Tattoo event to host the world’s best in modern and traditional tattoo art
Auckland International Tattoo Convention - ASB Showgrounds - 26-27 November 2011
New Zealand’s premier tattoo event, Auckland International Tattoo Convention, once again plays host to more than 60 of the world’s biggest names in tattoo art and performance, including renowned Tatau masters from Samoa, the Suluape family, and tattoo artist, performer and world’s most tattooed man, Lucky Diamond Rich. The fifth Auckland International Tattoo Convention celebrates the intersection of global tattoo culture and the Pacific’s rich tradition of Ta Moko and Tatau.
Artists from England, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, USA and all over New Zealand will design and execute tattoos for the public at the convention, including traditional Ta Moko and Tatau by hand tools. The event also features a packed schedule of entertainment, including DJs, artwork, and Polynesian dance.
Event spokesperson Pip Russell said “New Zealand’s tattoo culture is unique. Like many other countries, we’ve seen a massive interest in western tattoo art and styles over the last 15 years and we’ve grown a thriving industry of studios and great artists. But New Zealand is also home to a rich tradition of Ta Moko and on the doorstep of Polynesian Tatau, which are both enjoying well deserved revivals. When it comes to tattoo art, New Zealand has best of all worlds and we want to celebrate that.”
Russell goes on to explain the role of the bi-annual the resurgence of Ta Moko and Tatau. “When we launched the convention in 1999, the customary Polynesian tattoo techniques were still underground. There were only a handful of Ta Moko and Tatau artists, scattered across the Pacific, who were holding onto their traditions.
“But we bought the best of those artists together, along with their counterparts in western tattooing, and we showed New Zealand what amazing traditional art was like. For most people, it was the first time they had seen Ta Moko and Tatau done properly. Ta Moko and Tatau have enjoyed a huge revival since then, and we’re really proud that the convention has helped with that”.
Entertainment at the event includes the Kalia dance troupe from Tonga, and some of Auckland’s finest DJs including Slave, Cian (Conch) and Bobby Brazuka (Conch). A pop-up salon by Teaser Hair Lounge will provide 1950’s style hair dos.
Also included in the event is New Zealand’s only display of tattoo art exhibition “Death” on its world tour from Canada. The exhibition shows a series of artwork from around the world, examining the death of 'traditional western tattoo design' and its rebirth as ‘fine art’.
The Auckland International Tattoo Convention is presented by Ta Moko Tatau Tattoo Trust.
When: Saturday 26 November 9am - 9pm, Sunday 27 November 9am - 8pm
Where: Pavilion 3, ASB Showgrounds
Restrictions: All ages
Ticket Information: $20 per person, per day or $30 two people, per day. Children under 12 years free.
Links: Lucky Diamond Rich, Roller Derby Team NZ, all tattoo artists on event website
ZANESVILLE -- Hankering for a new tattoo? One Ohio artist influenced by the recent exotic animal incident in Zanesville might have the perfect cause for you to roll up your sleeve.
Billy White, owner of Yellow Rose Tattoo, has donated more than $1,000 in proceeds from tattoos of lions, tigers, bears, cheetahs and wolves to the Columbus Zoo. He hopes the money can help the six survivors from the Muskingum County Animal Farm--One grizzly bear, 3 leopards and 2 monkeys--live comfortably in their new home.
"When I first heard about it, it was crazy," he told the Detroit Free Press. "I thought, 'What could I do to help in some way?' There's been so much negative attention, so I wanted to focus on something positive, like the rescued animals that were saved."
White inked 18 tattoos and raised about $1,300 by Saturday afternoon. But the idea really took off after posting his pledge on the Yellow Rose Tattoo's Facebook page.
"Everybody's come together for this, whether they're excited about getting a new tattoo or just donating money," he said.
The tattoo artists originally planned for the fundraiser to last only four days, but he told the Free Press he may continue the project indefinitely.
"A lot of benefit can come from this, and I hope it's driven in a positive way for awareness," he said. "I want to thank everybody who's helped and went the extra mile to do something selfless."
Police shot 48 animals to death during the escape, including 18 rare Bengal tigers, 17 lions and eight bears. While no one can say why 62-year-old Terry Thompson, owner of the exotic animal farm, decided to free his animals and commit suicide, his estranged sister told media outlets that his finances overwhelmed him to the point of no return.
TLC has announced that it is renewing its latest success in the network's Ink franchise - NY INK - for a second season. Season two is slated to premiere in December 2011 with 10 hour-long episodes.Season one of NY INK followed Ami James as he put it all on the line to become the Tattoo King of New York. Ami, brash and loud with a big personality and heart to match, became a household name thanks to the groundbreaking series MIAMI INK in 2005. As the first tattoo artist to gain such celebrity, Ami gave us an inside look into the tattoo culture on the hot streets of South Beach. After taking the industry by storm in Miami, this sharp-tongued, quick-tempered artist set his sights on dominating the birthplace of American tattoo style: New York City. Always looking for his next big challenge, Ami opened up his new shop (Wooster Street Social Club) right in the heart of SoHo. Opening a new shop meant hiring a whole new crew, and with that, a whole new set of problems. He now has his shop up and running in NYC and season two will continue to follow Ami and his crew as they to try to ramp up business while working through the drama.
Jesse James and Kat Von D have split just six months after getting engaged.
"I am no longer w Jesse," Kat Tweeted late Monday night.
"And out of respect for him, his family and myself, thats all the info I'd like to share. Thanks for respecting that," the 29-year-old reality star continued in the Tweet.
Jesse, 42, blamed problems in the former couple's relationship on their long distance relationship - Kat shoots her TLC reality show "LA Ink" in Los Angeles, while Jesse lives near Austin, Texas with his three children.
"I'm so sad because I really love her," Jesse told People. "The distance between us was just too much."
The couple, who got engaged in January, previously told the mag they were planning a summer wedding.
Jesse's engagement to Kat came less than a year after splitting with Oscar winner Sandra Bullock, following an infidelity scandal on his part.
This would have marked the fourth marriage for Jesse and the second for Kat.