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From London to Austin, Texas – Tattoos by Steve Byrne + interview

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Tattoos by Steve Byrne Rock of Ages Tattoo Austin, Texas FOLLOW STEVE to see more amazing tattoos! — Instagram  By Aubrey Trufant Austin, Texas is a vast melting pot filled with all kinds of food, entertainment, culture/counter-culture and lots of art. Austin has been home to many great tattoo artists, past and present. The talent in this city alone is overwhelming but I spent some of my time at Rock of Ages Tattoo (ROA). The ROA team consists of co-owners Tony Hundahl and Steve Byrne, supported by Jay Chastain and Bobby Padron. They live and breathe tattooing, which has established Rock of Ages as one of the best shops in Austin. Aubrey Trufant: Steve, how many years have you been tattooing? I did my first tattoo around the end of 1996 so that means I have been tattooing for nearly 20 years. AT: Being British and from the UK, how did you end up in Texas and why did you move here? SB: My wife and I were looking for a change of weather and a change of pace. We lived in Florida for a while, the UK for a year or so… I had a fair amount of offers on the table, but when the opportunity arrived to move here and work at Rock of Ages, I jumped at it. I held the shop in really high regard, pretty much considered it one of the best tattoo shops in the United States since it’s inception. I was originally going to ... Read More »

Nick Baxter / Jeff Ensminger Exhibition

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Press Release Nick Baxter: Perception of Being Jeff Ensminger: Into the Void Exhibition of new works at Mindzai Creative, 2001 South Lamar #D, Austin, TX 78704 November 21 – December 3, 2014 OPENING – 8pm – 11pm Friday, November 21 Mindzai Creative in Austin Texas is pleased to present a dual exhibition of new paintings by two Austin fine artists and tattooers, Nick Baxter and Jeff Ensminger. Both artists have worked over the past year to create a new body of work for the show, each with their own cohesive theme and symbolism. The unveiling of these paintings will take place at the Mindzai warehouse and gallery space in South Austin from 8 to 11 pm on Friday, November 21st. Both Nick and Jeff will be in attendance, with originals for sale as well as limited edition giclee prints and posters, along with live t-shirt screen printing featuring a design from each of their painting series.   Nick Baxter’s series titled Perception of Being consists of twenty oil paintings on board, each sized at 9 x 12 inches and depicting a lone human heart on a background of pure white. Each of the twenty hearts features a unique variation or visual effect representing one of the many complex emotional or feeling states of the human experience. Conceptually, this series references the philosophical study of phenomenology while also being inspired by modern scientific research into emotion-based changes in the electromagnetic fields generated by the heart. Nick reduces these ideas into a ... Read More »

*NEW* Photos Added to the Gallery

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Tattoos by Shawn Will www.shawnwill.com Red Dagger Tattoo, Houston TX Read More »

Life Happens Everyday, Balance is Key

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By Omar Edmison My wife of 18 years asked me awhile back if I was still writing a blog for Tattoo Artist Magazine. I shot her a pile of excuses about time & being busy at work, taking care of the shop & spending time with her & the kids. She looked at me with her amazingly sweet smile as if to say “Sure Omar, I love you I have your back but you’re throwing up a smoke screen.” She knows me really well, better than any other human being on the planet. Her words that she spoke next were small and to the point. she simply said ” you’re really good at what you do. you have wisdom to impart.” I am not making that part up; she really does speak like that. So here I am sitting in front of a computer trying to figure out what to “impart” on you, gentle reader. I started thinking about what I had said to my beautiful and talented better half. It wasn’t a lie I have been busy with an amazing varied rag tag bunch of folks who for what ever reason be it a bump on the head or just a history of poor life choices have asked me to mark them permanently. It is also true that -as any shop owner can attest to- when you own a tattoo shop stuff comes up, there are always fires to be put out, business needs handling. It is most decidedly true ... Read More »

*New* Photos Added To The Gallery

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Tattoos by Alex Trufant www.trufantbros.com San Angelo, TX Read More »

*New* Photos Added To The Gallery

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Tattoos by Ali Walters http://affinitybodypiercing.com/home.html Austin, TX Read More »

Oliver Peck Partners with The Reverend Horton Heat for Elm Street Music and Tattoo Festival

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By Kiernan Maletsky Reblogged from: http://blogs.dallasobserver.com Oliver Peck’s annual tattoo feats on Friday the 13th are already the stuff of legend and record (he’s literally in the Guinness book for it). But this year marks the start of a huge development for the event: It will now be a tattoo AND music festival, and Reverend Horton Heat will co-present alongside Peck. The festival goes from Friday, September 13 to Sunday, September 15, and tickets are on sale now. They’re $20 for a one-day pass, $40 for a weekend pass or $100 for VIP, which includes access to a “private club” on Elm Street. Read More »

Scott Ellis Austin Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Jesse Roberts Austin Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Paco Cendon Austin Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Keet D’Arms Austin Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Derek Noble Austin Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Joey Ortega Austin Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Jeff Cornell Austin Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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Joey Vernon Austin Tattoo Convention 2013 Interview for Tattoo Artist Magazine (VIDEO)

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