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Building the Best Tattoo Shop Directory

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Vanishing Tattoo‘s Vince Hemingson interviews Bob Baxter about the Tattoo Road Trip Tattoo Shop Directory… and why all the best shops have joined and new ones are joining every day.

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Bob Baxter

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.)

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Written by Baxter

April 19th, 2014 at 8:07 am

Posted in Announcements

Color Tattoo Contest Finalists and Voting Booth!

voting-boothVOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE TODAY!

Thanks to everyone who entered the color tattoo contest. Not everyone made the finals, but the ones who did would love to have your vote, so they can win a copy of “Tattoo Road Trip—The Best of Oregon” or “Tattoo Road Trip—The Best of the Southwest” (out in May). Remember, the voting booth is calibrated to accept only one vote per person… so vote wisely. The voting booth is open for two weeks and closes on Friday, May 2nd.

FINALISTS

• Robert Rodriguez, Murda Ink 3, North Babylon, New York

• Andy Clemer

• Danny Gordey, Ink Machine Tattoo, Edmonton, Alberta

• Brandon Breedon

• Shaun Nel, King’s Avenue Tattoo, Massapequa, New York

• Gianni Orlandini from Grosseto, Italy

• Javi, Tattooed Theory Customs, Hialeah Gardens, Florida

• Anthony Hunter, Victorian Tattoo, Honolulu, Hawaii

• Kenny Reynolds, Big Bear Tattoo, St. Peters, Missouri

• Bob Bayer, Big Bear Tattoo, St. Peters, Missouri

• Chris O’Donnell, King’s Avenue Tattoo, Massapequa, New York

• Julio Arroyo, Victorian Ink, Elizabeth, New Jersey

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Written by Baxter

April 19th, 2014 at 7:31 am

Posted in Contests,Vote Today!

Iron Buzz Tattoos—Mumbai, India

ON THE INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORY

The latest addition to our International Tattoo Shop Directory is Iron Buzz Tattoos, from Mumbai, India. Mumbai, also known as Bombay, is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India, second most populous metropolitan area in India, and the fifth most populous city in the world, with an estimated city population of 18.4 million and metropolitan area population of 20.7 million (as of 2011). Along with the neighbouring urban areas, including the cities of Navi Mumbai and Thane, it is one of the most populous urban regions in the world. Mumbai is situated on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbor. It is also the wealthiest city in India, with the highest GDP of any city in South, West or Central Asia. Here are some examples of tattoo artistry by owner/artist Eric Jason Dsouza. Pretty righteous ink, if you ask me.

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Written by Baxter

April 18th, 2014 at 3:53 pm

King’s Avenue Tattoo—Massapequa, New York

ON THE DIRECTORY

What a roster of artists! It looks more like a list of the featured talent at a top tattoo convention, but no. This bodacious crew is busy making art at King’s Avenue Tattoo, in Massapequa, New York. Check this out: Mike Rubendall, Grez, Matt Beckerich, Justin Weatherholtz, Brian Paul, Shaun Nel, Jason Tyler Grace, Frankie Caraccioli, Chris O’Donnell, Phil Szlosek, Matt Bagwell, Chick D and Rose Hardy… and that’s not to mention visiting guest artists such as Timothy Hoyer, Henning Jorgensen, Juan Puente, Tim Hendricks and Kat Von D! Clearly two very happening shops. Here’s some samples of the various artists’ work:

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Written by Baxter

April 18th, 2014 at 10:31 am

Victorian Tattoo—Honolulu, Hawaii

ON THE DIRECTORY

My best memories of Honolulu include sitting by the beach sipping blue-colored drinks with umbrellas in them, shaved ice with condensed milk poured over the top and the fact that it’s more crowded than downtown Manhattan during a subway strike. Made famous by Sailor Jerry Collins, the tattoo industry has also expanded. Good thing we have this here Directory to sort out the good from the not-so-good tattoo shops.

Anthony Hunter’s Victorian Tattoo in Waikiki is a member of the plus list. A hard-working family-style shop (which includes Anthony’s wife, Carey, and Justin Racquero), with a simple, no-muss-no-fuss mission statement, Victorian is “a clean and sanitary tattoo and body piercing studio located in Waikiki, Hawaii, at 1778 Ala Moana Blvd., in the Discovery Bay Center. Victorian Tattoo hosts a friendly, well rounded, seasoned staff of professional tattooers with decades of shop experience. Come in to one of the best shops in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii today and meet the artists in person and go over that tattoo idea you’ve been dreaming about. Aloha!”

Our mission is 100% customer satisfaction. We believe our customers here in Honolulu Hawaii deserve the best service, the highest quality, single use, pre-sterilized equipment available for the best tattoos possible in a safe, clean and comfortable environment.

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Written by Baxter

April 14th, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Tattooed Theory Customs—Hialeah Gardens, Florida

ON THE DIRECTORY

Paul Kostick has discovered yet another top shop in Florida: Javi’s Tattooed Theory Customs, in Hialeah Gardens, Florida, a truly distinctive tattoo shop, starting with its home page philosophy:

“When the world comes to an end, do you want to be remembered? Or will your name just fade into the void? I can’t control whether or not anyone of us fades into the void, but I’d like for my artwork to echo in time! Sit back and enjoy. When I mark my art on your skin, you’re not only getting a piece of my skill, but also a piece of my soul!”

And then there are the artists: Javi, Chris Almeida and Heather Hellion. I mean, here’s another trio of artists that can compete with anyone on the planet… all in Hialeah Gardens, a city with the highest percentage of Spanish speakers of any city in the United States. Located in Miami-Dade county, Hialeah Gardens boasts a population of about 20,000. Well, guess what, Hialeah Gardens, you’ve got a tattoo shop that’s a stand out in anybody’s language.

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Written by Baxter

April 12th, 2014 at 10:58 am

Ink Machine Custom Tattoo—Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

ON THE DIRECTORY

Another artist who enjoys an off-the-radar work environment is Danny Gordey, owner of Ink Machine Custom Tattoo, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Establishing Ink Machine in 1995, Gordey kept the lights on at 95th and Jasper for twelve years and then relocated to 10070 151st Street, where he has attracted an enthusiastic clientele for his solid portraits and traditional color work. So much so that Danny requests potential customers contact him by email (click on the blue shop name), so he can schedule an appointment that’s all yours with no interruptions.

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Written by Baxter

April 12th, 2014 at 9:52 am

The Leu Family’s New Website!

LONG LIVE THE LEU FAMILY IRON!

An interesting new website has been launched on the Leu Family. The site has information, history and portal links to art, tattoo, clothing, books and music of the family’s varied characters www.leufamily.info.

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Written by Baxter

April 9th, 2014 at 8:14 am

Posted in Announcements

Pussykat Tattoo Voted “Best in Vegas”!

photo 5HOORAY FOR DIRK, RILEY AND THE CREW!

Here’s the latest note from my son Riley Baxter, from Pussykat Tattoo, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Plus some photos of Riley’s latest work.

Hey Dude!

Wanted to let you know our shop was voted best tattoo shop in Las Vegas by the Las Vegas Review Journal! Also sending a couple pictures of my recent work.

Hope your having a great day!

Talk soon, Riley

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Written by Baxter

April 7th, 2014 at 8:15 am

Posted in Announcements

Vanishing Tattoo Has a New Blog!

CHECK IT OUT!

Vince Hemingson’s VanishingTattoo.com has a new blog page…. and we’re on it, front and center. I first met Vince several years ago, when we were attending Petelo Sulu’ape’s celebration of Samoan tattooing,  in the year 2001. Hemingson was in Apia, searching for locations for a tentative series of tattoo-related documentaries (entitled Vanishing Tattoo) about the disappearing tattoo traditions of indigenous tribes around the world for National Geographic television. Unfortunately, only Vince’s award-winning show on the Iban tattoo culture made the airwaves, but his Internet site remains today, with a readership in the millions. Never one to remain idle, Vince has been concentrating on his fine art photography, and now… the brand new Vanishing Tattoo blog. Click the symbols below and take a look. It’s hot.

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Written by Baxter

April 6th, 2014 at 8:43 pm

Posted in Announcements

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