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 .
People care about a world crisis, until the next thing comes along. The Social Tattoo Project addresses this by tattooing volunteers with issues that the Twitter community votes deserve to be made permanent. Our brave volunteers know nothing about the tattoo they will receive, but dedicate their skin for the sake of empathy. Our last tattoo over Japan took place at the Social Tattoo Project gallery in New York City.
For all you ink art lovers out there, VBS TV have got a new series starting on July 13, and it looks rad. Tattoo Age is going to take a look inside the craft of tattooing through a series of profiles on some of the most interesting artists in the world, with the series kicking [...]
This captivating tattoo was on the back of the girl in front of me while was standing in the short queue at the Williamsburg coffee shop Oslo on Saturday. It’s a nice motto to carry through these balmy months in New York.