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Secret Sidewalk Tattoos History and 20th Anniversary

Eddy Reyes Sr was born in 1975 in Pajacuran, Mexico, and immigrated to the Bay Area of northern California, USA, at two years old. He began tattooing at 13 with a handcrafted machine and became a professional in 1995. He planned to utilize tattoos to depict the Bay Area by fusing what he saw on […]

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Freddy Corbin, Oakland’s Tattoo God

Freddy Corbin was born in Tampa, Florida, in 1966, grew up in Sacramento, and at 18, went to San Francisco, California, to pursue a career as a tattoo artist. Joshua Golden gives him his first professional tattoo at Lyle Tuttle’s shop. Corbin spent a lot of time at studios and received body art from various […]

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Tattooing Beloved Pets: An Interview with Kimria

The South Korean film industry, like the tattoo industry, is thriving. South Korea is a fine-line micro tattooing powerhouse because the quality and skill are exceptional, as demonstrated by Kimria, a Seoul-based artist specializing in pet portraits on skin. Kimria, who works in black-and-grey and color, discusses her passion for assisting clients in reconnecting with […]

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The 2021 Feather Falls Tattoo Expo

After the last year and a half without tattoo events, it was a breath of fresh air to be attending one, especially in California. Held on May 7 – 9, 2021, at Feather Falls Casino in Oroville, north of Sacramento, the expo was packed with spectators in the banquet hall—giving the impression that tattoo demand will […]

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Absurdist and Avant-Garde Ink by Heavenly Beauty Tattoo

Avant-garde artist Ilia Zharkov is hungry for the madness that lies just beneath the surface. As an engineer, he fell in love with geometric precision. As a Moscow-based Millennial, he learned that perfection is also usually a lie. Whether we’re whitewashing our own stories with photo filters, or covering up scandals with propaganda, flawless images only […]

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Sinister Visions: Blackwork Tattoos by Robert Borbas

RĂłbert Borbás (aka, Grindesign) is known for his incredible blackwork tattoos—and deservedly so. Along with strong lines and flowing compositions, Borbás harnesses the subtle nuances of black and gray ink to produce deep, lush, gothic scenes haunted by demonic animals, moldering skulls, and the restless undead. Much of his imagery derives from themes of the […]

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Foreboding Creature Tattoos are Modern Brothers Grimm

Tortoises, hares, skulls, and crows—these are all characters featured in Parvick Faramarz’s blackwork tattoos. The Moscow-based artist combines intricate dot and bold lines, creating a subtle texture and sense of motion in every tattoo. At times, they appear as if they’re crawling over the skin. Together, they conjure vintage illustrations of folklore; not the type […]

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Iwan Yug’s Photorealistic Tattoos

Whether in color or black-and-grey, Iwan Yug is able to create eye-catching photorealist art for his clients. This Ukraine-born artist living in Moscow began tattooing in 2005—exploring different techniques and styles until resuming to his favorites: realistic portraiture and wildlife. Often using a photo reference as he tattoos, some of his designs require editing and […]

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Timeless Black-and-Grey Tattoos by David Allen

Chicago-based tattooer David Allen worked as a graphic designer, including three or four years as art director for heavy metal music magazine, HM. His passion for drawing led him to moving on from that career to becoming a tattooer; starting an apprenticeship at Bluebird Tattoo in Indiana. Fast forward to today, he is tattooing at […]

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Tattoos of the Art Genius Dali, the Grim Reaper, and More

Don’t confuse Demon Tattoo studio with the one in England, this one is located in La Seu d’Urgell, a town located north-east of Spain. The shop is owned by Daniel Martos who specializes in photorealist tattoos including portraits of celebrities, movie characters, and clients’ loved ones and pets. You can see an improvement in Martos’ […]