Archive for the ‘Tattoo Artist Bios’ Category

YMX's "Maori Swirl Sun Tee" (left) and "Maori Dragon Sleeveless Cycling Jersey" by New Zealand artist Roger Ingerton.

Fans of YMX athletic/lifestyle apparel can’t get enough of the fantastic Maori prints found throughout the YMX line, and it should come as no surprise, because much of that art comes from New Zealand artist/tattooist, Roger Ingerton. Ingerton has achieved his mark as a pioneer in the development of “Maori style” tattooing (apart from authentic Moko). Much of the work he has done in this style is his own freehand adaptation of traditional patterns. He says he has learned a lot from Maori artists who have supplied him with patterns to be tattooed for themselves and their friends and families. He loves this style of tattooing, and has a real feel for the flow of Pacific Island patterns. It is probably this type of work, along with a pe’a he did in 1982 that first won him international accolades. In America particularly, his work has been acclaimed in Ed Hardy’s ‘TattooTime’, and the National Tattoo Association.

Since the formation of YMX’s parent company, YellowMan, Roger Ingerton has produced many original pieces of art exclusively for YellowMan and YMX, all of which continue to be top sellers in both lines.

Read more about Roger Ingerton at YellowMan.com.

Read what Roger Ingerton has to say about himself in an archived article on this blog.

See what Roger’s wife Margaret has to say about his Maori influenced artwork.

Ingerton's Moko-based art holds a common theme at YMXbyYellowman.

Roger Ingerton's recent "Animal Kingdom" shirt for YellowMan demonstrates his gift for combining traditional Maori art with his own contemporary interpretation.

 

Lotus Warrior Mesh Tattoo Shirt by Laura Saadati

Lotus Warrior Mesh Tattoo Shirt by Laura Saadati

 

Beginning life in the small northern California college town of Chico offered no reference for tattooing. Laura Sadaati’s earliest artistic inspiration was living in a home filled with art and artifacts from Iran. Her creative urge was unstoppable. She was always drawing and painting, inspired by the patterns, ornate designs and images of beautiful women.More… Her artwork has always been filled with emotional power, skill and imagination. As an artist, Laura is most comfortable painting large-scale figurative expressionist oils. Her creative impulses stem from moody social realism, which rarely depicts the happier side of life. A brief family pilgrimage back to Iran added fuel to the fire. The music scene, specifically Punk Rock, was her firsthand contact with tattooing. Her first tattoo was an eye on her ankle from Lyle Tuttle’s in San Francisco at eighteen.

 

Yellowman Classix Tattoo Shirt by Jason Kundell

Yellowman Classix Tattoo Shirt by Jason Kundell

Being recognized specifically for Asian style designs with an occasional look back to traditional old-skool tattoo imagery, clients often rely on Jason’s artistic ability to create custom designs. He maintains an extensive collection of books on a variety of Asian cultures and their artwork. He draws inspiration from Japanese woodblock prints by Hokusai. From an early age, Jason was instilled with a strong desire to work hard, which he feels is most times more important than pure talent. Until recently, it was an annual ritual to attend specific conventions. That desire has waned as of late. Clothing has been his only departure from the endless energy he expends tattooing. Aside from www.artworkrebels.com, his dedication to rendering killer garments designed for YellowMan are an extension of his traditional tattoo images morphed with Asian folklore and cultural icons. Jason is pleased with the imagery he has created for the YellowMan collection of Pirates of the Caribbean III, At World’s End garments. According to Jason, the coolest benefit of the YellowMan garment is you eliminate the concern of uncertain changes that result as the body ages. He is excited to see other tattooists’ creative treatment of these garments. There are alternatives to the form fitting second skin garments, with the Samurai Surfer, Misplaced Cowboy lines and men’s and women’s undergarments presenting yet another facet of YellowMan.

 

Mesh Buddha Tattoo Shirt by Tony Paukku

Mesh Buddha Tattoo Shirt by Tony Paukku

Born in Malmo, Sweden 1965, Tony Paukku began his quest to learn the art of tattooing at the ripe age of 24. In less than a year’s time, he was tattooing full time at Tattoo World in Malmo. In 2000, he relocated and opened his new studio, Tattoo World 2, in Høør, Sweden. Known for his full-coverage Japanese-style tattoo work, Tony Paukku is one of the most respected tattoo artists in Sweden, and the world. Spending a great deal of time traveling throughout Europe and the Orient, he has worked and collaborated with the world’s greatest tattoo masters. Because of this diverse experience, many of his full-body tattoos rival those done by traditional Japanese Irezumi masters, and yet he infuses his own contemporary aesthetic to produce a distinctive style of his own. Often combining detailed free-hand line work with brilliant colors, as well as traditional and contemporary imagery, Tony Paukku commands the respect of the tattoo community at large. In his free time, Tony continues to travel frequently and enjoys racing motorcycles, making him a very difficult tattooist to catch.

 

Women's Buddhist Prayer Shirt by Buddhist Monk

Women's Buddhist Prayer Shirt by Buddhist Monk

 

To this day, the TATTOO MASTERS of Burma, Laos and Thailand are Buddhist priests and monks. They have perfected their technique and their spiritual mission to accumulate good karma.They only apply tattoos with positive content. While applying these protective tattoos the tattooist murmurs incantations and arranges dishes filled with fruits on a altar. Their tattooing implement is a 60 centimeter long lance. A copper figure of Buddha, snakes head, bird or demon adorn one end. Opposite this weighted end is a razor sharp point, divided into four grooves running up the tip of the shaft. These grooves holds the pigments. Black is made from a mixture of animal gall and soot. Vermilion is used for red and indigo for blue. A secret mixture of herbs known only to the master are blended with the dyes for magical tattoos. There are tattooists other than priests and monks who are not restricted to ritual designs and provide more aggressive images, cultural icons as well as non traditional tattoo designs.

 

Traitor Tattoo Shirt by Phil Holt

Traitor Tattoo Shirt by Phil Holt

Coming up on his first decade of pushing ink, Phil Holt has paid his dues and put on some miles. Beginning in Florida, he then moved on to Ohio, Chicago, San Jose and back to Tampa, Fla. His well earned knowledge comes from more than just a few special people. From road trips to long winded telephone conversations he persisted and had the luck and good fortune to connect with many amazing individuals. Holt, in his unassuming way, feels privileged for those opportunities. Lucky to have a wife who is in it for the long haul and kids who tend to suck up inordinate blocks of time as he focuses on their needs while hammering home a serious, no nonsense work ethic. There is no lazy layback slacker mentality goin’ on here. (more…)

 

Rage and Fury Tattoo Shirt by Filip Leu

Rage and Fury Tattoo Shirt by Filip Leu

Within tattoo’s most famous family, known as The Leu Family Iron in Switzerland, stands second-generation phenom Filip Leu. Known for his strength in freehand tattooing (instead of using stencils), and hand-ground mortar and pestle dyes, Filip Leu is probably sought after by more other tattooists than anyone else. Through his nomadic upbringing, he began tattooing under the instruction of his father, Felix, at the ripe age of 16. He later learned from tattooists in many countries, including India, Japan, Africa, and beyond. Though his father closely instructed him, Filip ventured onward to adopt his own distinctive style, which has earned him his celebrity status in the tattoo world.