Blog posts of '2015' 'June'

Jack Rudy: A Tattoo Legend

Jack Rudy is a well known and respected American tattoo artist. He began his working career in the Marines. However, his time in the military ended in the year of 1975. The first thing he did when he was finished with his profession with the Marines was to start as a tattoo apprentice. His tattoo apprenticeship began at a place called Goodtime Charlie's Tattooland. Goodtime Charlies Tattooland was a tattoo parlor located in East Los Angeles and had a reputation for producing quality and artistic tattoos. Many soldiers would travel there to get snake tattoos, dragon tattoos and traditional military tattoos. In addition, their low rider tattoos were incredibly popular as well, most likely due to the location of the tattoo shop in East Los Angeles. The tattoo shops owner, Charlie Cartwright, was a good friend of Rudy's from Marine boot camp. During their time tattooing together, both Rudy and Charlie excelled as artists. They both began to hone not only their artistic ability when it came to creating beautifully done colored and black and great tattoos, but they created a brand new method of tattooing. While others were still doing traditional multi-needle tattoos, the two were doing black and gray style tattoos with a single needle. At first, they began to create these new and innovative tattoos just for fun. However, as they began to hone their skills at these incredibly detailed black and gray tattoos, the client base who was requesting this particular type of tattoo grew. Before they knew it, there were people lining up outside of their door to see what the single needle tattoos looked like, hoping to get an appointment to get one themselves.

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The particular type of tattoo style Rudy and Charlie produced became known as a "Penitentiary-Style" tattoo. In fact, those who were fresh out of prison often stopped by to get a single needle tattoo and those in prison were often those who had recently acquired one from Rudy or Charlie. As these tattoos became more and more popular, Rudy and Charlie decided to create a single-needle tattoo machine to assist in creating them in an easier method. As the machine was developed and as Jack Rudy and Charlie Cartwright began to do more of these black and gray tattoos, they became even more popular as artists in the tattoo industry. This was due to the throw back look of their new styles to old fashioned jail or penitentiary tattoos. The styles were very simple and easy to mimic, which appealed to many tattoo enthusiasts. As these tattoos became more popular, Rudy became one of the most popular tattoo artists in the country. In fact, he is currently known as the forefather of this black and gray style. Not only are the tattoos he does in this style simple in design, they are also considered to be realistic. With his single needle style he often does portraits and other realistic tattoos. The single needle allows him to tattoo fine details onto the skin, creating incredibly realistic photos on the skin.

Jack Rudy is known as one of the greatest American tattoo artists of all time. He is currently known as one of the people responsible for the reinvention of the black and gray single needle style of tattooing. He is also known for doing realistic portraits and other fine line tattoo work. Other tattoo artists in the industry look up to him and often try to replicate his fine line work. In addition, Jack Rudy is also the president of Beatnik's Car Club. The organization is a car club in Los Angeles which requires its members to have hot rods from the 1950s. Most members also are heavily inked, with lots of tattoos. He now is an owner of Tattooland, an old school street shop which is located in Anaheim, California. He enjoys spending his time within his artistry as well as focusing on hot rod cars. Jack Rudy does tattoos from Tattooland and continues to perfect and work on his black and gray signature tattoo, with a single needle. The waiting list to be tattooed by Rudy is incredibly long with most customers desiring a genuine portrait tattoo from the portrait king himself. There are few artists today who can replicate Jack Rudy's fine line tattoo work and portrait work. While artists like Kat Von D and others are incredibly talented at fine line portrait work as well, they too look up to tattoo greats like Jack Rudy and hope to one day be as respected as he within the tattoo industry.

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Ozzy Osbourne: The Godfather of Heavy Metal Tattoos

Celebrities come and go, but there is one famous metal God who is here to stay! Whether he is performing his music or entertaining the world via the television, Ozzy Osbourne is a super star celebrity. No matter if Ozzy is performing on stage or on a reality show, he has proven to be unforgettable. His crazy style, massive amounts of tattoos, attitude, outlook on life and humorous family make him one interesting character. Born in Aston, Birmingham to Jack and Lillian Osbourne, Ozzy's birth name is John Micheal Osbourne. Having seven siblings and both parents working to support them, Ozzy found himself struggling in school. By the age of fifteen he was working odd jobs, from holding a position as a plumber to being a professional toolmaker. Later, in the age of psychedelic rock popularity, Ozzy tried out and became the lead singer of the band Black Sabbath. Along with his schoolmate Tony Lommi, he entered the world of rock and roll. The two separated themselves from the usual music influences of the time by combining heavy dark lyrics with a blues inspired style. Osbourne was eventually fired from the band after partaking in drugs too heavily and becoming far too unreliable. Years later Ozzy went solo under his own name and alias. He grew rapidly and gained a great deal of popularity throughout the heavy metal music industry and fanbase. Heavily tattooed and adorned with unusual garb, he was an attention getting and ultimate show stopper.

Ozzy's popularity is not only due to his musical talent as a singer and songwriter but also in his role as husband and father on his reality television show, The Osbourne's. His daily life as a spouse and dear old dad were shared with the nation in the early 2000s. Comedy, love and life in general have helped the world feel as if they almost know him personally. Parents could see themselves in his reflection as Ozzy told his daughter Kelly she should not get tattooed, though Ozzy himself has numerous tattoos. She ultimately did so without his permission, which caused an uproar in the Osbourne home. However, it was interesting how Ozzy, who is completely covered in tattoos, was advising his daughter against getting one. Many parents completely related. While they are heavily tattooed themselves, they are often unsure if their children are getting inked for the right reasons. Sure, many people get tattoos for fashion statement purposes. However, intense artists and musicians feel one should only get tattooed if there is a purpose or story behind the tattoo itself. Ozzy has a multitude of tattoos covering his body. He has Ozzy tattooed across the knuckles of his left hand, his wife Sharon's name below a rose on his upper right arm, tattoo art on his lower right arm, a woman's face tattooed on his upper left arm, a dagger tattoo on his lower right arm, a screaming face tattoo and a hooded skull tattoo on his chest and many others. Ozzy has made the comment he is addicted to tattoos and continues to get more though he has often told himself at the time he is done getting inked. However, as a true fan of tattoo art it seems Ozzy cannot resist the temptation of continuing to be tattooed.

It's true Ozzy understands a thing or two about addiction, after battling drug abuse and alcoholism. His substance abuse reached a dangerous point in which he nearly strangled his wife and manager Sharon. In addition, during this raging time he shot several of his pets. His rage and struggle with drugs made headlines more than a few times throughout this musical career. However, he has gone through rehabilitation and has been clean for several years. It seems no matter what draws audiences to Ozzy Osbourne, from tattoos to outrageous behavior, no one can get enough of him. Ozzy has said as of 2008 he will put out two more albums and then ultimately retire. For those die hard fans it is hard to swallow the thought of the prince of darkness ending his amazing career. From Black Sabbath and beyond, Ozzy will never be forgotten and his music will be rocked out to until the end of time. He will constantly be known as the rocker guy from Europe who is covered in tattoos, is known for biting a bats head off during a concert, went through addiction, got help and got clean and revealed his sweet side via his reality show, The Osbourne's.

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Rob Kardashian Celebrity Tattoos

Rob Kardashian has two known tattoos. The first is located on the left side of his ribcage. It's his fiance Adrianne Bailon's name in cursive. Reportedly, she has a tattoo of his name as well. Kardashian's second tattoo is a "brotherly bonding tattoo" on the right side of his rib cage. The tattoo is an African symbol of a bird walking forward but also looking back. He got with some childhood friends to remind them that whatever direction life takes them, they will always been good friends. 

Robert Arthur Kardashian Jr. is an American reality TV personality and model. He is best known for his appearance on the reality show "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and his relationships to other famous people. His father is late OJ legal defender Robert Kardashian; his sister is model/celebutante/sex tape survivor Kim Kardashian; his step father is famed Olympic athlete and personality Bruce Jenner. Although Kardashian is currently a student at USC, he also does some part time modeling. He is engaged to actress/singer Adrienne Bailon.

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Origins of the Art of Tattooing and Tattoo Design

Tattooing is, in fact, a prehistoric art. Icemen from as long ago as 3000 B.C. have been found, mummified, with tattoo designs still marking their skin. In fact, the most well known of these mummies, nickname Otzi, had over 57 tattoos stretching along the length of his body that had clear spiritual and health related origins. The earliest methods of tattooing involved opening a wound in the skin, then rubbing some type of colored substance into the wound to create a color beneath the skin when the wound healed. These tattoos were very painful, and often played a major role in the rites of passage from boyhood to manhood and girlhood to womanhood. A man or woman who could stand such pain was well prepared for the hard life of a hunter and provider or the pains of childbirth. Men who could not bear the process might be unattractive mates, and women who could not stand the injury were thought to be infertile because they certainly would be unable to bear childbirth.

Once a design was drawn on the skin and met with the artist's liking and “sometimes” the approval of the person getting the tattoo, it would be traced carefully with a sharp object like a stone, a bone carefully shaved down to a razor edge, or a stake that might be pounded with a small mallet to open the skin. Once the lower layers of the skin were exposed, ashes, colored clays or other substances would be rubbed in the wound. Often the designs were literally carved several times into the flesh with new ink being applied each time in order to make the tattoo design stand out better against the skin. Siberian tribes and their descendents to this day often use a technique called sewing to create tattoos. This painful method is nearly identical to regular sewing. A sharp, fine needle would be threaded with a tendon or string dyed with colored ink or dipped in another staining substance like mud or wet ashes. Then, the needle would be used to puncture the skin and draw the string through the upper layers of the skin. As the string passed under the skin, the colored substance would rub off and remain visible under the skin. The string itself would be removed, re-dipped and then used again. These tattoos tend to form straight lines or dots, and are much less elaborate than their carved counterparts. Some Inuit tribes still use this method today.

In Japan, a small tool similar to a rake was used for many years to create elaborate and beautiful tattoos based on gorgeous wood block print designs. Tattoo masters practiced their trade in secret for many centuries because tattoos were often outlawed in Japan or restricted to criminals and slaves. These tattoos were very elaborate and often covered the back, shoulders, upper legs and buttocks of the people being tattooed. Until the 20th century, these tattoos were nearly entirely restricted to men, and many Japanese tattoo masters still tattoo only by appointment, and in privacy. Finally, the Maoris of New Zealand, who are well known for their contributions to the highly stylized, contemporary tribal tattoos that are becoming increasingly popular among men and women of all ages around the world, actually carved grooves into their skin with sharpened bones and a mallet. These tattoos were deeply painful, and largely engraved on the face. Many people enjoy this type of art today, but prefer to get it using a conventional tattoo gun and adapt it to fit other parts of their body. The Maori themselves still use the old methods in many cases, though the introduction of metal by the European explorers did cause many of them to abandon their bones and mallets. However, for the Maori as for many other people who get tattoos, the process is as important as the end result. They actually have two separate words for the act of tattooing and the tattoo itself, Ta Moko, which means “to chisel” and Moko, which is the actual tattoo design. As more and more people began traveling the world, tattoo methods became more mixed and people adapted the methods to suit their needs. Some sailors enjoyed getting tattoos from everywhere using the native method in each location, and avid tattoo collectors continue this tradition today. However, for the most part, people like to keep their tattoo experience as painless and sanitary as possible. As a result, even people who get traditional tattoo designs tend to stick to modern tattoo equipment whenever possible.