Vintage Tattoo Signage Part One

The first documented professional tattoo artist in the USA was in 1846 and became mainstream in the 1970's.  Here are some of the signage associated with tattooing and tattoos that dates back decades.     [divider]  *To see MORE and learn about some of the MOST AMAZING tattoo artists of our age, check out these

The Alluring Elegance of Pin-Up Girl Tattoos

Few icons capture pure Americana as effectively as the vintage pin-up girl. For decades these curvaceous beauties have created numerous representations of the ideal American girl while captivating male audiences and simultaneously inspiring women to be bold and sexy.  Today, they are artistic visions seeking to praise and eternally capture

Russian Prison Tattoo Artist, Nikolai: pt1

Russian criminal tattoos were originally simple and decorative, with no real meaning to them. Later on, they were regarded more seriously when tattooed people, bearing symbols of strength on their bodies, started claiming leadership. Tattoos then became a kind of secret language because criminals needed a form of communication both

Jack Rudy – Photo Gallery of Black & Grey Masterpieces

Jack Rudy is an American tattoo artist notable for his reinvention of the 'Black and Gray' style of tattooing, realistic portraits, and single-needle use. He is considered to be one of the top tattoo artists in the world. After leaving the Marines in 1975, Rudy began his career as an apprentice at

Tattoo Art’s Journey through Time

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Tattoo art keeps changing with time, but one thing remains the same – the desire of some individuals to adorn their skin with it. Take a journey through time and get to know more about the transformation in the designs of tattoo. Tattoo Designs of the Past Ancient people use sticks and

Deb Yarian on Zeke Owen

I saw him before I found out who he was. A striking figure of a man... He was movie star handsome with the physique of a boxer.It was 1980.  I was 21 and tattooing at a friend's shop in Daytona Beach, Fla.We weren't introduced but when I was told who he

The World’s Best Tattoos Just Might Be Centuries Old

By Katherine Brooks www.huffingtonpost.com Oh, the tattoo. From an innocuous badge inked ever so carefully on one's back to a blanket of color flowing from the shoulders to the ankles, the world has proven the tradition of permanently adorning the body with artwork is here to stay. Hidden from sight or paraded

Why Tattooing Is Universal

Maori face paint (Ralph Orlowski/Reuters) A National Geographic photographer explains why many cultures view the body as a blank canvas. OLGA KHAZAN ORIGINAL ARTICLE FOUND HERE ASPEN, Colo.—Tattooing, when you think about it, is like smiling: Nearly every culture does it, but not always for the same reason. In a given society, the motivation for covering oneself

The Last Kalinga Tattoo Artist

Photo and Caption by Michal Duchek www.travel.nationalgeographic.com A fascinating culture of the Igorot people brought me and my girlfriend to Kalinga. Head-hunting ceased decades ago, however, the motifs of Kalinga tattoos and the way they are being tattoed remains the same (charcoal and an orange thorn). We decided to visit this beautiful

TATTOO HISTORY MYTHS EXPOSED

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By Marisa Kakoulas Source: www.needlesandsins.com Last week, Gizmodo, which is primarily a tech blog, attempted to condense tattoo history, from mummies to Miami Ink, in their blog post "How the Art of Tattoo Has Colored World History." In what seemed to be research primarily conducted on Wikipedia, the author ended up perpetuating