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Artists Spotlight – State Of Grace Tattoo

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Today we’re not just covering a single tattoo artist, but an entire tattoo studio. State of Grace Tattoo has been around for well over a decade and is home to nine highly talented tattoo artists. Between the nine standard artists and the various guest artists who tattoo at State of Grace on occasion, you can easily walk into the studio and get a phenomenal high quality tattoo in any style you could possibly want. The shop is based out of San Jose, California and is very reasonably priced considering the amount of talent and quality that goes into each and every tattoo. If you’re looking for a studio with a stable of insanely talented artists, State of Grace Tattoo is a great studio to put on your list. To see more badass work by State Of Grace and many others, check out TAM Issue 32! San Jose, CA www.stateofgracetattoo.com  IG – https://www.instagram.com/stateofgracetattoo/?hl=en FB – https://www.facebook.com/State-Of-Grace-Tattoo-133673436677241/?fref=ts  Read More »

Tatu-derm and the Artists Who Use it!

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In case you missed our last post, which you can go back and read by clicking here, Tatu-derm is a transparent waterproof bacterial barrier that protects new tattoos better than any aftercare method ever has . . . with a lot less hassle. It keeps tattoos safe from abrasions and infections when they’re most vulnerable, protecting your health and artistic investment without putting it at risk. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Thousands of tattoo studios all over the world have begun utilizing Tatu-derm and recommending it as the premier aftercare solution to their customers. Al Garcia @tattooalgarcia Stay True Tattoos It’s not as new as you may think either. When asked about Tatu-derm, Al Garcia from Stay True Tattoos said, “I’ve been using Tatu-derm for close to 4 years now. The first year I’d only use it on larger scale tattoos but, after seeing how great the results were, I started using it on all my clients!” Al Garcia, like most tattoo artists, had a pretty hard time with tattoo aftercare before Tatu-derm came along. “Prior to using Tatu-derm I had a pretty elaborate tattoo aftercare I’d give my clients. The aftercare instructions were long and thorough but there were just too many variables of things that could go wrong once the client left the studio.” What Al’s talking about is an all too familiar scenario to us all. The most common practice utilized by most tattoo artists has been to apply gauze directly to ...Read More »

Amazing Tattoo Artists in Southern California

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Living in Southern California awards you some amazing perks, one being having some of the most amazing tattoo artists all within reach.  These are some of the most amazing tattoo artists in Southern California today. Mike Devries Mike is located at 9545 Reseda Blvd. #2, Northridge, California 91324.  Read More »

Artist Spotlight – Eduard Vîrlan

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Eduard Vîrlan @virlaneduardtattoo Eduard Vîrlan is a Romanian tattoo artists based out of Biosart Tattoo Salon in Bucharest, Romania. He specializes in realistic portrait and black-and-grey tattoos but, as you can see in the gallery below, isn’t a stranger to using colors either. We’ll let his art speak for him. Romania BioArt Tattoo Bucharest IG – https://www.instagram.com/virlaneduardtattoo/?hl=en  FB –  www.facebook.com/virlaneduardRead More »

“LGBT Support and the Tattoo Industry” by Nick Baxter

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by Nick Baxter: Everyone reading this is probably well aware of the mass shooting tragedy in Orlando, Florida a few days ago, targeted specifically at a popular gay nightclub. While headlines and attention tend to quickly move on to other current events, the trauma and aftermath is still being sorted out for all the victims, and many generous people and organizations have set up relief funds to help them. If you feel compelled to donate, here are two such efforts: https://www.crowdrise.com/we-stand-with-pulse-fund https://www.gofundme.com/29bubytqhttps://www.gofundme.com/29bubytq Thankfully, there has been a very supportive social media response to the Orlando shootings from tattoo artists and industry people. Yet, on a daily basis at tattoo related public events, LGBT issues seem to be rarely broached and are almost never amongst any of the tattoo artists I know or have been around. Although I don’t have close involvement with a vast majority of the tattoo world, especially as it grows exponentially bigger seemingly every year, I would love to see a more vocal and public consciousness around LGBT issues from tattooers and those involved in the industry. As it slowly evolves away from the secluded underground, and often quite intimidating “macho boys club” that it used to be, I’ve wondered to myself why there aren’t more proud and openly gay/trans tattoo artists making waves in the tattoo world (or if there are, why am I not hearing about them the same way I hear about all kinds of other industry happenings?). After all, it has historically been ...Read More »

The Weird Beautiful World of Normal Carrey

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Kaiyu Huang a.k.a. Normal Carrey, who was born in Shanghai creates some pretty amazing esoteric artwork that are stunning tattoos.  He currently lives and works in New York City, and is a student at Parsons the New School.  Normal started tattooing in 2013 and oddly enough had no tattoos himself when he started.  His unique brand of asthetic tattoo art features statuesque portraits and is comprised of geometric elements.  Normal is slowly but surely creating a name for himself with his unique designs that truly are a departure from the tattoo norm. We think they are amazing and would love to hear your thoughts!  Read More »

Tattoo Artists Who Also Make Their Living as Painters

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Tattooing and drawing, painting or sculpting go hand in hand. Both utilize the same skills, such as a talent for drawing and an eye for color. So, it’s no surprise that many well known tattooers also partake in a second career of choice, as painters.  Sometimes their artwork tends to outshine their body of work in the tattoo realm. Some tattoo artists have been fortunate enough to be successful in both areas and have made a name for themselves in both tattooing and for creating fine art.  We feel that the following artists are in this category and have been acknowledged for their work as serious tattooists and as masters of other artistic mediums. Shawn Barber Painter Shawn Barber’s initial introduction to the world of tattoos was through fine art. Barber’s body of work focuses on painting, portraiture, and documenting contemporary tattoo culture. He is known for his renditions of tattooed individuals, these pieces balance both meticulous brush strokes and loose energy.  Over many years, Barber created paintings of tattooed people in a beautiful, unusual style. His paintings were so celebrated and his art style so appreciated that Sean Barber ultimately decided to take on a new art form – indelibly inking his artwork onto living flesh.   Adrian Dominic Adrian started his career in grafitti in 1994 and begun tattooing in 1999.  He specializes in highly rendered designs, with emphasis on biomechanical work that which depict biological systems via methods of mechanics.  Read More »

10 Reasons Tattoo Artists Should Use Booker

Booker is the single most important tool a tattoo studio owner can integrate into daily operations to assure ongoing success.  Booker is easy-to-use software that provides the tools you need to connect and engage with local consumers in search of your services. One of the biggest challenges facing  tattoo businesses is acquiring new customers.  With Booker, the marketing software is built-in and you have the power to expand your reach, streamline the booking process, control your inventory, and manage your studio with automated ease. Below are our Top 10 Reasons to Use Booker in YOUR Tattoo Studio Booking Features. The calendar is the heartbeat of any tattoo studio.  Booker’s studio calendar makes it easy to manage appointments, track client information and collect deposits from one device. Social Promotion. Publish coupons, specials, or information about guest artists to a variety of social platforms from one device. Plus, with Booker, you can easily offer gift certificates! Client Reminder & Thank You Features. Booker can be set up to text or email clients of upcoming appointments to keep your schedule tight and efficient. You can also send thank you notes after appointments or sales to keep the customer connected to your brand before and after their visit. Enforce Cancellation Policies. Booker’s credit card encryption system helps you enforce cancellation policies with ease. When a client doesn’t show, you can charge their card automatically without ever compromising their security or leaving it in the hands of an artist or receptionist. Merchant Processing. If you’re selling ...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: benvolttattoo.com Email: info@benvolttattoo.com Instagram: @benvolt Josh Stephens – Hold It Down Tattoo: Richmond, VA, USA Email: Joshstephenstattoos@gmail.com Instagram : @joshstephenstattoos Kelly Violet – Parliament Tattoo: London, England Instagram: @kellyviolence Email: kellyviolettattoo@gmail.com Nomi chi – Gastown tattoo: Vancouver, bc, Canada Email: Nomi.tattoo@gmail Instagram: @nomi_chi Website: www.nomi-chi.com Landon Morgan – Leathernecks Tattoo: Brooklyn, NY, USA Email: Tattoosbylandon@gmail.com Instagram : @tattoosbylandon <!–nextpage–> Mo  Ganji – Private Studio:  Berlin, Germany Email: info@moganji.com Instagram : @moganji Henbo Henning – Black Lotus: Liverpool, England Instagram: @henbohenning Email: Henbotattoo@gmail.com Michael j Kelly – Dreams Collide: Lancaster , PA Instagram : @michaeljtattoos Email: Michaelkelly91@yahoo.com Michele zingales – Palermo, Italy Instagram : @elzingales Email: Michelezingales@hotmail.it Nick broslavskiy – Kiev, Ukraine Instagram: @broslavskiy Email: Broslavskinink@gmail.com  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 ...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 »

Top Six Tattoo Influencers of All Time

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Tattoos have been around for centuries and there have been numerous tattoo artists that have made their mark in the industry. Some of them have been so good that they inspired entire generations into the tattoo culture and undoubtedly deserve their name to be mentioned in the list of the most influential tattoo artists of all time. Tattoo culture has definitely risen in popularity recently and therefore, we have decided to create the list of the most influential tattoo artists of all time. Nick Baxter is another tattoo artist who has shot to fame due to his incredible large scale tattoos. His consistent attention to detail and his willingness to push his limits and test his artistic boundaries is what has made him into one of the best tattoo artists today. Aaron Cain has been flying the flag for biochemical tattoo artist for the past 20 years. His art and skill is recognized due to his penchant for hard edges and thick lines. Cain has been an inspiration for numerous tattoo artists with his jaw-dropping tattoo creations. Paul Booth is one of the most recognized and famous tattoo artists on the planet today. His name is revered around anything that is dark and evil and his portrayals of the dark side have shot to him to international superstardom. He has also made appearances on national television and stations like CNN, Discovery, MTV, MSNBC, TLC, and A&E. Nikko Hurtado is well known due to his specialization in colored portraiture. He has ...Read More »

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G.E.T at the Duke City Tattoo Fiesta 2014

The Duke City Tattoo Fiesta at Isleta Casino 2014. The Guild of Ethical Tattooists inspecting the Tattoo Fiesta.Read More »