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I wanted to thank everyone that voted for an artist's can design for The Inked Up World Tour Contest, which was put on by RockStar, Sullen and Inked Mag. They had it last year as well with different artists. This year 12 different tattoo artists designed a Rockstar can early 2014 just for this contest and promotional purposes only.
I would like it if it didn't stop here, if you are looking for an amazing place to donate to a great cause or to learn more about this great foundation please visit: www.negu.org
Voting time has arrived! I am extremely excited and honored to be a part of the second annual Rockstar Inked Up World Tour alongside 11 other very talented tattoo artists! Please take a moment to click this link www.InkedUpWorldTour.com and cast your vote for your favorite can art. All you have to do is click on the art you want to vote for, enter your email address, and click "Vote for this Artist."
Memento Publishing is pleased to announce the addition of two new amazing books! "The Coloring Book Project, 2nd Edition" and "Zombie Caricatures: Exaggerations and Infections" Both books are Now Available!
The Coloring Book Project, 2nd Edition:
The second installment of this wonderful book brings together inspiration and cleverness from an outstanding cast of 185 artists from around the world. They have contributed their own amazing drawing, giving you the freedom to bring them to life with your own artistic vision. With 400 pages of captivating designs to color and activities to execute, artists can delve into the pages full of inspiring artwork, and break away into an imaginative world. This softcover book is 400 pages and is 8.5 x 11. That's right... "400 pages!" Published by Memento Publishing.
Click here to order your very own copy!
A portion of the contributing artists are Greg "Craola" Simkins, Jeff Ensminger, Josh Duffy, Roman Abrego, Justin Hartman, Timothy Boor, Mike DeVries, Mario Rosenau, Cory Norris, Brett Herman, Mike De Masi, Durb Morrison, Don McDonald, Jason Stephan, Sung Song, Steve Morris, Katelyn Crane, London Reese, Monte Agee, Alvin Chong, Frank La Natra, Gary Dunn, Liz Cook, Nick Mitchell, Teniele Sadd, Tim Mcevoy, Nathan Ota and many more!
Zombie Caricatures: Exaggerations and Infections:
The content of this book showcases the work of some of the best caricature artists in the world. Sean Gardner and Nick Mitchell have managed to take something that is super difficult and make it look effortless. It takes a different type of artist to be able to pull off a great caricature. Not only do you have to capture the likeness of each victim, but you also have to figure out what it is that makes them unique and stand out in their own way. Then, you have to figure out a way to bend those unique features as far as you can without losing the essence of what makes that individual who they are.
Nick and Sean have not only managed to tweak the hell out of every person they draw and keep their likeness, but they do it while simultaneously throwing axes through their heads, lacerating their jugulars, and slinging blood all over the place. This book also includes some tutorials on how they do it! Hard Bound, 160 Full Color Pages 8.5 x 11 and published by Memento Publishing.
Click here to order your very own copy!
Tattoo Extremities: Artistic Focus on the Head, Hands, Neck and Feet
THE COLORING BOOK PROJECT CONTEST
- Artwork will be judged and scored using a simple 1-100 point grading system (*high school flashbacks, anyone?).
- Judging will be done by Mike DeVries (with occasional input from a few of his artist friends if tie-breaker opinions are necessary). Mike will make the final call and announce the official winner.
- Winner will be announced on January 12, 2013.
The Coloring Book Project: A Collection by 100 Artists From Around The World
A new book published by Memento Publishing
I'm very excited to announce that Animal Ink: Exploring the World's Wildlife Through Tattoo Art is now Available! This high-quality 11" x 8.5" hardcover book is brought to you by Memento Publishing and features the work of an all-star list of Tattoo Artists.
Animal Ink: Exploring the World's Wildlife Through Tattoo Art, is a feast for the eyes and is brimming with inspiration. Featuring 304 full-color pages, this artistic beauty not only contains tattoo work from 160 talented tattoo artists, but in addition, includes 62 stories about specific animal tattoos with details, meanings, and inspiration from the collectors who wear the ink and the artists who inked them.
Animal designs have appeared throughout history in all facets of the art world, so it's no surprise that utilizing animals' beauty, strength, and grace has been a large focus within the genre of tattoo art. For those seeking animal tattoos, there is an endless array of styles, creativity, and artists to choose from and Animal Ink encompasses and celebrates these many different displays within its pages by featuring over 1,500 tattoos from creatures of the wild kingdom. Click here to order your copy today!
With The Light Of Truth Straight Edge
When Dan Smith approached Memento to publish his pride and joy, we were thrilled. While I'm not Straight Edge by any means (though one of my Memento staff members is), his book (aka WTLOT) is fascinating to me; and it actually made my wife and I consider being Straight Edge for a minute.
While working on this project, there were many times that I wished I was Straight Edge, just so I could have been in this outstanding publication. The book itself is not trying to convert anyone, but all-in-all it has some amazing eye candy which comes in the form of top-notch tattoos, artwork, and messages. It is an impressive book and I really think that readers will enjoy delving into the pages.
The interview questions and profiles in this book are very uplifting and present a positive outlook on life, which can further be seen through each of the featured artisan's accomplishments. Each artist has their own profile, with interviews, a photo of themselves, and a page of artwork which was created specifically for this book. There is also a gallery of each participant's tattoos to follow their profile.
With The Light of Truth is published by Memento Publishing and was compiled by Dan Smith. 13 inches by 9 inches. 256 full-color pages. Hardcover, with a gorgeous front cover that features gold foil embossed on black saifu cloth; gold gilded edges; and a black ribbon bookmark. Each book comes shrink-wrapped. To top it all off, it's only 50 bucks!
Excited to announce that Cranial Visions: Exploring The Skull Through Artistic Interpretation, is now also available in a Softcover Edition!
Cranial Visions is a high quality, coffee table book published by Memento Publishing that is 8 inches wide by 12 inches tall, all 240 pages are printed in full color, featuring 258 artists with over 800 photos!!! Buy Now
The fascinating and grim history of the skull has been a forceful subject matter throughout the ages. Maintaining prominence in the scientific and medical fields, it is also commonly interpreted through artistic endeavors, tracing back as far as creative collections have been recorded. This book features an immense volume of work which highlights the skull in all sorts of mediums, bringing together artists and works from all walks of life. Readers are invited to explore the fascinating and macabre world of the cranium-cetered theme. A spellbinding journey told through chromatically brilliant photos and words; this book is sure to awaken the mind and senses...
Chapters Include: Tattoos, Paintings, Sketches & Drawings, Mixed Media, Digital Art, Graffiti, Photography, and Skullptures...
Updated my Tattoo Convention info page. Added a few new conventions I'll be attending and one seminar that I'll be putting on in 2012, more details on that will be posted soon. If your interested in getting tattooed at one of these events, please email me through the contact link...Thanks
Running low on these Limited Edition Prints."Eye Lost" Pick one up before there all gone. Limited run of only 60. Signed and numbered. 10 inches by 7 inches on canvas. 60 Bucks.
MDTattooStudio.com got a facelift. Upgraded design and layout! Added some new features, easier to navigate, got the twitter feed on there for the Shop. Check it out! Home to Josh Duffy, Katelyn Crane, Jeff Johnson, London, Jamie Parker and myself.
Introducing the lightest and most compact tattoo arm rest ever made. Brought to you by the makers of Stencil Stuff...Now even stronger and now back in Stock! Available at www.StencilStuff.net , Eternal Ink and Here
We are excited to announce the launch of our new mini bottles of Stencil Stuff. Same great Stuff! Half the size, half the price. Only $10.00 Perfect travel size and more affordable to try it out and see for yourself what the hype is all about. Thank you to everyone that uses Stencil Stuff and thanks for all the great feedback you have given us throughout the years. Available now in the online store and at www.Stencilstuff.net
Dear Tattoo Artists,
This post is to let you know about two new book projects that Memento Publishing is working on in collaboration with Mike DeVries and Jinxi Caddel ...and we need your help and submissions to make it outstanding!
We have already received some amazing tattoo work and we are looking forward to collecting and viewing some more. Thank you to those that have already submitted your tattoos!
These new endeavors seek to further delve into the exquisite and acclaimed work of tattooists from around the world, with two areas of concentration.
1) Tattoo Extremities: Artistic Focus on the Head, Hands, and Feet
This book will focus on three specific tattoo art placements:
The project will include finished tattoo work that was completed on the aforementioned areas of the body and we are searching for beautiful photos to include in the book. We are looking for all different types of tattoo styles; in both color, or black and grey. No limitations, except for the location on the body. Submissions can be previously finished work or may include something specifically designed for this project.
- Head work can include neck tattoos if they are connected to the head design.
- Hand tattoos can include finger and knuckle tattoos.
- Tattoos on the feet can include ankle or toe work if the tattoo connects to the foot design.
The book will be approximately 240 pages in length, and be a hard-bound, high-quality, internationally-distributed, coffee table book.
2) Animal Ink: Exploring the World’s Wildlife Through Tattoo Art
This book will focus on animals in various forms, including: mammals, fish, reptiles, insects, amphibians, and birds.
We are looking for all types of animals from wild to domestic/pets (dogs, cats, birds, horses, etc.), sea creatures, farm animals, etc.
We are seeking completed tattoo accomplishments in many genres, such as: realistic, traditional, cartoon-style (New School), Japanese, bio-mech, abstract, full-color, black and grey, etc.
In Regards to Both Book Projects:
**Please note that NOT all images submitted will be used. We will be “collecting and selecting,” so submitting does not guarantee a spot in the book - but the only way to be considered is to send us what you’ve got. Present as many photos as you'd like. Each artist will be given credit in the published book with either their name near the picture or in the index.
**We would love to give every participant a free copy of the book, but due to the volume of submissions, we cannot guarantee this. After all of the images have been received, Mike and I will sit down and choose the top 30 artists (for each book) who will receive a free copy. This is in no way intended to be perceived as a contest and we wish there was a way to accommodate everyone. Many important factors will be reviewed during the book selection process, including: sending photos in a timely fashion, inclusion of accompanying release form, outstanding art, variety of images sent, etc.
Images can be submitted via email to:
Or to send a disc through snail mail, please address to:
c/o Jinxi Caddel
12672 Limonite Avenue, Suite 3E #260
Corona, CA 92880
Please send high quality/high resolution images only.
Be sure to include the following information with your submission:
-Artist who completed the work
- Release Form - please print out, sign, and mail to Corona address c/o Jinxi Caddel listed directly above
*Link to download Release Form:
**Submissions must be received by May 15th, 2011.
Thanks for reading!
Get Digital with Mike DeVries and Jamie Parker is a two-disc instructional DVD full of tips, tricks, and techniques to help tattoo artists to utilize Adobe* Photoshop* and learn how its tools can enhance creativity and imagination. Beginning with familiarization of most of the tools used in Adobe* Photoshop* CS3*, the DVD explains what most tools are ideal for, covering shortcuts, saving options, and file organization.
Subjects such as: the importance of the dodge and burn tools, loading new brushes and fonts, colorization of black and grey photos, adding light sources to photos for striking enhancements , and changing backgrounds are explained. The instuction also delves into more advanced techniques,such as adding color to a pencil sketch and "zombifying" images; as well as guidance on how to make business cards, fliers, and banners. This excellent DVD set will help tattooists in an abundance of ways, making preparation for their creative projects more innovative and original than ever before.
*Though newer versions are available, Mike and Jamie prefer Photoshop* CS3 and have chosen to utilize it for instructional purposes.
Disc 1: Beginner & Intermediate...2 Hours......HD Digital Copy Included in Quicktime Format
Disc 2: Advanced...2 Hours......HD Digital Copy Included in Quicktime Format
Click Here to Order
We don't cover every tool in Photoshop*, we just go over what we think is important for tattoo artists!
Excited to be heading back down to Australia! This time I'll be attending the 3rd annual Sydney Tattoo & Body Art Expo. March 11-13th 2011. I'll also be holding a seminar that gives an inside to how I create the tattoos that I do. For more info and to sign up Click this link that takes you to the conventions website .Seminar is Sunday March 13th at 10am. See ya there! http://www.tattooexpo.com.au/site/seminars/mikedevries.html
I am happy to present my new two-disk DVD that really outdoes my previous instructional DVD. This one features: higher all-around quality, more camera angles, better music, and essentially real-time editing. The informative instruction covers topics such as: Photoshop techniques to apply to tattooing, placement, stenciling, set-up, machines, needles, my palette and ink choices, color mixing; and most importantly, up-to-date tattooing techniques that encompass what I do best.
In this DVD I explain each step as I am executing it, rather than providing voice- overs done at a later time. In my opinion, it is much more effective to explain things as I go, as I'm in the right frame of mind tattooing that specific piece, which makes it pertinent to that given piece of instruction. This time around I decided to use coil machines, which are a bit more timeless. I also thought more viewers might prefer seeing me use coils, even though I am currently using Stigma machines. Regardless of which machine I use though, I consistently tattoo the same way.
I chose to tattoo a full-color gorilla for this DVD, from start to finish, explaining new ideas and tricks throughout the process. Animals, portraits, and realism go hand-in-hand and you can apply many things I talk about in this DVD to what you already know. I hope that in the end you can personally create something new with fresh, imaginative ideas and take your tattooing skills to new levels.
I am very excited about releasing this and hope you enjoy it and gain some new insight. This DVD is for the professional tattooer or apprentice who is learning in a legitimate tattoo shop. It is meant to boost your already-existing skills and give you some new components to consider the next time you approach a realistic tattoo. When ordering this DVD please specify the shop that you work at, so it saves on time (to eliminate the need for us to either write you back or search your name on the Internet to verify that you work at a tattoo shop). Total running time: Disk 1: 3 hours 38 minutes; Disk 2: 3 hours 13 minutes. This new tattoo DVD is now in Stock!
Forming as an idea, progressing into a collection of efforts, and ending on the coffee table, Cranial Visions is finally finished. This book is not merely two covers, a binding, and 240 pages; it is a display of thousands of hours of work, in which artists have created a compilation devoted to one of the biggest inspirations in art since the beginning of self expression. The book itself is 8x12, hardback, and features a painting by Shawn Barber on the front cover. That painting is just a taste of all that you will find on the inside.
Skulls have been the subject of artistic studies all over the world, connecting artists who otherwise would have nothing in common. The book is divided into chapters based on different artistic mediums; starting with tattoos and followed by paintings, sketches & drawings, mixed media, digital art, graffiti, photography, and ending with “skullptures.” Each chapter is stuffed with images created by masters of their crafts. They play with the colors and composition, and give a different perspective of the subject in every image.
Putting this book together was an adventure all its own. We were humbled to receive images from some of our personal favorite artists, while appreciating the discoveries of new up-and-coming artists as well. Tattooing has joined the world of fine art, and this compilation has connected the bridge between all the mediums.
Artists like Shawn Barber, Jeff Gogue, Nick Baxter, Bugs, Nikko Hurtado, and Carlos Torres have translated their paintings into tattoos and vice-versa; opening the doors for the possibilities of each medium to grow. There are multi-media pieces by Simon Hayag, Dan Hazelton, and Cam De Leon that introduce us to the potentials of a new age, while keeping the traditional subject matter as something we can identify with.
There are drawings from the minds of Alex Grey, Chris Winterson and Andrey Barkov. The sculpture section is a masterpiece all its own. From mosaic-covered skulls by Stan Young and Crystal Thomas, to hand-built machines by Aaron Cain, these three- dimensional pieces demand attention and emotion from the viewer. There is outstanding photography by Jean Baptiste Carhaix, Russell Haig and Julius Motal, presenting the skull in its raw form; as well a portion of the photography section that features shots by Mike DeVries, as he captured skulls from his own collection, providing the reader with inspiration and reference from all angles.
All of the pieces in the book are meant for inspiration, and not for simply copying. Every artist has their own perspective, and each are valued for the unique eye they bring to the table. There are over 258 artists who have been included and over 800 pictures of work. It has been a long road and now it's time for you to see for yourself. The book is available for purchase now! Only $69.99. Click Here to order Cranial Visions.
It happens so often, I get an email or a call from someone who is not only looking for a new tattoo to add to their body, but to also hide one at the same time. I constantly hear the story of the over eager collector, getting a tattoo and ending up with something they arent happy with, or a tattoo that is just old and doesn't look sharp anymore, or even it's just something that they feel no longer represents them as a person. Those unfortunate tattoos have the ability to stab at the self esteem, bring down morals, and sometimes, prevent them from moving on in life, whether it be in a personal relationship or a professional one. The idea and consequence of something being completely permanent on our bodies is hard to grasp before it's actually a reality, and sadly, regretful. They come to me with the hope that it could be covered up, 7 times out of ten, my response would be to get some laser treatments done on it first, not to be that guy that wants to send business to the local laser removal place, but because in the long run you will be happier with the results.
Tattoo laser removal was discovered possible in the 80s and has been developing ever since. It was a big step from sanding a tattoo off, or chemically burning it off, and left a lot less scarring. The word laser sounds so sci fi and almost intimidating, but I have never met someone who has regretted having it done. It takes time, which is one of the consequences of wanting permanence reversed, but in the end it's worth it because for one you get something you want over it, rather than something that will work to cover it, and 9 times out of ten, if there was no laser treatments done prior to the coverup, overtime the tattoo underneath the new one will show through.
For those who dont mind tattoos but are just over the one that they have, cover ups are a huge percentage of the appointments shops take on. Its always possible, but the gamble of ending up with something else you would regret is still there. Cover up tattoos require extra time and effort. The cover up design has limitations, requiring needs met to adequately replace the original tattoo, compromising design for functionality and can take a lot more "coats" to achieve full coverage and success. Even then they almost always show through the new tattoo over time. I, myself, have dealt a lot with both experiences on my own body as a collector. I started getting tattooed when I was young, and I'm working towards full coverage now. Ive got multiple cover ups on every limb of my body, four coverups just on my back. This was all before my consideration of laser removal. I've had laser treatments on my right arm, chest, several pieces lightened with the laser on my legs and a little laser work done on my back, I'm also in the process of getting my neck fully lasered, which has now been treated seven times and if i wanted to I could have it covered with ease and get anything i want. This would not have been the case if i didn't do any laser work on it. All the other spots on my body that I had laser treatments on have been covered and comparing all of my laser cover ups, compared to my regular traditional cover ups. The lasered areas with new tattoos look ten times better than the spots i had nothing lightened first.
If you are thinking about getting a tattoo removed and are in Southern California, I recommend Dr. Tattoff. I've always had a good experience there and they definately know what they are doing. You can check out their locations at www.Drtattoff.com. Another place that I have gone to, is in the mid west called Unique Ink. Jack Morton does the laser removal there and he has tons of experience with it too.You can visit his website at www.rethinkyourink.com
The new February issue of the UK's Skin Deep Magazine just came out! It includes a feature of the whole crew here at MD Tattoo Studio! I'm really stoked to see the article, I'm Honored that Skin Deep decided to do its very first 2 part feature on our Studio. It includes a shop photo, interview about the dynamics between all of us, and showcases some of our work. I'm really proud of everyone here and look forward to seeing the second half!
I recently have started to get more active in the world of Twitter. I've set up links on the upper left side of my website, you can click the Twitter Logo that goes directly to my Twitter page, or you can find me on there @MikeDevries_art I've been posting all sorts of things on there lately such as the progression of some of my tattoos, completed tattoos, news about different things, including different projects that are going on, and some daily life adventures, be sure to check it out!!
One tattoo convention I have been looking forward to all year is the Mario Barth's tattoo convention in Vegas. It's right around the corner! October 1st-3rd. I'll be working the show with Katelyn Crane, Jeff Johnson and John Pyles from Reflected Art. I have a couple tattoos lined up that I'm excited about, one being a gorilla. The other one is on someone that is a big tattoo collector from Puerto Rico thats flying out to get tattooed, I'm not sure on the actual design yet but I have a couple ideas. Should be a fun and exciting weekend! Come on out and have a good time!
I've been in talks with the guys over at Stigma, and here very soon I'll be an authorized dealer for Stigma Machines, they are great tattoo machines and I'm really excited to be a part of it. They will be up for pre-order at the end of June right here on my website. I'm going to try my hardest to keep these puppies in stock, so if you are interested in pre-ordering or just purchasing them once I have them, please email me and drop me a line that you are interested in them, so I can get an idea of how many machines I'm going to need to have in stock. The Stigma Hypers will be $495.00 US dollars and upon completion of your order you will need to show me some proof that you are a professional tattoo artist, if you cannot provide this proof, I will be refunding your order. The first batch I'm getting will be the multi colored Hyper Stigmas( Black with red top,Black with silver top). If you have any other questions please email me. Thanks
I am honored to recognize the works of Nick Baxter, Guy Aitchison, Jesse Smith, Tony Ciavarro, Mike DeVries, Bob Tyrrell, Victor Portugal, Kore Flatmo, Jess Yen, Cory Kruger, Nikko Hurtado, Robert Hernandez, Deano Cook, Shane O Neill, Stephane Chaudesaigues, Shige, Robert Atkinson, Sean Herman, Josh Woods, Gunnar, James Kern, Boris, Durb Morrison, Carson Hill, Roman, Paul Booth, Adrian Dominic, Jeff Ensminger, Don McDonald, Tim Kern, Steve Morris, Michele Wortman, Bez, Franco Vescovi, Kari Barba, Alex De Pase, Paul Acker, Bugs, Craig Driscoll, Steve Moore, Steve Soto, Robert Pho, Monte, Jeff Johnson, Kyle Cotterman, Mario Rosenau, Ben Grillo, Toxyc, Liorcifer, Nate Beavers, Aric Taylor, Sweet Laraine, Joshua Carlton, Ron Meyers, Carlos Torres, Big Gus, Juan Gonzalez, Cory Cudney, Dan Henk, Nate Banuelos, Jeremiah Barba, Larry Brogan, Brian Brenner, Megan Hoogland, Tim Harris, Justin Weatherholtz, Mike Rubendall, Aaron Bell, Benjamin Moss, Ryan Hadley, Carlos Rojas, Tommy Montoya, Julio Rodriguez, Jay Wheeler, Juan Salgado, Mike Parsons, Russ Abbott, Cory Norris, Josh Duffy, Fishero, Andy Engel, Mike DeMasi, Mike Cole. Thank you so much for being a part of it!