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From Childhood Punk to Walk-In Tattooer, Chris Bass Has Always Been About the Art – OC Weekly08.29.17

Monday, August 28, 2017 at 7:55 a.m.

The finest tattooer from the Lancaster punk scene.

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At 35 years old, Chris Bass isnt the youngest guy youll find working in a tattoo shop, but hes been interested in tattoos for at least as long as anyone else his age. Even if hes only been tattooing for a handful of years now, the artists punk rock upbringing saw him getting inked while most of his peers were still working on their homework or contemplating college applications and he really hasnt looked back since.

When I was right around 15 or 16, I was growing up in the small little desert town of Lancaster, Bass says. I was involved in the little punk rock scene we had out there, and some of my friends were a little bit older and had tattoos. They werent the greatest ones, but by the time I was 18 Id gotten some of my first tattoos. They were just real shitty punk rock tattoos from guys who would come around during band practice and do them out of the house.

Of course, it wasnt until several years later that Bass actually became interested in the professional side of tattooing. While it was fun and easy to pick up a terrible amateur tattoo in someones kitchen, Bass didnt really understand how much went into tattooing (or at least good tattooing) until one of his friends began working in a shop and using the Tattoos Deluxe artist as a guinea pig for his new artistic skills.

I was in a band with my friend Matt, and he dropped out of the band because he was doing piercings at a place called Psycho City Tattoo in Lancaster, Bass says. Through that, he started tattooing and did some of his first work on me. I ended up getting this back piece that I have, and that kind of opened my eyes up to real tattooing and professional tattooing.

After going to a convention with his tattooing friend and meeting some of the countrys best and most experienced tattoo artists, Bass became inspired to seek out a tattoo career of his own. At the time, the 30-year-old future tattooer was working in construction and a variety of other odd jobs with long hours in order to pay the bills, but tattooing seemed like the career hed be most passionate about. A handful of years later, Bass has become a reliable option for tattoos of all styles after learning the trade from tattooing legend Greg James and earning a permanent spot at James own tattoo parlor.

I work at a walk-in shop, so I kind of have to be diverse with styles, Bass says. We get a lot of people coming through here, and everybody wants something different. If I just specialized in one thing, Id be turning people down left and right. People come in wanting script, black and gray, traditional, Japanese, the list goes on, and thats really what I like about tattooing. I dont want to be a one-trick pony. I like doing new things and the diversity of it.

But while tattoo-based art may be something Bass has been fond of ever since his teenage days in Lancasters punk rock scene, the customer service side of things was something hes had to learn over time. As an artist, hes happy to tackle any style or request that comes into the shop but thats not to say he doesnt still remember the days when it was the tattooer who really had the final word in deciding what their clients got.

When I first discovered tattooing at the end of the 90s, you still went into the shop and picked some flash off of the walls, Bass says. You didnt have cell phones and computers just yet, so you still had to trust the artist to help you out with those things. By the time I started tattooing, its kind of like Subway now where you have to cater to the clients who walk in. Its just the customer service aspect of it.

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Thousands of people are getting these 6 letters tattooed all over their bodies for a powerful reason – INSIDER08.29.17

People are getting “GRL PWR” tattoos to display their feminist spirit.Artsyjor/Instagram

While they may be small in size, tiny tattoos pack a lot of meaning.

The latest miniature tattoo craze is proof, with many people getting the words “GRL PWR” a stand-in for the feminist slogan “girl power” inked on their bodies as an everlasting sign of sisterhood and solidarity.

The tattoos, which we first read about on Refinery29, are taking over Instagram. Nearly 2,000 users posted photos of their “GRL PWR” tattoos at the time of this post.

“I get a lot of women who come to get a tattoo and they don’t want flowers or any girly s—, they want a permanent symbol of their girl power,” Lalo Yunda, a Brooklyn-based tattoo artist told Refinery29. “For the time in history where we are now, a lot of women feel like they are strong and successful, and they want to celebrate that.”

However, if tattoos aren’t quite your thing, there are other ways to participate in the viral trend.

Some people wear the message on hats and T-shirts.

Others have chosen to decorate their homes with themed art.

Regardless of how you display your girl power, we hope these messages are helping to empower women everywhere.

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Eyeball Tattooing | Luna Cobra08.27.17

Below is some background information that I would like you to read and consider before inquiring about this procedure.

First and foremost, I, Luna Cobra, am the inventor of eyeball, or sclera, tattooing (tattooing the white of the eye in a solid or mix of colours). I first attempted the procedure on sighted human eyeballs in 2007 on three well-informed and consenting parties. Since then, I have fine-tuned both the technique and materials to increase the safety and minimize the risks of tattooing the eyeball. There are still risks involved, of course, but in the 8 years I have been performing this procedure, all my clients are all still ok.

Secondly, I personally have not trained anyone else to do this procedure. I have appeared on various tv/news segments though, andhave inspired many copycats worldwide. This is important to know because without the proper education, training, experience andguidance, these practitioners have caused vision impairments like blurred vision, spots or floaters, and even blindness. YES PEOPLE ARE NOW BLIND FROM EYEBALL TATTOOING.

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Business Limelight: Tattoo parlor making its mark – Fosters – Foster’s Daily Democrat08.25.17

Every week, Fosters Daily Democrat will profile a business in the Tri-City area. If your business would like to take part, please email Alex Barber at

This week, we’ll look at Hold Fast Tattoo located at 3A Broadway in Dover. It’s owned by Jeff Couillard and Emily Szarka, and has been in business for nearly eight years. Couillard is the lead tattoo artist with Szarka heading the business side of things as well as learning how to tattoo. “We both work great as a team to make sure everything runs smoothly,” Couillard said. You can follow Hold Fast Tattoo on Facebook and Instagram (@holdfast_tattoo_nh). Their phone number is 603-842-4728.

What does your business do?

We specialize in many different styles of tattooing. Anything from American Traditional, Realism, cover ups, etc. We work mostly off appointments but sometimes take walk-ins depending on how busy we are. Couillard

How long have you been in business and how did you get started?

I opened the shop in 2009 at the age of 21. I had a rough start getting into tattooing at such an early age. I originally was going to college to be an automotive mechanic, but once I got my first tattoo and a glimpse into the tattoo world, everything changed. I dropped out of college, quit my job, and put all my time into learning the trade of tattooing. Soon after, I had two children and really needed to make something of myself. I knew I wanted to have my own shop to be able to hand down to my children and make them proud. So, in 2009, I had the chance to follow my dream and opened my own tattoo shop. This October will be our eighth anniversary. Couillard

Why do you do this?

I tattoo because it’s something new every day. It’s an amazing feeling being able to produce a piece of art for someone and put it on their body for the rest of their life. It’s not your normal 9 to 5 work day. I wake up every day excited to go to work, and that to me is the dream. Couillard

Whats your busiest time?

Our busiest time is usually during the summer, but we also do a lot of big tattoo projects during the winter because, during the winter, your tattoos aren’t exposed to the sun and other elements so that your tattoos will heal a lot faster and better. Couillard

What challenges does your business face?

I think the biggest challenge our business faces is people not being educated about getting tattoos. Many people are looking for the cheapest prices, trying to get the tattoo as soon as possible, and people not researching their artists. You pay for what you get and getting a tattoo is permanent, so you really need to pick the right artist. Look at their work, be patient, and save up for exactly what you want. Couillard

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These Photographs Are Preserving the Vanishing Tradition of Female Facial Tattoos – Artsy08.25.17

After securing a pair of grants, from The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture and The International Womens Media Foundation, Al-Arashi began to plan her trip, mapping the locations where the tattooing tradition is most prevalent. While she learned that Yemen, Syria, and Iraq had high concentrations, they are all in such a deep state of war, she says, and Im not as accomplished a reporter as Id need to be to put myself in those places. So she turned her sights to North Africa, and plotted a trip through the countryside in Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria.

Accompanied by a driver and translator in each country, Al-Arashi traveled from village to village, asking strangers if they knew women with facial tattoos. Arabs are notorious for being the most welcoming people on earth, she recalls. Wed literally just knock on the door of a strangers farm, and theyd happily let us in, offer us tea, and talk for hours.

Through these conversations Al-Arashi got to know a cohort of older women, mostly in their 70s, 80s, and 90s, who had tattooed their faces, and in some cases bodies, as acts of beautification, devotion to female goddesses, and appreciation for the lands in which they live.

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Globally acclaimed tattoo artist to open second Coast studio – The Sunshine Coast Daily08.24.17

NOW rated one of the best tattoo artists in the world, Damien Wickham has come a long way since “tattooing” mates with Nikko pens at parties in the mid 1990s.

Fresh off the success of his own Ink Attack Tattoo Convention, held on the Sunshine Coast earlier this month, Mr Wickham is preparing to open his second tattoo studio in Eumundi in the coming weeks.

Sponsors have lined up over the years as his 56 first place prizes from tattoo conventions and shows across the globe turned this humble artist into a valuable and highly-sought after commodity.

From his Bokarina tattoo shop, Mr Wickham is getting himself prepared for conventions in Puerto Rico, Miami and New York in November, ahead of a prestigious event in Paris.

“I’m tattooing a brave young bloke as we speak,” he said.

“It’s a Patrick J Jones work, a medieval Conan the Barbarian type of fantasy piece.”

A talent for drawing is a skill Mr Wickham has possessed since a young age.

“When I was about 12 at Warwick West I won a Courier Mail drawing competition,” he said.

“I was always drawing, even when I was really little.

“My aunt tells a story that at two years old I used to run around and draw a two on people’s hands in lipstick.”

Mr Wickham left Warwick in the late 1990s to play rugby league for Norths in Brisbane and then Burleigh on the Gold Coast.

Following this he travelled to the United States as a rugby league ambassador, playing a season for the New Jersey Sharks.

On his return to Australia, he settled on the Sunshine Coast and set up a temporary fencing business.

“My dad had been a tattoo artist and one day he handed all of his gear over to me,” he said.

“So I started using it at home and did about five tattoos before I realised it wasn’t a professional environment at all.

“I hired a mate to come in and manage the fencing business and took a part time job in a tattoo studio in Brisbane, three days a week.”

Completely self-taught, Mr Wickham honed his craft over three years at the Gabba Tattoo Studio and Wildside.

“Then one day I got a phone call from a salesman asking to buy my fencing business,” Mr Wickham said.

“I told him I’d sell it if he found me a tattoo studio.

“Two weeks later he called back – he’d found one.”

In March 2011, Mr Wickham opened Ink Attack Tattoo Studio on Nicklin Way.

“The fencing business was booming and I did well out of the sale so with the extra cash I was able to set the shop up exactly how I wanted it,” he said.

“The first thing I think about before I tattoo anyone is hygiene.

“I studied for my health licence and learned how to contain a virus and how to avoid cross-contamination – every time I touch something I change my gloves.

“Nobody seems to understand the level of care that needs to be taken when tattooing, but I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I contaminated someone.

“So in that regard I think I’m perfect.”

After heading to his first overseas convention in California in 2010, Mr Wickham said he was hooked.

“I loved it, here I was surrounded by the best of the best and I was competing against them,” he said.

“I got to watch legends of the industry ply their trade and that inspired and challenged me to be the very best I could.

“Everyone is trying to do the best tattoo ever – these days I steer away from the simple stuff.

“I’m looking for complex art work, renaissance recreations, photo-realism, that’s where I want to be and what I want to be doing.

“I love Marvel art, baroque artworks, anything that’s visually exciting.”

Now with five leading tattoo supply brand sponsors who fly him to conventions around the world, Mr Wickham is at the top.

“They send me to win,” he said.

“I’m gone three months of the year and when I’m home I’m here tattooing five days a week, from 9.30am to whenever the work is finished, sometimes two in the morning.

“I don’t like to leave a job half-finished.”

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Bernard Mendelman: To tattoo or not to tattoo – The Suburban Newspaper08.23.17

Walking downtown one afternoon last week I couldnt help noticing that Montrealers have a tattoo obsession. Tattoos can be seen in all shapes and all colours, on people of all shapes and all colours. In the winter most of them were hidden unless they were inked on faces or necks, but with the arrival of warm summer weather and people scantily attired, tattoos were visible on all parts of their anatomy. Some of them are tiny, unobtrusive and inoffensive, but most are a bursting array of brilliant colours and intricate designs covering complete arms and legs sending out questionable signals. I dont even know what the proper etiquette is if I want to approach a female and ask her if I can examine her etchings more closely. Suppose theres part of an exposed breast showing with Pat inked on it. Am I supposed to assume that its her name or is it an invitation to do something else?

Comedienne Margaret Cho is decked out in a multitude of colourful tattoos that she proudly displays to her audience during her act. Even our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a tattoo. Its on his left shoulder and is a design created by Robert Davidson, one of the countrys top Haida artists. Trudeau is pleased with his tattoo and would probably let you take a selfie with it. The Haida once approved of Justin Trudeaus ink of a raven, but that was before he supported erecting a controversial liquefied natural gas terminal near the breeding grounds of one of the Haidas biggest salmon runs. They are also angry that Trudeau did not ask permission of Davidson, or follow any protocols to use the image.

If you are considering a tattoo, carefully weigh the risks. The potential for exposure to infection and toxins is great. You can experience itching, swelling and/or redness that may persist long after the tattoo has healed. Dirty needles can pass infections from one person to another, including hepatitis B and C, and HIV. In addition, your immune system can receive an allergic response from an ink invasion. Scar tissue may also form when getting a tattoo. Ink manufacturers are not obliged to disclose the ingredients in their products. Tattoo dyes have been shown to contain lead, cobalt, iron, titanium, nickel, beryllium, barium, aluminum and mercury. When eating fish people worry about unsafe levels of mercury, yet they seem to be unconcerned about keep getting it injected into their skin in record amounts.

Regardless, tattoo parlours are flourishing throughout our city. Each one has their own artists that have become recognized for their own style and originality. The 15th edition of Art Tattoo Montreal, one of the most important tattoo events in North America, will take place on September 8-10 at Gare Windsor. More than 200 tattoo artists, coming from the four corners of the world, will bring the art of tattooing to the public. The artists at the convention will represent all styles of tattooing, ranging from the traditional Japanese tebori to dotwork. More than 10,000 visitors attend this event yearly. It will be a great opportunity for those who are curious of this art form to discover the world of tattooing and for regulars to add a new work to their bods.

While I was researching tattoos for this column, a nurse told me she was in the emergency room when a punk rocker was admitted. The young woman had purple hair styled into a Mohawk and a variety of tattoos. The girl had acute appendicitis and was scheduled for immediate surgery. When she was completely disrobed on the operating table, the staff found that her pubic hair had been dyed green and above it was a tattoo saying, Keep off the grass. After the operation, the surgeon added a small note on the dressing which read, Sorry, had to mow the lawn.

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Former Collegiate student able to live his passion for tattoos – New Zealand Herald08.22.17

Emma Russell continues her series charting the stories of former Whanganui students who have gone on to success in the big, wide world

“A love of the art and people” – words former Whanganui Collegiate student used to describe his passion for tattooing.

Seven years ago Scott Waters left secondary school with no idea what he wanted to do next.

Today he is exactly where he wants to be, opening his very own tattoo studio on Main St, Palmerston North.

Former Whanganui student, Scott Waters, opens his new tattoo studio in Main Street Palmerston North.

A few years ago the 24-year-old discovered the art of tattooing and never looked back.

Scott said he started out pursuing IT at Ucol but soon realised he hated it.

“I started getting tattooed and just got exposed to the culture and the art… getting into the art it just blew me away and I thought this is something I’d quite like to do.”

He said he threw himself into the culture and was fortunate enough to land an apprenticeship in town.

“I had a year of managerial work, doing everything and learning everything that was required to run a tattoo shop and then started learning to tattoo.”

This month Scott went into business with his friend, James Bishop, and on Wednesday the pair had their official opening.

Co-owners of Bishop and Waters Main Street Tattoo, James Bishop (left) and Scott Waters (right) fizzing for the opening. Photo/ Emma Russell

“What we are trying to do here is just try to create a really creative space that James and I can just grow and develop as artists…we want it to be as friendly and inviting as possible,” Scott said.

So have tattoos become more accepted in society or do old stereotypes still exist?

Scott said there had been a couple of incidents where he’d been walking through the supermarket and a little old lady had grabbed her purse out of the trolley but overall he receives little judgment.

“I certainly don’t think it’s the tattoo anymore, it’s more attitude that you exude than the tattoos you wear that’s important.

“I think it’s pretty clear to see that old judgment and stigma still exists but I look at the people that come into our shop and there’s no stereotypes anymore, it has really just exploded.”

James Bishop’s leg with his latest tattoo designed and applied by friend and co-owner Scott Waters. Photo/ Emma Russell

For many of Scott’s clients tattoos represent a memory.

“I’ve tattooed any story you can imagine…people fighting cancer, people who have lost a child, a parent, a friend…sadly we do a lot of memorial tattoos and it’s always something I take a fair amount of pride in.”

And then there’s the tourists.

“I had one German guy who didn’t speak any English at all and just said ‘wow’ to everything and all his friends gave him a bit of cheek for it and so he got ‘wow’ stamped to his bum.”

For Scott, tattooing is about the art and the people.

“Being in a close working environment people are really open and honest and you do form special relationships which is pretty neat.”

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Ricardo De Cruz Found Tattooing Through a Familiar Fine Art Professor – OC Weekly08.22.17

Monday, August 21, 2017 at 7:21 a.m.

From the classroom to the tattoo shop.

Courtesy of Ricardo De Cruz

In some ways, Ricardo De Cruz is a second-generation tattoo artist. But rather than having the skill passed down from a parent, De Cruz picked it up from an art school mentor iconic tattooer and art teacher Sergio Sanchez of San Pedros Timeline Gallery.

I pretty much got into tattooing while I was taking fine art classes with Sergio Sanchez, De Cruz says. I just needed to play class fees and all of that, so I was trying to figure out ways to make extra money besides my part-time job. Once I started getting into it, I decided that maybe I could try to get the fine art and realism into tattooing, so I wanted to improve on my interest of black and gray realism. I did a couple of small pieces with a lot of detail in them, I realized I wanted to do it as a career and keep getting better at it.

It was about six years ago in 2011 that De Cruz first began dabbling in tattooing, and although he never took on a full apprenticeship, the artist put his painting background to good use while inking friends and other customers for just over three years before deciding to take the leap into professional tattooing at a shop in the beginning of 2015. Even if the self-taught artist is considered part of the new school by some of the more veteran tattooers out there, De Cruz believes his background in the art world is becoming more relevant to tattooing with every passing day.

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The whole style of tattooing and level of detail in black and gray realism has changed, De Cruz says. There are a lot of tattoo artists taking fine art classes now to improve their tattooing, so now its in the same category as when I was learning fine art. Im comfortable with it at this point, and I think everyone is just focused on getting better with it. Its really becoming like fine art.

Even as he looks at the present and future of tattooing within the fine art world, the lifelong painter cant help but appreciate some of the tattoo history that surrounds him in the world of Southern California black and gray tattooing. As a relatively new tattooer, learning the artistic side of things from established stars like Sanchez and being able to check out the work of many other tattooing legends has provided a near-infinite source of knowledge and inspiration for the rising artist. Although some of the industrys young guns may not appreciate tattooings heritage, its importance isnt lost at all on De Cruz.

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Its awesome to actually see these people and be able to tattoo in the same spaces as these people, De Cruz says. Obviously their level of tattooing may be higher, but Im able to see them tattoo, and its inspiring for me. Its awesome that I can visit some of these guys or watch these guys on Instagram. I can analyze some of their work and it just makes me want to get better and better. Its awesome to see these guys still doing it and push themselves even more.

Of course, its not just the historic legends that De Cruz pulls from on a daily basis. As far as hes concerned, tattooing is yet another artistic medium that he needs to continue to study and focus on. Eventually, De Cruz may see himself as more of a teacher than a pupil, but for now hes more than happy to be a devoted student of his adopted art form.

Im still learning and still growing, and I think everyone else who is in the same field just needs to keep going, De Cruz says. We need to grow and learn from everyone, talk to everyone, make friends and communicate with everyone. I think its great when we can share ideas and share different ways of tattooing. Thats how we all keep growing, and thats what Im doing.

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Inking it up – Fort Morgan Times08.22.17

Artist Stormy Allred of Sterling’s Total Ink tattoo parlor tattoos a chrysanthemum on a woman at the expo. (Paul Albani-Burgio / Fort Morgan Times)

A Greeley tattoo artist at work at the expo. (Paul Albani-Burgio / Fort Morgan Times)

There was surely no more colorful place to be in Fort Morgan this past weekend than the Clarion Hotel as the facility’s meeting hall filled with local tattoo and piercing enthusiasts for the first annual High Plains Tattoo Expo.

The Expo was sponsored by Fort Morgan’s Americana Custom Tattoo Parlor and brought together at least 20 artists from eight tattoo and piercing shops for a day of tattooing and piercing, showing off designs and just reveling with enthusiasts about a shared passion for tattoos and piercings.

“I really just wanted to showcase all of the local talent that we have around here that a lot of people aren’t aware of and this is really the only way to do that you know get us all together under one roof to do it,” Americana owner and artist Jesse Lee Vaughn said.

The expo consisted mainly of artists and shops from Fort Morgan and Sterling though Greeley and Denver were also represented. Holy Grail Tattoos of Lakeland, Florida, was also on-hand as Holy Grail’s owner Tassili Ledezma grew up in Fort Morgan and attended high school with Vaughn.

Holy Grail artist Drew Johnson said the shop does not usually attend conventions but wanted to support Vaughn in his effort to start one in northeast Colorado.

“It’s great for the community as far as all the shops coming together,” Johnson said. “And just the exposure now in tattooing – it’s never been like this. It used to be all little biker bars you’d have to go to but it’s everywhere now. It’s on TV and social media and it’s more accepted.”

Vaughn said the promotion of “tattoo unity” between shops was one of his primary goals for the convention.

“There’s always been a lot of animosity between shops and whatnot and that’s typical but it doesn’t do anybody any good so something like this where we all rub elbows and make friends is much better for everyone including the public, of course,” he said.

Though some might wonder about the wisdom of holding an event that would promote Vaughn’s competition alongside Americana, Vaughn said he did not view the expo in those terms.

“I never consider other shops as even competition, not at all,” he said. “I want to go out of my way to help promote them and to show them this isn’t just to promote my shop.”

One of those competitors is Fort Morgan’s Skin Deep Studios. The shop’s owner and tattoo artist Jacob Imhoff said he was ecstatic to be part of the area’s first tattoo convention.

“It’s cool,” he said. “This is northeast Colorado’s first so it’s pretty exciting and that’s the whole reason we came out.”

Vaughn said he was also hoping to create a lasting buzz about tattoos in the regionthough he cautioned that his convention would not feature some of the antics of larger conventions in bigger cities.

“In the big cities these things go on all the time and they are wild,” he said “This one is going to be tame because its a small town and small venue. We want to just to give people something a little bit different to do and a little taste of the big city or whatever. A lot of the artists around here have never been to one or worked at one and a lot of the public don’t even know what a convention is, so this is an experiment and an education, too.”

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