Apr 212016
 

uncle_sam1Magnum Tattooing and The Amulet is seeking fresh talent to add to our already amazing pool!

So If you:

  • Have a portfolio of which you can show examples of work you have done
  • Have been tattooing professionally for over five years
  • Understand where the pointy end goes and why
  • Do not have a drug or drinking problem
  • Do not have drama and/or baggage circling you like a buzzard
  • Do not do tattoo parties, work out of your house or learn tattooing in prison

Then you should email this information to us:

  • A web link to your work if you have one
  • Your phone number
  • Your work history in tattooing or piercing
  • General information about yourself (married/single, kids, etc.)
  • Why you want to work at Magnum Tattooing

All interested persons should respond in writing by emailing magnumtattoo@gmail.com or calling Jaime Morton at Magnum Tattooing studios to set up an appointment.

We will consider the top talent and and contact final candidates to schedule an interview. All successful applicants will contacted ahead of time regarding scheduling the interview.

 Posted by at 3:42 am
Aug 092012
 

From Tuesday, August 14 to Thursday, August 16, Magnum Tattooing in Grand Rapids will open its doors to the wonderful talents of Stephanie Tomlinson of Stained Skin / Second Skin in Newark, Ohio.

 

Stephanie has 12 years’ experience in tattooing, starting off in Columbus, Ohio, before moving to Stained Skin / Second Skin nine years ago. She has visited the Grand Rapids area previously, but this will be her first guest spot at Magnum, the city’s longest-running tattoo parlor.

 

Tomlinson has developed a style all her own, blending contemporary and Victorian designs. In addition, many of the characters in have human characteristics replaced with those of animals, like this nifty cat portrait.

Victorian cat portrait tattooWe’re pleased to have Stephanie join us at our Grand Rapids tattoo parlor for a few days and we hope you get the chance to meet her while she’s here! In the meantime, here are a few more pictures from her portfolio.

 

 Posted by at 3:42 pm

Monday Magnum Mixtape

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Jun 252012
 

Thanks to some Magnum friends on our Facebook page, we had some suggestions for summer tunes for the next couple months. We decided to put them all on to a Spotify playlist so everyone can share their music tastes… No fighting now!

http://open.spotify.com/user/jtactile/playlist/3p1sD2xEpKSbBFpZFiHWkF

After listening through the whole playlist, we’re pretty sure you guys are crazy – we still love ya though! And be sure to get at us with any more music suggestions.

 Posted by at 6:07 pm
Dec 032011
 

A wicked cool black and grey tattoo of a skull by jimmy inker.Recently had a tattoo or piercing (or both!) done at Magnum Tattooing in Grand Rapids, MI, but can’t remember where you put your Aftercare Instructions? Well, we’re always looking to make sure you know exactly how to care for your tattoo, so we’ve uploaded our care instructions to our website for your use!

 

Now, if you’ve lost your tattoo aftercare or body piercing aftercare pamphlet, you can just head over to www.magnumtattoo.com to check up on how to best care for your tattoo or piercing – all from your favorite purveyors of tattoos in Grand Rapids.

 

While you’re at it, you can get some ideas for your next tattoo by browsing Jimmy Inker’s portfolio, Jaime Morton’s portfolio or Stacey Buck’s portfolio.

 Posted by at 8:41 pm
Nov 252011
 

 

As part of our ongoing effort to keep our customers fully aware of the world of tattooing, we’ve recently added some new pages to the website for your reading pleasure – focussing on tattoo history and other tattoo information.

Under our
page, you can find information on the history of Japanese tattoos, traditional tattoos, black and grey and more. With photo galleries to come (hey, we’re sitting on like 4 gigs of shop photos to sift through!), we hope it will be a comprehensive resource for those looking for information and history on tattooing styles. If there’s any other style of tattoo you’d like to see information on, just let us know through Facebook – and we’ll try to post more information when we can.

In addition, we’ve also posted some information on tattoo practices to avoid – such as the lure of cheap tattoos and home tattooing in general – as well as why to avoid them. Keeping you safe during your tattoo experience will always be a priority at Magnum, and we hope by reading through these pages, you’ll better understand why.

Our Other Tattoo Information page will also give you options for undoing a bad tattoo experience – all delivered by the talented Magnum staff. Whether you’re looking for cover up tattoos or tattoo removal, we can consult to find you the best solution.

So check out the new features when you get a chance, and be sure to let us know what you think!

 Posted by at 6:27 pm
Nov 212011
 

Greetings all you out there in Internet land!

Here over at Magnum, we reckoned it was high time we get fully on board with this “Facebook” thing of “Liking” or whatever it’s called. So, from now on, you can click the little thumbs up (located at the top and bottom of our website pages and blog posts) to show your appreciation of all things Magnum in separate installments.

Had a good tattoo by Jaime Morton, Jimmy Inker or Stacey Buck? Head to the Artists & Piercers section and like their page to show your support. (Note, a Facebook ‘Like’ does not replace a poor tip for your artwork experience!)

While you’re up on the Book of Faces, be sure to check out our dedicated page for The Amulet Body Piercing studio.

 

 Posted by at 11:34 pm
Mar 152011
 

The Financial Times – of all frickin places – just published a story on how high fashion labels, such as Chanel and Jean Paul Gautier – have recently been using tattoo-esque designs and working with actual tattoo artists to create new fashion.

But why all of a sudden do these $7,000 handbag makers want to sport tattoo designs?

Short answer: Because they’re cool lookin’.

Long answer:

It’s no secret tattoos have been around for ages, usually gotten by those who wish to adorn their body with an interesting design, beautifully rendered portrait or some statement they hold dear. Unfortunately, for a long time, proud tattooed people were thought of as ‘dangerous’ element of society.

Well, society has long a quiet obsession with the counterculture, which includes tattoo art and the actual practice of tattooing. As more people who don’t look like they would kick your ass for looking them directly in the eye got tattoos, they became more acceptable to society as a whole.

So the stuffy, Cosby sweater-wearing, suburban dad eventually had to get over a tattoo-phobia once the teen he’d once gotten used to yelling at to turn down the Quiet Riot turned 18 and got one. Mom and Pops learn in sitcom fashion that tattoos don’t mean you’re a criminal, Junior (or Juniette) gets a kick-ass skull-and-crossbones, Rolling Stones lips or their favorite Twister Sister lyric, and culture takes one tiny step forward. But I digress.

“A little subversion, however it comes, is the reason why this look works,” Lauren Cochrane writes for the Financial Times. Fashion designers have long tried to stay ‘edgy’ – the reason why the photos of catwalk models’ clothes look like an art school just threw up on that poor woman! Adopting a tried-and-true counterculture art

form like tattooing for designs basically does the work for them.

And some of the designs aren’t half bad. Like that’s a pretty nice travel bag – it’s just a helluva ask for seven grand. If you’re dropping that kind of bread, wouldn’t you rather just have a personalized piece of permanent artwork you could carry around without worry about the weight of it?

That’s why – if these folks wanted to be subversive for real, they’d drop the dresses and get some ink on their flesh!

 Posted by at 8:35 pm
Oct 112010
 

Magnum Tattooing and The Amulet is seeking fresh talent to add to our already amazing pool!

So If you:

  • Have a portfolio of which you can show examples of work you have done
  • Have been tattooing professionally for over five years
  • Understand where the pointy end goes and why
  • Do not have a drug or drinking problem
  • Do not have drama and/or baggage circling you like a buzzard
  • Do not do tattoo parties, work out of your house or learn tattooing in prison

Then you should email this information to us:

  • A web link to your work if you have one
  • Your phone number
  • Your work history in tattooing or piercing
  • General information about yourself (married/single, kids, etc.)
  • Why you want to work at Magnum Tattooing

All interested persons should respond in writing by emailing magnumtattoo@gmail.com or calling Jaime Morton at Magnum Tattooing studios to set up an appointment.

We will consider the top talent and and contact final candidates to schedule an interview. All successful applicants will contacted ahead of time regarding scheduling the interview.

 Posted by at 9:56 pm
Sep 142010
 
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A US Appeals court in California has agreed with tattoos being protected by the First Amendment in a landmark case between tattoo artists and the city of Hermosa Beach, near Los Angeles.

Originally, tattoo shop proprietor Johnny Anderson, who currently runs a shop called Yer Cheat’n Heart in Gardena, California, tried to open a new location in the beachfront community, only to be confronted with an anti-tattoo parlor law.

However, a panel of three ruled in favor of Anderson.

“A form of speech does not lose First Amendment protection based on the kind of surface it is applied to,” wrote Judge Jay Bybee in the decision.

The court said that “Tattooing is a process like writing words down or drawing a picture, except that it is performed on a person’s skin,” and should not be discriminated against.

The ruling was a big step in the acceptance of tattooing as an art form, as courts have generally upheld bans in local legislation. The court acknowledged tattooing was “one of the oldest forms of human expression” and “one of the world’s most universally practiced forms of artwork.”

Some expect the ruling to overturn other bans in the Los Angeles area, and to lead to more health inspections for tattoo shops. Michigan benefits from already having regular health inspections, with those operators who don’t meet sterilization requirement being denied licenses.

“California lacks statewide standards for sterilization and sanitation and standards for tattooists,” an LA Times editorial in favor of the ruling read. “This regulatory gap needs to be closed.”

 Posted by at 9:20 pm
Aug 202010
 
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Well, the Seattle Tattoo Expo over in – where else? – Seattle just wrapped up last weekend, and local TV station KIRO took a unique spin when covering the event.

While movies and TV shows seem to show ‘the kids’ getting tattooed, or considering getting some body art or piercings, the reporters did their homework and found that even more ‘older’ people (please don’t call us that) of the over-25 set were putting the needle to the skin.

Figures from a 2008 survey found that nearly one in four middle-aged men and women have at least one tattoo.

Interviewing tattoo enthusiasts at the event, reporter Alex Silverman talked to one Sue Falcone, who described her fixation with the artform.

She said she never thought she’d have a tattoo “until the day I got one.”

This monumentous occasion, she said, came at the age of 56.

“Now I have seven.”

Her experiences show that tattooing shouldn’t be thought of as some young, rebellious act, but rather something that requires personal reflection and consideration.

“Most of my tattoos have personal meaning for me,” Falcone told KIRO. “It’s just an extension of peoples’ personalities.”

The research from Harris also found that 84 percent of people who get tattooed never regret it.

Certainly, with a talented tattoo artist who listens to a customer’s needs and wants contributes to that greatly, and the rest probably just got a ‘great deal’ somewhere…

 Posted by at 1:38 pm