From the West Coast to the East Coast

February 21st, 2012 by Kevin -

       

Tonight Luke Wessman will be opening his newest art show at Max Fish in New York City. The opening reception starts at 9pm, and is open to the public. Here’s what Luke had to say about the event:

I’ve spent quite a few nights at this legendary Lower East Side bar/art gallery called Max Fish.  Out of the many places I’ve been to in this city, this is the one I feel the most at home. Thats why When I was asked about doing a show here I jumped at the opportunity. (second solo show ever, maybe last)

Max Fish is a Lower East Side institution, it has been serving cheap drinks back when Ludlow Street was nothing but dry goods stores and drug dealers. Now it’s all overpriced boutiques and frat boys, but Max remains, though the local clientele has been augmented by British tourists and PR girls. The big, high-ceilinged room has a pool table in the back, booths at both ends and a creative, ever-changing paint job pulling it all together.  Many complain about how bright the bar is, but the light level allows you to appreciate each month’s art show and offers a fighting chance against beer goggles.

The NYPD and the owner keep making attempts to shut this historical Lower East Side bar down, for no good reason. For now bar remains open and a landmark of significance to NYC, in particular its Lower East Side.  After over two decades, we hope it stays that way, open.

I’m honored to show some of my watercolor paintings at Max Fish, And to have my big brother Stack Aly DJ the event.

Caturday with Guen Douglas on Feb. 18th

February 1st, 2012 by Julene Huffman -

       

Talk all the shit you want on themed flash sheet days, but under the right circumstances they are an excellent way for tattooers to help raise money for a good cause.

Case in point: Guen Douglas and Bob Done at Magnum Opus Tattoo in Brighton are raising money for the City Cat Shelter. Stop through the shop from 11am-6pm on Saturday, February 18th with your minimum £50 donation to get yourself a sweet cattoo - and help provide basic things for felines, while you’re at it.

Shamanic Skin: photography by Lars Krutak

January 31st, 2012 by Julene Huffman -

       

Looking for a good way to start your evening on Saturday, February 4th? Head down to Sacred Gallery from 7-10pm for the NYC debut of “Shamanic Skin: The Art of Magical Tattooing.” The exhibition features thirty selected works from the portfolio of tattoo anthropologist Dr. Lars Krutak. The event is free and all are invited.

From the artist statement:

For the past fifteen years, Dr. Lars Krutak has travelled the globe to document the religious beliefs behind permanent forms of tribal body modification. His photographic exhibition focuses upon the deeply spiritual realm of tattoo through an examination of these fascinating rituals.

Don’t worry if you miss the opening night, as the entire exhibition will be available for viewing February 4th-29th from noon to 8pm daily. Further details about the exhibition can be found on the Facebook event page.

Keep it in the Family

January 26th, 2012 by Kevin -

       

On Friday, February 3rd, Art Machine Productions will be holding an art show based around Philadelphia tattoo artists. With the amount of talent in Philadelphia, there’s no doubt this will be an amazing show.

Win tickets to the Paradise Artist Retreat 2012!

January 23rd, 2012 by Julene Huffman -

       

The 2012 Paradise Tattoo Gathering & Artist Retreat in Santa Ana Pueblo, NM is coming up soon–February 20th-23rd, in fact–and I know some of you want to go *really* badly. Looks like the organizers are feeling generous, because everyone who ‘likes’ the event page on Facebook gets entered to win a set of tickets to the retreat.

They’re cutting off entries and contacting the winner via Facebook on January 30th – ‘Like’ the Paradise Artist Retreat 2012 page on Facebook for your chance to win!

Not sure what all the hoopla is about? Watch the video below for footage from last year’s retreat, as well as some great quick interviews with attendees.

It’s Friday the 13th! (Again)

January 13th, 2012 by Julene Huffman -

       

Holy shit… another Friday the 13th. And you know what that means: fun single serving tattoos from all your favourites!

Here’s the events I know about:

I’m sure I missed a ton — please leave a comment with the shop name, link & location to be added to the list. :)

**Pro-tip: Don’t be a prick. Most shops add in a $7 tip. But c’mon, it’s on you for life. An extra couple bucks isn’t going to break the bank!

And remember: Show up with a mustache and leave with a mustache.

Ho Hum Holiday Specials at Sacred Tattoo

December 16th, 2011 by Kevin -

       

If you’re in the New York area today, make sure you stop by Sacred Tattoo for their ‘Ho Hum Holiday Specials.’ Pick up a new tattoo for $50 and a new toy, blanket, or gently used winter clothing. All items will be donated to the Coalition for the Homeless.

Even if you’re not getting tattooed, this is a great event to support during the holiday season.