Australian Tattoo News Round-Up: December 5, 2012

Inked Girls 7 – Summer 2013

inked girls 7 summer 2012 2013

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

sydney tattoo body art expo march 2013

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.

Tattoo and Tattoo Artist Wishlist

Some time ago I made a list of all the tattoo artists who I wish to get tattooed by sometime in my life. You can check out that list here. Until recently I’ve had so many ideas of tattoos I want, some of which I’ve slowly decided against and others which I am so sure of.

Both of my arms/sleeves, for instance, designs are locked in. When I realised this, I instantly thought of how little skin that leaves me with. I have the tops of both feet tattooedone calf, the front of both thighsone knee and (soon) part of the side of my right lower leg tattooed, the space is quickly filling up. While skin is at a premium, my tattoo artist wish list just continues to grow on a weekly basis. There are just so many incredibly talented men and women out there that I want a little something from them all, no matter how unrealistic it may be.

It’s silly to say, but it has made me anxious at times. I’m always reading tattoo magazines and looking at tattoos online constantly which immediately makes me want more, right then and there. It is this mindset which puts my brain into overdrive just thinking of different tattoo designs and ideas I could get.

This is where maturity, common sense and reading Inked Australia has benefited me most. As Ness mentions in her Editor’s Letter in Volume 3 of Inked Artists magazine (in stores today), “I’m a firm believer in seeing the right person for job. Sure, you might have to wait an extra month or so, but you’ll be carrying beautiful artwork with you forever.”

For the most part, I have decided on a vague tattoo design in a particular style and then researched artists who specialise in that style. I don’t believe there is anything wrong with a tattoo artist focusing on only one particular style, and turning down work that doesn’t fit with it. In no way does that make them any less of an artist. Each style of tattooing requires certain techniques, knowledge of particular subject matter and far more that us non-tattoo artists will ever be aware of. I’d rather choose an artist who has a vested interest in the art they’re tattooing on my skin because I know I’ll be getting the best of them.

I often write lists (like the one shown below) of tattoo ideas. Being the indecisive person that I am, ideas get added, crossed out or melded into the one piece. The placement of future tattoos is something I also agonise over. I never book a tattoo appointment before being certain, without a doubt, that I want the tattoo and that I want it from that particular tattoo artist. Call it anal, call it what you will, but it gives me comfort knowing that I’ll never regret any of my tattoos.

At the moment this is my current tattoo and tattoo artist wish list. These tattoos are ones which I’ve been thinking about for months already. Other than my Dumb & Dumber inspired tattoo, I have a rough idea of which body part each tattoo will go on. From here I still have to research which artists to assign to the remaining tattoo ideas. Luckily for me, I have more than enough free time on my hands at the moment.

As my skin slowly gets covered I’ll have to invest in art by tattooists instead. I can already imagine having flash sheets, watercolours and original paintings hanging on the walls of my own house. Here I go again….

Tattoo Expo Fever – 25 Days To Go

It’s less than four weeks until the Australian International Tattoo Show. As if this event could get any better, it was announced today that Ami James from Miami Ink and NY Ink will be attending. If you wish to get tattooed by Ami, it’s best to contact him directly.

UPDATE: Shortly after announcing that Ami would be attending the announcement was removed from their Facebook page. By the looks of it, it’s unlikely he will be there.

Tickets can now be purchased online for Crazy AITS. Why buy now? Because you’ll get your tickets at a discount rate and it means skipping the queues at the expo.

The Crazy AITS website has recently been updated. Click here to check out all the newly added tattoo artists and for a detailed itinerary for each day of the expo.

Like Crazy AITS on Facebook.

Follow Crazy AITS on Twitter.

Five days after Crazy AITS wraps up, we’re treated to the 2nd Annual Melbourne Tattoo And Body Art Expo.

The Corey Miller VIP Experience Tickets/Competition are on sale until October 30. For $60 you get a day pass for the Melbourne Tattoo Expo, a limited edition Corey Miller shirt and you go in the draw to get tattooed by the man himself. Click here for more details.

If you simply wish to purchase a 3-day or single day pass click here.

More tattoo artists have been added to the website, including several Japanese tebori artists, many Australians and quite a few international artists. To avoid disappointment I would suggest contacting them now if you wish to get inked by anyone on the day.

 

Like Melbourne Tattoo & Body Art Expo on Facebook.

Follow Melbourne Tattoo & Body Art Expo on Twitter.

 

If Crazy AITS or the Melbourne Tattoo Expo will be your first time attending a tattoo expo you may like to read through my Tattoo Expo Etiquette post to know what to expect.

Are you attending either of these expos? Who are you getting tattooed by?

Ink-spiration

Having gotten quite a few tattoos done in the last few months, they have come up in conversation quite frequently at work. It’s rare that I’ll go out of my way to discuss my tattoos (except for one here, of course) as I know the topic interests very few people. When my work mates see my new tattoo the first question they ask is “Why did you choose that?”

Television shows like LA Ink and NY Ink showcase the art of tattooing as a form of grieving the loss of a loved one. And for some it is. But for many people like me, tattooing is a representation of a myriad of emotions.

The inspiration behind a tattoo comes from various aspects of life, not limited to;

  • A favourite actor, band or musician
  • A person’s love of their occupation
  • Lyrics or a poem
  • Tattoo magazines
  • Art, whether it be street artists or history’s most recognised artists
  • Another person’s tattoo
  • Images found on the Internet
  • A dream or nightmare had
  • A particular tattoo style (ie. Japanese, Americana, Tribal etc)
  • Family heritage

Tattoos are not always to mask the painful memories or used as a reminder of the past. Don’t be fooled into thinking tattoo shows are a true representation of all tattooed people. Just like non-tattooed people, we’re all weird, wacky and complex creatures.

For me, personally, tattoos are an extension of my being. I’ve always been a visual and imaginative person, easily spending hours daydreaming, creating my own reality. I love how skin can be transformed from something so plain to a beautiful piece of art with nothing more than ink and needles (and some talented tattoo artists). I draw tattoo inspiration from most of what I have listed above. My tattoos aren’t meant to be understood by anyone but myself. I just hope people can appreciate them as art, no matter whether they understand my reasoning behind them or not.

Where do you find the inspiration for your tattoos? Comment below.

Inked Girls Issue 5 Review


(Credit: Inked Australia)

Five issues of Inked Girls and we’ve seen hundreds of different, individual and gorgeous tattooed women. It’s a reminder that the female tattoo community is continuing to grow. There are always fresh faces instead of recycling the same images of the same women like some magazines are guilty of.

Inked Girls doesn’t rely on heavily digitally altered imagery to sell copies. It’s the human fascination with the female form and how tattoos alter our perception. Look at a non-tattooed female and then look at a tattooed female.

The Sephora shoot is a perfect example of this. In one photo Kat Von D has every tattoo on her body concealed with makeup. In the other photo her tattoos are left untouched. There before you is the same person. Your eyes are drawn to different areas of her body.

I’m a believer in our eyes telling a story, likewise with tattoos. You may judge someone by the art on their body, but look in to their eyes and you’ll see the warmth.

I love how this magazine is another medium keeping the gypsy/freak show tradition alive. Decades ago people would pay their hard-earned money to see tattooed people in the flesh (excuse the pun). Tattooing was a novelty, a form of entertainment that people enjoyed from afar, but not a practice they would partake in.

We can project ourselves into the minds of the girls on the pages before us. Humans like you and I, they’re not ashamed to display their canvas to the world. Inked Girls is like Cleo or Cosmopolitan to some people. Seeing other like-minded women is inspiration.

Now that many women do have tattoos it’s not such a surprise to see one on the street, at University or in a workplace. However the allure still remains as heavily tattooed people are on a completely different level. It’s these women who are paving the way for others to break the gender stereotype and are attempting to dispel discrimination. There’s always power in numbers.

There isn’t much else that can be said about Inked Girls magazine other than it’s a must buy for any tattoo fan.

This will probably be my last review of an Inked Girls magazine, but you can read my previous Inked Girls/Inked Australia posts here.

Inked Australia/NZ Magazine Issue 13 – the 2nd Birthday issue is out May 2. And don’t forget that Inked Artists 2 is on its way.

Inked Australia/New Zealand Issue 12 Review

Issue 12 of Inked Australia Magazine is the annual Artist issue. No musicians, no models, just tattoo artists doing what they do best; displaying their art to the world.

This issue also marks the two year anniversary or 2nd birthday for Inked Australia/NZ. As posted on Facebook, Issue 13 is to be a celebration of this feat. I’m curious to see what they have in store for us.

Some may remember Australian Ink magazine from a few years back. After several issues it was abruptly taken from the shelves. Mere months later Inked Australia/NZ magazine graced us with its presence.

With a 28,000 plus Facebook fan base and another 4000 followers on Twitter, this magazine has gone from issue 1 two years ago, to publishing 4 issues of Inked Girls, and 1 issue of Inked Artists, to now celebrating issue 12.

Megan Massacre, the token female from NY Ink is the cover girl for Issue 12. The accompanying article delves a little in to Massacre’s life as the female cast member of NY Ink, and balancing her love of tattooing and modelling.

The shock value of seeing a female tattoo artist is slowly waning. I think Megan put it best when she said: “I don’t want to be known as a great female artist – I want to be known as a great artist”

For the most part, tattoo artists from the east coast of Australia seem to get most of the attention, but not this issue. A tattoo parlour from each state and territory in Australia is featured. New Zealand fans, don’t fret, you haven’t been forgotten.

More than 50 tattoo artists are featured in this issue, each describing their positive and negative views on modern tattooing. Tattooing has changed dramatically over time, but even just in the past 10 years new styles are emerging.  Each individual interview gives some much-needed insight into the real tattoo industry.

Keen to get your first tattoo, but don’t know where to start? Page 82 is a must-read for people not familiar with the tattoo process.

It is followed by a piece about laser tattoo removal, and the information is not pretty. For many, I think, tattoo removal seems like the simple solution to getting rid of your unwanted ink. Be prepared to be shocked by the truths behind this practice, and remember think before you ink.

In addition to Australia’s talent, Canada’s Zombie Boy, Rick Genest makes a surprise appearance modelling clothing. I love how he is somewhat carrying on the tradition of circus/sideshow freaks.

Then with Chris Nunez, sitting on a toilet with his pants around his ankles with that token smirk on his face, it’s difficult for me not to melt inside. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a handsome man with tattoos. If that doesn’t float your boat, there is an article about his new television show, Ink Master which he hosts along with Oliver Peck and Dave Navarro.

For a magazine without the support or resources of a corporation like ACP Magazines, Inked Australia/NZ continues to deliver a quality magazine every time.  With so few people behind the scenes, creating this magazine is more than a job, it’s a time consuming passion that we’re lucky to have shared with us.

Always willing to offer knowledge and advice within the pages of the magazine, the Editor, Ness extends this to Facebook and Twitter. Steering people to decent tattoo artists, she’s single headedly saving the citizens of Australia and New Zealand from one more tattoo disaster. Super Ness – cue the theme music. (Clearly I’ve lost my marbles)

If you’ve yet to get a response to your email, Facebook post or Tweet, be patient. It’s a one-woman show across those social media platforms.

Inked Australia may very well be your tattoo bible, but if there is one issue to buy, this is it. Issue 12 is a detailed directory of the best of the best Australia has to offer, with interviews and photographs of each artist’s work.

Your newsagent doesn’t have Inked Australia/NZ in stock? Ask them to order it in for you. Better yet, subscribe to receive a free gift and have the magazine delivered straight to you every two months.

And ladies, don’t forget that entries for Miss Inked 2013 close on Friday 20 April.