The tattooer who looks at his craft as performance art regales us with tales from the weird old days.
FOR AS LONG AS SHE CAN REMEMBER, Shanghai Kate Hellenbrand has been inquisitive about the world around her. Any time she saw a machine, she wanted to know how it worked. Any time she heard about a new place, she wanted to go there. Most importantly, the second she learned about tattooing, she wanted to know how she could become a part of that world.
The tattooer, hell-raiser, and organizer of the most anticipated annual tattoo convention talks about what goes on behind the booths.
For the head of The Vatican, religious iconography and black-and-gray tattooing as a whole is a spiritual experience.
As the old-school tattooer opens up a new shop, we take a look at the life and work of one of America’s greatest traditional inkers.