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Vice: Tattoo Age Valerie Vargas Bonus Footage (VIDEO)

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0TEKPJ1J6Q&w=590&h=415] While we’re waiting for the premiere of Tattoo Age’s Thom DeVita killer episode, we just released some Valerie Vargas Bonus Footage. Vargas takes us to meet the legendary English tattooer Lal Hardy who has been tattooing since 1975 and is generally considered to be one of the people who elevated tattooing in the UK in the 1980s. [More info on expanded page]Read More »

Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age Thom deVita Extended Trailer (VIDEO)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQf_3YHWDuw] The next Tattoo Age series is about Thom deVita. Thom is an artist on many levels, and tattooing is just one of the ways he expresses himself. He began tattooing in New York City in the late 60s, when the practice was illegal. In this episode, which starts on November 21, we will hear from Don Ed Hardy, Nick Bubash, Scott Harrison, John Wyatt, Angelo Scotto, Bubba Reeves, and Robert Ryan, as we try to tell the epic story of Thom deVita, the artist.Read More »

Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age Mutsuo Episode III (VIDEO)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnbCk-ZsYcE&w=590&h=415] In Part 3, Mutsuo reflects on the blurry line of legality of tattooing in Japan, along with the prejudice against tattooed individuals that still lingers within society today, where people with tattoos are not welcome in public baths, beaches, pools, etc. He muses on why tattooing makes him happy and provides personal thoughts on spirituality, while bringing us to local temples of his hometown and introducing us to his lovely family.Read More »

Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age Mutsuo Episode II (VIDEO)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzJ0L1rnnAw&w=590&h=415] In this episode of Tattoo Age we delve into the history of Three Tides Tattoo. We hear from Mutsuo, Chris Garver, and Masa Sakamoto, as they give us insight into how western-style tattooing gained ground in Japan after the 1999 Tokyo Convention. We also hear about all the guest artists who have contributed to making Mutsuo the artist he is today.Read More »

Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age Mutsuo Episode I (VIDEO)

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_wkwwPty-I&w=590&h=415] The new Tattoo Age features Mutsuo, he has more styles than the first of day school. This series revolves around an artist named Mutsuo who tattoos at the world-famous Three Tides Tattoo in Osaka, Japan. Mutsuo went from being one of the shop’s first customers to its first apprentice, and now he is considered its most senior tattoo artist. He learned the trade from all the American tattoo masters who visited Three Tides, and got what Chris Garver calls “a 90s-style tattoo education.” Enjoy. [More info on expanded page]Read More »

Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age Valerie Vargas Episode III (VIDEO)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICCEjLMniVo&w=590&h=415] In the last part of our Valerie Vargas episode, we take a closer look at the tattoo power couple that is Stewart Robson and Valerie Vargas. When we began shooting this piece, we didn’t know how close these wonderfully talented artists were and found ourselves pleasantly surprised by their shared pleasure in tattooing. P.S. Be on the look out for a little Valerie Vargas bonus part coming out later this season. Enjoy. [More info on expanded page]Read More »

Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age Valerie Vargas Episode II (VIDEO)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfH85uDK7_c&w=590&h=415]   Second installment of Tattoo Age’s Valerie Vargas piece is now live! We take a closer look at Frith Street, the tattoo parlor where she works, and its owner, Dante DiMassa. Valerie also gives us insight into her development as a tattooer and why London will be her home base for the foreseeable future [More info on expanded page]Read More »

Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age Valerie Vargas Episode I (VIDEO)

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRSygfrbZCo] Valerie Vargas grew up in Scotland, but has lived and worked in London for the last five years. You can find her at Frith Street Tattoo in SoHo, where she’s known for doing the prettiest “lady heads” in the world. Valerie has only been seriously tattooing since 2007, so she’s proof that talent and hard work will never fail you. [More info on expanded page]Read More »

Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age Season 2 Trailer (VIDEO)

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q61fKb-WWBo&w=580&h=400] Courtesy of VICE.com: In this season of VICE’s acclaimed show, we travel the world to feature different artists from all ends of the tattoo spectrum, including Valerie Vargas of the UK, Mutsuo of Japan, and Thom deVita of New York City. Each artists’ episodes will include three installments, airing every Wednesday on VICE.COM. First up – Valerie Vargas, whose first installment will air next Wednesday, September 12th. [More info on expanded page]Read More »

Omar Edmison: Tattoo Shop Therapy

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By Omar Edmison Ernie Gosnell paints signs that say all sorts of awesome things (do yourself a favor the next time you see him buy the man a cup of coffee, listen to his tales and pick up some of his signs) one of my favorites will usually have a chicks head, devil, skull or just some other such tattoo goodness. Emblazoned under it hand-lettered One Shot reads, “If you don’t belong, don’t be long.” I am sure that those of us who live, breathe and eat tattooing and tattoo shops have from time to time felt that very sentiment. It seems like there are those who “belong” and those we just wish wouldn’t “be long.” For whatever reason some of us seem to fit right away, still others take longer and some… I am afraid just aren’t ever gonna be what I affectionately refer to as, tattooy.Read More »

Omar Edmison: Who the Hell Does This Guy Think He Is?

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By Omar Edmison In this age of websites, magazines, blogs, TV shows and a vast myriad of other such social networking venues the tattoo world has shrunk. There are lots of super-talented kids out there tattooing who are doing mind-bending work that everyone knows about. Their names are talked about in excited conversations in tattoo shops springing up on every corner in every town with a population larger than 200 all over the world. Some are even being spoken in hushed reverent tones as the new “legends” of tattooing. There are more people tattooing now than ever before. They are more widely recognized than ever before and the age of the “tattoo celebrity” is upon us. The possibilities are seemingly endless for a young up-and-coming kid with talent and ambition…Read More »

Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age, Freddy Corbin Bonus Footage (VIDEO)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2HSPgKnPe8&w=560&h=315]   Courtesy of VICE.com: Bonus footage from the Freddy Corbin series. [More info on expanded page]Read More »

Henry Lewis Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #28 Preview

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Interview By Jason Schroder and Shawn Barber Henry Lewis: I did the shop-guy thing for about four or five months, and then you asked me to be your apprentice. And you gave me the whole low-down on what it would be, and at that point, you know, I was a cocky little graffiti-asshole who thought the world revolved around me, and uh, you know… Shawn Barber: And did you stop painting at that point? HL: I didn’t stop painting, I just put that on hiatus for a little bit, because the apprenticeship was a little more important. And I didn’t have a lot of free time. SB: So you were tattooing, and just focusing all your energy on that. HL: I was focusing my energy on the apprenticeship. And when I got a little free time I’d draw. Like, I kept illustrating and drawing images that I thought would work as tattoos. I would try to make graffiti-type characters into traditional tattoos, but make them have like a graffiti edge. It was sooo bad. [Laughs]Read More »

Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age, Freddy Corbin Episode III (VIDEO)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGK-IpD8aoI&w=560&h=315]    Courtesy of VICE.com: In the third and final episode of the Freddy Corbin series, not only do we get exclusive footage of the renowned tattooer parachuting at the tender age of 24, but we hear the personal, intimate details of his young life and career – from the early days of his drug abuse, to living in Amsterdam’s Red Light District, his brother’s tragic death, and being petrified of starting a family. [More info on expanded page]Read More »

Mike Rubendall Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #28 Preview

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Interview By CIV Mike Rubendall: You have one shot to make it right. For me the permanence of a tattoo was a heavy thing and I wanted to make a smart decision. I remember as a kid looking through magazines I’d always admired Filip’s work, it always had a tremendous impact on me. I saw what could be done with tattooing and, first and foremost, I wanted to go out there and see what he did different from what everyone else was doing to get the results he was getting, you know? That was a big part of the reason why I had him do my arms, because I wanted to watch him; I wanted to see it done right. However, at the time I think it was too early in my career to pick up what he was throwing down. I could have soaked up more knowledge if I had waited to make that trip later in my career. Well, who really knows how things would have turned out? I do know it still gave me a whole different mentality and perspective on tattooing…Read More »