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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 »

The Community Comes Together For Tim Beck And His Family


By Kevin Miller Reblogged from: Yesterday we shared this picture that Tim Beck of Freedom Ink Tattoo Co. posted over the weekend. The picture is from Tim’s neighborhood, and which was in the path of the tornados and severe weather that rolled through the Midwest this weekend. Many people have asked how they can help Tim and his family, and several people/companies in the tattoo world have stepped up. Here are the details: Great Lakes Tattoo will be donating all proceeds from merchandise to Tim and his family help rebuild. Crew necks $40, tshirts $20 and patches $5. Stop into the shop or PayPal your order (friends and family) to The Dirty Magic Book will be donating 100% of all proceeds of orders placed between now and Friday. Dan Smith and Danny Derrick of Captured Tattoo are auctioning off an original piece of tattoo flash. Click here to check it out, and place a bid. Bidding ends on Tuesday night. JoJo Ackerman of Eternal Art Tattoo is auctioning off an original painting. Click here to check it out, and place a bid. Bidding ends on Tuesday night. Doug Hardy of Tattoo City is auctioning off an original piece of Rosie tattoo flash. Click here to check it out, and place a bid. Bidding ends on Tuesday night. Lastly, several people have asked if they can send money directly to Tim. If you’re interested in doing this, you can send donations to *** TAM will be donating 20% of all magazine sales to help Tim and his family today, Wednesday, 11/20/2013 until next Thursday, 11/28/2013.  Use ... Read More »

Knives & Needles: Tattooer Don Ed Hardy

By Molly Kitamura I had the most interesting and enjoyable lunch today, Taki and I drove up to San Francisco and ate lunch with the living legend Ed Hardy. He took us to one of his favorite haunts, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana. Ed had nothing but praises for the owner, Tony Gemignani, and his amazing pizza spot. Tony is super tattooed and even travels to Italy to partake in pizza-making contests. Rad!  Read More »

*NEW* Pictures Added to the TAM Blog Gallery


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Taki and Molly Kitamura: The Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts 2012


By Molly and Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura  This year’s convention went by so quickly, so I will try to break it down for you short and sweet…  Read More »

Taki and Molly Kitamura: Joshua David


By Molly and Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura  Josh David is one of the most good-hearted guys you’ll ever meet. And his tattoos ain’t too bad either, hee-hee! Having just moved to California from Ohio, he is building up a wide clientele by working at two remarkable shops, Garage Ink in Napa Valley and State of Grace in San Jose… Read More »

Taki and Molly Kitamura: Amsterdam Adventure


By Molly and Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura  We love Amsterdam! Taki had been commissioned to do a promotion for Bacardi Rum’s new flavor, and as part of the commission they flew Taki out there (with me in-tow) to do a few tattoos… Read More »

Taki and Molly Kitamura: A Tour of New York City


By Molly and Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura  New York City. I love this over-crowded, smelly, hot and humid oasis of culture, counter-culture, history, music and art. Horitaka, Horitomo, Drew Flores, and I flew out to give Horitomo’s seminar on Japanese back pieces that he did for The Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts last year. It was a whirlwind of heat, walking, talking and eating… Read More »

Artist Profile: Don Ed Hardy Teaser (VIDEO)


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Horitaka: Getting Tattooed by Horitomo by Molly Skobba


By Molly Skobba and Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura First off, I want to express how absolutely honored I am to have been tattooed by the renowned Horitomo. Not only did he take the time out of his incredibly busy schedule, but also he tattooed a one-point tattoo on my hand -something he does not do often. It was incredibly kind and generous of him and I am so very grateful. Read More »

Horitaka: Mini San Francisco Tattoo Adventure


By Molly Skobba and Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura And here we go again! I’ve been super busy tattooing and also getting ready for the SFO Tattoo Convention coming soon and haven’t had a chance to blog lately. No problem, my amazing girl Molly has been on it and wrote a few words about Ben’s last visit to San Jose. Enjoy… Read More »

Horiken Tattoo Artist Magazine Article Preview for Issue #27


            Interview by Nicki Kasper Nicki Kasper: Do you explore other mediums, like paint? If so, how do you approach that? Do you market and sell them? Horiken: Yes, I like to paint very much. I usually paint with acrylics on paper. I like wooden panels as well. I do try to do different things from my tattooing, I may use the same motifs, but I lay paintings out differently. And, I guess I use different shading and coloring techniques; some that may not work in a tattoo. And… yeah, I do sell paintings, I don’t really make a huge effort to sell them, but if someone wants one, I do sell them. When I was in art school, I studied art history. I am trying to study this more and I have the thought that maybe I can paint and draw, a bit separate from tattooing and make something new… Read More »

Doug Hardy Tattoo Artist Magazine Article Preview for Issue #27


        Interview by Katie Sellergren Doug Hardy: I was in Hawaii for six years. I was there from April ’92 to April ’98. And it was great. I loved working with Mike. He was incredibly patient and an incredibly good teacher. I mean, he had a temper, and so did I, but he would always show me how to do something the right way. And I was not the best apprentice… Read More »

Doug Hardy Tattoo Artist Magazine Article Preview Issue #27 (VIDEO)

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Tattoo Artist Magazine California Road Trip

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By Crash I’m too old for this shit, but damn, what an adventure! I thought I could write something short to share the TAM Road Trip journey and give TAM Blog a little more content. I believe the potentials we have with the TAM Blog are pretty evident, and given enough time, can be fashioned into something powerful, entertaining and educational… Read More »

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