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Jeremy Sutton on the opening of Electric Anvil Tattoo


By Nicki Kasper Tell us a little bit about your history in the tattoo industry… How long have you been tattooing?  What shops did you call home before opening Electric Anvil? Etc… I have been tattooing for 18 years. Josh Egnew has been tattooing for 10 years. We both came from Three Kings Tattoo. Josh has tattooed in Brooklyn his whole career. He started out at Hand of Glory. Before Three Kings I worked at Guru Tattoo in San Diego and before that with Russ Abbott at Ink and Dagger. Who do you credit for teaching you the trade, and what was that experience like?  I learned to tattoo in Toccoa, Georgia from an old biker named Ole Roy. He taught me all the foundations of tattooing. But I really accredit the crew at Alien Arts Tattoo (now the crew of Anonymous Tattoo) in Savannah, Georgia for really helping me understand the craft of tattooing. They are also incredible artists so the envelope was always being pushed. Josh never had a formal apprenticeship, but was fortunate to have some great people looking out for him. Regino Gonzales and Marco Serio being at the top of that list. Between those guys and all of the amazing people he’s worked with over the years at Hand of Glory, Three Kings and on the road, I’d say the experience has been pretty fantastic. What made you decide to open a shop?  Well it’s been a long time coming. Just turning the key to ... Read More »

Things to Look For in a Reputable Tattoo Studio

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We have discussed this topic before . . . however, the stories of bad tattoo experiences still come in.  So, here are some things to look for before committing to an artist or his/her place of business. Getting the tattoo you want is really a test of time . . . Many tattoo enthusiasts spend months thinking about the concept of their tattoo, discussing options with different artists and friends, finally selecting an artist and providing the artist with time to sketch out a unique piece for each and every customer.  And then of course, the process of actually getting the tattoo, likely in multiple sessions. All of it TIME well spent! Avoid being another statistic and another story of “Tattoos Gone Wrong” by carefully evaluating the place and artist you wish to do the work for you. The Tattoo Artist Offers Samples of His Past Work Selecting a tattoo studio where the artist cannot produce samples of his past work is obviously a bad choice. An album of the work the artist has done on living skin should be provided. A true tattoo artist will proudly stock photos of his previous work on the walls of his studio and have an online portfolio. This should be more than enough for you to gauge how competent the artist thinks he is. This is one of the first things you should look for in a tattoo studio. Tip: Great portfolios don’t always equal great results.  Ask questions about the art, how long did ... Read More »

Today’s “pretty” tattoo studio


Written by Roxanne Bastein But the studio was pretty… Over the past decade,  there have been many changes in the tattoo culture. It has become fairly mainstream. With this sudden cultural growth, and it’s acceptance in today society, more and more people are getting tattooed, and there is a shop opening up on every other block. Does this mean that anybody can run a tattoo studio? No my friends, it certainly does not. Most Studio owners today who do not partake in the arts are capitalizing on talents of the true artists and relying on new young artists, or artists from other countries and their ignorance of the culture to make their money, charging outrageous prices and promising “custom” designs, but providing a sub-standard service. Promising clients unrealistic expectations, and generally making a mockery of a time old tradition and artistic expression. When I got my first tattoo in 1987, it was in the back of a head shop, and I chose a piece of flash off the wall. In all fairness,  I was only 17 years old and it was an act of rebellion. The studio itself was definitely not pretty, but I still have that tattoo. And of course I’ve added many others over the years, have been to many shops and conventions, and have been lucky enough to meet and get to know many great artists…and some some really shady shop owners. (I ran my own studio for three years, and have been a piercer since 1999) ... Read More »

First tattoo? Choosing a good studio

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Choosing the right tattoo parlor is just as important as the design you pick. When deciding to get a tattoo for the first time, it’s very important to get the very best advice you can (from the most experienced guide you can find). Once you find a person you can connect with, it’s time to begin the serious step of planning that tattoo. (BTW- that’s the REAL key, finding someone qualified that you can trust. Don’t be taken in by those who prey on customer ignorance, either on the street OR at a shop! Get informed. Be patient. And BE DISCERNING!) When someone actually makes the decision to get a tattoo for the first time, the next logical step is finding the right tattooist to do the work. BUT WAIT- how do you do that?! Tattooers are a dime a  dozen, these days! Well, for the majority of new tattoo collectors, it often and inevitably begins with finding the right tattoo parlor. This is a great place to start. Realistically, if you go to a less than ideal tattoo parlor, you’ll more than likely end up with less than the ideal artist and, hence, a less than ideal tattoo. No problem. It’s easy TO AVOID the most common mistakes made by the majority of people just getting into tattoos; the answer: simply be more informed than the majority! Before you decide on a tattoo parlor to do your tattoo, you need to compare what’s available to you and weigh out your options. The higher quality tattoo parlors certainly ... Read More »

Robert Atkinson and Jojo Ackermann: Ten Thousand Waves

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By Nicki Kasper How long have you guys been tattooing? Where are you from?  What shops were you in before opening Ten Thousand Waves?    Robert: We both started tattooing in 1992… I grew up in Santa Clarita, North LA.  I’ve worked in many shop throughout my career, Melrose Tattoo, Royal Tattoo in Denmark, Dragon Tattoo in Holland, Eternal Art, The Tattoo Room, and last but not least, The Dolorosa. Jojo: I started tattooing back when there was no internet hahah. I am born and raised in the high desert of Southern California and recently have moved out closer towords Los Angeles. I began tattooing at Psycho City Tattoo in Lancaster CA. Under Mike Pike, where I worked for my first 16 years. Then Pike and myself opened American Made Tattoo near Edwards Air Force base, but we had to leave due to the military downsizing and local economy shift, then I ended up in Santa Clarita at Eternal Art Tattoo for almost 3 years until now. What made you decide to partner up on a shop?   R: I had been looking into locations for a new studio and Jo happened to call and said he was looking for a change… I told him I wanted to open a studio and asked him if he wanted to do it together, he said yes and here we are. J: We both discussed having a shop together for a few years now and the timing seemed right, so we went for it. Tell us a little ... Read More »

Stay Humble with Dave Wah: The Exclusive Tattoo Snob Interview


By Kevin Miller I generally excited about everything that’s posted on Tattoo Snob, but I’m really excited about my interview with Dave Wah. Dave has been killing it for a long time, and he recently opened Stay Humble Tattoo Company in Baltimore, Maryland. I shot Dave a handful of questions about his tattooing, opening up a new shop, who inspires him, and what else he has lined up for 2014. This interview is a must read. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be checking flight prices and planning a tattoo getaway to Baltimore by the end of the interview. Tattoo Snob: For those who aren’t familiar with your work, can you give them the basics? Dave Wah: I guess I would consider myself to be an artist who likes to do a little bit of everything. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some great veteran artists over the years, including Uncle Pauly and Eric Gregory, who really stressed the importance of being versatile. My work ranges from realism to traditional, however I do try to incorporate my own style into everything. I think the range of styles I use keeps me motivated to keep creating. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or bad thing that I don’t have a particular style, all I know is I love going to work everyday. TS: Let’s talk about Stay Humble Tattoo. Tell us a little about the shop, and what led you to this path. DW: I opened Stay Humble Tattoo Company ... Read More »

New Seattle Shop To Check Out


Dark Age Tattoo is now open!! Artists:  Derek Noble Jesse Roberts Jason Calvert Hanna Sandstrom Eric Eye Heidi Sandhorst Check out the shop located at:  1407 E. Madison St Seattle, WA IG: @darkagetattooseattle FB: Read More »

Great Lakes Tattoo: Open Now

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GREAT LAKES TATTOO… “Carrying on an old tradition in a new location.” Read More »

Spider Murphy’s New Tattoo Flash Book


A unique collection of pages of flash signed Spider Murphy’s, designed by the finest tattoo artists who over the years worked in the famous California studio. The contains 110 sheets (mostly unpublished) dedicated to the most authentic and at the same time original American tattoo, designed by Theo Mindell, Matt Howse, Stuart Cripwell, Paul Anthony Dobleman and Heather Bailey. A tribute to the early tattoo flash used in the West that decorated the first tattoo shops with vessels, ships, Cadillac cars, sports cars, women with feathers and jewels and the world of the circus that in the 20s became the most curious and unique American fashion. Dreams for the dreamers that captured the fantasy of customers, taking them on journeys to faraway worlds, rearranged by Spider Murphy’s tattoo shop and published in this book. [Ordering instructions and photos on expanded page] Read More »

Shop Profile: Black Heart Tattoo (VIDEO)


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True Tattoo: The Grand Re-Opening! (VIDEO)


May 4, 2011 marked another milestone in the tattooing world with True Tattoo’s Grand Re-opening in Hollywood, Ca.  Oliver Peck bought True Tattoo from long time friend Clay Decker January 1st this year, and in true Pecker fashion decided it was time for a party!!!  [Video on expanded page] Read More »

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