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.

Tattoo School is officially back for more

May 7th, 2012 by Kevin -


Last July, the TLC special ‘Tattoo School’ was all the talk in the tattoo community. Less than a year later, TLC has officially announced they will be renewing Tattoo School for a second season. The number of episodes for the series has not been posted, but it’s been confirmed the premiers on May 24th on TLC.

I’ll refrain from sharing my thoughts, and let you voice your own opinions in the comments below.

Note: The video below is not actually a clip from the television serious. It’s a parody video that I particularly enjoyed. 

Javier Rivera joins Ink & Dagger Tattoo

April 18th, 2012 by Kevin -


Earlier this month, Javier Rivera joined the family at Ink & Dagger Tattoo. By the amount of work being posted on Javier’s Instagram (@jriveratattoo), he’s not wasting anytime getting settled in.

Tattoo by Javier Rivera at Ink & Dagger Tattoo in Atlanta, GA

Hey Bjorn

April 3rd, 2012 by Julene Huffman -


Spring is in the air – and that means everyone’s shuffling around to new places.

Tattoo by Björn Liebner in Berlin, Germany