When did you start tattooing? I did my first tattoo on myself with a sewing needle in 1989. It wasn't until 1995 when I got my first real professional setup that I really considered myself a tattoo artist-before that there was just a lot of experimentation.
What year did you start tattooing? 2007. How did you originally get into tattooing? I got into tattooing when a friend of mine became a partner in a tattoo shop. He then asked his partner if he would be willing to teach me to tattoo and then proceeded to talk me into learning.
How long ago did you start tattooing? I started tattooing in 2011 and drawing in 2010. How did you get into tattooing? I was always encouraged to be creative when I was younger so I always doodled and drew. Then in my teens I was real heavy into the hardcore music scene, and all my friends and the bands I looked up to were covered in tattoos.
What year did you start tattooing? I started as an apprentice in 2011. How did you get into tattooing? After I retired from the army I went back to school and looked up tattoo artists in Korea. I decided to approach Sanlee [of Tattoo Korea], a famous realism tattoo artist in [South] Korea.
How did you first get into tattooing? At 3 years old they gave me face paint at day care. I got naked and painted my entire body like a skunk. At 5 years old my best friend and I were stripped down and washed with a garden hose; I had gotten hold of a large black stamp and covered her entire body with the wonderful black Talens ink!
What year did you start tattooing? I did my first tattoo about five years ago on my friend. We did quite a decent-sized koi fish on his thigh. It wasn't awfully bad; unfortunately-or luckily-we never finished it. After that tattoo I knew I had a long way ahead of me to get where I am now.
What year did you start tattooing? I started as an apprentice in 1995. How would you describe your style? I have always been interested in all styles. I love combining stuff. I think it was more than 10 years ago that I started to mix them. I tried to combine oriental, comic, and realistic, but every style needed to be changed a bit for it to work together.
What year did you start tattooing? I started in 1995 for fun, but took it seriously by 1998. How would you describe your style? I would say that my style is versatile thanks to my ADD. Because I get bored doing the same work over and over again, it challenges me to be creative in many other levels.
What year did you start tattooing? I had a really rough start in late 2009 back in Venezuela. How did you get into tattooing? One of my best friends, Marco Luzzagni, had this little shop called Inkdustry in Barquisimeto [Venezuela]. I went there to get my second tattoo, a black-and-gray portrait of my mom.
What year did you start tattooing? I started tattooing April 2001. How did you get into tattooing? My buddy felt that I had the potential to be a tattoo artist so he kept badgering me to start tattooing. I was so reluctant to give in to tattooing since I didn't even know where to start.
What sets Venom Ink apart from the average tattoo shop? Chris Chubbuck: I think our drive and determination really put us ahead of the game. Venom Ink is a custom tattoo studio. Everyone here is artistic as hell, so we thrive on creating original tattoos for our clients.
International conventions are some of the most attended conventions and definitely offer some of the most impressive seminars and diverse lineups. And the 19th annual Milano Tattoo Convention was no exception. Featuring airbrush and Polynesian exhibitions alongside the Miss Milano 2014 and Medusa Project Hollywood Make-Up competitions, the events were numerous and sure to keep everyone waiting to get inked plenty entertained.
Tattooing is all about aesthetic nature and artistic skill, so it should come as no surprise that tattoo studio Sacred Tattoo NYC hosts an array of art galleries throughout the year. Earlier in 2014, tattooists Dave Tevenal and Scott Santee hosted the "Take What You Will" art exhibition at the Sacred Gallery, bringing in an array of talent with a fabulous display of creativity and attention to detail, coupled with a wide range of admiring (and admirable) guests.
We love going to the Villain Arts shows-they're always a blast. Troy Timpel's Chicago show was full of hot ladies and stunning entertainment. Did we mention that we love the pizza there too? I mean, duh. Even better: Some of our favorite tattooers were there alongside some of our favorite clothing companies.
Tattoos by great artists such as Chad Chase, Tye Harris, and Tim Kern demand pairing with top-quality seminars on "Light and Shadow" by Ian Robert McKown and four hours of painting with the man of monsters himself, Chet Zar. This year's Evergreen Tattoo Invitational and Expo was one not to be missed.
The Australian Tattoo & Body Art Expo in Sydney is one of the best conventions from Down Under. Featuring an unending list of talent, it's also one of the most well-known international shows on the circuit. Over the weekend-long event, Freshly Inked alumni artists like Megan Massacre, Teneile Napoli, and Benjamin Laukis created some amazing, high-quality pieces.
Shane O'Neill's third annual Best in the Midwest show was packed full of fun, entertainment, and known artists. There was even a mechanical bull-seriously. Big news on another one of Shane's productions: The next Chaudesaigues award will be given at the Pittsburgh show, Steel City, in September.
The seventh annual Musink, presented by Travis Barker, is the prime incarnation of the best of two worlds: It's a worldrenowned tattoo convention, and it's also one of the first major music festivals to kick off festival season each year.