#FollowFriday – Tattoo Artists

January 8th, 2010 by Kevin -

       

A couple weeks ago, we announced a weekly #FollowFriday post to share some of our favorite Twitter users. The weekly posts seemed to lack over the past two weeks due to the holidays, so we waited on posting this until now.

Obviously tattoo artists are the best place to start, so without further ado – here’s the list:

    Tim Kern – The infamous New York city tattoo artist has has a strong presence on the internet for years, and it’s no surprise that Tim is all over the newest internet fad.Megan Massacre – Like our previous posts of Megan? Good, because they were both stolen from her tweets.

    Shawn Barber – Tattoo artist and painter extraordinaire Shawn Barber shares his tasks throughout the day, and typically includes a snap shot showing off his jaw dropping work.

    Myke Chambers – Myke updates his Twitter quite a bit, and is constantly sending out pictures, links, and letting everyone know when he’s tattooing live over UStream.

    Durb Morrison – If you know anything about Durb, it’s he is always working on something new. You can try to keep up, but let me warn you – it’s not easy.

    Adam Hathorn – Adam Hathorn AKA HonkeyKong is someone I make sure always check out his tweets. A mixture of unique tattoo work, and humorous tweets helps fuel my Twitter addiction.

In an attempt to make it easier for people to follow this group, and people that will be added to the group in the future – I’ve created a list off the Tattoo Snob twitter account. From what I understand you can follow this list as opposed to all the users, and still receive all the tweets.

I’ll be updating this list in the future, removing people that fall off the Twitter game and adding fresh faces.

Teenage Tattoos

December 29th, 2009 by Julene Huffman -

       

I’m pretty happy all the sweet tattoos I thought I would be getting at age 14 didn’t wind up happening thanks to all those pesky 18+ laws here in the US. Obviously, not everyone feels that way. If you feel like trying to understand the younger generation’s desire to get tattooed you could watch the video below… just don’t say I didn’t warn you.

LBTV: Teenage Tattoos from therideronline on Vimeo.

Hot Snob: Durb “GQ” Morrison

December 21st, 2009 by Julene Huffman -

       

Allow me to show some of you gals one of my favorite hot snobs… Durb Morrison. I thought I’d share this gem with the ladies since so many guys seemed to enjoy the photos of Radeo by Powder Puff Pinups.

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C’mon, what other tattooist can you think of that’s appearing in photos that would almost have you convinced he’s a supermodel? (You know, aside from the hand tattoos & the ability to grow facial hair thing.)

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All of these photos were taken by his wife, Alissa–a lucky lady indeed, wouldn’t you agree?

Long live the King!

November 13th, 2009 by Kevin -

       

We couldn’t talk about Friday the 13th without posting something about Oliver Peck.

Now Jeremy Swan is currently trying to break the world record, and has to complete 801 to get his name into the book. In the first video below, you hear “Over 200 is the goal. . . .” which shows how old this video is.

I remember reading a couple years back (in Prick Magazine) that every Friday the 13th, no matter where he is, Oliver Peck does 13 tattoo’s all day long for $13. I don’t know if that’s still true, but know you understand why I refer to him as the king.

Dan Henk’s Halloween Special

October 31st, 2009 by Kevin -

       

When the idea of a Halloween special was being tossed around, I immediately thought of Dan Henk. Dan’s a true horror movie lover, and has done a number of tattoos involving characters from the famous movies. Dan graciously agreed, and had this to say about the subject:

People often ask me what it is about horror and gore that attracts me. I immediately ask them what their home address is, and when they will be around. . . . .

I think horror fans get a bad rap.  We’re just normal people well prepared for the coming zombie apocalypse people, but just people. If I want to do pure evil, I’ll start doing portraits of politicians. When it comes to horror images, how can you not love them? There is more of an implicit story, more of an undercurrent of something deep and mysterious. I think a horror tattoo makes way more sense than another boring conformist flash based wall piece, unless you are boring and have no soul – like the aforementioned politicians.

*Note: If you’re in the Southern California area, make sure you stop by Tattoolapalooza in San Diego. As of Friday, Dan had some spots open if you were interested in getting tattooed.

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Sweetest Day indeed

October 17th, 2009 by Julene Huffman -

       

The third Saturday of the Month of October is apparently a new holiday I’ve never heard of –Sweetest Day. If you’ve never heard of the holiday, don’t feel bad. It’s generally only celebrated in the Great Lakes region and portions of the Northeast. As it slowly spreads outwards to the rest of the country, don’t be surprised if you hear it mentioned among your friends.

From what research I’ve done it appears “Sweetest Day” is supposed to be male-oriented, a flip side to Valentine’s Day if you will. I thought they already had Steak & Blowjob day (March 14th ladies, mark your calendars!) for that purpose, but I guess that holiday name isn’t really greeting card material. Neither is this topic, for that matter: name tattoos. Do you have ‘em? Did you get them on some special, romantically inclined day? More importantly, are you desperate to get rid of them? I already touched on the MTV True Life casting (and heard all about the truly stellar candidates they chose to feature)–so now I’m hoping some of you in the NY/NJ area know something about this little piece of gold I found: the “did you tattoo your significant other’s name and now regret it?” casting. Who wants to bet this is an even bigger mess than other removal-related shows on as of late? Obviously this is becoming an increasingly more popular topic, but at what cost to those of us that don’t regret the people/places/things we found important enough to commemorate through our flesh?

What I’m really saying is that I hope you spent your Saturday smooching instead of getting laser removal–or thinking about getting it. Whichever better suits your current needs.

While you wait

October 11th, 2009 by Kevin -

       


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A friend told me he wanted to get tattooed this weekend. He explained he’s been saving up some cash, and wanted to get a piece by a solid artist. I hesitated before I answered, and asked what exactly he wanted. “I was thinking of a super realistic bright piece on the back of my calf.” A somewhat intricate description of his tattoo followed, and I found myself hesitating again. I explained to him with what he described, he would be better off contacting an artist and setting up an appointment instead of just walking in and getting it on the spot.

I knew he didn’t want to hear this, but felt like this was the best advice I could offer (and I still do, for the record.) I could see the look of disappointment on his face, but he understood why after I explained my thinking, which I will now share with you as well.

Typically, walking into a tattoo shop and getting a piece on the spot means it’s not going to be the incredibly intricate and personalized tattoo my friend described. While that may not always the case, I think in most situations it’s a safe bet. If you’re interested in getting a traditional piece with a slight twist, you’ll probably be ok with a walk in to any reputable shop. If you’re looking for a silly outline of a camel on your big toe (think about it,) you’ll be ok. However if you’re looking for a fairly large piece that needs to be drawn up, just walking into a shop is probably a bad idea.

Anyone with visible tattoos has experienced this–once you have a tattoo that people can see, they start asking you where to go. It’s a responsibility that comes with the step of having visible tattoos, and it can get old after a while. For some reason everyone “needs” the tattoo done right away. They have Tuesday off, and want to get it done then. After all the time they’ve spent saving up cash, it’s burning a hole in their pocket. I understand; they have the itch, they want it now.

When someone comes to me asking where they should go, I try to assess the situation.

    - Is this person actually going to listen to what I have to say? Sometimes, no matter how much you tell them, they’re going to go get a tattoo on Tuesday. If I think this is the case, I try to at least send them to a decent shop.

    - Does this person really want to spend a hundred dollars (or more) an hour? Cash rules everything around . . . . us. If not, again, I’ll at least suggest a decent shop that does average work. At least they won’t wind up at “Big Tim’s Tatz & Bongz” shop.

Even if I’m not sure about where they stand concerning the two criteria above, I’ll explain the options. I’m pretty open about the price, the process, and the quality difference. They can make up their own mind–after all, they are at least 18.

Several days later, I usually find out what the person wound up doing. They either run at me showing off the piece, or eagerly tell me they scheduled an appointment. A thank you for the information and my opinion is usually inserted the conversation, and regardless of their decision – I tell them congratulations. Getting a tattoo is a neat thing, and they’ll always have a memory associated with that process and experience… I’m just hoping it’s a positive one.