Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Emily McDonald

The one on my left arm symbolizes my star sign. I got it in Israel when I was visiting my dad's family. My tattoo on my right was done when I was drunk in Soho, London. My next tattoo will be on my back, and a larger version of the one on my right arm.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Craig Melchiano

I got most of my tattooes in San Francisco with the exception of 4 here in Amsterdam. I was never much on them having big elaborate stories, most of them are just little thoughts. I was more concerned with having great tattooers doing them and doing their thing. The tattooers I went to, (and they like 'tattooer' from what I have been told, not 'tattoo artist', most of them consider themselves craftsman and not artists.) Anyway, my tattooes are from these guys mostly.

Like I said the stories are simple, East of Eden cause it's the first book I remember reading, love James Dean as well, and there are some MORRISSEY references there. The crying girl wasn't even my idea, Chris surprised me with that one and I liked it, Golden is for Golden State, it says Garden State on the other side, Jersey cause it's where I was born and my dog's name, a chipped gem of some sort, a gargoyle protecting a friend over Paris,and there are others but I thought this was a good example.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Jonas Vail

My first two were on my wrists.I got the stars on my left wrist in January 1995 at Sunset Strip Tattoo in LA. My mom died when I was 18. The green parts of the stars form her initials like a monogram EVB. I got the X underneath on the 10 year anniversary of her death, April 7, 2003 at Mom’s Body Shop on Haight Street in San Francisco

My right wrist is Kanji, designed by a Japanese art director friend of mine. The bigger bottom character is “Mother”. Though you would probably use Katakana to spell out her name, the two smaller Kanji characters above represent my mother’s name: Eileen. The left character is “ai”, the right is “leen”. “Ai” means love, and “leen” means pride. I got it at Black Wave Tattoo on La Brea in LA in August 1997.

My third one is totally meaningless. I was jonesing for a new tattoo. I made the star in Powerpoint! It was for people who sat behind me on the bus to have something to look at (stupid). I didn’t realize how faded it was until I took this picture. I got it in December 2000, at Everlasting in San Francisco, but at their old location on McAllister, before they moved to where they are now on Divis.

My next one was a long time in the making – about 9 years. I am a Capricorn, and a fellow Capricorn friend and I had it drawn by a Hungarian artist called Rita Ackermann She also designed the cover of Thurston Moore’s 1995 solo album Psychic Hearts I also got it at Everlasting, this time on Divis, in March 2004.

Lastly, El Tigre, designed by my good friend Abel Macias Also a few years in the making. I had him draw me a tiger because I was born in the year of the tiger (1974). I got it done by Duncan – aka Mr. X at Into You Tattoo on St. John Street in Clerkenwell in London. I got him done February 17, 2007.

Don’t know what’s next, but looking forward to it.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Mathew Foster

Both pieces are on the inner forearms, and are in the japanese style of ukiyo-e, anold form of woodblock printmaking. The first one is a pretty well known adaptation of the 'Great Wave OffKanagawa' by Hokusai (1760‹1849). When he was 13 or 14 he had a dream ofgetting it placed on his arm, cropped in a circle. It stuck. Since the wave carries such weight, he wanted the other to be lighter and balance it out. He found a modern day ukioyo-e artist named Toshi Yoshida(1911-1995), who made this obscure print called 'Double Cherry' that he stumbled on and loved. More are in the works, and will be in the ukiyo-e style (recommendations for a Portland area artist would be appreciated).
Both were done by one Dr. Julien in 2001 and 2004, in Eugene, Oregon. There's a crappy ass video of the 2nd one being done here: