“What the fuck happened?!” Video by Henk of the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum

It’s awful and it’s a real shit-show if I have EVER seen one.
If you can help in any way, please do. Even if you just share this video or the information about this situation with your friends, that is showing support. If you can do more, that is fantastic. Whether you are in the tattoo community as an artist or as a bearer, or simply someone interested in tattoo culture, your support is important, it is wanted and needed. We cannot lose this museum, and Henk and the staff cannot fight this alone. So, this is a ‘call to duty’ in many ways.

The Amsterdam Tattoo Museum is invaluable like any other museum in this world. It holds examples of human created art, as well as the evolution of that art form. Just because its collection has a focus on tattoos (ink applied to human flesh) does not make it any less valuable or any less worthy of reverence. It showcases a collection of art that is an essential aspect and glimpse of human culture, the history of human thought, meaning, and artistic expression. In this way, it is just like the famous celebrated museums of the world – the Louvre, the Tate, and the ROM. Human skin as a canvas does not and should not ever entail that tattoos are less art objects than the Mona Lisa, or less worthy of being appreciated as part of our culture heritage and development as a species (in this way they are anthropological). This museum is important and it must survive. Give Henk and the crew the support they need, and be a part of keeping the museum open and alive. Usually the bumper sticker says “make art, not war” but in this case we must fight for art’s sake – to make it, to show it, to know it.

The Amsterdam Museum Staff

Amsterdam Museum staff hard at work – Another day at the office.

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Tattoo Age: Thom DeVita Now Online

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The first installment of the Thom DeVita episodes for Tattoo Age are now online. See, that wasn’t too long to wait, even if it did feel like forever. This first episode is even better than you probably thought it would be, too.

Here’s some info Vice sent me, in case you’re unfamiliar:

Thom DeVita began tattooing in the late 60s in New York’s Lower East Side, when the practice was illegal. He quickly began to forge his own styles, drawing influence from Puebla Indian designs to Lord and Taylor shopping bags. In this episode, we hear from Ed Hardy, photographer Clayton Patterson, Nick Bubash, Scott Harrison, John Wyatt, Angelo Scotto, Bubba Reeves, Robert Ryan, and more, as we unfold Thom DeVita’s epic story.

This first video really focuses on Thom’s influence on tattooing, and the idea of tattooers as artists. Thom is an artist first and foremost, which is actually…

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Things & Ink Launch Day is Here!!

Things & Ink:  The Launch Issue CoverAs of today, you can order the very first issue of Things & Ink if you live in the UK. Information on ordering/subscribing for rest of Europe and North America will be available shortly. Click on the link here for details about ordering/subscribing to the magazine and a very cool video of the cover shoot.

The Cover photo is a modern reproduction of a famous photo of Artoria Gibbons (born Anna Mae Burlingston), infamous sideshow tattooed lady from Wisconsin. If you don’t know who Artoria Gibbons was, click here to read all about her.Artoria Gibbons

The beautiful woman posing for our cover is the talented London tattoo artist, Claudia de Sabe. You can read and follow her fantastic blog here.

I’ve said it before, and I will say it again — I’m so proud to be a part of this project, a tattoo magazine I am proud to read and purchase (one that doesn’t look like a thinly veiled porn magazine). So many talented people are involved with this magazine, it’s an honour to have my work appear with theirs. It’s also been an honour and a pleasure to work alongside the brilliant and creative Alice Snape!

I think it is safe to say this magazine is a real game changer, and in so many ways (you’ll have to buy it to see what I mean). A new bar has been set, and the response will be interesting and fascinating to see. I am very interested to see the response from women, and from the gay community. My hope is that all those people who have felt left out or cast aside by tattoo literature currently available will feel welcomed and accepted with Things & Ink – you see, appreciation of all things tattoo culture knows no boundaries or limits. It doesn’t count the number of tattoos you have (in fact 0 is fine), it doesn’t require women to be a size 2 and look like a well-endowed porn star, it doesn’t say being cool is buying Ed Hardy $125 T-shirts, and it doesn’t focus mostly on the heterosexual aspects of ink. Tattoo culture is for ANYONE with an open mind and an interest. So be a part of the revolution in tattoo literature – get your copy of Things & Ink. 🙂

Things & Ink

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