It's Halloween, and so naturally, I had to fill this space with the dark and eerie ... and so naturally, this space belongs to the master of the dark arts, Paul Booth of Last Rites Tattoo Theater and Gallery.
Last month, Tattoo Artist Magazine posted a beautifully produced video interview with Paul (below), where you can get a glimpse inside Last Rites and hear Paul tell tales, with his signature dry humor.
Also check the latest exhibition of Last Rites Gallery, The 13th Hour, either online or in person, as the show runs until December 7th. More images posted to the Last Rites Gallery Facebook page.
You can also find Paul on Twitter & Instagram.
Here's a contest for tattooists looking to share their realism work and also get the chance to win prizes that could help further their craft:
The Nikko Color Contest is a collaboration between portrait phenom Nikko Hurtado, Sullen Clothing, Tattoo Artist Magazine and Fusion Tattoo Ink.
The contest is on Sullen Facebook, where artists can post up their color portrait tattoos and the fans will vote on the best. The winner will be chosen by Nikko Hurtado himself, Ryan Smith of Sullen Clothing and Kent from Tattoo Artists Magazine. Submissions are being accepted until May 2nd and the finalists will be posted May 11th. The winner will be chosen May 16th. That lucky artist will receive a FREE Nikko Fusion Ink Set, Nikko DVD, Sullen Clothing gear, a feature in TAM Blog and more.
Good luck to all you talented readers!
Nikko Hurtado tattoo via Twitter.
For almost a year now, tattoo and fine artist Jason Tyler Grace has been on the road with the goal of tattooing on every continent and experiencing the freedom and adventure that go with selling off your possessions and winging it around the world. He began his journey last January in Costa Rica and has traveled to Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Bolivia. And he's got stories to tell. And they are good.
Jason is back in the States for a bit, and last night over Jameson and Guinness, he told me about crooked cops and cocaine tours; tripping through Macchu Picchu; working tiny conventions and doing guest spots at some great studios like Nazareno Tubaro's place and Well Done Tattoos in Argentina; and also getting tattooed himself. We talked till 2am and I still didn't hear half of his adventures, but thankfully he's been keeping a journal and has begun sharing his travel diary in Tattoo Artist Magazine. Read part of his first installment on the TAM blog. Here's a taste:
He also has a travel blog, which he updates on occasion. A seriously compelling read.
Jason is in Brooklyn now tattooing at Three Kings Tattoo, and then will be in San Francisco, back at his old haunt Idle Hand Tattoo January 3-15th. In February, you'll find him in Melbourne, Australia at Dynamic Tattoo; from there, he says he plans to go around South East Asia, and who knows what will be next. He'll be somewhere near you soon, so hit him up for top tattoo work and a good story.