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.

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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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….

Ear Scalpel – Six Months On

This Saturday will mark six months since I got my ears scalpelled. I went from a 16/18g (I’m not entirely sure as I got my ears pierced with a gun at a chemist when I was five. As we know piercing guns are a big no-no, but 19 years ago not many people knew any better) lobe piercing to a 00g within the matter of an afternoon.

The healing process was fairly standard for me. The first few days my ears were dealing with the trauma, still a little swollen, but they bleed very little. I washed them with a warm salt water solution twice a day and was careful not to sleep on them for a few weeks. Around the 12 week mark I decided to remove the surgical steel eyelets and replace them with some of the pretty plugs that I had purchased.

Initially I was adamant with going no bigger than 00g. However, as time went on I decided 00g just wasn’t big enough. I found with my double flared plugs that my ears had naturally stretched and I had no issues with going up to 7/16″.  Being the overly cautious person I am, I kept them at this size for close to two months.

I’m currently at 1/2″ and I hope to stretch up to 9/16″ in the coming months. My new goal size is around 3/4″ or 7/8″ which I hope to reach before my birthday next year.

Looking after my stretched ears doesn’t take all that much time or effort. As I don’t want to invest in any more plugs until I reach my goal size, I just wear stainless steel eyelets. I wash them and my lobes daily, in addition to massaging my lobes with jojoba oil once a day. As it’s Winter I’ve taken to applying jojoba oil twice a day to combat dry skin from the cold weather.

Stretching your ears isn’t something to take lightly. There are so many resources online on how to stretch safely and which materials to use. The last thing you want is to rush it and end up with a cat butt for an ear lobe; blowouts are not pretty.

 

NOTE: I’ll be selling my 00g plug collection in the coming weeks. I got a little over excited that I purchased a tonne of plugs which I now can’t wear because the gauge is too small. If you’re in the market for some 00g plugs, check back here soon.

Ink-spiration

Having gotten quite a few tattoos done in the last few months, they have come up in conversation quite frequently at work. It’s rare that I’ll go out of my way to discuss my tattoos (except for one here, of course) as I know the topic interests very few people. When my work mates see my new tattoo the first question they ask is “Why did you choose that?”

Television shows like LA Ink and NY Ink showcase the art of tattooing as a form of grieving the loss of a loved one. And for some it is. But for many people like me, tattooing is a representation of a myriad of emotions.

The inspiration behind a tattoo comes from various aspects of life, not limited to;

  • A favourite actor, band or musician
  • A person’s love of their occupation
  • Lyrics or a poem
  • Tattoo magazines
  • Art, whether it be street artists or history’s most recognised artists
  • Another person’s tattoo
  • Images found on the Internet
  • A dream or nightmare had
  • A particular tattoo style (ie. Japanese, Americana, Tribal etc)
  • Family heritage

Tattoos are not always to mask the painful memories or used as a reminder of the past. Don’t be fooled into thinking tattoo shows are a true representation of all tattooed people. Just like non-tattooed people, we’re all weird, wacky and complex creatures.

For me, personally, tattoos are an extension of my being. I’ve always been a visual and imaginative person, easily spending hours daydreaming, creating my own reality. I love how skin can be transformed from something so plain to a beautiful piece of art with nothing more than ink and needles (and some talented tattoo artists). I draw tattoo inspiration from most of what I have listed above. My tattoos aren’t meant to be understood by anyone but myself. I just hope people can appreciate them as art, no matter whether they understand my reasoning behind them or not.

Where do you find the inspiration for your tattoos? Comment below.

Inked Girls Issue 5 Review


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Five issues of Inked Girls and we’ve seen hundreds of different, individual and gorgeous tattooed women. It’s a reminder that the female tattoo community is continuing to grow. There are always fresh faces instead of recycling the same images of the same women like some magazines are guilty of.

Inked Girls doesn’t rely on heavily digitally altered imagery to sell copies. It’s the human fascination with the female form and how tattoos alter our perception. Look at a non-tattooed female and then look at a tattooed female.

The Sephora shoot is a perfect example of this. In one photo Kat Von D has every tattoo on her body concealed with makeup. In the other photo her tattoos are left untouched. There before you is the same person. Your eyes are drawn to different areas of her body.

I’m a believer in our eyes telling a story, likewise with tattoos. You may judge someone by the art on their body, but look in to their eyes and you’ll see the warmth.

I love how this magazine is another medium keeping the gypsy/freak show tradition alive. Decades ago people would pay their hard-earned money to see tattooed people in the flesh (excuse the pun). Tattooing was a novelty, a form of entertainment that people enjoyed from afar, but not a practice they would partake in.

We can project ourselves into the minds of the girls on the pages before us. Humans like you and I, they’re not ashamed to display their canvas to the world. Inked Girls is like Cleo or Cosmopolitan to some people. Seeing other like-minded women is inspiration.

Now that many women do have tattoos it’s not such a surprise to see one on the street, at University or in a workplace. However the allure still remains as heavily tattooed people are on a completely different level. It’s these women who are paving the way for others to break the gender stereotype and are attempting to dispel discrimination. There’s always power in numbers.

There isn’t much else that can be said about Inked Girls magazine other than it’s a must buy for any tattoo fan.

This will probably be my last review of an Inked Girls magazine, but you can read my previous Inked Girls/Inked Australia posts here.

Inked Australia/NZ Magazine Issue 13 – the 2nd Birthday issue is out May 2. And don’t forget that Inked Artists 2 is on its way.