Tattoo Photo Biography
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Pets: 2 dogs - S&P Mini-schnauzer, Salty Dog, and a Mini-schnauzer/Lhasa Apso mix, Gracie
Favorite music: Tom Waits, Stone Temple Pilots, Live, Clutch, 00 the Rabbit, Pearl Jam, John Mayer, Led Zeppelin, Ryan Adams, Neutral Milk Hotel
Favorite movie(s): Fight Club, Batman, Batman Begins, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Lord of War, Sin City, The Prestige, Harry Potter
Favorite TV show(s): Family Guy, Ninja Warrior, Futurama, CSI (Vegas)
If you were granted one wish? Off the top of my head, more wishes - I'm greedy
Year You Started Tattooing Professionally and How/Why:
2004 - I love art and wanted to make money doing it.
Favorite Style/Genre of Tattooing:
Realism, painterly style
Tattoo Artists Who Have Inspired You Most:
Tom Renshaw, Shane O'Neill, Bob Tyrell, Eric Merrill...there are new people everyday that inspire me and force me to want to do better, I hope that never stops.
Contemporary Artists Who Inspire You:
Bob Ross, Vargas, any portrait artists
Other Interests and/or Hobbies:
keeping my wife, Pepper, happy and my dogs, painting, bonsai, riding my bicycle
Where You Work and How to Contact You:
Pepper and I opened Age of Reason in January (2008). The shop is mainly custom within an art gallery setting. We don't look like the typical tattoo shops here and we don't act like them either - creative, clean and custom is what we do.
Age of Reason Custom Tattoo and Art Gallery
805 Meadowlark Ln
Goodlettsville, Tn 37072
Shop Webpage: www.myspace.com/ageofreasontattoo
Personal website: www.timphelps.net
Personal MySpace: www.myspace.com/tatsbytim call me at my new shop anytime 615-859-4377, or online at myspace or the website. Pepper or I will get back with you usually within the day.
Personal Thoughts and Advice:
Tattoo schools should be burned to the ground. There is no way that many competent artists can be created in that short a time. Learning to tattoo takes time, it is unlike any other form of art. Painting and drawing you are laying pigment on top of a uniform surface, tattooing you are injecting pigment into a living object. Tattoos live, grow and die all the while changing and you as a tattoo artist must have the forethought to know what the tattoo will do so that it remains looking good for years. You can't learn that half dozen at a time in a half dozen months. You can't completely learn that in a lifetime. I will die still learning to tattoo. That's how it stays interesting.
Adaptation, growth and willingness to listen are requirements for anyone who wants to permanently mark another person's body. We're changing lives here. It's serious. Take the time, find an apprenticeship. Scrub some toilets, sterilize some tubes. For some it's easy, for some it takes a lot. Everybody has their own path in this art form. Lots of the people who taught me to tattoo I have never met. I spent hours looking at magazines and galleries on the internet. Just trying to figure out what these people are doing. Have fun and learn from everyone.
For those artists already established, don't get mad and don't hate. In the words of Bob Ross, if the guy next to you is doing better than you, learn from him and outdo him.
If you are looking to get tattooed, listen to your artist. Make the time and take the time to talk. If an artists vision isn't yours and doesn't make you happy, find a different artist.
Taken between 1989 and 1993, Sergei Vasiliev’s photographs of Soviet prisoners document the secret code language of criminals in the USSR, evidence of a gritty spirit of picaresque resistance within a violently repressive culture.
Vasiliev worked as staff photographer for a newspaper in Chelyabinsk for thirty years, during which time he was also a prison warden. From 1948 onward, a fellow worker, Danzig Baldaev, had begun drawing and cataloguing the extensive range of designs made by prisoners onto their skin. These homemade tattoos, scraped and inked into skin with melted book heels, urine or blood, contained a whole range of coded messages against the Soviet regime and about the prisoners’ individual crimes.
Although this kind of tattooing was actually illegal, and Baldaev was initially forbidden from continuing, the KGB realised what a resource it could be for their criminal files and eventually supported his documentary project. Vasiliev was brought in to supply hard evidence of the designs’ authenticity. Raunchy, grotesque, filled in with insults against the authorities, the imagery developed its own formulas and conventions; for example, a skull means top criminality, a cat is a thief, and so on. To have no tattoos would have meant the lowest status, a lack of toughness; to have certain tattoos could be the sign of an untouchable.
Thanks to their efforts, the secret police, and us now, know more about the iconography of this underground artistic phenomenon. Far from being isolated illustrations from a catalogue in a tattoo parlour, Vasiliev’s photographs are a humanizing record that places the faces and bodies of the owners (at one point one in five of the Soviet population) right at the centre of the project.
Sergei Vasiliev: Selected works from The Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia by FUEL
Sergei Vasiliev was born in 1937 in Chelyabinsk, Russia. After graduating from the MVD Academy, Moscow, he became a staff photographer for the newspaper 'Vecherny Chelyabinsk', where he has worked for the past thirty years. he has received many honours including International Master of Press Photography from the International Organization of Photo Journalists (Prague, 1985), Honoured Worker of Arts of Russia, and the Golden Eye Prize. His work has been exhibited internationally and is held in numerous museums' collections. He is author of more than twenty books, including 'Russian Beauty', (1996) and 'Zonen', (1994).
FUEL - published the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia in three volumes in 2003, 2006 and 2008 respectively. The books are part of the permanent collection of the Design Museum, London.