Results tagged “Goldilox”

Jan201401
03:29 PM
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Happy New Year, y'all!

I'm very excited for 2014, which -- based on the tattoo trajectory we've been seeing this past year -- promises to explode with more innovative, beautiful, and wondrous tattoo art.

To celebrate the new year, Swallows & Daggers asked me to contribute to their list "5 Tattooers to watch in 2014," for which tattoo bloggers each chose 5 emerging artists -- or established artists under the radar -- to highlight with a short intro and links.

I decided to feature just female artists from around the world who are incredibly talented, have unique approaches to tattooing, and originality in their portfolios. A number have been featured on Needles & Sins before and the rest will be profiled soon. Here they are:
Read Swallows & Daggers for the reasons behind my choices. Check the other bloggers' picks, which are also really great.

It was an incredibly difficult task to just pick five artists, but rest assured that we'll be bringing tons more artist profiles and interviews on Needles & Sins in 2014.

As always, thank you so much for being part of our N+S family. I kiss you!

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Oct201321
08:50 AM
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We've all seen them. Those tattoo "fan" pages with the billion "Likes" on Facebook where you'll find beautiful tattoos but without any information on the artist, photographer, or collector.

Photos of me have popped up on these sites, and I have commented, "That's me. My artist is Dan DiMattia, Calypso Tattoo," but that all gets lost in the barrage of subsequent comments, often asking who did the work because they could not find my attribution. I've gotten tired of them and now simply report their use of my photos to Facebook, particularly because I don't want to be associated -- and even used by -- these sites.

These sites are not tattoo fan pages. They are "Like Farms." As Yahoo News explains:

Here's how it works. Someone creates a page and starts posting photos inspirational quotes or other innocent content. You like the page and it now shows up regularly in your news feed. Anytime you interact with a post, that activity shows up in your friends' news feeds.The more likes the page gets, the more it shows up. The more comments each picture gets, the more power the page gets in the Facebook news feed algorithm.And that makes it more and more visible.
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When the page gets enough fans (a hundred thousand or more)the owner might start placing ads on the page. Those ads show up in your news feed. They could be links to an app, a game, or a service they want you to buy. It could be a "recommendation" for a product on Amazon where the page owner gets a commission for every purchase made through the link. Or more nefariously, the page owner could be paid to spread malware by linking out to sites that install viruses on your computer for the purposes of identity theft. Bottom line: access to your news feed is lucrative.
I came across the Yahoo News article thanks to Birmingham-based tattoo artist Goldilox, whose work was featured on the Facebook page Myttoo Tattoos & Piercings, without credit and with a caption linking to a clothing line (as shown in the screen capture above). Goldilox then shared with her own many fans how tattoo Like Farms are scamming tattoo fans, and encouraged people to speak out, report these sites to Facebook, and especially Unlike them.

Then the Facebook page "Credit My Work" was created to raise awareness of the issue. Now, that's a site you should like!

It's natural for us to want to follow sites that feature inspiring work, but we should do so only to those who support our community -- not exploit it.
Oct201301
07:13 AM
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Tattoo above by Gao Bin of Lion King Tattoo in Taiwan.

On Friday, the first day of the London Tattoo Convention, before I even finished setting up my book stand, I accosted a friend, who is getting a Filip Leu backpiece, and demanded that he drop his pants (for a look at the tattoo, of course). He immediately obliged. Soon after, others joined in and on display were derrieres decorated by  Tin Tin & Xed Le Head. There are many reasons to attend tattoo conventions. Pants dropping is one.

What makes the London convention such a draw for the thousands -- who queued up in a line that snaked all around the Tobacco Dock -- was the roster of over 300 hundred artists, who represent the best in the world. Any type of tattoo art you can image was available. Hand tattooing occupied a central arena on the upper level, where artists like Pili Mo'o tapped traditional Samoan tatau, and tattoo viking Colin Dale of Denmark created Nordic inspired dotwork (among others). Colin even offered a few small Inuit stitch tattoos, which you can view here on his Facebook page.

Shige tattooing.jpgCrowds formed around the booths of reality TV stars like Ami James and Tatu Baby, leaving room for serious collectors to watch artists like Japan's Shige (shown above) create masterful works on those lucky enough to get an appointment.

Aside from watching long-renowned legends of tattooing, I particularly love discovering artists whose work I wasn't familiar with (it's hard to keep track of the incredible talent out there today). Two artists in particular who blew my mind were Pietro Sedda, with his trippy surrealism, and Lore Morato, who does incredibly soulful neotraditional, like the work below done at the convention.

Lore Morato tattoo.jpgThe main reason of all for my attendance at these shows is that I get to meet up with my beautiful freak friends from around the world and make new friends. I'm grateful to all of you who came to my booth and shared your stories (and took your clothes off for me). Despite being such a massive gathering, the London convention always feels like an intimate family reunion.

I brought my "Marisa Loves Me" temp tattoos, and throughout the weekend, I stamped all sorts of body parts with my tokens of affection. The greatest love, however, was shown when two wonderful friends and artists, Goldilox and Garcia Leonam, got the temps permanently tattooed on them after the convention by Lore Morato. And they were sober when they decided to do it! [See below.]

Marisa Loves Me.jpgIt was the perfect ending to a perfect weekend.

I posted a few of my usual bad phone camera pics on Flickr. You can also find some great images and mass media coverage of the London Tattoo Convention via the links below.

I'll soon be off to Belgium to get tattooed, but I do have posts lined up for y'all this week ... because I love you.
Feb201320
08:58 AM
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Today, I wanted to share another artist who will be featured in my upcoming Black Tattoo Art IIGoldilox, an incredibly talented tattooist who works mostly by hand to creat soulful works of art. Goldilox can be found at Dawnii Fantana's powerhouse studio, Painted Lady, in Birmingham, UK.

I asked Goldilox for a few words on her work. Here's what she said:
I'm inspired by everything from botanical etchings to mehndi and geometry -- by the sacred and the silly. I feel that every tattoo I'm asked to do is an honour as that person has chosen to me to mark their skin with an image they'll carry forever. By keeping this in mind, I strive to make each new tattoo my best yet. A lot of my work is done by hand with no machines, just needles and ink. I adore the intimacy of the process with every tiny dot added one by one, using different tools but the same techniques used for millennia by our ancestors across the globe.
Check more of Goldilox's work on Facebook.

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