Freddy Corbin

8MM: Meadowlands

I’ve been working on restoring footage from an 8mm video cassette that was recorded at the 1991 Meadowlands tattoo convention. It’s a frustrating process sometimes; I’ll find 3 seconds of Eddie Deutsche tattooing but what are you going to do with three seconds followed by a shaky camera move to the next booth.The screen grabs often promise something more interesting than the finished, edited video.

Archival woes, I tell you what.

The Inborn Absolute


This monograph delves into the career of celebrated artist Robert Ryan. From his early roots as a musician and painter, he discovered tattooing and quickly became one of the preeminent artists in that realm. His work reveals a deep mastery of the American tattooing tradition while creating a mystical and fantastic world full of unique takes on Eastern religious iconography. The book covers two decades of stunning paintings & tattoos, interviews with art and music luminaries about his work and subject matter, detailing Ryan’s personal journey and progression as an artist.

Set for an August 9th release from Featherproof Books, THE INBORN ABSOLUTE is going to be one of 2016’s must-have books. Right now there’s a pre-order via and when alternate ordering becomes available I’ll include it here.

You can see more of Robert’s work on tumblr and instagram.


Creative Mornings w/ Freddy Corbin

Freddy Corbin.
Pretty much any time Freddy sits down to talk about tattooing (or hell, about anything) it’s probably a good idea to drop whatever you’re doing and listen. His arc on Vice’s TATTOO AGE should be required viewing for anyone interested in tattoo culture, his talk with Scott Sylvia on Last Sparrow a great companion chapter.

The folks at Creative Mornings Oakland invited Freddy to talk a little about the tattoo scene and his place in it. Very much worth checking out.


Bonus Corbin Tattoo Age

The Freddy Corbin episodes of Tattoo Age were hands down the best episodes of an already impressive series. The folks at Vice didn’t stop there though; a Corbin bonus episode (that clocks in just over six minutes) is currently up on the Tattoo Age site.

The bonus footage covers Fred’s trip to India, where he tattooed pilgrims on the banks of the Ganges River. Must see stuff.

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Corbin and Higgs

From the Polaroid Project:


“Daniel Higgs & Freddy Corbin

This was the photo I was hoping to take. Such history here. Both Freddy & Dan were considered the young turks of their craft while working at Ed Hardy’s Tattoo City back in the early 90’s.

It was a real trip to watch Freddy listening to Dan, given the span of their friendship.”

Thanks goes out to Lincoln Smith for use of the photo.

Living the Dream

More Fred Corbin on VBS; episode two is now streaming.
FC2 at Vice.

The two Corbin episodes that have dropped have really played out like a loveletter to the culture of Tattooing; you can see in Fred’s eyes that he knows he’s one of the luckiest son’s a bitches in the world and that he’s thankful for everything tattooing has brought him. You can also see the respect his peers have for him in all of the interviews that accompany the piece.

It’s a bummer that we only have one Corbin episode left; the good news is the folks at Vice are finally calling this Season One….

The picture above is of Mr. Corbin and Daniel Higgs, showing their Ed Hardy back pieces. Fred is the Rock of Ages. So damned cool.

Tattoo Age: Freddy Corbin

Freddy Corbin Tattoo Age Trailer.

This is the Tattoo Age I’ve been waiting for since the original trailer hit the net; Freddy Corbin.
While the bold ‘powerpop’ aesthetic of Higgs more suited my tastes I was always interested in Fred as a tattooer. He seemed to live up to his Mr. Nice Guy nickname.

The Tattoo Age series has more than exceeded any expectations I had and Corbin is the perfect way to end what I can only hope to be season one. The first episode hits the ‘net on Tuesday November 2nd at with the following episodes on November 9th & 16th.

From Tattoo Age:
Once the young turk of the Bay Area working with tattoo luminaries Ed Hardy and Dan Higgs in the early 90′s at Tattoo City, Freddy Corbin is now an elder statesman of the tattoo scene. Freddy proclaims that he is a spiritual man, whose shop looks like a cross between the Sistine Chapel and an old bar. He has battled addiction and dealt with loss but always maintains a positive outlook on life. Two years ago, he tattooed villagers for free in India on the banks of the Ganges River as a spiritual offering before the birth of his son.