Whether you’ve got a sleeve of tattoos or you couldn’t imagine getting one, you have to admit that a tattoo artist is incredibly skilled. And if you’ve ever had the pleasure/discomfort of getting a tattoo, you’ll no doubt have felt a thousand little needles entering that skin. But did you see just how incredible each puncture was as it broke the skin and entered ink into the flesh?
This is customer loyalty at its finest. Stian Ytterdahl from Lorenskog, Norway, will never ever forget what he had for lunch at McDonald’s last Monday, because he had the receipt details tattooed on his right arm. Asked by his friends to choose between sticking a Barbie up his ass and getting inked, he chose the latter (as I would probably too). The dare was supposedly a punishment for being too smitten with the ladies (kids these days).
Jason Sturgill perfectly encapsulates what is RIGHT about the Portland art scene right now: excessively accessible, exclusively inclusive. Sturgill has a background in advertising, design and various curatorial practices. He is the type of person that makes shit happen. His project Art Is Forever is something that should exist in every art museum in the […]
Copenhagen-based Meatshop Tattoo is a quirky group of incredibly talented artists. This two-year-old shop creates custom-designed ink in a wide range of styles. If you’re looking to be inked with some unique art, Meatshop Tattoo always delivers a high-quality masterpiece.
Three years ago, travel blogger Bill Passman was sitting in a bar in Utila, Honduras, when he ran into an acquaintance and noticed her tattoo of a world map. When she said she planned to put a red dot on all the places she had visited, an inspired Passman decided to also tattoo the world map on his back — right down to the specific countries so he can update it with each country he’s been to by colouring it in. [Read an interview with Bill Passman]
Motorola’s advanced technologies head Regina Dugan, who used to head the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, recently unveiled new technologies at the D11 conference that could change the way we log in in future. One is the “authentication vitamin”, which involves a pill that’s powered by stomach acid to produce an 18-bit authentication signal. […]
Kirk Wallace’s father once told him that he’d like a tattoo of crop circles on his forearm when he gets better from his sickness. When he passed away in Jan this year, Wallace, who is an illustrator and graphic designer, started sketching as a sort of tribute to his dad. He didn’t stop working on […]
Tattoo artist Joseph Realubit began his artistic studies in the Phillippines before earning a second BFA in Chicago. Realubit now works as an artist in San Francisco. He has a supreme understanding of the physical musculature of the body and how to work with vibrant pigments of ink, creating tattoo art with deeper meaning. Howlya to that!
Paul Marcinkowski created this clever tattoo inforgraphic as a school project for the Academy Of Fine Arts in Łódź. What better way to present information about tattoos than in tattoo form? Sometimes the best ideas are the most straightforward.
I’m thinking of getting some ink work done, so the arrival of this inspiring book from Gestalten couldn’t have been better timed. Forever: The New Tattoo reveals the subtle, and not so subtle, talents of some of the better artists out there, whose different styles and approaches contrast wonderfully across the book’s 250+ pages. Of particular interest was the work of New York-based Thomas Hooper and the esoteric work of Yann Black, but really, you could open the book to any page and find something that you’ll want inked on your body forever. Indeed.
It took an 82-year-old English granny to tattoo ‘Do Not Resuscitate‘ on her chest for us to realise just how weak the last badass tattoo we gushed about was. Apparently Joy Tomkins, who decided to do this after witnessing her husband’s slow and painful death, got this tatt inked with another one saying ‘P.T.O’ (short for ‘please turn over’) on the back of her right shoulder. This came up in news stories in September 2011, and seeing how Tomkins hasn’t made the news since, we’re guessing she’s still alive. Before you lament the lack of design in the artwork though, let it be known that the granny of six spent just £5 on both tatts — and hey, all things must pass.
The last year of my tattoo career was spent traveling around the United States tattooing from city to city. During my travels, I kept a sketchbook of brush and pen ink illustrations. This new expedient way of working out ideas was easier for travel and a better way to quickly get ideas down on paper. Recently, I have relocated to Brooklyn. While settling down, I have compiled the first 100 drawings into a book I call Cone Sphere Cube. This 6″x9″ book of a 100 original illustrations can be purchased here.
Chicago-based artist and designer Pablo Garcia has taken the anamorphic skull right out of Hans Holbein’s 1533 painting The Ambassadors (yes, anamorphic art existed way back in the 16th century) and tattooed it on the underside of his index finger.
There are days when we feel drained. Of course, you could show the universally recognisable expression of a sad face, but putting on a temporary low battery tattoo says so much more. Nice work, Mr Niemann.
Here’s a card that really challenges your ability to personalise a message. Instead of writing it, doodle and draw your sentiments. Perfect for art and graffiti enthusiasts. Get it here .