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.

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.