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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

Color Tattoo Contest Entries Close Friday the 18th!

ENTER TODAY!

COLOR SWATCHES

 

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Written by Baxter

April 13th, 2014 at 9:59 am

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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

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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

Sad News—Goldfield’s Says Bye-Bye!!

Henry Goldfield

Henry Goldfield

TELL US IT ISN’T TRUE, HENRY!

Hey,  just got a call… this would be a good time to get tattooed at Goldfield’s Original North Beach Tattoo. Sadly, what seems like a lifetime (thirty-five years, at least), the shop will be closing. North Beach won’t be the same without Henry and his shop.  Thanks for a lifetime of ink and stories!! All that made this city a hopping place is and has changed, not all for the best; longtime residents and small businesses are all being pushed out by rising rents, wealthy techies. If not that, it’s the have-nots that are growing in number. When does the other shoe fall?

—Mr. P

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Written by Baxter

April 4th, 2014 at 9:22 am

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Be Our Guest at the Tattoo & Blues Booksigning Cruise

YOU ARE ALL INVITED!

Get your copy of Baxter & Gardner’s “Best of Oregon” book… we’ll be there, too!

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Written by Baxter

April 2nd, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Posted in Announcements,Events

Tattoo Road Trip Color Tattoo Contest

WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY!

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TATTOO ROAD TRIP—THE BEST OF THE SOUTHWEST (Arizona and New Mexico)

By Bob Baxter and Mary Gardner

Thirty hand-picked tattoo shops and the work of over one hundred artists are included in this book showcasing the blossoming body art communities in New Mexico and Arizona. Displayed are over 600 color photos of tattoo artistry. Trendsetting artists create a wide range of tattoo art in motifs as diverse as the men and women who receive and appreciate them. The artwork ranges from the small to the large. Classic black and white artistry and modern full color work are featured. Themes captured include natural scenes, animals and birds, flowers, nautical scenes and symbols, Oriental motifs from dragons to geishas, portraits of loved ones, religious art, Day of the Dead motifs, occult symbology, and much more. The artists and their shops are also featured. For anyone with an appreciation of tattoo artistry, this book is for you.

Available May 2014 |  Size: 12″ x 12″ | 612 color photos | 304 pp | Binding: hard cover  | $80COVER-crop-8001-226x300

TATTOO ROAD TRIP—THE BEST OF OREGON

By Bob Baxter and Mary Gardner

It is said that Oregonians have more body art per capita than any state in the union. Bob Baxter and his wife, Mary Gardner, have carefully vetted and selected forty-four of the best shops out of hundreds in their home state in order to expand and improve their already vast online tattoo shop directory. Spending three months on the road and traveling nearly a thousand miles, they visited each location, interviewed the owners, and photographed the shops’ finest and most loyal clients. The result is the fifth installment in the Tattoo Road Trip series, a captivating, regional tattoo compendium and day-by-day account of the couple’s adventures on the road in the Beaver State, from top to bottom, along the coast and inland. This one-of-a-kind collection of tattoos and tattoo artists is an essential component to the enthusiast’s understanding of the tattoo scene in this majestic Pacific Northwestern state.

Size: 12″ x 12″ | 908 color photos & 29 drawings | 320 pp | Binding: hard cover  | $80

CONTEST RULES

1. Enter your original Color Tattoo, any subject, any size, any color. Multiple entries are okay.

2. Contest is open to the artists who did the tattoo or the collector who wears it (even if they are already featured in one of the Tattoo Road Trip books).

3. Send hi-rez  JPEG images to baxter@tattooroadtrip.com. Type “Tattoo Contest” in the subject line or send to: Tattoo Road Trip, Box 69, 2149 Cascade, Suite 106-A, Hood River, OR  97031.

4. Include artist name, shop name, city, state and phone number of the artist who did the work.

4. Entries close Friday, April 18th.

5. The Voting Booth will open on Monday, April 21st, 2014 and remain open for two weeks and close on Friday, May 2nd. (At this time all the artwork will be posted, along with the artist and shop names.)

• First Prize: Autographed copy of “Tattoo Road Trip—”The Best of the Southwest”

Second Prize: Autographed copy of “Tattoo Road Trip—”The Best of Oregon”

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Written by Baxter

March 30th, 2014 at 10:45 am

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