Artist of the Month: Joey Ramona

Joey Ramona is a tattooer working out of Under My Thumb Tattoos in Toronto. They do old school tattoos while taking lots of inspiration from Jewish culture.

Gorgeous florals in old school colours
Jewish lady head from Joey’s flash

Joey strives to make a welcoming environment for all who wish to get tattooed, regardless of body type, skin tone, gender, etc. They are a fierce defender of Queer folks and also do their part to call out anti-Semitism, particularly in sub cultures of tattooing and alternative music. You can read an interview that features Joey and other Jewish artists here.

Bad ass Jewish heroine, Judith
Jewish lady head and flowers from Joey’s flash

When you check out Joey’s instagram (linked above) you can expect to see lots of flowers, (Jewish) lady heads, and Hebrew script intermingled with classic old school tattoo designs.

Spider lady and flowers
Ketubah-inspired flowers

Now (August 2020) Joey also makes face masks with other local Toronto artists, and has flash, shirts, tote bags, and more available on their Etsy.

Sofa and radio with a cassette around the corner
Healed cow girl, flowers, and dice

Be sure to check them out if you live in Toronto or are passing through!

“kindness” in Hebrew
hand drawn flowers

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Winnipeg Artist 14: Bram Adey

Bram Adey is arguably one of the most sought after tattoo artists in Winnipeg. Bram worked at the popular Rebel Waltz Tattoo for nine years, but as of August 2020 will be at Main Street Tattoo Collective.

Beautiful bird and flowers.

Bram takes inspiration from all things in nature, particularly animals. His birds and flowers are some of the most beautiful pieces you can get from him, among many others.

Matching swallows. Rose by Le Slyvie in Nelson B.C and wolf by Benny Hanya.

Bram does both machine work and hand poke pieces, and does dot work and delicate black and grey.

Beautiful nature inspired back piece.

Much of his work is also inspired by American traditional and Japanese styles, but done in black and grey with more realistic elements.

Matching dot work geometric pieces.

Check out Bram’s Instagram linked above to see more and get his contact information.

Healed magpie on the arm.
Cute black and grey bat.

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Artist of the Month: Duncan X

Duncan X is a old school artist whose inspiration comes from early photographs of old school tattoos. These photographs are of course all in black and white, so the tattoos appear black even if they were colourful. This led to Duncan tattooing in only black.

Bold anchor and rope.
Lock and chain.

He is one of the most popular artists in London, and he works out of Old Habits Tattoo shop.

Filler rib piece.
Lines and lines on a portrait tattoo.

Duncan was born and raised in London in the 60’s and was introduced to tattoos through the punk scene. Artist Dennis Cockell taught him tattooing and helped him shape his unique style.

Black work castle.
Full sleeve done by Duncan X.

While Duncan uses mainly old school motifs for his source of inspiration, his style resembles medieval wood carvings and is distinctly working class.

Foxes on feet.
An evil and beautiful looking crow.

To learn more about Duncan and see his own tattoos watch David Penn’s short film here.

Another back done by Duncan X.
Torso in progress.

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10 Indigenous Tattoo Artists to Support:

Today ( June 21st 2020) is National Indigenous People’s Day. Indigenous people have a rich history of body modification, including tattooing, which is still being practiced today.

Haida inspired pieces by Mikel at https://www.instagram.com/mikel_tattoosangha/?hl=en
Tipi/teepee by Vince at https://www.instagram.com/badboyvince3090/?hl=en

Before colonialism ravaged North America, tattooing and other traditional body modifications such as piercings were practiced widely by different people throughout what is now Canada and The United States.

Hand poked design by Nahaan at https://www.instagram.com/nahaan206/?hl=en
Hand poked and skin stitched by Quill at https://www.instagram.com/raunchykwe/?hl=en

These tattoos were meant to represent family, clan crests, social rank within a clan, their relationship to a specific territory, and even hunting and fishing rights.

Skin stitched blue berries done by Amy Malbeuf at https://www.instagram.com/amy.malbeuf/?hl=en
Hand poked trees by Jaime at https://www.instagram.com/intheforest.tattoo/?hl=en

Tattooing and piercing are just two ceremonial practices that were forbidden by colonists in an attempt to stamp out Indigenous culture, and today, many artists are bringing it back.

Hand poked and skin stitched flowers and fish by https://www.instagram.com/audie.m_/?hl=en

North American Indigenous designs are similar to those of the Maori people of New Zealand. Geometric patterns using black ink, produced generally by tapping or threading the ink into the skin using a natural rod or thread, also called “hand poked” or “skin stitched” tattoos.

Hand poked chin tattoo by https://www.instagram.com/kaniyewna.tsyeyatalu/?hl=en

Placement is also similar between the cultures, often placing important tattoos on faces and hands, among other body parts.

Hand poked chin tattoo by Dion Kaszas at https://www.instagram.com/dionkaszas/?hl=en

Indigenous tattoos traditionally take inspiration from nature, such as animals, plants, and the elements. But of course Indigenous tattooers can and do work in other styles.

American traditional pirate pieces by Cam Von Cook at https://www.instagram.com/camvoncooktat2/?hl=en

To learn more please check out

https://www.earthlinetattoo.com/home

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2018/08/23/these-five-indigenous-tattoo-artists-are-reawakening-cultural-practices

https://www.indigenoustattooing.com

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Feel free to link more artists below, as well as any further readings on Indigenous tattooing and modifications.

Artist of the Month: Übler Friedrich

übler Friedrich is a Neo-traditional tattoo artist who works in Berlin, Giessen, and Vienna.

stag beetle on the hand

Knights helmet and flowers.

Incredibly detailed black and grey cat portrait with flowers.

Gorgeous candlestick piece.

He works mainly in colour, but also does brilliant blackwork and fantastic black and grey pieces.

Healed forearm pieces. Brilliant rose and a dagger through a heart.

Ruler of the sea, Poseidon!

Portrait/scenery piece featuring a waterscape scene.

Huge skull and octopus thigh piece.

His pieces are both realistic and traditional, making a perfect blend of the two.

Vicious looking spiked mace.

Mean looking hawk with skulls on the neck.

Badass Roman skull torso piece.

Arrows and knots on a thigh.

Übler is not shy about tattooing faces or heads, and gives people brilliant and visible pieces for the world to admire. He also does both small and large pieces, so don’t be shy about getting something big!

Healed knees! Painful looking chimp and a bat.

Bright blue octopus head piece.

Delicate bluebell face tattoo.

Absolutely terrifying demon on a forearm.

Currently (January 2019) his books are closed, but you can check out his Instagram @friedrichubler and send him an email when his books are open again!

Gorgeous flowers on Oli Sykes from Bring Me The Horizon.

Raven and castle thigh piece on the back of the leg.

Butterfly head piece.

Wicked bear head chest piece done in only two sessions.

Artist of the Month: Jack Peppiette

Jack is a black work artist working out of Insider Tattoo in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Peony in the ditch.
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Back of the neck and across the shoulders in a more Polynesian layout.
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Two cuffs, leading onto the hand.
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Heavy black and some dot and linework in this sleeve, featuring mandalas.
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Lots of flowers!
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Gorgeous hand and cuff piece.

Jack uses geometric patterns, adding flowers, mandalas, solid bands of black, and sometimes religious icons.

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Healed and heavy on the black.
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Chest piece with laurels.
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Gorgeous finished Ganesha back piece.
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Flowers and collar.
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Matching shoulder peony flowers.
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Detailed back of the neck piece, all the way up onto the bottom of the head.

Jack has incredible attention to detail, making large pieces filled with incredible line and dotwork.

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Ganesha and geometric patterns.
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Healed full sleeve with sacred geometry.

Jack does do some smaller pieces, but most of them are fairly large. Such as sleeves, backs, half sleeves, and chest pieces.

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Beautiful face tattoo.
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3/4 sleeve with lots of dotwork for the shading.
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Forearms added to existing pieces leading onto the hands.
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Mandalas, dots, and lines on the legs, leading onto the feet.

Jack is a must visit artist if you are in Scotland.

Raven Tattoos

Ravens make for a bold tattoo. They are often linked to death and mystic symbolism in more ancient literature and folklore.

Alessandro Micci
Raven and Japanese hannya mask done by Alessandro Micci.
Cedric Weber
Neo traditional raven and hand by Cedric Weber.
Hans Heggum
stomach raven done by Hans Heggum.
Pari Corbitt
Dark chest raven done by Pari Corbitt.
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Edgar Allan Poe and raven done by Debora Cherrys.

Many cultures believed that the raven had magical qualities including knowing the answers to powerful secrets.

Akos
Neo traditional raven paired with a tiger and a skull. Done by Akos at Adorned Empire.
Bryan Nirvana Tattoo Studio in Glasgow, Scotland
Treehouse of horror Bart Simpson raven done by Bryan at Nirvana Tattoo Studio in Glasgow, Scotland.
Heath Clifford
Two headed raven done by Heath Clifford.
Mitchell Allenden
Raven in a noose done by Mitchell Allenden.

Ravens can also be associated with wisdom and intelligence as they are extremely smart birds, capable of even mimicking human voices.

Andre Cast
Head raven done by Andre Cast.
David Le Goon
Raven paired with bright flowers done by David Le Goon.
Jason James Smith
Raven with geometric border done by Jason James Smith.
Oshin Timoshin
More delicate dotwork raven and flowers done by Oshin Timoshin.

Ravens can be a symbol of protection, pagan magic, the future, secrets, an omen of death, light/shadow, war, intelligence, and pain.

Andrew Borisuk
Huge torso raven done by Andrew Borisuk.
Dino Nemec
Black and white ravens done by Dino Nemec.
Laura Yahna
Heavy blackwork and pagan raven done by Laura Yahna.
Robert Borbas
Bold mastectomy coverup raven done by Robert Borbas.

Mythologies and religions associated with the raven include Norse, Greek, Roman, Native American, Celtic, Muslim, Christian, and Pagan.

Canijo Marciano
Heavy blackwork and stylized raven done by Canijo Marciano.
Dmitriy Tkach
Sketchwork raven done by Dmitriy Tkach.
Mariñe Perez.
Native American styled raven done by Mariñe Perez.
Scott Move
Raven head done by Scott Move.

As a tattoo, ravens are often done as blackwork pieces, neo traditional, or realistically. They can also be designed with a third eye.

Bruno Santos
Two headed raven done by Bruno Santos.
Drew Shallis
Raven and peaches paired with a red sun done by Drew Shallis.
Mark Halbstark
Horror raven done by Mark Halbstark.
Susanne Konig
Raven with moonlit design within done by Susanne Konig.

Which is your favourite?

Bart Simpson Tattoos:

Bartholomew J. Simpson, son to Homer and Marge of the Simpson family. KNown for his quick wit, pranks, and one liners.Bart’s character of rebelliousness and lack of respect for authority have had him described as an updated and modern version of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. He is a disruptive student at school, and often causes trouble for his teachers, the principal, and the grounds keeper.

Alex Strangler
Neo traditional “I didn’t do it” Bart done by Alex Strangler.
Giovanni Muglia
3D Bart head done by Giovanni Muglia.
Matt Daniels • Chapel Street Tattoo • Chorley
Bart on a squishee bender done by Matt Daniels at Chapel Street Tattoo in Chorley.
Michel Tattoo Studio
El Barto done at Michel Tattoo Studio.

Although Bart is a prankster he has a soft spot for his family, particularly his siblings.

Anthony Stewart
Baby devil Bart skateboarding done by Anthony Stewart at Anchor Tattoo in Vacaville, CA.
Gueller at Cry Baby Tattoo Studio in Mexico
A sad grown up Bart done by Gueller at Cry Baby Tattoo Studio in Mexico.
Marco Mopils Tattoo Artist Kartell Tattoo, Frankfurt : Germany
Bart with his slingshot done by Marco Mopils at Kartell Tattoo, Frankfurt : Germany.
Наташа Дестройщица Russia
Johnny Rotten Bart done by Наташа Дестройщица Russia.

He is often seen with a skateboard, a slingshot, or candy!

Bryan Ferrari Apprentice @ Honor Bound Tattoos Calgary AB
Cool looking Bart in blackwork style done by Bryan Ferrari at Honor Bound Tattoos in Calgary AB.
Iain Sellar Long Fox
Blackwork skeleton Bart head done by Iain Sellar at Long Fox tattoo.
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An older Bart design done by “Sean from Texas”
Yeray Perez Tattoing in Malibu tattoo studio 💥💥Sitges, BARCELONA
Inspired by The Simpsons movie. Done by Yeray Perez in Malibu tattoo studio, Sitges, BARCELONA.

Bart can get up to some pretty bad behaviour, but ultimately isn’t a bad kid. He likes having fun (sometimes at other peoples expense) but on a number of occasions he shows true remorse for his actions.

Camille Gualtieri 💖⚡️ Qc, Canada Tattoo artist at :: Tattoo Art Connexion Repentigny
Little Bart and baby Lisa. Bart really is a great big brother! Done by Camille Gualtieri in Qc, Canada.
J at  Under The Gun Tattoo Co Los Angeles
Blackwork Bart mooning on his skateboard done by J at Under The Gun Tattoo Co in Los Angeles.
Roberto Euán
Traditional Bart done by Roberto Euán.

In some of the Treehouse of Horror episodes, Bart is seen as a monster, such as the fly, zombie, gremlin, devil and more.

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Edgar Allan Poe Bart done at Dolly Tattoos Black Sails, Brighton.
Ellen Morris Custom tattoo studio, Chesterfield
Bart as “The Fly” done by Ellen Morris Custom tattoo studio, Chesterfield.
Jon Larson Depot town tattoo Ypsilanti-MICHIGAN
Ghost Bart done by Jon Larson at Depot town tattoo in Ypsilanti-MICHIGAN.
Josh Herman Black Wood Tattoo in Denver
Hyper realistic gremlin Bart done by Josh Herman at Black Wood Tattoo in Denver.
Mark Backstrom Tattoo Artist at AntiSocialite Tattoo
Zombie Bart done by Mark Backstrom Tattoo Artist at AntiSocialite Tattoo.

As a tattoo Bart is most often done in American traditional, neo traditional, and blackwork style.

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Tiny neo traditional Bart jamming to some tunes done by Carla Evelyn at Paper Moon Tattoo.
Liza Musselman Tattoo artist at ⚜️Archive Tattoo⚜️ Toronto
Skeletal tattooed Bart with a wicked skateboard done by Liza Musselman Tattoo artist at Archive Tattoo in Toronto.
Jason Ochoa while guest tattooing at Flying Panther in San Diego, CA.
Bart dressed up for Halloween done by Jason Ochoa while guest tattooing at Flying Panther in San Diego, CA.

What’s your favourite Bart moment?

Candle Tattoos:

Candles are often seen as a representation of religion or spirituality. They can also be paired with light and dark for contrast.

Jak Connolly Based in Bournemouth and Manchester
Brilliant hyper realistic candles coming out of fingers, with skull and woman portraits. Done by Jak Connolly Based in Bournemouth and Manchester.
Arlo DiCristina
Realistic black and grey candle coming out of the hand. Done by Arlo DiCristina.
Jason Call in Dallas, Texas
Large dotwork sternum candle lantern with roses and a moth. Done by Jason Call in Dallas, Texas.
Matt Adamson
Badass candlestick with moths and skull. Done by Matt Adamson at King’s Avenue in New York.
Teresa Sharpe
Spooky ghost and candle done by Teresa Sharpe at Unkindness Art in Richmond VA.

Candles can also represent honor, faith, love, wisdom, energy, and life.

Akos
Dripping black candle with spooky witch hand. Done by Akos at Adorned Empire.
Fraser Peek from Chatham, England
Death moth, rose, and lantern with candle. Done by Fraser Peek from Chatham, England.
John Mendoza
Neo traditional skull and candle with lots of gold. Done by John Mendoza in Mexico.
Pari Corbitt
Black candle dripping over a small skull. Done by Pari Corbitt.
Tine Deflore
Linework candle done by Tine Defiore at Black Oak Tattoo.

Candles are often accompanied by flowers, skulls, moths, and books.

Cedric Weber
American traditional candlestick with butterfly. Done by Cedric Weber.
Gara
Terrifying skull and candle done by Gara in South Korea.
Kaitlin Greenwood
Beautiful candle with pink roses done by Kaitlin Greenwood in Perth.
Ryan Mullins
Hyper realistic candle, book, and skull. Done by Ryan Mullins who works out of New York and New Jersey.
Ulysses Blair
Bright neck piece with roses and a lantern done by Ulysses Blair.

Candles dripping with wax can also be in remembrance of a deceased person.

Devx Ruiz
American traditional candlestick with dotwork crescent moon. Done by Devx Ruiz.
Hannah Flowers
Neo traditional female portrait with dripping candles. Done by Hannah Flowers.
Kevin O'Connell
Candle with lots of red. Done by Kevin O’Connell at With Love Tattoo in Brisbane, Australia.
Scott Move
Blackwork candle with lots of light! By Scott Move at Parliament Tattoo. London UK.
Xabier Barreiro at Black Poison Tattoo, Ourense, Spain.
Candle, skull, and book done by Xabier Barreiro at Black Poison Tattoo, Ourense, Spain.

When done as a tattoo, they are most often done as realism, neo traditional, or American traditional. Black and grey is also a popular option.

Emmanuel Mendoza
Another spooky witch hand with some bright neo traditional colours. Done by Emmanuel Mendoza.
Helena Darling HFX Tattoo in Halifax Nova Scotia
Bright purple candles done by Helena Darling at HFX Tattoo in Halifax Nova Scotia.
Kyle Cotterman
Realistic portrait mixing black and grey with colour, and geometric pieces. Done by Kyle Cotterman.
Sergey Vaskevich
Badass neck piece done by Sergey Vaskevich.

Which is your favorite?