Jun200904
Magazine Roundup
11:34 AM

RebelInk.jpgTime to round up the tattoo magazine goodness, this month is the premier of a new tattoo magazine Rebel Ink.

Rebel Ink is brought to you from the same team that produces Urban Ink. I have to admit that as much as I wanted to dislike it, the magazine is better than I thought it would be. Rebel Inks press release describes the magazine:

" . . . focuses on "hardcore ink". The people featured in this magazine are covered head to toe with vivid and detailed body art sure to shock and awe any reader."

Yea, I know a big yawn, but from reading Rebel Ink, it seems to be trying to capture the edgier demographic of, lets say a Savage Magazine but executed in a much better way. Both the layout and the photography are excellent, head and shoulders above the tired Tattoo/Tattoo Flash/Savage layout.

The articles are your usual fare with a dark twist, interviews with Tera Patrick and her husband Evan Sienfeld, a good interview with Paul Booth a must for any magazine walking on the dark side. I was also pleasantly surprised by by the interview with the Gotham Girls roller derby team.

UrbanInk.jpgI also picked the latest issue Urban Ink, which could be Rebel Inks brother magazine since they both share the exact same font and half of the same name for the title. This was a good issue, I was disappointed to see that Zulu's Question/Answer article was no longer in the magazine, but the quality of the articles were very good. If you pick up this months Urban Ink, make sure to check out Dan Browns article "America Tattoo's and the NBA", a well written, thoughtful and nuanced article.

Althought, I give Urban Ink a lot of credit for focusing on people with color with tattoo's, there are a few issues I have with the general content of the magazine

  • 1) The quality of the artist featured are usually only so/so.
  • 2) Way too many adds, but you gotta pay the bills.
  • 3) Sometimes it seems a little bit on the bootyshake side (maybe I'm too much of a nerd).

SkinAndInk.jpgLast but not least Skin and Ink had the usual fare of pretty tattoo's, convention reviews and assorted articles, but the piece that caught my eye was a letter from one of the readers, here is a snippet.

"I have been reading our magazine for a few monthes now and have yet to identify with any of your models. To put it boldly, I have seen no black models . . ."

Well I've been reading skin and ink for the past few years, and I have seen no black models, we are in agreement there.

Now the response.

"As for covers those are selected from feature stories within the specific issue . . . we tend to go with models who have unique tattoos that are bright, clear and easily viewed from five to ten feet away on the newsstand"

Nice to see the sisters are asking the questions, I've been asking for years. In Bobs (Bob Baxter the Editor) defense the sister asking to be on the cover looks "A Mess!!" and I'm glad didn't make it but, there is deficit of people of color in most of the mainstream tattoo magazines, damn you can even show a tattooed Polynesian woman someone with a little color. There are heavily tattooed black women are out there, they might not be going to the conventions but they are out there and it would make it a better magazine to include a few. Urban Ink and Inked have found a lots of them but Skin and Ink, Tattoo and Tattoo Flash don't seem to run across any.

7 Comments

Good review Miguel - I certainly agree that there is a huge gap in coverage when it comes to featured models or even photography with black tattoo collectors. It's actually unfortunate that the mainstream media covers more of that subject with their constant obsession with tattoo work being collected by celebrity athletes - and even more unfortunate as a great amount of that work is poor quality work in the first place. I'm sure I'm not alone in my frustration of those types of articles and their consistent negative spin too.

One thing I will say with Skin & Ink - and the reason why I continue to subscribe to it - is the monthly commitment that Bob Baxter places in adding content about cultures other than our own Western culture who still use tattooing as part of their lives. Traveling Mick does a great job of this as well as some others. Unfortunately, in many of the articles by Mick, the culture has moved away from active practice of tattooing and it's usually only the elders who exhibit evidence of the days past.

Sorry for diverting from the subject at hand, but I just wanted to add my quick take on Skin & Ink to add to the article.

- Ryan K.
TattoosInFlight.com



Nice wrangling, Miguel, keep it up!

It might be cool to do something focused on the tattooing techniques for darker skin, too, though maybe that's a bit more technical and less interesting unless you're a tattooist. But from my limited knowledge, I understand there's a big difference in skin and even the machines you're using.

Anyway, 2 kudos.



I am impressed with Rebel Ink. Except for the ads for dude bro clothes.



I'm heavily inked and I happen to be black. Thanks for addressing this. I don't see many women who look like me in the tattoo mags who aren't glamoured up. It's not my thing. So, for me it's nice to see that it's not an issue that's never, ever addressed and you addressed it honestly. For this, I thank you.

My work is very much a work in progress and also a matter of time and money: When I have the time, I don't have the money. When I have the money, I don't have the time.

Cheers,
Nx




My name is Maurizio,
i am an italian tattoo artist i would love to put some of my work on your ammazing magezin ,but i don't know where to sand tham.
(maybe you can choise wich one you like from myspace)


best regards


www.myspace.com/mauriziocrak-art



look the cover of tera and rock scumbag boyfriend this guy is a joke , get this guy out of porn , and here look she is sexy fine looking ok but to pose with boyfriend who is a mjor cheese ball. what a joke,i am not really into porn but looking at here is a treat she s a treat but when this mug is popping up every were cuz he does nt want to lose her , please do you have to put this cheese on any cover with ms tera , go play in your wanna be rock band cheese ball and get a life outside of the porn no one wants to see your fat ass banging hot chicks , i mean never mind seeing any guy nude (barf )



look the cover of tera and rock scumbag boyfriend this guy is a joke , get this guy out of porn , and here look she is sexy fine looking ok but to pose with boyfriend who is a mjor cheese ball. what a joke,i am not really into porn but looking at here is a treat she s a treat but when this mug is popping up every were cuz he does nt want to lose her , please do you have to put this cheese on any cover with ms tera , go play in your wanna be rock band cheese ball and get a life outside of the porn no one wants to see your fat ass banging hot chicks , i mean never mind seeing any guy nude (barf )





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