I covered the story of Professor JT Clark – the tattoo artist who called South Africa home for a decade – a few weeks back; and touched on his love connection to what I could consider South Africa’s own Tattooed Lady, albeit it solely by residence. I knew that I would be covering her life story long before I discovered that it was closer to home than I expected; so now I do it with a sense of pride and extra care to bring you the story of Princess Beatrice.
30 Sep 2013 1 Comment
in Historical Ties Tags: Africa, Bertha, Body modification, Brantford, documentary, England, History of tattooing, johannesburg, lifestyle, south africa, Tattoo artist, tattooed families, tattooed ladies, United States
26 Sep 2013 Leave a comment
in The Daily Sting Tags: art, Body, Body modification, Bodyart, documentary, drinking, History of tattooing, lifestyle, Miami, Shopping, south africa, Studios, Tattoo, Tattoo artist, tattoo culture, tattoos hurt, what to expect with your first tattoo
I don’t know how often I hear the words; The tattoo artist didn’t do a good job with my tattoo. In some cases that may be true, but the surprising amount of times it’s actually the fault of the client will surprise you. Here is something that you may or may not be aware of but when you choose to enter into any activity, you need to bear some of the responsibility thereof.
I do not deny the fact that I am quite opinionated when it comes to the industry and those who are a part of it; but I justify that by my unwavering devotion and passion to all that it entails. It is for this reason that I become a bit of a Momma Bear when people feel the need to slander it however they choose to. More
25 Sep 2013 Leave a comment
in Real Life Snippets Tags: Africa, al capone, art, Arts and Entertainment, Ben Gunn, Bodyart, George Burchett, Government, Jacobus van Dyn, johannesburg, London, side show, south africa, Southampton Docks, Speakers Corner Hyde Park, Tattoo, Tattoo artist, tattoo oddity, tattooed head
It does take a particular type of person to be considered the Worlds Worst Man by your Tattoo Artist, even more so if that artists can include the term My most plucky client in the same sentence. This is how George Burchett described South African born, tattooed oddity; Jacobus van Dyn.
Perhaps it was done purposefully by van Dyn, because very little is known about his salacious life other than the devilish snippets of his own design. All that was needed to pique my curiosity was seeing Tattooed and South African in the same sentence and this is what that curiosity managed to dig up about our own historical tattooed celebrity.
22 Sep 2013 Leave a comment
in Uncategorized Tags: art, Body art, Body modification, Bodyart, branded, drinking, first time, lifestyle, Shopping, Studios, Tattoo, Tattoo artist, United States, what to expect with your first tattoo
I’ve been so wrapped up with my weekend and devouring Bodies of Subversion that I totally neglected to continue with this list. If you missed the first part, you can catch it here.
There might be a few that I add or that I have missed, but for anyone starting their tattoo journey or for a seasoned pro, it’s always good to remember a few pointers.
19 Sep 2013 1 Comment
in Real Life Snippets Tags: Australia, Bedale, Bertha, Bodyart, Cape Town, documentary, Durban, George Burchett, History, History of tattooing, johannesburg, lifestyle, Margot Mifflin, Princess Beatrice, Professor Clark, south africa, Tattoo, Tattoo artist, tattoo culture, tattooed ladies, United States
This evening, while reading through my new copy of Bodies of Subversion by Margot Mifflin, I had no idea that it would send me a wild goose chase online. A single sentence about Tattooed Lady Princess Beatrice stood out for me; she met South African Tattoo Artist; John Clark…
I couldn’t read another line after that; my curiosity was piqued beyond concentrating on the rest of the Tattooed Ladies and has led me here, trawling the internet for more information with the excitement and curiosity of a child before Christmas.
18 Sep 2013 2 Comments
The anxiety and excitement experienced when getting tattooed can be compared to being on a roller coaster, your body produced a similar level of adrenalin. Palms start to sweat, your heart rate elevates and judgement gets clouded; and that’s okay – getting tattooed can be quite intimidating.
Being prepared and planning your tattoo day is so important to help you enjoy the best experience possible; and quite frankly, it makes the artists job a bit easier as well. Here are a few things to remember for the next time you go under the needle.
17 Sep 2013 Leave a comment
When I decided that I was going to have a sleeve dedicated to the incredible Norman Keith Collins; I had a plethora of flash that I could choose from to help make that dream come to fruition. Adding my own twist to his timeless work; I’ve managed to complete about 90% of my arm with his iconic tattoo designs – all in an attempt to pay homage to where Western Tattooing was refined.
While Sailor Jerry; as he was fondly referred to; was not the first tattoo artist banging out what we now consider Traditional Tattoos, he was the first to start pushing the limits when it came to developing new colours and techniques that would become a stand out feature of his work. Also notorious for his disdain of anyone with an egotistical attitude toward the art form, it was reported that he used a picture of Lyle Tuttle in his toilet after Tuttle appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine in October of 1970.
14 Sep 2013 Leave a comment
There has been a phenomenal response to the new facebook page taking over the trend zone. Scratchers South Africa proclaims to expose the unprofessional and unsavoury tattoo artists who are giving the industry a seedy name.
With both positive as well as negative responses to the new page, I am sure that it is safe to say that it is working.
11 Sep 2013 Leave a comment
in Real Life Snippets, Uncategorized Tags: art, artist, Body modification, Bodyart, childhood, children, History of tattooing, Tattoo, Tattoo artist, tattoo culture, tattooed families, tattooed ladies, tattooed mom, tattoos hurt
You know the feeling that you get when you get a message or a phone call from a client while you’re busy having dinner? I am sure that you feel just a little bit frustrated when you check your phone and it’s work related after hours.
How about getting drunk dialed at midnight because the caller has just had the best idea for a job? Kind of annoying isn’t it?
09 Sep 2013 Leave a comment
I’ve been struggling to post content over the past few days. I really wanted to do a write up on the Cool Inc Tattoo expo and had every intention of doing just that, but I felt uninspired. It had nothing to do with the event (which was awesome), but the disconnected feeling that I had when we left.
It has had me pondering the tattoo community and whether or not it is withdrawing from itself.