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Posted in Contests by misterroadtripper on December 8, 2010


Got tattoos and a pet? Take a cool, digital photo of you and your pussy cat or doggie or alligator…. or guppy, for that matter. Send your photo (or photos) to us at and we will have readers VOTE on their favorite.


The contest is open to both artists and collectors. Simply send us a minimum of one of your very best high-rez tattoo images (black & gray, color, traditional, tribal, new skool, old school, lettering, photo-realistic or whatever) of you and your pet. We will post the photos and let the readers choose their favorite. The contestant with the most votes wins all three books! Please include your name, the artist’s name, shop name, website and phone number with each photo. Send entries to or snail mail to Tattoo Road Trip Contest #3, Box 69, 2149 Cascade, Suite 106A, Hood River, Oregon 97031.

Volume 1: Traditional Black & Grey

From Street Art to Fine Art

The first volume, Traditional Black & Grey, is somewhat of a misnomer as it’s simply called “black & grey” in the tattoo community. But now that greyscale tattooing has moved in different artistic directions, the “traditional” label is used to set it apart from its offshoots. Traditional black & grey denotes tattoo art that has stayed true to its roots — a time when homemade machines made of cassette motors and guitar strings dipped in India ink and wash were used to mark skin. The essence of black & grey art is captured in the photography of co-author Edgar Hoill. Select imagery, with quotes from the artists and collectors, leads this volume followed by interviews with Jack Rudy, the Godfather of Black & Grey; as well as tattoo prodigy Jesus “Chuey” Quintanar. Their stories and tattoo work precede the gallery, which includes tattoos from other pioneers of the style: Freddy Negrete, Brian Everett, and Mark Mahoney.

Volume 2: Dark/Horror

From Street Art to Fine Art

The Dark/Horror volume delves into personal demons relayed on skin. Paul Booth, often described as the “Dark Lord of Tattooing,” reveals some of the reasons why people get these tattoos as well as how his own demons have driven his art. Other tattoos pay homage to horror in pop culture. Artist Xu Zhicheng of Tianzhilong Tattoo in Beijing says in his interview that he finds inspiration for his large-scale dark work in vampire films, not personal angst. In this chapter, you’ll find everything from shrunken heads to Frankensteins to even famous tattoo artists rendered as zombies.

Volume 3: The photorealism

From Street Art to Fine Art

The Photorealism volume encapsulates work that takes photorealistic art and translates it on the body. While the other chapters also feature realism, this chapter concentrates on portraiture, scenery, and even fantastical images rendered in true-to-life tableaux. Two artists renowned in this style, Bob Tyrrell and Andy Engel, talk about how they honed their craft and even offer tips on how others can do so as well. Their interviews are followed by work that has invigorated the tattoo community with the possibilities of mastering a difficult art on a difficult canvas.
All three volumes in this one collection are meant to inspire, showing just how beautiful black & grey tattoo art can be.

ISBN 978-3-934020-85-6. Mammoth three-volume, large-format hardcover books, 24.5 x 31.5 cm featuring covers with silver embossing, a total of 1,008 pages!
BLACK & GREY TATTOO 1 – Traditional; 336 pages
BLACK & GREY TATTOO 2 – Dark/Horror; 400 pages
BLACK & GREY TATTOO 3 – Photorealism; 272 pages
Texts in English, German and Spanish. More than 860 full-color photographs, this 22-pound, heavyweight collection comes in a sturdy, high-quality, hardcover box inside a carrier case.

U.S. price for the three-volume set: $550.

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