R.I.P. Modern Medusa

tombstone-RIP

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: 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.

 

 

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

Follow me on Twitter & Instagram – @StacieMayer

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. 

Follow me on Twitter & Instagram – @StacieMayer

Inked Artists – Issue One 2012 Review

Inked Australia/New Zealand magazine is once again expanding. Joining their flagship magazine and Inked Girls is Inked Artists.

Looking for an artist who specialises in a particular style? Then Inked Artists is for you. Issue One 2012 just hit the shelves and features styles from black and grey, to colour, to portraits, to abstract and traditional; this magazine has it all. Inked Artists magazine is your tattoo bible for the most talented tattoo artists from around the world. It is more than simply a photo book, but a collection of photos from the best of the best in the tattoo industry.

Tim Hendricks is widely known for his appearances on Miami Ink and New York Ink,, as is Corey Miller with LA Ink, but it is their way with a needle and ink which makes them two of the most sought after masters of black and grey tattooing. Forget about the cliché tattoo designs you may have seen them tattoo on television and take a close look at the photos in Inked Artists. Their ability to transfer any subject matter to skin and make it look like a work of art is why they are so widely respected.

Inked Artists also features the work of a further 30+ tattoo artists from Australia and around the world, like Steve Cross, Mick Squires, Sam Rulz, Kian Forreal, Rhys Gordon and Amanda Wachob. The website for each tattoo artist accompanies their photos, saving you the hassle of trying to track them down online. With magazines like Inked Australia and Inked Artists people are learning what amazing tattooing is and where they can get it from.

What makes Inked Artists different to Inked Australia is that there are no articles, it’s purely photos of each artists best work. Full page colour spreads, showing all the colour and detail, not miniscule photos that you may find in other tattoo magazines.

If you can’t find the magazine at your local newsagent, don’t hesitate in asking them to order it in for you. If all else fails, check out Inked Australia’s Facebook page for a detailed list of all stockists.

And don’t forget, Issue 11 of Inked Australia goes on sale December 28, to tide you over into the new year.