Victor Farinelli: Best Ink Season II (Episode 9)

By Victor Farinelli  It is down to the wire, folks. Four contestants are left in the game show of extreme skill and ability to see who is going to be named Best Ink. They must pay income tax on $100,000, and appear on the cover of Tattoo Magazine. HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA, “extreme skill!”

Victor Farinelli: Ghost B.C. Album Review

By Victor Farinelli  Picture this hippy who is tuned in and dropped-out. He has a huge goofy dog and hangs out with this jock, the jock’s girlfriend, and his girlfriend’s bookish friend. He wears the same green shirt, brown bell bottoms and combat boots every day. He must be high as a

Crystal Morey: Horibenny (Part II)

By Crystal Morey Horibenny is one of my favorite monsters. Odder than bacon with legs, he oozes with creative zealotry and possesses an indiscriminate passion for life that is contagious. Benny is one of the first round-eyes to be given and to complete a formal tattoo apprenticeship here in Japan, and by this I mean,

Victor Farinelli: Best Ink Season II (Episode 8)

By Victor Farinelli  This week’s show was humdrum and tiresome. It is a chore to watch this poorly produced, sadly directed piece of shit. I could edit better in iMovie than these cats can with their high-dollar editing studio. This week’s focus was on realism. For the flash challenge, the

Will a Tattoo Ever Hang in the Louvre?

By Helen Lewis (Story original appears at: http://www.newstatesman.com/.) You smell room G34B before you see it. It’s the smell of formaldehyde. “It’s like nothing else,” says my guide, Gemma Angel. “It’s death, but very old death – not like in a dissection room.” As we approach the corner of the corridor, a young