VICE shares JK5′s Bio Mom Story

November 11th, 2013 by Kevin -


VICE featured a great story of tattooer JK5 (A.K.A. Joseph Ari Aloi) and how he met his birth mother. Click here to read how a letter changed JK5′s life, and ultimately affected his art.

Portrait of JK5. Photos by Carlo Van De Roer

Portrait of JK5. Photo by Carlo Van De Roer.

Be a part of the ‘Beyond the Ink’ movement

October 3rd, 2013 by Kevin -


For the past couple of years, Kris Richter has been hitting the road visiting shops and conventions educating people about going Beyond the Ink. Beyond the Ink breaks down the basics of tattooing to help people understand the tattoo process from start to finish. For example, the ‘Tattoo Tips‘ break down different aspects of tattooing such as reviewing a portfolio, inspecting for cleanliness, and stylized aspects such as size and placement. Yes, I realize that you already feel comfortable with this information but the majority of people getting tattooed on a irregular basis don’t.

Kris is looking to take Beyond the Ink to the next level with a full length DVD, printed materials, and more training material. To make this happen, Beyond the Ink needs funding. Now, here’s where you come in. Kris has launched a fund raiser called ‘Join the Inkmovement‘ to raise the necessary money.

Any donation will help, and make this project become a reality. Plus, every dollar donated could potentially result in one less terrible tattoo being on the street, and I think we can all agree that would be a good thing.

Beyond the Ink

How “tough on tattoos” will the US Army really be?

September 25th, 2013 by Julene Huffman -


US Army says: no more forearm tattoosThe uproar over the “military tattoo ban” has echoed across the internet over the last 24 hours. The proposed changes to Army Regulation 670-1, a document outlining the rules concerning a soldier’s personal appearance, go beyond dictating what tattoos a soldier can (and can’t) have. I spoke to someone in a leadership position at the Department of Defense about the proposed changes; he is required to be familiar with these types of regulations, and their possible changes, in order to enforce them.

“This is a routine review of uniform standards to ensure that modern cultural trends are mitigated against the strict standards of military bearing,” he said. “They talk about fucking nail polish and braids more than tattoos.”

This Army-only policy includes a new restriction banning tattoos below the elbows or knees, and above the collar. New Army recruits will not be allowed to join if they are tattooed in these “no-go” zones. Anyone currently under contract with the Army with existing tattoos will be grandfathered in. The new rule goes into effect Oct. 1st, 2013–after that, those with existing tattoos will be required have their current tattoos reviewed by unit leadership. Any tattoo found to be homophobic, racist, sexist, religiously offensive, or otherwise offensive, will have to be removed (on the soldier’s dime) or they risk ‘separation.’

Those with less than 4 years of service will likely be administratively separated. Administrative separations happen all the time; they’re like being laid off — the military’s way of saying, ‘We don’t want you, kid – but we don’t think you’re a bad guy.’ Those with more than 4 years of service refusing to remove the tattoos will be honorably discharged with all of their approved benefits—things like the GI bill, VA loan guarantees, preferred federal hiring, etc—intact.

The Army’s ground for such actions can be found in the UCMJ, or Uniform Code of Military Justice. Article 92 of the UCMJ essentially states that you are required to follow any lawful order given. Regulation 670-1 qualifies as one such order.

“The Department of Defense policy has been ‘no offensive tattoos, period, for any reason, end of discussion’ for a really, really long time,” my DoD contact said. “The enforcement of this rule has been lax because we have too much other shit to worry about,” he continued.

It seems that lax period has come to an end. In the eyes of the UCMJ, all offenses are committed equally. You can be court-martialed and kicked out for an Article 92 violation just as easily as for going AWOL. Court martials over Article 92 violations are rare, he said, because they create a ton of unnecessary work—but they can happen.

“It all comes down to priorities and what they [the Army] choose to enforce. It’s like a cop in a bad part of town ignoring the guy smoking weed on the corner because he knows there will be a gunshot death at some point on his shift.”

TLDR; Those currently enlisted in the US Army should finish their sleeves before October 1, 2013 – the beginning of the Army’s fiscal year, and the cutoff date for being grandfathered in… as long as your tattoos would be considered non-offensive.


Tattoo Snob followers on IG seemed quite upset when we posted about this yesterday. What do you think?

Save Hanky Panky’s Amsterdam Tattoo Museum!

November 23rd, 2012 by Julene Huffman -


From the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum website:


It is been overwhelming, we’re blown away by the enormous support we’ve had the last 24 hours. Never before in my whole history as a tattoo artist I’ve come across such an enormous exposion of positive energy. Reactions worldwide, tweets and retweets, pictures on Instagram, posts on Facebook, etc. It’s a tough fight, but we’re in to win this.

Again today we were denied access to our museum. Locks have been changed, negotiations with the police to get personal matters like tattoo machines were neccesary. A tidal wave of local and national press were served all day. Negotiations with landlords, lawyers and businessmen took place. Do not despair my friends. We will fight this with success. Stay tuned!

P.S. Lawsuit is about 1,5 million of euros and has no ground at all. Come see us December 8th. Help us fight for our art, fight for our history, fight for our future, fight for our museum!

How can you help us?

- First of all, keep spreading the word!
- Make a donation on PayPal, big or small (
- Make a tattoo for the museum, donate, take a picture and participate in the 1,000 tattoos for the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum competition
- Sing a song on Youtube
- Make a ‘save the ATM’ t-shirt
- Bake cookies
- Throw a party
- Become a member of the Blue Bone Society
- Put us in your will
- Sell your body
- Throw us a gig
- Rob a bank
- Organize an auction
- Participate in the December 2nd worldwide Tattoos for History day in participation with

Keep up the fight!

Yours truly,

Hanky PankyLouiseAnnemarie & Tessa

For Sale: Prick Magazine

November 13th, 2012 by Kevin -


It saddens me to say this, but it appears Prick Magazine is for sale. Prick Magazine Publisher Chuck B. put this message on the Prick Magazine Facebook page yesterday:

Ok everyone the time for the announcement is now. After being fired and rehired then fired again by a crazy old man that can’t even check emails, I have not been producing any other magazines for Art and Ink/Outlaw Biker publications for over a month now. Three or four issues have come out since my termination. I do not work well with bosses I guess. Now on to the PRICK announcement. Without the paycheck from the other camp I am left with some harsh conditions.

We have been stiffed over $18 thousand dollars over the last few years on advertising in PRICK and I have been losing about $2 to $3000 every time I put out an issue for the last 2 or more years. I have always done it for the passion of the arts because I was financially secure before I started PRICK. Now my money is gone and so is my passion to support those who don’t actually support me. Therefore PRICK as a magazine/title is FOR SALE and I will be taking it out of print as of now. The online presence will stay functioning but I am retiring from the role as publisher and current events journalist of the tattoo community. We will be producing a book or box set of books. “A PRICK’s Dozen” A 12 year history of tattoo lifestyle thru the pages of PRICK Magazine. Pre orders and a kickstarter fundraiser will be up soon on the website. Any unfulfilled promises of articles, advertiser or subscriber issues will be fulfilled thru the pages of the book or by receiving a copy or by our online venues. Sorry folks but I have left my blood and money all in the ring and this fight is over for me personally. Maybe someone can come along and buy out the title and save the day and keep things rolling but I woefully though in the towel on producing current event tattoo magazines for a living. I will be pursuing my own art career along with completing the book and hope to get your support in this next chapter.

Yours truly,
Chuck B.
PRICK Magazine publisher.

“How can a tattoo be seen as a work of art?”

October 19th, 2012 by Julene Huffman -


Yesterday someone linked me to an amazing article over on The Independent. The author, Dominic Johnson, eloquently tackles the task of answering what initially seems to be a simple question: “How can a tattoo be seen as a work of art?”

How can the procedures of tattooing – the painful depositing of layers of inks below the surface of the skin – be reframed as performance? How can a tattoo be seen as a work of art? The use of tattooing in performance relates to a broader use of body modification techniques in visual art – usually painful acts such as piercing and scarification – most notably in the work of London-based artists Ron Athey, Franko B, or Kira O’Reilly.

While such work is sometimes misread as a symptom of the artist’s masochism, the pain involved is somewhat incidental to the production of a lasting image: as a spectacle that has a lasting effect on its audiences, but also in the sense of a permanent trace on the skin of the artist. Tattooing takes its place alongside other similar techniques for puncturing, cutting, or otherwise marking the skin towards the production of strong imagery in art and performance.

So, what do you think- is the experience itself as integral as the finished product? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

RIP Dave Shore

July 31st, 2012 by Julene Huffman -


There’s something decidedly enviable about having gotten a tattoo from one of the few remaining greats of tattooing–though with each passing year, the window of opportunity to be tattooed by some of these living pieces of tattoo history closes a little bit more. That being said, the window for those looking to be tattooed by Dave Shore closed when he passed away earlier this month.

Dave opened the original Dragon Tattoo in early 1971 in Vancouver. His travels led him to across the continental United States and eventually overseas, working with notable artists like Brian Zuk, Mike Malone, and Terry Tweed, among others. After spending four years working with Hanky Panky in Amsterdam, Dave returned to Canada to re-open Dragon Tattoo in Surrey, B.C. with his wife, Gemma.

While I saw something online about a memorial party for Dave in Vancouver, I can’t find the link again for the life of me. Please leave a note in the comments if you’re “in the know” about such an event.