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02:08 PM
tattoo world calendar.jpgLast week, I told y'all to give me a shout, in this giveaway post, if you wanted to win the 2013 Tattoo World calendar, the companion to the Tattoo World hardcover I edited for Abrams books. The wall calendar is filled (perhaps overfilled) with photos of tattoo work from some of the best artists across the globe.

Well, I plugged into the names of all those who commented on the post in our Needles & Sins Syndicate Group on Facebook or hit me up @NeedlesandSins on Twitter and the two winners are .... Tracy Joe and Deborah Bliss! Congrats!

For those interested in getting your hands on 12 months of tattoo goodness, you can buy the calendar much cheaper off of, and you can also find them offline at stores like Barnes & Noble in the US, as well as museum stores like MOMA and the Brooklyn Museum in NYC.

More contests to come!

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08:43 AM
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I have another giveaway for you from my own personal stash:  the 2013 Tattoo World calendar, which I curated for Abrams Books.

Two readers will received the 12x12 wall calendar, which features more than 100 tattoo photos from the world's best artists -- too many to list here.  The calendar is based on the Tattoo World hardcover, written by Michael Kaplan and edited by yours truly.

Each month is organized by theme; for example, December is all about the dragon and how different artists interpret it, from Colin Dale's Nordic mythology to Mike Rubendall's Japanese-influenced creations. Every image is credited right underneath with the artists' names and their websites, so you will know right away who did it and where to see more. My role in the calendar was deciding on the artists and pool of images for the designers to choose from. I would have liked there to be less tattoos per month so that the images could be much bigger, but the publishers felt it was better to have as many pix as possible.

But hell, I'm giving two away and they retail online and at major book stores (like Barnes & Noble) for just $13.99.

We'll play it the usual way but with a twist. Two winners will be selected randomly from those who comment on this post in our Needles & Sins Syndicate Group on Facebook or hitting up @NeedlesandSins on Twitter. BUT the comment/Tweet should be about what you'd like to read on this blog in the new year. It need not be specific; something like "greater convention coverage" or  "more naked tattooed men, please" will do. On January 17, 2013, we'll put all the names of the commenters into to pick the winners.

Good luck!
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01:52 PM
For my San Francisco treats:  this Sunday, November 6th, an event celebrating the collaboration of tattooist Idexa Stern and photographer Aurora Meneghello will take place at Idexa's Black & Blue Tattoo, 381 Guerrero at 16th, from 6-9PM. More details on Facebook.

Aurora's beautiful portraits of Idexa's tattoo clients are featured in the hardcover I edited for Abrams Books, "Tattoo World," which will be available for purchase as well as prints of the images. A number of those portraits will be on display at the event. Here's some background on their collaboration:

Idexa and Aurora shared a common vision for this project and together decided to approach Idexa's tattoos in a different way than traditional tattoo photography. Idexa specifically asked Aurora to work on this project because of her love of the natural landscape and her experience photographing people. Aurora brings a different aesthetics to the genre, one that captures Idexa's original style which is rooted in the body of her clients. Idexa and Aurora share a love of collaboration and community and brought their values to this common project.

Idexa's work is inspired by shapes and forms found in urban and natural spaces. Just as tattoos become part of a person's body, so people are part of our environment. These photographs were taken outside, on Bernal Hill in San Francisco and At Helen Putnam Park in Petaluma, to free the artists from the constrains of traditional studio photography. The tattoos were given light and breath to shine on the skin.
Read more about it and see more photos on Aurora's blog.

10:28 PM
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On October 1st, my latest book project "Tattoo World," which I edited for Abrams Books, hit the shelves of book stores in North & South America as well as in Europe. And now it's time to party.

Once again, we're joining forces with our homies at Tattoo Culture to celebrate the book's release and their sixth anniversary this Friday, October 7th. Drinks and snacks will be served to all you fabulous people. The party starts at 7PM and ends promptly at 10PM. For more info, check our Facebook Event Page. Tattoo Culture is located at 129a Roebling Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. [Map]

Hope to see ya there!
11:26 AM
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On October 1st, one of my latest book projects will hit the shelves of major bookstores:  "Tattoo World," published by Abrams Books, is a 384-page hardcover featuring 1,000 tattoo images from 125 stellar artists -- artists I stalked for over a year in order to have them be a part of a book designed to show a mass audience the possibilities of tattoo art. As always, I'm utterly grateful for their participation.

The text is by Michael Kaplan, a well respected journalist who has written for the New York Times, Wired and Details. Michael interviewed the artists for profiles that accompany the collages of their work. The cover art is created by Chris Conn Askew, which was then laser cut for 3-D effect.

It was an interesting experience working with a large US publisher, representing the interests of our tattoo community in a project designed for a mainstream audience. [A big difference from my monster books for Edition Reuss, which are specifically geared towards serious collectors and artists.] I am excited that the average person can walk into a chain like Barnes & Noble, pick up "Tattoo World" and find out about Horiyoshi III, Filip Leu, Paul Booth, Guy Aitchison and others who have had a profound impact on the art. The book isn't limited to the "big names," however, and highlights the work of some emerging artists pushing tattoo in new directions. Of course, we couldn't include every brilliant artist (and not everyone agreed when asked). I do believe the work shown will inspire people to do more research and learn about the many tattoo masters across the globe.

tattoo world.jpgAs with any book release of mine, there's a party. Once again, we're joining forces with our dear friends at Tattoo Culture--who are celebrating their six year anniversary--for a joint bash in their Brooklyn studio.

Mark your calendars: Friday, October 7th, from 7-10PM. Click here for address & map. More on Facebook.

The book is available on for pre-sale. For anyone interested in a signed copy, perhaps with a love note, I have only 15 books available to Needles & Sins friends for $35. First come, first serve. If you're interested, hit me up at marisa at

Hope to see y'all on Oct. 7th!

shige tattoo world.jpg Tattoos in layout above by Shige, Yellow Blaze Tattoo.
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