish day focused on an amazing experience for breast cancer survivors, which culminates with a mastectomy tattoo to help survivors reclaim some of the personal property that breast cancer stole. THREE YEARS RUNNING P.ink created the first P.ink Day in October 2013 with ten artists and ten survivors at Saved Tattoo NYC. It was incredible. [Check the video.] Last year our second P.ink Day spread to 13 locations across North America, with 37 artists. Again, stellar. [Read more.] This year we’ve grown with 45 artists across our trusted network and 45 survivors in 13 cities listed below. GIVE A SHOUT: #pinktattooday Everyone involved with P.ink Day is donating their time, from artists to local leaders to the hundreds of others who make this possible. They deserve your applause. Use the hashtag #pinktattooday across all social media and give a shout. CHANGES FOR 2015 We’ve made some changes this year to reinforce our emphasis on quality over quantity: EXPANSION VIA MENTORSHIP. How will we grow? With trained talent. Anyone wishing to bring P.ink Day to their area must first participate as a volunteer in a prior P.ink Day. REPUTATION EQUITY. All artists working with us must come recommended by other artists ... Read More »

Turning My Mastectomy Scars into Art

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I have always loved tattoos. Shortly after my 18th birthday, I walked into a tattoo shop filled with courage and a bit of cockiness. After studying the wall of images, I confidently pointed to a small cartoon devil named “hot stuff” and said, “Perfect!” Many people ask whether or I not have any regrets about my first tattoo, but, honesty, I don’t. 23 years later, I look at it and smile. It’s a part of my history, a personalized scar of sorts. Over the years, I have added other tattoos, so it’s no surprise to anyone that knows me that I decided to add one more. This one however, is the most meaningful piece of art I have ever added to my skin. It is a beautiful ending to a very difficult 6 years. Choosing to remove my healthy breasts because of my 87% chance of developing breast cancer is a decision I don’t regret for one minute. My BRCA gene mutation has forced me to make decisions that no woman should ever have to make.  By choosing this tattoo, it was an opportunity to turn my mastectomy into a work of art! After my mastectomy, I suffered complications with my reconstruction and endured an additional 4 surgeries. I was not interested in another operation to recreate nipples that would never look, feel or work like my real ones. That is when I knew that I was going to do things differently. My search for a tattoo artist was a ... Read More »

Jack Rudy – Photo Gallery of Black & Grey Masterpieces

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Jack Rudy is an American tattoo artist notable for his reinvention of the ‘Black and Gray’ style of tattooing, realistic portraits, and single-needle use. He is considered to be one of the top tattoo artists in the world. After leaving the Marines in 1975, Rudy began his career as an apprentice at Goodtime Charlie’s Tattooland, in East Los Angeles. Under the watch of Charlie Cartwright, a friend of his he had met while visiting the Old Long Beach pike while on leave from the USMC Logistics Base in Barstow CA, Rudy and Cartwright began to hone their craft of single-needle, Black and Gray style tattoos. Simultaneously creating a whole new subgenre of modern tattooing and raising the proverbial bar for many new emerging tattoo artists and artists in general. His very distinct and distinguishable style is renowned for its masterful use of light and dark shades of varying degrees of black and grey. In addition to creating a softer and more realistic style of tattooing, with the advent of the new single needle tattoo technology artists were now able to use a much greater level of detail than previously attainable utilizing older and more readily accepted tattoo machine and needle configurations. As the client base of East Los Angeles began requesting this ‘penitentiary-style’, the pair decided to create a single-needle configured tattoo machine. Jack Rudy can be found at Good Time Charlie’s Tattooland in Anaheim, CA. (From the full article as seen in Tattoo Artist Magazine #25)  Get it HERE for $14.99     OR ... Read More »

Photo Gallery for Los Angeles Black & Grey Master – Carlos Torres

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  Tattoos by Carlos Torres Carlos’ Website — FOLLOW CARLOS on Instagram Los Angeles, CA   SAVE $20 off this already discounted set of Tattoo Artist Magazine’s BLACK & GREY Masters BUNDLE!   *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 And look at our $.99 collection of  TAM VIDEO Downloads available now! Either way, See the BEST TATTOOS from the BEST ARTISTS in the world. Add to your collection today!   Read More »

Chriss Dettmer Tats, from Hamburg, Germany

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Tattoos by Chriss Dettmer Black Hole Tattoo Hamburg, Germany FOLLOW HIM to see MORE AMAZING Tattoos: Instagram & Facebook It’s sold out in PRINT, but you can SEE MORE tattoos by Chriss by ordering a digital copy of Chriss Dettmer’s article in TAM #8! On Sale NOW     *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 And look at our $.99 collection of  TAM VIDEO Downloads available now! Either way, See the BEST TATTOOS from the BEST ARTISTS in the world. Add to your collection today!   Read More »

from Orbetello, Italy – tattoos by Samuele Briganti

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Tattoos By Samuele Briganti Drum Tattoo Orbetello, Italy FOLLOW ON Instagram & FaceBook    *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 And look at our $.99 collection of  TAM VIDEO Downloads available now! Either way, See the BEST TATTOOS from the BEST ARTISTS in the world. Add to your collection today!   Read More »