In an effort to save y'all from being stun-gunned at the mall, I've jumped in on "CyberMonday" and have put some of the books I've birthed on sale:
From today through December 23 (or until they run out because I don't have many left), my new Black Tattoo Art 2 will be on sale for $140 (including free shipping in the US); the Black & Grey Tattoo box set is on sale for $300 (originally $399); and the individual books of the set are $120 each.
You can order via Paypal on the Needles & Sins online store or contact me at email@example.com.
Get a sneak peak inside the Black Tattoo Art 2 here and Black & Grey Tattoo here.
Thanks to Facebook, I was reminded that today is the birthday of one of my favorite blackwork artists: Roxx of 2Spirit Tattoo in San Francisco. Happy birthday, Roxx!
So when I went to the 2Spirit Facebook page, I found stunning new work that I had to share. Roxx is not only known for some of the boldest blackwork around (as shown below), but she is also able to create light and intricate sacred geometry patterns and, as evidenced by the very top photo, use the simplest forms to the greatest effect.
You can catch Roxx at the Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts, Oct. 25-27. She'll also be in NYC working to transform mastectomy scars on P.Ink Day, October 21st at Saved Tattoo. [More on P.Ink Day here.]
I'm also honored that Roxx is one of the featured artists in Black Tattoo Art 2.
More of her work can be found on Instagram.
It's true. I only do these monster hardcover tattoo books for the parties.
And also because I enjoy telling people that I've given birth to a nearly-8lb beautiful black bundle of joy.
Black Tattoo Art II: Modern Expressions of the Tribal -- my 448-page love letter to tattoos (mostly) created in black ink -- has officially been released and the first shipment of my author copies has landed in NYC. Naturally, we must drink and dance. Here are the details:
When: Sunday, September 15th, from 4-7PM
Where: Bar Matchless, 557 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222. [The back room]
Located on the corner of Manhattan Ave. and Driggs Ave. in Greenpoint near McCarren Park.
Who: You and anyone else you want to bring.
Why: Just to party. I will be selling the book, but I'd love to have you there just to hang. No purchase necessary for my love. DJ Les Boogie will be spinning and there will be drink and food specials. In fact, get there early and have an amazing brunch at Matchless in their front room.
If you are interested in purchasing the book, I will be selling it at the reduced author rate of $150 (rather than $199). There will also be limited copies available of the first Black Tattoo Art volume, and also the Black & Grey Tattoo box sets.
We'll also be partying in the UK at the London Tattoo Convention, September 27-29! Look out for the Edition Reuss Publishing booth, where I'll be selling Black Tattoo Art 2, and all my babies. A gathering is being planned; most likely we'll all be raising a glass at one of the bars in the beautiful Tobacco Docks convention hall.
For more on Black Tattoo Art 2, read my full post on the book, and for a sneak peak inside, check this Flickr set. Pre-orders will ship within a week. To order online, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The possibilities of dotwork tattooing are incredibly exciting, and you can see just how far the stippling effect is taking artists' compositions to new levels. One artist who brings a unique perspective to this tattoo genre is Delphine Noiztoy, who owns the The Lacemakers Sweatshop, a Victorian and Steampunk-inspired tattoo studio in London.
Formerly of the renowned Divine Canvas studio and mentored under dotwork guru Xed Le Hed, Delphine has a particularly interesting portfolio: she doesn't just use the stippling effect for beautiful fluid ornamental tattoo designs, but she is able to use only dots to shape fantastic realism. She can also switch gears and rock some heavy blackwork tattooing.
While Delphine's home base is London's arty Hackney wick, she does frequent guest spots at shops around the world, including at one of my favorites: 2Spirit Tattoo in San Francisco.
Check more of Delphine's work on Facebook, and Instagram @delphine noiztoy. Delphine is also a featured artist in my latest book Black Tattoo Art 2.
My friends at the Greek tattoo magazine Heartbeat Ink have a fantastic in-depth Q&A with Mike The Athens, in English and in Greek. Tattooing for 24 years, Mike The Athens is not only one of Greece's preeminent tattooers, but has garnered international acclaim for his work, which is largely inspired by Tibetan and Himalayan Art, Sak Yant, and mantras, but also moving towards Japanese-influenced tattooing.
Today, Mike The Athens splits his time between Athens, Greece, and Goa, India. In the Heartbeat Ink interview, he explains what living and tattooing on two continents is like, how tattooers must have a conscience, and even the fun way he got his name. Here's a taste:
Where are you now in 2013?Read more, and view some wonderful photos, here. Also check Mike The Athens' site and blog.
Mike is also one of the featured artists in Black Tattoo Art 2, which is currently available for pre-order.