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37. Brian Murphy’s Art Gallery 46. Cover Girl Willow Rayne

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A S k in Art Excl usive Inte rvi rview Exclusive ew w it h Kris Bus c h in g Interview By: Philip Meraglia

I first met Kris Busching many years back when I was working the front desk at Technical Tattoo Supply. He would show me the work he had done, and even back then it was pretty amazing. Flash forward a few years and he has a massive social media following (@buschingtattoo) and a sponsorship from Fusion inks. His work speaks for itself and he has always struck me as a normal, down to earth kind of guy. I recently had a chance to sit down with him and chat a bit about what made him the artist he is today.

Philip Meraglia : Hey Kris, how are you? For our readers who may not know who you are, please tell us a little bit about yourself. For example where were you born and raised and what was that like?

Kris Busching : I’m good man. Let me get right into it. I am a photo realism tattoo artist based out of Long Island, New York. I’m 29 years old and I have been tattooing since I was 19. I was born and raised here in New York and as of now don't have any plans to leave. I love it here.

Pm : Nice. So tell me…what got you into art in general and then into tattooing? Kb : When I was younger I was always into art; I was always drawing and realism was my thing for as long as I can remember. I got more advanced around high school and

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as a career, I really wanted to do something with hands on art, but there’s not a lot you can do with hands on art for a career these days unless it's digital….so I started being influenced by looking in tattoo magazines and hanging around in shops. I was also influenced by TV shows that were being shown around that time on the TLC network. They were the first tattoo shows on TV. I’m sure you remember….Miami Ink and LA Ink, long before the rest of these shows out now. Well anyway I realized that was something I could see myself doing for a living.

Pm : Yeah, I liked those shows more because they seemed more about straight-forward tat-

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Kb : If I wasn't tattooing, I don't know what I'd be doing. Tattooing really made me love life. I enjoy every day, meeting new people and working on awesome pieces that clients ask for.

Pm : Nice. I like that answer. So was there a moment in your tattooing career early on where you realized you could do this as a real job?

Kb : I always knew even before I started, that there were successful tattoo artists who make a great living like this and do amazing tattoos. I also knew that if I tried hard enough I could do it too.

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Pm : I see you do a lot of portraits and they are unbelievable. Do you feel like these works of art type-cast you as an artist or do you enjoy it?

Kb : I do more than just portraits...I have a lot of custom things I've put together for clients that I'm really in to....but I enjoy doing portraits. I do a lot of family portraits and movie related sleeves, which I think is awesome but I'd love to start doing more custom work.

Pm : Did you complete a formal apprenticeship or are you self-taught? Kb : I was a self-taught, but I went about it in a professional way. I made sure that I was very

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careful not to learn the wrong things early on in the learning process. I tried to follow what my favorite artists were using and learning their techniques.

Pm : I like that. Would you be opposed to apprenticing someone if they came to you with the right attitude?

Kb : Well, I definitely don't think I have time to apprentice someone. I have been very busy but when I open my shop, I think the shop as a whole can have an apprentice. I just wouldn't have the time to do it by myself.

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Pm : Can’t wait to stop by the shop once it’s open! So, what’s your favorite style of tattooing and why? Kb : My favorite style is photographic realism. I love anything that looks real on skin. Pm : What’s your set up like? Kb : My set up with color involves a large pallet usually. Basically with all my pieces, I use 4 needle groupings. I have sponsorships with Fusion Inks, Mithra Needles and inkmachines. com - Inkmachines.com supplies me with Dragonfly machines and Stingray machines. I love their machines and I was using all these products before I was sponsored so it was exciting to get such great sponsorships.

Pm : What does the future hold for you and your tattooing?

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Kb : The future holds some good things hopefully. I’m trying to will a lot of great things into existence. I want to open a shop in New York and one in Florida. I hope to get some awesome artists to work with me.

Pm : What would a normal Saturday be like for you if you had the day off from tattooing? Kb : (laughs) A Saturday off? Wow what's that?!! I haven't had a Saturday off in a long time. When I do have off though, I love spending time with my dog and eating good food. I love the outdoors, so summer time is always awesome for me and my pup. I take him everywhere.

Pm : What do you think of the show InkMaster or any tattoo related reality show? Kb : I was actually asked to be on InkMaster. I don't think it's right for me. I’m not claiming to be an ink master; I just want people to recognize me for what I do. I think it's better to work on being great at one thing, than "good" at everything. I will be honest, some of the things they ask these artists to do, I don't think I’d be able to do….such as Japanese or traditional. I'm

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not educated enough in the style. The reality shows have a lot of drama as well, something I am not into.

Pm : You ever attend any conventions? If so which are your favorites? Kb : I'd like to start working a lot of conventions across the country. I worked a few but I'm looking to do more. I attend a lot of them though, and have my clients go to them to enter their pieces I’ve done. I’ve won 52 awards since 2012, all with healed pieces.

Pm : Wow, you’re cleaning up man! So for your own tattoos, do you have an artist that you go

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to specifically for your tattoos or is your personal work done by all different people?

Kb : I have some pretty bad work on me. I'm in the middle of getting a lot of removal. I’ve been pretty relentless with it, so as soon as one heals, I get another removed…so it's happening at a fast rate. I started getting tattooed by Nikko Hurtado, Mike Carro, and I'm setting up appointments with Paul Acker. It’s time for me to get some nice work this time around.

Pm : I hear you man. Tell the readers, how could someone book an appointment if they wanted to?

Kb : To book an appointment with me, everyone should email me to inquire about what they are looking to get done, and either my assistant or I will let them know if it's something I can help them with.

Pm : Very cool - Lastly, if you were trapped in a foxhole with only one person, who would it be and why?

Kb : I'm claustrophobic, umm…so, no one. I would have more room that way. Pm : There you have it. You can email Kris at krisbuschingtattoo@gmail.com Check out his work and follow him online!

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WestchesterTattooCon.com

he 3rd annual “Addicted to Ink” Westchester tattoo convention took place at the Westchester County Center for the Arts, located in beautiful White Plains, NY. It was a little chilly outside, seeing as how the convention took place on October 16, 17 and 18, 2015. The convention was intimate one with seminars by Timmy B. and Vincent Castiglia, the annual “Miss Inked NY” contest, the "Magic & Masochism" side show act, and much more. There was good food, better beer and tattoo machines buzzing at every corner. My friend Rob Rodriguez of Murda Ink 3 tattoos had me come and enter a 3D tattoo he did on my leg into a contest, and we actually came away with 2nd place in the "most creative" category! It's a very unique style of tattoo because with 3-D red and blue lens glasses on you see one image, and then switch eyes and you see a completely different image on the skin. The tattoo is a pair of wire snippers cutting the wrong wire on a time bomb and subsequently exploding. Rob would like to dedicate the win to the #tattoomediaink

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late Coney Island Carlo, as he was a mentor of sorts to all of us. The after party was held at “The Brazen Fox” and a great time was had by all who attended. The “Paint & Sip” seminar was a great success and will most likely become a staple of the show for years to come. The show had a little something for everyone, even a scavenger hunt and trick or treating for the kids! It was a good time overall and I highly recommend this show to anyone in the area. I had never been to this show before, but since going I cannot wait for the 4th annual coming up. Head over to www.WestchesterTattooCon.com for more info on the

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2016 Westchester convention being held in October again this year! After setting the bar for southern NY tattoo shows, the 4th Annual Westchester Tattoo Convention promises to up the ante and bring even more artists, vendors, events, and performances. See you there! Article Written By: Philip Meraglia Photos By: Freestyle Alex and Rob Rodriguez

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TATTOO YOU Cleen Rock one by Dan Lorenzo • layout by dannyrome Dan Lorenzo: Before the Ink Master finale you said Anthony was the favorite. The other night you texted me, “I called it (Anthony winning”). Does that mean you thought Anthony winning was rigged? Cleen Rock One: (long pause) I don’t know if I can answer that. Legally? Yeah. (laughs) Are you hurt? How are you feeling right now? Good man. I think the show has definitely opened a lot of doors and given me some celebrity status and I’m just trying to make some money and keep the ball rolling, you know. Certainly the show has made you more well known, but I know how much you guys get paid to be on Ink Master and I have an idea as to how much money you can make if you were home at your shop working. Are you glad you went back for a 2nd season? Well the 2nd run...we got paid more. I was busy before I ever got on the show. My hope was to be so busy to where...I could sell a lot of my merch. Here’s the whole thing. I can only do so many tattoos a day. I can only make so much money doing tattoos. My take as a business man and an owner was to try and get some “house wife” popularity. I wanted to try and broaden my stature as far as fans. Now I sell a lot more t-shirts and I sell a lot more merchandise online and that’s what I really wanted. That is unlimited. I’m sleeping, I wake up and I check my PayPal and I made $1,000 while I was sleeping. You know what I mean? That’s what I really was hoping for out of the whole entire show was to make money, not just doing tattoos. What happens if I get in a car wreck tomorrow and I can’t tattoo? If I can’t tattoo I can’t make fucking money. If I have some sort of fan base that still likes my art, I’m selling product that is not me physically doing it one at a time. 26

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You branded yourself. Yeah and I was already “branded,” but I wanted to make it more mainstream. Whether I win or lose I couldn’t see any downside to it. At first I did. After my first season my books dropped. I went from being busy to being slow. I was like, “What the fuck just happened?” I felt like I tarnished my career. But then, all of a sudden, it was like a light switch clicked. Just doing the finale I gained 20,000 more followers on Instagram within a day. I’m just trying to ride the wave. Speaking of Instagram, after the finale you posted something to the effect that Spike TV picked your clothes for you for the whole season. Do you have any say in what you wore on the show? No man.They told me to send them pictures of what I wear on a daily basis. As far as the “wife beater” goes, I have lots of tattoos and they wanted to showcase that as much as possible. Me and Mark Longenecker from Season Five, we were the most heavily tattooed people probably, but I was like, “Hey man. I’ll wear a t-shirt or a cowboy shirt” and they were like, “No. You’re going to be the tank-top guy.” I’m like, “Whatever.” It’s funny seeing people on Twitter tweet, “Hey. Why don’t you get a different shirt-all you wear is ‘beaters’ every day?” You think I really want to wear a wife beater every day? Look at my Instagram posts. When was the last time you saw me wear a wife beater on any of my own personal posts? I’ve interviewed a lot of people. I think you’re the only person who has drank less beer than I have. I’ve had a half a bottle in my lifetime. You’ve had even less? Oh yeah. I mean, I made out with a pretty drunk girl last night. I don’t think that counts. No, that doesn’t count Cleen. (laughs). She probably had enough alcohol in her to get me drunk too. What made you become straight edge? My step-dad who raised me, he was never a big drinker. He kept me pretty occupied. It seemed like all my buddys who had dads that drank...we hated them. Growing up there’s the dad who sits and drinks in the garage and beats the fuck out of my buddy because he didn’t like the way his shoes were tied. I was an athlete. I was always skateboarding and into BMX and it seems like I just started to hang out with straight-edge kids and I think I was fortunate that I hung out with kids that just wanted to skate and fight and go to punk rock shows. We just started this straight-edge gang. Once I started tattooing when I was in high school and I went from hanging out with straight edge kids to my boss being a stoner and I hated everything about him. He was a stoner dumb ass and I was eighteen. I was more of an adult than my boss. He was a stoner scum

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bag. I didn’t look up to him. He didn’t have shit. He wasted all of his money on drugs. You’re a grown-ass man and you don’t have a car, I’m working at your shop making half of what you make and I have a brand new car and a Harley. If you had to spend a weekend with either Dave Navarro, Oliver Peck or Chris Nunez, who gets the call? Oliver. Why? He skate boards and he’s into motorcycles. Tell me about your relationship with (former castmate) Megan Jean Morris. Megan is a great girl. She definitely really likes me and I know that she wants to hang out and be my chick...and that’s kinda hard for me because I was married for eleven years. It’s hard for me to be like, “Yeah, this is my chick.” She’s cool. I think she’s great, but I guess I’m a douche bag and I’m always on the hunt for something better. I don’t know if it’s because I get bored...I can’t explain it, but I just hang out with whoever I want to hang out with and if there’s bad days I’m out. Megan’s great though. We always have fun.

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TRAP TATTOO sees the light in 1999 thanks to the artistic views and intuition of Ivan Trapiani, who in the course of previous years, studied art & painting in Venice. Ivan developed an objective and sensitive way of researching in the tattoo field and art, trying to satisfy the requirements and desires of his clients. Today, The Tattoo Studio, based in Piove di Sacco (north of Italy), is boasted by various successes and contests won at European tattoo conventions, with consequent publications in tattoo magazines. Seriousness and professionalism are the rules applied in the studio. Through tattoos, every person expresses his or her own personality and it is the job of the tattooist is to make this personality stand out at its best. A long, creative, and intense artistic evolution has brought Ivan to create his own personal style, through a mix of realism blended with graphical images , producing an effect lying between dark, gothic and romantic. It creates an “alliance� of Black and White and a little red, sometimes. Ivan feels the need to spread his art to the entire world. He collaborates as guests with many famous Italian and International Tattoo Studios, and is always on the move to find new ideas, new experiences and culture. He has also offered hospitality to many famous International Tattoo artists.

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Interview I recently had the chance to interview Ivan over the phone and dig a little deeper into the mind of this amazing artist. Let’s get right down to it.... Philip: For our readers who are not familiar with you, please tell me a bit about yourself. When did you start tattooing? Ivan: I started tattooing in 1998, close to exactly 18 years now. Philip: Wow that’s a long time! What got you interested in tattooing? Ivan: At 16 years old, I was literally overwhelmed by a portrait of an Indian that I had seen in one of the first tattoo magazines; from that time on, my only goal has been to transform myself from an impassioned airbrusher to a tattoo artist, able to realize even more real and artistic tattoos. From there, several trips to foreign countries had taken place, to work in a studio in Australia and to frequent the various European conventions that have brought me to become the artist that I am today. My style was born from the passion for the dark and the Gothic. Studying the painting under the guide of my teacher Lodi, and studying artists the caliber of Bosch, Caravaggio, Bernini, Giger, Dalì and Heinrih, I reached the results of my jobs. Philip: Well, it definitely shows in your amazing work. So tell me where do you live and work now? Ivan: I live and work in a small village in the north-east of Italy, Piove di Sacco, a few kilometers from the Venetian lagoon, a territory and landscape for me that is incomparable. Philip: Sounds like a nice place. Describe your style for our readers. I personally love it. Ivan: A long and evolutionary path, intense and rich of creativity, has brought me to create a personal and unmistakable style. I try to create a union between realism and Gothic figures, which gives life to a genre that floats among the dark, the Gothic and the romantic. It’s basically a bond of black and white, and sometimes a pinch of red. Philip: Very cool man, very unique. Did any artists influence your style while you were developing into the artist you have become today? Ivan: The artists of this discipline that have always conditioned and inspired me are: R. Hernandez, incomparable master of the dark style, which imprints his subjects with a demonic suffering enclosed in the ability of decorate it in an almost abstract way. V. Portugal, who creates a sort of romanticism among the afterlife and biome-

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Interview chanical subjects combined with almost hyper realistic portraits. I can’t forget Lenu, who interlaces biomechanical demons and hyperrealism creating these sort of cyborgs. Last, but not least, Boris and Den Y. or Dimitri Samoin, master of the east Europe artistic school. Philip: Well that is a list worth trying to live up to! What would you tell an aspiring artist trying to break into the world of tattooing? Ivan: To the new generation of tattoo artists, I suggest not to think about money, but to do their job with passion, and realize that there is always more to learn. When you feel as if you have made it, you will realize he there is still a long way to go; but above all I want to say that the tattoo artist should not confuse themselves with a rock star. Philip: Very well said. I have encountered one too many of those types. So tell us, what are when you are not tattooing?

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elcome to The Artist Gallery of Skin Art magazine. My name is Brian Murphy and I have been a professional tattoo artist for 22 years. My journey began with an apprenticeship under Steve Ferguson of Ink Spot Studio located in New Jersey. Over the years, art styles, both on skin and canvas, have gone through a metamorphosis that continues to change at an unbelievable rate due to the power of social media and magazines such as this. This gallery will showcase various types of fine art created by tattoo artists as well as other artists who have made an impact on the styles we see today. And to keep up with this ever evolving art-form, we are offering readers the opportunity to share their own art and possibly be featured in our Skin Art Gallery by hash-tagging us using #SkinArtGallery or #TattooMediaInk. Through the centuries, painting has been expressed through styles such as realism, impressionism, pointillism, minimalism...; the list goes on. These styles are still very much alive today and can be recognized in the art featured in this magazine. Tattooing is a unique art-form and one day it will be looked upon with appreciation, admiration, and respect.

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riginally from the suburbs of Chicago, I took my first stab at modeling in Phoenix, Arizona a little over four years ago. Although I got my first tattoo at the age of fifteen, which has since been covered up by a larger back design; my tattoo addiction didn’t really begin until after I fell in love with photography just a few years ago. In addition to modeling, I am grateful to have a great career that I love. The majority of my time is spent as a flight nurse and instructor. In addition to working full time on a helicopter, I am also a critical care ambulance nurse and teach at a local university. Each day is a different adrenaline rush. As the proud single mother of two adorable children, I am most grateful for the amazing people and friends that have crossed my path and stayed by my side with unrelenting support.

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Ladislav: This is difficult for me to answer. Of course yes, somewhere in my soul, but I know it’s a difficult job. I think it’s not right to push her to something what she may not like in the future. I know my way and nobody pushed me, as well everybody needs find their own destiny. I’m there to support her, give to her my hand always if she needs it! So if one day she asks me to teach her, it will be my honour to make the best for my amazing girl. Philip: Your shop

is called “Alone in the Dark” – Do you actually work alone?

Philip: Your work is amazing, let me just start by saying that. Now I want to know about you. Are you Married? Do you have any Children?

Ladislav: Oh Yes! I’m happily married 14 years! I

have one child, a daughter named Sarah. She is my light in the darkness.

Philip: Would you ever want Sarah to become a tattoo artist?

Ladislav: I’m Alone. This is why my studio’s name is Alone in the dark... it’s my destiny. I make, learn, manage, and market...everything alone, because if I make a mistake it’s my fault and nobody else’s. My studio is not large posh tattoo parlour, it’s a simple maximum for me. It’s a comfortable, one person work station, with the waiting room for consultation and flash. Philip: Do you work by appointment only? Ladislav: Appointment only – It’s the only way

I can manage my work and customers. My dream is a big waiting list and now it’s around a 9 months so it’s impossible to take walk in people. It’s not easy to hold everything together on your own, but this job is

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a business as well. It’s not only just art, so I need to find the right options and balance it all together.

Philip: Did you complete a formal apprenticeship? Ladislav: NO…..No, I learned everything alone

(again the studio name) Of course I used the Internet and social media as well, but nobody taught me! I think this is the best option because you have the freedom to test things, try different things, and find your own techniques, and the pay back is bigger!!

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Philip: Very cool man. Not many people can say they’re self-taught. What different mediums of art are you most interested in?

Ladislav: I’m in love with every type of art and

I try to see it everywhere in my life. From film, cinema, music, nature, family, being on the road...you just need to be looking. I love the old masters of oil painting like Michelangelo...or old sculptures. With artists like that, there is the immortal power, but I like

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the new wave as well. So, if it’s something nice and breath-taking, it works. As long as the art is evoking some feelings; sadness, pain, love….it’s right for you, for me, for everybody.

Philip: What was your inspiration to become a tattoo artist?

Ladislav: I didn’t have a real inspiration. Before I tattooed, I just started it first like a hobby. I never thought one day this would be my job. So the truth

is...in 2007, I moved Interview to the UK, and one summer day in 2008, I’m chilling on the bench front of the cinema, smoking a cigarette, and thinking about my life....watching the people around me...and then I see it... Tattoos…everybody had them; small, large, sleeves, custom works...but really poor quality. Then came the idea to tattoo, and then I started everything! I thought it would be good

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if I can make something better; something that can look awesome....all my life, I’ve loved the art. I did a lot of painting and drawing so I thought it will be great if I can give my skills to the people and make some nice art work!! I knew it would be a long way to grow up in this business, and I needed to learn a lot but I nothing could stop me! So, I started to learn. I watched you tube, internet videos, went to websites, watched DVDs, went through a lot of trial and error... step by step; everything alone. I had two jobs working 5 years non-stop. I worked night shifts 5 days a week and during the day time I would keep tattooing for free or just for small coins to pick up skills. This all took me around 2-3 years. In 2010, I opened my small shop (my little dark cave) and I am still working there to this day. So, I’m tattooing around 7-8 years.

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industry?

Ladislav: I didn’t have a real inspiration, but as far as tattoo artists, I always respected Boris, Samohin and Yakovlev. But my real inspiration is my family. I said that before, and sometimes my ego as well. I just love the art. Every type, and I like the feelings after the powerful piece done and the customers eyes; how happy they can be if see the new piece in the mirror. For me, that’s the biggest reward. Philip: Tell us a bit about yourself and your own tattoos.

Ladislav: I bought my first tattoo kit e-bay in

2008, but I never thought this would be an easy job! It’s really hard and I never wanted to just be a simple tattoo artist. I always liked to make big concepts….. artworks, big pieces and I am really lucky because my customers trust me from first time, so this way

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gave me a hand to grow. But, many times I made my first big pieces for free just for popularity and to learn. The hardest part after the first years in this business...I think...is to push yourself to the magazines, competitions and to try to get publicity, so you make yourself visible on the market. This is the progress. You need know your limits and have a level head to see what your skill level is; accept it, and work on yourself. Most importantly, understand what you doing!

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Philip: Do you have any family history in tattooing or artistry?

Ladislav: My Grandfather was

into painting, my Father was also into painting, and I’m an Engineer. I spent a long time trying to find myself, make some jobs, running my own companies, and one day I moved to the UK and started tattooing. I think so late for my age...at 28, but I’m working harder because I know I don’t have time to wait for the miracles.

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have tattoos while you were growing up?

Ladislav: Absolutely not! No, I’m from an old-school Christian family and growing up in my country the only people with tattoos were the people in the prisons, the gypsies, and the gangsters. Believe me, I am no angel either, so If my Grandmother’s watching me now….and if she saw what I’m doing now, she’d turn herself in her coffin!! Bless her, I love her forever. Philip: What is your favorite style of tattooing?

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ple…I DON’T HAVE A STYLE - SO I DON’T HAVE LIMITS!! And working now, I try to be simple sometimes, because less is more. I make what I see first, next I need to feel the power of the picture, and then I make the basic sketch work. First, I pick up the simple shade and understand the type of the skin. I think this helps in connecting myself to the customer. The next stage is adding on the toppings, adding my own #tattoomediaink

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signature. The deep contrast (so important), sharp texture, and highlights.

Philip: Where do you see the future of tattooing going?

Ladislav: I’m not sure. I hope the right way. The

way tattooing is now is like shopping. People see it nonstop. So I hope it will mean more customers interested about the art and not just for the tattoos. There are lots of tattooists in the TV-Shows, who have a poor level of skills and sometimes ZERO. But hey, this is the business! I know lots of tattoo artists who make breath-taking tattoos but never get the exposure they deserve. But that’s life, and I hope one day the people open their eyes and can see the reality…

Philip: Do you ever attend any tattoo conventions or any other type of tattoo show?

Ladislav: Yes, for me this is the pure challenge in this business...it’s the tattoo competitions, and in the last 5 years, I’ve won 43 awards for nearly every type of category...Most of the tattoos I did at the shows I did for merely coins. The trophies are the real payback! This year I give up this part of my life and I don’t want to challenge any more at the conventions. I would like to live for my family and my customers and 60

not for my EGO! I hope one day I will come back for the feeling in my heart, start again, feel the adrenaline, and then I will make my come back.

Philip: How big a part of tattooing today is connected to social media?

Ladislav: Advertising is so important so I make the most of it. I make myself visible this way. Best part is most of it is free, so if you would like to grow you need promote your work. It can be helpful but can be addictive as well….The Social media is a powerful weapon….It can ruin your life, you can lose your own self trust, and destroy your business but everything is in your hands, so it’s just up to you, how to use it. But, in the end if you have business skills and you really know yourself, and you’re not living in the dream Heaven, but instead with two legs here on the Earth, you can boost yourself up easy! Philip: Do you prefer a rotary machine or a coil-type tattoo machine?

Ladislav: I started with the simple cheap

Chinese coil machines. After time, skills showed me the truth....precision for me is held within the rotary guns. I personally use a Cheyenne for the

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shading, mostly the Spirit. I never used a fake; just the original Cheyenne needles. I’m not a sponsored artist from this company, I just say the truth and try to save other artists time and money. But trust me, if you spend lot of money over the years and collect 50 tattoo guns…one Cheyenne will be thing same. For the texture, I’m using the Humming Bird Gun because it’s so fine and balanced; not heavy, and with very low resonations.

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Philip: Do you consider yourself an innovator in the tattoo business?

Ladislav: I don’t think so. It’s 2016, so it’s nothing original. Humans have been making art for 10,000 years or more...and everything is twisted around and recycled the entire time. Just look back in history. For me the precision and fine details are the most important. I try to maximize the skin…. it’s not paper so for me anybody who can make a detailed portrait on the skin to me is a clever artist and I respect them. Philip: Anything you want to tell the readers of Tattoo Revue?

Ladislav: In the end, I would like say a big thank you, to all my customers, my friends, my family who supports me, and of course to my awesome sponsors as well. Special thanks go to the Tattoo Revue team also!!

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have always drawn, for as long as I can remember I have had a pencil in my hand. I spent hours in school doodling in the margins of books and on any scrap of paper I could find. At the same time growing up in a Hispanic neighborhood tattoos were everywhere, most were black and grey single needle tattoos but

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once in a while you would see American traditional tattoos show up that had color. In the late 80’s and early 90’s I discovered Tattoo magazines, most were filled with biker and black and grey style tattoos that I had seen before, some good work but nothing that really inspired me. One day I picked up a magazine that had an

article on Filip Leu. That was the first time I had really seen any Japanese style tattooing. I was hooked. The timeless styles and imagery was amazing to me. The full color and the size of the tattoos really opened my eyes to what tattooing could be.

In addition to Filip Leu, I discovered other artists like Kari Barba, and I can’t say enough about her artwork. The artists that “specialize” in photo realism owe this lady a debt of gratitude for the amazing work she was doing in a time that flash from the walls was the standard. I still remember the tattoo

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majority of the magazines I purchased. Over the years they have really turned into the history of tattooing. As I collected magazines and drew the tattoos I saw in the magazines I was constantly being asked to draw tattoos for friends and family. After a while they asked why I didn’t just tattoo them myself. I went to every shop I could find in the Dallas area and tried to get an apprenticeship, at the time no one was hiring skinny, nerdy, skaters. So I saved as much money as I could and bought a kit out of the back of a magazine, it was the superior tattoo travel kit. I still own the 2 original machines I bought back then. So I started tattooing friends and family, I read, every magazine, and I tried to pick up every hint I could. I analyzed the

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of the girl inside of a dolphin that was just beyond what I thought was possible. Other artists like Mike Malone, Bernie Luther, Fip Buchanan and Joshua Carlton, really are the people that showed me that tattooing is a real art form that is only recently being treated as such. I still have the


pics tried to see what needles were being used and why. With every tattoo I kept getting better. Soon I was tattooing friends of friends, and then I noticed that the people coming to me were far removed from friends and family. Not sure how word of mouth spread but it did and I had a pretty sizeable clientele. One day that all changed, and as I was sitting in a service station getting my car worked on so I picked up an newspaper to pass the time. I started reading an article on a person whose name sounded familiar, turns out this person was arrested for child murder. Then it hit me the name was the same name I had tattooed on the back of the

person’s arm. A child killer had been in my house weeks before. This scared the shit out of me and I packed up my stuff and didn’t tattoo anyone that I did not personally know for several years. Fast forward a few years later, I decided to see if I could compare to “professional” tattooers. I put together a portfolio and started shopping myself around. A few shops showed interest but when I told them I was self-taught they turned me away. I finally got my chance at Tru Custom tattoos in Dallas. I learned a lot there. The other artists were helpful in teaching me the tricks they had learned and I actually showed them some tricks I had learned that they had never seen before. So after years of working on my own I was now a “Professional”. Tattooing was still a second job however. I would work my day job and shut down and go open the tattoo shop,

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where by this time I was the lead artist and manager. Unfortunately for my tattooing career, my day job was also taking off. I received a promotion and could not do both, so I stopped tattooing again. A few years later the promotion didn’t pan out and after 10 years I was laid off from my day job. So, I picked up my portfolio again and with this now being the technical age I applied to a shop via craigslist. I made an appointment for an interview and was hired at Young Guns Tattoo in Fort Worth, Texas. This shop was the busiest shop I had worked at and was able to really hone my skills. The artists that were there again were very helpful and again we shared knowledge and became family. Anthony “Gotti” Briganti is

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the manager and we are still really close friends. As life happens, my wife developed health issues and I had to take another day job. As much as I love tattooing, I love my wife and family even more. This time I did not leave tattooing behind. As it happens my nephew who

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owns the “Lies and Filth” T-shirt Company commissioned me to draw on, of all things, a pair of shoes. This is where it all started. When his shoes did not take off I had about 10 pair of blank shoes that I decided to draw on using my own style. They were a hit! After the first 10 pair I decided to keep at it, around that same time I heard about kick starter and started a crowdfunding campaign to see if I could take the shoes to the next level. I got online and found a manufacturer that would sell me Vans style shoes at a fraction of what buying Vans retail would cost me. The quality of the shoes was outstanding and I could draw and color the shoes and keep them at a reasonable price. The Kickstarter was a resounding success, I had multiple repeat customers and since that day I have made over 100 pair of shoes for multiple clients worldwide. I have made shoes in every style imaginable, my style of choice is still Japanese, but I have done anything from realistic snakes and dog portraits to Dragons, Geisha, Star Wars and Comic book characters. The great thing about the shoes is people who like tattoos or the art but are not willing to commit to a permanent design can get multiple pairs of shoes, and some have. The only limitation I have found is imagination. I like to

get an idea from the client and then put my style or touch into the design. I have gone so far as to replicate a tattoo that the client currently has onto a pair of shoes. The one thing I can do and really enjoy is making 2 pair of interchangeable designs. This turns 2 pairs of shoes into 4 pair depending on which 2 shoes you decide to wear at the same time. I try to put 100% of who I am into these shoes as I always did when I was tattooing. Tattooing for me translated really well into the shoes because I draw directly onto the shoes so there really is no good way to erase the pencil from the canvas shoe without creating a big black mess. Also creating a three dimensional design to fit a shoe is similar to drawing a design for an arm or a leg. The design has to look like it belongs on the shoe. It has to flow or it will just look “off”. The one thing I try to strive for is my last pair of shoes should always be my best pair. I recently launched a website that I post all of my shoes to, www.tattoomyshoes.com I add shoes there almost every day. I am also on all social media so you can find @tattoomyshoes on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr. The best way to contact me is ernie@tattoomyshoes.com

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oxic oxic Suicide Suicide is is a model a model and and featured featured entertainer entertainer based basedout outofofPortland, Portland,Oregon. Oregon.She Shehas hasbeen been modeling modelingsince sincethe theend endofof2006 2006and andhas hasbeen been published publishedin invarious variousmagazines, magazines,books, books,websites, websites, and and videos. videos. She She spends spends most most ofof her her free free time time being being aa free free spirit spirit traveling, traveling, exploring exploring the the world, world, and and loving loving her her 33 dogs. dogs.

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My name is Angel Negron. I was born on September first and I'm from Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. I have always been passionate about art since childhood. In third grade of elementary school I won two awards in art competitions. Such was the passion for art when I was 17. I used that same passion in my approach to tattoos. I began working as an apprentice in a well-known tattoo shop in

Old San Juan in Puerto Rico. I was learning so many different techniques of tattooing in Puerto Rico, and after five years decided to travel to the United States to learn new techniques. I traveled to different states, including Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. I went back to my country and I began to work at different tattoo shops and I was exposed to different tattoo

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Artist Bio conventions in Puerto Rico until I decided to open my own shop. Between the years of 2013 and 2015 I have traveled to different countries such as Panama, Costa Rica, various conventions in the United States, approximately a total of fifteen conventions. In the conventions I did in Puerto Rico from October 2013 to May 2015 I won 29 awards in the categories that I like such as

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Artist Bio the black and gray, realism, most original (category in PR) and overall. I like to design original artwork. I like different arts, the challenges but above all learn something new every day. As of today I've been tattooing around 21 years. My nickname is Tattoonator and my shop Tattoonator Ink. Thanks for reading! Angel My Social networks are:

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Christian Buckingham by Dan Lorenzo • layout by dannyrome If you watched Season 7 of Spike TV’s Ink Master, you probably thought Christian Buckingham was one of the best artists on the show. He made it to the live finale of the final three and actually did the best final tattoo. Somehow he lost. In my opinion, the Ink Master $100,000 prize was “stolen” from Christian. Dan Lorenzo: Did you call the police? Christian Buckingham: Did I call the police? Yeah. Why would I call the police? Because you were robbed dude! Oh, (laughs) you know, it is what it is man. Oh come on! I tell people I lost “the game.” I didn’t lose because I had the worst tattoo. I lost the game aspect of it. That’s fair and square shit. Sounds like you have things in perspective. I don’t know if I’d be saying that if I just lost $100,000. Well obviously it’s a tough pill to swallow. There’s no doubt about it, especially having Ollie (Judge Oliver Peck) saying he thought I had the win. If you watched all season long, I told people right and left, “It’s more than just about tattoos.” It’s like (the TV show) Survivor. There’s a whole game aspect to it and if you watch Survivor, (which was the show they equated it to) in the end, the jury just picks the winner so it has a lot to do with popularity and how you deal with the other people. I’m not going to say that I’m not bummed, of course I am, but I can honestly say that I just lost on that aspect of it. I pissed off a lot of people in the house. In a way, that kind of makes me happy. I think a lot of them look like dip-shits through that whole thing. Honestly in a lot of ways it kind of worked out for me. I think public perception kind of flip-flopped overnight. I was insanely unpopular the night before the finale and then right afterwards, the whole world was like, 92

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“Dude, you got fucked.” They were much more positive. I lost out on a check. What have you and (Ink Master winner) Anthony talked about since that night? We talk fairly frequently. I talked with him just a couple of days ago. We’re going to do some collaborative work in Tucson. A lot of people want to get tattooed by both of us. Anthony is a little...overwhelmed at this point I think which I can only imagine. We talk about how to deal with things. I’m a little better socially sometimes with people. He’s pretty shy. I consider myself pretty social and I really liked your persona after the first few episodes, but towards the last few episodes I thought you were getting cranky. Were you affected a lot by being locked into a building in Newark for so long? Yeah, you do get cranky. Everybody does. And if you watched the last episode and you looked at Cleen, the guy was so tired he was barely coherent. He hadn’t slept in two or three days. I don’t think people realize how hard we worked. For me, toward the end it was getting rough. I had a lot of personal stuff with Sausage and the drama is more real than people realize sometimes. Me and Jesse Smith had a rough time. We went back and forth a lot. It was a very intense season. You and Cleen both have shops in Las Vegas. I spoke with him last week and he told me you two are cool with each other. Is that true? Oh yeah. I love Cleen. I have nothing but respect for Cleen. Cleen’s the real deal. Just a super fun guy. I forget if it was Cleen or somebody else who told me you and St.Marq had words after the finale. Yeah, fuck him. St.Marq came up to me about two hours before the finale began and we had a conversation where he told me that he would probably be voting for Cleen regardless because he was going to vote for whatever was the most controversial so that he could get his air time. I said, “Good Lord, really dude? Aren’t you going to vote for the best tattoo?” and he said, “Well, you know it’s not real any way.” I said, “It’s not real to you because you lost, but it’s pretty real to me right now.” It really bothered me because I had a lot of people during the season say to me, “Is St.Marq really a dick?” and I’d say, “No. He’s a good guy.” I think I really went out of the way to defend him to people and then he said, “I’m going to vote for whatever’s the most controversial” and “I need my air time” so I thought: Fuck you, you piece of shit. When he asked me to take a picture after the final episode I told him to suck a dick and I would never take a picture with him again because he’s a little camera whore and that’s what he wants more than anything is just that-”camera time”, and so I denied him that. I said, “You helped screw me out of one hundred grand so there’s no pictures.” What’s next for you? I’m getting back to my life man. I did Ink Master because it was a fun life experience. It was something to do. My wife and I are just a couple of gypsies that like to do shit. My partner Vic Vivid and I just opened Basilica. #tattoomediaink

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