'Etched' Ink by Sam Rulz

Tattoo // Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Tattooer Sam Rulz helms from Hamilton, New Zealand. Tattooing since 2005, Rulz has been on the road since November 2010. He excels in fine linework, especially crosshatched black inkwork that gives the effect of old school etching.

Tattoo Flash by Timothy Hoyer

Tattoo // Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Timothy Hoyer is a self-taught tattooer and painter.  Coming from an artistic family, he was exposed to oil painting at a very early age and always dreamed of a career in art.  He began tattooing in New York City in 1989, followed by a stint at Primal Urge in San Francisco before settling in Richmond, VA for several years, during which time he traveled the world and owned 3 different tattoo shops...

Ink by Nomad Tattooer Chad Koeplinger

Tattoo // Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Born in Saginaw, Michigan, Chad Koeplinger now spends his life travelling the world and tattooing. Koeplinger has tattooed on every continent except Antarctica, in more than 80 different tattoo studios (and all kinds of other locations). He’s visited 65 countries and hasn't been in the same place for more than 14 days since 2005. Koeplinger's clearly picked up a lot through his travels because his tattoos are colorful, bold, and completely badass.

Tattoos and Flash from the Legendary Dan Higgs

Tattoo // Monday, November 19, 2012
Here are some tattoos and flash by the legendary tattoo artist Daniel Higgs. Known for combining a traditional aesthetic with super-saturated, wacky images, Higgs is widely considered one of the tattoo greats. Although images of his work are notoriously hard to come by, you can see more (and read a great interview with Ed Hardy) here.

Theresa Sharpe's Large-Scale Tattoos

Tattoo // Monday, November 19, 2012
Aptly-named Teresa Sharpe has only been tattooing for a few years, but she's already all booked up. We can see why; with a knack for bright colors and dynamic, intricate designs, her freehand tattoos combine objects and animals into interesting (and sometimes straight up weird) large-scale compositions. She currently works out of Studio 13 in Fort Wayne, IN.

Portrait Contest from Tattoo Road Trip

Tattoo // Monday, November 19, 2012
There's still time to vote for Tattoo Road Trip's newest contest: portraits. After narrowing down all of the reader submitted images to just five finalists, it's your job to pick  the winner. We have a gallery of the finalists to help you make your choice, and be sure to look out for their next contest!

Crazy Backpiece from Peter Lagergren

Tattoo // Monday, November 19, 2012
An awesome backpiece from Peter Lagergren of Malmö Classic Tattooing in Malmö, Sweden. We love how the crisp colorful lines of the dragon contrast with the delicate and smooth shading of the black and gray skull allow the detail in each part of the piece to stand out. To see more, check out his portfolio.

Book Review: "Forever The New Tattoo"

Juxtapoz // Monday, November 19, 2012
In deliberating if tattoos and tattooists can present themselves as art and artists, Forever: The New Tattoo brings new language and thought to the often stigmatized reputation of tattoo culture. Matt Lodder explains in the foreword, "Tattoos cannot obviously be bought, sold, and traded like paintings because they are painful, bloody, and laborious to acquire." Lodder, a tattoo owner and historian, takes contemporary developments in tattooing and places them into historical contexts.

Opening: Dr Lakra @ Nils Stærk, Copenhagen

Juxtapoz // Monday, November 19, 2012
Featured in our very first Juxtapoz in 1994, and cover artist of August 2010, Mexico-based artist Dr. Lakra has a show currently on display in Copenhagen, Denmark at Nils Stærk. Featuring his signature tattoo influenced fine art, with a mixture of collage, flash, and paintings, Lakra's work will be on display through December 15, 2012.

Sweet Tattoos from Raphaël Trovato

Tattoo // Sunday, November 18, 2012
Raphaël Trovato is a French tattooer who works out of Fresh Ink Tattoo in Mulhouse, France. Mixing traditional imagery with some off-beat Pop-ish designs, Raphaël incorporates bright jewel tones into all of his shading that give his tattoos a wonderfully graphic and saccharine vibe. We have a gallery of some of our favorites--from pipe-smoking cats to more ethereal ladies--after the jump.

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