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We've been seeing a lot of "pop-up" tattoo studios from renowned artists around the world, in which art spaces are constructed to present the tattooers' work, often before the eyes of the art and design community. Almost like a guest spot, but with a spotlight.
LA-based tattooist Jun Cha recently worked a 14-day pop-up tattoo studio in Paris, and filmmaker Santiago Arbelaez captured that trip. That footage is beautifully put together in the video below. The video shows Jun working on a sleeve (shown above in the first image) that best demonstrates his style, which melds black & grey fine line with classical and Renaissance art. Jun talks about his influences in the video, and he also offers some background about how he came to tattooing at the young age of 16 and progressed from there into a sought-after tattooist. There are also wonderful Paris street and museum scenes as well. A great 4-minute break to add some beauty to your day.
Check more of Jun's work online:
When I read "tattoo secrets revealed" on CNN, I kinda groaned. These quick and cutesy news clips on tattoos tend to all be the same...BUT when I watched it, I found that our friends over at the beautiful 13 Roses Tattoo Parlor in Atlanta, Georgia were the artists sharing the shop talk, so I knew it would be good. The video is super fun, especially learning about the type of tattoos pious preachers are getting these days! At just a minute and a half, it's worth the click.
Check the tattoo work of the 13 Roses Tattoo artists on their site and on Facebook.
There's a great video of Ed Hardy in his San Francisco art studio by Bloomberg Business week, entitled "The Hideaway of America's Most Famous Tattoo Artist" (embedded above). While less than 3-minutes long, it packs some juicy info, from Ed's past to the art he is creating today. The highlight of the video is when Ed whips out a box filled with old tattoo designs he created when he was just 10 years old, and he chats about using Maybeline eyeliner at the time to "tattoo" the kids in the neighborhood. You'll also see his latest paintings, which are quite different from his iconic tattoo imagery. It's a must watch.
Also, on Bloomberg Business week, there's a short piece called, "How to Get Rich With Tattoos, by Artist Don Ed Hardy," in which Ed writes of his start in tattooing and how he ended up being a brand name.
The real Ed Hardy story comes out in his memoir Wear Your Dreams: My Life in Tattoos, to be released on June 18th. I have an advance copy next to me and will be writing a review soon. Meanwhile, you can pre-order your copy on Amazon.com.
For more on Ed, check my 2011 interview with him for Inked mag.
Markus Kuhn's The Gypsy Gentleman series, the veteran tattooer travels to Paris to hook up with his renowned colleagues (and good friends) Laura Satana and the inimitable Tin Tin. There, he shows us the sights of the city, talks tattoos, and draws some skulls. Because of his closeness with Laura and Tin Tin, and Paris itself, it feels like you're watching a more intimate, personal video -- but one that is beautifully produced. Check it.
I'm digging Michael Paul's "One Minute Doc" series, particularly this video profile on Buzzy Jenkins of Fine Tattoo Work in Orange County, Ca. It starts off with Buzzy making needles (rarely see that these days!) and goes through the process of creating a tattoo while his discusses his tattoo philosophy in voice over. The Black Keys makes a perfect sound track for this tight and informative video. Check it.
Also check more of Buzzy's tattoo work.
So I'm at a friend's house last night and we're trying to dissect the never-ending popularity that is "Gangnam Style," the pop song by South Korean rapper Psy whose video, according to the Chicago Tribune, "recently became the most watched item ever posted to YouTube with more than 800 million views." I made an offhand comment that something so viral in pop culture will eventually be someone's tattoo.
We googled. And we wept.
There is not only a Gangnam Style tattoo, there is a video of its own. Our dismay, however, was more about subject matter than actual execution. The tattoo, which is documented in the video from sketch to finish (perhaps a minute too long), is actually pretty good. But I nevertheless think that parodies and tributes should generally stay on YouTube and not in skin.
What do you think about these pop culture fad tattoos? Post your comments in the N+S Facebook Group or Tweet at us.
Vice.com dropped Part 2 of their Tattoo Age feature on Thom deVita, continuing to honor a man who gave so much to tattooing for so long.
It starts off heavy, focusing on Thom's tremors in his hands from Parkinson's disease, but as he speaks about the seriousness of aging, he laughs and continues to make art in the process. That humor is ever-present throughout the video, particularly in his interactions with Nick Bubash, his longtime friend, whom he taught to tattoo in the 70s, and they still create together today. Artists of the new generation of tattooists pay reverence to Thom in the video as well, and it's an important reminder that we need to keep this respect for the craft and its history, and take care of our own.
If you haven't seen Part 1, check it here.
The much anticipated first installment of the five-part Tattoo Age episode featuring Thom DeVita is now online -- and it is a history lesson that you should not miss. Here's more from Vice on the segment:
Even though Thom has been tattooing and creating art for almost 50 years, there isn't much information out there about him. He started tattooing in New York City's Lower East Side in the mid 60s--when tattooing was illegal in the city--and quickly began to forge his own style.Part 2 drops this Wednesday. Will link as well when it's up.
The crew from RealTape sent me a link to their video profile of Colombia's Felix Barrientos of Sailors & Mermaids in Medellin. The production is great, but more important, it introduced me to a talented artist, who has an infectious excitement and passion for the craft. Check the video below.
You can find more of Felix's work on Facebook and Flickr.
UPDATE: And here are some fun pics from the tattoo convention in Medellin!
I learned from Colin Dale this afternoon that ManWoman passed away peacefully this morning after a bout with terminal cancer. Manny was an artist and poet but best known for his work reclaiming the "gentle swastika." Manny was such a bright light, and while I'm saddened by the news, I also had to smile thinking of our brief time together and all the experiences he shared and giggles we had over them. He will be deeply missed by so many.
Shannon of BMEzine.com posted his tribute to ManWoman today and included this video below, in which Manny offers his "final thoughts" less than ten days ago. The whole video is beautiful but ends powerfully on these words:
Find the gift that is in you. You're in this world as a gift of god to this world, so get busy doing it!I'm on it, Manny!
For more on his thoughts about art, spirituality and the swastika, I'm posting my Q&A with ManWoman, which took place at the Traditional Tattoo and World Culture Festival in Ireland in 2010, and was published in the October 2010 issue of the UK's Total Tattoo magazine. Find it below the video (after the jump).
Interview with ManWoman ...
While we're waiting for the premiere of Tattoo Age's highly anticipated Thom DeVita episode, check the wonderful Valerie Vargas Bonus Footage on VICE YouTube.
In this video, Valerie visits the legendary Lal Hardy, who has been tattooing since 1975, and is definitively one of the people who elevated tattooing in the UK in the 1980s. Lal is deserving of a 10-part episode because he's got stories ... lots of them. I've hung out with him until the morning hours laughing hysterically as he shared them like the perfect showman -- and as Lal says in the video, back in the day, old time tattooists had to be showmen because "you had to fight for your work, but wanted people to come for the experience as well."
Check the video and get a taste of what it was like tattooing in London's punk scene in the eighties and how Lal keeps his passion for tattooing decades later today.
The final episode of Mutsuo's Tattoo Age 3-part feature is now online, and it's a fascinating -- and very personal -- look into the Osaka-based artist. He takes us on a tour of local temples and shares his feelings on spirituality, happiness, and family -- and we are introduced to his loved ones in the video as well.
Another interesting aspect is the issue of prejudice against the tattooed, which still lingers today in Japanese society (and many other cultures), as evidenced by prohibitions on showing tattoos in some bathhouses and beaches, among other public spaces. The legalities of the art are muddied as well.
Once again, it's a must-see production.
Check Part 1 and Part 2 as well.
Today, Part 1 of the Tattoo Age feature on Mutsuo of Three Tides Tattoo was released on Vice.com, and as anticipated from the trailer we posted last week, it provides viewers with a very real portrayal of one of Osaka's finest tattooers, artistically and on a personal level.
It opens with a great quote from Chris Garver (which was also in the trailer), about Mutsuo receiving a "90s style tattoo education" -- that is, taking every request that walked in the door and learning the skills to master the different tattoo styles requested by clients. The fact that he was mentored by all the shop's artists and guest artists played a big role in developing these skills as well. As Garver says, "He's a maverick." The footage is also a great peak into the daily life at Three Tides Tattoo.
To see more of Mutsuo's work, also check his Facebook page and Tumblr.
The second season of Vice's Tattoo Age video series began with the fabulous 3-part profile on Valerie Vargas of Frith Street Tattoo in London. Now, it takes us to Osaka, Japan for a peak into the life of Mutsuo of the Three Tides Tattoo. Part 1 of Mutsuo's profile drops October 10th, but the trailer below promises that it will be another great watch.
What's particularly interesting about Mutsuo, as discussed in the trailer, is that he's skilled in a variety of genres -- black & grey, old school, new school, traditional Japanese... Chris Garver remarks that his tattoo dexterity is rooted in the "90's style tattoo education" in which Mutsuo learned from all the artists, including guest tattooers, at the renowned Three Tides Tattoo studio. Vice notes that he "went from being one of the shop's first customers, to the shop's first apprentice, to the most senior artist there." Looking forward to learning more about this progression.
While we wait for Part 1 next Wednesday, we can check Mutsuo's tattoo work on the Three Tides site, his Facebook page and Tumblr.
The final installment of the Valerie Vargas feature in Vice's Tattoo Age video series is online, and like the previous episodes, it does not disappoint.
The particular focus in this one is her relationship with Stewart Robson who also works at Frith Street Tattoo in London. Their interactions are pretty adorable but without the cheeziness you find in reality TV programming. It's more about the "mutual respect," as Valerie says, for one another as artists as well as friends who later on became a couple. They also discuss how their tattoo careers have progressed alongside each other.
In case you missed them, here's Part 1 and Part 2 of the Vargas feature.
Online today is Part 2 of the fabulous Tattoo Age video series featuring Valerie Vargas of Frith Street Tattoo. In this episode, a great deal of the footage discusses the studio itself and its owner, Dante DiMassa. Dante talks about encouraging the young artists who work there, including Valerie whose own "pretty lady head" style developed at Frith.
Valerie became known for her particular twist on Traditional and Neotraditional work early on in her career. You'll see, when she goes through her portfolio on camera, that her earlier book isn't filled with a lot of the other genres. This focus has allowed her to hone her style and further her reputation. Currently, she has about a three-month waiting list. As in all the Tattoo Age episodes, there are lots of photos of art, the shop, and those personal shots that tell a lot of the tattooist.
As mentioned in our post on Part 1 on Valerie, she'll also be working the London Tattoo Convention, Sept. 28-30, and then in California at the 8th Annual Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts, Oct. 26-28.
For more Tattoo Age goodness, check the bonus short film Vice posted over the weekend.
Patrick Moore on the beautifully produced Dan Smith, which follows the tattooist and musician as he draws, tattoos, and drives without a license through Hollywood.
In the film, the English born, New Zealand-bred artist muses on music, his first tattoo at 16 years old, and coming to the craft himself, where he learned the importance of history, respect and hard work. Many know Dan from LA Ink, and he discusses his experience on the show and what it was like to do what he loved and hand it over for someone to cut and paste it all to make the series a success; however, he's positive about how the show reached such a wide audience and showcased strong tattoo work.
Dan's Straight Edge lifestyle is also credited with his success. He paid tribute to it by creating a gorgeous hardcover, "With the Light of Truth," featuring the tattoos, art, and profiles of 60 Straight Edge tattoo artists from around the world. [We wrote about the book last November.]
While the video films Dan working on one particular work, you can see more of his tattoos on his site and blog. And to hear his music, head to Thedearanddeparted.com.
Also check Patrick Moore's fabulous photography, with many portraits of the tattooed.