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Miss Inked Up Tour 2014


Miss Inked up Tour 2014

Miss Inked Up Tour 2014

Well, it is finally here, the Miss Inked Up Tour 2104.  The Inked Up Tour started this past weekend at the 2014 Motor City Tattoo Expo in Detroit.  Sullen Clothing and Rockstar Energy Drink have released their 2014 tour schedule and artist list.  If you remember our past interviews with Miss Inked 2013 models Cat Marini, Kristen Holley and winner Jessica Seamons you know what to look for in 2014.

Motor City 2014

The tour kicked off with tattoo artist Timmy B from Tattoo Afterlife (Huntington Long Island  NY based Tattoo Shop) and his custom can design (shown below).  So make sure you check the posted schedule and attend a show in your area. Heck take a road trip to an expo and see your favorite artist and meet some of the models trying to win the title of Miss Inked Up 2014. Continue reading Miss Inked Up Tour 2014

Tattoo Conventions and Shows


Upcoming Tattoo Conventions and Shows

Another Tattoo Hosted InkOne of the most common misconceptions with today’s tattoo collector is that an artist needs to be on TV in order to be good at tattooing.  This type of thinking is so far from the truth and we can thank all these TV networks for making people think this.  Sure there are some talented artists on TV, we have interviewed some over the year but your local shops across America are full of talented artists waiting to tattoo you.  Back before Miami Ink (which we loved watching) aired on TV the only way to find an artist was either word of mouth or to see an interview with a Biker’s magazine. Continue reading Tattoo Conventions and Shows

Need to find a shop?

Need to find a shop?

Daron_JamesRecently moved and new to town?  Need to find a shop? With tattoo shops popping up on every corner in America, how do you find what shop is the best for your needs?  Another Tattoo caught up with Daron James owner and piercer of Diamond Thieves Body Piercing & Tattoo.  They have two locations in Asheville and Marion, NC to serve all your needs.

Here is what he had to say:

I know personally from moving around a lot from state to state the best way to find a new shop or artist is by word of mouth.  Most collectors love to show off their ink and will give referrals to local shops.

Back in the day “Google” was a great source but recently other shops have used it as a weapon to publicly slander other shops and try to paint a bad picture of them. These days I would say find a local magazine (i.e.. mountain express) check their website for who has been voted number 1 or even for ads ran by local shops. Usually, legit shops are the only ones who have a strong enough clientele to afford legit advertising. Look at shops websites! Usually, all the artists at that shop have their work on their sites be sure to match that work with their in-house portfolios to make sure they are not stealing others photos. All in all though yes , word of mouth is the best form of advertising , always will be. Continue reading Need to find a shop?