We met briefly last night via Thomas Lockhart, at the Tattoo Project showing. We didn’t have much time to chat, as the burlesque show was just beginning and the volume wasn’t conducive to conversation. My name is Keith Durocher. I own a small studio here in Vancouver called PennyBlack Tattoo & Art. You suggested that I send you some photos of my work. I realize you’re probably swamped with these emails, especially after last night. This will be the first time I’ve ever submitted work to a publication. Hope you’re having fun and doing well.
—Keith Durocher (PennyBlack Tattoo/Vancouver, B.C.)
Tomorrow, Tuesday the 30th is a great story or two about Lyle Tuttle at the Tattoo Project in Vancouver, B.C. Part 1 of the story on Tuesday… and some terrific, rare photos of Lyle from the past, WHEN HE WAS A HUNK!
“When you get a little older,” says the Godfather of Modern Tattooing, 79-year-old Lyle Tuttle, “there’s three things to remember: (1) never waste a hard-on; (2) never trust a fart; and (3) never…. ”
Do you know number 3? Take a guess.
For those who have followed Lyle’s long, illustrious career… he has stated unequivocally that he will not tattoo more than one tattoo a day. Well, thanks to Thomas Lockhart, the three of us, Thomas, Vince Hemingson and I were inked with the famous Tuttle signature (that’s three of us) at Lockhart’s West Coast Tattoo, the day after the Tattoo Project event. History in the making!
Check out my latest addition to the “101 Most Influential People in Tattooing” list.
GALLERY SHOW IN B.C.
I just returned from Vince Hemingson’s TATTOO PROJECT at Performance Workshop on Granville Island, Vancouver, B.C. Fifteen years in the development, this weekend exhibition showcased 100 tattooed models photographed by 12 top Vancouver photographers. Over 700 people showed up for the celebrity-filled opening night! Extensive coverage (lots of photos) later this week. Stay tuned.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY BERNARD CLARK
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEVIN WARN
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WEEK IN REVIEW
It’s Thanksgiving holiday here in the Pacific Northwest (the Columbia River Gorge in Northern Oregon). Lots of snow, especially towards Seattle, Washington. People coming for Thanksgiving dinner called and are waiting f0r the roads to clear, before they set out. Hope everyone makes it! Here’s the schedule for the next few days:
2. Friday: Leaving for Vancouver, B.C. for Vince Hemingson’s Tattoo Project. Lyle Tuttle and photographs from the project showcasing the work of 12 Vancouver photographers, who shot 100 tattooed models, will be there. The press is making a big deal about the event and 500 people are expected at the opening night premier.
3. Friday: Entries close at midnight for the Edition-Ruess Contest #2 Japanese-style tattoo contest. Click HERE for entry details.
4. Wednesday: The Voting Booth opens for the Edition-Reuss Contest #2 on December 1st. The photos of the contestants’ Japanese-style tattoos will be posted on the website in a slideshow. Simply select your favorite artist and VOTE. The photos and the Voting Booth will be accessible from this Daily Blog. So… be sure to check back here on Wednesday, December 1st. Voting closes at Midnight, Wednesday, December 22nd.
5. The next contest will be for everyone, including tattoo artists and collectors. How about a contest for the best photo of Tattooed People and Their Pets? Our readers indicated that they liked this idea. The prize will be the three-volume set of Edition-Ruess Black-and-Gray books (retail value of $550) that Larry Brogan won last week. Enter one photo (or more) with your pet. Start taking those pictures and stay tuned for details.
6. Including this one, we have over 500 posts on this Daily Blog. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, click Older Posts, and read ’em all.
OLD TURKEY GOBBLER
Old Turkey Gobbler, with high-arched head, said to his mates gathered ’round,
“Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving,” he proudly said, “And none of us must be found.”
Well, “Forewarned is forearmed,” the saying goes,
But, next day, cold and still, he hung by his legs in the shed.
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—A poem recited every Thanksgiving by my father, Robert “Pawnee” Baxter, when I was a boy. I’m sure that he learned it from his father. God rest his soul. God rest Turkey Gobbler’s soul, too.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY BERNARD CLARK