Atlanta’s Tattoo Culture

Atlanta Tattoo

Atlanta’s tattoo culture looks and sounds amazing.

The city of Atlanta is one that is waiting to be shaped by the influence of the creative types that inhabit it. A creative competition founded on support rather than the suppression that exists within the art communities of major cities. In part 2 of The Atlanta Project series, we take a look at those who have channeled their art into ink. Atlanta’s thirst for creative output catalyzes the birth of new tattooing styles that have the potential of being lost in the dilution of creative expression in both east and west coast cities. Featuring artists such as Miya Bailey, Jason Kelly, Russ Abbott, Keet D’arms, and Eddie Stacey, this exploration of tattoo culture in Atlanta will have you thinking about what your first/next piece will be.

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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.

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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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Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

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Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

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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.

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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…

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

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Cape Electric Tattoo is located at 11 Buitensingel Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001.
021 423 7646
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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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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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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!

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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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RICH PHIPSON INTERVIEW


Photo by Rochelle Phipson

Richard Phipson is a tattooer who moved from South Africa to Hong Kong and now co-owns Starcrossed Tattoos. Durban-born and bred, Rich has been active in art, tattooing and music for years. We caught up with him to chat about music, the transition from South Africa to Hong Kong and from graphic designer to tattooer, and some other things. Meet Rich Phipson…

Yo Rich! Give us a brief introduction to yourself.
I still don’t eat my veggies.
Still not sure which ones a shirt and which is a t-shirt.
I thought being this age would feel different.
Not all my friends have forgot me yet.
I don’t deserve to be interviewed.

Working originally as a graphic designer, you made quite a career change in deciding to become a tattooer. Can you tell us about why you decided to make that transition and how you got started tattooing?
Tattooing isn’t something you can pick up quickly or do part time. Anyone who thinks that isn’t tattooing, they’re doing something else. I had no choice. It becomes a part of my everything. My night and day. It still is. the process wasn’t intentional. Nothing about the last five years has been though. I’ve just tried my best to keep happy and do whatever moves me. There was a time when that’s what graphic design was for me; exciting. It’s hard to turn a hobby into a job and still appreciate it the way you did before. If you can or do then I think that’s enough to keep you going.

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You grew up and lived in Durban until a few years ago. Why did you decide to move to Hong Kong?
There’s something we carry. Well some of us do. It’s a curse and a blessing. It’s a drive that pushes us to be better and do better but also fools us into always thinking there’s something better. It’s the opposite of complacency. Discontented and dissatisfied. It’s what only let’s us see it after midnight and forces us to stay up to see the sunrise. I dunno if its specific to my generation or culture. But I know me and my friends have it. Also, at the time it seemed like a good idea.

4. What does your typical day look like?
I have two types of days.
Day one starts as late as possible, no food, maybe coffee. Bus to work. Tattoo. Shovel food. Tattoo some more. Hang with homies. Bus home. Eat and hang with Rochelle then draw until my eyes close from the bottom up. Repeat.
Day two hopefully starts earlier. Breakfast. Swim in the sea. Play guitar. Sit in the park. Paint. Dinner somewhere. Watch series. Lots of it.

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What are your best and worst things about South Africa? And Hong Kong?
SA has family, familiarity and a beauty that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. I’ve sacrificed these for safety, both physically and financially.

Besides tattooing, what do you do in your spare time?
Watch loads of series, eat too much chocolate, and play guitar.

Being based in a city where millions of tourists from all over the world travel to or through, you must get some strange people coming into Starcrossed. What are some of the weirder encounters you’ve had?
The weird becomes the norm pretty quickly, but I’ve tattooed a man wearing a panda suit and been given a $7000 tip before.

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Would you say that you have a favorite style of tattoo to do, and if so, what is it?
Not really. There’s more stuff that I don’t like doing. As long as the client gives me creative freedom with their idea I’m generally happy.

What do the local Cantonese people think of tattoos? You are pretty tattooed yourself. I can imagine you get a lot of stares. Although, maybe I am just naive and coming from a South African context, where people generally are still very conservative.
It’s pretty similar here to SA. There are rude people everywhere that feel that because you have colour on your skin they can touch it. But generally the stares aren’t too bad.

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Some people will know of you from playing drums in the infamous Durban hardcore band, Crossingpoint, doing vocals in Joburg hardcore band, Compass, and being involved in some other projects before that. Music has been a big part of your life. Do you have any plans to do anything in Hong Kong? What is the music scene like there?
Yeah, it’s still one of the biggest things in my life. I’ve had plans since I got here, but nothing has worked out yet, but hopefully soon. The music scene is okay. It’s cool to be able to see bigger bands that come through here, but there’s definitely a lack of punk-ethos subcultures. I think it’s got to do with wealth and complacency. But that’s a whole separate rant.

What have you been listening to recently?
Today: O Brother, The Story So Far, Yellow Ostrich, Such Gold and the Local Natives.

What advice would you give someone who wanted to quit their job and do something like you did?
If you wanted to do it you would have done it.

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RAOUL GOETZE INTERVIEW

Raoul GoetzePhoto by Dirk Steenkamp

Raoul Goetze is a Cape Town tattooer at Wildfire Tattoos, an artist, and a member of the band Wild Eastern Arches. He is also one of the artist exhibiting work at the Doors of Perception art exhibition on the 23rd of May at Revolution Woodstock. We caught up with him to chat about the upcoming exhibition, art, music and what ‘psychedelic’ means. Meet Raoul Goetze…

How is your artwork coming along for the Doors of Perception art exhibition? Any hints for what we can expect to see?

I’m always in two minds when it comes to executing ideas. It’s a constant debate on how I will try translate the visuals in my head to a tangible form, so consequently it becomes a bit of an irrational completion, which is definitely part of the process I guess. So yeah, my artworks are getting there for the exhibition. For Doors of Perception, I’m trying to explore what really happens chemically when psychedelic drugs are introduced to the brain.

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You are quite a creative person: tattooing, making art, and playing in a band. What else do you get up to in your spare time?

Well, I really love everything I’m involved with, so when I have free time, I don’t really consider it as spare time seeing that I wouldn’t mind drawing or playing guitar in that time. Otherwise I probably end up with friends talking about all these things over a couple of beers anyways. I am involved with Psych Night, which probably comes with playing in a band as well.

Why do you make art?

I’m a visual person. I have a need to translate whatever goes on in my head to a visual format.

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Tell us about Psych Night…

Psych Night is a collective hosting events celebrating psychedelia, whether it’s music or any other art form. We’re a group of like-minded friends all involved in music industry some way or another. Psych Night hosts flagship events at The Assembly bi-monthly and have smaller events in between at various venues. Apart from a photography exhibition on Austin Psych Fest by Mark Reitz, Doors of Perception will be our first event exploring psychedelic inspired art.

Cape Town is quite an “international” city i.e. the city gets thousands of tourists every year. Being a tattooer at Wildfire Tattoos on Long Street, you must get quite a few strange tourists walking in. What are a few of the weirder/strange/funny comments or requests that you have heard working there?

Apart from some tourists just being extremely odd, there have just been too many. From asking for a South African tribal to just the extend of a language barrier where nothing that comes out of their mouths sound human or appropriate.

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How would you describe your favorite type of tattoo to do? Do you have a personal favorite tattoo that you’ve done?

I don’t necessarily have a favourite tattoo that I’ve done, but when I get a chance to interpret a subject matter in my own way, I obviously enjoy the tattoo more seeing that it’ll automatically turn into a style that I would like to do. I really enjoy doing traditional tattoos, also with some sort of geometric elements in them.

What is your opinion on tattooing in South Africa? Do you think that we’re at the level we should be? How do you think we match up to international standards?

I think people underestimate the talent locally. We definitely match up to international standards. You will obviously always get tattoo artists and shops that never went the right route of doing things and poor quality tattoos are the result, but the same problem occurs internationally as well, if not more. The few artists that are truly great with what they do reach international standards without out a doubt. It’s just a matter of doing research and finding the right ones to get tattooed by.

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Can you tell us more about your band Wild Eastern Arches? What do you play? How many of you are there? What genre do you play? etc.

We’re a psychedelic band that started in 2012. Our music draws inspiration from various fields such as 70s rock n roll, a bit experimental and I guess shoegaze as well. Psychedelic would probably just be a term used as a main vessel to merge all our individual influences together. We consist of 5 members. I play guitar and bass.

Favourite tattooer, artist, and band?

Favourite tattooer and artist would be Thomas Hooper. Favourite band, either Zeppelin, The Black Angels or Night Beats.

You make ‘psychedelic’ art, and play in a ‘psychedelic’ band. What is your definition of ‘Psychedelic’?

Feeling it.

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Raoul GoetzePhoto by Mark Reitz

Raoul GoetzePhoto by Dirk Steenkamp

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