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.

Fuzi's 'Ignorant Style' Tattoos

Tattoo // Saturday, November 17, 2012
Now that you've seen Scarlett Johansson's new tattoo, we thought we'd bring you more from the incredible Fuzi Uvtpk. Master of his own janky aesthetic, Fuzi creates DIY-style tattoos, paintings, and graffiti that are inspired by urban art and his once "brutal" lifestyle. His tattoos, created in subway cars, tunnels, and art galleries are always super witty and clever.  

More Food Tattoos for Hunger

Tattoo // Friday, November 16, 2012
On Wednesday, we previewed some flash for Food Tattoos For Hunger from Off the Map. Here's what you need to know about the event: on Nov. 18th, over 70 shops over the world are donating proceeds from food flash. Their current goal is to raise $1500 from 100 shops for a grand total of $150,000 donated to food shelters worldwide... so go out and get tattooed!

The Evolution of a Backpiece

Tattoo // Friday, November 16, 2012
An awesome little post from Jeff Gogue of Off the Map charting the evolution of a backpiece. This post details the sketching, stenciling, and outlining process (which itself took 7 hours!). Looking forward to reading all the subsequent posts and watching this piece progress!

Bold Traditional Flash from Shon Lindauer

Tattoo // Friday, November 16, 2012
Shon Lindauer's strong lines and vivid colors make for some unmistakeable flash (and tattoos too, obviously). From eagles to ships to roses, Shon's color gradients and clean drawings take traditional imagery and infuse it with a whopping dose of boldness.  

'The Biker' from Levi's Vintage Clothing @ Levi's Flagship SF

Tattoo // Friday, November 16, 2012
Last night, Levi's Vintage Clothing launched an exhibition called "The Biker with Oil and Leather & The Bikeriders" at the flashship store in downtown San Francisco. Featuring 21 painted motorcycle jackets from 13 international artists--many of whom are tattoo artists as well--and documents and photographs from Danny Lyon's "The Bikeriders," the show pays homage to the American biker legacy. We've got info (and pictures!) after the jump.

Jessica Mach's Bleeding Moth

Tattoo // Thursday, November 15, 2012
Beautiful bleeding, jeweled moth tattoo from Jessica Mach at AKA in Berlin, Germany. With a delicate hand, Jessica inked and rendered this intricate moth with fine lines, gemstones and blackscale pointillism. LOVE the emerald jewels and blood running over the pearls that  have been embedded in the back of the moth.

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