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

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.

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.)

 

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

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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.

Check back soon 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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Finding Positives In The Negatives

I’m not going to go in to detail over why I won’t be getting my Phil Collins portrait next weekend (maybe I’ll write about the drama somewhere down the line), but if I have one piece of advice for you it’s: Go to the Melbourne Tattoo & Body Art Expo instead, and you won’t be left disappointed. 

 

With that being said, plans for several upcoming blog posts have been put on hold due to these recent events. I was planning on detailing the healing process of a new tattoo, comparing tattoo after care products, and reviews of both the tattoo expos in Melbourne this month. You’ll just have to check out a future issue of Inked Australia/NZ magazine for their coverage (cheap plug).

 

I’m out-of-pocket a few hundred dollars (deposit, expo tickets) because of this, however I’ve saved the money I would have spent on the tattoo, so that’s going towards getting my Japanese flower sleeve done, whenever that may be.

 

I really think it’s time for me to move out of home and move interstate like I’ve been saying for the past four to five years. I need to remove myself from this negative environment, an area of Melbourne that I’ve lived in my entire live. It’s a place where I can’t leave my house without seeing people I went to school with, the people who I have nothing in common with and all but negative memories of. As soon as I find a job, I’m packing up my things and starting fresh.

 

Over the coming weeks I’ll be listing a tonne of things that I’m selling. They’ll range from shoes, clothing, DVDs, CDs, books, jewellery (brand new 00g plugs and eyelets) and accessories; everything must go. 

 

For the foreseeable future this blog will be fairly quiet, but if you get tattooed at either of the expos feel free to share your photos of your new tattoo and your thoughts in the comments section down below.

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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