Results tagged “Straight edge”

Jul201212
02:15 PM

DAN SMITH - TATTOOER from patrick moore on Vimeo.

Here's a beautifully produced video by Patrick Moore on the beautifully produced Dan Smith, which follows the tattooist and musician as he draws, tattoos, and drives without a license through Hollywood.

In the film, the English born, New Zealand-bred artist muses on music, his first tattoo at 16 years old, and coming to the craft himself, where he learned the importance of history, respect and hard work. Many know Dan from LA Ink, and he discusses his experience on the show and what it was like to do what he loved and hand it over for someone to cut and paste it all to make the series a success; however, he's positive about how the show reached such a wide audience and showcased strong tattoo work.

Dan's Straight Edge lifestyle is also credited with his success. He paid tribute to it by creating a gorgeous hardcover, "With the Light of Truth," featuring the tattoos, art, and profiles of 60 Straight Edge tattoo artists from around the world. [We wrote about the book last November.]

While the video films Dan working on one particular work, you can see more of his tattoos on his site and blog. And to hear his music, head to Thedearanddeparted.com.

Also check Patrick Moore's fabulous photography, with many portraits of the tattooed.


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Jan201131
03:27 PM



Really excited to find Sean Bonner's post on Boing Boing featuring this mini-documentary on Brazilian tattoo artist Maneko. In the 8 minute video, created by 13th Unit, Maneko discusses his life in tattoo, the vegan straight-edge lifestyle, and his personal philosophy of gratitude and enjoying life.

[I'm grateful to have Maneko as one of the featured artists in Black & Grey Tattoo]

Thanks to Dr. Matt Lodder for the link!
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