Australian Tattoo News Round-Up: November 8, 2012

Crazy AITS

Did you attend the Australian International Tattoo Show? Inked Australia/NZ wants to know what you thought of it. Head to their Facebook page and inbox them. Who knows, you may end up in the next issue.

 

Melbourne Tattoo & Body Art Expo

Tomorrow at 12pm the doors open at  the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. To save $5.00 buy you tickets online, but get in quick as online ticket sales close tonight. The 2nd Melbourne Tattoo & Body Art Expo is a family friendly event with face painting for the kids, fashion shows and tattoo competitions. From Friday onwards, tickets can only be purchased at the door.

 

Travelling Tattoo Artists

With two tattoo expos in Melbourne (and another in New Zealand) this month, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland have been flooded with travelling tattoo artists. Check out tattooexpo.com.au for a full list of artists. Check out who is in the country, which artist’s work catches your eye and get in contact with them.

 

Inked Australia/NZ Magazine

Issue 16, with the Miss Inked 2013 Winner and Runner-Up on the cover, has hit newsagents and select 7-11 outlets. You can read my review of the issue here. If you’re quick, you may just snatch up a 2-1 package, with some issues coming with a back issue of Inked Artists magazine, featuring Paul Booth.

 

VICE: Tattoo Age

This online video series is one of my favourites as it features some of the world’s best and most respected tattoo artists. There’s a reason why I consider Tattoo Age to be one of the Tattoo Videos You Need To See. The Season 2 finale will be available online at Vice.com from November 10.

 

Surf n’ Ink Tattoo Festival

For the fourth year, the annual Surf n’ Ink Tattoo Festival will take place on the Gold Coast. The Radisson resort will host the event from January 11-13. The festival boasts talented tattoo artists from around Queensland and the world. With the likes of Teneile Napoli and Benjamin Laukis, I wouldn’t hesitate otherwise someone else will snap up your appointment. The full list of artists and vendors can be found here.

You can purchase your tickets to the festival here. If you require accommodation, click here and enter the code word ‘tattoo’ to receive a discounted rate.

 

Khan is moving to Australia

Khan, the South-Korean artist tattooing out of Japan, is making the move to Australia in April next year. He is famed for his realistic colour and black and grey portrait tattoos, with his work featured in magazines all around the globe. For the month of April he will be tattooing in Melbourne before settling down at Skintastic in Coolangatta, QLD.

To book an appointment in Melbourne for April you can email Khan at kidsloveink@gmail.com. For QLD dates you can call (07) 5536 4980 and talk to Tracy, the Shop Owner.

To view more of Khan’s incredible work click here.

 

 

Check back next week for another edition of Australian Tattoo News Round-Up. 

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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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Inked Australia/NZ Magazine Issue 15 Review

Cover girl Chelsey has the bluest of blue eyes that I’ve ever seen. Issue 15 is up there as my favourite cover along with Sabina Kelley gracing the front of Issue Seven. With a full-time job,modelling work, a  husband and two pugs named after the Addams Family characters, find out on Page 44 how this Canadian-native finds time for it all.

For those of you who know Chris Garver only through his time on Miami Ink, now is your chance to learn more about the real man. The Japanese style of tattooing is growing in popularity, but did you know tattoos are still looked down upon in Japan? Check out the interview on Page 108 to get a look inside the mind of this tattooing icon.

Tattooed female circus performers are carrying on the legacy of the tattooed freaks who often toured with circuses in the US during the early to mid 20th century. Get your fix of these sword swallowing, pole dancing and burlesque beauties on Page 62.

The Dreamtime Ink Australia feature (Page 98) gives insight in to the art of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, something which has until now received very little media attention.

I’m rather biased, but my favourite interview in this issue is that of my favourite wrestler, and the current WWE Champion, CM Punk (Page 68). He talks all things wrestling, punk music, his Straight Edge lifestyle and all things tattoos. Regardless of your thoughts on wrestling, CM Punk is proof that being yourself and using the negativity of others can lead to great things.

 

The most important feature in Issue 15 is that of new tattooing law in New South Wales, the Tattoo Parlour Act 2012.  Some major changes are coming which could see some artists without a licence to tattoo, or the end of international tattoo artists travelling to Australia. It’s too much to go into here, I suggest if you live in NSW, along with those of you from Victoria and Queensland (as there’s talk of these laws being passed in your states too), to get the magazine.

 

Oh, and someone you may know just so happens to be Reader of the Month.

 

 

Issue 15 of Inked Australia/NZ Magazine is available in all good newsagents and 7-11 stores.

 

For the tech-savvy readers out there, you can also download the magazine to your iPhone or iPad via the Inked Australia app in the Australian iTunes store.

 

Inked Girls with Jesse Lee Denning on the cover and Inked Artists with Paul Booth are both still on sale. Don’t forget to pick up a copy.

Tattoo Expo Fever: Two Months To Go!

It’s only two months to go until Tattoo Expo fever hits Melbourne. With two huge tattoo expos over the first two weekends in November, the ink will be flying.

The Australian International Tattoo Show, also known as Crazy AITS, boasts 88 booths of tattoo artists from across Australia and the world. Running from Friday, November 2 to Sunday November 4 at the Hilton on the Park in Melbourne there is something for everyone; whether you want to get tattooed, attend a seminar or simply watch these masters at work.

I’m already booked in with Andrea Afferni from Italy to get my Phil Collins black and grey portrait tattoo. I hope to get tattooed by Dan Smith too, a flower on my knee to match my other done by Grant Cobb.

For all the LA Ink and NY Ink fans out there, Crazy AITS is your chance to meet Dan Smith and Billy DeCola

UPDATE – I’ve just been informed that Dan Smith will no longer be attending. However, Billy DeCola is still advertised to attend.

Will the likes of Nikko Hurtado, Paul Booth, Bob Tyrrell and Mick Squires, Crazy AITS is one tattoo expo you should not miss.

 

For all artist and ticketing info, click here.

Like Crazy AITS on Facebook.

Follow Crazy AITS on Twitter.

 

The following weekend (November 9-11) will see hundreds of tattoo artists, body piercers and performers once again invade the Melbourne Exhibition Center. Only in it’s second year, the Melbourne Tattoo & Body Art Expo is sure to grow in the coming years. With tattooing, live performances, tattoo competitions and exhibitors selling everything from books, paintings, prints and clothing; there’s something for everyone.

Several international artists such as Craigy Lee (who tattooed me at the first Melbourne Tattoo Expo) from London, several Japanese tattoo artists and many Australian artists will be there to tattoo you, and have plenty of sketch books and prints for sale.

The big draw card this year is the one and only Corey Miller. There has already been such a positive reaction to this news, that if you want to get tattooed by him, I’d get in quick. Click here for his contact details.

UPDATE – It was recently announced that you can win a 3-4 hour tattoo session with Corey. All you have to do is purchase your ticket and you’ll go in to the draw. As a bonus, you also receive an exclusive T-Shirt. Purchase your VIP Corey Miller Experience Ticket here. This competition is only available online.

The list of artists appearing  has yet to be finalised, however there is a good chance that many of the same artists from Crazy AITS will also be tattooing at the Melbourne Tattoo Expo.

 

For all artist and ticketing info, click here.

Like Melbourne Tattoo & Body Art Expo on Facebook.

Follow Melbourne Tattoo & Body Art Expo on Twitter.

 

Will you be attending either of these tattoo expos?

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