Delving into the tattoo history of the southern hemisphere, Tall Tales and Tattooing is a tattoo podcast from Wellington, New Zealand. Each episode features a guest tattoo artist from New Zealand or Australia sharing their history and tattoo tales.
episode 15: Henri Swift, Wellington Tattoo History
This weeks episode of tall tales and tattooing is a little different to the normal format of the show, its a tattoo history episode and I tell the story of Henri C Swift who tattooed at 165 Cuba street in wellington in 1908. Henri was a pioneer of electric tattooing in New Zealand, immigrating from the Uk in 1907. With the invention of the electric tattoo machine in 1891 Henri was of the new breed who saw tattooing as a commercial business, he was an astute businessman making use of all the advertising that was available to him at the time, though his time in Wellington wasn't an easy life. I would like to say thank you to Rich Hardy for helping me with my research into this episode, the photo of Henri was sourced by him and shared in his buzz worthy tattoo article " a tattoo journey"
Episode 14: Spider Sinclair, Two Hands Tattoo, Auckland
Spider Sinclairs Two hands tattoo has become one of Auckland’s most well known studios, sitting on the ever trendy Ponsonby road. When I first worked there 10 years ago it felt fresh and different, I’d never worked in a studio like it.
I sat down with Spider after hours to talk about the years leading up to him travelling the world. Juggling being a shop owner with constantly being on the road, the artists that influenced him, changing styles and how he’s found a balance he’s now very happy with.
Episode 13: Tim Hunt, Pacific Tattoo, Otaki
Tim works out of his private studio Pacific tattoo in sunny Otaki on the coast an hour north of wellington. He has been tattooing for over twenty years and is living proof you can make a fresh start any time in life, starting his tattoo journey in his thirties. He got started with some of the most influential tattoo artists of the time Sua sulu'ape Paulo and Leo Zulueta. Moving to Los Angeles to apprentice at an exciting time for music, art and culture.
Episode 12: Pip Russell of Artrageous Tattoo, Auckland
Pip has been involved in the tattoo industry in New Zealand for the last twenty years, along with tattooing she was also involved with organising the Auckland Ta Moko, Tatau, Tattoo convention in Auckland. She has taken a step back from tattooing but i sat down with her on a grey and rainy Auckland afternoon to talk about her two decades in tattooing.
Episode 11: Dean & Dan Sacred
Sacred tattoo has become a New Zealand institution, they just celebrated their 21st birthday and have lead the way for tattooing in australasia for many years. This weeks episode I sit down with owners Dean and Dan and find out what makes their partnership and business so successful.
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.