Kreativitet & Tradisjoner

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From television I’ve learned that tattoo artists are bitchy, whiny, backstabbing rockstars who will purchase an SUV in cash just to throw other tattooers under it for the  chance to win the coveted title of Best Ink Master Tattoo Titan. This of course earns them industry wide respect, fame and fortune. Television has also taught me that the residents of Springfield haven’t aged a day in 20 years, that J.R. was never shot (it was all a DREAM) and that people actually find Ryan Seacrest interesting.

In short- TV lies to us. About everything. If the local weatherman (Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz here in Philadelphia) tells me that it’s snowing, I generally poke my head out the door just to make sure. And obviously we know that the tattooists on Ink Master don’t represent the majority of the ladies and gents who make a living tattooing every day, going into work without drama or ego to put on rad tattoos on appreciative clientele before heading out at close with the same passion for tattooing they started the day with- but what about the people who aren’t us? There are people who have tattoos and there are tattoo people. If you’re reading OV you’re probably a tattoo person; we’re niche enough that we’re not really read by the Instagram likers who are looking for the next famous artist to swoon after until someone cooler comes along. But for people with just a few tattoos (or none at all) who think of tattoo artists as temperamental reality tv stars who wear spikes on their sunglasses and constantly ruin Traditional tattoos….

There’s VICE’S game changing TATTOO AGE series, Marcus Kuhn’s globe trotting GYPSY GENTLEMAN and with hope- more projects from  independent filmmakers who love tattoo culture and want to see it documented in a more positive light.  Like Ivar Myhrvold. When he shared his first short with me- Kreativitet & Tradisjoner (Creativity & Traditions)- he told me not to sugarcoat things in my review. It was his first real project and with first projects there’s always that fear of not finding an audience who appreciates it. I’m really glad he took the shot. The short features Oslo’s Morten Transeth from Old Blue Arms Tattoo sharing his story- how he came to tattooing, why he tattoos the way he does and why he feels fortunate to be under the pressure of constant creativity.

If this is Ivar’s first project I can’t see where he goes next.

For those of us who don’t speak Norwegian- Ivar has provided a subtitle option. Just click CC button on the video.

Kreativitet & Tradisjoner (Creativity & Traditions) from Ivar Myhrvold on Vimeo.



  1. Mister Porter, I was laughing my ass off at your first paragraph whilst simultaneously chanting “hear! hear!”

    Thank you for the share on this video, I can’t wait to watch it! I’ve been really bummed that Tattoo Age has seemingly come to an end and that Gypsy Gentleman has also seemed to have stalled out; leaving us tattoo history and culture junkies in withdrawal while awaiting the long promised second (and rumored third) installment of the Japanese tour.

    Anywho, thanks for being rad and diligently gathering and sharing this awesome stuff with us!



  2. Great Video. I haven’t watched many types of reality tattoo programmes that are popular at the moment but like the Gypsy Gentleman Series and Tattoo Age (which are awesome and not in the same category as the reality programmes) it’s really enjoyable to watch something honest and not filled with cringey cliché’s and “cool people” getting tattooed or tattooing other people and all the made up drama. I hope there will be more of these from Ivar

    **Disclaimer – don’t want to offend anyone that watches and enjoys the reality Tattoo programmes, I just haven’t watched many myself and I’m guessing it’s a similar format to any type of reality programme 🙂


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