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Tattoo Work by Keone Nunes

10th 2012

MG 9792 FINAL Tattoo Work by Keone NunesBy Vicki Botnick

Photography by Andrew Brusso

Since ancient times, Hawaiian hand-poked tattooing has been a facet of the native culture that not only adorns the skin but protects, heals and guides the wearer, as well as perpetuating and honoring his or her family line. Because of the spiritual and cultural importance of traditional tattooing, acquiring one is a long and thoughtful process involving genealogy, deep reflection, prayer and familial consent. And yet despite the crucial role that this process has played in the history of the Hawaiian people, as of forty years ago, it was barely being practiced.

Hawaiian Keone Nunes had grown up exposed to family members who still spoke the native language and elders who still remembered the tribal practices of their past. Although as a young man he thought that his knowledge of indigenous culture was something everyone knew, he soon realized that he held in his mind a treasure trove of national customs that were on the brink of being lost forever. With a strong sense that his heritage must be perpetuated, Nunes sought to learn all he could about traditional tattooing, to practice it and pass on his expertise.

Even as a child he was learning about his culture, but it wasn’t until adulthood that he chose to become steeped in it. After one financially draining year of school in the continental U.S., Nunes returned to Hawaii. While other young men hit the nightclubs, he would sit at the feet of his elders, soaking up their first-hand remembrances.

Read the rest of this amazing feature in the June/July issue of Skin&Ink…on sale now!

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Contest Voting now Open!

4th 2012

Dream contest1 Contest Voting now Open!The four finalists in the Win $500.00 Towards Your Dream Tattoo Contest were announced in the June/July 2012 issue of Skin&Ink. Now it’s your turn to vote for the grand prize winner.

Just click on the banner on the right side of the homepage to take another look at the finalists and their dream tattoo stories. The vote for the finalist that you would mode like to see received $500.00 towards the tattoo of their dreams.

Thank you for voting and wish wish the best for all four finalists!

 Our Latest cover– Skin&Ink June/July 2012

Skin&Ink June/July 2012


Cristal Bavaro

Hometown/current location: Born and raised in Redondo Beach,CA, but I’m a Reno, NV gal for life. Occupation/career :piercing apprentice, wholefoods market associate and professional tattooed model. Photographer: Bill Larkin

See more of Cristal in the April/May 2012 issue of Skin&Ink. On Sale Now!

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Carl Grace

By Sam Paul

To look at a tattoo done by Carl Grace is to look at a work of art. His hauntingly realistic black-and-gray tattoos contain a level of detail and reflect a level of mastery that sometimes make it hard to believe that they were done on the skin with a tattoo machine. It is even harder to believe that Grace has only been tattooing professionally for three years. In those years, he has crisscrossed the country perfecting and honing his skills and making a name for himself in the tattoo industry. Last year, Grace traveled to twenty-eight shows. When he’s not working the convention circuit, Grace divides his time between shops and coasts, working at The Painted Bird in Boston and now at a newly established shop, 7 Ink, in Las Vegas.

Read the rest of the Artist Spotlight feature on Carl Grace in the April/May issue of Skin&Ink. On Sale Now!

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James – Celtic Moon Tattoo

Article and photography by Travelin’ Mick

James of Celtic Moon Tattoo in Budapest is one of the hidden secret stars in Hungarian tattooing. His incredibly intricate and highly imaginative work stands out even among the vast pool of talented artists in this country. With lots of hard work and a healthy dose of respect for those who have been there before him, he is slowly but surely turning the rare combination of talent, a fine arts education and ambition into success.

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Read the full article and see more photos of James’ work in the April/May 2012 issue of Skin&Ink…On sale now!

KaLeigh Santos

Hometown/current location: Corpus Christi, TX

Occupation/career: Bartender


Photographer: Sean Hartgrove

See more of KaLeigh in the April/May issue of Skin&Ink…On Sale Now!

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