Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Four Tattoos by Eon (at the NYC Urban Tattoo Convention)

On Saturday at the 5th annual NYC Urban Tattoo Convention, I asked a guy about his back piece and who his artist was. The artist was Eon, owner of Mr. Tank's Tattoos in Denver, Colorado, and he happened to be standing right there. In fact, Eon was with four of his clients, so I just snapped away.

This is the back piece that first caught my eye:


This is a variation on the Hear No Evil, See No evil, Speak No Evil motif. I commended Eon on his style and he proudly showed off the work that was around him, like this Voodoo-themed "Black Magic" calk piece:


And this rib piece that celebrates the legalization of marijuana in his home state of Colorado:


And, finally, this killer "Money on My Mind" head tattoo. Eon explained how he used the white highlights on the darker skin to really make Ben Franklin jump off of the skull:


Thanks to Eon and his friends from Denver for sharing their ink with us here on Tattoosday!

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Monday, 30 June 2014

Three from Christina at the NYC Urban Tattoo Convention

This past weekend at the NYC Urban Tattoo Convention, I met Christina, who has all of her work done by a Phoenix-based artist named Mike Claypool.

She had traveled from Arizona with him and shared some of her work with me. First, this piece on her stomach:


I like this classic-style piece with the nautical elements, with the anchor, compass rose and ship's wheel. The diamond, heart and wings are a nice touch too.

Then she shared this rose on her knee:


And finally, I snapped a quick pic of this circus elephant, still shiny as it had been inked the day before:


To really appreciate Mike Claypool's work, follow him on Instagram @ClaypoolTattoos.

Thanks to Christina for sharing her tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Dispatch from the 5th Annual NYC Urban Tattoo Convention

Today marks the third and final day of the 5th Annual NYC Urban Tattoo Convention and if you haven't gone, be sure to head down to 233 37th Street in Brooklyn in "Industry City" (across from Costco). The show opens at 11 AM and closes out at 10:00 PM.

I had a whirlwind day yesterday, meeting artists and vendors, checking out tattoos, interviewing people for upcoming Tattoosday posts, and enjoying a second Saturday in a row of body paint.


It was great seeing Ink Master contestants in action, like Jackie "Ink Bitch" Jennings


and "B-Tat"


It was great meeting new talent from other locations, like Josh "Eon" Johnson out of Denver, who did this back piece:

There's never a dull moment at the show, with plenty of paint, ink, and power to entertain.


Thanks to Chis Styles and the Awesome Al Fliction for being such great hosts and putting together such a great show!

Friday, 27 June 2014

Darkwing Duck!

Last week in Bowling Green Park I met Chris, who had a ton of tattoos, one of which is this:


He told me that this is Darkwing Duck, one of his favorite cartoons growing up.


Chris credited this to Dru from Scars of Desire in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. He said that Dru has since moved to Florida.

Thanks to Chris for sharing some of his ink with us here on Tattoosday! 

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Thursday, 26 June 2014

The 5th Annual Urban Tattoo Convention Starts Tomorrow!


Tomorrow marks the launch of the 5th Annual Urban Tattoo Convention, in Tattoosday's home boro of Brooklyn.

Located across from Costco at 233 37th Street, the show opens Friday at 3pm and runs to midnight, reopening Saturday from 11AM to midnight and Sunday from 11AM to 10PM.

The URBAN Tattoo Convention’s (UTC) mission is to empower tattooist from diverse cultural heritages to showcase their art and tattooing skill set. UTC is committed to the recognition of experienced tattooists, the development of up-and-coming tattoo artists and the cultivation of the growing urban art community.

I attended last year's expo and had a blast. I wrote about it here and featured work I spotted through many posts over the summer (link the tag here).

You can get tickets here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-nyc-urban-tattoo-convention-tickets-10304339557?aff=efbevent

I plan on live-blogging from time to time and look forward to seeing readers there!


There is nothing quite like this show, and I am thrilled to be going again!

Hope to see you all there!

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Erika Helps Us Remember Michael Jackson

Five years ago today, Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, passed away.

That being said, it seemed fortuitous that yesterday, across from the New York Stock Exchange,  I met Erika, who has a bunch of tattoos, but whose left arm is just plain "Bad":


This iconic image is from this cover:


Erika explains:
"I got the Bad album cover because that's my favorite Michael Jackson album ... I think this was, like, right before he started to fall off the wagon, kinda, but this is the last good Michael as far as his face and his appearance ... and I'm an '80s baby, so that was my favorite album of the Eighties."
She credited this great work to Chris Mensah at Pinz-N-Needlez Tattoo in Washington D.C. I last spotted Mensah's work in 2009 here.

We also commemorated Michael's zombie self two years ago here.

Thanks to Erika for helping us commemorate the passing of one of the greatest musicians of our time!

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Maria Shows Off An Incredible Sleeve by Bugs at the Mermaid Parade

It's always exciting when I find work by artists I admire out on the street, so when I met Maria on Saturday at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade and I learned that her sleeve was by Bugs, I was thrilled:


I love Bugs' take on the Bird of Paradise flower here and the sleeve is punctuated on Maria's fist with this skull:


Bugs works out of L.A., but I've seen him work at the NYC Tattoo Convention and Maria said some of this sleeve was completed when he did some guest spots at a shop in New Jersey. See other work I have featured by Bugs on Tattoosday here.

Thanks to Maria for sharing this great work with us here on Tattoosday!

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