Tattoo Culture Magazine is the new publication from Tattoo Artist Magazine (the top trade-only tattoo magazine in the world). As an avid follower of their blog, I’ve been hoping they would release something for the general public, but I really didn’t expect anything like this. The list of artists that are featured on it is incredible, and this is just the first issue. Seriously, managing to get the likes of Jeff Gouge, Nick Baxter, Freddy Negrete, Mike Rubendall and Valerie Vargas in your first issue is no easy feat, and just goes to show how much respect the tattoo industry has for this venture. And of course, you have to consider the fact that they are giving it away for free.
I cannot overstate how brilliant this magazine is. Tattoo Artist Magazine is a publication made by tattooers, for tattooers, and Tattoo Culture magazine is made by tattooers, for us! You can download the first issue here.
Rather than talking about the pile of rubbish Channel 4 showed last week (which was apparently about tattoos but seemed to me to be about people with some rather serious mental health problems), I’d rather talk about something awesome. Like the new episode of The Gypsy Gentleman.
For those unfamiliar with the show, it is made by American tattooer Marcus Kuhn who has been travelling from city to city, exploring cool places and making great tattoos with some of the best artists in the world. This episode is based in London, and features Valerie Vargas from Frith St Tattoo, and Ian Flower from New Skool Tattoos. Both of these guys are artists whose work I have been following since I became interested in tattoos, and it is great to see them getting some international attention. Rather than going on about why they are so awesome I’ll just let you watch the video and you can see for yourself!
The final part of the Valerie Vargas series of Tattoo Age videos is now live. This video focuses on Valerie and Stewart as a couple, and how they manage to work together and not want to kill each other!
Maybe it’s just because I’m getting married next week and I’m feeling extra sappy, but this is one of my favourite Tattoo Age videos so far. It’s great to see how Valerie and Stewart are able to inspire each other to improve each day, and that is really shown through the quality of the work they are producing day in and day out.
The second installment of the new season of Tattoo Age is now online. I won’t write too much about what’s in this video, but it mainly explores what it is like to work at Frith Street and how the owner Dante has helped Valerie’s career. This is another great video from Vice, I can’t wait to see the final installment next week!
The wait is over! Season 2 of Tattoo Age has officially begun,starting with Frith Street’s Valerie Vargas. When I first became interested in tattoos Valerie was one of the big up and coming names that everyone was talking about, and seeing how far she has come since then is really quite incredible.
Assuming this is like the previous season, each artists segment will be split into 3 parts, with a new video posted every Wednesday. Having watched this I’m so excited to see the next one!
As always, check out all the last season videos on the Vice website.
The second season of Tattoo Age starts on the 12th of September, an the fine fellows over at Vice have posted up a trailer (featuring Ed Hardy!) to whet out collective appetites.
This season will feature Valerie Vargas from Frith St in London, Thom deVita, who has been tattooing in New York since the 60’s, and Matsuo from Osaka.
If you haven’t seen all of the previous episodes, now is the time to get watching and prepare yourself for next week. I guarantee when you’re done you will be just as pumped about this as me. You can find all the previous videos on the vice website here, featuring Grime, Freddy Corbin, Dan Santoro, Mike Rubendall and Troy Denning.
I have been following Valerie‘s work for as long as I have been interested in tattooing, she is one of those artists that I feel really represent the very top of the food chain when it comes to modern traditional work. The fine chaps at Last Sparrow Tattoo have just uploaded a video interview with Valerie, where she talks a lot about how she got started, how she works, and about those who have helped and influenced her.