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11:55 AM

The final installment of the Valerie Vargas feature in Vice's Tattoo Age video series is online, and like the previous episodes, it does not disappoint.

The particular focus in this one is her relationship with Stewart Robson who also works at Frith Street Tattoo in London. Their interactions are pretty adorable but without the cheeziness you find in reality TV programming. It's more about the "mutual respect," as Valerie says, for one another as artists as well as friends who later on became a couple. They also discuss how their tattoo careers have progressed alongside each other.  

In case you missed them, here's Part 1 and Part 2 of the Vargas feature.
01:59 PM
valerie_vargas_tattoo.jpgOnline today is Part 2 of the fabulous Tattoo Age video series featuring Valerie Vargas of Frith Street Tattoo.  In this episode, a great deal of the footage discusses the studio itself and its owner, Dante DiMassa. Dante talks about encouraging the young artists who work there, including Valerie whose own "pretty lady head" style developed at Frith.

Valerie became known for her particular twist on Traditional and Neotraditional work
early on in her career. You'll see, when she goes through her portfolio on camera, that her earlier book isn't filled with a lot of the other genres. This focus has allowed her to hone her style and further her reputation. Currently, she has about a three-month waiting list. As in all the Tattoo Age episodes, there are lots of photos of art, the shop, and those personal shots that tell a lot of the tattooist.

As mentioned in our post on Part 1 on Valerie, she'll also be working the London Tattoo Convention, Sept. 28-30, and then in California at the 8th Annual Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts, Oct. 26-28.

For more Tattoo Age goodness, check the bonus short film Vice posted over the weekend.
12:15 PM
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Last week, we posted the trailer to the highly anticipated second season of Tattoo Age,'s video series profiling stellar tattooists around the globe.

The premier episode of season 2 is now online and features Valerie Vargas of Frith Street Tattoo in London. Valerie is renowned for doing "the prettiest lady heads in the world" -- strong pieces in which each tattooed lady has her own mood, expression and personality but are nevertheless distinct as a Valerie Vargas tattoo. In this episode, Valerie discusses how she came to tattooing and then Frith Street; how drawing with her mother as a child left a lasting impression; and how she and her boyfriend Stewart Robson are able to tattoo side-by-side at the studio without killing each other.

Tattoo Age keeps to the winning formulas of its first season: let the work speak for itself and reveal the artists the way they are in their daily lives without scripts or drama. Because the artists are so good at what they do and have their own interesting stories, there's no need to create them.

I'm looking forward to seeing the next two installments on Valerie. Vice rolls out a new episode every Wednesday.

As noted on her website, Valerie is not taking any new clients but if she has any cancellations, she lets her followers know on Twitter and then it's first come first serve for appointments. Valerie will be at the London Tattoo Convention, Sept. 28-30, and then in California at the 8th Annual Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts, Oct. 26-28.

10:02 AM
yushi takei tattoo.jpg Our friend Yushi Takei just hit us up with some new work and also added 50 images of his traditional Japanese tattooing to his online gallery.

Yushi will be working
at the London Tattoo Convention this upcoming weekend, then doing a guest spot at Frith Street Tattoo from Sept. 29 to Oct. 13. He'll then be at the wonderful Brussels Tattoo Convention Oct. 14-16.

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11:49 AM
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Brighton, UK is known for its beaches, bars, bands and now tattooed bods with its third year of the mega Brighton Tattoo Convention.

This weekend, Jan.30-31st, the Brighton Racecourse will feature thoroughbreds of tattoo including Xed Le Head, Robert Hernandez, Benjamin Moss, Liorcifer, the fabulous Frith Street crew, and a personal fave of the avant garde style--the artists at Boucherie Moderne from Belgium, plus many more.

There will also be plenty of walking works of art, as shown above and in the photo gallery from last year.

Beyond top tattoo work, live music, art exhibits and tattoo contests round out the weekend. Check the events listing here. Convention organizer, Woody, knows how to put on a show (he's also been behind the scenes at the London Tattoo Convention) so it should be a party.

Take pictures, send 'em here to share, and let us know how it goes.
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