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.

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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.


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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?


Tattoo Artist Wishlist

When I’m not at work or sleeping, I spend the majority of my time procrastinating, which revolves around anything tattoo-related. Once one tattooed is healed I’m always thinking about my next. Likewise with my bucket list, I’ve been thinking about the tattoo artists who I would love to be tattooed by.

So here’s the list:

Shannan Meow

Dave Undead

Dan Smith

Myke Chambers

Justin Acca

Mick Squires

Andrea Afferni – he’ll be doing my Phil Collins portrait later this year

Frederick Bain

Bob Roberts

Emily Rose Murray

Rose Hardy

Hannah Aitchison

Tim Hendricks

Kim Saigh

Jeff Gogue

Kelly Doty

Mimsy Gleeson

Who would you give anything to be tattooed by?

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.

Inked Artists Magazine – Issue One 2012

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

The editor just revealed the secret project by posting a sneak peek of the cover on Inked Australia’s Twitter page.

Tim Hendricks graces the cover, and with the likes of Corey Miller, Steve Cross, Mick Squires and Sam Rulz also mentioned on the cover.

Be sure to pick up Issue One 2012 of Inked Artists from all good news agents from Friday November 25. And while you’re at it, check out Issue 10 of Inked Australia/New Zealand and Issue 3 of Inked Girls, neither will fail to disappoint.

Issue 9 – Inked Australia/New Zealand Magazine

With an ever growing fan base, Inked is now able to expand its horizons, reaching out to various members from the tattoo community. With that being said, they managed to get an exclusive interview with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, this issue cover guys.

If you’re female, and love hot, tattooed guys, then you are in for a treat. The ‘Xtreme’ piece showcases guys who put their bodies on the line in the name of their sport. While Inked Guys may not be a viable idea to put to print, the many shirtless guys in Issue 9 are sure to satisfy your needs. But guys, don’t fret, there is, as always, several gorgeous girls gracing the pages of the magazine.

You could say the theme of this issue would be determination to succeed, whether it is developing tattoo skills, becoming a better athlete, or turning a dream into reality. None of this happens overnight. It takes years to perfect an art. They have tattoos that mark a place in time, memories to carry with them for the rest of their lives. People are easy to dismiss the successful as being “lucky” to be in that position.  Positive thinking, drive, passion all contribute to making the people we see before us in this is

The Skate4Cancer piece is so inspiring.  Cancer touches everyone at some stage in their lives. Raising money for research is crucial in the fight to find a cure for this horrible disease. Hopefully Rob Dyer’s story will encourage other Inked readers to be more charitable.  I know I’ll be more active in raising money for causes that I strongly believe in.

If you want to get involved, check out Inked’s website for more details on Rob’s journey and donate to or help promote the cause. Perhaps stories like this will help dispel some of the stigma associated with tattooed people.

The NY Ink – Wooster Street Social Club piece strips back all the mirrors from the carefully edited TLC show, and goes back to basics. The people on the show are tattoo artists through and through.  These tattoo artists are not one dimensional, they can tackle just about any tattoo style there is. They have branched out into other artistic endeavours to showcase their talents across a variety of mediums. While the idea of “reality TV” may not appeal to you, nothing can take away from their talent; talent doesn’t lie.

Once again the team at Inked have outdone themselves. This issue is jam packed with people with amazing life stories to tell along with beautiful works of art adorning their skin. Those of us with a passion for tattoos are special bunch.

And on that note, go out and buy the current issue of Inked. If your local newsagents have no copies, be sure to ask them to order it in for you. Better yet, head to  to subscribe, or check out pages 40 and 41 on details how to subscribe and receive a copy of Eastbound & Down Season 2.

 Issue 10 will hit newsstands October 26. For now, enjoy and spread the word.

— Modern Medusa