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Sep201408
07:48 AM
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Tattoo stories in the news this past week included a number of profiles on great artists as well as some interesting features on the intersection of tattoos and economics. Here's the run down:

So, all my social media feeds were blowing up with photos and dispatches from this weekend's Montreal Tattoo Convention. In fact, as I'm typing this, photos are still streaming from the after party. [These days, "after party" for me is a cheeseburger post Zumba class.] For a look into the success behind the show, the Montreal Gazette profiled power couple Pierre Chapelan and Valerie Emond, who fully took over the reigns this year in organizing the show on their own. [They had co-organized it with others for the past 11 years.] I particularly liked that they discussed Pierre's experience learning to tattoo from his father Michel, also a highly respected artist.      
 
For some great shots from the Montreal convention, check David Wong's Flickr photostream, which include the images above of Mikel Tattoo Sangha and Chester Bonnaventure tattooing.

In addition to Pierre, another top artist making mainstream headlines is Pietro Sedda, featured in the Daily Star. Granted, his work is shown under the unfortunate headline, "Freaky faceless tattoos! Is this the world's weirdest ink?" but if that's what it takes to get people's attention to exciting and innovative work, well ... it could be worse. We posted on Pietro last October. You can find his latest work, including the tattoo below, on his site, Instagram, and Facebook.

I was also pleasantly surprised to find in The New Yorker a profile on Scott Campbell, tattooer/artist/designer and more recently wine maker. It's a quick read, but an interesting one. Here's a taste:

At sixteen, he got his first real tattoo (after a small starter skull): a huge purple scarab on his left shoulder. His beloved mother had recently died of cancer, and he'd run away from home to Houston, and "the cultural value of anything was how much it irritated my father"--an oil-company executive. "He'd never get a tattoo, so if I got a tattoo it was a promise to myself to never become like him." Texas yawned at his feet. "Now that I'm about the age he was then--well, if I had to deal with my wife dying, and having two kids to raise, I don't know if I could do it without crawling into the bottom of a bottle, either." (Charlie Campbell says that he quit drinking before his wife died.)

The scarab has become a faded time capsule, but, Campbell said, "I don't regret it, just like I don't regret this guy"--he showed off a primitive chicken head on his shin. "A buddy and I used safety pins to drunkenly tattoo each other in Edward Albee's barn in Montauk, and it came out so bad he tattooed 'Sorry' underneath. It's my worst one, but I find myself looking at it a lot, so maybe it's my best one.

Beyond artist profiles, The Economist wrote about tattoos and
recidivism, that is, how visibly tattooed prisoners tend to find themselves back in jail.  Kaitlyn Harger, a PhD student at West Virginia University, states that employers are less likely to hire those with facial/neck/hand and other visible tattoos, which can lead to recidivism. According to Harger, it can cost $30,000 a year to house one prisoner, and so she argues, "free removal for every prisoner would be sensible economics."  

Finally, in our Needles & Sins Facebook group,
Anna Felicity Friedman pointed to the SF Gate article on the safety risks of tattoo kits, particularly the "Stick & Poke kits," which I wrote about in January. The article also reminds readers that the FDA does not regulate tattoo inks (or these kits). It's my hope that, with all the great features on top tattooers in the news, people will skip the stick & pokes, and go for something safer and artful. 

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Oct201307
07:52 AM
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At the London Tattoo Convention, I got to pour through the portfolio of Pietro Sedda of
The Saint Mariner  -- a gorgeous studio in Milan, Italy.

In a sea of exceptional artists, for me, what stood out about Pietro's work is his often surreal compositions stylized in a very real traditional tattoo way. It's as if Sailor Jerry & Rene Magritte had a love child, and that love child was a big bearded Italian tattooer.

Every time I passed by Pietro's booth, he was working, so I didn't get to stop him for an interview, but I found this video (below) by Flash Factory that features his work -- in an uncoventional way, naturally.

Check more tattoos by Pietro on his site, Instagram, and on Facebook.

Pietro Sedda - The saint mariner professional tattooing from Flash Factory on Vimeo.

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