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Shopping for Tattoo Artists or even serious Tattoo Collectors is no easy task! — But at we’ve made it easy for you — CHECK OUT these great deals at the Tattoo Artist Magazine Store to find the perfect gift for the ink-lover in YOUR life! — TAM GIFT CARDS are available NOW, but you can also SAVE 50% on EVERY issue of TAM (print or digital) and get 60%-70% OFF on our two books: the TAM Vol.1 Book (which collects the first five sold out issues in a sleek hardback) on SALE for just $40, and the massive Gods & Warriors coffee table book which features the amazing Japanese tattoo work of one of the world’s best- Chris Trevino, marked down from $220 to just $66!! — TAM GIFT CARDS: Can’t figure out what your loved one would like best? Let them decide — Pick up a TAM gift card and allow them to choose from hundreds of items including: books, magazines, clothing, art prints or even some rare original art! —   Tattoo Artist Magazine Issues: TAM is considered the best, most informative and most important tattoo magazine EVER, by tattoo artists themselves! – We’ve worked with over 200 of the Best Tattoo Artists in the world to create something nobody else ever has. If you have an established or aspiring artist to shop for this holiday season, nothing could help them pursue their career more than the library we’ve assembled over the last 12 years, featuring the VERY BEST ... Read More »

The Alluring Elegance of Pin-Up Girl Tattoos

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Few icons capture pure Americana as effectively as the vintage pin-up girl. For decades these curvaceous beauties have created numerous representations of the ideal American girl while captivating male audiences and simultaneously inspiring women to be bold and sexy.  Today, they are artistic visions seeking to praise and eternally capture the elegant essence of retro feminine beauty. A Short History Lesson While pictures of women in various state of undress have been around for hundreds of years, the classic pin-up girl become popular in in the 1940’s Marketing gurus the world over took notice of the U.S. government’s use of vivacious all-American women as a means to increase enlisted moral during World War II and decided to see if sex truly sold as well as it seemed. When men started cutting out their favorite posed feminine idols and hanging them on walls, entrepreneurial spirits took note and began mass producing pin-up girl posters and calendars. As the decades rolled by, the boundaries of marketing sexuality lifted and rendered pin-up models obsolete. Rather than dying out and becoming little more than old images found solely in antique stores, pin-up girls have become an art form in-and-of itself thanks to inspired artists who’ve kept the style alive. Nowadays pin-up girl art serves as a vintage reminder of a time where the generally accepted idea of beauty wasn’t a bone thin woman with unrealistic proportions. Pin-up girl tattoos were largely popularized by sailors, who were known for centuries to get tattoo depictions of sultry ... Read More »

A New Trend: Romantic Couples Tattoos


Ahhh, sweet love.  It’s what makes the world go around. And for some, a need to show their commitment to another goes far beyond the ceremonies, the rings and the legal steps.  They want a sense of being connected, forever to their soul mate. While many tattoo artists and enthusiast will tell you, never tattoo someone else’s name on your body because, well, you never know . . . .These couples took their love to a whole new level with couple tattoos. Paul Berkey A classic expression of love. The once locked heart, can only be opened by he who has the key. Sink It In Tattoos @sinkitintattoospa Notice the EKG is different on each finger.  We can only assume this reflects their heart rate when they look in each other’s eyes. No Artist Mentioned “They met on a starry night. He was a dark lord with the empire and she the only heroine whose Jedi powers could tame him . . . “ Nothing says love and a commitment at Comic-Con like matching light saber tattoos! Bridget Manning @geeezelouize The old saying goes “Treat him like a King and he will treat you like a Queen.” Constance @constancetattoos The water color heart is pretty creative, but the intertwined finger prints makes this tattoo extremely unique. Black Emperor Tattooer @popisanders His and hers hearts . . . we can assume there is quite a story behind these tattoos. Sanja Tattoo @sanjatattoo Dreamcatchers are an authentic American Indian tradition, from the Ojibway ... Read More »

25 Ways the Force is with You: Star Wars Tattoos

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We are stoked! Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is coming from a galaxy far, far away to a theater near you on Dec. 18. This will be the 7th movie in the series. Can you believe that  . . 7?! Once again, we will see the plot unfold with two legendary enemies in a daring battle that is the absolute essence of good vs. evil! On the Dark Side,  the oppressive and tyrannical government known as the First Order will do everything possible to destroy and take over all that is good and pure.  And the Force will be honored with a small band of soldiers known as the Resistance. Star Wars: The Force Awakens buzz has taken social media by storm. So, this blog is for you, the dedicated Star Wars fan . . . . *Share YOUR Star Wars ink with us on Instagram by Tagging @TattooArtistMagazine & Hashtagging #TattooArtistMagazine!! — click, find and follow these amazing artists if you like their work! They will really appreciate your support, and they are, after all, some of the finest tattooers IN THE GALAXY!   This awesome Darth Vader & X-Wing is by the Polish artist Levgen Eugene knysh @levgen_eugeneknysh Gunnar V from Oslo! @gunnar_v_tattoo_artist Jerry Pipkins from Panama City Beach, FL @jerrypipkins J. Bryan Maddix @jbmaddix_tattoos Yoda by Alex Rattray @alex_rattray_ink Jose Guevara Morales @cheeseburgerchampion Dan Stone @scribbly_head Conor Wearn @conorwearn Two Snakes Tattoo @twosnakestattoo Azazel Milanówek @azazelmilanowek Kyle Berg @kvberg Lauren Bartram @laurenalexandralux Suspiria @suspirialand Khail Aitken @khailtattooer     wow – we don’t know who did this one, but the blend of ... Read More »

Tattoos and Bald Heads

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    It happens. Some guys can pull off the bald look and some guys . . .well, not so much.  The researchers from GlaxoSmithKline conducted an  study of 1,125 men to test for hair loss factors in men. The results showed that 1 in 7 men are more likely to lose their hair based on the presence of a specific gene. Most people believe that hair loss is passed down from the mother’s side (darn it Mom!). But, Dad is not totally off the hook in the hair loss equation.  While it’s true a key gene for baldness is in the X chromosome, which you get from your mother, it is not the only genetic factor in play. We all know men who are bald and have bald fathers or sons.  Science has proved, that a bald father increases the likely hood of the son going bald as well. (take that Dad!)  While most studies confirm male pattern baldness is genetically determined, scientists say baldness anywhere in your family line may be a sign of your own impending fate.  If you have a full head of hair, take a hard look around at your next family event,. If there are several bald men, who are blood related to you, odds are . . .you may be next. Until recent years, men didn’t have many option to deal with male pattern baldness.  Some tried to copy the Burt Reynolds hair plugs, or they tried to pull off the Mr. Clean look. We ... Read More »

The 2015 Bay Area Tattoo Convention!

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THE 2015 BAY AREA TATTOO CONVENTION The 2015 Bay Area Tattoo Convention (BATC) will take place Halloween weekend (Friday October 30, Saturday October 31 and Sunday November 1st) at the SFO Hyatt Regency. Hotel conventions are always fun and a halloween weekend will be especially cool! This will be the eleventh year and as usual, features a stellar line up of invite only, world renowned tattooers. This show was started and is still run by Roman (45s Forever Harley Shop, Strong Tattoo and Strong Shirt Printing) and Taki (State of Grace Tattoo) and keeps tattooing and tattooers as the main attraction. The BATC features NO piercing, bands, celebrity appearances or contests- we are purely a TATTOO SHOW. The number of vendors is kept to a bare minimum of tattooer owned/tattoo supportive companies to insure that tattooers can promote their own t-shirts, prints, machines, and other such wares. This show is about tattooing and puts tattooing first! Some of the attending tattooers include: Don Ed Hardy, Su’a Sulu’ape Alaiva’a Petelo, Bill Salmon, Junii, Oliver Peck, Toothtaker, Beau Brady, Chad Koeplinger, Greggletron, Chuey Quintanar, Mitch Love, Ben Rorke, Malika Rose, Matt Deverson, Fred Flores, Ricardo Avila, Horifuji, Horikiku, Peter Sulu’ape, Tim Hendricks, Juan Puente, Adrian Lee, Mary Joy, Holly Ellis, Freddy Corbin,Tuigamala Andy Tauafiafi, Greg Christian, Virginia Elwood, Henry Lewis, Si’i Liufau, Luke Stewart, Sulu’ape Steve Looney, Ross Jones, Ichi Hatano, Reiko, Valerie Vargas, En, Stewart Robson, Scott Sylvia, Kikupunk, Orly Locquiao, Kevin Marr, Steve Byrne, Tony Hundahl, Pierre Chapelan, Beppe, Don and Deb Yarian, Chris ... Read More »

Black & Grey Tattoos by Chad Dingler

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Part of our mission at Tattoo Artist Magazine is to bring attention to great artists but just as importantly is the desire to teach newer tattoo collectors how to FIND qualified professional tattooists to get their work from, and help them get away from the deluge of underground, unethical scratchers who are actually just putting people at risk.  After seeing his work we asked Chad Dingler if he was interested in doing a short article with TAM! The first thing we realized was he’s a really good dude (!), which is vitally important these days. With so many tattooists in the world today, all competing for the same market, it’s simply no longer “good enough” just being a decent artist, one should also strive to be a good person. - Enjoy Chad’s interview & his amazing portfolio, then use the links below to find Chad Dingler online & FOLLOW him! (btw: he’s on the road, right now, in the south and Florida region! If you’re in the area and need some good tattoos, reach out and set up an appointment!  Q & A with Chad Dingler, aka ‘Papa Ding': Q: Hi Chad. Great work, man! I really enjoy seeing artists who can tattoo in a variety of styles and everything looks top-notch! The first thing I always want to know when learning about a tattooer, (and one of the most important things I think potential clients ought to know), is- how long have you been tattooing? A: I have been tattooing 9yrs. The time has ... Read More »

Success is not what you think it is, by Dan Henk

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One of the most common questions I get, is people asking how to get ahead. To become well known. How to “make it”. The vast majority seem to think there’s a simple trick to it. An avenue you take, a person you need to know, that sort of thing.   Well there is, but getting that important connection requires much more heart and work than most people realize. And, to be honest, more than most people have. Sure, there are a few people like Paris Hilton, that just luck into their fame and fortune. But I wouldn’t trade places with Paris for all her money. Those who get money and fame by just stumbling into it, produce nothing of value and are eventually reviled for just existing. Chris Rock made a few comments in one of his stand ups that is actually a much wiser and deeper observation than might first appear. He talks about how there is a difference between a job, and a career. A job you work on within parameters. You only commit regimented hours to it, and step out side of the box exclusively during work time, and never very far. A career keeps you awake at night. You find yourself pouring in crazy hours for no money, and only a possible chance of a return. And you fail. A lot. But you pick yourself up, determined to put even more into the next project. Frank Frazetta is one of my favorite painters. He is loaded ... Read More »

What’s Your Sign? 24 Popular Zodiac Tattoos


The term zodiac reflects the 12 constellations that make their appearance in the night sky over the cycle of seasons. The individual signs take their names and basic shapes from the actual constellations. References to the zodiac can be found around the world and throughout time. From the ancient Greeks to contemporary new age thinking. Having a belief that we are connected to the universe and stars is part of the human experience and has been passed down from generation to generation for centuries. Our zodiac sign dates (that is, the date we were born indicating our zodiac signs and meanings) we are actually looking at our sun sign.  The sun signs refers to the position of the sun upon the time of our birth. The character traits explained below are from Share YOUR zodiac tattoos with us on Instagram@tattooartistmagazine  Aquarius Tattoos – January 21st – February 19th Strengths: Progressive, original, independent, humanitarian Weaknesses: Runs from emotional expression, temperamental, uncompromising, aloof Aquarius likes: Fun with friends, helping others, fighting for causes, intellectual conversation, a good listener Aquarius dislikes: Limitations, broken promises, being lonely, dull or boring situations, people who disagree with them Artist Unknown Artist Unknown   Pisces Tattoos – February 20th – March 20th Strengths: Compassionate, artistic, intuitive, gentle, wise, musical Weaknesses: Fearful, overly trusting, sad, desire to escape reality, can be a victim or a martyr Pisces likes: Being alone, sleeping, music, romance, visual media, swimming, spiritual themes Pisces dislikes: Know-it-alls, being criticized, the past coming back to haunt, cruelty of any kind ... Read More »

Pink Ribbon Tattoos

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October is *Breast Cancer Awareness Month*  Breast Cancer has been on the rise since the 1950’s but annual mammograms for women 40 and over have been proven to help with early detection, and they help save lives!! PLEASE SPREAD AWARENESS (not only) THIS MONTH by sharing these stories with those you love… and ladies, please schedule your exams! Cancer Ribbon Tattoos — PLEASE SHARE YOURS!! Jocelyn McGregor @jocelynmcg @aceshightattooshop NO ARTIST MENTION Mina Pavlović   Taryn McElvany @tarynmce —  Sarah Baldwin @tallsarahtattoos NO ARTIST MENTIONED NO ARTIST MENTIONED RELATED ARTICLES: The Amazing Phoenix Tattoo on my post-mastectomy breast! by Anna Snachez  Janine: “Instead of scars, I now have artwork!” Patty’s Story: “I didn’t want scars to be all I saw!”  “Why I wanted to get my breasts tattooed!” by Juanita! * Shane Wallin: Matectomy Tattoos and the artist helping women reclaim their lives, their bodies and their femininity!     *To see work by 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 »

A.F.C. Football Tattoos – Part 1

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YESSSSSSSS!! Football season is finally here! No matter who you root for, some would argue you’re not a real fan unless you’re wearing it on your skin! If that’s true then these extreme fans have gotten us all beat!! Here’s a small collection of AFC Division Teams, pt1!  (*not all submissions had the artist’s name or social links – we always strive to give credits, so please include that info. Thank you! …and if you did one of these tattoos, please let us know!) FANS: Share YOUR football tattoos! (*ARTISTS: can TAG and # TattooArtistMagazine on InstaGram with their daily work and get some free publicity) — - FOLLOW US on IG for DAILY DOSES of the BEST TATTOOS on the internet!! – @tattooartistmagazine Teams in the East Buffalo Bills Miami Dolphins (from Miami Gardens, Florida, near Miami) New England Patriots (from Foxborough, Massachusetts, about halfway between Boston and Providence) New York Jets (from East Rutherford, New Jersey, near New York City) Paul Spatola @paulspatolatattoo Teams in the north Baltimore Ravens (from Baltimore, Maryland) @tres222 Cincinnati Bengals (from Cincinnati, Ohio) Cleveland Browns (from Cleveland, Ohio) @bigtymetattoos Pittsburgh Steelers (from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania @saidpress Teams in the south Houston Texans (from Houston, Texas) @bnoz1nk Indianapolis Colts (from Indianapolis, Indiana) Reyna Sunshine @reynasunshine Jacksonville Jaguars (from Jacksonville, Florida) Tennessee Titans (from Nashville, Tennessee) Teams in the west Denver Broncos (from Denver, Colorado) Gordon Milne @gordonmilne_tattoo Kansas City Chiefs (from Kansas City, Missouri) Ricky Knuxx @rickyknuxx73 Oakland Raiders (from Oakland, California) San Diego Chargers (from ... Read More »

Ultimate Baseball Fan Tattoos

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- Ah, Baseball Season!! Whether it’s spring training or the last pitch of the World Series, diehard fans NEVER lose the love of the game! Collected here are some of the MOST AMAZING baseball tattoos that have been submitted to TAM from artists all around the world!! FOLLOW these guys and share YOUR baseball themed body art with us, too!! (*Artists can submit their best photos each day by TAGGING & HASHTAGGING – tattooartistmagazine on Instagram!)  — & FOLLOW US HERE – @TattooArtistMagazine Everybody ready? — “TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME…” @craigmostontattoos (A portrait of Lou Gehrig at Yankee Stadium after being forced to retire because of the degenerative effects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS.) Willie Kingsolver @wonkatastic Oscar Canteros @oc_tatt Chris Thayer @christhayer Evvan Amundson @e.amundson.tattoos Izzey Juarez @izzeyjtattoos Petey P @dallastattedup   Andres Acosta, Austin, TX https @Acostattoo  Francisco R Cervantes @ciscokid_ink   Danny wild of tattoo mania Hollywood – SEND US YOUR PHOTOS!! *To see work by 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 »

Tattooing in the heart of the jungle: Borneo Movie Blog pt1, by Fade FX

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- Prominent hand-tap tattoo artist Fade FX is heading into the heart of the jungle with film maker Tom J. Kelly to document the Culture & Tattoos of the Iban Tribe, and also to talk with them about the illegal logging decimating their culture. The team found funding from within the international tattoo community via a successful Kickstarter campaign (article HERE) and is soon to embark on an amazing adventure! It’s our pleasure to share Fade’s rather spectacular adventure through this series of monthly blogs. Stay tuned for more!   PART 1: Woohoo! I am going back to the rainforests of Borneo but this time things will be different. Thanks to the generosity of the Kickstarter contributors my journey into the jungle will be documented by film maker Tom J. Kelly. When me and Tom first sat down and discussed making a film about the tattoos of the indigenous tribes of Borneo and the devastating impact the logging industry is having on their way of life I was blown away by his passion for storytelling. I knew right away that he was the right film maker to take into the jungle despite his fear of spiders. We had a great response to our Kickstarter campaign but a few cynical folk seemed to think we were asking for money to go on holiday. While I have holidayed in Borneo this trip would be anything but a vacation. Since the idea is for sharing as much of this adventure on the TAMblog as possible, I ... Read More »

Post-Mastectomy tattoos: “I wish I could walk around topless” by Reina

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 My journey began 3 weeks before my 40th birthday. I scheduled a mammogram because in my opinion, I have medical insurance and when you turn 40 as a woman and you have children, it is important to take care of yourself so you can be around to see your children grow and blossom into the great people they are meant to be.  The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, I visited a breast care specialist. She examined me but could not make an assessment as to whether or not the mass in my breast was a cancer mass or just very dense breast tissue. I was referred to mammography with the possibility of an ultrasound and possibly a biopsy. December 6th, the eve of my 40th birthday party, I did end up having the full exam, including a biopsy. The radiology doctor told me it didn’t look good… Even after that I continued to tell myself it was nothing until they told me otherwise, so I continued to live life as normal, including celebrating my birthday with friends and family the next night. You may be asking “where is your husband during all of this?”. Well, the mammography appointment I honestly believed was going to be a piece of cake so I did not invite him to the appointment. Once I told him there was actually a biopsy, he cried. My response to that? “Please don’t plan my funeral yet. First we don’t know anything yet, so don’t go dark. Second, don’t plan ... Read More »

Color Realism tattoos by Russian Artist Ben Klishevskiy

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Hailing from Moscow, Russia, this sublime color-realism specialist is getting some serious attention from tattoo aficionados as well as other artists on a worldwide scale with his viral tattoo pics… and it’s easy to see why! [divide] – Friend him on Facebook HERE -Follow him on his superb Instagram Feed  IF YOU’D LIKE TO READ AN INTERVIEW WITH BEN IN TATTOO ARTIST MAGAZINE – LET US KNOW & WE’LL TRY TO MAKE IT HAPPEN !!!!!  Email *To see work by 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 »

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