Ink Master – Season 2 trailer

Spike TV have released a trailer or season 2 of their show Ink Master. I had mixed feelings about the first season, it was very frustrating to watch at times, but there were a few great tattooers amongst the bunch. Plus Oliver Peck is awesome.

I wasn’t sure whether or not I wanted to watch this season, then I saw that Jesse Smith was on it, and now I can’t wait. It will probably end up just as cheesy as the first, but hey, it’s reality TV, so what do you expect?

Watch the trailer here, it premieres on the 9th of October.


Tattoo nutrition from David Bruehl

I’ve just seen an outstanding article on tattoo nutrition posted on Occult Vibrations and thought it was something everyone needs to read.

In it, David Bruehl from RedLetter1 in Florida talks about his experience with endurance cycling and nutrition, and how he has transferred that knowledge to tattooing. Both of us here are sports nutrition nerds, but as our sport of choice is MMA, food for endurance style training is not our area of expertise. When getting tattooed, your body reacts in a very similar way as it does to the stress of exercise, such as long distance running or cycling. It makes perfect sense that you would treat a long tattoo session in the same way you would a race, especially if you’re getting work somewhere particularly tender!

Have a read through the article here, I recommend saving it somewhere so you can have a read through again when planning your next tattoo session. If you’re anything like me you’ll like to over plan everything tattoo related, and this will really help!

Occult Vibrations is one of the coolest tattoo blogs out there, if you’re not familiar with it then you need to sort your life out! In particular check out all the old VHS tapes that have been uploaded to their YouTube channel, some real gems on there, including clips from some very rare tattoo documentaries.

Also, make sure you have a look at David Bruehl’s work, he is an incredibly talented tattooer and artist.




Penny-farthing for your thoughts

It hasn’t been that long at all since we posted a tattoo by Annie Frenzel, but when I saw this I couldn’t not post it!

I know that gentlemanly animals and penny-farthings are both themes that have become too common for the hipsters to think they’re cool anymore, but I really don’t care. This tattoo is awesome. Then saying that, I think Annie Frenzel could tattoo a turd and make it beautiful.

Tattoo by Annie Frenzel from Lowbrow Tattoo Parlour in Berlin.

Tattoo Artist Magazine app

Tattoo Artist Magazine have just released their new smart phone app, and it’s honestly the best tattoo related app I’ve seen.

As well as showing articles from their own blog (a daily must read for any fan), the newsfeed collects posts from over 100 different tattoo blogs. On top of that they have a “Featured Artists” feed, showing tattoos from some of the very best, hand picked tattooers from all over the world. There is also a directory function you can use to find tattoo shops, by searching for the shop name, artist name, or you can search for shops near you.

For keeping up to date with what’s going on in the tattoo world, this is really all you need. Add instagram, and there’s more than enough to keep you busy while you’re supposed to be working.

To download it, apple users click here, and for android click here.

Can you tell what it is yet?

Jordan Croke is fast becoming one of my favourite realism style tattooers in the UK. His portraits are always spot on, and I love that he manages to do everything in his own unique style. It’s always refreshing, particularly with realism, to see someone that brings something a little different to the table.

By Jordan Croke from Second Skin Tattoo in Derby.