Saturday, October 9, 2010








rose tattoo is one of the tattoo ilustrasion very charming and to enjoy doing by the men and women in general.. with a tattoo of a rose, all feelings will arise.. be it courage, confident, graceful, or other feelings.. you can paste it wherever you will fit.. You also can add a variety of other tattoo, like a leaf tattoo, tattoo paper, tattoo letters, etc...








tattoo is a unique illustration, interesting, simple, and elegant not only men who have or like tattoos but women also have it .. tattoo drawing is one of a kind tattoo design that favor picture draftsman's hand and illustrations, to the imagination is in need to make a tattoo with the best results .. look at the picture above, many tattoos are very unique, beautiful, wonderful and so amazing .. please choose one to be attached on the body, arms, or body parts that you like .. enjoy it.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Joel Madden = Tattoo Criminal?

Well, it looks like Bobby Fisher's tattoo re-criminalization wish may be coming true after all. Earlier today, Good Charlotte's Joel Madden was forced to cover his tattoos before a British Airways crew would allow him to board a flight
Now, I spent a solid nine minutes (let's call it an even ten) reflecting on whether or not this deserves a post of its own, and even more time wrestling with having to link Twitter. But if it means I make a few enemies on this here interweb, then so be it. It's not my intention to give Mr. Madden and his merry band of tattooed popsters more press for being merry or tattooed. But the unbelievable discrimination imposed upon him by the staff at British Airways is inexcusable -- it's not simply in poor taste. Maybe they could have gotten away with it in previous decades, but no one (regardless of your opinion of them) should have to put up with that kind of prejudice.

The icing on this bigoted cake of intolerance, is that many of his tattoos are religious, featuring #1 good time party guy and embracer of outcasts Jesus "It's Okay If You're a Social Pariah" Christ. Let's hope British Airways was just experiencing a momentary lapse in judgement. I guess I won't be carrying on my Daniel O'Connell portrait any time soon.

Mike Cole Tattoos Robotic Arm

robotic tattoo.jpgOn Wednesday, I gave you the first in a series of amazing tattoo works and tales of their creation, Colin Dale's 3D Celtic Tattoo. Before I begin a crazy Greek Easter weekend filled with musical men in bonnets and a full lamb on a spit in my parent's backyard, I'll leave you with this:  an incredible robotic sleeve on Peter Stauber by Mike Cole, with the story on the work told by Peter's fabulous wife Chris. Enjoy!
How Mike Cole Made My Husband Part Robot

By Chris Stauber                            

I'm not quite sure of exactly when we first were introduced to Mike Cole. Once we did take note, his drawing and tattooing biomechanical geometric shapes quickly drew Peter's attention. Through the Internet, they booked their first appointment at the 2004 Houston Live Fast Show. The appointment had a rocky start as the plans were really schemed out by the two parties' wives. Once Mike and Peter got their stories straight, Mike worked out the colorful crazy Demondoll lettering for Peter's stomach ... and this tale began.

Peter sits like a rock. Artists find his skin a pleasure to work on. For whatever reasons, his pasty white Irish flesh takes on and holds in ink.  At the Houston show, I was having my standard Tim Creed appointment when our friend Jason from Next Generation Machines began chatting with Tim and I. He brought up the idea that someone should do their entire arm like some sort of transformer robotic equipment. Peter had long been considering a collection of robots as a sleeve but to actually be the robot was a whole new concept and level of thinking. When the words came out of his mouth, I told Jason he needed to walk right over to Peter and Mike and repeat his idea. Jason did and the following conversation took place:

"You in to it?" asked Mike.
"Yeah," said Peter. 
"Cool," ended Mike.

And that was that.

[On Friday of the convention, the little Demondoll stomach piece took Tattoo of the Day. It was a good start to both their working relationship and their friendship.]

mike and pete.jpgAt the November 2004 Dallas tattoo convention, Mike had the arm's line drawing in a sketchbook. The entire thing looked like it was drawn using rulers but it was all free handed. Mike went to work on the main outline using, at first, light colored markers and working up to darker ones to make the final lines. He built the major sleeve linework up freehand on Peter's arm that session.

After that first sitting, they worked through countless appointments filling in the lining and adding shading, texture, glowing goodies and even some alien hieroglyphics.

It took them five years and a few cross state border moves, but with persistence, they completed it. Mike and Peter agree to call it at about 60 hours but we will probably never know the true amount of time put into the sleeve between the bathroom, dinner, and smoke breaks.

I enjoy seeing it everyday. And know this: my husband does thoroughly enjoy pretending to shoot at me with his laser gun.

The 3D Celtic Tattoo

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I'm starting a new section on N+S on interesting tattoo projects, and the stories behind them. Not stories of the dog that died and that's why I got this Kanji on my shoulder, but stories meant to inspire and inform on the creative tattoo process. I'm snotty like that.

Here's the first in the series: Colin Dale's 3d Celtic Tattoo.

Colin's tattoo was a culmination of a project started on his own leg last February in California and involved various artists in the process. The original idea was to design a piece of Celtic knotwork that wrapped in an unbroken piece around the entire leg -- not just a band but also running from top to bottom in a three-dimensional tattoo encompassing the entire calf.

The design came from Pat Fish, aka The Queen of Celtic, a master at knotwork. The design was then given to her technical assistant and webmaster Colin Fraser Purcell who then made a 3D template that could be wrapped around Colin's leg in a cone shape. Pat then applied the design ... and got it right the first time!  Not an easy task, even for someone as experienced as she is. Pat then spent 3 hours adjusting and freehand drawing it to fit before she even started to tattoo. The original outlining ran into the early hours of the morning.

Colin returned home and began to thicken up all the lines himself. This was actually more painful on the hip joint and lower back than the actual tattoo. [Imagine tattooing while touching your own toes for 2 hours at a time!] This was followed by Colin dot-shading all the negative spaces on the instep and shin. Unfortunately the tattoo wasn't finished in time for the Northern Ink Xposure convention in Toronto, but Colin took the opportunity to have Cory Ferguson to fill in the negative spaces in the left side and back where he couldn't reach. Cory is another talented award winning artist and friend who specializes in the pointillism technique combined with mandalas and tribal patterns.

After this was completed Colin took it down to Alex at Rites of Passage who did all of the greyshading of the knotwork. Alex specializes in Black&Grey and Portraits work, so this was sort of like asking da Vinci to paint a ceiling...with a roller. But it was decided that a simpler more graphic approach was the best way to compliment the Celtic style and complete Pat's original vision.

Blackwork is Beautiful

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I'm been quiet here because I'm on deadline for my book on blackwork tattoos, but the boys have been blogging wonders, albeit cranky ones

Danish Woman Celebrates 103 Bday with Tattoo

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Photos by Martin Foldgast for NU Magazine April 2009

Tattooing someone's hands and face may be illegal in Denmark but that didn't stop my friend, tattooist Colin Dale from satisfying the birthday wish of a 103-year-old rockin grandma bent on getting inked.

Colin went to the nursing home in Copenhagen where Karen Fredso Larsen lives and hand-poked a ring on her finger that symbolizes natural force and energy. Karen loved the Nordic mythology and petroglyph tattoos on Colin's beautiful wife Nanna and chose a design along those lines instead of a peace symbol, her original idea.  [If you scroll down, you can see Nanna showing her tattoos to the curious centenarian who even asked for a peek of her body art below the belt line.]

colin dale tattoo.jpgWhen commenting on whether the tattoo hurt, she said, "I have experienced so much in my life that this is nothing."

Evolution of a Backpiece

I'm lovin watching the progression of my friend Sarah's horimono up close and beautiful, but you can check out it out yaself through her blog Evolution of a Backpiece.

The wonderful Stephanie Tamez of NY Adorned is creating the serpentine-centered work that evokes The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Nothing could better embody temptation more than beautiful tattoos on a beautiful woman.

The blog also reminds me of one of the first online tattoo chronicles by the great Keith Alexander (a dear friend who was taken too soon in 2005). He too documented the progress of his backpiece -- also tattooed at NY Adorned -- by Chris O'Donnell.

What I love about all these personal blogs is, not only watching the works evolve, but reading about healing techniques, the relationship with the artist, and the stories behind the design.

Tattoo News Review

jacqueline spoerle1.jpgTattoo by the Jacqueline Spoerle of Corazon Tattoo in Switzerland.

As the deadline for my book on blackwork tattooing -- like that of the fabulous Jacqueline Spoerle above -- fast approaches, I'm grateful that the boys got my back and this blog to bring you the Tattoo 411, but some of the tattoo news was too important to let it pass.

The most important:  18 Douchebag Celebrities and their Douchebag Tattoos.

No, I jest.

The Washington legislature finally has passed a measure that requires body piercers and tattooers to be licensed by the state. Up until now, there have been no regulations, so any kitchen table scratcher can scar up anyone with a low tattoo IQ. One of the people behind the measure is bod mod artist Troy Amundson. I wrote about Troy's lobbying fight for BME in 2007 and his efforts to bring safe and fair regulation of the industry. And today I toast him for securing representation "as stakeholders in body art related issues" as he calls it. Cheers to Troy for getting shit done.

In more tattoo law news, the search is on for some garbage who tattooed a gang symbol on his 7-year old son. It's a heartbreaking story of how the child returned home to his mother, distraught and ashamed after spending Easter break with his father. He tried to hide the tattoo when taking a bath but his mother saw and called the cops when he told her the story of how his father held him down while another gang member forcibly tattooed a dog paw on his hip. Justice for this gangbanger would be some big jail daddy forcibly tattooing bitch on his ass. I know, not highbrow commentary but this just makes me sick.

It's these type of stories -- the negative associations with tattooing -- that perpetuate stereotypes and result in, say, idiot zoning regulations, like this one in Vista, CA that says a tattoo studio can't be located near parks, schools or child care facilities, as well as 1,000 feet from other parlors. Imagine passing a similar reg for nail salons or barber shops. Yeah, I can't either.  

And of course it leads to personal tattoo discrimination, as Pat blogged about yesterday on Joel Madden having to cover his tattoos before boarding a flight because British Airways found them "offensive." [I love this Perez Hilton comment: "... Joel was embarrassed because 'all the people were staring and laughing! No, Joel, they were laughing because you're in Good Charlotte."]  *giggle* says Joel did cover up to board to plane but will be complaining to BA. I won't be giving BA my business. If you'd like to voice your opinion to BA about this, here's their complaint form.

Margo DeMello's Bodies of Inscription

bodies of inscription.jpgAlthough Bodies of Inscription by Margo DeMello was published in 2000, it's still an excellent analysis of the stratified nature of the modern tattoo world. She begins with an overview of ancient tattoo history, bringing to light some nuanced views of the European "re-discovery" of Maori tattoo culture. She describes how these people were exploited for their traditions of preserving tattooed skulls and then subsequent exploitation for general European amusement.
The modern American evolution of tattoos are also discussed in depth -- from the first known professional tattoo artist Martin Hildebrandt (who worked at a time when the tattoo artist was more of a craftsman than an artist) to the modern artistic renaissance starting with the likes of Sailor Jerry and Ed Hardy.
Interestingly, her research also involves an analysis of tattoo's most voluminous written histories: tattoo magazines.
I had never thought about the intellectual and class warfare going on within the very tattoo magazines I've been buying for years. She details the difference between the "biker-style" tattoo magazines, such as Tattoo and the more "high brow" tattoo pubs like International Tattoo, each focusing on different aspects of the art.
It's this issue of "class" that DeMello particularly focuses on, as it is often overlooked in the context of tattoo culture. In fact, there are many class issues within the community that she brings to light: for one, she describes how the current renaissance in tattoo art is, in part, a class shift from tattooing being a working class art form to middle and upper class, evident in design and artistic choices. You can even see it today in the debates over the word choice of "tatted" or "tattooed" (in some circles, it's a faux pas to even acknowledge the existence of the word "tat.")
With the current explosion in acceptance and popularity of tattoos, the cultural shifts are becoming ever more evident, and thus, this book remains not only relevant but important to today's tattoo community.
Reading around the net, I've seen that Ms. DeMello does have her share of critics: some accuse her of being elitist, an outsider posing as an insider. I don't know about the merit of these critiques but I do know that she is a scholar who has given us a body of work to be discussed and debated as the tattoo community morphs and grows.

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