inked australia nz tattoo competition

Inked Australia/NZ 100,000 Facebook Fans Competition

Modern Medusa is still dead and buried (for the time being, at least) but I thought it would be cruel of me not to share this will you all.

To celebrate closing in on 100,000 fans on Facebook, Inked Australia/NZ are running their biggest competition to date.

Image

From Inked Australia/NZ’s Facebook page:

Want $1000 towards your next tattoo?

To celebrate Inked Aus/NZ Facebook page about to reach 100,000 likes we’re giving away 100,000 cents (AUD$1000) towards one person’s next tattoo.

To win all you need to do is post a drawing/picture of the tattoo you want and tell us why you want it to our Facebook page before March 1st 2013.

The Inked Team will then choose their winner of the grand prize!

T&Cs: This is not a game of chance. You must live in Australia or New Zealand. Cash is not redeemable for the prize. The money (AUD$1000) will be paid directly to a registered tattooist (*NSW) in Australia or New Zealand at time of winner being tattooed. Contest runs from 12 February 13 till midnight 28 February 2013. This prize cannot be shared, but can be used over various sittings. Winner announced 4 March 2013. Winner chosen by Inked Australia/NZ team, not by most Facebook likes.

Put on your thinking cap, put pen to paper, create a collage of ideas and get writing. Inked Australia/NZ wants to know what you want for your next tattoo and why you want to win.

This money could mean finally being able to afford a tattoo from your favourite tattoo artist. Maybe you have no tattoos and want to get your first. Or perhaps you have a bad tattoo just begging to be covered up.

So far there are under 200 entries. It’s free to enter, so what have you got to lose? You have better chances of winning this than the lottery!

$1000 towards your next tattoo is huge. Show your appreciation by liking Inked Australia/NZ on Facebook, following them on Twitter @Inked_Australia and spreading the word!

Image

Picking up copies of Inked Australia/NZ magazine, Inked Girls and Inked Artists wouldn’t hurt either :)

R.I.P. Modern Medusa

tombstone-RIP

After almost 18 months of working on this blog, as of today it is no longer.

Modern Medusa is dead.

It is closing in on a year since I last got tattooed. I’m out of the loop. I can’t remember what it feels like when that needle hits the skin. Due to my current situation I won’t be getting any new ink in the foreseeable future. To write about something that I love SO much which isn’t really a part of my life any more is difficult.

Will I be back? Maybe.

What happens in 2013 will pave the way. I can only hope that, one day, the path will lead me back to here.

I will, however, be continuing with my clean eating blog which you can view here Stacie Michelle or follow me on Twitter @michelle_stacie

If you want to keep up to date with Australian and New Zealand tattoo news, expos and all things tattoo art and culture, I suggest you pick up copies of Tattoos Down Under magazine or Inked Australia/NZ magazine, Inked Girls or Inked Artists.

 

Modern Medusa:

100 posts

13,037 views from 27/7/2011 to 26/12/2012 

vice tattoo age

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.

 

 

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

Follow me on Twitter & Instagram – @StacieMayer

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.

 

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

Follow me on Twitter & Instagram – @StacieMayer

Traditional Japanese Tebori Tattooing

If you’ve always wanted to get a traditional hand poked tattoo but haven’t been able to make the trek to Japan, now is your chance. The Gomineko crew will be back in the Southern Hemisphere, attending the Melbourne Tattoo & Body Art Expo and the NZ Tattoo & Art Festival in November.

I was fortunate to experience tebori earlier this year at the Rites of Passage Festival. I got a Bakeneko/Nekomata tattoo from Horishin which was tattooed using the tebori hand poking method and the modern tattoo machine. You can read more about my experience here.

I was hoping to get a Kawauso tattooed on my other calf next month, however paying bills (unfortunately) comes before tattoos. I’m looking forward to being able to watch the Gomineko crew in action this time around. There’s just something all the more special about being tattooed using the same traditional methods as people centuries ago.

If you can’t make it to either expo, the Gomineko website has an extensive range of Japanese tattoo reference books which they ship worldwide.

The book topics include:

  • Plants/flowers
  • Buddhist imagery
  • Monsters/Demons
  • Animals
  • Geisha
  • Kimono patterns
  • Sketchbooks
  • Goth Lolita

If you’re interested in getting a traditional Japanese tebori piece, contact Crystal via email: info@gominekobooks.com

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?

Tesselaar Tulip Festival

 

Today I travelled to Silvan, in what felt like the middle of nowhere, to attend the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. What has that to do with tattoos you ask?

Spending the day surrounded by so many beautiful colours, I couldn’t help but be inspired. There were sculptures scattered around the farm which made me think of art, which led to me thinking about tattoos on the drive home.

I’ve finally decided on the design for my left arm sleeve. I’m going with a loose Japanese theme, with flowers such as chrysanthemums, lotus, cherry blossoms, dahlias, daisies, hydrangea, iris and lilies, incorporating them with my existing peony flower on my wrist. I’ll also have some dark clouds in the background to really make the flowers look vibrant.

Now comes the fun part of deciding on a tattoo artist and the not-so fun part of saving for the tattoo.

 

Where do you draw inspiration from for your tattoos?

 

Check out some of my favourite photos:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

How much does the alpaca look like Napoleon Dynamite?

 

The Tesselaar Tulip Festival is running only for another week. For more details click here.