Results tagged “tattoo Jew”

Aug200912
12:08 PM
yoni3.jpgWhen I decided to dedicate my right sleeve to the history of Israel and the Jewish people, I chose my artist based upon unusual criteria. Not only was Yoni Zilber a talented tattooist with a detailed style, capable of a variety of different looks, but, also, he was born in the Motherland. He was a Jew! And, an Israeli Jew at that!

I considered that my sittings would be a religious experience of sorts, but Yoni is quiet and reflective. He doesn't bustle with the energy of the Tel Aviv nightlife and, while he has the sarcasm and dry wit of most Israelis, he is far more serene and measured in his approach.

Sitting with Yoni was a contemplative experience, a meditation in mind-body connection more reminiscent of the Tibetan influences coloring Yoni's work than of any specific time or place.

At Brooklyn Adorned where he works, he attempts to describe the world of tattoo to my very narrow mind, specifically exploring the what life is like for a Jew who tattoos.

You are one of the more well known Israeli tattoo artists -- do you think that people seek you out for that reason sometimes?
I think so. I do get to work a lot when I'm going to Israel.


Do you ever get asked to do Jewish or Israeli themed tattoos?

Yes, I work in New York, and it happens more here than in Israel. [laughs]

Do you ever get asked to do racist or other stuff? How do you handle that?
If it is for racist reasons, I'll refuse. But, if you want a swastika on your Buddha cloth, I'll do it.

Is Israeli stuff your style or do you tattoo other themes?
Tibetan art is my main focus and the style I want to tattoo as well.

What is tattoo culture like in Israel?
Israel is a hot country and it's more of a beach culture so, mostly black & gray tattoos, but no specific style. Its influence comes from both from Europe and the States.

yoni2.jpgYou have traveled the world. Where is the tattoo culture most prevalent? The weakest?
I think here in America it is strongest. There is no place in the world that you walk on the streets and, in some neighborhoods, there are more tattooed people walking on the streets than un-tattooed people. Not sure where it is the weakest, maybe Antarctica?

How do you increase your skill sets? What do you study? Who do you study with?
Traveling and working with different artists help. Tattoo conventions and just hanging out with other tattooers helps too. I'm studying Tibetan art now with master painter Pema Rinzing.

Is any of your own ink Jewish or Israeli?
I am not sure but my black ink turns white on Shabbat. [laughs]

I mean, do you have any Jewish related themes in your tattoos?
My right arm was done in Israel, but there is no Jewish meaning behind it.

Does your ink represent your tattoo style?
I do have lot of Tibetan art tattooed on me and some styles from the Far East.

If you weren't doing ink, what would you be doing?
A rabbi. Definitely a rabbi.

You can book an appointment with Yoni Zilber at Brooklyn Adorned.

Jul200913
12:19 PM
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On Friday, we decided it was time to tell the world about Needles and Sins after amassing content for months, and in response to our mass mail, we're already feelin the love.

Maybe not to the extent as this couple -- tattooed by Noon of France -- but enough to inspire a redux of the 10 most popular posts, based on clicks and comments, for those new to the site.

If you want to slack off at work or enjoy your severance package with some tattoo goodness, the best way to navigate all posts is to either click the Category of your choice or hit up our Monthly Archives (both right).

To get you goin, here are the faves for each N+S blogger, starting with a post inspired by this heart tattoo:


Pat Sullivan hung out at Brooklyn's Tattoo Culture for weeks watching Noon work his "Art Brut" tattoo style before profiling him here. [We also call this style French Avant Garde of tattoo because the fresh, experimental work has been developed and refined in France and Francophone Belgium.]

Pat most recently had fun with tattoos in pop culture, deciding if Conan O'Brien did indeed get tattooed on air. Watch the video here.

Craig Dershowitz, our tattoo Jew, had one of the most linked posts on N+S ever: his provocative Q&A with Orthodox Rabbi Henry Harris. Craig not only put to rest the fallacy that you cannot be buried in a Jewish cemetery with a tattoo but also challenges the Rabbi to find the roots of tattoo prejudice in the community. It's a brilliant read worth further link love.

He also pokes fun at common motifs with his Top 5 Worst Jewish Tattoos including the Chai, The Hebrew letter representing long life. "Usually tattooed on the most unhealthy individuals."

Brian Grosz, N+S resident rockstar and founder of indie record label Lapdance Academy, took inspiration from Groucho Marx and Kermit the Frog in creating his own carny rendition of Lydia, The Tattoo Lady, a tune I guarantee you will not be able to get outta ya head for the rest of the day if you stream it here or download it for free here. His most brilliant find was digging up Lydia, The Tattooed Muppet video, one of the most beloved Kermie solos ever. Check it:




The other video Brian found that made us giggle is the Jon Stewart clip on Long Island seceding from New York, complete with tattoo "gun show."

Miguel Collins, long time tattoo blogger who is creating a documentary on tattoos in the Black community, not only offers up his perspective on tattoos and race -- for example in discussing the first magazine ever geared towards people of color, but also blogs on West Coast happenings from his Cali outpost, like an Evening with Horiyoshi III at Canvas LA.

My personal faves of Miguel's are his review of Margo DeMello's Bodies of Inscription,
one of the more recent publications to talk about race, class and "cultural appropriation" in tattooing. Also click on his Tattoo Statistics post for the most recent data on tattooed and pierced people in America.

Bobby Fisher. Ah, Bobby. The graff mag magistrate of Bombin just simply causes trouble and so we've locked him up in a Williamsburg hipster bowling alley and play Clap Your Hands & Say Yeah for hours on end, that is, until he learns to be a (dodge ball) team player.

As for me, the weekly news reviews remain a popular staple from my old Needled.com days, but my personal favorites are all about tattoo-related toys and gadgets, ala Totally Stylin Tattoos Barbie and the Tattoo Shop iPhone app -- both of which I own and play with regularly because, yes, I am a proud tattooed nerd.

If you've got a personal favorite or have ideas for posts you want to read in the future, let us know in the comments.

Ok, I'm off to work on the news.

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Craig Dershowitz
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