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Todd Torres tattoos.jpgTattoos above by @alan_ink @beestingtattoo @meganjeanmorris @tattoos_by_anam @jesselevitt @boristattoo.

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Tattoo above by Boris of Hungary.
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I'm embarrassing at tattoo conventions. When I see someone wearing or creating beautiful work, I get ... overenthusiastic. This has led to many walking away from me, with a mix of fear and confusion. But it has also led to many friendships, based on a shared loved and excitement for tattoos. Thankfully, Todd Torres falls in that latter category.

I first met Todd via the tattoo social media web and got to admire his growing collection posted online; however, meeting him at the Toronto Tattoo Convention last year, and seeing how wonderful the tattoos look in person, brought out the true tattoo geek in me. You'll understand why when you check this list of artists who have tattooed him:

Randy Engelhard, Boris, Anam, Marshall Bennett, Megan Jean Morris, Joe Riley, Jason Peacher, Mathew Clarke, Rember, Dmitry VisionDan Henk, Lalo, Alan Ramirez, Jessie Levitt, and John Wayne.

Yup, an amazing collection -- which was recently featured Sullen TV's Tattoo Collector series.

In the video, Todd shares some of his tattoo stories and thoughts on collecting. He's refreshingly straight forward, with none of the grand monologues you see on reality TV about deep existential experiences behind every ounce of ink; in fact, he says that only one tattoo, a rose in tribute to his grandmother, holds meaning beyond the artwork. Todd explains that his tattoos are a hobby, one that he gets to indulge in as he frequently travels being a professional poker player.

Check the video (embedded below) to see more of Todd's work. You may also want to check the tattoo feed that Todd curates on Instagram for @thebragartlist, a mobile app designed to help people easily find where they can get great tattoos.

I'll be doing more posts on tattoo collectors like Todd, in addition to artist profiles.  And yes, they will all be overenthusiastic.

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mgm and anam tattoo collab.jpgCollaborative tattoo by Anam and Megan Jean Morris

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Korea's Chun tattooing.

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Japanese backpiece tattoo.jpgRish's backpiece by Fibs.

tribal leg tattoo.jpgTribal fusion tattoo by Evan Beers.

me and beers.jpgSelfie with Evan Beers. Evan tattooed his own head and face. Watch the video here.

This past weekend, the Hilton Midtown Hotel in Manhattan was flooded with beautiful tattooed bodies at the Empire State Tattoo Expo, repping the diversity of tattoo collectors in NYC and beyond. 

The main attraction was an international All-Star tattoo artist line-up, gathered together by a stellar tattooer himself, Stefano Alcantara, for the Inked-organized show. Paul Booth curated a fine art exhibit as part of the event, and Paul also treated a lucky contest winner to a collaborative tattoo with famed Nikko Hurtado. There were the convention staples of sideshow, burlesque, vendors and competitions -- with some exceptional pieces on view during the contests, such as the Best of Show winner by Randy Engelhard, shown below.

From my book signing table, I grabbed some people from the convention floor for my signature bad iPhone shots, sampled above, and I stole a few photos posted below from the Expo's Facebook page, which has many more pictures to view. On Instagram, check #nyempirestatetattooexpo for more scenes from the show.

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Best of Show: Randy Engelhard tattoo.

Vitcor Portugal tattooing.jpgVictor Portugal freehanding a backpiece.

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Cover-up tattooed by Tim Kern at the Evergreen Tattoo Invitational.

This morning, my tattoo news alert was blowing up with mainstream media coverage of tattoo events across the US. This past weekend, three major conventions took place:  the Evergreen Tattoo Invitational in Springfield, Oregon; the Motor City Tattoo Expo in Detroit, Michigan; and the West Texas Tattoo Convention in San Angelo, Texas.

The Evergreen Tattoo Invitational received a lot of local press coverage, particularly for a first convention, which was organized by Joshua Carlton and Riley Smith. The more extensive coverage came from The Register-Guard, which posted this video (below), as well as some photos from the convention floor.  You can also find a slideshow from Evergreen at

randy engelhard tattoo.jpgTattoo above by Randy Engelhard, winner at the Motor City Tattoo Expo.

The Motor City Tattoo Expo celebrated its 19th year as Michigan's most popular convention. The Detroit News covered the event, as did MLive, which also has a sizable slideshow of images from the show. As with other convention coverage, there was an emphasis on the tattoo TV reality stars in attendance.

For the West Texas Tattoo Convention, K-San news offered this video, featuring a quickie interview with Oliver Peck.

I'll be covering my hometown NYC Tattoo Convention, March 7-9

09:16 AM
Randy Engelhard tattoo3.jpgThe last decade has seen an evolution of portrait tattoos -- whether they be hyper-realistic or conveyed through a surrealistic lens. Artists throughout the world have dedicated their craft to mastering this difficult tattoo style with explosive results.

In Germany, one such artist specializing in this genre is Randy Engelhard of Heaven of Colours studio. Tattooing since 2001, Randy began working in all styles until he came to color portraiture about five years ago, inspired by his mentor Boris Zalaszam and other realism wunderkinds including Mike De Vries and Roman Abrego. Film and animation characters make up a great deal Randy's portfolio as well as personal portrait tributes of his clients.

Now clients need not travel to Zwickau, Germany for work. Randy will be doing his first guest spot in NYC at Sacred Tattoo from August 13th to the 18th. [His rate is $250/hour.]
If you're interested in an appointment, email   

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