Inked Australia/NZ 100,000 Facebook Fans Competition

Modern Medusa is still dead and buried (for the time being, at least) but I thought it would be cruel of me not to share this will you all.

To celebrate closing in on 100,000 fans on Facebook, Inked Australia/NZ are running their biggest competition to date.

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From Inked Australia/NZ’s Facebook page:

Want $1000 towards your next tattoo?

To celebrate Inked Aus/NZ Facebook page about to reach 100,000 likes we’re giving away 100,000 cents (AUD$1000) towards one person’s next tattoo.

To win all you need to do is post a drawing/picture of the tattoo you want and tell us why you want it to our Facebook page before March 1st 2013.

The Inked Team will then choose their winner of the grand prize!

T&Cs: This is not a game of chance. You must live in Australia or New Zealand. Cash is not redeemable for the prize. The money (AUD$1000) will be paid directly to a registered tattooist (*NSW) in Australia or New Zealand at time of winner being tattooed. Contest runs from 12 February 13 till midnight 28 February 2013. This prize cannot be shared, but can be used over various sittings. Winner announced 4 March 2013. Winner chosen by Inked Australia/NZ team, not by most Facebook likes.

Put on your thinking cap, put pen to paper, create a collage of ideas and get writing. Inked Australia/NZ wants to know what you want for your next tattoo and why you want to win.

This money could mean finally being able to afford a tattoo from your favourite tattoo artist. Maybe you have no tattoos and want to get your first. Or perhaps you have a bad tattoo just begging to be covered up.

So far there are under 200 entries. It’s free to enter, so what have you got to lose? You have better chances of winning this than the lottery!

$1000 towards your next tattoo is huge. Show your appreciation by liking Inked Australia/NZ on Facebook, following them on Twitter @Inked_Australia and spreading the word!

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Picking up copies of Inked Australia/NZ magazine, Inked Girls and Inked Artists wouldn’t hurt either ūüôā

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My Favourite Things of 2012

I know 2012 isn’t over quite yet, but here is a list of My Favourite Things of 2012.

 

New Product – Chobani Greek Yogurt (you can check out my healthy recipes at my other blog here). I was spoilt as they sent me a case of yogurts to test out; now I’m addicted.

Podcasts –

  • The Wind Up
  • I Love Green Guide Letters
  • Little Dum Dum club
  • The Art of Wrestling with Colt Cabana

 

Tattoo Expo –¬† Rites of Passage Festival 2012 where I got a hand poked/tebori tattoo from Horishin.

Fitness Bloggers Р 

Jill Hanner
Kasey Arena – Powercakes
Cassey Ho – Pop Pilates

 

YouTubers –

Eat Your Kim Chi
Jenna Marbles
Daily Grace
You Deserve A Drink
My Drunk Kitchen

Movie – I think I only saw two or three new movies at the cinema this year and only because I reviewed them for Youthcentral. Going by that, Ted would have to be my favourite.

 

Song – Pink “Try”. The song has such deep and meaningful lyrics and visually beautiful video clip to accompany it.

 

Television Show РI Will Survive: Priscilla. I literally have never laughed as much at a reality television show. Tom was such a cutie.

 

Tattoo Artist – Benjamin Laukis

 

Magazine – Once again, Inked Australia.

 

New tattoo – I got quite a few tattoos this year, but my Bakeneko/Nekomata tattoo has inspired me to really look into Japanese mythology. I’m not sure when I’ll be getting tattooed again, so I’ll have to live vicariously through everyone else like I already do.

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 tattooed, one calf, the front of both thighs, one 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….

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.

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.

Inked Australia/New Zealand Issue 12 Review

Issue 12 of Inked Australia Magazine is the annual Artist issue. No musicians, no models, just tattoo artists doing what they do best; displaying their art to the world.

This issue also marks the two year anniversary or 2nd birthday for Inked Australia/NZ. As posted on Facebook, Issue 13 is to be a celebration of this feat. I’m curious to see what they have in store for us.

Some may remember Australian Ink magazine from a few years back. After several issues it was abruptly taken from the shelves. Mere months later Inked Australia/NZ magazine graced us with its presence.

With a 28,000 plus Facebook fan base and another 4000 followers on Twitter, this magazine has gone from issue 1 two years ago, to publishing 4 issues of Inked Girls, and 1 issue of Inked Artists, to now celebrating issue 12.

Megan Massacre, the token female from NY Ink is the cover girl for Issue 12. The accompanying article delves a little in to Massacre’s life as the female cast member of NY Ink, and balancing her love of tattooing and modelling.

The shock value of seeing a female tattoo artist is slowly waning. I think Megan put it best when she said: “I don’t want to be known as a great female artist – I want to be known as a great artist”

For the most part, tattoo artists from the east coast of Australia seem to get most of the attention, but not this issue. A tattoo parlour from each state and territory in Australia is featured. New Zealand fans, don’t fret, you haven’t been forgotten.

More than 50 tattoo artists are featured in this issue, each describing their positive and negative views on modern tattooing. Tattooing has changed dramatically over time, but even just in the past 10 years new styles are emerging.  Each individual interview gives some much-needed insight into the real tattoo industry.

Keen to get your first tattoo, but don’t know where to start? Page 82 is a must-read for people not familiar with the tattoo process.

It is followed by a piece about laser tattoo removal, and the information is not pretty. For many, I think, tattoo removal seems like the simple solution to getting rid of your unwanted ink. Be prepared to be shocked by the truths behind this practice, and remember think before you ink.

In addition to Australia’s talent, Canada’s Zombie Boy, Rick Genest makes a surprise appearance modelling clothing. I love how he is somewhat carrying on the tradition of circus/sideshow freaks.

Then with Chris Nunez, sitting on a toilet with his pants around his ankles with that token smirk on his face, it’s difficult for me not to melt inside. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a handsome man with tattoos. If that doesn’t float your boat, there is an article about his new television show, Ink Master which he hosts along with Oliver Peck and Dave Navarro.

For a magazine without the support or resources of a corporation like ACP Magazines, Inked Australia/NZ continues to deliver a quality magazine every time.  With so few people behind the scenes, creating this magazine is more than a job, it’s a time consuming passion that we’re lucky to have shared with us.

Always willing to offer knowledge and advice within the pages of the magazine, the Editor, Ness extends this to Facebook and Twitter. Steering people to decent tattoo artists, she’s single headedly saving the citizens of Australia and New Zealand from one more tattoo disaster. Super Ness – cue the theme music. (Clearly I’ve lost my marbles)

If you’ve yet to get a response to your email, Facebook post or Tweet, be patient. It’s a one-woman show across those social media platforms.

Inked Australia may very well be your tattoo bible, but if there is one issue to buy, this is it. Issue 12 is a detailed directory of the best of the best Australia has to offer, with interviews and photographs of each artist’s work.

Your newsagent doesn’t have Inked Australia/NZ in stock? Ask them to order it in for you. Better yet, subscribe to receive a free gift and have the magazine delivered straight to you every two months.

And ladies, don’t forget that entries for Miss Inked 2013 close on Friday 20 April.

Inked Girls Issue 4

Inked Australia’s Inked Girls Issue 4 hit shelves today, with not one but two covers.

Inked Girls continues to go from strength to strength. The magazine features gorgeous tattooed women from Australia and worldwide, and appeals to men and women alike. There is something about tattooed women that sets them apart from those without ink.

History has forever been enamored with the female form. It’s considered a work of art on its own. Add tattoos to that and you’ve got an unbeatable combination.

These women are more than just pretty faces. They are travelled, cultured, and some, nerds at heart. Art lovers who carry their favourite pieces on their bodies.

I admire these girls because they have no qualms being themselves and adorned in inked. They do not cave into societal pressure to be what others consider a woman should be.  Here are women who wear their heart on their (tattooed) sleeve. They are the reason why heavily tattooed women are being seen in a new light.

Educated, driven, accomplished, and classy are characteristics which describe all the Inked Girls. They are breaking the stereotype, or perhaps redefining the old one, of women with tattoos. It is possible to be both inked and sexy.

Pick up your copy of Inked Australia/NZ – Inked Girls 4 at most newsagents.