In the new episode of the Thom deVita Tattoo Age series we explore the neighborhood in which Thom lived and worked, the Lower East Side of Manhattan. We also go into the types of tattoos Thom did, and what it took to talk someone into getting a tattoo that was a little out of the ordinary.
In part three of Thom deVIta’s epic Tattoo Age series, we take look at his personal history and how he came into tattooing. We also hear from tattoo legend Angelo Scotto on the history of tattooing in New York City.
In the second part of the Thom deVita Tattoo Age series we focus on the touching and often hilarious relationship Thom has with the artist Nick Bubash. Thom and Nick met in the early 1970s, and soon after Thom started to tattoo Nick, he also taught him how to tattoo. Over the past 40 years their relationship has gone way beyond tattooing, or even art for that matter, but they still continue to create together.
Tattoo Age - Thom deVita, Part 1
Thom began tattooing in the mid 60s in New York City’s Lower East Side when it was illegal. There isn’t much information out there about him. So we interviewed Ed Hardy and others to tell his incredible story.
When we filmed the Valerie Vargas Tattoo Age series, she took us to meet the legendary English tattooer Lal Hardy. Lal has been tattooing since 1975 and is generally considered to be one of the people who elevated tattooing in the UK in the 1980s. Lal is also an amazing storyteller, and he entertained us for quite some time at his shop, New Wave Tattoo Studio. We were so enamored with Lal’s stories that we kinda got off track and ended up talking more about English tattoo history than Ms. Vargas. Oh well. What you have here is just a snippet of our conversation with Lal that will hopefully turn into something bigger in the future. Enjoy.
Mutsuo wraps up his Tattoo Age series by taking a little trip to his hometown. After a brief tour of the local temples, and a quick trip to his house, we sit down with Mutsuo for a philosophical take on what tattooing means to him. Enjoy.
In this episode of Tattoo Age we delve into the history of Three Tides Tattoo. We hear from Mutsuo, Chris Garver, and Masa Sakamoto, as they give us insight into how western-style tattooing gained ground in Japan after the 1999 Tokyo Convention. We also hear about all the guest artists who have contributed to making Mutsuo the artist he is today.
The couple that tattoos together stays together, or something. Watch Tattoo Age - Val Vargas, Part 3
Valerie Vargas grew up in Scotland, but has lived and worked in London for the last five years. You can find her at Frith Street Tattoo in Soho, where she’s known for doing the prettiest “lady heads” in the world. Valerie has only been seriously tattooing since 2007, so she’s proof that talent and hard work will never fail you.