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Valerie Vargas Article Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #31

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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…  Read More »

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

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Nick Rodin Article Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #31

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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… Read More »

Freddy Negrete Video Preview for Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #31

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgQ_BkujHY4&w=580&h=325] Interview By Shane Enholm… Read More »

King of Black & Grey — Freddy Negrete Article

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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… Read More »

Dan Gilsdorf “Sentences” Art Show

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By Dan Gilsdorf A few months back I told Crash that I was having a solo show at a gallery in Portland, Oregon and he thought it would be a good idea to put together an announcement for the TAM website. I dragged my feet on it, thinking that the exhibition didn’t have anything to do with tattoos and might not be the kind of thing that many tattooers would be into. But in the end he convinced me, so at the risk of boring his readership…  Read More »

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

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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… Read More »

Sailor Jerry: Chris Trevino Hold Fast (VIDEO)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqNPLm3uOr8&w=560&h=315] 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 reminds 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… Read More »

Friday the 13th at Elm St. Tattoo… Party Time!

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By John After five long years I finally made it back to Dallas for another Friday the 13th marathon… Here’s a few pictures from the madness last night… Enjoy! (Also, look for a complete Friday the 13th article from Oliver Peck in the following days…) Read More »

Amsterdam Tattoo Museum

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“The Book of Lucky” by Lucky Bastard In the beginning there was the Red Light… In 1998, I took my first trip to Amsterdam to try and sit-in at the infamous Hanky Panky Tattoo. I was told by others that had worked for Hanky (Henk Schiffmacher) that it was not possible to get someone to vouch for you, or to call ahead to test the waters. You just had to meet Henk face-to-face, and hope he liked what you were doing. Not just artistically, but most importantly personality-wise… Read More »

Myke Chambers: Fox in Rose Tattoo (VIDEO)

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*NEW* Scott Harrison Paintings Available on Headband Brothers Website

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(Visit headbandbrothers.com to purchase and see more of Scott Harrison’s paintings) Larger image on expanded page. Read More »

Dan Smith: “With the Light of Truth” Book Signing (VIDEO)

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Dan Smith (as seen on TLC’s LA Ink) has been working hard on putting one of the best straight edge tattooer books together. Come on out for a night you wont soon forget! “A collection of tattoos, art, and profiles some of the best Straight Edge Tattoo Artists in the world” Dan Smith Book Signing & Release Party (Available for purchase or bring your own copy) 9 x 13 – 256 Page Hard Cover Book Book price: $50 If you can’t make the release, you can order your copy HERE. Read More »

Thom deVita, Ed Hardy, Nick Bubash Firecat Projects Art Show Opening Review

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By John Niederkorn First off, let me just say that this is not a traditional “review” considering  the fact that I’m not an artist… With that said this show was (in my unprofessional opinion) AWESOME! The opening was held on Oct. 28th, 2011 at  Tony Fitzpatrick’s Firecat Projects, located quaintly in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, and the only way I can describe the show room is, phenomenal… Read More »

Horitaka: Give ‘Em A Hand Project

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By Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura When I think about good tattooing, I think of art executed by skilled craftsman. In an era of chain stores and mass production, it is always refreshing to see something hand-made. I met Jamie from RePop through my good friend Chris Yvon. Chris told me about Jamie and RePop, and the hand-made goods they produced. The product certainly lived up to the hype! Rings, buckles, wallets and more, all with old world craftsmanship, with some weight -no cheap materials, and a great retro feel… Read More »