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  • It’s been called the San Francisco of Europe and is said to be one of the most liberal, busy and artistic cities on our continent. Barcelona certainly has a widespread reputation to live up to, and in many ways it does. Tattoos and street art, on the other hand, are surprisingly rare... Walking through the streets of...
  • It’s always a good feeling to come across somebody who walks it like they talk it. Ivonne Koerner – better known to the world at large as Miss Ivi – is one of those people. Stationed in Switzerland, close to the Italian border with her husband, together they man the good ship that is The Flying Dutchman – and when...
  • Some regions of the world are so culturally devious that we feel the need to linger there for a moment; South America is one of them. I spent 21 days in the southern-part of the American continent and this trip of mine was full of unexpected happenings, both professionally and personally.   November 10th, Paris...
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    Whether you’re harboured in Cancun or Montego Bay or simply seek a subversive siesta South of the Straits of Florida, Cuba could be for you - especially if you’re thinking about getting inked by some of the most innovative artists in the Caribbean. Arriving on the eve of the anniversary of the Revolution (January 1,...
  • HORI SMOKU SAILOR JERRY - THE LIFE OF NORMAN COLLINS Having just had its premier screening in the UK, Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry is a feature length documentary exploring the roots of American Tattooing through the life of Norma ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins. Sailor Jerry is considered by many to be the founding father of...
  • I'm sweating, everywhere. Have I smeared my makeup? Will the crowds notice my slightly uncontrollable nervous shaking? Or can I pull it together in time to knock their fucking socks off? 'Cause it's go time.And this whole freak-out thing needs to stop. And I can't tell if my knees are trembling from the eight hours of...
  • What happens when the art of tattooing is translated into and immortalized in a painting? Well, the 7th Art Tattoo Montreal convention, in collaboration with one of the city’s greatest art galleries, Yves Laroche, set out to discover the answer when they staged a two-man exhibition entitled, “Life Size.” Balancing...
  • On a chilly winters morning, I embarked on a mission, which involved travelling to Lincoln, to attempt to document a small piece of the tattooing life and times of the infamous “Mick Cope” a real diamond of a man and to those that know him…a legend! I met up with Mick, and a couple of mutual tattooing buddies,...
  • The idea for Gomineko Tours was conceived when brainstorming with Crystal Morey, the Texan proprietress of the Japan Based Gomineko Books (supplies Japanese tattoo/ Art books to the world) who has a bevy of faithful costumers who are interested in improving their Japanese skills, and wanting to come to Japan....
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about getting your first tattoo but were too afraid to ask... If you are reading this before you have had your first tattoo, CONGRATULATIONS! You are on the right step to getting that perfect piece of ink that will give you the most enjoyment from your tattoo for the next oh, sixty...
  • The Haida are an indigenous people whose aboriginal homeland was the Queen Charlotte Islands in northern British Columbia. Today, they continue to occupy these lands as well as a portion of Prince of Wales Island in southeastern Alaska. The Haida were among a small number of Northwestern Coast people that...
  • Traditional Tattooing in the Arctic   The history of St. Lawrence Island (Sivuqaq) Yupik tattoo spans some 2,000 years and one-hundred miles of volcanic island rock in the frigid north Bering Sea. Around 500 B.C., ancient maritime peoples lured by vast herds of ivory-bearing walrus, bowhead whales and other sea...
  • We also a received a recommendation to go and check out Shura from Samurai tattoo, Itangeiju Family, (shura666@ezweb.ne.jp - if you want to go, take a translator) who is one of the most underground artists in Osaka, operating...
  • Down the road from Chopstick is Ryoki of Al Haut, a self-taught female tattoo artist, who excels in fine line; black and grey work with painterly qualities. She says of her style, its “Delicate subtle and beautiful. My style is a little removed from general tattooing imagery, as it looks like an illustration, more...
  • Chopstick has 3 shops, with 2 shops literally right in the centre of Amerika-mura. Having a barrage of celebrity drop ins, and talent such as Cory Kruger and Guy Aitchison constantly visiting, it is one of the best known tattoo names in Japan, and most certainly needs no introduction to those familiar with the...
  • There were two tattoo parties on the same weekend when we were down there, Tattoo gig (with Mindscape tattoo, Mura, Uprise tattoo, Hiroyuki, Hyper space tattoo, and Radical Skin tattoo amongst others) and Tribalistic gathering (Chopstick Tattoo, Catclaw and Toshi Tattoo) - it was evident that while it might be the...
  • Osaka is a port area in Japan’s Kansai region to the South West, relatively close to the imperial capital Kyoto and 3 hours from Tokyo by bullet train. Whilst having a reputation for being a non-descript sprawl of buildings, and perhaps the dirtiest area in Japan, in terms of vibrancy, fun, and a friendly atmosphere,...
  • Imagine these two completely converse settings. Try and connect Times Square in NYC with the glorious Alpine mountaintops in Gruyeres, Switzerland. In midtown Manhattan, neon lights shriek over the gaggles of dazed tourists and bushels of taxis. All of this tumult does not allude to the tranquillity of the...
  • Judging people based on their appearance is a useful sociological tool, so much so that most of the process is conducted subconsciously and automatically. It can be an accurate character-assessment short cut as people’s appearance choices are often reflections of their internally held beliefs and motivation. From...
  • In a city inhabited by over 19 million people and renowned for its sterling reputation as a global hub of the arts world, it is a given that much of the world's top tattoo talent would be concentrated in New York City, with shops such as Last Rites, Flyrite, Invisible, Saved, Fun City, Fineline and Daredevil housing...
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