Tattoo Time: Lionel Fahy

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I was introduced to Lionel’s work through Noon Kamikaze; and, what imaginative tattoos!  I am just hugely pleased to introduce Furies Magazine readers to his work!

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42680013Furies Magazine:  Were you always involved with art in some form? If so, what?

Lionel Fahy:  My mother has shown us many exhibitions while we were young. we went to museums and i grew up in the suburb of a very historical city, with many Roman sites to watch. this city is called LYON and is in the south east of France. then i was a very bad student at school and the only things i was good in it were music and art classes. I’ve been doing some studies in an art visual school but left for a musical career as a guitarist…then went back to tattooing 14 years ago.

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Furies Magazine:  What led you to tattooing?

Lionel Fahy:  I think it is necessary to express ourselves whatever is the media. tattoos were illegal in my family because of the world war two, so of course, it was rebel for us and all our crew. there were nothing here, no tattoo magazines, no internet, only some punk vinyls. then we took the logos of the bands and the flyers we could find in some fanzines like maximumrocknroll or flipside. some skate stuffs and from the hardcore/punk scene. like teenagers.SONY DSC

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Furies Magazine:  How old were you when you got your first tattoo? Who did it?

Lionel Fahy:  I was 15 years old, drunk, tattooing by hand in the backyard. only real shit part of my life.

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Furies Magazine:  Who taught you how to tattoo, and at what age? How/where did you learn?

Lionel Fahy:  On tour i met an old tattoo artist and his son was a fan of my band. so i brang merchandising for him and it started like that. after a few weeks, he closed the shop, then i was alone…i just had the possibility to order some needles and my first machine through him. in this time you couldn’t buy any equipment without the support and agreement of an old timer….i learnt everything by myself and observing the people who tattooed me.

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Furies Magazine:  Where did you start out tattooing? Do you prefer to be called a tattooer or tattoo artist?

SONY DSCLionel Fahy:  I started at home. in this time there were no rules about tattoos in France. it has changed a lot compared to now! aahhah! I was touring with my band portobello bones all around Europe, and when i was back i was tattooing some friends from the french music scene… everywhere i was going on tour, i was trying to find the local tattoo artists and talk with them etc… so when i officially turned off my musical career, i opened my first shop that i closed 6 months later. I tried the sedentary kinda life but it was so hard for me! then i went back on tour but for tattooing this time. 2 years later i opened my shop OUT OF STEP tattoo in Nantes. but one more time it was so depressive for me to stay in one place only after all the trips i made before as a musician. i closed this shop a year and a half after that…and since, i’m on the road. And no!!! please don’t call a tattoo artist. I am a tattooist. that s a lot enough! ahahha!

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Furies Magazine:  What is your favorite style to tattoo?

Lionel Fahy:  Any kind, as long as it tells a story, and that it is not tuning, but tattoo!

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Furies Magazine:  Do you find tattoos changing with trends?

Lionel Fahy:  Of course, internet is unbelievable! the bad point is that people swallow your work in a few seconds, and the good side is that people can discover your work faster!SONY DSC

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Furies Magazine:  Do you have a favorite tattoo convention, and, why?

Lionel Fahy:  Mmh i dont really like to work on conventions. I made a lot but it’s a little bit always the same…this year i will be in Vianden, Luxemburg, one of the best, and Nantes, because the organizer is a friend and i will share my booth with my little sister. she is a tattooist too and her work is sick! the shop ‘s name is HEAVY PATATE. that will be her first convention. I’m very proud of her!

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Furies Magazine:  What inspires you/your work?

Lionel Fahy:  I’m really into illustrations for kids. I’m collecting books for a long time now… I’ve got a few secret names. I’m also admiring my children, i’ve got 4 kids and they are my reason to live.

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Furies Magazine:  Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

SONY DSCLionel Fahy:  I hope to be alive and healthy to see my kids growing. I’m thinking to open a private place somewhere. I still don’t know where and how…my life is very chaotic, so i just hope to be alive and healthy!!!!

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Furies Magazine:  Is there a piece you’ve done that stands out as your favorite?

Lionel Fahy:  Oh yes, so many of them! sometimes there isn’t any feedback on one piece, but i spent such a great time with this customer that it turns to be my favorite place of the moment!

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Furies Magazine:  Anything you’ve never been asked, but would love to answer?

Lionel Fahy:  Oh yes!!!!!!! I will do for free a huge fox face on the front side of a body!

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Furies Magazine:  Lionel can be found here:SONY DSC

Lionel Fahy
at BLACK PEARL
rue Jean Jaures
85000 la Roche sur Yon
france
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Tattoo Time: Eric Brocious

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I met Eric at The Nashville Full Moon Tattoo & Horror Festival this past March, and was immediately pulled in by his style, and vibrant use of color.  I am so excited for Furies readers to check out his work!

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310759_10201271368806494_993318154_nFuries Magazine:  Were you always involved with art in some form?  If so, what?

Eric Brocious:  I have been doing art my entire life, growing up with comic books and sci-fi magazines and books were some of my earliest inspirations. (and still are).  I remember being “the kid that could draw” in school, as early as third grade.

Furies Magazine:  What led you to tattooing?

Eric Brocious:  Tattooing is something that has always fascinated me, long before I was old enough to actually get one. It has also been something I have always wanted to do. Just took me awhile to get to the point of committing my life to the art and culture of tattooing.

Furies Magazine:  How old were you when you got your first tattoo?  Who did it?

Eric Brocious:  I was 18. A friend of mine had gotten a mail order kit, and we took turns trying to figure out how to do BLACK FLAG tattoos on each other, while reading along with the manual that came with it. Haha…  I DO NOT recommend anyone do what we did!  You only end up with bad tattoos you will regret. And it is also very dangerous.227490_4826172612440_35180812_n

Furies Magazine:  Who taught you how to tattoo, and at what age?  How/where did you learn?

Eric Brocious:  I started my formal apprenticeship in 2006. I was 32 (I think). After about a year, I began tattooing friends at the shop for free. Then my mentor at the time opened his own shop in October of 2007, and I worked with him from the beginning until July of this year. I started working full time at Electric City Tattoo Gallery, and I plan on staying at this shop as my home, while I travel intermittently as much as I can.

Furies Magazine:  Where did you start out tattooing?  Do you prefer to be called a tattooer or tattoo artist?

Eric Brocious:  Scranton, Pa.  I feel that the term “tattoo artist” is and can be appropriate in a lot of cases, but I prefer tattooer or tattooist, because it doesn’t bring about the air of pretension and self importance that “artist” does. And I believe it is important to maintain humility, as well as keep in perspective that what we do is a service to a clientele. And we are nothing without them. And we must do what they want if we are going to make a living.

545069_10200372246649002_1001474602_nFuries Magazine:  What is your favorite style to tattoo?

Eric Brocious:  I really love tattooing all and all. I don’t like to limit myself to one specific labeled style, but I am inspired heavily by traditional and neo traditional western and Japanese. As well as dark themed black and grey.

Furies Magazine:  Do you find tattoos changing with trends?

Eric Brocious:  Of course, subject matter for instance. You see one or two bad ass jackalopes, and the next thing ya know they are everywhere. Or, the boom and then fade, in popularity of color portraiture over the last decade.  

Furies Magazine:  Do you have a favorite tattoo convention, and, why?

Eric Brocious:  I have several, but I must admit I am very partial to our local show here – The Electric City Tattoo Convention. It is full of good friends of mine, and a lot of my clientele come out to support. It is smaller, very comfortable, and low stress.  It is just a fun, easy going show.

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Eric Brocious:  So many things. I am inspired by so many brilliant artists I couldn’t begin to name; many tattooers, as well as fine artists and illustrators. I also read a lot, and am huge into film, sci-fi, and horror; as well as old war and westerns. Art house stuff. And the world around me never ceases to amaze. There are just too many wonders to see in a lifetime.

Furies Magazine:  Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Eric Brocious:  Hopefully still tattooing and making a living at it. I would also like to push my painting further and get into sculpture, and I have always wanted to finish art school that I started so many years ago.  As far as where? Who knows. I love traveling and I have been doing as much as I possibly can; maybe I will find someplace I will never want to leave.

Furies Magazine:  Any piece of advice for that Tattoo Virgin?

Eric Brocious:  Do your research. Look for a tattooer who appeals to you as far as the quality of their work and style, but also someone who is patient and treats you with respect. And a good recommendation from a friend(s) doesn’t hurt.

946042_10201513039288105_1414614824_nFuries Magazine:  Any piece of advice for aspiring tattoo artists?

Eric Brocious:  You have to be truly in love with it.  Everything about it.  You have to dedicate yourself to never letting up.  There are no good part timers.  You have to live it.  It’s a lot of hard work and long days, but it is worth every bit of it and more.

Furies Magazine:  Is there a piece you’ve done that stands out as your favorite?

Eric Brocious:  I do look back on my work from time to time, but I am always really into what I am doing at the moment.  So my newest or my work in progress is always my favorite.

Furies Magazine:  Anything you’ve never been asked, but would love to answer?

Eric Brocious:  Oh boy.. Haha uhm.. Well my answer would be yes.

Furies Magazine:  Eric can be found here:230670_10200459425708424_382822399_n

ericbrocious.com

The Electric City Tattoo Gallery

570-343-5549

620-618 Spruce St.

Scranton Pa, 18503

Electriccitytattoo@gmail.com

Tattoo Time: Noon

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Noon’s work is creative, unmistakable, and memorable.  His use of heavy lines and spare color make his tattoos stand out among the crowd.  If you have not already been introduced to his work, please, by all means, sit back and enjoy…

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DSC02340Furies Magazine:  Were you always involved with art in some form?  If so, what?

Noon:  I use to draw a lot when I was a child, but can not say that I was really involved in art…. Later, when  I reached 15, I really started to move in the world of art, with museums, books, fanzines and the first art exhibitions….

Furies Magazine:  What led you to tattooing?

Noon:  As far as I remember, I was always interested (I can say fascinated) by tattoos… In the city where I grew up and where I am still living today, tattoo was everywhere…. By the guys coming out from jail, by the older that were wearing tattoos as a leading social position, by the gipsies that were a lot in the area…. As soon as I learned how to do them, I started…. first on me, then on friends and by hand (I still did not get my first machine!!!)… Some years later, when came the “punk” years, I used to tattoo all my punk friends around…. till I got my first tattoo machine in 1996 and started to do it in a more professional way….


Furies Magazine:  How old were you when you got your first tattoo?  Who did it?DSC01241

Noon:  I did my first tattoo by myself…. I was really young… I think I was 12, maybe 13, but not more….


Furies Magazine:  Who taught you how to tattoo, and at what age?  How/where did you learn?

Noon:  So after all this year tattooing by hand, and just for the pleasure, I finally got my first tattoo machines…. But this first period taught me a lot, and maybe the most important thing: U need a solid line to make a good tattoo…When I read the same sentence by Hanky Panky in his “Tattoo World” magazine, I immediately knew that it was also the key for a good tattoo made with a machine….
I learned almost everything by myself, and I think U can still feel that in my today’s works…. A guy that I met gave me the address of Micky Sharpz and Spaulding & Rogers… I went to Birmingham to buy my first equipment, took some advice from them and from the guy that gave me their address and then moved on…. The beginning was difficult; as for many of us that started by this time in France…. Soldering the needles with glue before learning how to solder with silver; lining with one needle!!! And looking to the magazines…. By the same year, I met Lionel (out of step tattoo)  that was also trying to start…. He was coming to C me, and I did the same and we were calling each other as soon as we were discovering new tricks….. And finally, something not so bad finished by coming out from the needles!!!!!


DSC00960Furies Magazine:  Where did you start out tattooing?  Do you prefer to be called a tattooer or tattoo artist?

Noon:  I started at home… Then I opened a shop some years later….

I prefer to be called a tattooer or a tattooist more than a tattoo artist…. Even the fact that I have more and more freedom to use my art vision in my tattoos, I still consider myself to be more a good illustrator than a real artist  (that means to have total freedom for me…).

And generally speaking, I do not really consider that “tattoo artist” is a good word for most of the tattooers…. Again, most of us are (when they are doing their best) just good illustrators (when they are even just good tattooists or good copyists)… Nobody is really trying to sell their art… They just do what the customers ask, and just focus on the money they can take from that, but just a few are taking the risk to really sell their art…. People like Guy Atchinson, Xed le Head, Bugs, Paul Booth, Yann Black, Jeff…. can pretend to be called “tattoo artist” as they never give any concession to their art… For the others, that are just selling for the best of them what the magazines need to sell their paper, I think that “tattooers” (or money makers!!!) is enough…

Anyway, “tattoo artist” is still the best for the”ego”.


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Noon:  For sure…. There is a fashionable way to get tattooed…. 10 years ago, everybody was dying for tribal…and before that with Indians, wolves and dolphins….

That we are covering today!!!!!

Now the way to be in is to get some neo traditional… And it is easy: Just open the door of the first good tattoo shop and they will propose U what to get to be in!!!!

Just open the first tattoo magazine U can get, and U will know which model to chose…

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Furies Magazine:  Do you have a favorite tattoo convention, and, why?

Noon:  I went this year for the first time to the Paradise Tattoo Gathering organised by Gabe Ripley in Colorado, and I really enjoyed this event…. Why? Because this event focused on the “tattoo” (and not on the tattooists) generally speaking (painting, techniques, drawing….). It had a really good selection of tattooists to talk about with as Shawn Barber, Cory Ferguson, Jo Harrison, Jason Butcher, Nick Baxter, Alex de Pase,…. It was a real convention designed for tattooists, and not for money makers….a time for sharing… a convention with a real purpose to make the tattoo go further…. So, I think that it was for me the best tattoo convention I did and, a must be for other events….


DSC01176Furies Magazine:  What inspires you/your work?

Noon:  My work is a big mix of lot influences such as traditional artists (Picasso, Juan Gris, Fernand Leger – and generally, I am a fan of all the first generation abstract artists), but also architecture, street art, singulart art, art brut, pop surrealism, graphic illustration….


Furies Magazine:  Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Noon:  Still tattooing, hopefully!!!! I really love my work, so….


Furies Magazine:  Any piece of advice for that Tattoo Virgin?

Noon:  Take the time…..

Furies Magazine:  Is there a piece you’ve done that stands out as your favorite?

Noon:  Not really… Some I like more, some less, but I like them all….  Maybe my favorite is my last work….till the next one!!!!

Furies Magazine: Noon can be found here:DSC01242

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Tattoo Time: Leonie New

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DAM_03931_20130624Furies Magazine:  How old were you when you got your first tattoo?  Who did it?

Leonie New:  I was 20, and it was done at Tattoo Magic in Melbourne, by Dan Anderson.  I’m lucky I had friends with tattoos, so they recommended me to a few places, and Tattoo Magic is still one of the best shops in Melbourne. At that point, I really thought I was only going to get one or two tattoos, which seems hilarious now!

Furies Magazine:  Who taught you how to tattoo, and at what age?  How/where did you learn?

Leonie New:  I started out in country Victoria, under Gina Mezzino at Warragul Tattoos. I live in the city, so I had to commute between 3 to 5 hours a day to get there and back; which was pretty soul destroying at the time, but now that its over and done with it, was a great apprenticeship. It was so busy in that shop, and doing a bit of everything was a good lesson in the technical side of things. I was 27 I think, pretty late to start tattooing, but it took that long to think it was something I could do.  That was for 3 years; then I got a job in Melbourne.  So, now I get to ride my bike to work which makes me happy, and I get to do more of the sorts of tattoos I really enjoy!

Furies Magazine:  What is your favorite style to tattoo?1980-01-01 00.00.24-2

Leonie New:  I would say my favorite style would be anything illustrative, particularly girl faces, animals, birds, plants, and skulls. I guess I would say its a traditional style, maybe a bit neo traditional.  I like to put a certain amount of detail, but I try not to clutter it up.  I think tattoos should be clear enough to see what’s going on easily, and last for the persons’ lifetime!

Furies Magazine:  Do you have a favorite tattoo convention, and, why?

Leonie New:  I have only worked at one convention so far, last year in November.  It was the New Plymouth convention in New Zealand, and it was great!  I really had no idea what to expect.  I was pretty nervous, but it was so much fun.  I had thought it would be total chaos, but it was so well organised, it made it easy! I had no idea how many amazing international artists were there – all in this one tiny New Zealand town!

photo-21Furies Magazine:  What inspires you/your work?

Leonie New:  Sooooo many people!  Even just in Melbourne, there are so many people to look up to. Getting tattooed by others is always inspiring, even though of course getting tattooed sucks.  I always enjoy myself hanging out in different shops!  I also love natural history stuff. I seem to accidentally collect books on botanical and scientific illustration, even though as tattoos this stuff tends to be more stylised, it’s still a huge inspiration.

Furies Magazine:  Any piece of advice for that Tattoo Virgin?

Leonie New:  Just basically come in with an open mind!  We often have to tell people things they don’t want to hear, and they sometimes take it personally; but its always for their own benefit, so they end up with a tattoo that will last forever.  And if you bring in something already drawn up, try not to have your mind set on it exactly as it is. We will probably want to redraw it!  Again, so it will work as a tattoo, and be something unique just for you.

Furies Magazine:  Leonie can be found here:2013-02-05 15.18.53

Leonie New

www.facebook.com/leonie.new

www.leonienew.wix.com/leonienewtattoos

instagram: leonienewtattoos

Tattoo Time: Darren M. Hosé

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I am excited to introduce Furies readers to Wisconsin-based Darren M. Hosé!  He is a well-booked tattoo artist with a passion for strong lines, and minimal color.  If you are in his area, I hope you get a chance to see his work in person!

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NAM_00006_20130513Furies Magazine:  Were you always involved with art in some form?  If so, what?

Darren M. Hosé:  Yes, I have been making art from as young as I can remember.  I began to make art well before I could walk, I am told.  I began as many artists drawing, but during my teenage years I started to use various mediums, and as I developed this skill set, took many university courses where I truly fell in love with painting and sculpture.

Furies Magazine:  What led you to tattooing?

Darren M. Hosé:  The truth is that I have always held a love and appreciation for the art form and loved the process of tattooing.  I had my first tattoo when I was 16 or 17 years old.  I used to see motorcycle clubs when I was a kid and dreamed of acquiring the abundance of tattoos that they so proudly wore.  When I was just 6 years old, I told my mom when I that I wanted to look like the guys I had seen, and she just smiled.  Really, my desire to become a tattoo artist started when I graduated with a degree in art education and art history.  I had been substitute teaching and really considering whether this was the career path for me or not.  I was also going through a very challenging period of life in other personal areas, when I was presented with an opportunity to apprentice as a tattoo artist.  It was at this point that I chose to make the decision to go for it and become a professional tattooist.

Furies Magazine:  How old were you when you got your first tattoo?  Who did it?NAM_00000_20060116

Darren M. Hosé:  As I said previously I was 16 or 17, and it was by little lady named Rosie.  I honestly can’t even remember much about her or the shop… but alas I carry her permanent mark…

Furies Magazine:  Who taught you how to tattoo, and at what age?  How/where did you learn?

Darren M. Hosé:  I was fortunate enough to find a great couple who have had a successful tattoo studio not far from where I live, who also took interest in me as a prospective tattoo apprentice.  Because I didn’t get my secondary education until later, my tattoo career did not begin until age 34.  I was apprenticed under Tony and Lisa Kofakis at Crimson Heart Designs, and under their close eye and encouragement, began by learning all of the proper sterilization on organization and other various health aspects that go into the art of tattooing.  I would be given simple drawings to do that would test my hand and help me to discipline myself to be steady and prepared for actual tattooing.  Eventually I would move on to more complex drawing, and drawing outlines for Tony and Lisa.  This led me to practice skin, and then to tattooing actual flesh, my own.

Furies Magazine:  Where did you start out tattooing?  Do you prefer to be called a tattooer or tattoo artist?

NAM_00007_20130116Darren M. Hosé:  I am still under the wonderful studio of Crimson Heart Designs, which is based in Clear Lake, Wisconsin.  I am currently tattooing in their extension studio in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.  I prefer to be called a tattoo artist.

Furies Magazine:  What is your favorite style to tattoo?

Darren M. Hosé:  I really gravitate toward heavily graphic with minimal colors.  I love and appreciate traditional, Americana, and Japanese traditional as well.  Personally, my style is still emerging, but my desire is to develop toward a style reminiscent of the old school screen printing and some of the more modern techniques found in Graphic design.

Furies Magazine:  Do you find tattoos changing with trends?

Darren M. Hosé:  Absolutely, for instance women where once really into lower back tattoos, or tribal was huge.  Now we see a lot of google images.  Lower back tattoos are being replaced by floral motifs with swirls and curls or feathers.  Tribal is still popular but the graphic style is really beginning to emerge.

Furies Magazine:  Do you have a favorite tattoo convention, and, why?NAM_00004_20130116

Darren M. Hosé:  No, not really as I am still quite new to the whole culture.  But there are several in Europe that I would love to attend.  As a studio, we all went to the Detroit tattoo convention this February, where we attended various courses from Black and Grey tattooing, to Machine Building Courses and everything in between.

Furies Magazine:  What inspires you/your work?

Darren M. Hosé:  I glean inspiration from my peers a lot.  I will spend down time watching them tattoo, or talk with a client and just sort of smile to myself, thinking how fortunate I am to work in such a genuine and creative environment.  Lately, I have been inspired by the artwork coming from France by Xoil.  Check it out!!!  I love the lines and the abstract nature of it all.  I remain drawn to the work of Cubism and Dada as well, but I honestly find inspiration everywhere.

Furies Magazine:  Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Darren M. Hosé:  I hope to be continuing to grow as a tattoo artist as well as a fine artist, which by the way are not necessarily separate ideas to me.  I hope to have my own studio, or possibly open another studio under Crimson Heart designs where I can continue to honor my roots.  I would love to have a full line of apparel, and my own custom tattoo machine line.

NAM_00002_20060131Furies Magazine:  Any piece of advice for that Tattoo Virgin?

Darren M. Hosé:  I always say for people to really research or study images before having them tattooed.  I also love to tell people to try and think of other ways to portray their ideas… Also come well hydrated and enjoy the process rather than dread it.  Come in relaxed and ready to share the experience of a permanent mark with your artist.  Lastly don’t just take your artists word for it.  Look at their work.  And NEVER, EVER get tattooed out of some ones house or garage or whatever… It is completely disrespectful to the art and tradition of tattooing.

Furies Magazine:  Is there a piece you’ve done that stands out as your favorite?

Darren M. Hosé:  There are a couple but one that I particularly enjoyed was on a Client that wanted a Kenworth logo with gears and pistons, also a skull in a shamrock, A tribal bull, and I really love to do Roses, but honestly for me it isn’t as much about the tattoo as it is the shared experience.  When a client is enjoying themselves, so do I and therefore the tattoo is far more memorable for me.

Furies Magazine:  Anything you’ve never been asked, but would love to answer?NAM_00003_20121027

Darren M. Hosé:  If a client could tattoo me… The answer is absolutely not!!!  Unless, Ha Ha…

Furies Magazine:  Darren can be found here:

Darren M. Hosé
Crimson Heart Designs
Rice Lake Location
715.234.9192

Tattoo Time: Ryan Thomas

71576_10200269362046298_881460437_nOn this day I bring to you an artist. His medium is your flesh and his work, it is awesome! Considering the fact that I have no tattoos I appreciate the dedication to his craft. His name, Ryan Thomas. A five year soldier in this fight for artistic expression. Ryan brings his neo-traditional style to Nashville. Here is what he had to say:

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Furies Magazine: What made you want to be a Tattoo Artist?

Ryan Thomas: I always wanted to do something I loved and I loved to draw so I figured it was the only way to make a living and do what I loved.

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FM:  Is there anything you wish a Client would ask you to do?

RT:  My clients nowadays know what enjoy doing,  With social media they see all the paintings I put out and I always love to tattoo what I paint.

FM:  Have you ever turned a Customer Down?

RT: Yes, generally for style issues. I know what my limits are.

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FM: Who would you Kill to meet?

RT: Nobody is that important.  Id like to, without killing meet a few great tattooers I look up to.  Uncle Allan, Jim Sylvia, and hope they are as cool in person as they are in my head.

FM: What would you say is the hardest part of being a Tattoo Artist?

RT: Time!  There isnt enough time in the day to tattoo for 8 hours, draw for 2-3 and maintain a family and a life outside of tattooing.

FM: What’s your most memorable cover-up?

RT: I dont do a tone of them but names of boyfriends and girlfriends is always the best.  Its the curse did you really think you would be the exception.

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FM:  Which Tattoo was your Favorite to do?

RT: I think an Indian headress skull I did a while back.

FM: Any thing you wish you could say to clients, but don’t?

RT: Plenty but I really try lately to be more understanding of their perspective.  We try and do what the client asks   I would never tell them how to do their job so please dont tell me how to do mine.

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If you like what you see you can hit up Black 13 Tattoo at 209 10th Ave South Suite 208 Nashville, TN 37203. You can also check out their news and events on facebook.

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Tattoo Time: Gerry Kramer

I came across Gerry Kramer’s work while searching for images of Klimt painting tattoos.  When I saw the way his tattoos come to life on the skin, I knew I had to introduce Furies readers to his work!

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gerryFuries Magazine:  What led you to tattooing?
Gerry Kramer:  When I turned 19, I got tattooed. And I knew from the second it started that I was hooked. It was just a matter of course really, I started drawing up all of my own tattoos, then for all my friends – and the tattoo artist we were all getting our work done from needed somebody to help him work his shop. I’m sure I was a terrible customer…always asking what he was using, how it worked, and what he was doing it that way for. Somehow we became friends. He was really generous with his craft, he took me on as an apprentice and taught me how to tattoo.

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Furies Magazine:  Where did you start out tattooing?  Do you prefer to be called a tattooer or tattoo artist?
Gerry Kramer:  I started out tattooing in a little hole-in-the-wall shop here in Victoria called Stark Raving Tattoo. The owner of the shop tattooed a lot of the punk kids in my town, and we really hit it off. When I did finally ask him to teach me to tattoo he said, “I want to, but we’ll stop being friends”. I’m sad to say he was totally right. I respect the hell out of him for giving me the keys to the kingdom, but we are most definitely not the friends we used to be. I blame the apprentice/mentor dynamic. And myself, I guess. He made a big deal about the difference between ‘tattoo artists’ and ‘tattooers’. It always resonated with me, and I’ve always gone by tattooer. It seems to fit me better.

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Gerry Kramer:  I’m not really sure. I really like to put tattoos on people. I’m not really hung up on a ‘style’, but I definitely see that most of the tattoos I love resonate with me in some way. I guess I really like doing semi-traditional subject matter with loads of extra illustrative details. If that makes any sense.

Furies Magazine:  Do you find tattoos changing with trends?
Gerry Kramer:  Absolutely. Tattooing has always been influenced by pop culture, and there’s no real reason for that to change. It’s probably become more apparent with the advent of social media, and even though there has been a real surge for custom tattooing, a lot of the reference material is coming from the first page of Google.

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Furies Magazine:  Do you have a favorite tattoo convention, and, why?
Gerry Kramer:  I really like the Calgary tattoo Convention. It’s full of loads of fantastic tattooers, and its put on with tattooers in mind. They really take care of the tattooers and care that we have an excellent experience. Little details like not having to rent extra chairs or tables, providing vegan friendly food, etc, are what springs to mind for me.

Furies Magazine:  Any piece of advice for that Tattoo Virgin?
Gerry Kramer:  Just the usual. Do your research. Find someone who inspires you. And who makes you comfortable. One of the most important things to remember is that a tattooer’s portfolio is showcasing the very BEST of what they think they can do.  If there are things that don’t sit right with you, then there is nothing wrong with choosing someone else.  

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Also…speak up! If you like something about someone’s work, say it. Also…if you dislike something about your upcoming design…mention it. Because once it’s done, it’s too late to change it!

Furies Magazine:  Is there a piece you’ve done that stands out as your favorite?
Gerry Kramer:  There is. My friend Leah had me do a Mucha-inspired portrait of her poodle, Cassie. I was soooo into doing it, and she was so receptive to most of my suggestions, that I feel like the end result is a perfect representation of how I want to tattoo all the time.5DWZRQTEBJ6k5io1rf259ALRNzyrAPnBAVH3-oci9gE
I think its something about the combination of art nouveau styles and animal portraits that is what I find incredibly interesting. There’s so many cool little details that can be added, and lots of neat tricks we can whip out to make things really pop off!

Furies Magazine:  You can find Gerry’s work here:

Tattoo Zoo and Sons – 250.361.1952

www.tattoozoo.net

www.gerrykramer.com