Tattoo Artist

Best Intentions Volume 4

AotD: Completely! And that’s really fucked up. I don’t know why it’s different and even I’m on the younger side of why I should feel that it’s different. It just is. I can’t really explain it to you. Tattooing is not like the other things. It’s separate. It’s different. And it’s not to be lumped in with the other ways you can express yourself. I don’t want it to be that. Yes, I do other stuff artistically as well as tattooing. I paint a lot. I draw. I knit shit like I’m doing right now. I ineptly and ham-handedly make things out of textiles. I’m not really good at it, but I enjoy it, but ultimately I’m a tattooer and the other things are sidelines for me. It’s just peculiar to think- I just can’t imagine that people would tattoo and do other stuff and that tattooing would come in second. I just don’t understand how that works. ~excerpt from my interview with Alice of the Dead. 

Issue number four of Atonement Books BEST INTENTIONS is now available! My contribution to this issue is a whopper of an interview with Alice of the Dead, but there’s a lot of really amazing content that’s worth checking out.


230 pages (twice as thick as before) full colour tattoo magazine including interviews from –

Alex Reinke
Stace Forand
Dan Sin on shunga
Simon Erl
Karina Monzon
Alice OTD
Brigante

Artwork and tattoos by –

Steve Whittenberger
Joseph Aloi
Rodrigo DC
Stefano C
Gavin Rose
Adam Shrewsbury
Jenks
Matt Lambin
Davee Blows

Studio visits –
Big Trouble Tattoo San Diego
Purple Sun Tattoo Brussels

Cover by Alex Renke.

Includes Stickers.

*****Please note: to calculate shipping in Europe please select Germany******

Random Scans

When it comes to the old prints in my archives, some, particularly the ones that came from sources other than the ones who donated them to me,  come with very little context or information. I try to use due diligence to put the pieces together, emailing tattoo friends from the old days who might be able to fill in the blanks with a name, location or time period, but even those connections are starting come fewer and further between.

Three of the four photos in this update, for example, came with no context other than a few familiar faces and (not pictured) a photograph that featured a button noting it’s wearer was at a tattoo convention in Knoxville, TN. Recognizing my friend JD in one of the prints I sent off an email and found that it was the 1986 Knoxville Convention. He was able to put names to faces in a group photo (not pictured) and add some personal stories about the gents in it. History is a communal effort.

Large photo: Unknown.
Top Right: JD. Knoxville 1986
Middle Right: Randy Adams, Knoxville 1986
Bottom Right: Shotsie Gorman, Knoxville 1986

Hex Appeal: Say you love Satan!

OV’s merch wing- Hex Appeal- has teamed up with Berlin based tattooer Alice of the Dead for a a diabolical embroidered patch! Packaged with a header card also featuring art by Alice, this 3.5″ x 3.5″ iron on backed patch is a great way to show your eternal love for ol’ Scratch. Occult Vibrations is totally non-profit, so if you enjoy the content we post, consider picking one of these Satanic som’bitches up to throw a little cash in the tip jar!

Patches are expected to ship on/after 30th April, 2017.

http://hexappeal.storenvy.com/products/19687327-hex-appeal-x-alice-of-the-dead-say-you-love-satan-embroidered-patch

 

Powercats

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Scanned from a 3×5 print dating back to approximately 1986, this photo features Gary, Indiana’s Debra Cooper with tattooing by Royboy. I’ve sorted through stacks of pictures taken at this convention and with about 10 more in queue to scan I have yet to find a single photo that makes reference as to where it was hosted but I’m thinking Tennessee based on nothing more than an educated guess. Either way- any time I come across photos of Debra I make it a policy to post it.

Mirror Cave #11: Transcendental Sound Vibration with Robert Ryan.

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Dan Higgs Baphomet tattooed by Robert Ryan.

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The latest episode of Scott Harrison’s MIRROR CAVE podcast features a 30 minute chat with Electric Tattoo’s Robert Ryan. The episode’s focus is on Robert’s connection with Eastern religion, experiences with Ayahuasca and his first visit to India; while not directly connected with tattooing it’s a great insight into his aesthetic output.

You can find it on ITUNES:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mirror-cave-podcast/id1143661860?mt=2

 

Devil’s Reign II: Psychedelic Blasphemy

event-both-squareThe use of Psychedelics and the Occult both run on similar currents; the intent to expand your mind through means eldritch or entheogenic is something that we here at Occult Vibrations are very much interested in. I’d wager that the folks at HOWL BOOK feel the same way.

On Friday December 2nd and Saturday December 3rd HOWL will be hosting events to celebrate their second collaboration with Church of Satan High Priest Peter H. Gilmore- Devil’s Reign: Psychedelic Blasphemy. They’ve gotten 100 devilishly talented artists from the worlds of underground comix, tattooing and lowbrow culture to celebrate Satan in all of His trippy glory.

From the press release:
Fort Myers & Tampa, FL – The Devils Reign II: Psychedelic Blasphemy is the 2nd art book in a series curated by Church of Satan High Priest, Peter H. Gilmore. The new book, entitled Psychedelic Blasphemy features over 100 illustrators, tattooers, and rock poster artists, contributing wild, blasphemous, and hallucinogenic inspired images. The list of artists includes such notable icons as Zap comics co-founder S. Clay Wilson, seminal punk rock collage artist Winston Smith, rock poster artist Derek Hess, and famous tattooers from around the world including Derek Noble, Robert Borbas, Onnie O’Leary, Kelly Violet, and many more.

2 days of book release concerts and art shows open this Friday December 2nd in Tampa, Florida at The Orpheum and Dysfunctional Grace art gallery. And a following day of events will be held at the book publisher’s gallery and tattoo shop, HOWL, in Fort Myers, Florida.

Accompanying the book, a CD of retro 60’s electronic music recorded by High Priest Peter Gilmore is being released as a special limited edition audio component. “Sinfonie Sinistre” is a 40 minute album originally recorded in the 1980’s on rare synthesizers while Gilmore was receiving his masters degree in composition from NYU. Both the CD and the book will be available during the Tampa and Fort Myers book release party, concert, and art shows.

The Psychedelic Blasphemy concert at The Orpheum, December 2nd, will feature a 25 year reunion of industrial band The Electric Hellfire Club, with a special guest performance by Jinx Dawson of the original 1960’s pioneering occult band Coven. The concert will also feature openers Nathan Gray Collective and Asmodeus X. The show is MC’d by former WCW wrestling manager James Mitchell, aka The Sinister Minister. Tickets are still available for $17 and doors open at 7pm, Dec 2nd. The Dysfunctional Grace Psychedelic Blasphemy art show teaser and book signing event starts at 4pm, and is a few doors down from The Orpheum.

A second day of events in Fort Myers, Dec 3rd. features a Devils Reign II craft beer release at 4pm made by Bury Me Brewing, followed by a art show and sold out concert and burlesque performance at HOWL Gallery starting at 6pm.

The Devils Reign books are published by HOWL Books in association with The Church of Satan. The church, based in Poughkeepsie, NY, was founded 50 years ago in San Francisco by Anton Szandor Lavey. In 2001 Peter H. Gilmore was appointed High Priest. The Church of Satan prides itself on being the world’s first atheistic and carnal religion. Past members have included well known and celebrated actors, musicians, and artists.

For additional information on the book or CD, a complete list of artists, or to purchase, visit www.howlbooks.net

For additional info on The Church of Satan visit www.churchofsatan.com

 

Complete list of artists/ordering information can be found here: http://www.howlbooks.net/shop/books/the-devils-reign-2/

Tomboy Tattoo

A few months ago our friends over at Yellow Beak Press sent a box full of VHS cassettes for archival and preservation. The tapes were a few decades old and in various states of magnetic decomposition; audio loss, video loss or spot on perfect. It’s always different and surprising what I’ll find when I pop a tape into an equally aged VCR and push play.

This short clip that dates back to the early 1990s features Calamity Jane of Tomboy Tattoos talking about her career and being a female tattoo artist in a time where it wasn’t so common. The audio had degraded substantially (I bumped it up 400% and tried to balance out the resulting hiss) but it’s worth watching.