For many years, tattoos have been used in advertising to promote and sell a variety of products. In 1929 the collapse of the Stock Market played havoc with the United States economy and tattooists in New York City were not spared. By the early 1800s American circuses were operating and this gave the promoters and attractions a better venue to work in. Thomas Edison’s stencil pen was an office supply device that simplified the process of making several copies of a business letter at one time. I also wanted to mention that this is the last call for the introductory pricing we are offering for the Reinventing The Tattoo electronic edition. This Ray Smith business card is accession item #1993-33 from the Paul Rogers Tattoo Research Center (PRTRC). Marlboro cigarettes were originally marketed to women, even with red filter tips designed to look like a lipstick stain. Some of you may remember the epic long-format Hypercast interviews that Michele and I conducted with a number of significant art and tattoo personalities over the past couple years. So it's now posted, and we want to invite you all to check it out- this one is a ton of fun, and includes a bit of time spent talking about a period in tattoo history that many of us are almost totally unfamiliar with, starting around the time the electric tattoo machine was introduced and moving forward through the war years into the 1960s and 70s, where the conversation moves to contemporary tattoo events and finally to modern and even futuristic ideas.
As long as we're talking about the classic roots of tattooing, I wanted to mention two great tutorials that we carry at the Tattoo Education online store which touch on the time-honored tradition of watercolor techniques, which have been used in tattoo flash design for over a century. We also wanted to mention that we are in the final weeks of the introductory pricing for the electronic edition of Reinventing The Tattoo. I recently was interviewed at great length by Keith Ciaramello, who not only runs the Tattoo Mentor podcast series but also had produced a number of excellent educational DVDs on realism, which we carry at the Tattoo Education online store.
As prizes, we are giving away some original collaborative drawings that I did with other artists while working on the Biomech Encyclopedia project, which will be drawing to a close this Spring.
It took a while, but at this point in the evolution of the tattoo profession a good many of us are using computers for design preparation purposes, In particular, Adobe Photoshop has become an industry standard for everything from portfolio work to advertising graphics, but in particular has taken a major role in creating, altering, compositing and making stencil-ready tattoo designs of all types. Recently we added a Photoshop DVD to our catalog from the artist Halo, who distinguished himself last year in Spike TV's Inkmasters.
Reinventing The Tattoo is the electronic edition of my 2009 book and DVD package, with all chapters updated and new ones added, including guest chapters by Halo, Russ Abbott, Nick Baxter, Megan Jean Morris and Don McDonald, with other guest chapters being worked on right now by a number of industry leaders with vast experience in both tattooing and teaching.
Recently we added a video from lettering Maestro Big Meas, Iron Sharpens Iron, which has proved to be a breakthrough tutorial for artists wanting to explore lettering more deeply. If you want to order all three, you can save on shipping by opting for the Big Meas combo pack, which includes both books and the DVD. The purpose of the first two contests was to inspire artists to look outside their normal boxes and find new things to add to their artistic vocabularies.
Prizes will include art books, collaborative art prints, subscriptions to Guy's educational package Reinventing The Tattoo, plus some original collaborative art that will be announced soon.
I also wanted to mention that we've just posted a new Ask Guy critique at the Tattoo Education Ask Guy archive. For those wanting to make it their New Year's resolution to grow as an artist and a professional, I wanted to remind you of the electronic reissue of my educational package, Reinventing The Tattoo. I also thought that this was a great time to post the edited version of the Hypercast interview that Michele and I did with Alex and Allyson Grey a year ago. We have quite a few great anthology books, with the Prodigies series being just the beginning. Then we have a few very unique books from artists who focus on their own particular styles.
One of the big hits of this year was Bob Tyrrell's Method to My Madness, which first appeared on DVD and flew off the shelves faster than we could restock it. I spoke in detail recently with Keith Ciaramello, who has produced several realism DVDs in his Keep It Real series. One of the color portraitists that I've been blown away by recently is Alex De Pase from Italy, whose work combines great realism with just enough strength to make for a great tattoo. On a more fundamental level we have Ian Robert McKown's Light And Shadow, a book that details the use of strong shading to give your work power and realism. We're proud of the selection of instructional products that we have at Tattoo Education. This month I'm critiquing Oliver Wong, who works in the Bay Area but has apprenticed in part with the great Just Shao of Shanghai, China. The Reinventing The Tattoo electronic format is made for expandability, and I'm working with a number of artists on the next round of new chapters.
For the past two decades of my tattoo career, I've been using Adobe Photoshop as an essential part of my workflow in everything from design compositing to portfolio page layout. It's a downright useful tutorial and will give you a lot of bang for your buck- Halo has taken not only his experience but all the stuff that he learned in a digital art college course that he thinks is the most useful to tattoo artists, and distilled it down into an hour and forty minutes of smoothly produced information.
Reinvent Yourself is a great compliment to a DVD set we already carry: Get Digital, by Mike DeVries and Jamie Parker. Back in the days of my apprenticeship, one of the first things I was asked to do was draw flash- twenty full pages of it before I would be allowed to pick up a machine. Drawing and painting flash remains an important skill, not only for apprentices but for any tattoo artist who wants to reach a wider audience than they can personally tattoo, or simply wants to share their own unique style with other artists (and possibly sell a few sets now and then!) So it's great news that Joe Swanson has made a detailed, comprehensive tutorial on painting tattoo flash step-by-step.
While we are talking about watercolors I also wanted to mention Myke Chambers' Watercolor 101 DVD, which overlaps in a few places with the material in the Joe Swanson tutorial but also ventures into all kinds of other interesting places, working with a larger scale design, comparing watercolors with liquid acrylics, different methods of color blending and lining, and taking longevity into account.
Copyright © 2014 Tattoo Design Bild, All trademarks are the property of the respective trademark owners. John Mosley, 22, had a giant tattoo of his stripy-shirted hero – like the one in the popular books, in which readers must find the character in crowd scenes.
Music producer John’s design – which took 24 hours – features 150 characters among the landmarks of his home city Norwich, plus a pair of UFOs and a space rocket.
Yingluck ShinawatraWP Cumulus Flash tag cloud by Roy Tanck requires Flash Player 9 or better. Fuck, I was watching Dueling Banjo’s video on You Tube the other day and what the fuck do I see? I have worked up some examples using some of my own work alongside some of these fucked up tattoos some of you folks are getting.
I think what everyone needs to do is get on their local councils ass to re write bi laws in every town. Tattoos are seen in advertisements selling Marlboro and Silk Cut cigarettes, and used by such corporations as the Sony Company and the Coca-Cola Company in both their print and television ads.
Once the caveman had fire he had a pigment that could be pushed into the skin (soot) and tattooing was born!
With the advent of professional tattooing, the look of these tattooed men also began to change.
It’s not so much the needles themselves, but the way they are packaged and sold to tattoo artists. Their latest edition, Enchanted, does not disappoint: bound in a beautiful large-format limited storybook edition, with 366 pages of tattooing and other artwork exploring themes of fantasy, fairy tales and other whimsical works of the imagination, done by over 500 different artists from all corners of the tattoo community.
When sales began to drop off in the mid 1950s the manufacturing company brought in a marketing team to change the image of Marlboro smokers. Some of these can be viewed at our YouTube channel, TattooTelevision, where you can enjoy in-depth conversations with a number of artists on a variety of topics. It's a great program, with fun enlightening conversation and a wealth of images from the past, present and future of tattooing. Several high-value additions will be made to this comprehensive educational package over the next few weeks, including Guy's coverup tutorial video and an exciting chapter by guest writer Phil Garcia.


Keith grilled me on all sorts of topics, going into quite a bit of historical detail in addition to covering many of the tattoo industry's most current topics.
The drawings, pictured here, were each started by another artist giving me a rough sketch to work with, which I then reprint very lightly and then draw on top of with pencil. It's a great introduction to Photoshop for anyone wanting to take this step, but it also contains many things that even a seasoned digital artist may not know about.
The Reinventing package will continue to expand and evolve in the months and years to come. It's a compact video, jammed with information about different lettering tools, fitting lettering into a flowing body part, and understanding what makes different fonts work, along with some technical tips on tattooing lettering.
Well, we thought there was no better way to start the year than to get another contest rolling, especially since this is usually the slowest tattoo month of the year. With this being the first week of the New Year, the idea of novelty is especially a strong theme. At the same time, though, the tattoo art form has been evolving so rapidly that a year has meant all kinds of changes, ranging from new machines and needle technologies to stylistic and technical breakthroughs on the artistic front.
Reinventing is nothing less than my life's work as an educator, brought up to date and expanded into an electronic format that you can access from your phone, tablet or computer. It's a fun and very visual long format interview, covering the meaning of visionary art and how it relates to tattoo culture, plus many other fascinating subjects.
I'm writing to hopefully make your job a little easier, because at Tattoo Education we have a ton of great books, DVDs and other items that make perfect gifts for both artists and art enthusiasts. The Inspiration series from Out Of Step publishing are focused on particular themes; for example, Feathers Of Inspiration is all centered around bird themes, and crosses the boundaries of multiple different media in a collection so epic that it took two volumes to fit it all. Tattoo collectors are asking for countless variations on the realism theme, covering everything from straight-up family portraits to horror realism to surreal combinations of realistic imagery with other elements. The good news is that his class is now available in its extended format via streaming, with him walking you through all the steps of an epic portrait project.
This included both black & gray and color portraits, plus a color dog portrait (very handy to know these days!).
His DVD, Tattoo Techniques Applied To Realism, explains not only the step-by-step process of translating the image to skin, but also how to strengthen it and make it into a bold and readable tattoo.
It focuses on practicing in alternate mediums besides tattooing such as charcoal, ink and oil paint, with straightforward and easy to follow instructions. The ones listed above just cover the realism end of the spectrum; drop by the Tattoo Education online store to see what else we have. Every month, Tattoo Magazine has been giving me a couple pages to use for critiquing, which I do using Photoshop simulations of possible things that the artist could try in future projects. I recently had a chance to do a collaborative tattoo project with Just and was blown away by his skills and vision.
I'll be adding more of my own material in coming months, including an acrylic painting tutorial and a seminar on coverup tattooing. I recently watched a new video by Halo of Black Lotus Tattoos in Maryland called Reinvent Yourself: In Depth Photoshop for the Tattoo Artist. You can even open the DVD on your desktop and then open Photoshop right next to it, and try out the things that he's demonstrating.
Get Digital covers a lot of fundamentals, but approaches it much differently than Reinvent Yourself.
Flash drawing was a totally new skill for me to learn, and to make matters more complicated, my boss asked me to do the first set using ink washes, the black and white cousin of watercolor painting.
The 2-DVD set, simply called Paint Tattoo Flash, covers every step from selecting the right materials to design transfer, inking, coloring and finishing touches, plus bonus sections on practice exercises and antiquing effects. Both tutorials are highly recommended, and you can save on shipping by ordering them together. It's a great way to get an overall scope of the shape and flow of the design and to make it fit the body nicely. Working directly on the images in The Body Sketch Book is a great way to inspire yourself to think in terms of flow and fit, which can lead to different approaches to design, even in cases where you don't have a client and are just wanting to draw. Fuck no… It shows that motherfuckers are scamming on my craft and making people think they can tattoo. Not just going in blindly with shitty equipment and hoping for the best when the result is always the same… SHIT. A portfolio is important… not just a few photos up on Facebook, the Internet is balls on that aspect. Albert Parry stated that Wagner would go without breakfast until his first customer paid for their tattoo. This was many centuries before the first tattooed man stepped on a stage as a tattoo attraction.
His best-known works include Fahrenheit 451, the Martian Chronicles, and our favorite, The Illustrated Man. Back in the day, a tattooist bought needles by the thousands, sorted through them discarding the ones that were flawed, and soldered the remaining good ones into the configuration that worked best for them. Only subscribers will get access to the extensive chapters that discuss coverup tattoo projects, large and small, along with a detailed chapter about the laser with an extensive FAQ for both artists and collectors, plus a long chapter about scar coverups, discussing many kinds of scars and the realities of tattooing them. The later chapters then get into very specific technical territory, making Reinventing The Tattoo the most comprehensive educational package available in the tattoo industry. Myke has become well known for his large scale traditional work and feels that his experience with watercolor has helped pave the way for a stronger understanding of design. Now is your chance to get access to all of this premium content at our special introductory rate. It was also a chance for me to talk in detail about my Reinventing The Tattoo electronic educational package, which continues to expand with a fifth guest chapter newly installed and an extensive coverup video slated to be added later this month. Mostly it's for sharing abstract tattoo art by any artists inclined to do work of this nature, but we also occasionally host contests.
I was impressed enough that I asked Halo to write a chapter for the electronic edition of my educational package Reinventing The Tattoo. So I'd like to announce The Novelty Effect, a collaborative contest aimed specifically at the idea of producing new visual language. It contains hundreds of pages of material exploring all aspects of tattoo design and technique, with guest writers such as Russ Abbott, Nick Baxter, Megan Jean Morris and Don McDonald, plus other new chapters including one that goes into detail about rotary machines and cartridge systems. We've known the Greys since 1999 and have always enjoyed their unique and thoughtful perspective on subjects ranging from art to the meaning of life. There's still about a week or so before the Christmas shipping cutoff date, so I wanted to run through a few of the things that we have available that might just fit the bill.
I've always been amazed at the life, energy and convincing depictions of people that Shawn does, and his sense for the pulse of the tattoo community is peerless.
It's sometimes hard to know exactly where to start with creating a toolbox of realist skills that can be applied to different types of client requests, so I wanted to take a moment to go over some of the great tutorials that we have available in our online store.
In that spirit we also have an excellent animal realism course from California's Mike DeVries, Animal Style, showing the process of tattooing a realistic gorilla portrait. It's been a fun and effective way of showing up-and-coming artists ways to take their work to the next level. His style is a fusion of realism and a stylized graphic approach, so we see a lot of that influence in the work that his apprentice Oliver submitted for critique.
This is something that Reinventing subscribers can expect regularly, as there are so many subjects in tattooing that we can explore in detail.
I highly recommend Reinvent Yourself for all Photoshop users- even if you have lots of practical experience with Photoshop, I assure you you'll learn something from this course.


It's geared toward projects such as business cards and banners that can be of immediate use in your practice, along with many great tricks for working with reference material. It was an adventure to say the least, and a great learning experience that helped to prepare me for the steep learning curve of actual tattooing. The set comes with a small booklet that you can keep with you at your drawing table for a quick guide. Learn all about watercolor techniques with these two great painting tutorials by experienced working tattoo artists. The body parts are printed in non-photo blue, so you can use a photocopier to duplicate your drawings with the body parts invisible.
New York City had been the hub for professional tattooing in the United States since Martin Hildebrandt opened shop there in the 1840s, but during the Depression the number of tattooists diminished in New York City. The Illustrated Man book was first printed in 1951 and was a compilation of eighteen short stories by Bradbury, including the short story, The Illustrated Man. Needle making was one of those skills that often separated the good tattooist from the not-so-good. Ray was a bigger than life character and for years Ray was a fixture at the National Tattoo Association convention. His father opened a shop in Boston upon their arrival and tattooed under the name John Brown.
It's a concept that I think many artists could benefit from, since it can affect many aspects of a tattoo ranging from across-the-street readability to its long term aging prospects.
Eldridge, along with seasoned tattoo convention emcee Chris Longo and cutting-edge UK tattoo artist Bez. We also are carrying Joe Swanson's Paint Tattoo Flash DVD, which takes these same skills and directs them into creating classic looking pages of flash, including methods for making antique paper and other handy tricks. Many collectors don't know where to begin, and Mindy shows how ideas can evolve into something balanced and unified if enough thought goes into it ahead of time. The podcast is both entertaining and informative, and should be interesting to both artists and fans from all different levels of experience. We have also added a chapter on this same subject to the technical section of the Reinventing The Tattoo electronic edition, which is described in detail at the Tattoo Education online store. The Novelty Effect is centered around the idea of creating new motifs and effects as a result of artistic collaboration, and will be judged based on factors such as how seamlessly the two artists work together and how novel or unexpected their finished piece is. The artists that I worked with to create these drawings are (clockwise from upper left): Jason Vogt, Phil Robertson, Kurt Windish, Marco Velazquez, Thad Minnick, and Ron Earhart. It's now plugged in and looks great, with some great tricks for using real-life objects as the basis for a drawing that can be then run through a variety of different color schemes. These books are the perfect compliment to the DVD and provide numerous examples of different directions that you can take your lettering, including not only effects and flourishes but a number of entire alphabets. With good collaborations, participating artists often find that it's almost like a third artist is in the room, a person who only exists when the two participants are working together. The Reinventing package will continue to grow this coming year, with the addition of a major coverup tutorial plus other guest chapters by some of the biggest names in the industry. Another tattooist with a prodigious painting output is Chris Dingwell, whose slim paperback volume Inside Out is nothing short of a crazy wild ride down a bumpy hill of hallucinogenic visions. Mike also has an excellent human portrait course, Get Real with Mike DeVries, showing the steps in creating a fanciful and colorful portrait.
He also has a DVD, Painting A Rose From Reference In Oils, that goes a step further where you can actually see the brush in motion, creating a stunning realistic effect that could be applied to many different styles.
It's a style that involves limited use of outlines, relying on strong shading for structure instead, which is an approach that introduces some new challenges that can make it trickier to make a piece appear strong and clear. It's an in-depth tutorial that shows you a live screen capture of a number of demonstrations, all which are useful for use in tattoo design. Save on shipping by ordering both DVDs, and you'll have a comprehensive library of Photoshop tricks and tools that is sure to get you up to speed and working with digital tools in a way that empowers you as a tattoo artist. It's a highly useful and practical tutorial, aimed at getting you functional from a point of starting with zero knowledge but still demonstrating some fairly advanced techniques, all for a very reasonable price. This item is highly recommended, and would be a perfect low-cost gift for your favorite artist. To show the power of Bradbury’s writing, this book of short stories is still in print today.
He would always show up wearing a beautiful Nudie suit with classic tattoo designs cover it. The campaign must have worked because Marlboro’s are now one of the most popular brands. It took a while for me to finish the post-production, which involved adding the tons of amazing historical images provided by Mr. Both of these DVDs are very helpful and highly recommended for anyone with an interest in classic tattoo design.
Since each winning entry will have two winners that created it, prizes will be awarded in pairs. This is an example of how digital tools can empower an artist, with the drawing itself still coming from the artist's hand, but the digital tools are there for exploring the possibilities of that drawing far beyond what any analog medium allows for. Since lettering in tattoos seems to have an enduring appeal that will likely always have a place in the profession, Big Meas' material is a sound investment into bringing your practice up to date with the needs of the modern tattooist.
Drop by the store at Tattoo Education and see what else we have available for your holiday shipping! It's a classic spiral bound paperback sketchbook made using high quality Canson acid free drawing paper, but it comes with the blank body parts already printed on its 150 pages, low-contrast and ready to use, both for upcoming clients and just for doodling new tattoo ideas. Or just treat yourself- in my experience, anything that can give you a good start in your tattoo drawings will put you ahead of your game. Some are actually out there setting and respecting standards and respecting tattooing and the people they tattoo, to give you the best tattoo you can get. Instead of jumping the gun to get a shitty tattoo that cost you a pack of cigarettes and a 6-pack of beer. Pay the price for a good tattoo or pay the price of having a shitty, free tattoo from some scab-vendor loser fuck-hole tattooing near the refrigerator so they can reach beers while tattooing with bloody gloves on,  if they even have gloves… Awesome cross contamination! The particular story of The Illustrated Man was made into a movie in 1969 and starred Rod Steiger and his wife Claire Bloom.
I can speak personally about this, as even just 27 years ago when I began tattooing, pre made needles were nowhere to be found, and needle making was considered one of the fundamental aspects of any apprenticeship.
Peacocks on the legs, dragons done the sleeves, black panthers on the front of his jacket and a large eagle on the back. Milo began tattooing in the 1920s with carnivals in New England and stayed on this circuit until the 1950's. Now is your chance to subscribe and get all this material for a discount rate; introductory pricing ends soon. The difference between the situation then and now, with easy disposable cartridges, is night and day. Seen here is a page from the 2003 accession book for the Paul Rogers Tattoo Research Center (PRTRC).
I personally don't yearn for those old days but I appreciate everything that I learned from struggling through them.



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