Dana Helmuth's Dragons

Tattoo // Friday, November 02, 2012
Dana Helmuth, known for her epic snake, dragon and floral tattoos, did an equally amazing custom black and grey dragon backpiece tattoo on her client Billy from Vermont in one day! Check out the process video after the jump.

Vintage Ink Fetish

Tattoo // Friday, November 02, 2012
Ink Fetish Fridays can be traced back to the beginning of time, or at least the beginning of tattoos, as proven in this vintage picture of a fully inked vixen- fishnets and all!! As far as the US is involved, the first permanent tattoo shop in New York city was settled up in 1846 and began a tradition by tattooing military servicemen from both sides of the civil war (and probably some women as well). Samuel O'reilly invented the electric tattooing machine in 1891.

Big Kois from Andre Malcolm

Tattoo // Thursday, November 01, 2012
Huge koi and lotus backpiece and illustration from Japanese-style tattooer André Malcolm of Analog Tattoo in San José, CA. All of Malcolm's tattoos and illustrations have an amazing precision and graphic quality to them, so be sure to check out the rest of his portfolio. Can't wait to see what this guy will look like all colored in.

Poseidon's Wrath

Tattoo // Thursday, November 01, 2012
Sick halfsleeve from Madrid-based El Bara. Everything from the shading in the clouds to the lines of Poseidon's beard, the steering wheel in the background, and the dynamic diagonal energy of the composition is just stellar. Definitely would not mind this one on my arm...

The Gypsy Gentleman Heads to London

Tattoo // Thursday, November 01, 2012
In the fifth installment of "The Gypsy Gentleman," which takes place in London during the Queen's jubilee, Marcus Kuhn tours Valerie Vargas and Ian Flower through the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Ace Cafe, creating a bunch of awesome England-inspired tattoos along the way. The film is beautifully produced, super informative, and has a sick soundtrack, so there's no excuse not to check it out.

The Sitdown Extended Trailer

Tattoo // Thursday, November 01, 2012
Check out the extended trailer for THE SITDOWN, featuring NY tattoo legends Richie Montgomery, Pete Giaquinto, Ronnie Dell'Aquila, Mike Perfetto, and Tony Polito and their conversations about tattooing "way back when." Should be an interesting watch, especially given the crazy history of tattoo in NYC...

Honor & Glory Tattoo

Tattoo // Wednesday, October 31, 2012
From ghoulish flash sheets to vividly awesome baboon tattoos, Addam Duncan and Mikey Holmes of Honor & Glory Tattoo in Inman, South Carolina are doing some awesome stuff with traditional tattoo. Duncan's work with color and Holmes' solid Americana make them an unbeatable duo. We've got the proof here...

Part 3 of Mutsuo's Tattoo Age Series

Tattoo // Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Vice's third installment of Tattoo Age's incredible special on Osaka-based Mutsuo is now online. The nine-minute video--packed with the artist's commentary on Japanese tattoo stigmas and a tour of the temple from which he gains inspiration--after the jump.

Happy Halloween

Tattoo // Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Happy Halloween, everyone! And to celebrate, we present to you this incredible headless horseman half sleeve from tattoo master Russ Abbott of Ink & Dagger in Atlanta, GA. If his amazing colorwork, eerie atmosphere and spooky story can't put you into the Halloween spirit, we don't know what can.

Tattoo Flash from Ernesto Riflesso

Tattoo // Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Beautiful flash illustration from Italian tattoo artist Eterno Riflesso. The warm tones, subtle shading, overlapping patterns, and delicately curved lines create awhimsical effect that would look stunning on skin as well as paper.

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