Thursday, February 23, 2017

Josh Herman on The Guest Spot

Our friends over at United Ink Productions (@united_ink) recently reached out to us to share a cool tattoo. Every week they have an artist come to their offices and tattoo in a segment they call "The Guest Spot," which is sponsored by Ultimate Tattoo Supply and Inked Magazine.

Check out this cool tattoo:



This was done on The Guest Spot by artist Josh Herman (@JoshHermanTattoo) on Carolyn Elaine (@carolyn_elaine_tattoo), a contestant on season 8 of Ink Master. Josh will be attending the New York Tattoo Convention coming up March 31 through April 2.

Josh and Carolyn both work out of Mayday Tattoo Co in Chicago.

Josh Herman at work tattooing Carolyn Elaine
We hope to feature more tattoos from the Guest Spot in the future!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Erica Got Her Goat

Last July at the New York Empire State Tattoo Expo (#nyempirestatetattooexpo), I met Erica at the South Shore Tattoo (#southshoretattooco) booth. Erica is the shop manager and laser technician at South Shore's shop in Amityville, Long Island. One of the trends that has developed in some tattoo shops recently has been the partnering with laser removal services and, in some cases, even having a laser technician on site.

She was kind enough to share one of her own tattoos with us:


She credited this to one of South Shore's artists, Garden Mike.

She explained:
"He does a painting a day and I watch him every day and I fell in love with that, I'm also an Aries ... I fought him for the painting of the goat for like six months...and then when my laser finally got delivered, it was ... on my laser, the painting of the goat, so I was like, now I got ya!"
Thanks to Erica for sharing her cool goat tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Luke's Sugar Skull (Tattoosday Walks Into a Bar)

It has been a while since we had a post from our occasional series Tattoosday Walks into a Bar.

Last Sunday I found myself at the Whole Foods in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Upstairs is a venue that includes a taproom, called The Roof

Luke, one of the bartenders, had this cool sugar skull tattoo on his forearm:


He credited the work to Jim White (@JIMWHITETATTOOIST) at Rivington Tattoo (@RivingtonTattoo) in Manhattan. Luke really likes the colors and thinks sugar skulls are "really cool." I tend to agree.

As for the beer, I had this delicious brew:


That's a Folklore, from Stillwater Artisanal Ales (@stillwater_artisanal).

It was really delicious. Called "an untraditional stout," I found it very flavorful, rich, and a little smoky. I highly recommend it!


Thanks to Luke for sharing his cool tattoo with us here on Tattoosday! Thanks also to the good people at The Roof, and the folks at Stillwater Artisanal for producing such a tasty beer!

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Keith's History in His Traditional Tattoos

Yesterday, I posted about the opening (here) for the Tattooed New York exhibition at the New York Historical Society.

There was a lot of history in the room, as well, in the form of people. I struck up a conversation with one gentleman and his wife. His name was Keith Wagner and he shared the following tattoo:


What does this have to do with tattoo history? Keith is the great-nephew of Charlie Wagner, In other words, his grandfather, Stephan, was Charlie's brother. Charlie Wagner, who died in 1953, patented a tattoo machine in the early part of the 20th century, had a successful supply company and tattooed for decades on the Bowery.

This tribute to the family name which he proudly bears was inked by Dano Collins.

Keith and his wife Jan also shared matching swallows tattooed by another tattooing legend, "Bowery" Stan Moskowitz:



Thanks to Keith and Jan for sharing their tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Tattooed New York - An Appreciation

This past Thursday night, I had the good fortune to attend the opening party for Tattooed New York at The New York Historical Society in  Manhattan.

A museum exhibit about tattooing, in itself, is wonderful by itself. But, the opening event, in Tattoosday's tenth year, was for me as much as about meeting people who I have written about over the years, and seeing old friends, as it was about the exhibit.

It was great hanging out with Marisa, from Needles and Sins:


and Ginger, who has been a fan of Tattoosday going back to our earlier days


Plus, I met numerous artists that I have written about before, including the wonderful Stephanie, Tamez, Virginia Elwood, Michelle Myles, Brad Fink, and Jen Carmean.

I also ran into Ina Saltz, whose books on typographic tattoos are wonderful reads. Check out my review of her book Body Type 2 here.

Artist Stephanie Tamez and writer Ina Saltz, photo courtesy of Ina Saltz
I also interviewed and took pictures of some tattoos on Charlie Wagner's great-nephew, which will be the subject of a future post.

Once you enter the exhibit, you are transported back through tattooing history, even before the first electric machines were introduced.

But once you get to the roots of tattooing in New York City, the collection of memorabilia and old flash is truly remarkable.

Designs by Frank Harrington, 1944

Flash by Samuel O'Reilly 
And check out these old tattoo machines;

#1 was one of Charlie Wagner's creations
And then there is this classic piece of Americana from Norman Rockwell:


I can't possibly include everything in the exhibit here, this is just a taste, but there's some stunning work on display from artists currently working as well, like this amazing back piece by Michelle Myles:


And once you leave the exhibit hall, the gift shop has some fantastic items for sale (I could have easily spent several hundred dollars on items related to this exhbition alone). I grabbed this cool shirt commemorating the exhibit:


and, so as not to return home empty-handed, a neat pair of socks for my lovely wife:


For a different perspective, check out the story at the New York Times here.

Needless to say, the exhibition, which runs through April 30, 2017, is well worth the visit to the New York Historical Society! The history of tattooing is a long and storied one, but our metropolitan area was (and continues to be) instrumental in the rise and evolution of the art form.


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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Jackie's Ganesh (at the NY Empire State Tattoo Expo)

Last July at the NY Empire State Tattoo Expo (@nyempirestatetattooexpo), I met Jackie, who shared this stunning tattoo on her forearm:


She briefly told me, "I have a lot of interest in Buddhism ... this is Ganesh ... and it's supposed to mean good fortune and good health."

The artist that did this is Popo (Zhang Po) (@popotattoo), who works out of Tattoo Lou's (@tattoo_lous_ny) in Selden, New York, out on Long Island. He was also at the expo as part of the World Famous Ink Pro Team (@worldfsmousproteam).

Work from Popo has appeared previously on Tattoosday here,

Thanks to Jackie for sharing her beautiful Ganesh tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

A Few of Chelsea's Tattoos

Back in September, I met Chelsea in the lobby of 30 Broad Street in the Financial District.

She was sporting quite a few tattoos and she was kind enough to share some of her work with me and chat about it.

Check out this lovely neck tattoo:


Chelsea explains:
"The bird itself kind of resembles a robin, with the orange belly. But holds no particular meaning to me personally. My mother always grew peonies when I was growing up, so I wanted that flower. Originally planned to be a partner piece, with a nesting bird and different color peony on my left collar, but has been delayed as I am having work done on an extensive leg sleeve."
And also from her left arm:


There's a lot going on here, from the dominating chrysanthemum, to the knuckle tattoos, to the astronaut and the small lemon near her thumb.

Thankfully, Chelsea sorted it all out for me:
"The astronaut and the lemon were already on my hand [before the flower was added]. The lemon being one of my first tattoos about 8 years ago (Jacy Skelton, Jaded Angel, Ames IA) and the astronaut was a Friday the 13th tattoo from about 3 years ago (Kati Vaughn, Magic Cobra, Williamsburg Brooklyn). I asked Jeb to draw up a rose to fit around them. When I showed up for the appointment he said 'I know you wanted a rose, but I drew up this chrysanthemum instead.' I was in love and immediately trusted him. I loved that he took the initiative to draw up something that, although I had not asked for, he knew it would be a better fit. And it was!! The tattoo is now almost 2 years old and the color is still fresh and vibrant. My knuckles were designed by a friend, but tattooed by Jeb Maykut. They spell thirsty, TH,I,RS,TY."
Jeb Maykut (@jeb_maykut) is currently part of the amazing team at Saved Tattoo (@saved_tattoo) in Brooklyn.

Thanks to Chelsea for sharing her beautiful tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

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