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Recap: A Fitting Farewell to Tattoo Legend Mike Bakaty at the Bowery Electric

By Allison Source: www.boweryboogie.com The Bowery really was electric on Friday evening, standing amongst a crowd of family and friends honoring an inspirational man: Mike Bakaty, who passed away at the end of January. It was a farewell (nay, celebration) to a tattoo legend, hosted at his favorite neighborhood bar, Bowery Electric, and attended by friends and loved ones. Even some biker buddies from DC were in attendance. We stood to raise a glass, to cheers, to find the silver lining in his passing, or as Bakaty dubbed it, the”upshot.” We spoke from the heart, we embraced, we laughed and we cried because this man – a pioneer in the world of tattooing and an icon on the Lower East Side – is no longer with us. One of Mike’s sons – Mehai Bakaty stood with two of his brothers and spoke resounding words to an audience bound by one man. Here is Mehai’s soulful speech and some pictures from the event.   https://soundcloud.com/boweryboogie/at-mike-bakatys-memorial-at “They say you’re not really dead until the last person has spoken your name so I think our goal is to let that be a while before that actually happens.” Mike, we have your voice, your laughter, your wisdom for all to hear, and of course, our memories. It will be a while. The upshot is you will always be with us. Read More »

I am… We are…

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By Melissa Fusco   Men and Woman look at life through a different lens.  There are plenty of professions where women out number men, and each man in that field will approach their projects differently than a woman. On the flip side, there are many professions that men out number women.  It seems that most of my life I have found myself in a field that I enjoy where men greatly out numbered women.  I can honestly say that I have felt the stress of being a woman in a predominately  male dominated industry multiple times in my life. This has always pushed me to work harder to really become the best that I could be. I strived to keep up, and  always felt good when I gained the respect from those I looked up to.  I feel in the flash back I am reflecting on my years of competitive snowboarding. However, even in my years of college there were more men than women in my classes, and artistically I excepted the fact that I am a woman, I see things differently than a man. I approach projects differently, from my overall vision, application, execusion, and time frame  within each project. Within the art world I immersed  myself in, I never really felt the stresses of man vs. woman. Then in 2003 my life change with my newly found passion of tattooing. Read More »

Swallows & Daggers Interview with Mike Shea

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  Reblogged fromwww.swallowsndaggers.net For those who don’t know you, could you please introduce yourself? My name is Mike Shea, I make tattoos at Redemption Tattoo in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A. I have been tattooing professionally for 13 years. You co-own Redemption Tattoo with Erick Lynch.  How did you both come to the decision to open your own place? Well tattooing was illegal in the state of Massachusetts until 2002, and up until that point Erick and I had been working in New Hampshire at different shops.  When it finally got legalized in Boston, we got together and decided it would be good timing and a good idea to try and make a move and open something up, so we went for it. Can you tell us a little about the shop and the artists working there? Our shop is a custom tattoo shop that does walk-ins whenever there is time to do one (most people these days want something custom to some extent). As for artists at the shop, we have Josh McAlear who’s been with us for about 5 years now, Ben McClellan who’s been with us for almost two years, Salty Dave who was our apprentice and pretty much now does his own thing and is starting to tattoo full time, Joe Bastek who has worked with us for a few years but now does one day a week with us, Jeff the shop guy who makes our lives easier, and myself and Erick. Read More »

Doc Ink Episode 3: Sarita

Doc Ink is a brazilian  web series of short episodes featuring some of that country’s most respected tattooers. It was introduced to us by São Paulo-based tattooer Nico Acosta. Enjoy episode #3! Read More »

Dave Waugh: Work in Progress Session VI (By Hunter Spanks)

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By Hunter Spanks 1:41pm August 29, 2012 and Lizzy finds herself back in Georgetown at Jinx Proof Tattoo for the sixth session on her back piece by Dave Waugh. A mystical piece complete with unicorns, naked women, hidden cocks and butt plugs just to round things out. Dave prepares a message table as they harass each other in preparation for the session to start. I’m sure this is just to work out the nerves. At least on Lizzy’s part. Dave seems cool as a cucumber as always…  Read More »

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Tattoos By Jack Mauk Port City Tattoo Long Beach, CA      TAM Blog 2013 Gallery Read More »

Dawn Cooke: Never Take Each Other For Granted

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By Dawn Cooke This blog is about the intricacies of the client/artist relationship. It’s sort of like any other relationship, only usually interactions happen in relatively short bursts and there are just so many of them. I try to always value this relationship and interaction. I think it is a valuable life experience for both parties, usually… Read More »

Assistance Through Creative Block

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By Melissa Fusco At one time or another in every artist’s life, including myself, we have all experienced some type of artist block. There are many levels of creative block, from just the annoyance of interrupted flow that is short-lived or even deeper resulting in depression, lack of self-worth, loss of self-esteem and unfortunately self-destruction. An artist block or otherwise known as “creative block” is the inability to access one’s flowing stream of inspiration and creativity. What was once an overflowing well of ideas may now feel like an endless drought. It can last for days, weeks, months or even years. A feeling of loss in self may arise, and with every forward gaze stands fear, fear of not creating a worthy piece because of all the emotional strain that has occurred…  Read More »

Tattooists Want Better Regulations Across The Industry

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By Rick Kelsey (Story originally appears at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/.) A group of the UK’s leading tattoo artists has called for tougher regulations across the industry. They want people to be more aware of the dangers of backstreet parlours and home inking kits bought online…  Read More »

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Tattoos By Charles Ong Facebook Los Angeles, CA      TAM Blog 2013 Gallery Read More »

Paul Dobleman: Psychedelic Stories from the Road

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By Paul Dobleman: Due to the fact I’ve been on the road, I haven’t had the chance to do a proper psychedelic story, so you are going to just have to hear one of mine… Read More »

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Tattoos By Mario Johnston White Crane Tattoo Cincinnati, OH TAM Blog 2013 Gallery Read More »

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Tattoos By Paul Aherne Spilled Ink Tattoo Dublin, Ireland TAM Blog 2013 Gallery Read More »

Craft Your Profession (VIDEO)

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Craft Your Profession – Old Star Press from Josh on Vimeo. My names Josh McHale, I’ve been doing the videos for Tattoo Artist Magazine since 2007. I created a new series called, Craft Your Profession. It focuses on individuals who create art and make a profession out of it doing it all by themselves. I do the same with the video aspect of it… Read More »

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Tattoos By Jason Schroder Incognito Tattoo Los Angeles, CA TAM Blog 2013 Gallery Read More »