Results tagged “Kristel Oreto”

07:06 AM
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I'm a huge fan of, which never disappoints in offering cool, unique items -- from jewelry to home goods to apparel -- created by independent artists, including a good number of tattooers. So, for this Holiday Gift Guide I spent a lot of time on Etsy to find products with interesting tattoo twists.

First up, with all the buzz over the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser, I just had to share these Star Wars/Tattoo Mash-Ups by Adam Hayes of Red Rocket Tattoo, especially, the Holy Princess Leia, shown above. [* Side Note: There already is a Force Awakens tattoo. That was quick!]

The kid in me couldn't resist these beautiful handmade tattoo lady paper doll puppets, with their moving joints and adjustable parts, although I'll probably display rather than play with them because they're so pretty (shown below). I also dig Tessa the Tattooed Paper Doll, with all her kicky outfits. Ok, maybe I'll play with that one.

tattoo doll.jpgWhile I never get them out on time, holiday cards with tattoo themes offer a little more motivation to do so. Some of my favorites on Etsy are the MargaretaGR tattooed women of Xmas greetings (shown below), the tattooed Mike Tyson "Merry Chrithmith" card, and may favorite for the past couple years -- Sugarbeet Press' tattooed lady set.

For more shopping fun, check these tattooists' Etsy shop items:

* Sailor Whale tees from Olivier of Glamort Tattoo in Montreal.
* Handmade original book art by Tom Tapit of Triple Diamond Tattoo in Brooklyn.
* "Sex Flash" in the signature "bubble girlie style" of Kristel Oreto in Philadelphia.

Something for everyone's stockings!

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10:28 AM
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As March is National Women's History Month, we'll be doing even more profiles on female tattooers and collectors over the next few weeks.

To start it all off, it seems fitting that we profile the colorful Kristel Oreto as my feature on her for the UK's Total Tattoo is in the latest issue of the magazine (April 2012), and it also happens to be her first day working at Art Machine Productions in Philadelphia.

Here's a taste of the Total Tattoo article:

total tattoo oreto.jpgThere was a time when telling someone they "tattooed like a girl" would get you punched in the face. But Kristel Oreto unabashedly deems her portfolio "bubble girlie style," and has a clientele of both men and women who come to her for work that is sugar and spice, and occasionally, a death metal skull.

Much of her fan base need not travel far as Kristel is a fixture on the tattoo convention circuit but you can find her full time at Art Machine Productions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but she continues to tattoo, four times a year, at Crimson Anchor studio in New Port Richey, Florida, which is owned by her husband Joe Tattoo.

"Bubble girlie style" not only describes her tattoos, but her personality. "I'm a really girlie, over the top, bubbly person, so when people ask me to explain my work, it's just that: my style is me," says the 30-year-old native Floridian. "It's based off of New School--all my influences have come from New School--and things I love. I love filigree, old antique stuff and Hello Kitty. [...] I love the way the candy and cupcakes look. They are so happy and colorful. There's no way you can look at a cupcake or piece of candy and have a bad thought in your mind.

To read the entire piece, look for the issue at booksellers in Europe, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. You can also purchase a copy online.

To see more of Kristel's work, check her online portfolio and Facebook page.

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06:24 PM
Dragons mutated and infused with psychedelic colors in trippy tableaus. Preening pin-ups with the luscious, highly exaggerated proportions of adolescent fantasy. Creepy cute children inhabiting dark freakscapes. Political satire played out in anthropomorphic caricature. Kittens and rainbows.

They're all in Color Tattoo Art: Cartoon. Comics. Pin-Up. Manga. New School.

Yup, we've given birth to another monster in the series of large format, too-heavy-to-carry hardcovers for Edition Reuss Publishing. This time it's an ode to color bombs -- 496 pages filled with them. I'm honored to have worked with 42 exceptional artists from around the world (they are listed below), selecting 580 images of their stellar tattoo and fine art, as well as interviewing a number of them for thoughts on tattooing (and some personal gossip). It was a helluvalotta fun.

For a sneak peak into the book, check out the Color Tattoo Art Flickr set.
Genko_tattoo_LOW.jpgTattoo by Genko

Color Tattoo Art: Cartoon. Comics. Pin-Up. Manga. New School. It's a highly literal title to describe a book dedicated to graphic, animated tattoos as well as the paintings and drawings of tattooists. Were this book to be published in the 80s and early 90s, it may have simply been called New School -- a label often used to describe art that didn't fit into traditional tattoo categories like Americana, Tribal, & Japanese. But today, with styles blurring and evolving at a great pace, these highly saturated works are moving in different directions, defying easy classification with a catchy title. I briefly discuss this movement in my introduction and in the artist interviews, but we've largely let the work speak for itself on these full-color pages.

Joe_Capobianco_tattoo_low.jpg Tattoo by Joe Capobianco

In the book, you'll find the awesomeness of these international artists featured:

Joe Capobianco, Tony Ciavarro, Genko, Gunnar, Kristel Oreto, Jime Litwalk, Kowhey, Fred Laverne, Ed Perdomo, Jee, Joako, Eva Schatz, Ulrich Krammer, King Rat, Leo, Sean Herman, Bammer, Daveee, Woodpecker, Josh Woods, Steph D., Jason Stephan, Dimitri, Broda, Slawek, May,  Tiraf, Holly Azzara, Naoki, Fide, Electric Pick, Leah Moule, Jesse Smith, Morof, Kozuru, Ivana, Dave Fox, Gerrit Termaat, Peter Bobek, Scott Olive, Kosei, Olivier. [Olivier's work is featured on the cover.]


BOOK RELEASE PARTY: I hope you'll join us Saturday, June 25th, from 8-10PM at Sacred Gallery NYC in SoHo to celebrate the release of Color Tattoo Art. Copies of the book will be on sale for the discounted rate. [As well as discounted copies of Black & Grey Tattoo.] More info on the party to come.

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02:25 PM
tattoosprout.jpgI've featured the wild and wonderful tattoos of Kristel Oreto of Crimson Anchor tattoo here before, but today I get to write about her greatest work of art: her daughter Angel who has created one of my new favorite blogs called Tattoo Sprout

As Angel explains, Tattoo Sprout is about tattoo life, art, and the industry from a kid's perspective, with the ultimate goal of writing her first book about it all. She just recenty posted a profile on tattoo artist Jeremy Miller of Pigment Dermagraphics in Austin, TX. Here's a taste:

"Jeremy's style is a blend of New Skool and Realism. New Skool is a cartoonish style of tattooing and realism is photo realistic. His style is very popular among his clients. He likes things that can laugh at while he does the tattoo. He tattooed a chick-fil-a sandwich with fancy sauce on my mom's butt. I'm sure he had to get a few laughs out of that! Jeremy's style is very bold and colorful no matter what it is. His work is influenced a lot by Graffiti ( I <3 Graffiti ), cartoony art and from even flat imagery of traditional tattoo style. Most of his clients give him ideas then let him do his thing on the artwork. He has recently started working with textures and colored lines but is most importantly working on line weights. Jeremy WILL NOT do letters, he says he isn't good at them. He WILL NOT do tribal he doesn't like it."

I know! It's awesome, right?!

Bookmark Tattoo Sprout to read more great posts from a tattoo blog prodigy.
09:37 PM
nikko_hurtado+edward_scissorhands.jpgEdward Scissorhands tattoo by Nikko Hurtado.

I was going to take a full day off to mentally prepare for Thanksgiving with my family tomorrow, but after spending the afternoon at the MoMA, especially for the Tim Burton exhibit, I couldn't resist this links list.

Granted, going to see a popular exhibit the day before a holiday is never a bright idea -- although indeed amusing to hear parents explain to their kiddies what a severed head is; nevertheless, Brian and I braved the crowds and viewed everything from early character sketches to creepy baby mobiles. Awesome!

I was so inspired by the show that I did what any bod-mod nerd would do: I came home and researched Tim Burton-inspired tattoos. Wha? You wouldn't?

tim burton tattoo.jpgSadly, what I was found less than inspiring. Burton characters are imaginative art that professional tattooists can run wild with but unfortch it seems that many professional tattooists were not consulted. Instead a Google image search largely finds the work of that dude who "tats up" {shudder} from his kitchen table.

But when they are good, they are very good. So instead of doing the point-n-laugh at the bad ones, here are some faves:

* Nikko Hurtado's Edward Scissorhands portrait above. Nikko is incapable of doing anything but A-plus portraits but I particularly love how Johnny Depp's eyes glisten with soulfulness. Just like they did in 21 Jump Street.

* Brian Brenner of Truth & Triumph Tattoo is known for his smooth black & gray flow but how he uses perspective in tattoos, like in this Burton sleeve detail (right), shows how he expertly translates the 2D designs on a 3D canvas. [Image via]

*Luca Natalini at Transcend Tattoo has done a number of Burton-inspired pieces like this Corpse Bride sleeve and Nightmare Before Christmas work.

* I love Kristel Oreto's own cartoon creations but this Willy Wonka Augusta Gloop tattoo is supa- sweeeet.

So that's my skin ode to Tim Burton. The MoMA show runs until April 26, but you can also catch a glimpse of the works on view by downloading the PDF of the Exhibition Checklist here
12:04 PM
milestone tattoo.jpgPhoto by Tom Wallace for The Star Tribune.

It's been a while since I did a major run down of the tattoo headlines, and so to make it up to ya, I have monster review today -- one that begins with meaningful "milestone" tattoos and ends just above Khloe Kardashian's butt. I didn't say it was going to be a classy review but it will be meaty.

Let's start with the Minneapolis-St.Paul Star Tribune "permanent milestone" article, illustrated by the photo above and other shots by Tom Wallace, including some silver haired foxes who look great in their tattoos, answering that oft-repeated idiocy, "What will you look like at 70?" Like that question, the article has its share of tattoo cliches as well but we'll let it slide as it positively looks at tattooing to mark moments in people's lives. I know, we're all sick of the reality TV line that every tattoo has to have a story, but the real reality is that many still get tattooed to commemorate a person or moment, and the article reminds us art snobs of that.   

And hell, Minnesota needs some positive tattoo news as one city, Watertown, has banned any new tattoo studio from opening up next year. Officials say, "We have nothing against tattoos" [followed by "some of my best friend are tattooed"?], and that the ban is in place while they craft regulations for the industry. Currently, no professional tattoo studio exists in the city, so guess what usually happens in these cases: kitchen table scratchers and dangerous tattoo parties fill the void. It's a sad irony that rules meant to "protect the public" often end up hurting people the most.

Regulating the tattoo industry can be done without full-on bans. Just look at how Indiana tattooists are lobbying for stricter tattoo laws while their machines keep running. According to the Journal Gazette, anyone can buy a tattoo kit and work underground, so professional tattooists are asking legislators to limit the sale of tattoo equipment in the state to licensed artists. They are also asking that certain requirements be met before a tattoo license is given. Those requirements, supported by the Alliance of Professional Tattooists, include the following:  "a three-year apprenticeship, 1,200 hours of training and 50 supervised procedures before granting a permit and allowing an artist to work on the general public."

Yikes, too many blocks of text so far. I will lose you, precious reader, if I don't do something. Behold, Darwin's finches as a butterfly tattooed by Henry Rhodes of Electric Ladyland (via the Science Tattoo Emporium):

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Ok, back to my tattoo law blather ...

Zoning continues to be the biggest obstacle facing artists in the US who want to open up shop, like those at Thoroughbred Tattoo in South Carolina. [Keep in mind that South Carolina didn't legalize tattooing in the state until March 2006. Oklahoma was the last state to lift their tattoo ban in May 2006.] Best way to combat it: make friends with your local city council or run yourself.

The final legal news nugget is about appearance-based discrimination. The Missouri Southern State University Nursing School has a new admission policy barring visible tattoos, saying that the policy helps students who may later seek jobs at hospitals who have similar tattoo bans. The article is quick to note hospitals that do allow tattoos and only ask that they be covered at work. What is truly bizarre about this article is a statement by the school spokesman that "tattoos on the hands could pose an infectious disease risk, even if a student covered the ink with a bandage." Huh? What am I missing here? How?

hellokitty tattoo.jpgTime for more tattoo eye candy: Hello Kitty as the Greek goddess Athena by Kristel Oreto (shown right).

Kristel is one of three female tattoo artists profiled in the news this past week. She talks to the Tampa Tribune about how she came to the craft and also offers some tattoo tips. See Kristel's online portfolio here.

Melanie Nead of Icon Tattoo, is profiled in The Oregonian. My favorite quote from her is when she was asked "Why tattoos?" Her response: "It's one of the crafts where you're never truly a master at it [...] You can always outdo yourself."

And tattoo veteran of 31 years, Sheila Whited talks to the Surburbanite about owning the oldest operating tattoo parlor in the Akron, Ohio area. She says, "I've tattooed generations. Some kids come in and say that I tattooed their grandparents, so they had to come to me to get theirs." Sheila is also known for doing cosmetic tattoos to help surgery patients disguise scars, and has worked with the Akron Health Department to develop health and hygiene laws.

Another tattoo artist also made the mainstream media despite not possessing ovaries: 

Ottawa's Glen Paradis has a Q&A with the Ottawa Citizen on his Princess Leia crush, religious butt tattoos, and the latest tattoo trend in his city.

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