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12:44 PM
Because I didn't want to leave you with the taste of that Diana image for the weekend, here are some events to check out in NYC, LA and Portland.

In LA tomorrow, from 8pm until Midnight, Canvas LA will present a solo show of new works by NORM AWR MSK, tattoo, graff and fine artist. Since October 1st, NORM has been doing an installation piece on the front of Canvas Los Angeles, and everyday, they've been posting the progress of the installation. The show should be full of eye candy in various mediums like his work above.

In NYC, LES fixture and tattoo culture veteran, Clayton Patterson, will be signing his book  Captured this Sunday at the A Life Gallery from 3 to 5 PM in conjunction with his photo exhibit LES Captured -- which Bobby Fisher wrote about last week. You can also read more about Clayton & his art on the latest NY Times article profiling him.

And in Oregon, the Portland Tattoo Expo kicks off today and runs through the weekend with your standard fare of contests, pin-ups, burlesque shows, vendors, and about 300 tattoo machines buzzing. If you go, send me the gossip and any pics.

Ok, I'm out. Have a fabulous weekend!
11:36 AM
BReagle.jpgIn 1973, learning to tattoo at The Pike in Long Beach, CA was trial by fire. Also known as the "Coney Island of the West," tens of thousands were drawn there for the surf, sideshows, and shooting galleries -- and many came to get tattooed by greats like Bert Grimm, Bob Shaw, Zeke Owens, Col. Todd, among many others. The Pike in 1973 is where the legendary Bob Roberts also got his start, a start to a career that has not only impacted generations of tattooers but beyond to fashion, fine art and pop culture.

I mention this bit of history because, from this starting point and spanning nearly four decades, his experiences inform the collection of over 30 original paintings that Roberts will be exhibiting at his solo show Alive at Canvas Los Angeles.

The opening reception is this Thursday, August 20th, from 8pm to midnight. It will also serve as the official pre-party for the first annual Tattoo Hollywood convention, August 21-23rd at The Renaissance Hotel in the heart of Hollywood, CA.

While the opening is public, there is a large turnout expected, so organizers suggest sending an RSVP to to be added to the guest list, as those on the list will be guaranteed entry.

For more on the life of Bob Roberts, check the history page on Spotlight Tattoo's site.

12:09 PM

Ink n Iron 2009 from Sideshow Freaks on Vimeo.

Some gooooood tattoo gatherings are coming our way this summer, taunting me as I watch my book deadline approach and savings account diminish. The next one that I'll be heading to is Hell City Phoenix, September 4-6, so I need help in covering these other events. Send me your pix and stories -- especially if you're attending this weekend's Hell City Killumbus, Ohio show (posted earlier this month). Should be a blast.

Also awesome is the Ink & Iron show aboard the haunted Queen Mary next weekend, June 4-6. See a preview from the video above, and photos from past shows here. Ink & Iron not only houses the best tattooists and avid collectors but offers other goodies like car shows, pin-up pageants, an art gallery and tons of other events.

Then, two weeks later, June 19-21st, is the infamous NIX convention in Toronto, Canada. The artist line-up remains one of the best, and includes exciting new artists from Taiwan and China. The North by NorthEast Musix Fest is also taking place that weekend just five minutes away and is free to NIX VIP passholders.

On the upcoming art gallery calendar ...

Tomorrow, May 30th, at Canvas Los Angeles, check the opening for Be Here Now, a group show featuring the fine art of many NYC tattooists, illustrators and photographers, curated by Daniel Albrigo

Back in NYC, at the Last Rites Gallery, the new gallery director Andrew Michael Ford will feature a show destined to be an annual event whereby tattooists from around the world show their fine art. Entitled Flesh To Canvas, the show opens June 13th at 7pm and includes work from the following artists: Shawn Barber, Nick Baxter, Aaron Bell, Paul Booth, Boris, Kim Saigh, Joe Capobianco, Marcus Pacheco, Leslie Reesen, Jon Clue, Damon Conklin, Jeff Gogue, Phil Holt, Nikko Hurtado, Little Dragon, and more. I'll be there. Hope to see ya.

01:03 PM


Just in case you cared where I was going to be on Saturday Evening (9/25/2009), the cat is out of the bag, I'll be at Canvas L.A., checking out An evening with Horiyoshi III. If you want an autograph from me just ask, but I digress (I'm a star in my own mind).

Don't get it twisted Horiyoshi III will not be in the building but his art will be. 50 original works of art, 10 full bodysuits (pictures I assume) and Horiyoshi's clothing line Horiyoshei The Third will be on display.

From experience, Canvas L.A. is a relatively small space and this is going to be a very popular event so I would advise getting there early. I'll be there by 8pm and out by 9pm, just because I hate crowds and I'm and old man hiding in a 30 year olds body. See you there.

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