Fingers Dead at Swahili Bobs

Tattoo // Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Fighting roosters, burning churches (in the perfectly appropriate shape of a human skull), shrine tributes and bulletproof fonts- ahhh- all in a days work. The intricate permanent renderings of Fingers Dead, an artist over at Swahili Bob's Tattoo in Sweden show no shame. A brilliant artist to visit next time you find yourself in his neighborhood of the globe.

Rendered Tattoo Realism

Tattoo // Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Color or blackscale? Full sleeve, or business sleeve? Gorgeous tattooed rendering by the talented fashion illustrator Ricardo Fumanal depicting 2 fully tattooed arms. I'd be curious to know where or who he got his tattoo illustration inspiration from.

The Steady Hand of Mike Moses

Tattoo // Tuesday, October 02, 2012
There is no doubt in my mind that when you got it, you simply got it. Talent, an eye for color and composition, a good sense of aesthetic direction, design and dedication all fall into this category. There is also no doubt that Mike Moses, over at Thicker Than Water Tattoo in NYC, carries these traits. His skillful hand stays busy doing what he does best, leaving a permanent mark, gracing others with what comes natural.

Flo Nuttall's Solid Line

Tattoo // Sunday, September 30, 2012
I can certainly say that one of my favorite kinds of tattoo (visually) is simple, black solid line work. Even if it is an unfinished piece, I love the simplicity and relationship it has to illustration. This series is from the incredibly talented Flo Nuttall, who believe it or not, has only been tattooing for a year and a half!! Schedule yourself in now while you still can, Flo is at Love Hate Tattoo, in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Gakkin's Legs

Tattoo // Saturday, September 29, 2012
Absolutly LOVE these inked legs by Gakkin, resembling vintage clip art compilations for cut-and-paste designers. The boldness of his work and the contrast of the elements make for incredibly unique and beautifully designed stems. Gakkin is a tattooer out in Kyoto, Japan working at Harizanmai Tattoo.

Lyle Tuttle Tattoo Interview

Tattoo // Thursday, September 27, 2012
'Before Ami James, Kat Von D, and reality TV, there was tattoo superstar Lyle Tuttle. Tattooing since 1949, Lyle rose to fame in the late ’60s tattooing a predominantly female clientele and celebrities like Janis Joplin, Peter Fonda, and Cher at his San Francisco studio. He appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and was photographed by Annie Leibovitz for the inside cover of Rolling Stone in the 1970s, an iconic image of modern tattooing...'

Victims of Ink

Tattoo // Thursday, September 27, 2012
Impressive eye-to-hand greyscale ink work from Joe Metrix out of Victims Of Ink Tattoo shop in Melbourne- over there on Chapel Street. Check out their impressive portfolio with a variety of talented artists creating permanent renderings. 'A self-proclaimed perfectionist, Joe will take on the most tedious of tattoos, and as he says in himself, “nothing is impossible”.'

Talk Left Handed

Tattoo // Thursday, September 27, 2012
Talk Left Handed is the tattoo work and everything Jarmo Nuutre is about- from tattooing to screenprinting, designing and drawing. Jarmo has been tattooing since 1999 and is currently at Le mOustache Tattoo Parlour in Tallinn, Estonia- creating everything from multiple eyed cat portraits to kaleidoscopic owl  psychedelia.

The Coloring Book Project Contest

Tattoo // Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The Coloring Book Project: A Collection by 100 Artists from Around the World, brings together inspiration and ingenuity from an all-star cast of artists, each contributing their own enchanting sketches, and then handing them off to you to complete with your own touch of artistic magic. The Coloring Book Project encourages artists and enthusiasts of all ages to get off their ass and draw, for tattoo's sake! Win a free tattoo by Mike DeVries if you're crowned 1st prize!

Full Blackwork Tattoos

Tattoo // Wednesday, September 26, 2012
No matter your rhyme or reasoning, getting a solid, blackwork tattoo is a big deal. Whether its a hand, a leg, a full sleeve, or a portion of, you've committed your body to the ink. Here's a set of some blackwork tattoos of epic proportions, and a list of blackwork tattoo artists from around the globe if you feel so inclined.... image by Junmatsui.