The Tattoo Age video series by New Era and Vice premiers a new video as they catch up with tattoo artist Troy Denning. The video checks in with Denning as he talks about creating and running one of the biggest tattoo parlors on the East Coast. As the New Era cameras follow Denning around New York City, check out other artists and friends at the shop as they all chat about today’s tattoo scene. Join the conversation about Tattoo Age on Facebook. Enjoy!
Produced as part of Ink Magazine‘s September issue, this short video gives viewers a glance into what it’s like to shoot a cover spread with one of the publication’s infamous tatted-up models. This month, Alesandra Nicole posed for the shoot, discussing her ink and her career along the way. Definitely worth checking out for fans of tattoos, girls or all of the above.
Lucasfilm is constructing a new building made of glass and steel that looks exactly like an enormous, gleaming replica of a Sandcrawler – the iconic mining vehicle in Star Wars used by Jawas to descend into sand dunes. It’s expected to house Lucasfilm, LucasArts, an animation team, and a 100-seat movie theater. The joint project between Aedas architectural firm and Fusionopolis will open at the tail end of 2012 and become the first overseas production facility in Lucasfilm’s 40-year history.
It’s not all about being futuristic and hi-tech in Japan, as traditional art and culture still inspire local creators and manufactures. The Daruma has become synonymous with Zen and good luck charm as it has evolved into such a strong point of Japanese heritage. The history of the original paper doll dates back to the mid-1700s in ancient Japan. Though Daruma is not confined to the past, Tokyo-based toymaker Medicom Toy launched this a new 400% Bearbrick. Ultimately, the Bearbrick Daruma 400% features the traditional red coloring as well the original blank “Daruma Eyes” as a way to pay homage. It’s just a happy coincidence that both the Bearbrick and Daruma are both Japanese toys – only from a different era. The original Daruma Bearbrick released almost ten years ago as this new larger version is available now Saint Alfred.
Early this month, Nike is running a month-long art exhibition that will showcase the brand’s vast creative and design history. This artistic foray will feature several pop-art translated Nike props that will be showcased at Portland’s Compound Gallery. Profits generated from this exhibition will be donated directly to the recovery reliefs to continuously support the tsunami-affected regions in Japan. Be sure to check out the exhibition before it ends later this month.
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Documented and directed by Casey Neistat, this exclusive video from earlier this year follows artist and designer Scott Campbell around New York City as he prepares to give a “prison tattoo” to a friend. The video features still shots by The Selby with Campbell speaking about his opinion of tattoos, the first tattoo he received, and his artwork. As seen in the video, the “prison tattoo” is an archaic device consisting of a 9V battery, a pen, and other spare parts lying around.