Selling Original Tattoo Art for a Good Cause

May 20th, 2014 by Kevin -

       

Interested in owning some original tattoo art? Head over to Tattoo Art Auction and start bidding today. You’ll be glad to know that all of the money also supports Think Your Ink, and their quest to take tattoo education to the next level.

If you haven’t heard about Think Your Ink, here’s more information:

Think your INK is a community driven effort to spread tattoo education and awareness to the masses. Tattoo education is not something that we as individuals instinctively understand. All of us in the industry have either spent years learning from our mistakes, had friends and mentors that looked out for us as we began to involve ourselves in the world of tattooing or quite simply– we got lucky. That is not the case for the vast majority of the public and lack of education is, in a nutshell, why people end up with bad tattoos. Through tattoo education and Think your INK we can all work together to help the public protect themselves and make smart choices about the work they get.

Think Your Ink is working to become a non-profit and everyone is encouraged to get involved. Legal costs, and promotional and educational services are pricey. Think your INK is just a part of this extended family of artists, collectors and industry members that make up the tattoo community and we want to increase our reach. You can help! Bid on a piece of one-of-a-kind, original art from great tattooists. Proceeds support the artists themselves as well as TYI in our education efforts. We have the information that the masses need for safe, regret-free tattoos– but we need YOU to help us spread the word! Buy art, support our family! Hurry the auction ends this Friday, May 23rd!

Think Your Ink - Tattoo Art Auctions

Sunrise News has No Love for Tattooed Ladies

May 7th, 2014 by Kevin -

       

This video by the Sunrise morning show in Australia has a lot of people upset, and for good reason. There’s too many ignorant statements to count throughout this segment, but the woman at approximately 1:00 takes the cake. She starts off comparing tattoos as a fashion statement, and then she informs everyone they’ll regret their decision to get tattooed. Oh, and she also discusses how men don’t find tattoos attractive and pokes fun at one of the tattoos they show as a visual example.

I tried to figure out who each one of these women were by using the ‘Meet our Team’ section on the Sunrise website. Unfortunately all of their face lifts and botox sessions make them blend together.

I already sent my feedback to Sunrise using their Contact Us section on their website, and I would encourage you to do the same. Let’s tell Sunrise and theirs ‘news team’ what a bunch of ignorant assholes they are.

Win a tattoo to help a sick little boy

May 2nd, 2014 by Kevin -

       

Ladies and Gentleman, meet Kyrie. Kyrie was born with a birth defect called gastroschisis that developed into a rare but potentially fatal disease called Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS). Surgeons had to remove almost all of Kyrie’s small intestine due to necrosis. This condition requires around the clock care for his medical and nutritional needs.

To help pay for Kyrie’s medical bills, Shane Baker at Powerline Tattoo in Cranston, Rhode Island is raffling off a tattoo. He’s selling $10 tickets for a chance to win a four hour session, with all proceeds being donated to Kyrie. Click here to buy a ticket, and to find out details about this noble cause.

Shane Baker

Hold Fast & Stay Gold – A Canadian Tattoo Story

May 1st, 2014 by Kevin -

       

There’s a new project called Hold Fast & Stay Gold that’s a documentary about Canadian tattooing. The project is currently on Indie Gogo, and their goal is to raise $20,000. They have some interesting things to say on the funding page, including this:

It is our goal to shine a light on the history, culture, and practitioners of the Canadian tattoo craft. Often overshadowed by our American cohorts, we wish to expose the influence Canadian artists have had on the world stage as well as our own emerging identity as a group. 

Now I don’t know much about Canadian tattooing, but this seems like it could be interesting. Hopefully this gets funded.

Dawn Cooke Explains Why the Tattoo Community Doesn’t Respect Tattoo Reality TV Shows

March 7th, 2014 by Kevin -

       

Earlier this week, Dawn Cooke of the Huffington Post published an article 10 Reasons the Tattoo Community Doesn’t Respect Tattoo Reality TV Shows, and I think she has a lot of great points. I encourage you to go read the article, but to give you a taste – here’s the top five reasons she listed. Dawn goes into more detail, and like I said earlier, I think she did a stellar job with this piece. I might not agree with all ten items on this list, but I think overall she speaks the truth.

Just to reinforce how ridiculous the world of tattoo reality TV is, I decided to post a video below Dawn’s five reasons. Hopefully we won’t see this on TV anytime soon, but unfortunately I wouldn’t be shocked if we did.

  1. These shows and people who make them are missing the point altogether.
  2. They have no idea about the richness of history that is continually being shaped and unearthed regarding tattoo culture nor do they seem to have any genuine interest in it. 
  3. They mindlessly exploit the culture on a whole that most of us in the trenches hold sacred. 
  4. They claim to be reality yet at every casting interview you are directed about what to say and how to say it. 
  5. Producers and casting agents don’t do their homework

What if…with Cheyenne Randall

February 27th, 2014 by Kevin -

       

Until about 15 minutes ago, I thought Yahoo.com was dead. Seriously. I’ve seen people using Yahoo e-mail, but I had no idea the website was still being updated. Then I clicked this article about an amazing artist named Cheyenne Randall.

Cheyenne Randall takes pictures of celebrities and adds tattoos to them. Sure, some of you are rolling your eyes but I think it’s fun and interesting to think about. To see more of Cheyenne Randall’s work, follow him on Instagram and his Tumblr.

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BBC News Calls for tougher action on unlicensed tattoo parlours

February 10th, 2014 by Kevin -

       

Tonight on BBC One East Midlands, there will be a story about the increased popularity in tattooing. According to this brief promotional article, BBC cites that ten years ago, there were 300 licensed tattoo parlours in Britain. Now, there are more than 1,500.

The BBC contacted the Department of Health, and discussed the problem of unregulated tattoo artists. According to the BBC, the Health Department responded back that further laws are not the answer. It believes the solution is for artists, the industry and training bodies to work together to agree standards of good practice.

I’m excited to see this full piece once it’s available online. I hope it generates enough attention to make people talk, make the government talk, and raise awareness. Who knows, with the BBC speaking up in Britain, maybe we’ll see other major news sources speaking up? I would love to see CNN speak up, but unfortunately I don’t think that will happen.