The Hiden

The Hidden is an all at once captivating and startling collection of the strange beings that inhabitat Inuit legend and culture. READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE HERE.


 keshaCan celebrities please stop tattooing?

1. You can kill the person. Straight up, if you don’t have any training on tattooing safely, then you can possibly give the person a blood borne pathogen that can result in death. READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE HERE.


THE STORY OF COLORADO’S DIY SKATER TATTOO PARLOR - From Vice Magazine – ( note, you may want to grab a barf bag).

By Peter Garritano Jul 29 2014

No Class is a DIY tattoo parlor run by skater Jesse Brocato from his living room in Fairplay, Colorado. Every tattoo from No Class is free, provided you’re at least halfway tanked when you start laying the ink on yourself. Which I think explains why the place is starting to pick up some steam among the skating community.

On a recent skate trip to Colorado, I visited No Class and had a chat with Brocato.



tattoo-removal-150x150TATTOO REMOVAL RISES 440% IN THE LAST 10 YEARS

As the popularity of tattoos have increased, of course so has the popularity of removing those tattoos. However, the actual numbers behind the trend are staggering. The tattoo removal industry, predicted to reach $83 million in revenue over the next four years is a new and rapidly budding industry. Revenue from tattoo removal was under $20 million in 2005.

Tattoo on Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson by Po'oino Yrondi

Tattoo on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson by Po’oino Yrondi

Tattoo on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson by Po’oino Yrondi

TATAU: THE TAHITIAN REVIVAL - Tricia Allen, with tattoos by Pooino Yrondi, – “Tattooing was an integral part of ancient Tahitian society. It was far more than merely a bodily ornament. Tattoos would indicate a young girl’s sexual maturity, freedom from food tapus and other restrictions, genealogy and one’s rank within society. Nearly everyone in ancient Tahitian society was tattooed. The early French explorer Bougainville noted that “the women of Tahiti dye their loins and buttocks a deep blue” and Captain Cook returned from the Pacific with stories of the art of tatau (hence, the origin of the word tattoo)”.



Tattoo on Mr. Hassan, by Kazuo Oguri “Horihide”

Japanese Tattooing from the Past to the Present

by Mieko Yamada - ”The men of Wa tattoo their faces and paint their bodies with designs. They are fond of diving for fish and shells. Long ago they decorated their bodies in order to protect themselves from large fish. Later these designs became ornamental. Body painting differs among the various tribes. The position and size of the designs vary according to the rank of individuals…. They smear their bodies with pink and scarlet just as we Chinese use powder (Tsunoda and Goodrich, cited by Dalby, 1993: 22).”

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auckland tattoo show 2011

Auckland Tattoo Show

The Auckland Tattoo show was an eye opener. I have been attending tattoo conventions as well as putting them on for years. Great artists from New Zealand like Erin Chance and

Andy Swarbrick visit our show in Toronto. So when I had the chance to check out the Auckland show I was pretty stoked. Little did I know just how big tattooing was in New Zealand.


arctic05THE ARCTIC – by Lars Krutak

“Standing sentinel in the frozen waters of Bering Sea, St. Lawrence Island fosters a complex of remarkable tattooing traditions spanning 2000 years. Ancient maritime peoples from Asia first colonized this windswept outpost lured by vast herds of ivory-bearing walrus and other sea-mammals. Bringing with them new advances in hunting technology and material culture, the Old Bering Sea/Okvik and Punuk peoples quickly adapted to their insular environment. As the forces of nature were quite often difficult to master, they developed an intricate religion centered on animism. Appeasing their gods through sacrifice and ritual, these mariners attempted to harness their forbidding world by satisfying the spiritual entities that controlled it. Not surprisingly, tattooing became a powerful tool in these efforts: for at once the pigment was laid upon the skin, the indelible mark served as both protective shield and sacrifice to the supernatural”.

nyctattooThe New York City Tattoo: The Origins of a Style - By Mike McCabe

New York City Tattoo, long known for its direct, straight-forward style expressing sentiments of loyalty and love, had its origins in an area where the pre-Civil War Bowery (which was called “The Thief’s Highway”) terminated on the southern end of the island of Manhattan. This area was known as Chatham Square. Deep-water sailors as well as street-bred rough and tumblers frequented what soon became the most widely recognized and respected tattoo center in the world. 

Captain Don Leslie

Captain Don Leslie

CAPTAIN DON LESLIE – American Sideshow Legend.

Tattooed attractions were pretty much gone in the early to mid ’50s. The only one that they would hire was the Tattooed Lady. And Betty Broadbent was a good friend of mine, that’s her signature there [pointing to part of his body]. Her first husband was a marionettist and a puppeteer and a ventriloquist. She and Artoria Gibbons were the last two tattooed ladies out there, and they were old ladies when I knew them. Well, I shouldn’t say that about Betty. I was about 18 or 19 when I met her, and she was probably in her early 40s. That’s an old lady when you’re 18. She passed away in her 70s.

Jam042[1]Tattooing in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The streets of Phnom Penh Cambodia are blistered with potholes. Traveling down a street is a zigzag ballet avoiding craters that could easily swallow your motorbike taxi. Taxi drivers make graceful “S” turns around the craters and take the whole thing in stride.


Oay[1]A Sukhumvit tattooer in Bangkok

A young woman who’s nick name is Ouy tattoos on the notorious street called Sukhumvit in Bangkok, Thailand. Her spotless, sidewalk level booth is open to the hectic street. Huge, belching busses; tuk-tuk taxis and thousands of cars fly past a few feet from her small work area. Pedestrians with curious eyes stride past sneaking peaks at the modern tattoo flash she hangs neatly on her clean, white walls.

noomz[1]Noom tattoos South Bangkok

The new sky train in Bangkok runs in a North SouthNoom-1[1] axis from Mo Chit to On Nut through one of the craziest cities on earth. It quietly loops its way over the relentless traffic and intrigue that churns below 24-7. Compared to the oven heat and humidity outside the window, the sleek car interior feels like a refrigerator.



by Alex Binnie

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