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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.

2004 Hyundai Elantra For Sale: Quick Sale – Moving Overseas

 

 
So, now that I’m dead-set on moving to London, but in order to get there I need to sell my car.

 
 
 
 
2004 Hyundai Elantra

Narre Warren North
City of Casey area, South-East suburbs of Melbourne

5 Door Hatchback

80,300km

Automatic

Central Locking

Air Conditioning

Electric Windows

Full year of rego! (I just paid it – valid until March 18th, 2014)

 
 
Great condition, only two owners (my uncle and then myself)

I will pay for the RWC – Road Worthy Certificate

This listing is up on Trading Post, you can view it here

To arrange an inspection email me – mayer.stacie @ gmail.com

 
 
 
 
Please share this with anyone you know who may be interested.
 
Thank you!

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.

 

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

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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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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?

Start saving every penny!

A Flash Of Lightning

Inspiration comes from the strangest of places.

I was flicking through Inked Australia/NZ Inked Girls Issue 2 (which came packaged with Issue 13 of Inked Australia/NZ. There’s only 900 special packs out there. Be quick and get hunting before they’re all gone) and within seconds had developed the concept for my next tattoo.

When I got my thigh piece from Arn Lyons  I had originally wanted the lamp to be candle lit. As per usual, I wanted too many elements in the one piece and the candle idea was taken off the table.

There’s something about candles that I’ve always loved. The flickering of light in a darkened room is both spooky and romantic.

I noticed that one of the girls in Inked Girls  Issue 2 has a candle tattooed on her. From there the ideas spiralled out of control.

A candle > A candle below clouds, rain and lightning > A girl holding a candle, standing in the rain > A girl holding an umbrella, with rain and lightning coming from within the umbrella

Once again the candle didn’t make the cut. One day I’ll find a place for it.

I want the girl to be wearing a blue dress, with dark hair and grey eyes. It will be a representation of me and a family joke.

In my family we refer to the last born children as the “Blue Girls”. My mother was the last of three children, and my cousin and I both being the second of two children. We always felt as though we got the short end of the stick. Our older brothers or sisters got more attention, more gifts and more love. This is probably the case in many families. It was never anything to an extreme extent, but we all seemed to notice the pattern.

This idea also relates back to one of my favourite Phil Collins songs, “I Wish It Would Rain Down”, although I’m not sure if I want to include the song title in some sort of banner

I guess this tattoo will have some other significance to my teenage years and no matter how much I removed myself from a situation, to protect myself, the pain still managed to find its way to me.

The strange thing is that getting all these tattoos is coming at one of the happiest periods in my life. I’ve overcome a lot of the troubles and pain that I had in my life. These are an expression of my past, how it will always be with me, but that I’m strong enough now to move on from it.

It’s still early planning, but I think I may have found an artist that I want to do my Phil Collins tattoo, as part of my bucket list. He’s one of the international artists who will be at Crazy A.I.T.S in Melbourne later this year. I’ve sent an email to him, so now I just have to wait to hear the (hopefully) good news. I’m thinking of possibly getting Jack Nicholson and Stevie Nicks tattooed alongside him, but we’ll see what happens.

Ruin Art Collective

As you can see in a previous post, it was Ran Maclurkin who tattooed my feet back in 2010.

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The Ruin Art Collective is something he is trying to get off the ground. In his own words:

…this is about pushing art, we are not about ego, about what is in, this is a multi facet idea. A dream, a vision. This is about embracing art, and expression, fuck the main stream, this is respectful to what has come before, while also pushing things forward.

A gallery to display art

A retail store to sell art, books, clothing

A publishing studio, release art through hardcover books

A tattoo studio, a studio with an emphasis on pushing tattooing outside the boundaries it operates in.

Read more about Ran’s vision here.

 

After almost dying last year he’s even more determined to follow this path and make his dreams a reality. This is where you come in. To get the Ruin Art Collective off the ground Ran needs some help. He has set up an account on Pozible “Australia’s No.1 crowd-funding platform for creative individuals, groups and organisations’, where he is collecting donations towards his goal of $10,000.

You can donate as little as $1.00, or for $5 and over choose a reward from a specific price category, or you can choose to donate and take no reward. Whichever one you choose, you’ll know the money is going towards Ran making his dream project a reality.

 

Here are some other ways you can support Ran Maclurkin -

Buy his Abstract Noir 101 book

Ran’s art is available at ArtBoy Gallery

Ran’s Tshirt designs on Red Bubble

 

To keep up to date with Ran, ‘Like’ these pages -

Ran’s Facebook page

Ruin Art Collective Facebook page

 

Facebook have a habit of deleting some of his photos/arts, so check out his website for more updates.

 

Donate here –

Rites of Passage Festival 2012

Yesterday I went to Day 2 of the 2012 Rites of Passage Festival. It was held at the Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens. The amazingly detailed painted walls and ceilings that decorate the building made for a perfect setting for equally amazing art being tattooed on people’s skin.

Once I stepped inside, I made a bee line to the Japanese booths. I wanted to see people getting hand poked tattoos to see what I was in for.

I couldn’t help but cringe at a young guy getting his stomach tattooed by another Japanese artist. Whenever he sat up to take a break, he looked white as a sheet. I’d love to see photos of that completed piece as I’m sure all the pain he went through would have been well worth it.

There was a slight miscommunication, as I was booked in to be tattooed 12-4pm, but was changed to later in the afternoon. It was probably a blessing as I was able to see most of the expo.

I would like to say a special thanks to Crystal from Gimeneko Books. She organises the artists to come to Australia from Japan, books their appointments with clients and acts as their translator. Crystal made sure the artists knew what to tattoo on people and answered any questions people had.

With time to waste, I made my way around the booths, trying not to spend all my money before getting tattooed. I was tempted to buy an adult animal costume at one booth. I don’t care how impractical it is, I really wanted that turtle costume.

I purchased an amazing Sam Rulz print of a hammerhead shark. I am obsessed with these creatures and hope to one day have one tattooed on me.

I love my henna tattoo that I got done on the top of my right hand. I couldn’t believe how quickly the woman drew it. She was doing all pieces completely free hand. The designs are said to last somewhere from 1 to 3 weeks.

The Outre Gallery booth was one I couldn’t miss. I finally got my hot little hands on Angelique Houtkamp’s books Tattoo Darling and Tattoo Mystique. There were plenty of Shawn Barber, Angelique Houtkamp and other artists framed and numbered prints on show.

I visited the Inked Australia magazine booth where I got to meet the lovely editor, Ness in person for the first time. I had a sneak peek of Issue 13 which is on sale this coming Wednesday, May 2nd.

Unfortunately I didn’t get around to the Tattoos for Wishes booth as I was running behind schedule due to my other tattoo. I still plan on making a donation to the Make A Wish Foundation. If you would like to also, click here for more details.

Overall it was such a great day. Being only the second tattoo expo that I have attended, I know I will be back next year. There’s nothing I love more than being surrounded by local and world renowned tattoo artists.

Tattoo by Arn Lyons

Yesterday I had the pleasure of being tattooed by Arn Lyons, one of the newest additions to the team at The Piercing Urge.

I was originally going to have some doves tattooed on the back of my neck, and then an all-seeing eye with vines and flowers on the back of my calf. Instead Arn combined the two ideas into the one piece, with an all-seeing eye surrounded by several dove silhouettes.

The tiny dove in the centre of the eye is the perfect touch.

Next up is a piece for my thigh opposite of my Craigy Lee tattoo. It will be a candle-lit lantern surrounded by flowers and leaves, with a banner running through it with the lyrics “Take the light and darken everything around me” from the Seether song Rise Above This.

Bryan Adams “Bare Bones Tour”

Ever the consummate performer, Bryan Adams is one of the few artists who are simply amazing live. Just him, his guitar, a pianist, and some of his greatest songs from his 30 year career, made for a memorable evening.

We weren’t suppose to take photos inside the venue, but by the end of the night everyone had their cameras out, taking photos, capturing a moment they’ll never want to forget.

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