Mark Cross

I had meant to post about Mark Cross sometime last week, but shit has been pretty turbulent for me these last two weeks, to say the least, which is why there’s been some radio silence. Anway, onto tattoos. For those of you unfamiliar with Mark Cross, he currently tattoos out of Greenpoint Tattoo Co. in Brooklyn, NY.  Greenpoint Tattoo Co. is home to several other really awesome tattooers, including Hillary Fisher-White and Chuck Donoghue, so they’re a shop to definitely keep an eye on.

Mark does some really awesome tattoos. His tattoos remind me of that style of traditional tattooing that you see from the dudes at Smith St.-really thick bold outlines, lots of quality shading, and some nice color saturation. Personally, I think Mark does some of the coolest eagles and wolf heads around, and he also coined that sweet ass cat take on the bent-back-bitch skull design, which is seriously awesome.  Take a look at some of his work:

Check out Mark’s shop, blog, and follow him on Instagram @mark__cross. You can also check out Greenpoint’s website and follow them on tumblr. Again, Mark is definitely a tattooer to keep an eye out for. NYC is a mecca for tattooing, and Mark Cross is amongst some of the best in the city doing traditional tattooers. Thanks for reading.

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It’s attached to your rod, mothalicka…

I just finished one of the coolest interviews that I’ve done to date. Super excited about how it turned out. I’m also super excited to eventually post it for you guys, as I think most people that check this blog out will be really happy with the subject matter of the interview. Stay tuned, mothalickas.

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Tattoo Nation

I had meant to make a post about Tattoo Nation quite sometime ago. But like most things these days, it got pushed to the side for one reason or another.  At any rate, this film looks really great, and I’m quite excited for it. The documentary is going to focus on that fine-line, black and grey style of tattooing that emerged from LA  from prison tattooing, but was pioneered commercially by the likes of Jack Rudy and Freddy Negrete at Good Time Charlie’s. Also, my man Danny Trejo is in it. That’s just another reason to want to check it out.

I was hoping that this may be showing here in Rochester, but it’s sadly not. Actually, the website doesn’t have any shows listed for NY, which I assume has to be incorrect. Either way, keep your eyes peel for a showing near you. Check out the website for times and locations where you can possibly see the film in theaters. Enjoy.

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Scott Sylvia

After writing about Dave Voegeli sometime ago (I had written this at least a month ago and completely forgot that I saved this shit as a draft), I started thinking about who I would next want to write about but I was kind of drawing a blank. I figured that I’d have a decent amount of time to decide on who I’d like to write about before I needed to make up my mind. One afternoon, I was hanging out, lurking Last Sparrow Tattoo, and then it hit me-Scott Sylvia. Scott does a lot to contribute to tattooing, and I thought that writing about him would definitely be worthwhile.

For those of you unfamiliar with Scott’s work, Scott is a co-owner Black Heart Tattoo in San Francisco, CA. Besides making great traditional tattoos, Scott also makes tattoo machines. I can’t say that I have first hand knowledge about these machines, but these appear to be high quality machines.  I’m always amazed when I see tattooers talking about or posting pictures of machines they’ve built, probably because I’d be completely inept in any attempt in fabricating something such as a tattoo machine. I find it to be really awesome that someone is able to craft a tool that they’re going to use for their craft.

Scott’s got a really great style and does some pretty cool tattoos. Here’s some of his work:

Last Sparrow Tattoo, which I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions,  is another excellent contribution from Scott. The website, which was created by Mr. Sylvia, is one that I visit daily, and I feel that it’s really a great resource and community for individuals wanting to nerd out or learn about quality tattooers/tattooing. Besides a forum that features tattoo collectors and numerous tattooers, LST also boasts a plethora of awesome interviews, conducted by Scott himself, which feature the likes of Chad Koeplinger, Valerie Vargas, Stewart Robson,  and Freddy Corbin, just to name a few. I remember finding all of those interviews and been so excited and overwhelmed at the same time. There’s a ton, and I didn’t know which one to start with. Treat yo self.

You should without a doubt stop in at Black Heart Tattoo if you find yourself in San Francisco, CA. Besides being the home of Scott, Tim Lehi, Cody Miller,  and Nick Rodin to name a few. Awesome shop with some awesome tattooers. Thanks for reading. Enjoy.

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Tattoos of the Day

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Flash of the Day

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Tattoos of the Day

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