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Crucial Tattoo Studio—Salisbury, Maryland


It was good to hear from Jon Kellogg (he co-wrote a convention report we did for Skin&Ink, back in the day). Jon (a.k.a. “Jon Dredd”) has built a fabulous reputation and a shop to match—Crucial Tattoo Studio, in Salisbury, Maryland. Featuring artists Eric Booth, Cyrus High, Greg Brown and Brian Klingensmith, Jon’s world-class masterpieces caught my eye years ago… and he keeps getting better (if that’s possible). Situated in southeastern Maryland, Salisbury, population about 32,000, is 106 miles from Baltimore, 119 from D.C. and 90 minutes from Wilmington. But no matter the distance, collectors from all the surrounding states make the trip to Crucial for Jon’s distinctive creations… plus the bonus of providing Tatt2Away tattoo removal for those who want to ditch a piece of artwork they don’t care for anymore… or make room for one of Jon’s classic designs.

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October 20th, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Rorschach Gallery—Edison, New Jersey


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Welcome, Rorschach Gallery, in Edison, New Jersey. Twenty minutes from New Brunswick and forty-five from Manhattan, Rorschach is a relatively new shop (one year) in a newsworthy state buzzing with intrigue, political and otherwise. Hometown to David Bryan, keyboardist and founding member of Bon Jovi, actresses Susan Sarandon and the late Brittany Murphy (1977–2009),  Edison’s tattoo scene is kick ass, featuring Rorschach artists Brian Mahovetz, Dan Ward, Dennis Van Blarcom, Ryan Farkas, Alexandra Holmes and Shawn Hannon. Included in their menu of body art services is piercing and Tatt2Away non-laser tattoo removal, performed by Alex Santos. Rorschach provides a sterile state-of-the-art tattooing environment and is a 100%-disposable studio. There’s even a 700-square-foot gallery featuring work by local artists. A truly beautiful place to get some ink..

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October 19th, 2014 at 8:36 am

Toye Shop Ink Tattoo—Lexingston, South Carolina


CaptureWelcome Toye Shop Ink to the Directory… and also welcome to the owner/artist, Thaddeus Curry, to the tattoo scene in Lexington, South Carolina (population 20,000).  Lexington is about twelve miles from Columbia, the state capital, and with a 9.5% population growth is “one of the fastest growing cities in America.Publication1 As for Mr. Curry’s first name, Thaddeus, it means “courageous heart,” and considering the crowded tattoo scene nowadays, Thad’s new shop (open October 1st) is truly a brave venture for any artist and family man.  By the way, “Thaddeus” was the 611th most popular male name in the United States (1990) and “Thad” was the 846th most popular.

Currently going it alone, Thad is looking for one or two other artists to join him in building a local reputation. So, if you have a minimum of three years tattooing experience, meet the state requirements and are truly into body art (no rock stars, please), contact Thad at or go to his Directory listing for the rest of the contact information. You’ll also need a portfolio of your work and references.

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October 18th, 2014 at 9:13 am

TRT’s Tattoo Flash Contest



First Prize

Every couple of months we post a new tattoo contest with cool prizes… and here’s the current one. The last contest featured Backpieces and the winner Zoey Hunter from Ft. Worth, Taxas) received a Micky Sharpz tattoo machine as first prize. This time it’s a genuine Ama Leu hoodie featuring a one-of-a-kind design by her famous brother, Filip. Also included is a canvas tote bag (featuring a replica of the Filp’s hoodie design) and several T-shirts with various intriguing patterns (some in kid’s sizes).


Second Prize

The follow-up prize is a copy of the 126-page coffee table book from The Netherland’s  LM Publishers, “Horihide—Celebrating the Life and Work of Kazuo Oguri” by Yushi Takei.

This large format volume features introductions in both English and Japanese, plus further intros by Henk “Hanky Panky” Schiffmacher, Doc Forest and Bill Loika. Add to that, page after page of photocopies from Horihide’s Tokai Tattoo Club newsletters, containing tons of far-out info about the Japanese tattoo scene and mucho photos that most Westerners have not been privy to. But, let’s face it, the main feature of this big, 9½ by 12½ volume is the 72 full-page reproductions of Horihide’s full-color paintings of mythological Japanese characters. This rare, hard-to-find collection will be the highlight of any tattoo artist’s or collector’s reference library. It’s also an engrossing page-turner of rare, hard-to-find information. A must-have book, if there ever was one.

Third prize is a box of 40 fabulous greeting cards from Mr. P at Our favorite!

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Third Prize


1. Enter jpegs of your TATTOO FLASH. Multiple entries are okay. You can enter a single image or a traditional sheet(s) with multiple images.

2. Send hi-rez images to Type “Tattoo Contest” in the subject line.

3. Include the artist’s name, shop name, city, state and phone number with each entry. If you are a collector or illustrator entering the flash, include your contact information, too.

4. Entries close Friday, October 31st, 2014.

5. Voting Booth is open Monday, November 3rd.

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Written by Baxter

October 15th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Posted in Contests

Eikon’s New Symbeos Rotary Tattoo System


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The Symbeos Rotary Tattoo System from Eikon Device and HM Tools & Dye is the first ever rotary tattoo machine with the adaptability of a coil machine! The lightweight and versatile system features one machine body and a system of interchangeable components that allows you to make quick and easy changes, giving you the ability to adapt the machine to suit your needs.

Eikon’s history of innovation and HM’s machine building expertise brings you a robust rotary tattoo system that gives you full tuning flexibility and the diverse functionality of many machines.

Each adjustment allows you to run your machine the way you want!

The Symbeos Rotary Tattoo System is available as a Deluxe or a Flex and is ready to tattoo – right out of the box – add extra Symbeos Machine Bodies to either System and build an arsenal of Symbeos Rotary Tattoo machines at a fraction of the cost of an industry standard rotary tattoo machine!

The Symbeos Rotary Tattoo System allows you to:

  • Easily make changes without risking your current machine setup.
  • Switch out your motor to change the speed and torque.
  • Swap out your slide to adjust the give.
  • Change the stroke wheel to adjust the stroke length.

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October 14th, 2014 at 11:26 am

Posted in How to Photograph

Best Tattoo Shop and Tattoo Removal Directories


Our fully-vetted Tattoo Shop Directory draws a monthly audience of over 300,000. Using Baxter’s Daily Blog, Directory members have a constant outlet for marketing their shop activities and sharing their latest accomplishments. Once they are a member, shops and artists can post their convention visits, help wanted ads, photos galleries… whatever. For FREE!  Plus, every new Directory listing gets a spotlight story and a gallery of their artists, just for being a sponsor. Over the last four years, we have accepted and signed up nearly 950 shops. Not everyone who applies gets listed (like other directories do)… we post only the ones we have (1) written about, (2) worked with, (3) do extraordinary work or (4) have been wholeheartedly referred to us by other members. Click HERE to apply.

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Nearly 50% tattoo shop customers are there for a cover-up. Bad tattoos, fading tattoos or tattoos that need to be removed to make room for newer, cooler ink. Over the last four weeks we have signed on over 35 shops in 19 states and one Canadian Province! Like the Tattoo Shop Directory, each Tattoo Removal business has been checked out, talked to and fully supports the tattoo community. We give each service an exclusive area and feature both laser and non-laser methods. This is the Internet’s most complete Tattoo Removal Directory, and we have just started! Click on Find a Shop (on the tool bar) and click on your state for both Tattoo Shop and Tattoo Removal Businesses that we recommend. Click HERE to apply.

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October 13th, 2014 at 9:22 am

Castro Tattoo—San Francisco, California


Once the center of the tattoo universe, back in the ’90s (Goldfield’s, Eddy Deutsche’s 222, Lyle Tuttle’s, Ed Hardy’s Tattoo City, Bill and Junii Salmon’s Diamond Club, etc., etc., etc.), few San Francisco tattoo icons are left (Greg Kulz, Bill and Junii) and most of the originators have either left the business (Ed Hardy, Henry Goldfield, Eddy Deutsche) or spend their time making celebrity guest appearances at conventions (Lyle Tuttle). One name, however, caught my eye: my old friend, the original owner of Mom’s Body Shop, on Haight Street, Barnaby Williams. Barnaby is now one of the crew at Hannah Wolf’s Castro Tattoo, on 17th Street. With a team consisting of herself, Barnaby, Frank McManus, Ian Manley, newcomers Al Cintra-Leite and Nunu Balazaos, Hannah is rock solid in her determination to bring the energy of yesteryear back to the beautiful City by the Bay.

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October 10th, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Twin City Tattoo—Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Michael Yerkew’s step-dad, the late Dave Yerkew, hosted the first world tattoo convention on January 24–25, 1976, in Houston, Texas. Yerkew, who was also President of the North American Tattoo Club, went on to host another six consecutive World Tattoo Conventions through 1982. That was back in a time when many tattoo artists of the time wondered, “What the hell are we going to do at a convention?” Times have changed, and now there’s a tattoo convention almost every weekend somewhere in America, Canada or Europe. Proudly representing the family legacy, Mike, along with fellow artists Eric Silverman and Sarah Biloon, is out to establish Twin City Tattoo as one of Minneapolis’s premier tattoo destinations.

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October 10th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

New Hampshire’s Spider Bite Has Moved!


A member of our Directory since March of 2011, Jon Thomas’ Spider Bite Tattoo has moved down the street!


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October 10th, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Posted in Announcements

How to Draw with David Nestler: Creating Perspective

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I recently received an email from a tattoo artist requesting permission to use one of my images for a client’s pinup tattoo. The inspiration for the client’s tattoo was my “Country Girl” painting ( Fig. 1 ).

The client wanted the hay bales removed and to have the girl sitting on numerous cases of his favorite beer. OK… a little “rednecky,” but I’ll go along. The tattoo artist also requested permission to use one of the original photos from the shoot that wasn’t identical to the painting. I agreed and sent him a picture of model Deanna Webb that I originally shot ( Fig. 2 ). All I asked for in return was that he send me a nice photo of the finished tattoo.

Later that week, the finished tattoo arrived. The girl was very well done, but there was something wrong with the cases of beer, and it wasn’t the fact that the client’s beer of choice had a three-letter abbreviation that started with “P” and ended in “R.” It was the perspective drawing of the beer cases. They were so askew that it threw the whole piece out of whack. … MORE

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October 10th, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Posted in Columns