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Stealing from the Tattoo Shop

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The tattoo world has changed considerably over the last ten years, and even more during the last twenty. What was an aberration a couple of decades ago is getting to be commonplace today. Take for example the news that tattooist Leo Zulueta had driven past his SoCal tattoo shop, Black Wave, on South La Brea after hours, to see if one of his staffers was using the shop to work on customers without letting anyone  know. In other words, taking the money and not giving the shop its cut. When you’re trying to maintain a successful business, it makes it all the harder when underlings are taking the proceeds behind your back. … More

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Written by Baxter

July 19th, 2014 at 11:15 am

Posted in Columns

Flatland Tattoo—Champaign, Illinois

ON THE DIRECTORY

After several successful years as an artist at  Skin Candy Tattoo, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, Eric Cain decided to return home to Champaign, Illinois (population 200,000), and open, a few short months ago, his own, brand-spanking-new shop, Flatland Tattoo.  An experienced tattooer, Eric says the main features of Champaign are the University of Illinois campus and, outside the city proper, a vast agricultural landscape featuring farms and an appealing urban lifestyle. On September 22, 1985, Champaign hosted the first Farm Aid concert at the University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium. The concert drew a crowd of 80,000 and raised over $7 million for American family farmers. A great place to call home.

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Written by Baxter

July 18th, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Chroma Collective—Parker, Colorado

ON THE DIRECTORY

Located 19 miles southeast of Denver… Parker, Colorado (population 47,000), is home to the Cherry Creek Trail, which runs runs along Cherry Creek, north and south through Parker. Bicycling, hiking, nature walks and cross-country skiing make this an ideal location to sit back, relax and get tattooed at Colin and Laney Kolker’s Chroma Collective Tattoo, on South Parker Road. Featuring artwork by Colin, Jimmy “The Kid” Sarace, Donald Tostevin and Amber DeLicia, the Chroma crew will be heading to Pomona, California,  July 25-27, for the Pomona Body Art Expo. And you can book a session with one of these artists during the convention by emailing or calling the shop (click on the blue shop name for Directory contact info).

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Written by Baxter

July 15th, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Boomer Boomhower Tattoo—Camas, Washington

ON THE DIRECTORY

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“Boomer”

It’s a time-tried adage: “If you have to carry around some artist’s tattoo for the rest of your life, it always helps if the artist is worth draggin’ around.” The Polynesians call it mana. It’s the essence of strength and good will. Five minutes with Ryan “Boomer” Boomhower and you’ll want his vibes to be with you as you face the obstacles the world throws in your path. In other words, he’s a cool dude with a positive attitude. Married, father of four, Ryan settled in the picturesque town of Camas, Washington (just east of Vancouver and west of Washougal), where tree-lined streets and small-town businesses dot the landscape (an antique store, a turn-of-the-century hotel, flowers hanging from the lamp posts). A short distance from the mighty Columbia, this area is away from the hustle and bustle of eight-lane freeways, big box stores and burnt-out cashiers. We especially like to visit Nuestra Mesa, a great little, family-owned Mexican cafe with indigenous beer, margaritas and the best taco salad this side of heaven. But the real treat is Boomhower. He makes you feel good… while he tortures you.

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Written by Baxter

July 13th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Tattoos from the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade

SNAPS FROM MR. P

Here’s a bunch of snapshots from the June 28th S.F. Pride Parade. Lots of ink, but sooooo crowded! Here’s a standing invite to Maury Englander to come see (and shoot) the original Folsom Street Fair, in September (actually on Folsom Street). Photos by Mr. P and Mary February.

—Mr. P (tattooedstuff.com)

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Written by Baxter

July 12th, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Posted in Events,Gallery

“Out of the Light of Darkness”—Sacred Gallery NYC

July 12th to August 31st! 424 Broadway (2nd Floor)

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Written by Baxter

July 11th, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Posted in Announcements

Jackie Rabbit Moves to Chico, California

ON THE DIRECTORY

Super-talented tattoo artist Jackie Rabbit has relocated from Roanoke, Virginia, to the wilds of Chico, California (where her family resides), to add a whole new dimension of tattooing skill to Northern California’s Sacramento Valley tattoo scene. Check out her contact info on our Chico, California, Directory page. Here’s some examples of her classy artwork.

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Written by Baxter

July 11th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Laser Tattoo Removal Services Directory

NEW MEMBERS ON OUR DIRECTORY

laser-removalAs you know, we have built our Tattoo Shop Directory with tattoo businesses that we personally recommend, because they have worked with us in the past (Skin&Ink magazine) or have been recommended to us by tattoo artists we trust. After hearing several horrific stories of people attempting to remove or diminish a tattoo with everything from wire brushes to scalpels… we felt it was important to create a Directory of Laser Tattoo Removal Services for the U.S. and Canada. So, whether you want a “mistake” completely erased or simply “faded” to make room for a new, better tattoo over an old one, we are slowly building a list of qualified businesses. So far, we have enlisted top laser professionals in six different states. We are working on including more, one by one, so our readers can locate reputable, dependable laser services that have been carefully vetted and that we wholeheartedly recommend. Here are the latest members of our Directory:

Pat Donahue founded Your Best Skin of Maine (Auburn, Maine) to help you look and feel your very best, so you can reach your full potential. Pat grew up in Caribou, Maine. The first 20 years she practiced midwifery as a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), providing health care for the women and delivering over 1,000 babies. She provided primary care in Lewiston/Auburn as a Family Nurse Practitioner, starting in 2004. After eight years of practice, it was time to move on to another field of helping people feel better, so, in 2012, Ms. Donahue trained to specialize in laser treatments of the skin and opened Your Best Skin of Maine.

Kevin Crawford (Arizona Laser Skin Solutions, Tempe, Arizona) has been a nurse practitioner for over 25 years. He is experienced in emergency medicine and family practice, but began to focus on Aesthetic Skin medicine and leg vein treatments in 2000. Dedicated to solving skin issues, he has trained with several laser manufacturers and physicians throughout the U.S. to become an expert in the area of skincare and tattoo removal. Recognized for his knowledge and experience, Kevin has been a trainer for Palomar Medical Lasers, Intense Pulsed Light equipment, Medicis for RESTYLANE, Bioform for Radiesse Soft Tissue Filler, Allergan for BOTOX Cosmetic, sclerotherapy, Conbio for tattoo removal.  Kevin is also a member of the American College of Phlebology and a Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc. Kevin is one of the two clinical educators for VeinGogh spider vein treatment systems.  He is consistently recognized as one of the best tattoo removal specialists in Arizona and receives many referrals from top tattoo parlors.

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Written by Baxter

July 9th, 2014 at 11:03 am

Posted in Directory

How to Improve Your Drawing Skills

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE

CaptureI ran across these images from artists who, like the majority of us, were not so hot when we began to draw. Well, a young man named Ethan Tens put pencil to paper for ten years and demonstrated how good old-fashioned practice, practice, practice helped him make enormous strides in his artistic skills. Click HERE to see chronological examples from other dedicated artists.

 

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Written by Baxter

July 7th, 2014 at 9:12 am

Posted in Human Interest

Cats Tats—Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

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And now for something completely different! Ojas Cats (his real name and the owner of Cats Tats, in Nelson, British Columbia) has perhaps the most beautiful location of anyone on our Directory. (The community voted to keep a McDonald’s from opening an outlet in town.) Just three hours north of Spokane, Washington, Cats Tats is situated among the beautiful mountains and rivers of British Columbia. Ahhh, I can breathe the fresh air from here. A tattoo artist for the last fifteen years, Mr. Cats provides personalized tattoo art for the town of 10,000. Here’s a photo of where he resides. ‘Nuff said.

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Written by Baxter

July 3rd, 2014 at 10:12 am

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