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Empire State Tattoo Expo 2015 Coverage

Empire State Tattoo Expo 2015 Coverage

The Empire State Tattoo Expo was GREAT; as to be expected. First, we would like to thank the event organizers for the hospitality and allowing us to cover such an awesome event. As soon as we hit the convention floor we were met with the sound of buzzing tattoo machines and the smell of green soap. Anyone who has ever attended a convention can tell you those two things go together like warm apple pie and ice cream.

On Sunday some lucky tattoo collector won a tattoo collaboration with Paul Booth and Nikko Hurtado – what a lucky guy!

Empire State Tattoo Expo Paul Booth

 

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Star Wars Tattoos

Star Wars Tattoos


On May 25, 1977, most of our lives were changed forever. This is the day 20th Century Fox released Star Wars in movies theaters around the country. As a 5-year-old I was hooked for life; asking for Star Wars toys for birthdays and holidays. I even had Star Wars sheets, glasses and of course t-shirts of my favorite characters. We always knew there was something special about the stories George Lucas created, but we could never have imagined so many fans getting different Star Wars tattoos. While there has been a book published on some of the Star Wars tattoos that have been seen around the world we felt the need to share some of our favorite ones from artists we follow and admire. (Artist and Shop listed below all images) Continue reading Star Wars Tattoos

Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith


Kelly SmithIn this week’s Artist Spotlight we traveled over the pond again and caught Kelly Smith of Five Magics Tattoo Sheffield, UK. Kelly’s traditional tattoo work caught our eye one day online and we have been a fan ever since. We have a soft spot for traditional tattoos and love sharing artists like Kelly Smith artwork. You can tell she enjoys doing this style and does an amazing job at it.

Your portfolio is full of bold and solid traditional tattoos; have you always done traditional tattoos? Do you ever venture into any other styles?

When I first started out tattooing I did a bit of everything and around two years ago I started doing some traditional style tattoos. I really enjoyed doing it and even though I found it very difficult, it appealed to me. From there I kept doing more and more traditional tattoos and kept working hard to develop my style and technique. I’m still trying to do that. For me, I still want to explore and see how far I can go with traditional tattoos. Continue reading Kelly Smith