By Deb Yarian
My recent, internationally distributed book (ha ha), “So You Want To Be A Tattoo Artist?”- Helpful hints on getting started in an exciting career as a tattoo artist, with little or no training or skill, caused quite a furor in the tattoo world.
Both seasoned and novice tattooers alike, voiced outrage and indignation at what started out as a joke between my oldest son and me and then evolved into a satirical corporate style handbook.
While I understand that people are protective about what they are infatuated with, involved in and devoted to, I was still surprised and amused at the anger expressed by my critics. Fortunately, there were far greater positive responses and most of my friends and peers, those whom I respect, got it and appreciate the humor.
By Emily McCombs
(This post originally appears at xojane.com.)
I used to do this dweeby game when I was about 20 and had recently moved to New York, where I would imagine my teenage self viewing my current life. Like, somehow a movie device portal would open up and she’d get a glimpse of her future life and she’d see me like, at the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe!!! or kissing a really cute guy who’s totally in a band! (more…)
By Victor Farinelli It is getting down to the wire. Just a few more episodes to go until one of the contestants gets a $100,000 paycheck they have to pay taxes on and a feature in Inked Magazine. “Inked.” I hate that term. It is just as bad as “human canvases.” Hey man, I am going to go down to the tat shop and get inked! YOLO! Then, I am going to go watch The Hobbit! FRODO! (more…)
Courtesy of Shirts and Destroy: On the six-month anniversary of the devastating tsunami that swept over northern Japan, New York City’s most renowned tattoo artists have come together to create a completely unique, limited edition spiral bound collection of tattoo flash sheets, entitled Flash For Japan to benefit victims of the tsunami…
I have been making contact with other female tattoo artists. And before you groan, like, “Oh geez… Not another feminist rant… boo!” Give this a chance because I think you might be at the very least slightly impressed or inspired by more than one of these women, I sure am! Please bare in mind the truth that there was a time when it was far more rare to see a woman tattoo artist who could lay down a solid tattoo. These days we are luckier than those who came before us and paved the way. Plus, there have always been terrible male artists also, but they never got that much attention anyway. So the focus seems to have been harder on the ladies. Attitudes toward the sexes are ever-changing…
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A few months ago I decided to start a film project called, The Gypsy Gentleman. My name is Marcus Kuhn and I have been tattooing for 23 years, minus the time I spent in the pokey… –heh. I had the realization that my whole life has led up to this idea… (more…)