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VANISHING TATTOO INTERVIEW
Bob Baxter has been a writer, editor, photographer, musician and father for most of his adult life. With three tattoo artist sons (Jesse Tuesday, Riley Baxter and Noah Baxter), Baxter was hired, in 1997, by Larry Flynt to head Flynt’s seven-year-old tattoo magazine, Skin&Ink. An author of over twenty books, newspaper columnist and television host, Baxter turned around the faltering publication and, ultimately, guided the magazine to a prestigious Folio Magazine Editorial Excellence Award (the magazine equivalent of the Oscars), the first for a tattoo magazine and the first ever for Flynt. Enlisting the top writers, photographers, historians and collectors of the art form, Baxter ran Skin&Ink for fifteen years. After leaving the magazine, Baxter’s wife, Mary, suggested he turn his attention to an Internet magazine, and Tattoo Road Trip was born. Baxter and Mary operate the website and maintain a small family farm, in Hood River, Oregon, a stone’s throw from the mighty Columbia.
I was fascinated by Bob’s growing Tattoo Directory and how he’s been using it to not only highlight the best tattoo artists and tattoo shops in the business, but also to educate and protect consumers, many of whom don’t know the first thing about tattoos, but have the impulsive nature that comes with youth.
Question: Bob, what made you think there was a need for another Tattoo Shop Directory on the Internet?
Answer: I wanted to create a website that had the same high standards of quality and ethics as I established with Skin&Ink magazine over fifteen years. My first thought was to make it the best Directory by including every shop in the universe. (Click for the complete interview.)