Black Friday, Until There’s Something Darker

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Only at Ink and Dagger, this Friday!

 We have the cure for florescent-lit cranky holiday shopping: a BLACK FRIDAY at Ink&Dagger Tattoo Parlour!

 Next weekend the first 50 folks purchasing a $200 Ink&Dagger gift card will also receive a laser etched wooden skull (back by popular demand styled from theOrnamental Archive kick-starter incentive) FREE!  (Yes, we typed the word FREE, it tastes better– As in a $75 value, for no cost).  

Men’s and women’s t shirts, prints, etc are on  hand to make sure you get the perfect gift for your hard to shop for loved one, at Black Friday only prices.

Let us offer you a warm and well-lit place as an alternative to the dull-drums of candle and perfume shopping in big box stores. Come see us at Ink&Dagger this BLACK FRIDAY.

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On sale this weekend only!

On sale this weekend only!

Tattoos Teach You

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(Re-blogged from www.tattoosnob.com )

“There’s plenty of stuff I don’t share on certain social media because I know some of my friends and family would find it unsavory. But with regard to tattoos, I’ve found a lot of friendship in that community and have received some unexpected lessons — nothing like being tattooed in front of hundreds of people to get over body image issues. Nothing like finding an imperfection in a piece to understand taking the bad with the good and moving on. Nothing like receiving a piece that’s better than you could’ve ever envisioned yourself, and understanding it’s because you let go of control and fear, and trusted someone. Nothing like seeing people with older pieces all faded and blobby to understand how an initial attraction to beauty can morph into a deeper appreciation and connection over time.

“There’s nothing like “permanence” to help you understand and accept the fact of the matter: impermanence. Mortality. Don’t be scared, have fun while you can. No doubt we all learn those lessons in different ways, from multiple sources, if we learn them at all. Please respect the paths others take to get there.

“I’m not going to any local scratch shop, I take the art seriously. I’m not getting my hands or face tattooed before I’m retired or independently wealthy. I cover up when I’m at work conducting therapy, because I want those I’m trying to help listening to what I’m saying rather than being distracted by my tattoos. People have been getting tattooed for THOUSANDS of years, all over the world. If you have a problem with it or know someone who does, now would be a great opportunity to think about it in a different light and unburden yourself/them of that problem. Thanks to Russ and the other incredible artists who’ve tattooed me, and taught me without knowing it.”

Daniel,

(owner of the ornamental snake tattoo by Russ Abbott via www.tattoosnob.com)

If you’re interested in learning about Russ Abbott’s take on ornamental design you can order his book Ornamental Archive, a spiral bound reference book for tattooers, designers, and craftspeople with 50+ full color pages of original illustrations, and inspirational tattoos authored by one of the most innovative minds in tattooing.  Ornamental Archive is a hard bound foil stamped book, with a hidden spiral binding. This way the book will lay flat to make tracing easy and comfortable. Order yours today, and leave a review on Amazon!  

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Russ Abbott on Hypercast with Guy Aitchison and Michele Wortman

 

Ink&Dagger‘s Russ Abbott was thrilled to be a  guest on Michele Wortman and  Guy Aitchison’s Hypercast hosted on TattoonowTV.com.  In an exclusive, double length interview (two hours!) the team covered a broad range of topics from illustrative techniques, contrast and color use,  to connections with clients and how to be authentic within your art.

“When I started my apprenticeship in the late 90’s, Guy Aitchison’s work was some of the first to capture my imagination. He was and continues to be a huge inspiration to myself and countless other tattooers.” Abbott said about the opportunity.

The mutual respect  and real talk made the Hypercast a pretty cool moment in time. The tone of the interview was intimate and reverential, the  conversation between the seasoned and passionate tattoo artists with different artistic objectives covered a broad range of subjects in a detailed manner. Ink&Dagger tattooer Kelly Doty and Best Ink champion Teresa Sharpe sat in on the last half of the interview and the group critiqued audience submitted tattoos as well as each other’s work.

“All in all,” said Abbott. “It was a great experience, and I’m really excited about the discussion and the ideas that we got to share!”

 Hypercast streams live every other Sunday at 11pm at TattooNowTv and invites some of the brightest minds and hands in tattooing to discuss and share in an extraordinary air of open conversation. It is preceded by TattooNow interviews, and is followed with TattooNow‘s “Tattoo of the Day” and news. If you missed the live Hypercast streaming, no worries, here it is on Guy & Michele’s YouTube channel TattooTelevision.

Ornamental Archive, PRE-SALE!

Russ Abbott’s Ornamental Archive is now available at ornamentalarchive.com. Ornamental Archive is a spiral bound reference book for tattooers, designers, and craftspeople with 50+ Full color pages of original illustrations, and inspirational tattoos authored by one of the most innovative minds in tattooing.

“In creating the illustrations for the book “Ornamental Archive“, I sought out to create a useful reference guide for myself and other tattooers, designers, and craftspeople who were interested in ornament. I tried to think up alternative solutions to ornamental design challenges I had faced in the past. The illustrations were created with the tattoo artist in mind. There are frame designs, simple ornaments, shells, acanthus leaves, and roses. There are also several “ornament only” images that can be used as stand-alone tattoo designs.” Russ Abbott.

Ornamental Archive will be a hard bound foil stamped book, with a hidden spiral binding. This way the book will lay flat to make tracing easy and comfortable.

Russ Abbott Ornamental

PRESALE ORDERS WILL SHIP IN SEPTEMBER, $60+Shipping

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Ornamental Archive will be a hard bound foil stamped book, with a hidden spiral binding. This way the book will lay flat to make tracing easy and comfortable.

Russ Abbott

“Ornament only” images that can be used as stand-alone tattoo designs.

The book was funded through a KickStarter campaign; Special Thanks from Mr.Abbott to all who made this amazing resource possible.  KickStarter books will ship first, in late August with the PRESALE orders to follow.  Don’t sleep, order your copy today!

I&D Guest Artist Tye Harris July 26th-Aug 3rd

Come check out the fanciful renderings of Ink&Dagger friend and world class tattoo artist Tye Harris July 26th-Aug 3rd. Tye hails from Austin, Texas and travels like a carnie.  Text his cell 210-918-0401 or email for appointments Tyethetattooguy@yahoo.com

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I&D Guest Artist Jamie Clinton June 17-21

I&D Guest Artist Jamie Clinton June 17-21

Jamie Clinton is a custom tattoo artist working full-time in Charlotte, NC. Jamie has traveled the country attending seminars and acquiring work from top artists, all in an attempt to refine techniques and style. After working the last few years at the distinguished Pino Bros Ink, Jamie has recently relocated to Charlotte, NC and will begin taking appointments in February 2013. To get tattooed by Jamie while he’s at Ink&Dagger submit your ideas to his website. http://www.jetblackninja.com/