Tattooed Vintage Illustrations by Ramon Maiden

Juxtapoz // Monday, March 04, 2013
Barcelona-based artist Ramon Maiden uses a ball-point pen to tatoo characters on vintage illustrations, postcards, and calendars. The detailed pieces feature Vargas pin-ups and religious prints of Saints fully tattooed by Maiden's pen.  

Illustrated Tattooed Stories

Illustration // Wednesday, February 06, 2013
'Pen and Ink' is a project by Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton, illustrating the tales and stories behind tattooed submissions.  Readers (this could be you!) submit to Wendy and Isaac to get their work redrawn in their talented hand, creating a unique, rendered representation of their ink. Great tattooed stories.

Tattoo dedicated to passed graffiti writers

Graffiti // Wednesday, February 06, 2013
A bold gesture of permanence dedicated to the many graffiti writers who have passed over the last decade. From here we can see Nekst, Tie, Sace, Oil, Over, Erie, Poke, Kerse, and Eroe. Throw on an Ayer, Dream, Sane, SK8, Stay High, Rob one, Kase2 and so many more! 

Zhang Xiaobai's Tattooed Illustrations

Illustration // Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Gorgeous tattooed Illustrations by Zhang Xiaobai, a talented illustrator based in Beijing, China. She graduated in Xubeihong Art College of People’s University and has since chosen to pursue her passion in the arts. Xiaobai creates tattooed illustrations inspired by classical Chinese women, and each illustration tells a beautiful, sometimes emotional story.

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.


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