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Point Breeze: Hand-Poke Tattoos Driven By Ancient Spirituality

Point Breeze: Hand-Poke Tattoos Driven By Ancient Spirituality

Cultural appropriation is a hot topic in today’s world as people become more and more aware of diversity and the challenges faced by minority groups all around the globe. And the world of tattooing is no exception. Tattoo artist Eliza Mae uses their art form as a way to transform a practice sometimes accused of […]

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Pennsport: “This is Your Body, Man. It’s a Temple. You Only Get One Shot With It”

Pennsport: “This is Your Body, Man. It’s a Temple. You Only Get One Shot With It”

Daniel Shernoff arrived in Philadelphia to attend art school. He found his way into a tattoo studio and apprenticed for two years, learning the craft. He now creates body art at Omkara Tattoo, a local tattoo shop located on Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia. How did you become a tattoo artist? I came to Philadelphia to […]

 

West Kensington: Caught Up in Kensington’s Game

West Kensington: Caught Up in Kensington’s Game

Kensington Avenue is often considered one of the most dangerous streets in Philadelphia. Cops posted on most major intersections, drug dealers and junkies alike calling out from all directions, combined with the screeches of the El looming overhead, make up the busy promenade of sights and sounds some distastefully refer to as the “badlands.” However, […]

 

Olney: A Community Drawn Together in Ink

Olney: A Community Drawn Together in Ink

Alston Henry prodded his partner with jokes as he drew on his shoulder with a needle. After he finished, he slapped a cloth on the fresh patch of ink, stamped to the shoulder of fellow tattoo artist, Legend Lee, who didn’t flinch. The pair never stopped talking and joking with each other, even while concentrating on […]

 

Mount Airy: Tattoos With Church Support

Mount Airy: Tattoos With Church Support

A law in Philadelphia could have stopped Eric Perfect’s Kadillac Tattoo from opening across the street from Mount Airy Presbyterian Church. However, Perfect, with such a conglomeration of tattoos speckled across his body that it appears as only one, found support in the Church instead of opposition. Diversity is a significant feature of the community, […]

 

Arts & Entertainment: North Philly Is Jumping

With Fishtown’s booming arts scene came the call for more record stores. “[Fishtown] is much better for us,” said Tom Lax, owner of Philadelphia Records Exchange. “We were on 5th and South [streets], which in the ’80s was sort of the epicenter for that demographic and then slowly it just kind of eroded. So coming […]

 By Rebecca Aden and Matthew Beck

East Falls: Inking through Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

East Falls: Inking through Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Last year Sean Murray was looking for a space in Philadelphia to open a tattoo parlor. He ended up with not only a tattoo parlor, but also a cafe and art gallery. Located at 3720 Midvale Ave. in East Falls, Java Ink has been open since July. Murray took the cozy three-room shop after his […]