The Smith Street Print Project @ ArtNowNY

Tattoo // Friday, February 07, 2014
Something to definitely go and check out in NYC this weekend or the rest of this month. At ArtNowNY, Steve Boltz, Berk Krak, Eli Quinters, and Daniel Santoro, the four tattoo artists from Smith Street Tattoo Parlour in Brooklyn, are presenting their work from a nearly 2-year project. In April 2012, the artists closed their show, traveled to San Francisco, and participated in the first Raking Light Projects artist-in-residence program. This show has the results...

Cris Cleen: Feature Tattoo Artist Interview

Tattoo // Friday, December 21, 2012
As a long time admirer or the darkly romantic, classic work of Chris Cleen, I had the pleasure of meeting, interviewing and getting work done by him on his most recent trip to San Francisco, for a guest spot at Idle Hand tattoo. As a New York based tattoo artist, Cleen spends his days at Saved tattoo in Brooklyn, and at his drawing table, creating his erotic themed Victorian imagery for enthusiasts of his craft, those looking to get tattooed and himself.

Interview with Erik Jacobsen of Idle Hand

Tattoo // Monday, December 17, 2012
Despite dabbling in tattoo since his teenage years, tattooer Erik Jacobsen only picked up the trade professionally about five years ago. Since then, he has managed to create a stunning portfolio of modelled three-dimensional skulls, moths, and mammals and bold, graphic mandalas. We recently caught up with him for a chat about art vs. tattoo, his favorite types of images, and his first (regrettable?) ink - after the jump.

Blackwork from Ien Levin

Tattoo // Thursday, November 29, 2012
Ien Levin is a tattooist from Kiev, Ukraine who work out of Bone House Tattoo. His interest in oddities, natural artifacts, and sacred geometry translates into his incredible blackscale tattoos of two-headed birds, fetal skulls, and etched hands. We've got a gallery of his incredible work here, and to see more, check out his portfolio.

Growling Kneecaps by John Reardon

Tattoo // Thursday, November 29, 2012
A set of beautiful feline kneecaps from John Reardon of Greenpoint Tattoo Co. in Brooklyn. With their bold colors and complementary snarls, these guys look like they were pretty painful acquisitions--but definitely worth it. To see more work from Reardon--like this insane werewolf neck piece--check out his website.

Melting Devil from Danny Reed

Tattoo // Thursday, November 29, 2012
Awesome little melting devil head from Danny Reed of Hot Stuff Tattoo in Asheville, NC. Horrifying, disgusting, slimy, but oddly cute, this little devil's mismatched eyes and bright pink skin made for a fun piece. To see more of Danny's work (in multiple styles!) check out his blog.

Tattoos from Rick Toms

Tattoo // Thursday, November 29, 2012
Rick Toms is a tattooer and owner of Red Canary Tattoo in Thurmont, MD. His small traditional tattoos, with thick lines and bold shading, make for compact yet super compelling pieces, with imagery ranging from the ultra classic to the outright wacky (helloooo winged bunny!). We've got a gallery of 'em here for your viewing pleasure.

Ben Rorke's Devil Head

Tattoo // Wednesday, November 28, 2012
To round out the day, we've got an awesome flaming dagger-headed devil from the talented Ben Rorke of Valley Mall Tattoo in Brisbane, Australia. We love the smooth, bold lines, warm colors, and how despite its simple design, the longer we look at this devil's face, more subtle details emerge. See more of Rorke's work on his blog.

Tattoos and Flash from Capilli Tupou

Tattoo // Wednesday, November 28, 2012
A wonderful painting from the talented Capilli Tupou of New Zealand's Sacred Tattoo. We love the bright colors and bold patterning in the butterfly wings and how that vibrance is carried through to the warm tonal gradient around this lady's eyes. It's also super interesting to see how Capilli Tupou translates this amazing affinity for patterning into solid tattoos, so we've got a gallery of 'em after the jump.

Diego Brandi's Handsome Devil

Tattoo // Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Check out this awesome Asian-inspired black devil belly piece by Neo-Traditional master Diego Brandi. From the bloodshot red eyes to the craggy disembodied hands and sinuous skin, we love how the central placement of this piece makes it seem like he's staring us down. Diego Brandi works out of Subskin Tattoo in Rome, Italy.
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