Fencer Miles Chamley Watson photographed by Sophy Holland.
In 2009, I started a series of posts here entitled "Objectified Tattooed Men," a cheeky response to all the "inked doll" and "tattooed babe" features in tattoo magazines. The series didn't go far because, unlike the hoards of young women who line up to show their tattooed bodies for free, there was no budget for the tattooed dudes who wanted pay for play. No matter how much I told these guys how pretty they were, they still didn't think they had to strip down for self-esteem. At that time, the "tattoo model" career choice was limited to tattoo industry media because the fashion industry wasn't using decorated bodies, with rare exceptions, on their runways or in editorials. Today, this is an entirely different story. For men. Exploring today's tattoo culture, with a particular eye toward the experiences of tattooed men in fashion, is Sophy Holland's "Illustrated Man" documentary film and photographic series. The project is described as follows: Sophy, a New York-based photographer & director, is heavily tattooed herself and so she comes at it with an insider's perspective, but she also taps others in the industry, like tattoo historian Michael McCabe, Inked editor Rocky Rakovic, tattooer Josh Lords, and musician (and Ink Master host) Dave Navarro. I'm in it too. [I was interviewed soon after I had my baby, and I was very happy to have an adult conversation, filmed or not!] It's an insightful and beautiful film, beyond the beautiful men featured, and I highly recommend seeing it.
creating a backpiece that melds Filip's signature dragons with Chiam's flowing geometric patterns
The 10-minute film takes you on a tour of all aspects of the collaboration, from design, which includes stencil and freehand, to an up-close view of the tattooing, and then the final beautiful backpiece. It was filmed by Michael Breyer in St. Croix, Switzerland in Leu Family Iron Tattoo Studio, and in Berlin, Germany in DotsToLines. The music is by Mor Machlev. A must see
Last weekend, Beverly Yuen Thompson attended an all-women tattoo artist convention in Berlin and shares her experience and photos from the event. See more images in her Flickr album.
By Beverly Yuen Thompson. Lady Ink Days, an all-women artist tattoo convention, was held last weekend, March 25-26, 2017, at the venue Huxleys Neue Welt, in Berlin. Germany happens to lead Europe by hosting the most tattoo conventions each year -- 108 -- out of the European total of 516 shows in 2017 alone (according to World Tattoo Events). There have been at least five other all-women artist conventions in cities including Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, Warwickshire UK, and Orlando, Florida. I have attended the Marked for Life Orlando Convention for many years, as it formulated the basis for my book Covered in Ink: Tattoos, Women and the Politics of the Body, for which I interviewed women tattoo artists and women tattoo collectors. Lady Ink Days was my first convention to attend outside of the US. It was a small but lively convention held in Berlin, an international, urban city where tattoos can be seen on many people in the city. There were fifty shops represented, most from Berlin, or Germany, but others were from Istanbul, Rotterdam, Moscow, and Haugesund in Norway. Yellow Sunshine provided a vegan food bar, including veggie burgers and vegan cupcakes and entertainment included the rap group Checan, comendian Deus ex Comedia, Mr. DJ B-side, and of course, many tattoo contests: black & white, individual, small, large, and color tattoo, best of day, and best of show. While women tattoo artists continue to be a minority in this male-dominated industry, especially in the global context, shows like these demonstrate their presence and talent within the industry.
Dark Tower Series, Illustrations, Stephen King
This tattoo is from Stephen Kings The Dark Tower Series. The images and quotes are from various books in the series. I chose these quotes, because of how beautiful I find Stephen Kings writing to be.
The mild, spicy smell of old books hit him, and the smell was somehow like coming home
The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.
Last weekend at the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island, I met quite a few mermaids, including Nikki, a self-described "Land and Sea Mermaid." Nikki's mermaid cred are evidenced by her scales:
Nikki credited her work to tattoo artist Mel, from Eternal Images in Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey.
You can visit Nikki on her site at www.alandandseasmeraid.com.
Thanks to Nikki for sharing her tattooed scales with us here on Tattoosday!
This past weekend, I attended another wonderful Coney Island Mermaid Parade in south Brooklyn. I met a lot of great people, including Terri (@ivyleagueink), who shared some amazing work, including this amazing owl covering her stomach:
She credited Peeko (@peekotattoos) from Pyramid Ink Tattoo (@pyramidink) in Brooklyn with this piece.
The quote, "He who has a why to live can bear almost any how," is by Friedrich Nietzsche, and pre-dates the owl. It was done at True Blue Tattoo in Maspeth, New York.
She also has this amazing portrait of the Bride of Frankenstein on her thigh:
Shax(Sarang Bedi) is a self-trained artist and travels all across the country to work at different shops and to attend tatto conventions. Ever since he can remember,he has been fascinated with sketching.His expectational gifts,and him treasuring it in return,brought to him audience and prizes.At the age of 18 he started tattoing.
with a little help from willing and curious friends,Shax set off to conquer the art. Day and night of practice,search of ideas,commitment and resolve yielded their rewards.It would produce an amalgam of tattoo styles,rangingfrom traditional to new school and portraits.Personally,Shax enjoys realistic tattoing the most and specialises in Color and Black and Grey.