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Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Local tattoo artist Raoul Goetze, based at Wildfire Tattoos in Cape Town, has been pretty busy lately. Check out some of his more recent work.

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

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For today’s Tattoo Tuesdays, we’re featuring some of the Revolution team rider ink. We asked them to tell us the story behind one, a few, or all of their tattoos. Enjoy…

– Anthony de Mendonca –

Anthony de Mendonca Owl TattooKay / Anima Mundi Tattoo Studio
I just saw a pile of random pictures, and for some reason I was down for this one. I love bonsai trees and the owl, for me, is a depiction of knowledge and a sign of darkness; you know that whole story about an owl on your roof meaning that someone is going to die in the family. Basically I never plan what I’m getting. Everything I have is something from that current moment. Our body’s a temple, so why not have a few paintings? Kay is good. He has a steady hand, is super light and works really quick. Everyone at Anima Mundi has got talent and the store has the most amazing, tranquil vibe about it.

– Justus Kotze –

Justus Kotze Harmonica TattooHand poked by Irish James / Sins of Style
I have been extremely privileged to have had all these tattoos. All of them happened in the spur of the moment, but I put thought into it before. All of my tattoos are hand-poked, but Im not going to get into the details (Google it). My first tattoo was the harmonica on my right side of my ribs done by Seamus Casserly. We were in Kleinmont at Seamus’ family holiday house, and I politely asked him if he would be interested in poking me, hehe. It was that simple; on the couch in a super uncomfortable position, with my shirt off in the cold hours off the evening with a hangover. It was painful to say the least, so he only managed to do the outline. But after begging him for months, he managed to give it the final detail and shading.

Justus Kotze Johnny Cash TattooHand poked by Tyler B Murphy / Sins of Style
The second was the Johnny Cash portrait on my left inside of my forearm done by Tyler B Murphy. This Tattoo was very spur of the moment! I was going about my own business when Melissa said “Do you want to get a gangster tattoo done by Tyler for the Departure Zine article on Hand poked tattoos?” I was a little skeptical and scared because it was my second tattoo on my forearm and it was going to be big. But whatever, I couldn’t give that opportunity up, so I sat through 11 hours from 6pm to 5am and I still have no regrets. It is a work of pure skill and art and Johnny gets to follow me wherever I go.

Justus Kotze Howl TattooHand poked by Louis Taubert
The last, but not final tattoo, is the word HOWL on my right thigh just above my knee by my German homie Louis Taubert. This is a homies tattoo, the word howl was thought up by Dylan which heard a interesting meaning behind it by someone, which relates to us as old friends. If a wolf gets lost from the pack, the Howl is what helps them find each other and unites them. Dylan Rooibokkie got it first, then me the next day, then Wynand Herholdt the next. All just on a couch at Louis and Heidi’s house and in the Pit behind Clarke’s. Its that simple but intricate and galling at the same time.

– Jean-Marc Johannes –

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Jean Marc Johannes Tampa Tattoo

Well, firstly I don’t have any other tats and I was not planning to get either. I always said that if one day I make it to Tampa Am, then it’ll be something to remember or just remind you of that journey. So it was just after my run in Tampa, Brian Schaefer, the owner of skate park of Tampa, was there there too and he was stoked because it was my first time to Tampa, first time to the States and my first tattoo.

– Ryan Naidoo –

Ryan Naidoo Tattoo by Irish JamesIrish James / Sins of Style
Toilet paper. I just think it’s unique and different. Plus, I love taking shits; it’s always relaxing and peaceful, alone time for myself you know, haha!

Ryan Naidoo Africa Tattoo
Africa I got from my friend’s uncle who stays in Kensington. I call him Uncle Donnie. I got this tattoo because I’m a proud African. I’m not done with it, and still plan on adding something extra. I was born and bred in Cape Town, South Africa, so I’ll always be African.

– Marcel Maassen –

Marcel Maassen Tiger Style TattooRico / Wildfire Tattoos
Wu-Tang Tiger Style. I’ve been listening to Wu since I was in grade 4, so I’m still down with the Wu Gang and Gangsterism!

Marcel Maassen Hulk TattooRico / Wildfire Tattoos
The Hulk. I have two sides in life: I either want to fuck shit up and break everything when I get angry, or I have a smooth side where I help people out I guess. But everybody wants to be like Hulk sometimes and just run, jump and fuck shit up. Also, he’s my favourite Marvel character of course.

Marcel Maassen Cape Town for Life TattooRico / Wildfire Tattoos
CPT. I have fallen in love with this place. I told myself that if I can make it for a year I’d get a Cape Town tattoo. As much as I love it, I also hate it here, because it’s so easy to get drunk every night and you kind of have to say no sometimes and balance it out. Cape Town is just a damn rad vibe; all the homies, all the betties, the beach… It’s all good.

– Juan Smit –

Juan Smit Tattoo by Irish JamesHand poked by Irish James / Sins of Style
My Dad was a mechanic in the airforce for 25 years, and we share birthdays on 8 April.

Juan Smit Tattoo by Irish JamesHand poked by Irish James / Sins of Style
This is a World War II Shackolton Bomber. My brother and I used to play under one of them in a field on Ysterplaat Airforce Base.

Juan Smit Tattoo by Irish JamesHand poked by Irish James / Sins of Style
OJ design wheel with wings. A good friend of mine, Louis Taubert, has one, so I also got one. I guess you could say that skateboarding gave me a lot of freedom in my childhood.

Juan Smit Tattoo by Irish JamesHand poked by Irish James / Sins of Style
Streets Life! For the homies – Piet, Leon, Dewald, Jaakness and Craig.

– We miss you JP! –

JP du Preez KFD TattooTrevor Rogers / Dragonfire Tattoo

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ShecklerRyan Sheckler – Last Name Pride

The tattoos on some of your favourite pro’s. Good? Terrible? You decide.

Bob BurnquistBob Burnquist – Anti-Hero Tramp Stamp

Chaz OrtizChaz Ortiz – Steez and Ortiz

Brian WenningBrian Wenning – Selfish Logo

Jake DuncombeJake Duncombe – Uncertain

Nick TrapassoNick Trapasso – Wasted Bear

Jereme RogersJereme Rogers – I Fear No Man

Tommy SandovalTommy Sandoval – Die Trying and Tummy Pistols

Antwaun DixonAntwaun Dixon – Deathwish and others

Bam MargeraBam Margera – Heartogram

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Seeing as Anchorman 2 is coming out soon (20 December) we thought we’d pay tribute to Will Ferrell with today’s Tattoo Tuesdays.

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Tattoo by Dan Sinnes

We came across the work of Dan Sinnes, and though it was pretty amazing. Dan works at Luxembourg Electric Ave. Tattoo in Western Europe.

Tattoo by Dan Sinnes

Tattoo by Dan Sinnes

Tattoo by Dan Sinnes

Tattoo by Dan Sinnes

Tattoo by Dan Sinnes

Tattoo by Dan Sinnes

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Zero Skateboards Tattoo

With all the hype around Zero Skateboards and their new video “Cold War”, we thought we’d put together a collection of some Zero tattoos by some pretty die hard fans…

Zero Skateboards Tattoo

Zero Skateboards Tattoo

Zero Skateboards Tattoo

Zero Skateboards Tattoo

Zero Skateboards Tattoo

Zero Skateboards Tattoo

Zero Skateboards Tattoo

Zero Skateboards Tattoo

Zero Skateboards Tattoo

Zero Skateboards Tattoo

Zero Skateboards Tattoo

Zero Skateboards Tattoo

Zero Skateboards Tattoo

Zero Skateboards Tattoo

Zero Skateboards Tattoo

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Hong Kong’s first tattoo convention took place on 3 November 2013 at the InnoCentre in Kowloon Tong. Tattoo artists from as far as Korea and Poland took part, along with some South African tattooers who live in Hong Kong, Ross Turpin and Rich Phipson from Starcrossed Tattoo.

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Gareth Lloyd TattooTattoo by Gareth Lloyd

We thought we’d see what the boys at Cape Electric Tattoo have been up to lately…

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Tattoo by WaldoTattoo by Waldo Del Rocca

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Cape Electric Tattoo is located at 11 Buitensingel Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001.
021 423 7646
info@capeelectrictattoo.com
www.capeelectrictattoo.com

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Painting by Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips is an American tattoo artist. He owns and operated American Tattoo in Bonsall CA. He has been tattooing and painting since 2001. We think his tattoos are pretty cool, and so are his machines he made from upcycled Independent Trucks.

Tattoo by Sam Phillips

Tattoo by Sam Phillips

Tattoo by Sam Phillips

Tattoo by Sam Phillips

Tattoo by Sam Phillips

Tattoo by Sam Phillips

Tattoo by Sam Phillips

Painting by Sam Phillips

Painting by Sam Phillips

Tattoo by Sam Phillips

Tattoo by Sam Phillips

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U.S Army Tightens Rules on Tattoos

A new set of Army regulations, now under final review, would ban tattoos below the knee or elbow, but soldiers who already have the ink will be grandfathered in. That has set off a rush by soldiers to get work done ahead of a looming cutoff date, which Army authorities have said will most likely be 60 days after the approval of any new regulation.

Current Army uniform policy bans tattoos on the head and face, but it allows them down the arms and legs and on the hands. New recruits face the same prohibitions but also are banned from having neck tattoos. The coming regulations have irked many soldiers who would like to keep adding to their skin-art collection.

“Who’s going to see our tattoos?” asked 21-year-old Pvt. Cody Hartman, a combat engineer, who recently got a Chevrolet symbol on his left forearm and has plans to get a chain-link fence on his right. Both combat and dress uniforms have long pants and sleeves, which cover up tattoos most troops get in line with existing rules, he said, adding: “It’s not like it’s going to affect professional appearance.”

Tattoos have long been a part of military culture, but as they have become more popular, and more prominently displayed on the body, the various branches have been reining them in to try to maintain a professional look. “Tattoos and the military go hand in hand,” said Staff Sgt. Bahmandeji. A soldier without a tattoo “is like having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without the jelly,” he said.

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London Tattoo Convention

Tattooed people from all over the world recently met up at the London International Tattoo Convention, the 9th one of its kind. Over 300 tattoo artists were there to show off their skills. Here are some images from the convention…

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Conor Boyle – Getty Images

Bugz Bonniie – Getty Images

Tattoo Machines – Getty Images

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Tattoo Inks – Getty Images

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These are some of our favourite skate tattoos from around the web…

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Done by Chaz at Anchor’s End

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Tattoo by Nick Baldwin

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Hand-poked Tattoo by Irish James at Sins of Style

Tattoo by Tyler B. Murphy at Sins of Style

Got any of you own skate-related tattoos? Send them our way!

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Kim Baarsch filmed his sister’s reactions while getting her first tattoo. Most of the Revolution staff are tattooed. Hopefully none of us looked like this getting them!

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We think that Polish tattoo artist Marcin Aleksander’s work is amazing. Incredible colour in neo-traditional style. Enjoy…

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Wu Tang Clan

What could be better than Wu Tang Clan? Wu Tang Tattoos. That’s what!

Wu Tang Wednesdays at Sins of Style Tattoos, Hope Street, Cape Town, happens every Wednesday. Pull in, listen to Wu Tang all day and get a rad Wu Tang Tattoo. These are some examples of what has been done.

Wait… Tomorrow is Wednesday! Get in there!

Wu Tang Clan

Wu Tang Clan

Wu Tang Clan

Wu Tang Clan

Wu Tang Clan

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Wu Tang Clan

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The legendary Bowery tattooist Charlie Wagner tattooing an unknown woman. Credit: Don and Newly Preziosi Collection

Margot Mifflin recently wrote a book called Bodies of Subversion; A Secret History of Women and Tattoo. These are some of our favourite images.

Those who would shame women with tattoos often utter things like: How are those things going to look when you’re old and wrinkled? On the basis of the photographs of older women with tattoos in this book, I’d say they hold up pretty well. In fact, I’d say they look sort of awesome.

Betty Broadbent, in the 1920s. Credit: Circus World Museum, Baraboo, Wisconsin

Cindy Ray, in 1962. Credit: Randy Johnson

The tattooist Irene “Bobbie” Libarry, in 1976. Credit: Imogen Cunningham Trust

Tattoo by Saira Hunjan

For most of history, tattooing has been a male preoccupation, either a one-fingered salute or an exercise in swagger. Think of Popeye and his twin anchors. Ms. Mifflin had the good idea to examine tattooing in the Western world from a female perspective. Her relatively slim book doesn’t provide a truly wide-angle view, but the insights she brings are insinuating and complex.

If you would like to read about the book, click here.

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Hand-poked Tattoo By Irish James

For today’s Tattoo Tuesdays, we feature Irish James, a tattooer from Sins of Style in Cape Town. Whilst competent creating regular, electric pieces, he specializes in “hand-poked” tattoos. When asked how they differ from traditional tattoos done with a machine, he says “It’s the uniqueness of each piece for sure. Well, every tattoo whether it be electric or hand-poked is unique, but it’s the rudimentary, homespun finish of the hand-poked tattoo that gives each piece so much personality. There’s definitely something captivating about that tell-tale stippled finish. It might not be for everyone, but hey, sooner regret the things you haven’t done in life rather than those you have.

Far from the “prison” tattoo stereotype, Irish James’ hand-poked tattoos are mind-blowingly neat and are certainly richly finished. This is some of his most recent work.

Hand poked tattoo by Irish James

Hand poked tattoo by Irish James

Hand poked tattoo by Irish James

Hand poked tattoo by Irish James

Hand poked tattoo by Irish James

Hand poked tattoo by Irish James

Hand poked tattoo by Irish James

Hand poked tattoo by Irish James

Hand poked tattoo by Irish James

Hand poked tattoo by Irish James

Hand poked tattoo by Irish James

Sins of Style is Tyler B. Murphy, Lee Herbert, Warren Petersen and Irish James, and is located at 22 Hope Street, Gardens, Cape Town.

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Bangkok Photographer Cedric Arnold, recently did a series called “Sacred Ink”. Enjoy the photos.

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A body, used as a canvas, every inch of skin filled with sacred text and figures of mythical creatures, all forming a protective shield. A boxer, a monk, a construction worker, a police man, a soldier, a taxi driver, a shipyard worker, a shaman, a tattoo master; men, women and their inked protection from evil spirits and bad luck. Enter the world of Thailand’s spiritual “yantra” tattoo tradition.

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For centuries, Thai men have covered their bodies with protective tattoos. Old temple murals show epic scenes of swords breaking apart when hitting a tattooed soldier’s skin. The tradition has been handed down generations of both monks and laymen who create the tattoos and empower them with special prayers.

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The ink (believed to be a secret combination of Chinese ink, snake venom, potent herbs, and ash) is applied with repeated fast jabs of the needle, which is about 40cm long ad has a tip resembling that of a fountain pen.

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