Results tagged “pin-up”

07:02 PM
Hauf-Gal.jpgDuring our calendar contest, I asked y'all to tell me, on the Needles & Sins Syndicate Group on Facebook, what you'd like to see more of on the site. A few people said they wanted more personal tattoo stories from collectors, as well as the artist interviews. Well, I hear ya!

Here's a great story from Dave Copeland. Dave & I started chatting about the artists in my "Color Tattoo Art" book and how he was collecting work from many of them. I asked him to send me a pic of one of the tattoos, and he graciously sent his latest one, which was done by the wonderful Joe Capobianco -- renowned for his signature style of pin-ups, which are so distinct, people call them "Capo Girls." [Check my Q&A with Joe from a couple of years ago about how he developed his style.]

Dave also shared the story behind the tattoo (which just won "Best Large Color" at the DC Tattoo Expo)

beer frau.jpg"I was in the Army for 14 years, and my first duty station was Augsburg, Germany in Bavaria. While there, I learned fluent German, I got married, had my son, and all in all had the most enjoyable years of my life. One of the biggest things we'd do (before the marriage and kid) was to go to festivals (fests) and drink copious amounts of German beer from the 1 liter beer mugs (Mass). The women at the fests wore dirndls--and traditionally in Bavaria, they wore blue and white dirndls. One of my favorite places to go was a full-time fest haus in Munich called The Hofbrauhaus (hence the HB on the mug). I later did another tour in Mainz where the tradition continued, but Bavaria was always my favorite part of Germany. I even speak German with Bavarian accent.

When deciding on my tattoo, I wanted either a hula pin-up for my time in Hawaii, or a beer pin-up for my time in Germany. I saw that Joe has done a ton of hula tattoos, but I didn't see a beer girl in his repertoire, so that's what I went with. He is going to do the other side with a Hawaiian theme, and I'll be hard-pressed to not have a pinup on that side, given how well this one turned out.
Maybe this is more detail than you care to hear, but Joe was a super cool dude on top of being a great artist. He was very humble and down to earth, and talking with him was like talking with an old friend. Sometimes, trying to connect with your artist can be difficult, but Joe made it easy. He gladly signed the "Color Tattoo Art" book and his own book and drew me some purdy pictures to go with his signature.

Joe's Hope Gallery was awesome and the people there were awesome. The shop is ultra-professional, and this is literally, the first time I had an artist meet with me and start on time. Joe does all his own setup and break down, and the air of pretension that comes with a lot of artists, simply wasn't there. It was also pretty cool to get tattooed while listening to a mix of doo-wop and music from across many decades, and not be bombarded by constant death metal.

All in all, by far the best shop I have been in."
01:56 PM
mironiuk_2.jpgI walked into Phantom Audio in Manhattan's Flatiron District last week and was blown away to see that the studio's usually-bare walls were covered with buxom pin-ups sporting skin-art, sex-toys and squirt guns.  Unsurprisingly, all of the work on display (and for sale) was the work of Tattoo magazine's illustrator, Ed Mironiuk.

If you're in New York City, I'd highly recommend scheduling a private appointment to view the work (the exhibition is not open to the general public).  While Mironiuk's Flickr set gives you a watermarked sense of his style (and his sense of humor with pieces like "Adoration of the Hot Wings," pictured below), the prints are utterly beautiful and their online avatars just don't serve them justice.

mironiuk_3.jpgPhantom Audio is located at 48 West 25th St. in New York City.  Appointments to view the work can be scheduled by calling (212) 727-0452.

And for those of you not in the metro area, be sure to check out where you can order prints through his online store.

06:24 PM
Dragons mutated and infused with psychedelic colors in trippy tableaus. Preening pin-ups with the luscious, highly exaggerated proportions of adolescent fantasy. Creepy cute children inhabiting dark freakscapes. Political satire played out in anthropomorphic caricature. Kittens and rainbows.

They're all in Color Tattoo Art: Cartoon. Comics. Pin-Up. Manga. New School.

Yup, we've given birth to another monster in the series of large format, too-heavy-to-carry hardcovers for Edition Reuss Publishing. This time it's an ode to color bombs -- 496 pages filled with them. I'm honored to have worked with 42 exceptional artists from around the world (they are listed below), selecting 580 images of their stellar tattoo and fine art, as well as interviewing a number of them for thoughts on tattooing (and some personal gossip). It was a helluvalotta fun.

For a sneak peak into the book, check out the Color Tattoo Art Flickr set.
Genko_tattoo_LOW.jpgTattoo by Genko

Color Tattoo Art: Cartoon. Comics. Pin-Up. Manga. New School. It's a highly literal title to describe a book dedicated to graphic, animated tattoos as well as the paintings and drawings of tattooists. Were this book to be published in the 80s and early 90s, it may have simply been called New School -- a label often used to describe art that didn't fit into traditional tattoo categories like Americana, Tribal, & Japanese. But today, with styles blurring and evolving at a great pace, these highly saturated works are moving in different directions, defying easy classification with a catchy title. I briefly discuss this movement in my introduction and in the artist interviews, but we've largely let the work speak for itself on these full-color pages.

Joe_Capobianco_tattoo_low.jpg Tattoo by Joe Capobianco

In the book, you'll find the awesomeness of these international artists featured:

Joe Capobianco, Tony Ciavarro, Genko, Gunnar, Kristel Oreto, Jime Litwalk, Kowhey, Fred Laverne, Ed Perdomo, Jee, Joako, Eva Schatz, Ulrich Krammer, King Rat, Leo, Sean Herman, Bammer, Daveee, Woodpecker, Josh Woods, Steph D., Jason Stephan, Dimitri, Broda, Slawek, May,  Tiraf, Holly Azzara, Naoki, Fide, Electric Pick, Leah Moule, Jesse Smith, Morof, Kozuru, Ivana, Dave Fox, Gerrit Termaat, Peter Bobek, Scott Olive, Kosei, Olivier. [Olivier's work is featured on the cover.]


BOOK RELEASE PARTY: I hope you'll join us Saturday, June 25th, from 8-10PM at Sacred Gallery NYC in SoHo to celebrate the release of Color Tattoo Art. Copies of the book will be on sale for the discounted rate. [As well as discounted copies of Black & Grey Tattoo.] More info on the party to come.

Gunnar_art_low.jpg Fine art by Gunnar
09:19 PM
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The October issue of Inked, which just dropped, has my interview with Joe Capobianco, the Prince of Pin-Up tattoos. In it, Joe talks about his signature style, quitting the convention circuit, hair pomade, and what makes a woman sexy. Here's a taste:

You have such a signature style that one can look at a pin-up tattoo and know that it's a "Capo Girl." What are the elements you put into your work that make it your own?

"There are certain ideas that go into my work: the shape of the figure, the attitude of the figure--in pinups it's important that the girl has the right attitude. I usually start with the face. In my opinion, if you blow the face on the pinup, it doesn't matter if she's naked with big boobs. If the face is shot, the pinup is shot. In everything I've done, I've looked to great artists like Gil Elvgren, Earl Moran, Alberto Vargas, Hajime Sorayama, and Olivia. Their work is in the back of my mind--it's subconscious--but I don't try to copy them. I think that's something some people lack: they try to make their work look like someone else's, but for me, it's more about letting things happen on its own, naturally."

joe capobianco tattoo2.jpgWhat do you think makes a good tattoo?

"In my opinion, a good tattoo is something that is readable and something that's going last. Outlines are important, shading is important, solid color is important. I even go a little bit crazy with the saturation of color, which some traditional guys say, "Why do you do that? It's too much." But I don't think too much is gonna hurt the tattoo. I want the tattoo to look like I just did it for as long as possible. It's not high art. It's not your vision on somebody. I know this will sound shitty--and I'm not making points with some people--but I don't think it's fine art. A tattoo is a tattoo. "

joe capobianco tattoo.jpgEspecially considering that you tattoo these tributes to women--what is sexy to you?

"It's not about any one thing. A girl can be drop dead gorgeous and have a killer body that men will drop their fucking drawers for, and I'll look at her and go, "eh." It's something about the way the woman carries herself. It's something you can't put your finger on--and you shouldn't be able to put your finger on. So many women try so hard to be what they consider the perfect woman, and they're missing the point. There is no perfect woman. The fact that you come in all shapes and sizes, that's the beauty of it."

Read the rest in Inked. Get it on newsstands or by digital issue download.
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