Tag Archives: Black and grey tattoo

Ben Hopper: Truth in Simplicity

One day Ben Hopper got a great deal on a camera and went to Europe to start taking pictures. It sounds as simple as the start to nearly any photographer’s career. Technical simplicity is so far a theme; his work as of now consists mostly of his camera and whatever space, light, and settings he can find or create. When you look at his photography, particularly his outdoor work (and especially when he

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American Icon Mike Giant

Mike Giant is to body art what Kurt Vonnegut is to counter-cultural literature: an American icon who plays by his own rules. Over the years Giant has inked every surface imaginable; from back alley walls to exclusive track bikes, sunglasses to skin and everything in between. His black line style, along with his reputation on the street, is instantly recognized yet he remains humble and connected to his roots. For Mike Giant, life is filled with simple

Mike Giant Dead Girl

Needles & Sins’ Marisa Kakoulas

My first encounter with Marisa Kakoulas was when she interviewed me for Salon . She was pursuing a writing career, adding journalist to her legal resume, and called herself my “docupest.” Since then she has made yet another transformation, from lawyer and writer to tattoo aficionado and, combining all three vocations, runs the weblog NeedlesandSins.com . In between her transcontinental travels attending tattoo conventions and promoting her latest publishing accomplishment – the weighty three-book tattoo

Marisa Kakoulas Paint

Logan Aguilar: The Portrait Master

It’s easy to see a specialty emerge when flipping through some of Logan Aguilar‘s work; this dude is a goliath of the facial portrait. His vigorous attention and incredible level of detail show plainly on every one of his finished pieces. It is a testament to one’s character to be able to undergo the grueling and painstaking process of near-perfect representation. Logan doesn’t sweat the small stuff. Aguilar believes that the face relies

Tattoo by Hal Sawyer

Hal Sawyer is an extremely talented tattoo artist based in Newburgh, New York who specializes in freehand, realism, and portraiture. A true artist, Hal not only tattoos but enjoys creating in any medium from graphite and oil painting to sculpture. His personal preference in style lies in the darker areas of the imagination. He comes highly recommended by us, but don’t take our word for it. See Hal’s work at 382tattoo.com . But before