R.I.P. Modern Medusa

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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.

 

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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.

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. 

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Inked Australia/NZ Magazine Issue 15 Review

Cover girl Chelsey has the bluest of blue eyes that I’ve ever seen. Issue 15 is up there as my favourite cover along with Sabina Kelley gracing the front of Issue Seven. With a full-time job,modelling work, a  husband and two pugs named after the Addams Family characters, find out on Page 44 how this Canadian-native finds time for it all.

For those of you who know Chris Garver only through his time on Miami Ink, now is your chance to learn more about the real man. The Japanese style of tattooing is growing in popularity, but did you know tattoos are still looked down upon in Japan? Check out the interview on Page 108 to get a look inside the mind of this tattooing icon.

Tattooed female circus performers are carrying on the legacy of the tattooed freaks who often toured with circuses in the US during the early to mid 20th century. Get your fix of these sword swallowing, pole dancing and burlesque beauties on Page 62.

The Dreamtime Ink Australia feature (Page 98) gives insight in to the art of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, something which has until now received very little media attention.

I’m rather biased, but my favourite interview in this issue is that of my favourite wrestler, and the current WWE Champion, CM Punk (Page 68). He talks all things wrestling, punk music, his Straight Edge lifestyle and all things tattoos. Regardless of your thoughts on wrestling, CM Punk is proof that being yourself and using the negativity of others can lead to great things.

 

The most important feature in Issue 15 is that of new tattooing law in New South Wales, the Tattoo Parlour Act 2012.  Some major changes are coming which could see some artists without a licence to tattoo, or the end of international tattoo artists travelling to Australia. It’s too much to go into here, I suggest if you live in NSW, along with those of you from Victoria and Queensland (as there’s talk of these laws being passed in your states too), to get the magazine.

 

Oh, and someone you may know just so happens to be Reader of the Month.

 

 

Issue 15 of Inked Australia/NZ Magazine is available in all good newsagents and 7-11 stores.

 

For the tech-savvy readers out there, you can also download the magazine to your iPhone or iPad via the Inked Australia app in the Australian iTunes store.

 

Inked Girls with Jesse Lee Denning on the cover and Inked Artists with Paul Booth are both still on sale. Don’t forget to pick up a copy.

Tattoo Expo Fever: Two Months To Go!

It’s only two months to go until Tattoo Expo fever hits Melbourne. With two huge tattoo expos over the first two weekends in November, the ink will be flying.

The Australian International Tattoo Show, also known as Crazy AITS, boasts 88 booths of tattoo artists from across Australia and the world. Running from Friday, November 2 to Sunday November 4 at the Hilton on the Park in Melbourne there is something for everyone; whether you want to get tattooed, attend a seminar or simply watch these masters at work.

I’m already booked in with Andrea Afferni from Italy to get my Phil Collins black and grey portrait tattoo. I hope to get tattooed by Dan Smith too, a flower on my knee to match my other done by Grant Cobb.

For all the LA Ink and NY Ink fans out there, Crazy AITS is your chance to meet Dan Smith and Billy DeCola

UPDATE – I’ve just been informed that Dan Smith will no longer be attending. However, Billy DeCola is still advertised to attend.

Will the likes of Nikko Hurtado, Paul Booth, Bob Tyrrell and Mick Squires, Crazy AITS is one tattoo expo you should not miss.

 

For all artist and ticketing info, click here.

Like Crazy AITS on Facebook.

Follow Crazy AITS on Twitter.

 

The following weekend (November 9-11) will see hundreds of tattoo artists, body piercers and performers once again invade the Melbourne Exhibition Center. Only in it’s second year, the Melbourne Tattoo & Body Art Expo is sure to grow in the coming years. With tattooing, live performances, tattoo competitions and exhibitors selling everything from books, paintings, prints and clothing; there’s something for everyone.

Several international artists such as Craigy Lee (who tattooed me at the first Melbourne Tattoo Expo) from London, several Japanese tattoo artists and many Australian artists will be there to tattoo you, and have plenty of sketch books and prints for sale.

The big draw card this year is the one and only Corey Miller. There has already been such a positive reaction to this news, that if you want to get tattooed by him, I’d get in quick. Click here for his contact details.

UPDATE – It was recently announced that you can win a 3-4 hour tattoo session with Corey. All you have to do is purchase your ticket and you’ll go in to the draw. As a bonus, you also receive an exclusive T-Shirt. Purchase your VIP Corey Miller Experience Ticket here. This competition is only available online.

The list of artists appearing  has yet to be finalised, however there is a good chance that many of the same artists from Crazy AITS will also be tattooing at the Melbourne Tattoo Expo.

 

For all artist and ticketing info, click here.

Like Melbourne Tattoo & Body Art Expo on Facebook.

Follow Melbourne Tattoo & Body Art Expo on Twitter.

 

Will you be attending either of these tattoo expos?

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My Full Back Piece

Lately I have been gathering inspiration for my full back piece tattoo. I already have a lower back tattoo:

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and my neck/upper back tattooed:

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so whatever I design will have to incorporate these two pieces into it.

So far these are the ideas I have -

  • A girl with flowing hair standing in a graveyard
  • Wearing beads and torn clothes
  • A single tear falling from her eye
  • Tombstones in the background
  • Ravens flying (turning into my white doves)
  • Storm clouds
  • Dead trees
  • A black cat (with bright yellow eyes) trailing behind the girl

With the amount of hours required for a full back piece, my choice of tattooist will most likely be limited to those living in Victoria. Now comes the fun of deciding who to choose.