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Grit, that my good friend Johnny Mac just opened up. Itâ€™s really one unique place, set up like an old Brothel with some extremely talented people working there. Donâ€™t forget to check out our old school section, Tattoo in Time, where we bring you a man named George â€œthe professorâ€? Burchett who was a pioneer in tattooing. In this issue, we explored some other avenues on tattooing. Debra Fry Slight,who is well known and respected for doing cosmetic tattoos. Iâ€™m really glad I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with her and I think it is a great addition to this issue. Additionally we included a great writeup on world renowned
Hello and welcome back to
our 5th issue of Tattoo Marque!! For
you are and our apologies to Mr. Tim Hendricks.
those of you that are wondering where we got â€œMarqueâ€? from or are having
Moving on, this issue is full of realism,
a hard time pronouncing the word,
so if you are a fan of photo realism,
Marque is a french word meaning
then this is definitely your issue! We
â€œBrandâ€?. It is pronounced â€œmarkâ€?. This
have some of the best realism tattoo-
has nothing to do with this issue, but
ers from all around the world.
I just thought I would mention it because of the fact that it is a F.A.Q.
As far as featured artists, we have a young tattooer from Austin Texasâ€™
Now with that being said, I would like
Electric 13, that does by far some of
to apologize to one of the most well
the best portraits in the world, Jamie
respected artists in the tattoo world
Mahood. She is a must see. From
for crediting him for a tattoo he had
Austin Texas, we go up to El Paso
not done, it was in issue 4, Jan/Feb,
where we talk to Mat Valles from Blue
on page 48. Although it was a beau-
Panda. Then we go all the way to Mel-
tiful piece, the artist, Tim Hendricks
bourne Australia to talk to Becky Salt-
did not do that piece. The real artist
er owner of đ&#x;•† Oakleigh Ink and Rev-
is unknown and we canâ€™t figure out
erence Tattoo. In addition we cover a
where it came from. Props to whoever
new shop here in Albuquerque True
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graffiti artist Odeith who does amazing work. Finally, we filled our gallery with great tattoos from all around the world. And like always, check out our tips on being a good client. That about wraps up this issue of Tattoo Marque Magazine. Thank you for taking the time to pick this magazine up and actually reading it! And please send me your feedback! My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org or just send me an old fashion letter to 1014 Central S.W Albuquerque N.M 87121. Por Vida Tattoo.
President Bale Sisneros Publisher Kevin Baca Communications Helm Sisneros Media Relations Richard (sneez) Nava Creative Director Michael Harrison Account Executive Danielle Salazar Contributor Ryan Duran Contributor Shannon Cole
Contributor Brian Everett Photo Editor Kyle Treadwell Photographer Travis Ruiz Photographer Hugo Velazquez Photographer Keith Selle
Special Thanks Jaclyn Harrison, Emily Stewart Brian Everett, Kevin Urban, Shannon Sumner, Hugo Velazquez, JoĂŁo Reis, Shanna Meaders Cover: Model: Ashley Bird | Hugo Velazquez This Page: Shannon Sumner | Keith Selle
Shannon Sumner - Artist Steve Schultz
Contributor Justin Ballard
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Jamie Mahood Johnny Mac
Featured Artists Jamie Mahood 6 Mat Valles 12 Becky Salter 16 Johnny Mac 22 Art & Entertainment Pittsburgh Black & Gold 26 Graffiti Artist: Odieth 33
Charles Burchett Davis
Tattoo In Time Charles Burchett Davis 38
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Tattoo Gallery 42 Lifestyle & Events Debra Slight 71 Art Project 72 Tips for Collectors 74 Artist Index 78
Advertise with us & get your business seen firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jamie Mahood Eclectic, busy and alternative,
to be made all around. One such art-
mon and often would get close to the
Austin, Texas is naturally a haven for
ist is Jamie Mahood from Electric 13
shop, knocking out power, uprooting
art and artists, including tattooers and
Tattoo, a shop nestled off Guadalupe in the
trees, destroying signage and property.
tattoo collectors. In fact, the city is
frenetic, thriving heart of the city.
heavily saturated with many phenom-
Jamie was nice enough to entertain some
“As soon as the sirens went off, you
enal artists, and since it’s something of
of our questions. She explains being in
would stop tattooing and everyone
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would hide in the bathroom until it
a tourist destination, there is money
blew past. One of these times, we saw an injured baby bird violently getting thrashed in the wind like a plastic bag. My boss braved the storm to run outside and grab him. I ended up taking him home and rehabilitating him. He still lives in my neighborhood.” Stylistically, Jamie focuses on extreme detail and tattoos in black and grey. “I want all the little hairs and shadows in there. My goal with every tattoo is to make it look as much like the photo as I possible can.” When she isn’t tattooing, Jamie collects records and likes to DJ. She reads as many comics and books as possible, and has recently started making custom miniatures. She is also a collector of tattoos, as one might imagine. “This year especially, I have a ton of people I am trying to get work from in my travels.” When we asked her about advice she would give to other tattoo collectors, she had this to say: “If you’re just starting your collection, keep in mind that your taste will change when you become more seasoned and learning more about the different styles.” It’s sage advice, and a concept overlooked by people more often than it should be.
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Jamie Mahood @jamiemahood
Obsessed with fantasy art as a kid, she recalls seeing some “super cheesy Boris Vallejo
With the advent of the internet and social
paintings of tattooed women” as the hook that
media, the modern age has changed numer-
reeled her into wanting to become a tattooer.
ous industries, some overnight. Tattooing has proven to be no exception. “I think it has
“Wes Grimm taught me how to tattoo. Casey
changed a lot even since I started, for better
Cokrlic from Dallas was the first person to do
and for worse. The internet really took tat-
a large piece on me. I just got my knee done by
tooing in a wild direction. In some ways, I
Ben Seibert at Great Wave. [I’ve also had work
think it has been awesome. It’s easier to travel,
by] James Yocum, Javi Castano from Barce-
young tattooers have access to all the refer-
lona, Ben Thomas from Atlanta, James Buie,
ences and get good really fast, and there’s a
Tick, Mando Rascon.”
lot more money to be made. For me, social media is a doubled-edged sword. It’s almost
We have heard time and time again from art-
impossible to not have to spend a ton of time
ists and collectors about the community and
answering people’s questions online. I miss
its impact, and for Jamie Mahood, this is no
when folks just came by the shop for a quick
different. She praises the industry and the fact
consult. I also miss when being heavily tat-
that those in it buy original paintings, illustra-
tooed was rare.”
tions and handmade machines. Tattooing as a career, fulfilling as it is, is not “I feel like we all support each other in that
without its challenges. Jamie mentions an
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additional barrier has been the fact that she is a woman in a male-dominated field. “Everyone on the internet thinks I’m a guy. Honestly though, I think it’s super funny, and I kind of hope it keeps happening.” She seems to relish the surprise. Eventually, her reputation will precede her, as she travels often for conventions and guest spots. “I don’t like to be gone for too long, as I like to be able to work on my local clients, but I travel as often as I comfortably can. I am constantly learning from every shop, whether it’s technique, learning about different inks/ machines, or just even being inspired by other artists. Check out more of her work on her Instagram, @JamieMahood
Jamie Mahood @jamiemahood
- Justin Ballard
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Mat Valles @vallestattoo
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As you drive through El Paso,
AKA Sun City, expect to find, well, basically everything under the sun as far as originality, entertainment, and art goes. This border city—with the El Paso Art Association literally on the border—is home to an artist who just eight years ago picked up a tattoo machine for the first time and self-taught himself to tattoo, based off of his years sketching and drawing. Now that is entertainment (and in a good way!). Mat Valles, an esteemed artist who you may have seen on Ink Master, is basically a lover of all things tattooing: he loves all styles, he loves where the industry is going, and he fucking loves what he does. “I get to draw and create for a living,” says Valles. “I’ve been blessed ten times
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my art on someone’s arm and it was going to be there for the rest of his life. After that I couldn’t get enough,” says Valles. And he’s never limited himself to just one style, I mean, “how could you choose just one to be intrigued by?!” So in a sense, he’s been training himself to be a master of all trades, and will literally turn to anyone for advice and learn from as many people as he can. “There isn’t an artist that you can’t learn from. From the legends to the rookies, everyone has something we can learn from,” says Valles. “Art is all about being able to look at things in different ways so the more perspectives we connect with, the broader your horizons will be.” If he HAD to choose, some of his biggest influences are Dmitriy Samohin, David Vega, Justin Hartman, Jamie Mahood, Rember, Shige, Sasha O’Kharin, Timmy B…but we’ll need another page or two to list them all. With so many artists for Valles to relate to, connect with, and learn from, it’s no wonder the tattoo industry has transitioned into a tight community, over.” For this reason, he continues—
I can truly be proud of. It’s taken me
daily—to give back to the industry,
places that I’d never even see, other-
putting forth his best work and success-
wise,” says Valles.
fully building his career in what some would consider a very short time. What
From a young age he was always in-
was originally a side gig to help pay for
trigued by drawing and tattoos. His
school, Valles can beam with consider-
interest sparked at the tender age of 12,
able pride and more than contentment
when his brother’s friend asked him to
with his career path.
design his tattoo. After seeing the end result, he was hooked.
“This industry has given me a life that
“I thought it was the coolest thing to see
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full of individuals who just want to create and explore the paths and opportunities behind the art of tattooing. Valles says, “I love how our art form has evolved. It’s constantly and rapidly changing, bringing new ideas to the forefront, while still respecting the traditions we hold dear.” There was a time when shops and artists shielded themselves from other’s work, almost
in a competitive nature as to not reveal their individual talents and tricks. Fortunately today, you will now find a network of people, Valles says, where you find common ground and make true, life-long friends. His perspective on positivity erupting from the tattoo industry may come from even before he opened his shop. Valles was tattooing a soldier, one tattoo closer to saving enough money for his own tattoo studio. “Out of the kindness of his heart, he gave me a $1000 tip,” says Valles, “And he told me ‘Don’t get a loan, man. It’ll just get you into a hole. Here, man. Hope this helps you with your dream, brother.’ God has blessed me with some amazing clients and I thank him everyday for the love he brings my way.” With encouraging steps in the right direction, Valles does see damaging patterns in the tattoo industry, in which he refers to the “wave of people forcing their way into the industry with no interest in tradition, growth, art, or respect,” and then calling themselves tattoo artists. But overall, his career as an artist has been nothing but harmonious and absolutely life-changing. “I’m so blessed to have this career,” says Valles. “Everyday is just another day to explore and create and I’m not going to take any of that for granted.” Though he doesn’t quite consider him-
self a collector (maybe a small one),
Oh, and secondly, please tip
Valles loves what he has. And his
advice to other collectors is to trust
You can follow Mat
the artists’ input and ability. Because
for any artist like Valles, that’s his zen
Facebook: Tattoos By Matv
moment, and tattooing is life. -Shannon Cole
Mat Valles @vallestattoo
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Straight outta ‘Straya, Becky Salter is a resident artist at her shop, Oakleigh Ink. What sets her apart from most other artists we’ve interviewed is not her hailing from the Land Down Under, but that she doesn’t consider herself a tattoo collector.
United States, and that includes meeting with people from all walks of life, some more colorful than others. She tells us about a “lovely” group of young men all clad in pink tutus who came into the studio, and all requested matching tattoos on their asses.
career, and influence her style therein. “I love doing realism and portraits. I like to pay close attention to detail. My favorite part is always the eyes. I like each face to have a personality, like you could look at them and tell what they are thinking.”
She doesn’t consider herself as much of a tattoo collector but rather someone who appreciates meaningful tattoos. “The ones I have are very meaningful to me and that’s how I like it. I feel I can relate to many of my clients in that way, I like to make sure they’re in love with what they’re getting, and feel happy and comfortable with the overall experience.”
“No judgement though! They all got matching giraffes.”
She talks about the evolution and growth of the industry, and how, with it, has come a lot of ego, but that “there has never been more amazingly raw talent” like there is now. She would like to remind artists that it isn’t a competition against each other, and to be humble and grateful, because tattooing is a privileged industry.
Share and share alike, tattooing in Australia is similar to tattooing in the
Before she became a tattoo artist, Becky spent her time drawing and painting, always striving to work with different mediums and tools. She would find photographs of her family members and try to draw them to the best of her ability. It was her favorite subject to draw, so it had a hand in leading her into her
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Every artist has inspirations, and Salter is no different. “I appreciate all art forms, and all styles of tattooing, but a few of my favorites who I draw
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inspiration from would have to be Alex Sorsa, Bolo Tattoo, Miguel Bohigues, Teneile Napoli, David Garcia, Arlo Tattoo and the New York-based oil painter Relm.” Being from Australia lends itself to her relaxed and easy-going nature, and Becky approaches her art with the same mindset. “I feel that when I’m in a more positive mind frame, my tattooing style flows best.” While she tells us her shyness has held her back from really pushing herself, she has nevertheless just opened her second studio in Melbourne, by the name of Reverence Tattoo. She will be promoting the shop at the Rites of Passage Festival that takes place during April 7-9 of this year. In conclusion, she adds a parting message: “To all aspiring artists, don’t be afraid to get out there and make beautiful art for the world to see. Just believe in yourself and keep pushing!” You can check out her shops at reverencetattoo.com.au and oakleighinktattoo.com.au, and you can follow her on Instagram @beckysaltertattoo
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True Grit Tattoo:
were open-space studios where people
A Cutting-Edge Vessel for
hung out and got tattoos. These days,
many shops compartmentalize with tight rooms, deep front counters, and
Johnny Mac’s True Grit Tattoo
uncomfortable wait areas. Johnny’s goal
is a unique shop and brand that disrupts
is to break down those barriers that cre-
the monotony of the tattoo world. It de-
ate intimidation and tension. True Grit
viates from the typical and promises an
is a relaxed space. It’s like walking into
exceptional experience to all who enter.
home. Instead of being pushed back
and corralled, clients are welcomed. For fifteen years, Johnny thought about
They’re offered a beverage and a com-
what his shop would one day look like.
fortable place to sit.
As he tattooed throughout Santa Fe and Albuquerque, he paid attention to how
Everyone at True Grit also under-
typical shops operated. He took notes
stands and respects wishes for privacy.
on what worked and what didn’t work.
That’s why the shop does contain actual
To form his own entity that would stand
rooms. Though they’re large, with low-
out from other shops, he knew he need-
er-than-normal walls, the rooms pro-
ed to bust out of the mold and be differ-
vide plenty of privacy when the need
ent. Now that Johnny has finally opened
or desire arises. With partitions, artists
his shop, True Grit Tattoo, all that ob-
transform their wide rooms into private
servation has paid off. All the right el-
areas in an instant. It’s the perfect bal-
ements have come together. So what
ance of openness and privacy.
makes this shop so special? Well, it’s a solid example of all that’s good about
Another fundamental part of True Grit
the tattoo industry.
is the group of artists it houses. To form his ideal brand and shop in the name
First, the shop is refreshing. It’s open. It’s
of uniqueness and integrity, Johnny
inviting. Back in the day, tattoo shops
brought together a rock star team. It
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includes himself, Jenny Kladzyk, Dave
ists, and the hundreds of hours they’ve
equals the industry. Without clients,
Briggs, and Jacob Lazrrazolo. Their
spent perfecting the craft, mean clients
there is no tattoo industry. As much as
styles, expertise, and ethics mean any-
can get killer tattoos in almost any style.
True Grit is about creativity and talent,
one can get the tattoo they deserve and
Anyone interested in kick-ass geomet-
it’s also about honoring the people who
desire without compromise. This isn’t a
ric, Japanese, the best watercolor in
choose to wear these tattoos.
home for anyone who can hold a ma-
town, traditional, American tradition-
chine. These artists breathe tattoos.
al, neo-traditional, comic, trash polka,
With years in the industry, true artistry,
They bleed artistry.
black and white, or super-saturated col-
and client care, these artists have built
or, can find it at True Grit. And it’s not
loyal client bases. People have followed
Many shops are one note. They’re only
just what these artists can do. It’s what
them into this new venture because
black and white, only custom, only
they do—every day.
they value the communication, collaboration, and stellar work. They’re repaid
traditional, and so forth. The skill sets inside these shops are so similar they
The final part of True Grit’s outstanding
with more of the same plus a new, wel-
limit the shops’ abilities to cater to a
dynamic is its client base. Clients are as
coming, and upscale environment. New
variety of clients. True Grit is differ-
important in the tattoo industry as art-
clients can expect the same when they
ent. The combined expertise of the art-
ists are. They’re half of the equation that
walk into the shop. The artists look for-
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ward to many years of working with all their familiar clients as well as forging many new relationships. True Grit is not just another tattoo shop. It’s a coming together of some damn fine artists in a space that celebrates clients by putting them first from start to finish. True Grit is about comfort and open communication. It’s about the refusal to put up barriers or to conform to a single monotonous style. It’s about always working for and with clients with respect, integrity, and a passion for the art. Follow Johnny and the rest of the gang @truegrittattoo - Shanna Meaders
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Bleed Black & Gold Expoâ€?
Pittsburgh is a proud - working man city that enjoys the beauty of rolling hills and the three rivers that flow through the hills making it picturesque. It is the only city in the country that all their major sport teams the Pirates, the Penguins and the Steelers adorn the Black and Gold as their team colors. Due to the cities love of sports and tattoos it seemed only fitting to name the first annual Pittsburgh Bleed Black and Gold Tattoo Expo to follow suit.
Greg Piper grew up in the Steel City until he moved to Manassas, VA after returning from his military service. It was a bit of a homecoming to return to Pittsburgh to host the expo. Greg felt that teaming up with a local tattoo artist would help with the logistics. When making his choice who could have been better than the renowned Sarah Miller. With Sarah and Greg as a team this show was bound to be a success. On Thursday artists started showing up
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with anticipation of lining their pockets with the rewards of a weekend of tattooing. Most were not aware of Pittsburghâ€™s charm. The artists gathered around the bar to relax and reacquaint with old friends, some of them walked out on the patio area to view the city skyline. The Sheridan Station Square is located right on the river across the street from a tramcar that transports you to the top of what is referred to as Mount Washington. From there you oversee all of Pittsburgh at its best.
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Winner of the Pittsburgh Tattoo off Jesse Smith of Loose Screw Tattoo & promoters Sarah Miller & Greg Piper
Friday the doors opened at noon and things started to rock and roll. The crowd was able to witness their favorite celebrity tattoo artists compete live for over $5.000 dollars in cash prizes. Featuring the stars of Spike TV’s hit show Ink Masters, artists James Vaughn, Ty, Esha Reels, Jesse Smith, Matti Hingson, as well as several others in attendance to compete live and prove they had what it took to go home with the loot. Well that loot went home with none other than Jesse Smith. He won both, people’s choice and also the jury judging. Another big attraction was a young lady named Robin Hudnall of 546 Tattoo Company, Sandusky, OH. that set a new world record for longest
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tattoo session. What the hell was she thinking? Saturday was the big day. The hope for a cold drizzly day to stir the people inside was not to be. The sun shined and the tempter rose like it was spring. In spite of the warm weather people still packed in to see their favorite artists, after all the lineup of tattoo artists was amazing. It was now contest time. People line up to show off their tattoos. The toughest competition was “Tattoo of the Day”. Fridays “Best of Day” went to Jared ”Bull” Ammons, Liquid Chaos Tattoos, Brownsville, MI, Saturday’s “Best of Day” went to Vanis Orr Exposed Temptations, Manassas VA,
Sundays “Best of Day” went to Marc Roy Scarecrow Tattoo, Chilliwick, BC, Canada, he also won Best of Show. The crowd was entertained each day by the carnival sideshow act of Captain and Maybelle. They also got the opportunity to watch the Miss Pittsburgh Pin-Up contest. Who doesn’t like to watch beautiful women walking down the runway? It was fun filled weekend in Pittsburgh. Greg, Sarah, and all the staff at Baller productions would like to thank everyone for coming out for the 1st annual Bleed, Black and Gold Tattoo Expo. - Brian Everett
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Bleed Black & Gold Expoâ€?
Judges for the Tattoo Off event. Greg Piper, Brian Everett, Tony Olivas
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Graffiti Artist: Odieth
From graffiti to tattooing, Odeith is an international phenomenon that has marked his territory from Russia, to his home country of Portugal, to the United States. You may know him as the guy with the cool, 3-D canvases who has graced his talent with the likes of Coca-Cola, Museum of Public Art in Louisiana, and Brazilian Museum of Sculpture—in which case, yes, his comfort zone lies in corners. Born in 1976, Odeith held his first spray can in the mid-1980s, yet didn’t come into the graffiti movement until the 1990s. Odeith found a medium through which he could showcase his work being the talented, passionate drawer that he was. Although, it was more than just about getting recognized.
“It’s all about getting together and joining with friends,” Odeith says. “You talk, you laugh…that’s the fun part in painting.” Odeith says he started off utilizing the big, bubble print seen on most graffiti walls today, at a time when graffiti had not hit the ground running yet. But before he knew it, Odeith just “couldn’t control all of the names” amongst his fellow graffiti artists. Odeith dabbled in the tattoo industry for a bit starting in the late 90s, after painting a wall of a studio for a friend of a friend. From there, he completed other projects in Damaia, Carcavelos, and in many social housing neighborhoods, such as Cova da Moura, 6 de Maio and Santa Filomena. Soon enough, his work started to catch
people’s eye, and Odeith describes it all as a big “boom!” With the “big boom” came inaccurate representations of who he was and where he came from. Oddly, Odeith says many admirers of his work assumed his artistry was the product of a formal art education, not of self-taught talent and humble beginnings on the streets painting on walls and railroad tracks illegally; with that, Odeith removed all of his work online and Youtube. His “big boom” was not unwarranted. Odeith had found his niche after experimenting in perspective and shading, an “obscure style which was later called ‘sombre 3D’, where the compositions, landscapes or portraits, messages or homages, stood out for their realism
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and technique.” After a few years, he finally reemerged, and he reentered the art world on an even bigger scale. It was in the mid-2000s when recognition of his work shifted to major newscasts (we’re talking BBC and CNN!), after completely a painting in Louisiana. His favorite subjects are bugs and animals coupled with some kind of message, usually inspirational or meaningful, like “Chase Your Dreams” and “Lovely Society”, all with his signature 3-D effect.
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With his success as a graffiti artist rising, Odeith closed his tattoo studio in 2008, and hasn’t made tattoos since. Odeith considers himself a tattoo collector, but admits when he was a tattooer, his “graffiti style was a completely different style of art.” One thing is for sure though, he keeps all of his work original and true to his own. “I realized I was doing something no one else was doing,” Odeith says, and from there began doing contract
work and shifting some of his pieces to canvases. It’s work he doesn’t mind, but says, “he’s not about that life where a piece is created to be auctioned off in 50-100 years.” His true calling is with graffiti, which is, and will always remain, on the streets. “If I’m doing something for a big brand,” Odeith says, “it’s painting with a flavor of graffiti. It might have some of the lines and glows, but it’s not graffiti.” Currently in Lisbon, he has resumed painting on his street corners (which
are very hard to come by), and has created large scale murals for major national and international enterprises such as the London Shell, Kingsmill, the Coca-Cola Company, Estradas de Portugal, Samsung, Sport Lisboa e Benfica, and more. Odeith is motivated to bring something new to his work, though I think many can agree with the fact he has dramatically changed the face of the graffiti industry.
A lot of traveling is in his near future, including Dubai, Italy, Australia, among others, and wants to continue living his life through his art, frequenting street art festivals and meeting new people, especially young artists who want to keep art alive. “For the young people enjoying graffiti,” Odeith says, “don’t quit painting. You never know, you may have a door open to living as an artist. I think a lot of people want to live as an artist, but it’s difficult. Graffiti can open the
door to that.” Because all Odeith wants to do is make the world colorful again. Follow @odeith - Shannon Cole
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Tattoo in Time
George Burchett Davis
Tattooing is an art form that many know extends back way farther than just this past century. Many of todayâ€™s artists would not be working today if not for the originals. Those who pushed the innovation and came up with many of the styles, and work that are now familiar in todayâ€™s tattoo world. One such man is George Burchett Davis, known mainly as George Burchett, after dropping the Davis after deserting the Royal Navy. Born August 23, 1872 in Brighton, Burchett became involved in the tattoo culture at a very young age with being expelled from school for tattooing his classmates at the age of 12. This would lead him down the path that would eventually inspire all of his later work in the tattoo world. He joined the Royal Navy against his parentsâ€™ wishes at the age of 13 getting his grandmother to sign his consent. Then travelling to the exotic lands of that time such as the West Indies, Mediterranean, Africa, India, and the Far East. These travels would become inspiration to his later work as a tattoo artist. Continuing to tattoo his fellow sailors, Burchett deserted the Navy not caring for the hard disciplined lifestyle that was expected of a sailor. Setting up shop in Jerusalem, he continued to tattoo there until he left to travel. Burchett travelled the world as a
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fugitive in hope that it would keep him from being caught as a deserter. After many years of traveling the seas, Burchett
crown jewel and helped his popularity because of the high-end clientele that
returned to his home in England this time dropping the Davis from his name to avoid being tracked by the navy. When he returned home, he set up shop as a cobbler (shoe repair) and continued to tattoo on the side. During his tenure as a cobbler, Burchett would come to meet two of the most prominent tattoo artists of that day. Tom Riley and Sutherland Macdonald, Riley eventually being the one to pass on much of his experience and knowledge to young George. Working for a year as a cobbler and a backroom tattoo artist, George would come to be well known in the working class neighborhood of “East End”. His skill and prowess gaining in popularity with the local factory workers, dockers, and sailors, even at times receiving many travelers and transients to work on. Marrying Edith Burchett in 1898 after moving to Bow. he would come to open his own shop on Mile
End Road giving up his life as a cobbler to tattoo full time. Using his experience of travelling around the world, he would utilize the images that he saw while in Africa, Japan, and India in his work making him a unique style for that time. As his popularity grew, Burchett would become a favorite amongst the wealthy upper class and the Royalty of that day. Tattooing such aristocrats as King Alfonso XIII of Spain, King Frederick IX of Denmark and King George V (though there has not been solid proof that it happened). His most famous of all would have to be a sideshow performer dubbed “The Great Omi” also known as “The Zebra Man”. This client would be considered his
he would work on. “ The Great Omi” would come to spend several thousands of dollars covering his whole body in work. All the while never forgetting his background he continued to tattoo many of the working class for the rest of his career before passing the shop to his two sons. Not only was he known for the interesting clientele of males that he worked on he became a favorite amongst the women of that day also. Many society and working class women became enamored with his selfcreated style of cosmetic tattooing i.e. darkening eyebrows. Burchett was a dedicated worker and even after giving control to his sons, he would continue to tattoo until his passing in 1953 due to old age. George Burchett was a dedicated artist one whose influence would span through the decades. The originator in many things he will always be remembered as a true inspiration for any up and coming tattoo artist. - Ryan Duran
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The Cost of Tattoos 100-150 an hour is about the average price to expect when getting a tattoo. Number 6: Patience! Good work takes time and to find the artist that will make your idea/dream come to fruition is worth the wait. Do not be in a hurry just to get something done because you may leave with a piece that you are not satisfied with. Number 7: Tip. Everyday countless people walk into tattoo shops across the world with the aspiration to get work done and many of them have one thing in common, they don’t understand the true thought and preparation that goes into getting a tattoo, let alone what the artist goes through. Many of these individuals spend all day wondering what is the proper etiquette or concerned with prices rather than the work being done on their bodies that is for life. We here at Tattoo Marque hope to help with this. Talking with different artists, we compiled a top ten list of tips that one should consider before, during, and after they receive their work.
in for a tattoo it is like going into any business and that getting the cheapest price is going to equate good work. The fact is, you get what you pay for and if you pay cheaply you receive cheap work. Number 3: Never go to a tattoo artist and try to get a deal.
Number 8: The time spent tattooing you is not all the work your artist has done for you.
As stated previously when you do that you receive what you asked for and that is cheap work and a tattoo that you may not be happy with.
Many artists create original works of art for their clients. Do not forget that they spent time drawing and making sure that your vision was correct.
Number 4: You pay for what you get!
Number 9: The price of the tattoo does not reflect the time spent drawing.
Number 2: Good tattoos aren’t cheap & and cheap tattoos are not good.
Now I know that these first four all follow in the same wheelhouse but we cannot drive in that idea anymore. Tattoos take time, and good work costs more, so expect to pay a good price for the work and don’t complain about the time spent. An artist is not going to sit you there to run up the costs. They are going to make sure that your tattoo is complete. They may even need you to do a second session. It is going on your body so take pride in it and pay what your body deserves and that is great work.
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Number 5: Per hour
Number 1: Do not be cheap! The idea of lowballing an artist is what many do when they go in with a mentality of this is all I have and I want a piece that costs far more. No one should ever try to lowball or negotiate a tattoo artist. That there leads us to our next tips
Tipping is a wonderful thing to do for your artist. It shows them that you value their work. Treat them as you would your barber or stylist. They did a phenomenal job on their work show them. It is always appreciated.
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Remember that the work your artist puts in and show them that you care. Number 10: Expect to leave a deposit for appointments. Tattoo artists have a wide array of clients and if you want that artist expect to pay for that time. As the saying goes, “time is money” and these artists hold true to that. Tattoo artists are true masters who spend an abundance of time working for their clients so the next time you decide to walk into a shop remember these tips. That goes for newbies and vets to the tattoo world. - Ryan Duran
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