Results tagged “Freddy Corbin”

Nov201123
12:48 PM

The folks at Vice TV are offering one last piece of Tattoo Age goodness with this bonus video from their Freddy Corbin profile. [See Part I, Part II, and Part III.]

In this wonderful footage, you'll find Freddy's return to Varanasi, India in January 2010 where he tattooed local people there for free in a small temple on the Ganges River. He explains that he returned for "good juju" with the birth of his son. I particularly love the photos of smiling faces from those who received one of the seven religious symbols Freddy drew up. While the whole video is touching, the story of Freddy tattooing a deaf boy who couldn't speak is especially moving. Once again, I highly recommend it.

Another treat from Vice is their Dan Santoro print giveaway, which we posted last week, asking y'all to comment on the Needles & Sins Syndicate FB page or by Tweeting at us to win. Randomized.com picked four winners, and a screen cap of that pick can be found on Facebook.

I'm really hoping the series gets picked up for a second season. I'll be following @Tattoo_Age on Twitter for updates.
Nov201116
09:12 PM


As all good things must come to an end, Vice TV's Tattoo Age has posted its final video of its stellar series, which offers a truly real look into the lives of renowned tattooists. And as we expected, Part 3 of the Freddy Corbin profile keeps to its high standards.

This raw and intimate episode begins with personal footage of a 24-yr-old Freddy jumping out of an airplane with friends, who happen to be tattoo greats themselves:  Eddy Deutsche, Guy Aitchison and Igor Mortis. The video then jumps to Freddy today reminiscing on those early years in his career. When he's telling stories about working at Ed Hardy's Realistic Tattoo then Tattoo City, there's wonderful film from that time (in the early to mid 90s) woven through the narrative. He reveals that the pressure of performing at these exceptional studios was a factor in his "shit storm" of drug use. The accessibility of drugs when he lived in the Red Light District of Amsterdam didn't help either. Being "strung out," he was fired from Tattoo City and rumors swirled through the tattoo community as to Freddy's future.

But he did get his life together, crediting his close friend Vinny and his wife Lisa. Indeed, his family life is a big part of his profile and there's gorgeous film of them playing with their son Sonny. His spiritual side is also a large focus of the latter half of the video, and again, there are some fascinating images accompanying his travel tales,
from his trips to India to Burning Man.

Moving from the dark to light in his personal journey, this feature on Freddy Corbin is inspiring and the perfect way to bring the series to a close.

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To celebrate the success of Tattoo Age,
we're giving away this Dan Santoro print. Just leave a comment on this post in the Needles & Sins Syndicate FB page or Tweet us and we'll chose the winner next Wednesday via Randomized.com. Good Luck!

Nov201102
02:41 PM


With today being the celebration of the Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos), it seems fitting that the artist who popularized its Sugar Skull tradition in tattoo art is now featured in the Vice TV series Tattoo Age.

Here's Part 1 of the Freddy Corbin profile.

Owner of Temple Tattoo and Tattoo 13, both in Oakland, CA, Freddy earned his reputation for more than just religious iconography, but he does discuss his passion for it (particularly black & gray Chicano style) in this video, which charts his career from rising star in the late eighties to a veteran revered by new generations of tattooers as well as his contemporaries.

Freddy is also known as a "fuckin cool dude," and there's plenty of footage of fellow tattooers like Tim Hendricks and Jason Mcaffee attesting to it. But you can easily gleen that from the interviews with Freddy alone. See for yourself on Vice TV or YouTube.
Oct201126
06:34 PM


In the last of their "Tattoo Age" series, Vice TV profiles the legendary Freddy Corbin.

Tattooing since 1987, Freddy is particularly renowned for his black & gray work. Over the years, he honed his craft working alongside artists like Ed Hardy, Eddie Deusthe, Dan Higgs, Hanky Panky and Filip Leu. In 1998, he opened Temple Tattoo (and later Tattoo13) in Oakland, where you can find him today. Vice TV delves into the artist's career as well as his personal trials and triumphs. Their release best describes this teaser: 

In the series trailer, Freddy takes us to an impromptu Chinese-style tea ceremony to meet one of his spiritual friends, and sets the tone for the rest of his series - filled with anecdotes of religious experiences and musings about getting clean after years of drug use.
I'm particularly looking forward to this 3-part feature, which begins next Wednesday. We'll be sure to post each episode.
Jun201129
01:59 PM


Vice's VBS.TV will soon be airing a new series called Tattoo Age focusing on tattooers and their personal histories, and based on the trailer above, it looks like reality programming that is actually based on reality.

Tattoo Age profiles renowned tattooists and has them tell their own stories -- not the sob tales of clients that make up so much of tattoo TV today. It also includes the artists commenting on one another, which I think adds another interesting dimension.

The show premiers July 13th. Here's the line up:
  • Dan Santoro: Pt. 1, July 13; Pt. 2, July 20; Pt. 3, July 27
  • Grime: Trailer, August 3; Pt. 1, August 10; Pt. 2, August 17; Pt. 3, August 24
  • Troy Denning: Trailer, August 31; Pt. 1, Sept. 7; Pt. 2 , Sept. 14; Pt. 3, Sept. 21
  • Mike Rubendall: Trailer, Sept. 28; Pt. 1, Oct. 5; Pt. 2 , Oct. 12; Pt. 3, Oct. 19
  • Freddy Corbin: Trailer, Oct. 26; Pt. 1, Nov. 2; Pt. 2, Nov. 9; Pt. 3, Nov. 16
Jul200907
10:34 AM

old-school-bride-tattoo-l.jpgTattoo by Todd Noble.

SoCal has more than its fair share of tattoo gatherings and yet there hasn't been a show right in the heart of LA since Inkslingers. Understanding the need for Hollywood to have a proper freakshow (outside the Jackson furor), BMEzine's bosslady Rachel is putting together a red carpet convention August 21-23 with A-list tattooists working the Grand Ballroom at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, aptly called ... Tattoo Hollywood.

Working with the legendary Bob Roberts' Spotlight Tattoo, Rachel's goal is not only central locale but to bring back tattoo shows to their essence: more great tattoo art, less distraction. So no BMX demos, no car shows, no 500 band extravaganzas -- and surprisingly for BME -- no flesh hooks. Rachel explained on Modblog that because of restrictions under California law, the only body modification will be tattoos and piercings.

With the focus on making this a top tattoo vacation for artists and collectors, the invitation-only line-up includes long time faves and new stars like Bob's Spotlight artists, Freddy Corbin, Aaron Bell, Kim Saigh, Tim Hendricks, The True Tattoo crew, Brooklyn's Smith Street, Marcus Pacheco, Todd Noble (whose work is shown above), and many, many others.

Another highlight: The fabulous Lizardman will be MCing the event.

I'll working with Rachel to include the very best tattooists outside of the US, to showcase the new artwork that hasn't yet reached US borders as well as bring it home with some traditional hand tattooing. So expect to hear much more about this show here.

Discount room rates at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel and Spa are available at $159/night if booked before August 13th. The discount code is "Tattoo Hollywood." Hope to see you there!
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