For the past six months, Westword has been talking to tattoo artists around town, exploring the talent and diversity of the Mile High ink scene. While there are different styles and philosophies, most artists agree that succeeding in the tattoo industry requires passion, creativity and hard work. He ... More >>
Nik Pew brings his passion and creativity to not just tattooing, but also re-building motorcycles and cars. The Denver native has been tattooing for twenty years and is known for illustrating custom designs. He currently works at Landmark Tattooing and donates his time to Love Thy Chopper, a fundrai ... More >>
When Jeremy Barber was a young kid growing up in Milwaukee, tattoo shops were illegal in the city. That didn't deter him from pursuing his passion for art and becoming a tattoo artist. He's been tattooing for almost 20 years and has been living in Denver for the past five years. He currently works a ... More >>
Jason Boatman believes that dedication is one of the most important attributes of a good tattoo artist. Coincidentally, that's the name of the shop that he owns with Sam Yamini, Andy Canino and Brian Thurow. Originally from Little Rock, Boatman has been tattooing for fourteen years and has been work ... More >>
Growing up in Little Rock, Brian Thurow never thought he would become a professional tattoo artist. But after six years in the Air Force, he decided to part from his conservative background by getting tattoos -- and he's now been tattooing professionally for almost ten years and is one of the owners ... More >>
Colorado native Scott Ferguson has always been an artist, but what drew him to the tattoo industry was the rugged lifestyle. Ferguson has been hanging out a tattoo shops since he was a teenager and tattooing professionally since 1996; he currently works at Thick as Thieves Tattoo. Westword recently ... More >>
Tattoos have colored most of Walter McDonald's life -- he got his first ink at age twelve and has been tattooing professionally for more than twenty years. Originally from Houston, he has lived in Colorado for 26 years, becoming a well-known name in the industry. He's now the owner of Lifetime Tatto ... More >>
When Michael Pinto opened Thick as Thieves Tattoo in 2004, he wanted to create a place for people like him. A self-proclaimed misfit, Pinto has been immersed in the lifestyle since he was a teenager, and has been tattooing professionally for fifteen years now. Westword recently caught up Pinto, who ... More >>
Tattoos have become a popular modern art form, but Juli Morsella is exploring tattooing's ancient, sacred roots and has put together an exhibition with works by artists from all over Europe and the U.S., examining tattoos from around the world. The show, Tattoo in Contemporary Art, opens Friday, Mar ... More >>
As Kaze Gallery prepares to close, co-owners William Thidemann and Sandi Calistro are splitting up to open two new tattoo shops in Denver. Last month we spoke with Calistro, who will open Ritual Tattoo & Gallery. This week, we caught up with Thidemann, who is equally busy with his preparations for ... More >>
Dia de los Muertos is a cause for celebration, a reason to gather with friends and family to remember the souls who have passed on. Mandie Erickson will make November 1 a day to remember by curating her first art show, which will have a grand opening from 6 to 10 p.m. that day at Good Omen Tattoo, 2 ... More >>
Whoever said that tattoos are addictive is an idiot. Like "issues" or "projection," addiction is psychobabble-related spillover, a word that suffers from a flippant overuse and strays from its meaning. As a recovering addict, I can't see a connection between my tattoos and a desire to keep gettin ... More >>
Earlier this year, Marion Street Tattoo was officially certified as a green business by the Denver Department of Environmental Health. The only tattoo shop in the city to currently hold the title, the business hopes to set an example for other tattoo shops. Owner and artist Ryan Willard and says he ... More >>
Hundreds of local ink enthusiasts put their tattoos to the test at the Ink Slingers Ball and Tattoo Expo over the weekend. The eighth annual event took over PT's ShowClub on May 18, 2013, as ink junkies competed for $2,000 grand prizes for the best sleeve, black-and-white, color and large tattoos. P ... More >>
While it sometimes seems that hip new restaurants require that employees have cool tattoos and piercings, other spots have strict policies against piercing, tattoos and other body ornamentation. Jenn Wohletz went after such prudey-pants policies last week, in her list of five reasons restaurant empl ... More >>
When Denver-based fine-art photographer Eric Schwartz set out to photograph people with tattoos, he didn't expect to find a detailed history underneath the artwork. After a chance meeting with California tattoo legend Edward "Chuco" Caballero at a national tattoo show, the story for Schwartz's first ... More >>
Sandi Calistro got her first tattoo in Maine when she was sixteen, and later decided to become a tattoo artist. Accompanied by her dad, she came to Colorado and sold her flash sheets (the sheets of art on the wall of a tattoo parlor) door-to-door at tattoo shops. A local shop bought her shee ... More >>
Even though body artists specialize in the sort of inking and piercing that can lead to serious infections if not done properly, Denver no longer annually inspects tattoo parlors. Why not? One tattoo artist says personnel were reassigned to inspect medical marijuana dispensaries -- but a city spoke ... More >>
Friday the 13th has been associated with a lot of creepy shit over the years. From various natural disasters to Tupac's death, the date has been deemed unlucky by superstitious people everywhere. But rather than succumb to friggatriskaidekaphobia tomorrow and keep looking over your shoulder f ... More >>
Tattoo detail affirms that "Crash" football instincts come from the gut. The newly hired head coach for the Denver Broncos has seen plenty of ink lately. The ink refers to the vast amount of press coverage used to tell John Fox's life story. But as seen below, a tattoo artist could have used ... More >>
An overflow of bodies was spilling out onto the street of 609 East 13th Avenue on Saturday, toasting the night in celebration of the opening of the long awaited Landmark: Electric Ghost Tattooing. The co-op is a venture put together by four colleagues of the Denver tattoo scene, whose combine ... More >>
An average Misfits fan.Personally, it's been the "One Bad Album" rule. That's all it takes for a band's musical reputation to be asterisked forever, which makes getting a tattoo of that band, well, risky. You have to wonder how often thirty-somethings across the land hear "Nice Chi' Pep's tat ... More >>
The Denver Tattoo Conventions second year is bigger and badder.
Do you long for baklava, adzuki red bean or garam masala ice cream? Your wait will end one week from Friday when Sweet Action Ice Cream opens at 52 Broadway. The space, formerly occupied by Fahrenheit Books, will be shared with Twisted Sol, the tattoo shop moving down from Capitol Hill.Besides the f ... More >>
What you missed while you were eulogizing baseball season ... Thursday: As usual, the weekend started early for westword.com, with DJ John Digweed's set at Beta. Cory Casciato reviews; Chad Fahnestock checks in with photos (including the one above).
Bodies Ink. The Denver Tattoo Convention is this weekend at the Sheraton Hotel downtown. So if you've been thinking about getting a tattoo since you were fourteen but haven't pulled the trigger because you wanted to make sure you got something that's meaningful, because, you know, you're going to ... More >>
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