ALL ARE WELCOME
TRENT GETS THE MOST VOTES!
(Click HERE for photos of all the finalists)
• Second Prize: A copy of Guy Aitchison’s hardcover book “Organica.”
Josh Qualiotto, Artistic Element, Los Angeles, California
A CHANCE TO DO SOMETHING WORTHWHILE FOR OTHERS
Hey everyone… hope all is well!!
This is Steve Peace from Alberta Bound Productions. Not sure if you know but my family (mainly my kids) have set up a non-profit organization to raise funds and donate to worthy causes… we just got tired of everyone bitching about the world on Facebook and decided to do something about it. Our organization is called Five Dollar Planet. The great thing about Five Dollar Planet is that 100% of the funds go to our chosen causes. No administration fees, rent, wages or expense accounts are given as we run this out of our own house on a volunteer basis. The only money we lose is to PayPal fees and yearly accounting… to counteract this, we have donated a bank machine to Five Dollar Planet which uses funds to generate transaction fees until we donate. We also research our causes by visiting each place on family trips. We are currently in Southeast Asia donating funds from last year and will be visiting The Landmine Museum and School as well as Cambodian Children’s Trust this week to ensure our donated money goes to great and trustworthy causes. With two major fundraisers last year we managed to raise a little over $25,000. You can check it all out at www.fivedollarplanet.org.
One of our fundraisers last year was at our tattoo studio where we had over twenty artists join in and donate the day’s proceedings to flood relief and Food for Thought which is a food program my family organizes. We are going to do another benefit Sunday, June 22nd, and would love to have as many studios join in as possible.
Artists in the Calgary area interested in coming down to Immaculate Concept to donate their time can do so like last year. All funds will go into our non-profit organization and distributed to different causes. Any artists interested in doing this please email me so we can set up shifts again. Shifts will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Full days are once again available as well. Alternately, you can do a benefit in your own studio the same day or within a week. With the funds you can:
- Donate to the fivedollarplanet.org fund and have your funds go to one of our different causes. You can also choose the actual cause you would like to give to as well….our causes will be updated between now and April 1 after we finish our visit to some of the places in Cambodia this month. These donations will be added to the benefit total as well as five dollar planet yearly total.
- Donate to your own cause and just send us the figure so we can add to the amount of our 2014 tattoo benefit total.
Any shops planning to do their own benefit, please email me, so we can add it to the list on our webpage and Facebook. These funds will be added to the tattoo benefit total only.
P.S. We have found that tattooing regular clients for full charge is the best way to raise money for charity. You tend to have to work very hard to raise funds doing $50 tattoos for people.We understand that not everyone can donate time due to schedules and appreciate anything artists can do. Please email if you plan to join the 2014 campaign in any way.
WORK IN THE GREAT WHITE NORTH!
Here are some new pics. And I also wanted to put out there that I am currently looking for a new artist. Applicants must have portfolio and at least five years’ experience.
(Click on blue shop name for contact info.)
—Rick Pierson, Jack of Hearts Tattoo, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
TEN REASONS WHY
I try not to copy an article about the tattoo world without some serious changes and editing, but this Huffington Post piece, from tattoo artist Dawn Cooke, is right on the money. When the reality TV shows call for my advice (almost always, after the show is already on the air), these are the reasons I tell them that their ideas are so terribly misguided and wrong. But they don’t listen and produce unending crap anyway. Even though my son Riley Baxter is on “Bad Tattoos,” which stars Dirk Virmin of Pussykat Tattoo, in Las Vegas, Nevada, I never watch these shows and, stupid as it may seem, I keep hoping someone will finally produce a tattoo reality show that the actual tattoo community will watch.
I am speaking to you from deep within the trenches of this silent war. I reside inside of the tattoo community. I’m deep within the middle ranks of those that have lasted over 10 years in the trade. There is a war between the real traditionalists who are true to their craft and the tattoo rock and roll super star wannabes. This is more of a mentality than it is a style, per se.
What I mean is that there are those of us who love tattooing for its rich history and the purity of the art form and then there are those of us who only care about what tattooing can get them. Some of us are in it purely for the art sake others are here for an ego boost. So with that said here are the reasons the tattoo community hates reality TV, without being too obvious. Plus some great new artists I have come to know about!
- These shows and people who make them are missing the point altogether. Tattooing is counter culture not consumer culture. It’s theorized that all counter culture eventually becomes consumer culture. But tattoos aren’t like dollar store trinkets that you throw away in a year, made in some Chinese factory. Tattoos are permanent and what makes a tattoo good is its longevity as the skin is aging.
- They have no idea about the richness of history that is continually being shaped and unearthed regarding tattoo culture nor do they seem to have any genuine interest in it.
- They mindlessly exploit the culture on a whole that most of us in the trenches hold sacred. The culture that we live, love, and have tried to make meaningful contributions to… they’re trying to cash in on something they have no clue or concern about!
- They claim to be reality yet at every casting interview you are directed about what to say and how to say it. The footage is directed and edited to suit the purpose of the production first and foremost and the concern is ratings and nothing else. There’s no uncovering of a deeper meaning in any of these shows that I have noticed and I have suffered through a few of them hoping for something good to come of it.
- Producers and casting agents don’t do their homework. They have hardly any idea about who is or isn’t respected in the tattoo community (unless they ask Oliver)… and that’s only one perspective. It takes constant research to keep up with that!
- Their main objective is to sensationalize which goes along with ratings again but it makes the whole thing unauthentic. We can tell. Not everyone is a drooling idiot.
- They treat artists like fresh meat. They just riffle though them like a douche bag on a quest to see how many one night stands they can get.
- Tattoo artists aren’t actors! So just hire actors and write a good script already! Hire us to draw on the tattoos!
- Be creative and pick a new topic you’ve already beat this one to DEATH! Do a reality show about a dive bar and the bar flies who go there… anything!
- Tattooing is boring to watch! Unless you’re getting a tattoo or doing one it’s basically uneventful! Get over it! It’s time for a “where are they now,” a reunion show, with dream sequence and montages of the highlights of those old shows! If you want to do something exciting pick an artist to follow and see what it’s like to be in that persons shoes … Even then you will probably figure out that all we do is draw and look at books! Unless you pick a “model” with big tits and then we can just watch hours of bouncing tits. No talking please, it’s unnecessary! No one wants to hear the word “tattoo” over and over.
The “reality” is that it takes immense dedication, fortitude, time and money to be a tattoo artist or a serious tattoo collector. Most of this is lost in the flashy bullshit you see on these shows. How about a no bullshit TV show? Ever see the movie Network? Give me the raw truth! So, I don’t mean to be snarky. I’m all for promoting a healthy outlook on our culture but I just feel they are missing the mark a little bit. I can’t say I could do better, but if I had a million dollar budget I bet I could.
Dawn Cooke is an artist and entrepreneur from the Detroit area. She has been tattooing professionally since 2000 and is part owner of Depot Town Tattoo, in Ypsilanti, Michigan and Harlequin Tattoo, in Hamtramck, Michigan. Visit her website dawncooke.net.
ON THE DIRECTORY
Tattoo Road Trip welcomes Times of Grace Custom Tattoos to our Directory.
Help your favorite neighborhood pet products store move to its dream location. Meat is embarking on a journey to fund a bigger location on East Burnside, in Portland, Oregon, and we would love your help. This new home will allow us to provide an ever bigger selection of items for your-four-legged friends. Visit www.meatforcatsanddogs.com or www.indiegogo.com for more information on how you can help.
ON THE DIRECTORY
Aloha, Uncle Tim fans!
I want you all to know that I have sold my tattoo shop, Blue Tiki Tattoo, in Hanalei, Hawaii, to the beautiful and talented Miss Billie Harris and have returned home to my beloved Monterey Bay area. I have created a new private studio in Carmel Valley, California. I call it The Morgue, which, besides being a place for the dead, is also a slang term for inspirational reference library kept by musicians, writers, painters and other artists. Besides tattooing I am also concentrating on producing Lo Brow and Oddball Art.
The Morgue is run by appointment only. Unfortunately, I have injured my back and am recovering slowly from a few herniated discs, so I am limiting my appointments until I am fully healed. Thank you for understanding. I will be, however, contributing to Tattoo Road Trip soon, so stay tuned, kiddies!
—Uncle Tim Heitkotter, The Morgue, Carmel Valley, California
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FRIDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 28-30, 2014
Live tattooing, piercing, tattoo contests, sideshow entertainment acts, local artisans, vendors and more! Enjoy music by the Goddamn Gallows, meet cast members from the Ink Masters reality show, dig the 7 Sins Sideshow, plus comedy stuntman Wacky Chad and, best of all, hob nob with tattoo legend Lyle Tuttle! Award winning tattoo artists from all over the country in one spot! Come by to meet fellow tattoo enthusiasts and get tattooed by your favorite artists at the Massachusetts Tattoo Art Festival, Sturbridge, Massachusetts!
The Sturbridge Host Hotel, 366 Main Street, Sturbridge, Massachusetts