Results tagged “Patrick Sullivan”

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thing art auction.JPGArtwork above by Charlie Lacroix.

Two exciting charity exhibitions are opening soon, offering an opportunity to score artwork from your favorite tattooers for a good cause.

The "Beware of the Thing! exhibition opens tomorrow, February 26th from 7 to 11pm, at the Neon Parlour, in Thornbury, Melbourne, Australia. It's a super-cool show of tattooed silicone hands and sheets (shown above) created for the exhibit by over 30 stellar tattoo artists in Australia and throughout the world. Those artists include Sasha Unisex, Apro Lee, Grace Neutral and Australia's own Terry James, Fabz, Mimsy, Matt Deverson, and many more.

All profits from the auctioning of the artworks will go to Safesteps and WIRE, two Melbourne based organizations dedicated to providing support to women and children experiencing domestic violence. The exhibit, which is presented by The 4th Wall, Inked and Things & Ink magazines, also offers attendees of the opening a chance to tattoo Thing hands and also win them.

Can't make it to Melbourne? Well, you can bid on the tattooed artwork on eBay. Right now, the silicon sheets are up online and the hands go up for bid tomorrow.

For more info, Check, on Instagram @thinggallery, and on Facebook.

In Brooklyn, NYC, the 2nd Annual Warriors Fund Art Show and Auction opens March 11th, 7pm, at tattoo studio Eight of Swords. In its second year, the event benefits the students of the Wounded Knee District School (WKDS). As noted on the Warrior's Fund site, WKDS serves 134 K-8 students on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. WKDS, like most schools on reservations across the country, is geographically isolated, contends with a severe lack of funding, and has one of the highest drop-out rates in the nation.  
The charity exhibit will showcase original artwork from nearly fifty top tattooers, including New York City veterans like Timothy Hoyer, Virginia Elwood, and Stephanie Tamez. Work from Cheyenne Randall, a native artist who has gained popularity in recent years with his "shopped tattoo" photographs under the name @IndianGiver, will also be featured, as well as Wounded Knee Skateboards, a group that was instrumental in building a skate park on Pine Ridge, and raises awareness through artwork and skate decks.

Last year, the Warriors Fund raised $10,000 to support the WKDS; specifically, to fund training for suicide prevention counselors and its food pantry. [With only a single convenience store on the reservation and the nearest grocery store a staggering 70 miles away, Principal Alice Phelps took matters into her own hands and started a food pantry that she runs out of the school for families that are the most in need. And that is what the Warriors Fund aims to keep stocked.]
The Warriors Fund is organized by our friend Patrick Sullivan, along with tattooers Dave C. Wallin and Betty Rose of Eight of Swords. [Betty is also the creator of, an online community spotlighting women in the tattoo industry.]

For more info, visit and Instagram @warriorsfund.

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Tattooers donating their art for sale to help feed hungry children. That's The Warriors Fund: an exhibit & silent auction to support the students of the Wounded Knee District School (WKDS) on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The opening of the show and auction takes place on Friday, March 6th at 8 of Swords in Brooklyn, and will be on view through the month. It's an event in which a very targeted benefit can be placed in the hands of kids, all through the efforts of our own tattoo community.

The Warriors Fund is being organized by our friend Patrick Sullivan, who, along with tattooers Dave Wallin and Betty Rose, invited over 75 tattooers across the country to donate an original drawing or painting that will be sold to raise money for the food pantry at WKDS, which was created to help feed the 134 Kindergarten to 8th graders on the reservation.

In his Inked mag interview, Pat explained what inspired the charity:

It all really started with one word: food. After donating online, I'd gotten in touch with the principal of the Wounded Knee District School, Alice Phelps. I wanted to do more, so I asked Alice, "What can I do? What do you need?" And she said, "Food." That was kind of a gut-punch. All of the students qualify for meals in school during the day, but most, if not at all, need assistance at home. Feeding America comes out to do a food distribution once a month but the need is a lot greater than that, so Alice started her own food pantry that she runs out of the school. When I talked to her I discovered the nearest grocery store is 80 miles away and these Kindergarten-through-eighth graders often go home to empty cupboards. I felt like I needed to do something about it and kind of took Alice's example. Kids aren't getting enough food? Start a food pantry. You need food for the food pantry? Do a show and raise money to get that food.
The show features work from respected artists including Timothy Hoyer, Mike Aul, David Sena, and Scott Sylvia, among others, and also includes work from Cheyenne Randall, known for his "Shopped Tattoos" on iconic images (including the one below). In addition, Matt Arriola designed the benefit t-shirt, which will be available for purchase as well.

For more, check The Warriors Fund site, Instagram, and Facebook

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Next week, Solid State Publishing--an enterprise of Solid State Tattoo in Milwaukee--is releasing These Old Blue Arms: The Life and Work of Amund Dietzel. The preview page they've got up looks fantastic and at over 200 pages and a mere $50, you'd be crazy not to order this bad boy.

Marisa will have a full review coming up after she tears through her copy.

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09:34 AM
stanley moskowitz by Shawn Barber.jpgThe March issue of Inked Mag is out now and, as Marisa has previously pointed out, along with featuring beautiful heavily tattooed women in lesser and lesser states of undress, there are occasionally some righteous articles written by some or one of these here contributors on N+S.

This month, I got to speak with living legend "Bowery" Stan Moskowitz. And while I was nervous that he'd somehow be able to reach through the phone to break my face and toss me down a flight of stairs, I managed to get through the interview in one piece.

Here's a little preview of why you didn't -- and don't -- fuck with Bowery Stan. 

There are a lot of rough stories from [the Bowery] days.

...You didn't know who the hell was comin' through the doorway. One time this guy comes in and he punches me in the stomach. See, I have to remember that 'cause no one ever did that before. And he says to me, "You do a good job, kid," and here he punched me in the stomach, the fuck. I picked up a ball-peen hammer I had and I hit him right in the head with it. Right in the forehead! Holy shit, it starts to bleed like a bastard!

And then you tattooed him anyway.

Yeah, I tattooed him. Well, my father saw the guy bleeding and he was spurtin' blood everywhere. He had a hot towel he put on him and he put this here blood-stopper on, and finally it stopped. So then my old man sat him down and I tattooed him! He gave me a tip and said he was sorry. [Laughs.] You know, it's laughable. It wasn't laughable then. Jesus Christ, now that I think of it--it's a good thing I wasn't older. 

Stan is currently living in Florida and it's rumored that he'll be tattooing (still!) at this year's Philadelphia Tattoo Convention March 26th-28th.

Painting of Stanley by Shawn Barber.
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Thumbnail image for 12966_1278220799105_1337551152_30828679_4891032_n.jpgThat's right, I used the word tat, but in all fairness it goes really well with the word zappin'. Let me preface this post by explaining something about dudes and tattoos and barber shops. Nothing beats a good haircut, especially when you've got a great barber and especially when that barber is a great old guy from Sicily named Gaspare. His father owned a barber shop there and he started helping out by shaving customers at age seven. With a straight razor. When Gaspare was still a kid in Sicily, barber shops in New York City were sharing space with tattooers like Charlie Wagner and Jack Redcloud, and some barbers also tattooed on the side, like Willie Moskowitz.

Yesterday, after literally months of rescheduling, myself and a couple friends finally got to do a  day of haircuts and tattoos. (No buzz-cuts, though. That also just sounded good.) Put down the Lame Whistle; I understand we can't recreate the days of the down and dirty Bowery -- besides, I'm pretty sure I'd get my ass kicked real quick in those days -- but the least we could do is have a good time while giving a slight nod to tattooing's roots. 

We got to the barber shop around noon and lined up for haircuts. Andy got a shave, too, and we all left Gaspare's feeling like a hundred dollars. I first met Andy Perez a couple years ago around the time I'd heard he had started tattooing. Currently, he's working out of Jersey City Tattoo Co. with tattooers Adam Paterson and Chuck Daly, but since he's only there a few days a week, we headed back to his place and got set up. Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 11047_204027122515_587927515_4272261_1269339_n.jpg

Quick disclaimer: neither myself nor Needles and Sins promotes sketchy, kitchen table tattooing. Luckily, Andy's setup is all above board: sterile needles, disposable tubes, madacide, etc.

And hey, if Marisa can handle getting tattooed in a hotel lobby, I can handle a rumbly apartment off the BQE. It should also be noted that I'm not one to go around posting every time I get a new tattoo, but I figured this is okay because it's a little different.
Ryan went first and writhed through some serious script on his collar bone. He made it out alive, if not a little exhausted, and I chose a pretty righteous skull from Andy's latest set of flash. He opted to stick with just black, red and yellow, leaving out the bits of blue from the original design. He knocked it out in no time and now I've got a sweet and clean daggered skull just below the knee pit. It's even got a gold tooth, so it's legit.   

Check out Andy's blog and if you can't make it out to Jersey City, it's possible he'll make a private appointment. Getting haircuts is also recommended. 

12:38 PM
Underway.jpgLet'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 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!

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