Traveler tattoo artist Stef Bastiàn sits down with some of the most significant and influential tattooers around the globe. Artists with over two-three decades of experience and a lifetime of accomplishments, defeats, challenges and insights. Those voices that deserve to be amplified entertain, educate and inspire a whole new generations of tattooers worldwide.
C.W. ELDRIDGE- The importance of history
C.W. developed a passion for tattooing very early on. His service in the Navy in the 60’s brought him across the world, collecting tattoos in exotic parlors like Pinky Yun’s in Hong Kong. After getting tattooed by Ed Hardy he got offered the opportunity of learning tattooing and from there he crossed paths with pillars of modern tattooing. Paul Jeffries, Good times Charlie, Jack Rudy, Jerry Swallow to name some.
Since 1980 he has been promoting the history of tattooing through research and education, founding The Tattoo Archive and, together with Alan Govenar, D.E. Hardy and Henk Schiffmacher, the non profit “Paul Rogers Tattoo Research Center”.
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ALEX BINNIE- Nothing is perfect
Alex Binnie needs no introduction. Founder of the legendary Into You in London and unanimously considered one of the most influential artists for more than one generation of tattooers, Alex shares his invaluable take on art, the creative process and the unique relationship between artist and client.
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DEB YARIAN- The strength of a woman
40 years tattooing and going strong.
That’s the word that I think can describe Deb best, Strong.
She’s well known in the community for her kindness, authenticity and genuine love for tattooing. That type of old school lifelong love, matured in times when you often had to swallow your pride to belong to this world, especially as a woman. Beside that, Deb’s path hasn’t been an easy one. The obstacles she faced would have been enough to sink the toughest of us but not her.
In this interview she stoically shines a light into the darkness of her abuse and sets an example for that type of courage that sometimes, only a woman can have. The courage to keep your heart open despite all.
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Thanks for listening 😊
TONY COHEN- Tattooing since 1967
Tony has been tattooing for over 50 years, longer than many of us have been alive. Just for that he deserves huge respect.
A tattoo godfather in Australia, he’s well known in the community worldwide, crossing paths over his long career with institutions of this craft such as Lyle Tuttle, Cliff Raven, George Bone, Lal Hardy, Doc Price, Terry Wrigley and the list goes on and on. Listening to him recollecting the magic of other times with a passion that hasn’t changed a bit in over half century is an absolute gift.
I hope you’ll enjoy this short but precious talk as I did, in the words of old timers we find tattooing in its purest form.
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The illustrated man
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JASON TYLER GRACE- The answer is within
I have a lot in common with Jason, most of all a restless spirit that brought us both to travel the world for years in search of that ”something” we couldn’t name. Years down the line Jason is a more mature man and artist with a newly found sense of purpose. With this interview I wanted to get you to see what I see in him, that special sensitivity that sets him apart, a sensitivity that finds expression in his art and his words.
I feel lucky for having him opening up for us and sharing some personal struggles and insights that go way beyond tattooing. Insights that perhaps can help us reflect on how we can live a healthier emotional life and love ourselves a little more.
SPOILER: A few very good book recommendations in the end by the avid reader such as Jason is 👌🏼
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MEHAI BAKATY- It’s all about the people
In New York the name Bakaty and Tattooing are two sides of the same coin and the city knows it well. A second generation tattooer, Mehai watched his father Mike, respected and loved legend in the Lower East Side, practicing the craft since he was four years old. At the age of 11 he was making needles for the family business that operated underground throughout the long ban that made tattooing illegal in NY for over 30 years. Surrounded by the most iconic figures in the history of the Bowery, Mehai absorbed and still embodies that true spirit of craftsmanship, connection and respect of traditional values that are getting more and more rare to find.
His shop FINELINE as today is the longest running studio in the city and that alone speaks volumes.
It was an absolute honor to share an afternoon with a truly dedicated and grounded gentleman, representing the best side of tattooing.
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Love the podcast a bunch, but it’s hard to hear a lot of the time because of the echo?
I love hearing the history as told by those who lived it and loved it.
Love the podcast and the whole idea behind it, only thing holding me back from giving 5 stars is the audio quality. Kind of hard to hear sometimes.