10 episodes

A tattoo podcast from Wellington, New Zealand, each episode features a guest tattoo artist from New Zealand or Australia.

Tall Tales and Tattooing Craigy Lee

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A tattoo podcast from Wellington, New Zealand, each episode features a guest tattoo artist from New Zealand or Australia.

    Episode 10: Cindy Ray, Moving pictures tattoo, Melbourne

    Episode 10: Cindy Ray, Moving pictures tattoo, Melbourne

    Some people throw around the word legend quite flippantly, however this weeks guest is a true Legend in every sense of the word. Bev Nicholas aka Cindy Ray has been around on the tattoo scene for over 60 years. She was Australias original tattooed lady, you would have no doubt seen her photos in tattoo books around the world. She spent her entire tattoo career in Melbourne, her studio 'Moving pictures' is still in the same spot in Williamstown. I have known Bev personally for about 10 years, i don't know why but i was more nervous doing this podcast episode than any other episode this series. I think it's because i have so much love and respect for Bev that i wanted the interview to do her justice, i hope it does just that. she has an amazing story.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 9: Lorna Tawhiti of May 15 Tattoo, Otaki

    Episode 9: Lorna Tawhiti of May 15 Tattoo, Otaki

    This weeks guest is Lorna Tahiti, who owns a private studio May 15 tattoo, in otaku on the kaput coast. Lorna has been around tattooing from an early age, she watched her two older brothers tattoo as she grew up, but pursued a career in teaching until 10 years ago when she found a mentor to help her take up art and tattooing full time.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 8: Adam Craft of the Tattooed Heart, Auckland

    Episode 8: Adam Craft of the Tattooed Heart, Auckland

    Adam Craft owns one of Aucklands most respected tattoo shops, The Tattooed Heart on K road. He's been tattooing for over two decades and has made a name for himself with his large scale Japanese work. But before he was settled enough to get customers returning for session after session of japanese back pieces, sleeves and bodysuits Adam was Bouncing around europe working seasonally tattooing tourists and learning his trade in busy street shops. 

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Episode 7: Steve Ma Ching of Western Tattoo, Auckland

    Episode 7: Steve Ma Ching of Western Tattoo, Auckland

    This week i talk to Steve Ma ching a living legend of New Zealand tattooing, He's internationally recognised for his polynesian work, he's tattooed sports stars such as Sonny Bill Williams and he is just as in demand overseas as he is on his home shores. He knows how to give banter and he can also take it. He's down to earth straight talking, no nonsense and always has the best stories when i get the chance to have a beer with him. In this weeks episode we talk about his many years in Auckland, getting his act together and taking tattooing more seriously, going to work for Merv O'connor, opening his studio Western Tattoo and how he developed his style from doing flash tattoos to where he is today.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Episode 6: Rosie Edwards, Eclectic Moko Tattoo

    Episode 6: Rosie Edwards, Eclectic Moko Tattoo

    This weeks guest is the constantly travelling Rosie Edwards from Christchurch. We talk about her journey from being adopted by a pakeha family to reconnecting with her maori roots and the struggles she faced being a female going against the grain in maori culture. We also discuss How the 2011 christchurch earthquake pushed her to travel and how she embraced it and worked hard to build an international reputation. This episode left me lost for words more than once, and it was a pleasure to talk to such an inspirational lady.

    • 1 hr 41 min
    Episode 5: John "monsta truck" Roberts

    Episode 5: John "monsta truck" Roberts

    This week we talk to 25 year tattoo veteran John Roberts who spent most of his career in hawkes bay at his studio Monsta Track Tattoo. After two decades he made the move down to wellington last year and now co owns Pieces of Eight Tattoo in Petone. 

    • 1 hr 12 min

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