Sunday, March 12, 2017

Brandon's Tattoos

Last summer I met a gentleman named Brandon Latham at the New York Empire State Tattoo Expo (@nyempirestatetattooexpo). He had just been tattooed by J.J. Ohlinger (@jjohlinger), who was working the show.

Check it out:

Photo courtesy of Brandon Latham
Brandon, who is an artist in Greenville, South Carolina, explained:
"I wanted to draw a tattoo, so I drew an octopus and shaded it and got the look that I wanted and then I gave it to a professional [Ohlinger] to make it into a stencil, to make it a cohesive piece, we kind of collaborated on it ... the octopus is a creature that adapts to its surroundings it has three hearts, and so I kinda did that to represent my wife, my daughter and myself  ... it's a creative unique character .... as soon as I thought about doing it, I saw them everywhere ... I thought about it for a long time because I'm not a very impulsive person, it took me a long time to even get a tattoo."
Ohlinger did a fine job placing the tattoo and making sure it flowed with the contour of Brandon's body. It's a great piece with solid linework and excellent detail.

Brandon also has this anatomical heart on the back of his calf, which Ohlinger also tattooed, back in 2014:


Brandon explained that "the different figures on the side[s] represent different things about [his] life." For example, the cat wearing the hat is "a Russian symbol that means even if you are born in mediocrity, you san still strive above and be an aristocrat," or, in other words, "just because you're born poor doesn't mean you have to continue to be poor, you can strive above that."

He also described the crow reading the book as a steampunk image, noting that "the crow, which is the only animal that analyzes human behavior ... has decided to take care of the children" after the kids' parents have gone off to work.

Brandon is a runner (10 half marathons and a couple of marathons), which explains the cool image of the hare with a tortoise shell on its back.

And the airplane, he explained "is a piper cub airplane, the plane that my dad used to work on, and my daughter's name is Piper."

The details in and around the heart really make this a cool combination of tattoos.

Thanks to Brandon for sharing his work with us here on Tattoosday!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Brewsday Tuesday: Two Roads Edition

Brewsday Tuesday on Tattoosday is back with a post full of goodness from Two Roads Brewing Company (@tworoadsbrewing) in Stratford, Connecticut.

Appropriately, we're going to celebrate two-for-Tattoosday in double fashion, with tattoos from two folks from Two Roads, and I'll rave about at least two of the Two Roads brews.

I first connected with Emily, Two Roads' Social Media/Communications Manager, back in the fall, and she shared her tattoo of an empty nonic pint on her inner wrist:


She explained that the glass tattoo was a reminder "that that there will always be beer!" The piece was inked at The Parlour Tattoo (@theparlourtattoo) in Eugene, Oregon.

Since we started first started talking about Two Roads joining the Brewsday Tuesday roster of featured breweries, she has added another, this time a Belgian glass:


This tattoo was done at Forest to Shore Gallery (@ftsgallery) in Stratford, CT by Raquel Cude (@raquelcood).

Emily drew both of her tattoos. She is also the creator of Pints and Panels (@pintsandpanels), a really cool website (soon to become book) that takes a cartoonist's eye to the world of beer. Highly recommended!

In this photo, incidentally, she's holding a limited release of Two Juicy New England Style IPA. I had just recently been treated to one at The Lock Yard (@lock_yard) in Brooklyn last week, when I met Paul, one of Two Roads' sales managers.

Emily also introduced me to Colin, one of the brewing supervisors at Two Roads, who shared his beer-related tattoos:



Colin explained that the tattoos embody "water, malt, hops and fire - the ingredients needed to make beer (besides yeast)."

His artist is Jae Connor (@jaeconnor) from Electric Lotus (@electriclotustattoo) in Boonton, New Jersey.

Now, shifting gears, back to the beer, truth be told I have been a fan of Two Roads Brewing for a while. And not because they have cool, punny names for their brews. Their beer tastes great and they rank among my favorite breweries.

That said, it was a special treat when Emily introduced me to a new seasonal IPA called Zero 2 Sixty:


This was a really refreshing surprise - an IPA that is both hoppy and tart really does wonders to your taste buds and Two Roads is dead on when they describe this special brew as "an easy-drinking IPA with a nicely balanced tart 'chassis' that brings out the flavor and aroma of the hops." What's the secret? According to their site, "it is hopped with Comet and Chinook and then kettle-soured for a tart, balanced finished." Another winner, indeed!

I would be doing myself wrong if I didn't also praise one of my favorites from Two Roads, their Route of All Evil, a winter seasonal black ale that is a dark glass of rich, bold taste.


If you're not familiar with the Two Roads line-up of beer, you really should check them out. There's not a dud in their line-up, as far as I can tell.

For those readers who may not recall our summer Brewsday Tuesday posts, we are also fortunate to have some goodies from Two Roads. If you're interested in some Two Roads swag, all you have to do is comment on the post below, or comment on this post on either the Tattoosday Instagram or Facebook posts. Winners will be randomly selected. You also gen an entry if you just "like" the post, but you get extra points for comments, especially if you share your favorite Two Roads brand.

Thanks to Emily, Colin, Paul, and all the other great folks at Two Roads Brewing, for sharing their passion for beer and tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

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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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