Footloose and Fancy Free

Needles and Sins News - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 03:42
[... or rather, fancy feet!]We're off on a quick break to recharge but will be back with some fun, fresh posts on Thursday!xox,Marisa... Marisa Kakoulas

The Leu Family Art Portal

Needles and Sins News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 06:19
At a time when so many of those coming to tattooing are doing so from TV drama, what often gets lost is the history, craftsmanship, and community that are such integral parts of tattoo culture. And yet, above the noise,... Marisa Kakoulas

The Cook Myth & Western Tattooing

Needles and Sins News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 05:59
Sydney Parkinson's illustration of a tattooed Maori from Cook's first voyage.In case you missed it on the Needles & Sins Facebook group yesterday, Anna Felicity Friedman recently posted a large portion of her tattoo-history dissertation on her wonderful blog... Marisa Kakoulas

Clayton Patterson Leaves NYC

Needles and Sins News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 05:19
The discussion of NYC's gentrification is nothing new, but it still stings every time I learn of another institution of art, music & grit close its door to make way for mega-store or "luxury" anything. One living institution, who has... Marisa Kakoulas

Tattoo Copyright in Total Tattoo

Needles and Sins News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 15:54
In the latest edition of the UK's Total Tattoo Magazine (May 2014), you'll find my "Who Owns Your Tattoo?" article, this time looking at the issue through the UK's Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA). The title may evoke... Marisa Kakoulas

FUZI-UVTPK's Gallery Tattoos

Needles and Sins News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 18:11
French artist FUZI-UVTPK was interviewed by Complex Magazine in this video (shown below) while he was in Brooklyn, tattooing at Muddguts gallery. Complex describes FUZI as the pioneer of the "Ignorant Style," which I have to admit, I'm pretty ignorant... Marisa Kakoulas

When a ticket becomes just a tattoo

Needles and Sins News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:50
If you ever hung out in an American independent record store in the 90s, there's probably no doubt that you've heard of Rocket From The Crypt - an awesome alt-punk band (with a horn section!!) who emerged from the San... Brian Grosz


Needles and Sins News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 06:15
Beautiful mastectomy scar transformations have been featured numerous times on the blog -- the stories behind them as powerful as the artwork. What hasn't been explored in depth here are the technical considerations in tattooing over those scars. Thankfully, Pat... Marisa Kakoulas

Fine Dining?

Modblog - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:35

A select photo from the Kokomi Gallery. Click through to see what’s actually going on here. NSFW

3D Printer Tattoo Machine

Needles and Sins News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 06:15
Coming steps closer to a dystopian future ruled by robotic tattooers, a group of students in France hacked a Makerbot Replicator 3D printer to create a DIY tattoo machine, entitled the 3D Printer X Tattoo Machine project.According to, the... Marisa Kakoulas

Sanctioned TV: Tattoo Stories

Needles and Sins News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 06:42
Featuring some of black & grey's finest, "Tattoo Stories" is a video series by Estevan Oriol and Mister Cartoon, with the goal of exploring the work, and personal lives, of esteemed tattooers from an insider's perspective -- and not... Marisa Kakoulas

"Intimate Tattoo" on 1300-year-old mummy

Needles and Sins News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 04:16
Image via the British Museum.An "intimate tattoo" found on a 1,300 year-old mummy is one of the highlights of the British Museum's "Ancient lives new discoveries" -- an exhibit that unlocks "hidden secrets to build up a picture" of the... Marisa Kakoulas

Tattoos as Sheet Music

Needles and Sins News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 05:59
The intersection of tattoos and technology often reveal pretty fascinating results. Add another artistic element to it, such as music, and it becomes hard not to take a look and listen.Using a tattoo as a music score, Dmitry Morozov, a... Marisa Kakoulas

Artist Profile: Erin Chance

Needles and Sins News - Tue, 03/18/2014 - 21:02
The US imported exceptional tattoo talent when New Zealand's Erin Chance decided to make Richmond, Virginia her new home. I became a fan of Erin's work, which leans towards the neotraditional, from her time at Auckland's renowned Sacred Tattoo studio,... Marisa Kakoulas


Needles and Sins News - Tue, 03/18/2014 - 19:16
When I think of the beautiful tattooed ladies who inspired generations of heavily tattooed women, the elegant images of sideshow performer "Artoria" Gibbons immediately come to mind.  Artoria married master tattoo artist Charles "Red" Gibbons in 1912, but it wasn't... Marisa Kakoulas

Skin Deep: A Youth Culture Tattoo Documentary

Needles and Sins News - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:08
In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, I'm sharing this 8-minute video "Skin Deep:  A Youth Culture Tattoo Documentary," by Thinkhouse, which explores tattooing in Ireland through the reflections of Irish tattooers, seasoned and new. The artists include Kev McNamara and... Marisa Kakoulas

One Year.

Modblog - Sat, 03/15/2014 - 10:59

For many of you reading this post you know what today is already.

One year ago today a friend, father, visionary, profound human being, and founder of BME Shannon Larratt passed away. Writing this one year later the idea of Shannon’s passing hasn’t fully set in for me or many of the people who were lucky enough to know him. It is hard not to say what has already been said about a man that changed so many lives. Many people, myself included, never got the opportunity to have a personal relationship with Shannon for one reason or another, however he was someone who impacted my life more than he could have ever known.  All over my social media today it is apparent how profoundly loved and appreciated he is.

I will keep this post short and sweet as it is a tough day for many folks. I will however make a motion to spend today thinking about how Shannon and BME have impacted your life. Whether it be directly or indirectly, where would you be without Shannon or BME? Today should be a day of appreciation and memories, I encourage all of you who read this in passing to share in the comments a bit about the effect he had on you. 

We have all probably read and re-read Shannon’s final post on his Zentastic blog, I leave you with a very small excerpt.

“As much as these last years have been the most difficult I can imagine, and there are still many deeds to be done, please know that I have had a wonderful adventure and enjoyed it immensely on the whole.”

While that isn’t the most striking part of his entire entry, the words “There are still many deeds to be done.” strike me as particularly important. What Shannon started didn’t leave with him. We are all still here continuing his fantastic legacy and building off the foundation he has given us. I never in a million years thought I would have the opportunity to carry the torch for ModBlog and carry the legacy of BME onwards. I am eternally grateful and  I wholeheartedly say thank you Shannon, and thank you to everyone who continues to make BME what it is today.

Need A Way To Display Your Jewelry?

Modblog - Wed, 03/12/2014 - 10:36

Just take after serious.virus and wear it all!

This is out of our surgical gallery section so click through to see this uncensored. Obviously NSFW.

May not notice at first with all that bling, but there is a split foreskin going on here as well. Fancy!

Power Portfolio: Roy R. Fowler

Modblog - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:34

In this Modblog piece we occasionally feature select artist portfolios for those that have been really killing it lately! Our small way of giving some credit where credit is due and giving back to the industry!

This go around we’re featuring the extraordinarily talented Roy R. Fowler from Wilmington, NC. Roy works out of Cape Fear Tattoo, go say hello and get some awesome work if you live in the area!

I may have purposely used this photo to showcase that beard action.

Lets dive right in to some rad portfolio action!

Click through to see the rest!

I dig how Roy can make simple things really pop. Good job buddy!

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