Tattoo Mentor Q&A with Scot Winskye and Keith Ciaramello
Jason Stephan and Will Gonzalez
Jesse Smith and Kenneth Brown-The Richmond Tattoo and Arts Festival 2016
Stefano Alcantara and Jesse Smith with Keith Ciaramello
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Q&A With Keith 2016
Brennan speaks with Keith about his tattooing, painting, parenthood and his independent comic book “Prat”. Enjoy!
Q & A with Keith Ciaramello
Keith answers your submitted questions about tattooing and being a professional artist.
Chris 51From EPIC INK interviewed by Keith Ciaramello 2016
Had to tweak this one quite a bit for audio to be doable, but you won’t regret it. A MUST LISTEN.
Civil War and Soapy Reveals…(w/Scot Winskye)
Hope all is well. I know your busy but, I wanted to pick your brain about a painting I’m working on. Its in the beginning stages, in oils. I’m sending a photo of the refrence as well. My main concern is about the shadows on the side of the helmet. I value your opinion and hope to hear from you soon. Thank you
Looks really nice! Be careful of your light source, and the separation of the light and dark side (no pun intended) of the object. The red circles represent a simply lit sphere over the object. Nothing in the dark side should have any high key values from the light side. Look at the color samples lifted from the reference. the brightest colors on the dark side are the medium dark colors from the light side. The large image is just a layer on top with a quick airbrush pass to knock those values back. I know you can do it way more controlled in paint.
Hope this helps,
Thom Bulman Interviewed
Nick Malasto Part 2!
Nick Malasto 2016 Interview Part 1
Ernesto Nave and Christian Perez discuss their painting event and more!
Justin Buduo Interview
I was introduced to Chad Sinkhorn years ago by Scot Winskye. I’ve always been impressed with his artwork, but it doesn’t stop there. Chad has always been ambitious and progressive. Always ready to try the newest advancements in tattooing, he has an open mind and a willingness to take chances on new tools and technology. A few years ago he impressed many in the tattoo community by holding his first tattoo convention.
Guy Aitchison Interview 2016!
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Keith Ciaramello gives an overview of tattoo safety cartridge technology, and uses seven popular brands as examples. This informational video is designed for consumers and manufacturers alike. The hope is to elevate the awareness of safety cartridge construction, quality and materials, so that the products can improve more rapidly in a constructive, creative setting. (Running time Aprox. 2 hours 30 min).
Inkmaster JIME LITWALK interviewed by Keith Ciaramello
Josh Bodwell Interviewed!
Christmas Message From Keith Ciaramello!
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Dave Wah interviewed with special guest Halo!
Getting deep into painting technique and the effects of anxiety inducing chemicals, more information than the average brain can possibly handle. More Jesse Smith! Special Skype Bomb by Dan Hazelton.
Lalo Tattoos and Jesse Smith of Inkmasters in studio… Also joined by artist Melody Mitchell!
Sign the petition!!! www.change.org/p/andrew-cuomo-david-carlucci-kenneth-zebrowski-new-york-state-department-of-health-change-nys-bill-s1421-2015-to-allow-the-use-of-disposable-ink-caps-in-tattooing?recruiter=368545516&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink
ATTENTION NYS TATTOO ARTISTS AND SHOPS!
New laws have been passed in NY effective December 12th that will require the used of single use prepackaged ink cups instead of the usual disposable ink caps.
EXERCISE YOUR RIGHTS! CONTACT YOUR LAWMAKERS!
SIGN THE PETITION! SHARE WITH OTHER TATTOO ARTISTS
To: Senator Carlucci, NYS Department of Health, Governor Cuomo, Assemblyman Zebrowski and whomever else it may concern,
This petition is regarding the wording on the new tattoo laws that were passed, bill S1421-2015. The wording regarding single use inks is complicated and may lead to completely unnecessary and expensive measures.
The new bill (http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/s1421-2015) defines “SINGLE USE INK” SHALL MEAN A SEALED AND PRE-FILLED PACKAGE OF INK THAT IS ONLY INTENDED FOR A SINGLE USE”
The standard procedure by any properly trained tattoo artist involves purchasing large bottles of inks, and pouring them into small plastic, single use, disposable “ink caps”, just enough for the procedure, which are thrown away during clean up. The original large bottle is to be stored away from the client and the work station, and therefore away from any possibility of contamination.
The way the law reads now, would not work with these proven safe, common-practice procedures. They have single use, prepackaged inks, but they are incredibly expensive and not offered by any of the better quality brands of ink (really just a couple brands), and only available in a limited palette. For many artists, switching to a lesser-quality ink, is just not an option. For permanent makeup pigments (which is very much tattooing as well) there are no brands packaged for single use. These single-use inks, are impractical and unnecessary, since standard precautions are designed to eliminate the possibility of cross-contamination.
We would like to propose that better wording would be something that specifies that pigments are required to be poured into single use disposable receptacles aka ink caps.
Example: “single use ink” shall mean all inks are poured into disposable single use containers, and disposed of after each procedure.
The key to safe tattooing is annual education requirements, teaching artists in the industry to use universal precautions and learn the newest and best practices to prevent cross-contamination and prevent the spread of dangerous infectious diseases. This is already a requirement through federal OSHA laws, which many other states have chosen to reiterate.
Rewrite NYS BILL S1421-2015 before it goes into effect!
Dan Hazelton Interview with Keith Ciaramello!
The last few weeks I’ve been reading and listening to the writings of Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill, and Wallace Wattles. What happened to the great thinkers and doers in our generation? It seems like everyone is in a competition to be the biggest DUMBASS.
Ant Iannucci Interviewed.
Part one of Keith’s interview with Jesse Smith! Listen up people! Art Nerdy GOODNESS!!!
Franco Vescovi Interviewed
Ebook version of my Summer Sketchbook is up Now!
Take a slow boat to Pooch Island! Tattoo artist and painter Michael “Pooch” Pucciarelli speaks to Keith Ciaramello about all things tattoo, painting and where to get great ribs in his home town. Listen up!
I Like to Paint MONSTERS! Chet Zar Interviewed by Keith Ciaramello
I love the opportunity to bring interviews to you from artists I admire how exist outside of the tattoo community. I’m not sure that statement totally applies in this case, considering the Chet Zar has made a second home in the tattoo community. Chet started very young in his pursuit of the creation of “all things creepy”. His movie magic career culminated in a position at Rick Baker Studios. After becoming disenchanted with the nature of Hollywood projects, Chet made a decision to bring his creepy creativity to the fine art world.
Affectionately known as a “painter of monsters”, he couldn’t have been less monstrous during our interview. Getting to know Chet during this conversation reinforced my belief that he is truly a warm, compassionate, and loving human being. I hope you guys enjoy this interview is as much as I enjoyed speaking with him that day.
Listen to Keith interviewed Durb Morrison, arguably one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the tattoo business. The mind behind the HELL CITY tattoo conventions, and the creator of true grips, true tubes, and Ergo-Squish! He’s also a successful publisher in print and digital media. Get ready to feel lazy!
What an amazing experience meeting Simon, learning from him, and cutting it up at the East Coast Comic Con! He couldn’t have been more gracious, or a better sport! ENJOY!
Anxiety seems to be a common problem with artists. Even the most successful, ambitious artists can be effected. Share your experiences and advice. I’ll be using the info for a future podcast on the subject with artist Joshua Carlton, who is writing a book on the subject. Thanks in advance for your input. (*Some of you have emailed me already, and I have your emails. Thank You).
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I’m seeing so many poor hand and finger tattoos online lately. Posted proudly by mediocre tattoo artists of course. I’m convinced that some tattoo artists just have horrible taste. That’s the only thing that would explain pride in poor work. I’m not a huge proponent of “street shop” quality hand tattoos. A hand tattoo is a very complicated job. It should only be attempted by a very experienced tattoo artist. Unfortunately, that advice seems to go out the window often. How about this…If you are going to make that kind of life decision, please go to an artist that is going to create an amazing piece of art on you. People will look at that hand the rest of your life. Like it or not. Get something awesome.
What do you think?
“ It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period…”
—The opening paragraph of A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens 1859
When Dickens wrote those words, did he believe that not much would change in 156 years? Maybe.
In my opinion, the message of that opening monolog is that our surroundings and situations haven’t changed all that much throughout history. Your life is your perspective. Where your mind goes, your life will follow.
Is it the “best of times”? Is it the “worst of times”?
IT’S ALWAYS BOTH.
What’s your perspective? Are you making a contribution to the BEST or the WORST of times in your world?
This blog focuses on tattoo artists. How does this message relate to the tattoo “industry”? Are we all part of an industry? Some of us are, and some of us aren’t. How do you know? It’s a good idea to know what the word means.
So…what does industry mean?
1 Canadian industry: manufacturing, production; construction.
2 the publishing industry: business, trade, field, line (of business); informal racket.
3 the kitchen was a hive of industry: activity, busyness, energy, vigor, productiveness; hard work, industriousness, diligence, application, dedication. ANTONYMS inactivity
It’s funny to see industry defined in black and white. Does the word apply to us? Some tattoo artists manufacture things, some produce content, some add value to people’s lives through the act of tattooing. Tattooing is a business for sure, and a trade when passed on in the traditional sense, but unfortunately, a lot of people treat it as an “informal racket” (but hey, that’s in the definition too right?).
When I read definition number 3 I’m filled with pride! Those are the words I would like to exemplify the industry I want to be part of. Active, busy, vigorous, productive, dedicated, hard working…
So what’s going on today with our industry (for lack of a better term)?
It certainly IS the best and worst of times…
The bar is raised by incredible tattoo artists who seem to take to the tools and techniques of the application of tattoos to new heights! Artists who spend their time away from tattooing studying art. Tattoo artists are also becoming painters, sculptors, graphic designers and creative entrepreneurs. This is a new and beautiful trend in our community. People who want to master their craft, and challenge themselves to set artistic goals beyond tattooing alone (not that tattooing alone doesn’t provide a lifetime of challenges).
The basement is lowered by amateurs who create complete garbage, ruin people’s bodies, pass on disease, and unfortunately have unlimited access to equipment and information (none of which seems to help them) like never before in tattoo history. It’s too late to stop that bleeding. Pun intended.
The brackets get wider and wider between the dedicated professionals and the home-spun hacks. The gray area in the middle gets larger too…the mediocre. They may be the worst of all in terms of “contribution” to industry. Quite the opposite in fact. They are the takers. Boring and uninspired. Taking shortcuts and appropriating other artists’ hard work. Discount pricing and “used car” sales tactics. Lowering the value of what we do. Shame on you.
There is an epidemic out there. So many untrained tattoo artists working in professional shops its terrifying. It may even be a bigger issue than the underground “scratcher”. These people are in “legitimate” street shops competing with us for our living. In my area the majority of the artists I compete with were just handed machines by other untrained artists and told to just learn by doing. Only about 10% have been properly trained, and make an effort to pass the traditions down to people they deem to have the most potential. I’ve personally witnessed artists with up to 10 years of experience who don’t even eye loupe their needles for damage. If you are a tattoo artist and you don’t know how to use an eye loupe to check your needles, ask your mentor. If he/she doesn’t know, consider a new mentor. If you don’t have a mentor, get one.
Be a responsible tattoo artist. Be accountable to someone you actually respect.
If that isn’t possible, at least hold YOURSELF accountable.
So, is it the BEST or WORST of times?
It’s all about what you’re thinking, and how it effects what you’re doing.
What is your perspective?
Be the Best!