Deb Yarian on Zeke Owen

I saw him before I found out who he was. A striking figure of a man... He was movie star handsome with the physique of a boxer.It was 1980.  I was 21 and tattooing at a friend's shop in Daytona Beach, Fla.We weren't introduced but when I was told who he

Sean Herman: Tattoo Collectors (Part III)

By Sean Herman This past Hell City I was fortunate to tattoo three different collectors. Collectors are a whole different breed of client getting tattooed. They are passionately pursuing specific tattooers, and getting pieces to signify the work from that tattooer, no matter what the subject matter of the piece

Sean Herman: Tattoo Collectors (Part II)

By Sean Herman This past Hell City I was fortunate to tattoo three different collectors. Collectors are a whole different breed of client getting tattooed. They are passionately pursuing specific tattooers, and getting pieces to signify the work from that tattooer, no matter what the subject matter of the piece

Sean Herman: Tattoo Collectors (Part I)

By Sean Herman This past Hell City I was fortunate to tattoo three different collectors. Collectors are a whole different breed of client getting tattooed. They are passionately pursuing specific tattooers, and getting pieces to signify the work from that tattooer, no matter what the subject matter of the piece

JoJo Ackermann: Fear of a Flash Planet

By JoJo Ackermann About six months ago, three guys in their early 20s walked into the shop around opening time with the request to have a heart and the word “Mom” tattooed on their asses. Honestly, I thought they were just screwing around but after a few laughs and some more

Sean Herman: Jeff Ensminger Interview (Part II)

By Sean Herman [Editor's Note: To read Part I of this interview please click this link.] One of my favorite [stories] from him was the story about him "tattooing" himself. It's pretty amazing. I think Jeff is one of those great examples of someone who loves tattooing so much, they will

Sean Herman: Jason Reeder Interview

By Sean Herman So I wanted to do something different with this TAM Blog. The past three tattooers I have featured on here had been tattooing for over 10 years. I think at that point, you are starting to hit your stride a bit. I wanted to feature a different tattooist,

Sean Herman: Krooked Ken (Part III)

By Sean Herman **EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the continuation of, Sean Herman: Krooked Ken (Part II)* Jason Reeder- What’s funny to me (and I actually talk to Sean about this a lot) is to hear you telling a story, and have the same story. You can have the people who burn their bridges

Sean Herman: Krooked Ken (Part II)

By Sean Herman **EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the continuation of, Sean Herman: Krooked Ken (Part I)** Krooked Ken- Finally I got to that point where I was like, "You know what, it’s fine, I’ve got a life." I asked Gary if I could come full-time he said yes and I quit my

Sean Herman: Krooked Ken (Part I)

By Sean Herman Walking into Powerhouse Tattoo Company in Montclair, New Jersey reminds me of everything that I love about tattooing. It's a small space, but it is wide open. The lobby is covered floor to ceiling with flash, some old, some new, but all images that capture your eye. I

JoJo Ackermann: That’s The Impression That I Get

By JoJo Ackermann “Tattoos are my life!” That is a bold statement. I have heard it from beginners with less than five years and from veteran tattooers with more than 20 years in the craft... Hell, I have even said it myself. It would seem that most people who begin their journey