Australian Tattoo News Round-Up: April 4, 2013

Go Big or Go Home


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

adam kitamoto myths gomineko book

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


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


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.


Tattoo by Arn Lyons

Yesterday I had the pleasure of being tattooed by Arn Lyons, one of the newest additions to the team at The Piercing Urge.

I was originally going to have some doves tattooed on the back of my neck, and then an all-seeing eye with vines and flowers on the back of my calf. Instead Arn combined the two ideas into the one piece, with an all-seeing eye surrounded by several dove silhouettes.

The tiny dove in the centre of the eye is the perfect touch.

Next up is a piece for my thigh opposite of my Craigy Lee tattoo. It will be a candle-lit lantern surrounded by flowers and leaves, with a banner running through it with the lyrics “Take the light and darken everything around me” from the Seether song Rise Above This.

Inked Australia/New Zealand Magazine – Issue 11 Review

Inked Australia/New Zealand Magazine – Issue 11 Review

A tattoo conveys a moment in time, a memory, an emotion, beauty.

Coming up to the end of another year, the sixth and last issue for 2011, Issue 11 has really struck a chord with me. After I managed to pry the magazine out of my dad’s hands, I locked myself away to read it without any distractions.

The Inked team have outdone themselves once again. Every two months we’re presented with a magazine full of fresh faces; artists who have talent we could only dream of possessing. Inked Australia/New Zealand is my tattoo bible. Nowhere else will you find such a vast number of artists, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to find a tattoo artist who will give you tattoo you will forever cherish.

I wasn’t far in before I started daydreaming (it’s either because I’m a Pisces or some form of ADD, but I often find myself drifting between my imagination and reality). I began thinking about how much of the tattoo community is open-minded and accepting. There is a much different definition of success between these people. Inked Australia/New Zealand magazine is a great source of inspiration for those of you who don’t find a ‘normal’ 9-5 job appealing.

Without sounding preachy, there really are many paths which you can take in life, but in the end it is you, and only you, who decides on your happiness. These images and those words on the page are spoken by real people, just like you and me. There are other ways to support yourself, doing the thing you love, whether it is music, painting, fashion, digital design, photography or tattooing.

Art transcends life, it is all around us. Doe Deere went from ‘a self-taught makeup artist posting tutorials online’ to creating Lime Crime makeup (Page 22). Strawberry Siren (Page 30) has been performing her whole life, from growing up in the circus to becoming a burlesque performer. Some Young Punks (Page 52), an Australian wine brand, has taken inspiration from graphic novels for their wine labels, taking the industry in a new direction.

Determination, defiance and self-belief are common traits of those who grace the pages of this magazine. They’ve surrounded themselves with supportive people, building a strong foundation to grow from. Their original ideas make them unique and pave the way for others to take creativity to a new level. Money isn’t the focus; it is the stories behind their journey to where they are today, the art on their bodies collected along the way. While some tattoos may be the same, the stories never are.

Perhaps I think too deeply about the subtext in the magazine. However, being a lifelong magazine enthusiast and an aspiring journalist, I can’t help but engulf myself in each and every issue. Tattoos bring out different reactions from people. For me it is more than just ink on someone’s body. I don’t get tattooed to rebel, or to follow a fad. To some I may be the biggest contradiction. I enjoy all things 80s, the cornier the better. Reading the stories of these tattooed people reminds me that there is no stereotypical tattooed person. Their interests and talents are as varied as anybody else.

Angelique Houtkamp is a name fast becoming synonymous with tattooing. The beautiful black and white photographs of her reminded me of the book The Tattooed Lady. You could be mistaken for thinking she was from the 1920s. Angelique brings a touch of elegance and sophistication to tattooing. So dainty and lady-like, yet covered in tattoos; she is simply gorgeous.

She was recently in Australia to promote Tattoo Parlour‘a book and exhibition, which celebrates artists from the tattoo world.’ See pages 38-45 for the full interview.

Many cannot forget the atrocity Christian Audigier created with his failed Ed Hardy clothing line. But ‘The Fabric of Design’ feature (Page 76) shines the light on tattooed Australian designers who have taken their original concepts to create their own successful fashion empires.

It was great to see Frederick Bain featured in this issue. He has recently moved from New Zealand to Melbourne, tattooing out of The Piercing Urge in Prahran. I just so happen to be getting tattooed there in a few weeks by another of their resident tattoo artists, Arn Lyons. Frederick is next on my list. He has an amazing eye for realistic pieces. Thanks New Zealand, another talented person for us Aussies to call our own.

Other artists included in Issue 11 are:

* Mike Rubendall
* Mattoo
* Tim Kern
* Rose Hardy
* Taylor Reeve
* Caia Koopman
* Edith Lebeau
* Hoang Nguyen
* Janice Urnstein Weissman
* Shawn Barber

Being a subscriber to Inked Australia/New Zealand magazine meant I got Issue 11 a few days earlier than the general public. It’s just one of the perks of being a subscriber, no hassle with trying to find a newsagent with the magazine in stock and every new subscriber gets a free gift (it is currently a choice of two necklaces from Rust & Regret). Not to mention you save from 25-30% off the cover price depending on whether you get a one or two year subscription. To subscribe to Inked Australia/New Zealand magazine click here or fill out the form on Page 37.

As a little post-Christmas gift for all the readers (including subscribers), Issue 11 comes with another calendar. This time a Sailor Jerry calendar usually reserved for US Inked magazine.

And if Alesandra Nicole on the cover and the calendar still isn’t enough for you, never fear. Inked Girls 4 will be hitting the shelves sometime in January. To avoid disappointment, head in and ask your local newsagents to order it in just for you.

If you’re feeling lucky, check out the competition on page 16 to win copies of LA Ink and NY Ink.

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2011: Year in Review

2011: Year in Review

As I look back on 2011 I can’t help but get a little emotional. This year has been a memorable one thus far, to say the least. There have been ups and downs, but for the most part it has been one of the best years in my life (so far).


In January I was still travelling overseas. Following on from Los Angeles, San Diego, Tijuana, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Miami, Key West, Cozumel, Washington DC. I spent January in New York, Toronto, Montreal, Chicago and back to Los Angeles.

New York – I was living my dream of walking through Central Park, visiting the Statue of Liberty and standing atop the Empire State Building, overlooking the city below.

Toronto – I got up-close with some adorable squirrels, it was so tempting not to take one home with me.

Montreal – I was immersed in the French-Canadian culture.

Chicago – I fell in love with this city. I could imagine myself living there.

Los Angeles – I spent three days at Wrestle Reunion 5, meeting the legends of wrestling. I attended my first US independent wrestling show, Ring of Honor and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. I was introduced to wrestlers I had never heard of and fell in love with wrestling all over again.

Having the opportunity to attend Wrestle Reunion was an experience I will never forget. There I was surrounded by people brought together by a shared love of wrestling: from young to old wrestlers, fans and the promoters.

I’ve never been somewhere with such positive energy before. The love and passion exuding from the wrestlers really hit me emotionally. Rowdy Roddy Piper, Jimmy Hart, Shane Douglas and Colt Cabana were stand outs for me. They all took so much time to engage with people, talking one-on-one, having proper conversations with fans.

Never mind being star struck, I got so much from this experience. I was at the recording of the first live Art of Wrestling podcast taping between Colt Cabana and Shane Helms.

I got to see the legendary band, INXS at a Day on the Green. While I would give anything to have seen the original INXS pre-1997 with Michael Hutchence, JD Fortune did justice to every single song. The support acts Train, Sean Kelley and the Baby Animals were perfect examples of talented live performers.


In August I changed jobs, transferring stores to work in a different department. Despite the drama involved in obtaining my transfer, it was the best decision I could have made. I now go to work with a smile on my face as the people I work with are all so friendly and accepting. While it’s not a job that I wish to make my career, it suits me for now.

• Bryan Adams – I was front row at the Melbourne leg of his Bare Bones Tour. It was just Bryan and his guitar and a pianist. All his greatest hits stripped back, he was perfection.

• Craigy Lee – I attended the 1st Annual Melbourne Tattoo & Body Art Expo where I got tattooed by Craigy Lee. We had sent ideas back and forth for several weeks until we finally settled on a design. Close to six hours of tattooing, and one swollen leg later, this was the result:

I was chosen as one of 30 Roving Reporters for the Victorian Government’s Youth Central website. If it wasn’t for my mum’s persistence I don’t think I would have applied. It was nice to see how proud she was of me, to achieve something outside of school, in the real world.

Seeing Stevie Nicks perform live is a moment I never want to forget. I spent the night struggling to hold back tears. Her unique voice and story-telling ability through song is what has always drawn me to her.
Check out my review of Stevie Nicks on the YouthCentral website.

2011 has been one of my busiest years. I may still have my old sarcastic/negative comments and mindset at times, but at the end of the day I can now smile. Rather than giving in to the pressure of being someone I am not, I am embracing my differences. It may be cliché, but life really is too short to waste time on such trivial matters.

I ended a friendship that had run its course. I may have not gone the right way about it, but for me it was the closure that I needed.

I have taken positive steps towards my education and developing new skills for my future career, whatever that may eventually be. I have a new found desire to learn and be able to apply what I have learnt to my various art projects.

After all the years of talking, I finally put in my application for the US Visa Diversity Lottery. There is only a small chance that I will be one of the lucky ones, but I’m focusing on staying positive. It has always been my dream to live and work in the US and I won’t give up until I achieve it.

I found inspiration. I found myself once again. Movies. Wrestling. Art. Writing. Reading. Photography. This is all I need to be happy.

2012 is shaping up to be another great 12 months. I already have so much to look forward to in the coming year.

• Seether
• Alter Bridge, Steel Panther
• Attending Melbourne Vixens netball games
• Interviewing NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce
• Getting tattooed by Arn Lyons at The Piercing Urge