Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Amazing New Site! Check Out Fellowship Supply!

Last month I reviewed the amazing book Skin Graf, co-written by Michael "Kaves" McLeer and Billy Burke. Revisit the review here.

The day after my review appeared, I was fortunate enough to attend a talk about the book and graffiti tattoo, I met several of the artists featured in the book, and also had a chance to speak to both authors, including Billy Burke.

We resumed our conversation several days later when Kaves held a book-release party at his shop in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn Made Tattoo.

Burke told me about his latest project, working with Fellowship Supply Company, "Purveyors Of Creative Tools For The Tattoo Artist."

He urged me to check out the website here, and spoke with great excitement about Fellowship's vision, embodied in this statement:
"Fellowship exists to promote craftsmanship while furthering the artistry of the tattoo community. We honor the dedication of artists before us through dedication of our own, shunning shortcuts in favor of sacrifice. For those who find joy in creating, the role of a maker is a life, not a living. In the art of tattooing, we blur lines between timelessness and mortality, between skin and canvas, between outcast and visionary."
Aside from a whole section of tattoo supplies, there is a lot of great content featuring the words, wisdom, and talent of some of the greatest tattooists and machine builders working today, like Freddy Negrete, Mark Mahoney and Timmy Tatts, to name just a few.

An amazing back piece by Timmy Tatts

Work by Mark Mahoney
Detail of a machine part by Dan Dringenberg
And check out this tutorial clip from Negrete on the art of black and grey:



That's just the tip of the iceberg.

Tattoo artists, aficionados, and fans can get lost in the site, which just launched in the last two weeks. I can hardly wait to see what other rare treats visitors to the site will be getting in the future.

I'm looking forward to seeing how Fellowship grows and expands its amazing collection of articles, biographies, and tutorials. Readers should certainly bookmark this site for exploration in the weeks and months to come!


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