Chances are you know how a tattoo machine works, but you probably don’t know that the needles penetrate the skin eighty to one hundred and fifty times per second. This video doesn’t tell you that, but I think you’ll be surprised how much the skin shakes.
A new tattoo underground has emerged in recently years and their cutting-edge visuals go far beyond the tattoo mainstream. Visual artist Alex Binnie is a legend within the international tattoo scene and his Into You studio that he’s been running for 19 years in East London continues to foster countless talents and innovators including Curly, Thomas Hooper, Nick Schonberger and Duncan X to name but a few—all featured in Gestalten’s new Forever: The New Tattoo book. We met Duncan and Alex in London to talk about the current mass appeal of tattoos, its uniqueness as an art form and the “holy trinity” of tattooing styles.
The release party for Gestalten’s new book, “Forever: The New Tattoo” happened and it was quite the event. Instead of me trying to write a better intro, I’m just going to share the info from the video… and add links so you can click and drool.
The suggestion that “tattoos are not just for sailors any more” is a familiar one. It might be surprising to learn, then, that the popular media has been reporting the arrival of tattooing in high society for nearly one hundred years. To celebrate the release of “Forever: The New Tattoo”, Gestalten hosted an evening of informative and entertaining talks by renowned tattoo artists Alex Binnie and Duncan X, as well as by heavily tattooed art historian Matt Lodder, author of the book’s preface. Further tattoo protagonists, namely Jon John, Liam Sparkes and Zoe Binnie, attended the event at the Gestalten Space in Berlin and gave us additional insight.
I’m really excited about these videos, as they show a new side of tattooing. Sure, they show these guys tattooing with some time lapses and whatnot. They also show seeing the local areas, driving and flying to conventions, and general life outside of the studio/convention.
Below are the first three videos they’ve put up. I know most people won’t watch all three, but I would highly encourage you to check at least one of these out.
A website called TastefullyOffensive.com compiled clips of tattoos in movies. I don’t know how long this took to put together, but it couldn’t have been easy. There’s almost 5:00 worth of clips, and it seems like they covered most of the ‘tattoos in movies’ clips.
Now, why did TastefullyOffensive.com take the time to do this? I don’t know if I’m reading too much into this, but I am curious.
A new trend emerged this weekend at the Hell City Tattoo Fest. Pudding. That’s right, pudding. Cups of pudding were being devoured throughout the convention thanks to Russ Abbott and the Ink and Dagger Tattoo crew. Now, I don’t think this isn’t a trend that is going to come and go. The Pudd_Ink Instagram shows how serious tattoo artists and collectors are about their pudding.
Thanks to Clint Lee, we have exclusive video of all the top tattoo artists partaking in this newest trend. There was so much video, we actually made two songs. The first video is shorter, and debuts a custom song by Taylor Cort. The second video is significantly longer and features every cup of pudding eaten at Hell City this weekend.