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Stainless Steel Tattoo—West Carthage, New York

ON THE DIRECTORY

With a local population of about 2,200, located about an hour and a half from Syracuse and within shouting distance from the Ft. Drum military base, West Carthage, New York’s Stainless Steel Tattoo (14 Bridge Street) is home (for the last couple of years) to tattoo artist Josh Rapin. Mostly self-taught, Josh is an ardent tattoo fan, constantly keeping up to date on the history and technology of the industry we all love. Here’s some examples of his work:

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Written by Baxter

July 29th, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Posted in How to Photograph

2015 Tattoo Calendar —Tribal Body Art through the Centuries

FACING HISTORY—A COOL TATTOO CALENDAR FROM TRAVELIN’ MICK

CalendarScreenShot12kleinJust like the first edition of 2011, this gorgeous calendar also shows impressive portraits of people from diverse ethnic and religious groups, proudly representing their own culture by showing off their unique tattoos and body piercings. Remarkably, their ages span from mere children to ladies of a biblical age of more than 100 years! Some images are invocative of history, past, present and future, remind the viewer of the transiency of life; others are meditative, amusing… or plain funny.

Like all of us, the models are facing history … or have seen more of it than most people around the globe will ever do!  The title page shows a Cambodian monk of about ten years of age from a monastery in Siem Reap, standing in front of one of the grand temples of Angkor Wat. He has small tattoos on his face and arm, which he had his brother do for him, simply because he liked to be tattooed. No deep religious background, no marks of tribal identity, just a passion for body art that he shares with most of us!

The new calendar will be officially presented at the Berlin Tattoo Convention, 1.-3. 8. 2014 at Arena Berlin. After that, I will be selling it at the conventions in Hong Kong, Stockholm, Thessaloniki, London, Tokyo, Florence, the Venice World Wide Tattoo Conference, as well as the Borneo and Phuket events, until the end of 2014. Just ask me, if you see me there. You can also order directly through this email address (You can order through info@travelinmick.com). Only 15 Euros! U.S. price is $25, UK price is 15 pounds.

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Written by Baxter

July 29th, 2014 at 9:38 am

Posted in Announcements

NewAge Tattoos—Springfield, Illinois

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Springfield is the capital of the state of Illinois and the county seat of Sangamon County. With a population of about 116,000, Springfield is the sixth most populated city in the state, after Chicago (2,800,000), Aurora, Rockford, Napervile (Naperville?) and Joliet. Springfield is the largest city in central Illinois. The most famous past resident is Abraham Lincoln, who lived in Springfield from 1837 until 1861, when he went to the White House as President. The major tourist attractions include a multitude of historic sites connected with Lincoln. Almost forgot: there’s a slew of tattoo shops in Springfield but we recommended the best of the bunch, Jason Lee’s NewAge Tattoos, on South MacArthur Blvd. Longtime artist Jason Lee heads a talented crew, including artists Nick Jones, Benny DeWitt, guest artist Sean Warnke, two piercers (Roger Reinsdorf and Jess Barnes), an apprentice Lorin Devine and, of course, on-the-ball shop manager Andy Dunham.

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Written by Baxter

July 26th, 2014 at 12:10 pm

The Best Laser Tattoo Removal Services

NO LONGER A NO-NO

Building our new Laser Tattoo Removal Services Directory is an enlightening experience. Inspired by a recent incident of a young woman, eighteen years old, not knowing where to go and what to do about having a tattoo of her ex-boyfriend’s name removed from her forearm, she did it herself with a scalpel (!)… and the fact that, when I called twenty tattoo shops from my Best of Oregon book, every artist was enthusiastic about having a list of vetted laser removal services posted on our site, but, when I asked who would they suggest I put on that list, all twenty replied, “I have no idea.”

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I have been on the phone for the last ten days, putting an end to that confusion and carefully selecting and posting laser removal specialists who are excited about working with tattooed people and their artists to remove bad or faded ink, or lighten it a couple of shades to make room for new-style tattoos that reflect the amazing level of artistry that is being created by tattooists in the last few years.

Whom do I contact? I do my best to discover laser services that are hands-on familiar with the tattoo process, understand that some tattoos only need to be lightened for a cover-up and are excited about educating the public about the process. As with our Tattoo Shop Directory, I seek out only the best and, in the case of laser services, only one, exclusively, per major city. In one case, I found an organic-based, non-laser technician (in Salem, Oregon) who is getting excellent results using alternative technologies.

As I searched for services that specialize in tattoo removal, I found that dermatologist offices are often not the best choices. They mostly concentrate their practices on diseases of the skin, laser hair removal and such. Several of those I talked to told me they didn’t do laser removal but the doctor will happily excise the patient’s  tattoo. “Excise,” in case you aren’t familiar with the dictionary definition, means “to cut out or off.” As I said, dermatologists are not always the best choice.

The services I do choose have technicians who, for the most part, do nothing but remove tattoos. But it isn’t always easy finding these specilaists. I talked with one doctor’s office that told me they wanted to be on my list but, when I mentioned that I would post them on our State Pages with a banner representing their business, they withdrew, clearly because they didn’t want their office logo displayed on TattooRoadTrip.com, a website full of pictures of tattooed people. They were willing to have us bring them customers and take their money, but (heaven forbid) not if they looked like they were associated with (stereotypically) a bunch of axe murderers, blood-thirsty bikers and escaped convicts. For that and other misguided reasons, we feature only tattoo removal services that are highly qualified,  enthusiastic supporters of the tattoo community and, in many cases, have tattoos themselves.

By the way, the Tattoo Removal banner displayed here and on the sidebar of all (over 2,000) pages of our website features the character named “Tattoo” (played by the energetic sidekick Hervé Villechaize), on the show Fantasy Island, back in the ’70s and early ’80s on ABC TV. Remember, “The plane! The plane!”?

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Written by Baxter

July 24th, 2014 at 9:15 am

Posted in Directory

101 Most Influential People in Tattoo—Vyvyn Lazonga

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LUCKY NUMBER 7

I have known Vyvyn Lazonga for over two decades. I loved her from the start, just as soon as I departed the plane and took my first, long, deep breath of crisp, clear Pacific Northwest air. I was there to interview the artist, who, in my cover story for Skin&Ink,  I dubbed “The Stevie Nicks of Tattooing.” Yes, Vyvyn is decidedly ethereal, dressed like Stevie and had blond tresses, but, at the time, I was thinking more of Nicks’s stature as “Queen of Rock,” to match my perception of Vyvyn as “Queen of Tattoo.” … More

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Written by Baxter

July 23rd, 2014 at 1:25 pm

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

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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

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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

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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

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