Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Morre o rei, nasce a lenda

Em Agosto de 1958, na cidade de Gary, Indiana, nasceu Michael Joseph Jackson.

Sua estrela brilhou por algumas primaveras, trazendo para o mundo uma chuva de sucessos e hits inconfundíveis que lhe deram o poderoso título de rei do Pop mundial.

Michael começou sua carreira aos 7 anos de idade como vocalista dos Jackson five. Ele era o mais novo do grupo. Porém, isso não o impedira de ser o mais talentoso. Logo em 1979, ele se destacaria dos demais irmãos e decolaria em carreira solo. Mas isso só veio acontecer declaradamente em 1984.

Michael, dono de uma voz fenomenal e com um balanço inconfundível, ganhou asas com o lançamento do álbum Thriller, que alcançou a marca de 50 milhões de cópias vendidas em todo mundo.

Veio o sucesso, a fama, a riqueza... O garoto agora havia se tornado um homem. Muitos dizem que o Michael continuava sendo um menino no corpo de um homem. Boatos e rumores comprovam a fragilidade do artista. “um esteriótipo” infantil, devido a traumas sofridos quando jovem, tendo como o próprio pai o responsável por toda essa insanidade. Michael dizia que seu pai o abusava sexualmente, e que muitas vezes subia para apresentar os shows logo depois de tomar uma surra daquelas, por conta de algo banal!

Em 1988, Michael comprou uma propriedade. Tal qual foi batizada de Never Land (terra do nunca), A propriedade seria aberta a visitação popular de crianças de todo mundo, pois possuía simplesmente tudo que uma criança sonhava. Desde parques com rodas gigantes até zoológicos repletos de animais exóticos...

Mas em 1993, Michael foi acusado de pedofilia e o sonho começou a virar pesadelo desde então. Por mais obras de arte que o astro Pop produzia, ('History', de 1995, e 'Blood on the Dance Floor', de 1997) os efeitos positivos eram estilhaçados nos boatos de abuso de crianças e pedofilia. Assim, esse pesadelo parecia nunca ter fim. Acusações e mais acusações se misturavam como uma avalanche na sua vida, outrora repleta de sonhos e arte. Agora dando lugar a sombras e dias frios. Agora as contas com advogados e processos, fizeram do rei do pop uma pessoa atolada em dívidas e com menos brilho no olhar. Michael não fazia mais shows, limitava-se ao grande público como sendo quase um anônimo. Suas dívidas ultrapassavam a astronômica quantia de 800 milhões de reais nos dias atuais.

Era preciso fazer acontecer novamente. Era preciso brilhar como sempre!

Assim, o astro pop divulga o “This Is It”, uma série de 50 concertos que teria início em 13 de julho de 2009 em Londres. Só para se ter uma idéia, mais de 360.000 ingressos foram vendidos em 18 horas durante a pré-venda!!!

Mas como sabemos o astro não viveria para mais essa glória. Em 25 de junho de 2009, Michael Jackson morreu após parada cárdio-respiratória. O rei do Pop morreu sozinho e pobre. E o que é pior, parecer incompreendido por todos.

Michael deixou 3 filhos, foi casado duas vezes e também era dono dos direitos autorais de todas as músicas dos Beattles.

Espero que o astro do Pop esteja bem. Que ele leve alegria e luz para todas as pessoas, sejam elas fãns ou não. Afinal, o show não pode parar!

Parabéns Michael pela sua contribuição e pelo seu desempenho como artista!

Viva a música, viva a arte, viva Michael Jackson...

Rodrigo Carvalho - Salvador

Nilton Andrade, Tomi Tattoo Studio

O tatuador paulista Nilton Andrade inicia sua participação no A Tattoo com o envio de quatro belas tatuagens e quatro folhas de séries de desenhos para tatuagem. Nilton é mais conhecido como Piqueno e com seis anos de experiência tatua no estúdio Tomi Tattoo.

Tomi Tattoo
Endereço: Av.: Imirim, 907, Sala 2, São Paulo - SP
Telefones: (11) 2239-6428 / 8212-6973
E-mail: sltattoo1@pop.com.br Orkut






Cinco tatuagens de Anésio Castanho


No final do ano passado Anésio Castanho participou do A Tattoo com o envio de cinco belos trabalhos, confira mais cinco fotos de tatuagens realizadas por Anésio.

Jubail Celebrates the Midnight Mile

I met Jubail on the corner of 34th and 6th Avenue, and he shared this awesome tattoo:



"Midnight Mile" is a song by Bouncing Souls, and it reminds him of coming home to New York City.

Jubail, who has "nine or ten" tattoos, was a student at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.

He was about to earn his commission as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army when I spoke with him, and he knows he can rely on his tattoo to help him remind him of home here in New York.

He also has the Bouncing Souls logo on the inner part of the elbow, also known as the "ditch," which is one of the most painful places to get tattooed.



Jubail credits his ink to Saka at Tat-Nice Tattoos in Huntington, WV.

Thanks to Jubail for sharing his Bouncing Souls tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

And here's a little "Midnight Mile" bonus:

Monday, June 29, 2009

Where The Wild Thing Tattoo Is

The day after I met one Jared, I met another, out in front of Madison Square Garden.

With a tattoo like this:


how could I not stop him?

As one would imagine, Jared loves the book, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.



The tattoo displays, on Jared's right forearm, one of the "Wild Things" that is in Max's imagination.


Jared, who was in town visiting from Boston, has ten tattoos. He had been thinking about getting a Where the Wild Things Are piece for several years and finally had it done by Chris Ford in January 2009. Ford had worked in L.A. but is now in New Jersey.

Jared said that he has had a lot of attention from people about the tattoo, in part due to the publicity from the movie adaptation coming out this Fall.


Thanks to Jared for stopping to talk and share his "wild" tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Jared Shares His Vegan Tattoo

I met Jared while he was waiting for a train in Penn Station.

After the Manhattan Mall food court closed last summer, I discovered this wide expanse of Penn Station (especially the Amtrak area) was great for inkspotting when the weather made normal traipsing about unappealing.

Jared's ink runs down the length of his arm, from the top of his right bicep, down to the inner part of his forearm.

As a Vegan, Jared did his research, and sought out a tattoo artist that could give him a Vegan tattoo:



There's a school of thought that some tattoo inks are not "vegan," in the sense that they incorporate glycerine from animal fat, or they use bone char in the black inks. See this article here.

Some artists refute this as gimmicky, and here is a more skeptical view point from a Vegan. But many Vegans who are steadfast in their ideals find the idea of a purely vegan tattoo appealing. I featured another Vegan tattoo back in October 2007 here.

Jared, who is the musical director for the national touring company of the show "Spring Awakening", went to Cary at Body Electric Tattooing & Piercing in Hollywood for this custom design.

The top section of flowers includes at least one chrysanthemum. The bottom part spells out the word "Vegan" in twisting, viny, letters.

Jared's whole arm took three sessions and ultimately embodies the Vegan lifestyle, not just in words and design, but in the ink used to create the art.

Thanks to Jared for sharing his work with us here on Tattoosday!

Body Painting - Mid-air

Body painting by Filippo Ioco.

See the black paint stopping mid-air

Friday, June 26, 2009

Tattoosday Boxcars: A Leonine Tattoo and Wearing One's Heart on One's Sleeve

I met Jeff and Jeanie in Penn Station as they were about to board an Amtrak train out of the city.

I've been trying to come up with clever terms for different inkspotting phenomenon, basically creating my own lexicon.

I'll call Jeff and Jeanie "boxcars". Meaning, I approached the two of them and gambled, asking them both to participate, and they came through. Like rolling two sixes on the dice (also known as boxcars). I would even venture to call them "blind boxcars", because I could only make out fragments of their ink, but they still shared.

Jeff went first, displaying this leonine figure on his left bicep:


It's a nod to his astrological sign, Leo, and was also selected for its nod to Jean Cocteau's La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast).

Jeanie shared her tattoo below:


This piece literally has her wearing her heart on her sleeve and is inspired by Mexican art. The tattoo was completed by a friend of Jeanine's named John Flack.

I would have obtained more detail, but the couple had to board their train.

Thank you to Jeanine and Jeff for sharing their tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

Body painting Jessica Gomes

Watch this special video and see how Jessica Gomes got her body painted for SI Swimsuit 2008.

Gina's Mayan Design

Earlier this month, I met Gina in Manhattan at the corner of 31st Street and 7th Avenue and I asked her about these tattoos:


The main element is a the piece she had inked in January 2007, on a trip to Mexico.

She went on a cruise to Mexico with her mother. While exploring some Mayan ruins, she made a rubbing of the design above, which bears some relationship to Xul, a canine god in the Mayan pantheon. She took the rubbing to a local tattoo artist and had it inked while in Mexico.

I questioned her about the cleanliness of a tattoo shop south of the border and she maintained that the place was immaculate, much cleaner than some of the shops she has seen in the U.S.

Just above the Mayan piece is a smaller tattoo, featuring an outline of Texas, where she was born. When her mother saw this "Made in Texas" tattoo, she asked Gina, "What makes you so sure you were made here?" Clearly a woman with a sense of humor. But, Gina noted, the remark "made [her] throw up a little".

This small tattoo was done by Homer Saenz at 713 Tattoo Parlour in Houston. Work from 713 has appeared previously on Tattoosday here.

Finally, as a matter of habit, I always ask people how many tattoos they have. Gina gave me an unusual answer, "Nine, going on seven."

When I gave her a puzzled look, she explained that she has nine tattoos, but she is planning on having two removed. As an actress, she feels that two of the more visible pieces may prevent her from attaining roles.

Thanks to Gina for sharing her tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Belly Painting - Ring of Fire

This design by Thompson, a variation on an Arabic protection symbol, was inspired by a necklace belonging to the mom-to-be. "Protection symbols are common motifs for anything involving pregnancy or babies," Thompson says, adding that the flames symbolize strength, protection and purification.

Mark's Gypsy Tattoo Pays Tribute to the Female Singer-Songwriter


I have mentioned before that I tend to shy away from approaching subway commuters about their tattoos.

However, like most of my self-imposed guidelines, I always make exceptions for work that is transcendent. That is, if the tattoos are supremely blogworthy, I will solicit, for the sake of the reader, people on the subway. One such case presented itself last week on the Brooklyn-bound N train.

I approached Mark Turrigiano as the N emerged from the subterranean underworld and climbed the Manhattan Bridge. He has phenomenal sleeves, intricate work that wraps and surrounds the limbs.

His right arm, with an Asian-inspired theme, is mostly attributed to Elio Espana at Fly Rite Tattoo Studio (whose work has been seen previously here). His left arm hosts an incredibly huge and colorful octopus, which was inked by Lou at Third Eye Tattoo (whose work has appeared on Tattoosday here).

Because of the scale of those sleeves, we opted to go with one of his newer pieces, a gypsy on the back of his left calf:


This piece, designed and inked by Craig Rodriguez at Hand of Glory Tattoo Studio in Brooklyn, is seen by Mark as "a good way to commemorate [his] work with female singer-songwriters".

I like this piece a lot because it contains a lot of traditional gypsy elements, but is atypical in its presentation. It seems much larger with greater detail than the traditional gypsy profile tattoos that are much more common. The vividness of the colors also helps the tattoo pop, and you can almost feel the texture of her scarf.

Mark says the piece was completed in about four hours over two sessions. He estimates that his body is about 30% covered in ink.

Feel free to check out Mark's website here.

Thanks to Mark for sharing this great gypsy tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Belly Painting - Pooh Bear

This belly painting was the first for Greenawalt, who has a day job as an electrical engineer. These days, he no longer has models go topless. "The belly paintings are so sweet, nice, and happy that I just don't feel like the nudity plays well," he says. Greenawalt often creates designs inspired by the baby's bedroom decor.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Belly Painting - Baseball

This model requested a baseball theme in honor of the baby boy she was carrying. "Painting the belly to look like a ball works really well," says Greenawalt. He painted this design at his home as the father looked on, and snapped this photo at home plate on a local baseball diamond.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Belly Painting - Zodiac

This design by New York-based artist RoByn Thompson incorporates the Zodiac symbols of the mother, the father, and their baby. Belly painting is growing more popular as a baby shower activity, Thompson says.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Belly Painting - Cowrie

For this mother-to-be, Thompson created a design based on Cowrie shells. "They're goddess symbols, and fertility symbols," she says. Coming up with the design is a collaborative process based on emails and phone calls with her clients, Thompson says. Her one-of-a-kind paintings start at $200.

Belly Painting - Jelly Fish

Phoenix-based artist Mark Greenawalt created this painting in front of a live audience as part of a jellyfish-themed gallery exhibition in Phoenix.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Nude Gisele Bundchen In Body Painting

Celebrity Gisele Bundchen goes nude for body painting. Stunning body, stunning painting.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

William Ferramosca, Fucking Fly Tattoo

Sou o William Ferramosca da Fucking Fly Tattoo, gostei muito do site A Tattoo e gostaria de participar com meu portifolio.

Gosto muito de fazer trabalhos orientais, realismos e tradicionais e nas horas vagas gosto de pintar algumas telas.


Convenções que participei

1°, 2° e 3° São Paulo Tattoo Festival
4° Expo Tattoo Metal Head
1° Porto Alegre Tattoo Festival
2° Expo Tattoo Internacional Curitiba
1° Convenção de Tatuagem da Paraíba
2° Expo Tattoo e Piecing de Birigui
1° Araçatuba Tattoo Festival

Premiações

1° lugar tatuagem preto e branco
1° lugar série de desenhos preto e branco
2° lugar série de desenhos coloridos
2° lugar tatuagem colorida
1° lugar série de desenhos coloridos

Tenhos alguns trabalhos meus publicados em mais de quinze revistas de tattoo como Metal Head, Bela Tattoo, Skin Tattoo entre outras.

Fucking Fly Tattoo
Telefone (11) 2031-4578
Endereço: Av. Nordestina, 357 - São Miguel Paulista, São Paulo, SP - CEP: 08011-000
E-mail: williamferramosca@hotmail.com
Site: www.fuckingfly.com.br















 
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