The latest episode of Marcus Kuhn‘s fabulous tattoo travel series, The Gypsy Gentleman, is now online. This time round he visits Paris (which is in France, for the uneducated amongst you), where he meets up with tattoo legend Tin-Tin, and black and grey specialist Laura Satana.
Marcus explores some of the lesser known sights Paris has to offer, and all 3 tattooers do some very cool skulls inspired by the famous catacombs, which contain the remains of about 6 million people.
This is really cool stuff, I cannot recommend it highly enough. If you want to support the project there are details on how to donate on the website. The next episode will be an hour long special in Japan, which looks to be incredible!
The entire Hori Smoku documentary is now free to watch on YouTube, and at over an hour in length it’s an absolute treat.
If ou don’t know who Sailor Jerry was, then you’re probably reading the wrong blog. Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins was one of the most influential tattooers of all time, and one of tattooing a original “grumpy old men”! With stories from the likes of Bob Roberts, Lyle Tuttle and Crazy Philadelphia Eddie, this documentary is real gold.
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 saw this video posted a few days ago on Miss Arianna’s facebook page and only just got a chance to watch it, and it is freaking awesome.
Not a documentary as such, more a of a promo video, but I guess that’s a good thing or it would all be in Italian! There is a little footage in there from the Brighton Tattoo Convention back in January, where Arianna won “Best of Day” on the Saturday, and lots of other cool tattoos from all of the crew at Skinwear Tattoo.
Watch it, and feel its awesomeness seep into your eye holes.