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Australian Tattoo News Round-Up: April 4, 2013

Go Big or Go Home

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Kat’s third book is set for release Tuesday April 16.

This time around it features large scale pieces, tattoos requiring several sessions to complete.

It wouldn’t be a Kat Von D book without appearances from celebrities like Linda Perry, The Game and Bobcat Goldthwait.

Say what you will about Kat Von D. You either love her or you hate her.

You can pre order this book from Book Depository and receive free shipping.

Myths, Gods and Legends

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If books from ‘celebrity’ tattoo artists aren’t your thing, how about this book of by Adam Kitamoto from Ten-Ten Tattoo in Camberwell, Victoria?

After three years of work, even an earthquake couldn’t stop the release of this book.

With 160 pages of original artwork by Adam, this book is packed full of stunning Japanese imagery.

Gomineko Books is offering a sweet deal if you pre order the book before the end of April.

$1 shipping!

Click here to view a few sample pages from the book.

Miss Inked 2014

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Think you have what it takes to be crowned Inked Australia/NZ’s Miss Inked 2014?

Entries are now open.

Grab a copy of the magazine for details on how to enter.

Issue 8 of Inked Girls Magazine is now on sale.

Body Modifications

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If you live in Melbourne and have a fascination with heavy body modifications, have I got news for you.

Hugh Mattay has just joined the team at The Piercing Urge in Prahran.

Click here to see more photos of his work.

Australian Tattoo News Round-Up: December 5, 2012

Inked Girls 7 – Summer 2013

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Get your fix of smoking hot tattooed women by picking up Inked Australia/NZ – Inked Girls 7: Summer 2013, on sale from today.

 

Christmas Present Ideas

Click here to check out my past columns which feature plenty of Christmas present ideas for the tattooed people in your life.

 

Australian Tattoo Academy

It hasn’t taken long for some Aussies to jump on the bandwagon and try to make some quick cash from “teaching” people how to tattoo. Their “teachers are industry experts with years of tattooing experience”, yet they fail to name them, because no reputable and talented tattoo artist would involve themselves with a tattoo school. The Australian Tattoo Academy runs 10 weeks courses (1 class per week). Ten classes are apparently all you need to learn everything about tattooing. This just sounds like a recipe for disaster. I can just see hundreds of backyard tattooers popping up across the country, spreading disease, giving bad tattoos and smearing the reputation of true professionals.

In this article from the Herald Sun website, the owner of the school declined to be named; I wonder why. Schools like this cause more harm than good. However this tattoo blog decided to promote the Australian Tattoo Academy where some guy named Mitch was fielding questions.

Don’t waste your time or money with this place. If you truly want to learn about tattooing, get a real apprenticeship with a real professional tattoo artist who works in a licensed shop.

 

Sydney Tattoo & Body Art Expo 2013

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Can you guess who is returning Down Under next year? The one and only Corey Miller. Check out the official Facebook page for a few other announcements.

My Favourite Things of 2012

I know 2012 isn’t over quite yet, but here is a list of My Favourite Things of 2012.

 

New Product - Chobani Greek Yogurt (you can check out my healthy recipes at my other blog here). I was spoilt as they sent me a case of yogurts to test out; now I’m addicted.

Podcasts -

  • The Wind Up
  • I Love Green Guide Letters
  • Little Dum Dum club
  • The Art of Wrestling with Colt Cabana

 

Tattoo Expo -  Rites of Passage Festival 2012 where I got a hand poked/tebori tattoo from Horishin.

Fitness Bloggers –  

Jill Hanner
Kasey Arena – Powercakes
Cassey Ho – Pop Pilates

 

YouTubers -

Eat Your Kim Chi
Jenna Marbles
Daily Grace
You Deserve A Drink
My Drunk Kitchen

Movie - I think I only saw two or three new movies at the cinema this year and only because I reviewed them for Youthcentral. Going by that, Ted would have to be my favourite.

 

Song – Pink “Try”. The song has such deep and meaningful lyrics and visually beautiful video clip to accompany it.

 

Television Show – I Will Survive: Priscilla. I literally have never laughed as much at a reality television show. Tom was such a cutie.

 

Tattoo Artist – Benjamin Laukis

 

Magazine - Once again, Inked Australia.

 

New tattoo - I got quite a few tattoos this year, but my Bakeneko/Nekomata tattoo has inspired me to really look into Japanese mythology. I’m not sure when I’ll be getting tattooed again, so I’ll have to live vicariously through everyone else like I already do.

Australian Tattoo News Round-Up: November 20, 2012

Amendments to South Australia’s Summary Offences Act

South Australian parliament has passed amendments to the Body Piercing and Body Modification section of the Summary Offences Act.  Minors must now be accompanied by their parent or guardian when getting a body piercing. And only those over the age of 18 can get  body modifications (tattoos, ear stretching, branding, scarification, tongue splitting) or genital piercings.

I believe these amendments put South Australia in line with the other states. These laws are in place to protect body piercers and tattooers, and their clients. If you find a body piercer or tattooer not abiding by these laws, avoid them at all costs; a true professional would not risk breaking the law and getting fined. Read the full article here.

 

Discrimination in the South Australian Police Force

What do you think about tattooed police officers? South Australia wants their tattooed police officers to cover up and may refuse tattooed people for applying to the police force. I see this as feeding the generalisation that tattooed people are criminals. As tattoos gain popularity there will be less people able to apply for the SA police force because they’re turning away perfectly acceptable applicants. Read the full article here.

Here are a couple of gems I found in the comment section:

“Tattoos are an abuse of the person and are ugly. I do not trust anyone with a tattoo.” You just have to laugh at comments like this. People would be surprised by the number of people they encounter socially or at work who have tattoos(but are hidden at the time), and they are none the wiser.

“Do these officers enjoy being tattooed by the bikies the so deeply despise. Good call banning them. Arent they suppose to be role models” Yet another misinformed person. For the most part tattooers are not bikies and have no connections with bikie gangs whatsoever.

 

More Christmas Present Ideas

Hart & Huntington Clothing

Get in quick to pick up some bargains from Hart & Huntington for the motocross fan or tattoo collector in your family. There are hats, men’s and women’s shirts, hoodies and various other accessories.

 

Tattooed Zombie Accessories

From hair dye, to clothing, make-up, purses, shoes and homewares, Tattooed Zombie Accessories has a huge range of items for the kitschy-loving person in your life. If you live in the Brisbane area you can visit their retail store. Click here for more details.

 

Temporary Tattoos

If you have any young cousins or nieces and nephews  why not buy them some temporary tattoos for Christmas. Their parents will just love you turning them into mini “criminals”.  You can buy them at most discount stores ($2 Shop, The Reject Shop etc.)

 

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Australian Tattoo News Round-Up: November 17, 2012

URBAN MYTHS: Tales of Two Cities

This event is not tattoo related, however the exhibition features the photography of Nicole Reed and Tristan Stefan-Edouard, both whose work regularly features in Tattoos Down Under and Inked Australia/NZ magazines respectively. If you’re in Sydney head to Level 1, Urban Precinct, Westfield Sydney to check out the contemporary work showcasing the hidden gems of both the cities of Melbourne and Sydney. The exhibition runs until January 4. For more details click here.

 

The Future Just Happened Photographic Exhibition

The Fuck You / I Am project is hosting a free event November 23 – 25th, 2012 at kind of — gallery 80 Oxford St, Darlinghurst. The Future Just Happened Exhibition is the work of Sam Stephenson who is exploring Sydney’s underground world of DIY tattooing. If you attend you could win a free tattoo from William P. Brown. Click here for more details on the event.

 

More Christmas Present Ideas

Sailor Jerry Rum

Christmas Day wouldn’t be complete without some Sailor Jerry cocktails. How about a Classic Mai Tai or a Perfect Storm? Click here for more drink recipes. You can buy Sailor Jerry Rum at most liquor stores, or purchase it online here.

 

Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry: The Life and Times of Norman K. Collins DVD

Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins is a name synonymous with modern-day tattooing. Find out why he had such an intense hatred of Lyle Tuttle, how and why he would make mistakes in his flash sheets and what you could get for three dollars back in those days. While Sailor Jerry may have passed, stories of his weird and wonderful life live on in this documentary. You can purchase the DVD here.

 

Angelique Houtkamp

Outre Gallery has a fabulous selection of prints, books and original artwork from Angelique Houtkamp, with something to suit any budget. Head to Outre Gallery in Melbourne, Sydney or Perth, or check out their website for what’s available.

 

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Australian Tattoo News Round-Up: November 14, 2012

Protat

Did you know chemists now stock Protat? The tattoo after-care cream recommended by the likes of Mick Squires and Byron Drechsler can be purchased at most of your local chemists. Check out their website for a full list of Protat products.

After Ink Supply Co.

After some problems with their Australian distributors, After Ink is making its way to be Australian shores. It is a “totally natural tattoo after care salve has been specially blended to help protect your new and existing tattoos.” You can purchase After Ink Supply Co. from their Facebook page or from several of the top tattoo studios (a full list will be available in the coming weeks).

More Christmas Present Ideas:

Sara Fabel Shirts

Model, Illustrator and world-traveller turned tattoo apprentice, Sara Fabel has some awesome graphic printed unisex shirts up on her website. She’ll be adding more designs in the coming weeks.

Public Wolf shirts

The Summer 2012/2013 collection from Public Wolf has just been released. Get in quick to snap up their 3 shirts for $100 deal. One shirt for a friend, one for a family member and keep one for yourself. Click here to check out their men’s and women’s shirts and singlets.

Beserk Clothing

Beserk stocks some of the cutest dresses from Iron Fist, Hell Bunny and Sourpuss. Start Summer off right with one of their uniquely different designs. Check out their full range here. Beserk also stocks mens clothing; you can kill two birds with one stone.

Sunglasses

Last time I reminded you of the importance to protect your tattoos in the Summer sun. Protect your eyes from UV rays with these adorable Hello Kitty sunglasses available at the Inked Shop. These come from the US so get your orders in quick to allow time for international shipping.

Tattoo Books

Book Depository has an extensive range of tattoo books at reduced prices. Get your loved one a copy of Black & Grey Tattoo, Carey Hart’s Inked or something else from this list; they’ll love you for it. They offer free international shipping, however are based in the UK, so, again, get your orders in quick to allow time for international shipping.

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Australian Tattoo News Round-Up: November 11, 2012

Tips from a tattoo magazine Photo Editor

If you’re a professional tattoo artist wanting to submit your work to a magazine, there are certain specifications to abide by. Check out Nicole Reed’s (Photo Editor for Tattoos Down Under magazine) recent blog post: Folio photos for tattooers.

 

Kian Forreal Client Experiences

Going in for a relatively short session to get tattooed is very much different to investing time and money into a large-scale piece such as a sleeve or back piece. Sydney-based tattooist, Kian Forreal has launched a Client Experiences section on his website to give you some insight into his tattooing process. Reading these posts, from the clients themselves, shows you want to expect, the booking, the design, number and length of sessions, the pain and their joy at the final results.

 

Christmas Present Ideas

Are you struggling to find the perfect Christmas present for that special, tattooed person in your life? Why not buy them a gift voucher from their favourite tattoo studio, to use it towards their next piece. Or maybe buy them a subscription to Inked Australia/NZ or Tattoos Down Under magazines.

 
Slip, Slop & Slap
With the weather heating up now’s the time to protect your art investment, your tattoos. After spending so much money to decorate your body, the last thing you want is the sun to damage to it. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your tattoos (and the rest of your skin) before leaving the house and reapply throughout the day.

 

Rites of Passage Festival 


It was a great event in my favourite building in Melbourne (Royal Exhibition building), but, unfortunately the Rites of Passage Festival won’t be back in 2013. You can read a message from the organisers here.

It looks as though we have a year of waiting until the next tattoo expo in Melbourne. If you feel like taking a holiday, you could always check out the Perth or Sydney tattoo expos to tide you over until November next year.

Check back next week for another Australian Tattoo News Round-Up. 

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Australian Tattoo News Round-Up: November 8, 2012

Crazy AITS

Did you attend the Australian International Tattoo Show? Inked Australia/NZ wants to know what you thought of it. Head to their Facebook page and inbox them. Who knows, you may end up in the next issue.

 

Melbourne Tattoo & Body Art Expo

Tomorrow at 12pm the doors open at  the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. To save $5.00 buy you tickets online, but get in quick as online ticket sales close tonight. The 2nd Melbourne Tattoo & Body Art Expo is a family friendly event with face painting for the kids, fashion shows and tattoo competitions. From Friday onwards, tickets can only be purchased at the door.

 

Travelling Tattoo Artists

With two tattoo expos in Melbourne (and another in New Zealand) this month, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland have been flooded with travelling tattoo artists. Check out tattooexpo.com.au for a full list of artists. Check out who is in the country, which artist’s work catches your eye and get in contact with them.

 

Inked Australia/NZ Magazine

Issue 16, with the Miss Inked 2013 Winner and Runner-Up on the cover, has hit newsagents and select 7-11 outlets. You can read my review of the issue here. If you’re quick, you may just snatch up a 2-1 package, with some issues coming with a back issue of Inked Artists magazine, featuring Paul Booth.

 

VICE: Tattoo Age

This online video series is one of my favourites as it features some of the world’s best and most respected tattoo artists. There’s a reason why I consider Tattoo Age to be one of the Tattoo Videos You Need To See. The Season 2 finale will be available online at Vice.com from November 10.

 

Surf n’ Ink Tattoo Festival

For the fourth year, the annual Surf n’ Ink Tattoo Festival will take place on the Gold Coast. The Radisson resort will host the event from January 11-13. The festival boasts talented tattoo artists from around Queensland and the world. With the likes of Teneile Napoli and Benjamin Laukis, I wouldn’t hesitate otherwise someone else will snap up your appointment. The full list of artists and vendors can be found here.

You can purchase your tickets to the festival here. If you require accommodation, click here and enter the code word ‘tattoo’ to receive a discounted rate.

 

Khan is moving to Australia

Khan, the South-Korean artist tattooing out of Japan, is making the move to Australia in April next year. He is famed for his realistic colour and black and grey portrait tattoos, with his work featured in magazines all around the globe. For the month of April he will be tattooing in Melbourne before settling down at Skintastic in Coolangatta, QLD.

To book an appointment in Melbourne for April you can email Khan at kidsloveink@gmail.com. For QLD dates you can call (07) 5536 4980 and talk to Tracy, the Shop Owner.

To view more of Khan’s incredible work click here.

 

 

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Inked Australia/NZ Magazine Issue 16 Review

 

Inked Australia/NZ’s last issue of the year announces the winner of Miss Inked 2013. With the voting being so nail-bitingly close this year the Winner and Runner-Up both feature on the cover. The titles go to two deserving women with good values, passion, and prove that being a woman and heavily tattooed is no obstacle on their quest for success. Miss Inked 2013 provides some words of wisdom, “If you go home with someone and they don’t own any books, don’t sleep with them.” Congratulations again to Tash, Michele and the other girls who made the Top 10.

 

Swastikas have for the past seven decades been a recognised symbol of hate, genocide and war. Inked Australia/NZ’s resident tattooist, Kian Forreal explains the true significance behind this symbol and why it is so prevalent in certain styles of tattoos. Kian’s column will open your eyes to the culture, tradition and representation of swastikas in cultures around the world.

 

On pages 108-111 Dr Rev makes an official announcement regarding his tattooing career. In his own words he shares his thoughts on living for one’s self and the very real consequences stemming from the intense negativity on social media. Dr Rev is not one to mince his words. What he shares is raw human emotion, something we all can learn from.

 

If there’s one to thing to take from the interview with Rancid’s guitarist, Lars Frederiksen, it’s this quote: “My first tattoo was ‘Oi!’ on my shin, but it’s now on my ankle. When you’re 11 you’re still growing so it moved a bit.” It makes for a great anecdote, however you can learn from this. You might be itching to get tattooed, but waiting until you’re 18 (and finished growing) means your ink will stay put.

 

Also featured in this issue:

  • Kurt Sutter from Sons of Anarchy
  • Ryan Matthew from Oddities
  • Jimi May
  • Gustavo Rimada
  • Lara Higgs
  • Polar Bear Club
  • Maroon 5

 

Trust me to fall in love with this $1000 Queen of Love Lounge Chair from Design of Love.

 

If you’re lucky, you may be able to score Issue 16 with a bonus magazine – a back issue of Inked Artists with Paul Booth on the cover. Two magazines for the price of one, you can’t complain.

 

 

Inked Girls and Inked Artists ,with Jesse Lee Denning and Teneile Napoli on the covers respectively, are still also available.

Issue 17 will hit stands some time in the new year, featuring photos from Crazy AITS, the 2nd Annual Melbourne Tattoo & Body Art Expo and much more.

Australian Tattoo News Round-Up: November 3, 2012

Crazy AITS

Tomorrow is the last day of Crazy AITS (Australian International Tattoo Show). Head to the Hilton on the Park in Melbourne to check out Australian and International tattoo artists making beautiful art. For more details click here.

 

Corey Miller Tattoo Competition

Entries in the Corey Miller Tattoo Competition end at midday tomorrow (Sunday, AEST). The winner will be announced on the Melbourne Tattoo & Body Art Expo Facebook page by Corey himself. For your chance to win a 3-4 hour tattoo session with the former LA Ink star click here to enter.

 

Inked Australia/NZ Magazine

Issue 16 of Inked Australia/NZ magazine will be available from next Wednesday. Check out a sneak peek of the cover and the announcement of Miss Inked 2013 here. Grab Issue 15 (pictured above) while you still can. Inked Girls and Inked Artists magazines are still on sale at all good news agents and select 7-11 stores.

Melbourne Tattoo & Body Art Expo

The 2nd annual Melbourne Tattoo & Body Art Expo kicks off next Friday. Dr Rev is back again this year, painting portraits with his own blood. It is a surreal experience and something not to be missed. If that’s not quite your thing, there are fashion shows, stalls, art and everything tattoo related to check out. To skip the lines on the day pre-purchase your tickets here.

 

Gomineko Crew

If you’re planning on attending the Melbourne Tattoo & Body Art Expo, check out what Crystal has on offer at the Gomineko Books booth. The Gomineko Crew have been doing their part to raise money for tsunami relief efforts in Japan and may have some items for sale, with the proceeds going towards the cause.. Crystal also  runs auctions of unique Japanese art (books, clothing, kewpie dolls and other trinkets) on the Gomineko Books Instagram page (Search for gominekobooks). And why not check out the Japanese artists doing traditional tebori/hand poked tattoos while you’re there.

 

Perth Tattoo & Body Art Expo

For all you Western Australian tattoo lovers, 2013 is your year. The organisers of the Melbourne and Sydney Tattoo Expos are bringing their circus to your shores February 8-10. The Perth Tattoo & Body Art Expo has yet to launch (it will soon be found at http://www.tattooexpo.com.au), so head to their Facebook page to keep on top of their announcements.

 

Sydney Tattoo & Body Art Expo

The Melbourne and Perth Tattoo Expos haven’t even begun, but artists are already being announced for next year’s Sydney Tattoo & Body Art Expo. The official website is still under construction (www.tattooexpo.com.au), however the dates are set: March 8-10, 2013. Check out the Facebook page for more details as they’re released.

 

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