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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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.