We're Back On The Road!

It’s been a wild ride since 2020 between masks and quarantine but we’re happy to be back in action! TATSoul and company will be representing our top quality supplies and merch at the 11th Annual Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention this July 16th - 18th 2021 in Rosemont, IL. Hosted by Villain Arts Tattoo Conventions, there will be entertainment, seminars, contests, and of course artists and vendors from around the world. Come and meet us, talk about tools of the trade, get tattooed and TATSoul’d up! We’ve got the works ready for this event. It’s been a long time coming!

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Black Eye Removal

The birthplace of modern tattooing sits at the intersection of Division Street, Chatham Square and The Bowery. In 1961 NYC banned tattooing and did not re-legalize until 1997. In the early 1900’s work lived primarily at the shipping docks and construction sites. Each morning men would line up, standing on cartons and crates while bosses looked them over and made their selections on who would be given daily assignments. Those with black eyes would often be passed over out of concern they would be a problem and cause trouble. During this era, it was common for tattoo parlors and barbershops...

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Blood & Fire

Our buddy Carlos Torres & his shop, The Raven & The Wolves had their grand opening art show this past weekend featuring work from over 50 incredible artists from all different backgrounds. Johnny, one of awesome sales reps that you might have had the pleasure of meeting at any of the recent conventions we've attended wasn't going to miss it and snagged some pics I thought I'd share!

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Our Hearts Go Out To One Of Our Legends

The entire TS family is deeply saddened at the news of the passing of Tattoo Artist Boo Boo Negrete. Our thoughts and prayers are with Freddy (Negrete), family & friends. Tattooing will forever keep his memory alive. Please take a moment to check out this article that the NY Times did on Freddy & his sons.

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New Tools For Traddy Daddies

I’ve always had a deep appreciation for traditional tattooing. Not just because it’s what our community’s foundation was built on but because these tattoos are so completely reliant on having clean, straight lines and bold, solid saturation. The simplistic designs allow tattooers to showcase how they have honed their craft. It’s no secret that the majority of traditional style tattoo artists always have tended to be “loyal to the coil” folks that have a sort of romance with the smell of flux from the apprenticeship days of making their own needles. However, surprising enough, more and more traditional tattoo artist...

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Artists Talk About Grabbing a 270 for a 360 on Back Pain

Mark Schilling :: Agape Art Collective – Costa Mesa, CA – How has the chair helped your career? The 270 chair has helped my career as far as back pain goes, being comfortable helps my performance and gives me peace of mind. Its versatile and helps me tattoo in different positions comfortably. Oh, and its fucking badass looking! It perfectly curves to my ass. – What sorts of problems were you experiencing before buying the chair? What made you buy it? Constant back pain, especially lower back pain. In this thing I can sit for 15-16 hours straight if I...

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SKATE TATTOO OR DIE : Entry 1- Parallels between skating & tattooing

I started skateboarding when I was 13 and what I loved about skateboarding the most was being able to go down to the local mom and pop shop to buy skate products. I remember it giving me the feeling of being a part of something unique; free from corporations and mass produced products. Most skate companies at the time were independently owned so the common public in the early 90s had no clue what any of the brands I wore at the time were. I remember getting made fun of for my puffy DC shoes with the tongues popped out....

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TS Cornerstone Interview, Episode 1: Nate Fierro

Proud to launch our new TS Cornerstone Interview Series with Episode 1 featuring High Voltage Tattoo resident, Nate Fierro. Watch to learn about his start in tattooing & inspiration for his illustrative, neo-traditional Americana and Japanese style to skating & eating right.

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Piercings

Growing up I had one of those dads who thought any type of body modification was considered gay. Thanks to Dennis Rodman in the early nineties, my parents thought the idea of tattoos, colored hair and earrings were for insane people. I remember the first time my dad voiced his opinion outload. It was a bright sunny day and this man who had these long dangling earrings walked past us and into my dad’s office “Jr, you see that guy? He’s gay!” I go, “how so?” My dad’s response “he wear the earrings, this is for women, not a man....

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Who is Bryce Oprandi?

George: So how long have you owned and operated The Martlet ? Bryce:  It’s going to be 6 years in October. George:  When did you start Tattooing? Bryce:  I got my apprenticeship in 2007, then one year later I started working at Red Hot Tattoo with Joe Caram, Pat Sweeney and Jen Mclellan. Jen was the one who taught me. George: Did you go in there and get tattooed a lot and then all of a sudden they saw potential? Bryce:  Yeah, I would be getting tattooed there and a couple of other spots and I didn’t know shit about...

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