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Just back from vacation and catching up on the tattoo goodness I missed while helping the Greek economy with my food and bar tabs.
One such piece of goodness is the latest in Vice's VBS.TV series "Tattoo Age," which profiles renowned tattooers without any stomach-churning faux drama. Last month, the show featured Dan Santoro. Now August's three-part close-up is on the inimitable tattoo, graffiti and fine artist Grime of Skull & Sword in San Francisco.
Part 1 of Grime's profile focuses on his "tweeked out" portfolio, with plenty of tattoo images interspersed between commentary from the Skull & Sword crew as well as Saved Tattoo's Chris O'Donnell and Civ of Lotus Tattoo. In the video, Grime discusses how he approaches his work so that it "doesn't look like anyone else's" (otherwise, why would clients go to him, he says). Chris adds that he believes Grime came onto the tattoo scene "angry at the status quo" and wanting to change things up; while Civ talks about how Grime's burn accident as a kid shaped his intense drive to continually challenge himself. Watch the episode below.
At midnight, Vice will air Part 2, a more intimate view of the artist. I got a sneak peek and enjoyed watching Grime riffle through his old drawings and stencils, and show of his custom skate deck collection. Of course, there's plenty of tattoo talk, especially on his artistic influences like Marcus Pacheco of Primal Urge in Oakland. Also well worth the watch.
UPDATE: Here's the direct link to Part 2 of the Grime series.
Following Grime's profile is Troy Denning, Mike Rubendall, and Freddy Corbin. Will post links to those videos when they're up.
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:
Celebrating its sixth successful year, A Convention of the Tattoo Arts will take place October 22-24, this year in SF at The San Francisco Airport Hyatt Regency. Organized by State of Grace Productions, the show is run by tattooists for tattooists and collectors, and not by a convention corp trying to squeeze a buck out of the "tattoo fad." In addition to the hand-picked roster of artists, there are a number of exciting events that weekend.
For one, there's the groundbreaking seminar by Chris Conn Askew: "Drawing Women for Tattoo, the Chris Conn Way." The class, which costs $200 a person, entails a slide-show presentation and lecture, live sketching, and Q&A with the artist (who retired from tattooing in 2006). Program details can be found on Chris's Tumblr blog. Each attendee will also receive an instructional sketchbook, signed and numbered, exclusive to this convention. The seminar is a limited-enrollment event and is already 90% booked, so if you're interested, it's best to get in touch with Chris at email@example.com right away (no drop-ins will be accepted). You can view more of Chris' fine art, like the one above, on his gallery page.
A number of book releases and signings are taking place as well: Grime's much anticipated book covering his last ten years, and Jill "Horiyuki" Mandelbaum's Tattoo Artist: A Collection of Narratives. Also for sale will be the Bob Roberts: In a World of Compromise I Don't and These Old Blue Arms: The Life & Work of Amund Dietzel, among other books.
The show kicks off Thursday evening, October 21st, with an opening party hosted by Black Heart Tattoo. For more info, check the convention site.
On Saturday, June 26th tattooer Todd Noble will be celebrating the grand opening of his new shop, Right Coast Tattoo. Big news for the folks of Fenwick Island, DE, but even better, Noble will play host to guest artists Grime, Bert Krak, Civ, Steve Boltz, Eli Quinters and Mike Shea.
There will also be $10 tickets available for the greatest raffle of the decade (next to that Chris Conn raffle) a 4-hour tattoo from Grime. There is also the promise of a pig roast and crab fest, and the festivities are set to go "all day til the wee hours."
I am well aware that this shindig doesn't kick off for a few weeks, but we're giving you ample time to plan here!
Right Coast Tattoo
205 Coastal Highway
Fenwick Island, DE.
Let's just all assume that Marisa's new Black Tattoo Art book is already on everybody's list -- and it should be, since it's the kind of book that I imagine will be one of those much sought after publications fifty years from now. Anyway, history is important, books are good, here's three you can still get and should be reading or purchasing immediately. We'll go reverse chronologically.
Underway is the Only Way
This is the one that prompted me to make this little list, and while you can still snag a copy on Book Mistress, it's not currently in print. So go get a copy now and read the rest of this later. A joint effort between Grime and Horitaka, Underway is all interviews with current tattooers, both old vets and younger guys, and they run the gamut: Jack Rudy, Marcus Pacheco, Filip Leu, Corey Miller and a Chris O'Donnell/Mike Rubendall conversation where beer is spilled at least four times. It's a really fantastic look at how a lot of tattooers came up, but what's even better is that the conversations are long; which means they get in to some great topics, instead of just bitching about TV shows. There's also Guy Aitchison, Aaron Cain, Troy Denning...
New York City Tattoo
I got this book a few years ago and it's always a fun one to come back to. Sam O'Reilly got the ball rolling in Chinatown in 1875 and New York City Tattoo picks up with tattooers like Brooklyn Blackie, Huck Spaulding and the Moskowitz brothers. It's all oral interviews and full of stories about grungy, closet-sized spaces and serious bare-knuckle brawls before the ban in 1964. This was real deal tattooing and if it doesn't make you respect the trade and its rough-and-tumble western roots, then I'm sending a certain fiery redhead your way that I'm sure can sort you out. There's also some amazing old photos and some great old flash.
Tattoo: Secrets of a Strange Art
Originally published by Simon and Schuster in 1933, Dover re-printed Albert Parry's work in 2006. Pretty sure someone mentioned this on N+S, or maybe it was the old Needled, but it's definitely worth a look -- they've got Charlie Wagner in here! It gives you the 1930s perspective, which can be pretty hilarious but also surprisingly similar to the current state of affairs here in 2009. Take, for example, tattooers throwing a fit when they started making ladies pajamas with tattoo designs on them. Parry does a good job of talking to folks and trying to get to the bottom of why so many different types of people seem to love tattoos: ladies, kids, criminals, hookers, circus folks. Also has some photos and flash designs, but they aren't the focus.
Now, there are a few books I failed to mention. Here's another quick list of books we've covered on here (in varying depth) that you should also check out, and, of course, the Shige book has already become one of those much sought after publications...so we assume it's assumed. But:
* The Art of Shige
* Tattoo Machines: Tall Tales, True Stories & My Life in Ink
* John Reardon's The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting a Tattoo
* The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olivia Oatman
* Tattoo in Japan
Also, Lal Hardy's Mammoth Book of Tattoos is worth a look, too, for some great current work and Vintage Tattoos is fun for some classic designs. Ok, so this was what, three lists? Two and a half? Feel free to add!
If there was a "Henry Lewis is My Homeboy" tee, I'd drape it over my D's with pride. The SF tattooist and painter is featured in this month's Juxtapoz magazine and it's a must read. In fact, the whole issue is cover-to-cover good this month.
Henry tattoos at Grime's Skull & Sword in the Mission District, and paints in a wild studio space he shares with Shawn Barber, also profiled in last month's Back Talk section of the mag.
Juxtapoz online also features other tattoo goodness; check the following:
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