Tattoo

Kakau, The Art of Traditional Tattoo in Hawai’i

The 20th century has seen many traditional societies trying to recover their pre-colonial history, and practices that the European colonizers tried to erase are being revived and re-lived. Tattooing has been a huge signifier of returning to traditional ways of

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CVLT Nation Interviews : Tattoo Artist Jon Clue

For almost twenty-one years, Brooklyn born tattoo/painter Jon Clue has been channeling visions straight out of the Necronomicon itself. He has created pieces that invoke a sense of twisted worlds beyond our grasp, and of sights best left unseen. Jon

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The line between Life and Death…
Jason Borders

Jason Borders creates intricate, tattoo-like artwork on animal skulls, making mind-blowingly gorgeous pieces with a macabre edge. He carves and drills the bone, turning its surface into a textured masterpiece, and then paints them for even more texture and depth.

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Jesus Fucking Christ!
Bad Tattoos Part IV

There are many people in this world who ask themselves each day, What would Jesus do? Well, probably not get that fucking tattoo. Especially one where He looks brain damaged, or one where He looks inbred, or one where He

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I was born in prison and I’ll die in prison…
Russian Prison Tattoo Art

Between 1948 and 1986, during his career as a prison guard, Danzig Baldaev made over 3,000 drawings of tattoos. They were his gateway into a secret world in which he acted as ethnographer, recording the rituals of a closed society.

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JOY DIVISION
Tattoos Reign Supreme!

It’s been said that you should not get band tattoos…Well, check all of these humans who have shown their commitment to their favorite band JOY DIVISION. Ian might have died, but the legacy of the band he fronted will live

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CVLT Nation Presents
Ink, Blood and Spirit
The Life of Little Swastika Documentary

When filmmaker Claudio Marino asked us to sponsor his beautiful documentary about legendary tattoo artist Little Swastika, Ink, Blood and Spirit, we were honored. Little Swastika may be a controversial subject because of his reappropriation of the swastika as a

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Forever Young… Star Wars Tattoos

Some “fandoms” seem a little strange to me – like Supernatural or Sherlock – whereas others seem totally natural in their obsession, like Star Wars. These seminal space flicks have had a huge impact on the generations to follow, and

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DEAD SKIN, NEW ART:
Polish Prison Tattoos Preserved

Presenting an alternative view on social issues such as exclusion, crime and punishment, Polish artist Katarzyna Mirczak has photographed tattoo-covered skin specimens sourced from deceased prisoners in Poland. Cataloged from the body art archive at the department of forensic medicine

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Marked For Death:
MS-13 & 18th Street Tattoos

I grew up around the gangs of Los Angeles, and I have seen them change over time into something way more scary than what I remember. Two gangs from from Southern California that have been on some next level madness

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