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. 

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Tattoo Expo Fever – 25 Days To Go

It’s less than four weeks until the Australian International Tattoo Show. As if this event could get any better, it was announced today that Ami James from Miami Ink and NY Ink will be attending. If you wish to get tattooed by Ami, it’s best to contact him directly.

UPDATE: Shortly after announcing that Ami would be attending the announcement was removed from their Facebook page. By the looks of it, it’s unlikely he will be there.

Tickets can now be purchased online for Crazy AITS. Why buy now? Because you’ll get your tickets at a discount rate and it means skipping the queues at the expo.

The Crazy AITS website has recently been updated. Click here to check out all the newly added tattoo artists and for a detailed itinerary for each day of the expo.

Like Crazy AITS on Facebook.

Follow Crazy AITS on Twitter.

Five days after Crazy AITS wraps up, we’re treated to the 2nd Annual Melbourne Tattoo And Body Art Expo.

The Corey Miller VIP Experience Tickets/Competition are on sale until October 30. For $60 you get a day pass for the Melbourne Tattoo Expo, a limited edition Corey Miller shirt and you go in the draw to get tattooed by the man himself. Click here for more details.

If you simply wish to purchase a 3-day or single day pass click here.

More tattoo artists have been added to the website, including several Japanese tebori artists, many Australians and quite a few international artists. To avoid disappointment I would suggest contacting them now if you wish to get inked by anyone on the day.

 

Like Melbourne Tattoo & Body Art Expo on Facebook.

Follow Melbourne Tattoo & Body Art Expo on Twitter.

 

If Crazy AITS or the Melbourne Tattoo Expo will be your first time attending a tattoo expo you may like to read through my Tattoo Expo Etiquette post to know what to expect.

Are you attending either of these expos? Who are you getting tattooed by?

Tesselaar Tulip Festival

 

Today I travelled to Silvan, in what felt like the middle of nowhere, to attend the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. What has that to do with tattoos you ask?

Spending the day surrounded by so many beautiful colours, I couldn’t help but be inspired. There were sculptures scattered around the farm which made me think of art, which led to me thinking about tattoos on the drive home.

I’ve finally decided on the design for my left arm sleeve. I’m going with a loose Japanese theme, with flowers such as chrysanthemums, lotus, cherry blossoms, dahlias, daisies, hydrangea, iris and lilies, incorporating them with my existing peony flower on my wrist. I’ll also have some dark clouds in the background to really make the flowers look vibrant.

Now comes the fun part of deciding on a tattoo artist and the not-so fun part of saving for the tattoo.

 

Where do you draw inspiration from for your tattoos?

 

Check out some of my favourite photos:

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How much does the alpaca look like Napoleon Dynamite?

 

The Tesselaar Tulip Festival is running only for another week. For more details click here.

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.

2 Down, 98 To Go

As you know, I spent Saturday at the Rites of Passage Festival where I crossed the second item off my bucket list.

#23 Get a traditional Japanese tattoo (Tebori).

You can read more about my experience at Day 2 of Rites of Passage here

I always love the surprise of not seeing my tattoo design until the last moment. All I told Crystal (the woman organising appointments for the Japanese artists), was that I wanted a bakeneko tattooed on my left calf.

if you search bakeneko on Google Images you’ll see various incarnations of this shape-shifting cat. There are anime versions and others with traditional clothing. I really had no idea what to expect. I was blown away by the detail of Hori Shin’s drawing.

The bakeneko was tattooed on me using both traditional and modern methods of tattooing.

The outline and some of the colour was done with an electric tattoo machine. It enabled Hori Shin to get perfect lines and tattoo the finer details on the face and the jacket.

The instrument used for hand poking looks similar to that of a paint brush, but instead of bristles, there are many tiny needles.

Here’s the finished product –

(Source – Hori Shin)

As you can see my calf is rather swollen and red, but that has since subsided.

I was surprised how little I could feel of the tattooing process, Perhaps it’s lucky that I have muscular calves. If it were possible, I would get all my tattoos done using the traditional Japanese hand poke method. It’s far more pleasant than the vibration of a tattoo machine.

I’ll be posting another photo once the tattoo has fully healed.

Now I need to think of which thing to cross off my bucket list next.

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 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.