Results tagged “Philadelphia”

Mar201201
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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Jan201131
01:28 PM
dave fox art.jpgThis Friday is the book release party and art show of A Novel Idea? The Art of Dave Fox at JINXED/The Toothless Cat in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia. The opening coincides with the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention that runs from Friday through Sunday. [Dave will also be hosting the closing party for the convention.]

A Novel Idea? is a 240-page collection of Dave's paintings spanning over 13 years, compiled in a hardcover deluxe format released by Presto Publishing. It includes a parade of the trippy characters who populate Dave's tattoos as well as fine art. At the opening, 20 original paintings from the book will be on display and for sale. Dave will be signing copies of A Novel Idea?, which can be purchased for $40. 

dave fox painting2.jpgRenowned for his "new school" work since the nineties, Dave continues to inspire, invigorating his new works with a blend of Japanese iconography and animated compositions. Dave says that he's inspired by cartoon and heavy metal album artwork, creating "an eclectic, contently-confused mix of scary monsters, pretty girls, twisted flowers, and disturbed animals that have been known to send the viewer home laughing or leaving cross-eyed with a feeling of pure meaninglessness." All in good fun, of course.

Dave is currently working at Black Vulture Gallery, in Fishtown, Philly. For appointments, email him at davefoxtattoos at comcast.net.

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dave fox tattoo1.jpgView more of his tattoos and paintings on DaveFoxTattoos.com.
Oct201022
10:49 AM
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Philadelphia photographer, Jamie Siever, has a body of work that is awwww worthy: the tattooed family portarits with beautiful newborns (and pregnant bellies) cradled in decorated arms. Jamie, who also photographs the unadorned, explains the spark behind this work:

From the very first time I photographed a tattooed mother with her newborn baby, I was hooked. I love the striking contrast of a tattooed parent's inked skin against their new baby's pristine skin. I love to see the arms of a tattooed daddy tickling his son, or a child peeking around her tattooed mama's calves.

Jamie was so inspired by the tattoo stories that a blog was born complete photos and interviews with Phillie tattoo artists. The portraits of tattooists working are less cute but pretty cuddly nonetheless depending on your taste.

See more tattooed portraits below.

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Dec200929
08:44 AM
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GritCity Inc. recently released a tattoo photo-book focusing on Philadelphia's tattoo culture:  Tatted: A Documentation of Self Expression the Most Permanent Ways.

The Pure Gold Gallery, host to the book release party, exhibited images from the 160-page hardcover with this tag: "3 City Blocks, 1 Year, 1 Pad of Paper, and 1 Photographer."

That photographer is Philly's own Marianne Bernstein who hunted tattooed strangers along the three-block stretch of South Street for a year, asking if she could photograph them and their tattoos. She says that she approached about 100 people and only one refused. In addition to taking their portrait, she gave them her notebook and asked if they could write down what their tattoos mean to them.

The book opens up with an essay by Independence Seaport Museum curator Craig Bruns, who offers a history of the art in Philadelphia. He calls the city "the cradle of the American tattoo," noting that sailors brought tattooing to the "New World" when Philadelphia was the nation's largest port. Other essays include those by tattooists Guy Aitchison, Shawn Barber, Troy Timpel, and the old salt himself Philadelphia Eddie, among others.

Read more about the book's genesis in the Philadelphia Inquirer article, which also includes an extensive photo gallery  from the release party and the book itself.

You can buy Tatted directly from GritCity for about $35.

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PS: Ok, you know how much I hate the word "tatts" and any derivative thereof, but as Miguel keeps telling me, it's part of street culture and I need to chill. Considering the book is about street photography and tattoos, I will.

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