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Oct201105
09:24 PM
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Photo by Matthew Lyn for Schon! Magazine

When Rick Genest aka "Zombie Boy" (or "Skull Boy") first appeared on BMEzine in 2006, many applauded his daring and strong tattoo work but naturally worried "How will Rico get a job?" Well, no need to fret. Today, Rico is making more money than most of us, particularly as muse for Nicola Formichetti, Lady Gaga's stylist and BFF, and as a top model for fashion mags.

His latest shoot that's getting style bloggers hot and bothered is featured on the pages of
Schon! Magazine (Issue 14) in which photographer Matthew Lyn shoots Zombie Boy in full zombieness, but also brings in make-up genius Dylan K. Hanson to partially cover his tattoos. Dylan used Mac Cosmetics for that polite society feel, and the result is fabulously trippy. Check the behind-the-scenes video of the shoot here.

Thanks to Jenni Miller for the skull heads up!
Jan201121
03:00 PM
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My old tattoo and bod mod nerd friends, remember back in 2006 when Montreal's Rick "Rico" Genest was first profiled on BME's Modblog for his extensive facial work, transforming him into "Skullface" or "Zombie Boy"? Tattooist Frank from Derm FX Tattoo in Montreal submitted early photos to the site showing the progression of the skull tattoo, and Modblog posted updates over the years, like this 2007 one and this one in 2008. [There was also an interview with him on BME but that's no longer available.]
UPDATE: Here's the BME interview.

Anyway, old news right?

Well, this Montreal street punk is back in headlines as the new muse of Nicola Formichetti -- Lady Gaga's stylist (among other fashion pedigree). Formichetti is debuting his first collection for Thierry Mugler and Rico is the campaign poster boy.

On Wednesday, he walked the runway for Mugler during Paris Fashion week, and The NY Times said it was the only real highlight: "...the show itself was dramatic only in its use as a model of the totally tattooed Rick Genest, whose figure projected in a film, pearls glistening against the patterned flesh, was far more gripping than the clothes." [See photos here.]

Indeed, Mugler is milking the new model for "edge." When you first hit the designer's page, you'll see the video below of Rico striking poses -- even sexy, sexy pearl biting -- while a Gaga tune plays on.

A long way from the gutters of Montreal, Skullface has the last laugh at those who said he'd die penniless there.



Thanks to Matt and Nick for the links.
Dec201029
04:37 PM


Tattooer, designer, and fine artist Scott Campbell -- who owns Saved Tattoo with Chris O'Donnell in Brooklyn -- designed a ready-to-wear capsule collection and leather bag line for Louis Vuitton, Spring/Summer 2011. This isn't the first time Campbell has worked with the luxe brand; he's the tattoo artist and good friend of Vuitton Creative Director Marc Jacobs. It is, however, a first working with LV Men's studio director Paul Helbers on a collection with a distinct tattoo aesthetic. He tells NY Mag in an interview about the collaboration:

Now when people hear tattoo prints, a lot of them think bad Ed Hardy T-shirts.
I think when I first met with Paul about it, when he first said, "Hey, I want to do a collaboration, have it be tattoo-inspired," I think we both at the same moment said, "Okay, not like Ed Hardy."

Right. There's such a stigma associated with tattoo-printed clothing.
Tattooing in general has changed so much in the past, with reality shows, and you see tattoos in the media so much now. It's so overexposed. I feel like there are definitely things that are really beautiful about tattooing that are still underacknowledged. I feel like it's part of my responsibility, with whatever attention I get from the art and fashion world, to really be loyal to what I love about tattooing and take it back from reality shows and Ed Hardy.
scott-campbell-louis-vuitton.jpgTo promote the collection, Vuitton has created a "video diptyque" that "invites you to follow Scott Campbell in his New York creative universe before leaving to a mysterious destination to be revealed very soon..." The first video, shown above, shows Scott running around NYC, designing in his studio, more running around and then, zooom, he's off with passport in hand and fancy LV bag to the airport. In the second video, he arrives in Paris [no mystery there], jumps in a limo and is driven to the LV magic kingdom, where they eventually put him to work.

See the end result of that work, including the bag below, on High Snobiety as well as other design & fashion blogs.

Scott-Campbell-for-Louis-Vuitton-3.jpg Thanks to the fabulous Badur of Punk Medics for the video links.
Aug201017
07:29 AM
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The August edition of Vogue Italia has a spread featuring models Ranya Mordanova and Naty Chabanenko with a little faux-body art--created by Kabuki--and as the fashion blogs say, "It's edgy!" [I vote for banishing that word from any tattoo description.]

According to the Fashion Gone Rogue blog, the spread follows in the high-heeled footsteps of Vogue China and their faux-tattoo feature "Tattoo Me Beautiful."

I would love to see models with real tattoos in high fashion and not just relegated to pin-up calendars. It's like Sunday's post where "edgy" tattoo-related campaigns and editorials still stay safe with their Photoshop and make-up tricks.

That said, the spreads are beautiful and worth a further look. More photos on FashionGoneRogue.com.


Feb201015
12:26 PM

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Today is President's Day in the US, a day to honor Washington and Lincoln's birthdays, and most of us do so by spending bills emblazoned with their portraits in the big sales going on. And then there are those like DeShawn Stevenson of the NBA's Wizards who just take it a little too far. [I'd prefer the Benjamins.]

But despite the large image I stole above, today's news review ain't about bad baller tattoos. It's largely about insanity like tattooing babies, magic Buddhist ink, augmented reality tattoos and more. Let's get to it...

The most horrific is the news about an Ohio man who tattooed a one-year-old baby. Yes, a baby. The mother was visiting his home, and in some inexplicable moment, he tattooed a dime-sized letter "A" on the baby's buttocks.  

We've all heard of shops getting shut down for tattooing minors, most recently in South Dakota, and facing fines like new regs proposed in Maryland -- but never something as mind-blowing as this.

I have no more words here on this -- I can't even wrap my head around it -- so let's cleanse that image with more positive headlines...


Tattmandu Tattoo Studios in Colorado has raised over $5,000 in their "Ink for Haiti" charity as clients lined up around the block yesterday for the studio's heart tattoo special.

Finally, a positive spin on tattoos in the workplace:  The Portland Tribune reports that tattoos are becoming more acceptable at work, even in corporate offices. The article goes on to say that Portland maybe be ousting San Francisco as the nation's tattoo mecca. Here are the stats:

"A city-by-city survey of tattoo shop listings bears out Portland's standing. San Francisco has a population of about 808,000 and 70 tattoo shops listed in its Yellow Pages. Portland's population is 580,000 and it has 73 shops. Seattle has only 40 shops and Phoenix 36. Los Angeles lists 167 shops, but its population of 9.8 million is more than 10 times that of Portland. On a per-capita basis, Portland has far and away more tattoo shops than any major city in the country."  

Even USA Today is getting in on the art's popularity with their new Tattoo Tuesday column where readers share their tattoo stories.

That's not to say that visible tattoo bans at work will all go away any time soon. We've talked at length about dress codes and tattoos for military, police, firemen, and other public workers in the US but it's an issue discussed around the world. Recently, in Denmark, prison guards were told that "visible 'biker gang type' tattoos on the hands, arms, neck and head are in this way not desirable." The problem is that officials have not defined what exactly is a "biker tattoo" and how new tattoo guidelines would be implemented.

And in Australia, Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard decried the country's "raunch culture," saying that many heavily tattooed women were "making a mistake." She added: "I worry for them. How they're going to feel about it in the future." Well, Gillard should worry about her own political future in underestimating tattooed women as active voters. In many countries, politicians feel they can get away with such statements because they assume our anarchic lifestyles and rampant drug use keep us from the polls. We'll continue to prove them wrong.


In the magical and "augmented reality" front of tattooing ...

Buddhist tattoos are gaining popularity in Singapore, not just for their beauty, but for what some believe are their mystical powers. At least that's what a sales rep from a company specializing in Sak Yant tattooing says. Speaking to the press at the Singapore Tattoo Convention, he added: "Sak yant is now widely embraced by the general population because of people's need for a form of spiritual support, aided by the social acceptance of tattoos."

Finally, the magic of having animated characters come to life on your skin has been created by Think an App in Buenos Aires. Geeky Gadgets explains: "The software technology recognizes AR bar codes on curved surfaces, the tattoo looks like a very simple and boring square until viewed through a camera." Here's video of it below:





And with that I'll leave you to enjoy your own wild reality.
Aug200928
08:51 PM
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A little while ago, I was coming off a literal high from Anti-Gravity Yoga at Crunch gym and decided to settled down on the stationary bike with the September issue of Blackbook mag.
In my zen-like state, I flipped through the Fall fashion preview (the season is all S/M ya know) and came to a punk-inspired spread that they called "Tattooed Love Boys," playing off the old Pretender's song by the same name.

Now, some of you may remember from my old Needled blog days that my biggest argument with fashion mags was that they'd feature heavily tattooed models but never credit the artists whose work is shown. If they credit hair and make-up artists and stylists, why not the tattooists?

That question was first posed to me by legendary tattooist Spider Webb about ten years ago. Back then, you didn't have the mass appeal of tattooing as you do today in mainstream media nor as many heavily tattooed models. But today, high fashion tattoo models are ubiquitous in magazines, and their agencies need to be providing editors with tattoo artist credits especially when the tattoos are central to the spread like they are in this month's Blackbook.

Check the full Blackbook layout on the Steel Machines blog.

What you won't be able to read clearly is the credits at the end of that layout, which not only include hair, make-up, stylists, their assistants, interns, but even the freakin caterers. It seems egregious to have a full page of a sleeve and hand tattoo and not note the canvas on which the Cartier rests. But the guy who delivered your paninis, no prob.

And so I'm pissed. And right after yoga no less.

Time to write some letters to the editors.
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