Podcasts: An Overlooked Way To Learn About Tattoo Art
Let’s face it: we all love something that’s free. Especially when it links to something we’re actually interested in. Well, podcasts can be just that! However, for some reason they’ve really gone under the radar in the tattoo world. Here’s how to get to know tattooing even more from the comfort of your comfy computer chair, all for free. Also, an included review of the most popular podcasts after the jump…
Okay, a quick run- down for those of you totally unfamiliar with podcasts: podcasts are sound clips or videos that can be played on your computer or mp3 player. They’re not compatible with all mp3 players, so if you want to download them to listen to on the bus, make sure your mp3 player can play them first!
Downloading a podcast is actually quite simple. You can find handy information from Apple about doing so here, if you’re not too sure.
Okay, onto Tattoo Art Podcasts!
There are a lot more tattoo- related podcasts than you’d expect! Simply searching for “tattoo” can bring them all up for you. Since there are so more, I thought a quick review of the Top 5 would be easiest (you can always add in your favourites in the comments).
TLC’s Miami Ink Tattoo Talk
This one’s by the Discovery Channel, and features Ami James and Chris Garver talking about tattoos- except, they’re not. The only two podcasts they have are dated by three years, and talk about the show, not tattoos. Don’t be fooled, give this one a miss.
Tattoo Collector’s Magazine
Now, this is more like it! Tattoo collector’s podcast is a video podcast, which featues tattoo artists such as Mike Malone and Oliver Peck, as well as a bunch of great tattoos and music. There’s still a really limited amount of podcasts, but I think they’re still worth checking out in your spare time- especially the Gypsy Queen one from the 12th of October!
Learn How to Tattoo
Let’s not even go there. Only a dick would watch podcasts about how to tattoo and then go out and do it. I have no idea how podcasts named “Branding Class” and “Tattooing School” even got approved by Apple, but they don’t sit well with us here at Tattoosday UK.
Motion Ink: Tattoo Artists and Artwork
Motion Ink’s podcast seems pretty cool, but it’s once again dated. This is a podcast talking about certain Motion Inked- led projects from a while ago, mainly, but it does have a really friendly tone. The podcast throws in a plethora of name- drops that you might want to look into, aided with pictures so that you don’t miss the name of that shop you just heard. Really good if you want to hear about some tattoo artists that you may not have heard of.
We’re going to skip past the next two on the list- one’s an audiobook, the other has no podcasts in it!
This one’s an effort from Mountainside Tattoo and Graphic Arts, featuring a lot of footage of the actual tattoo process- as usual, not the drawing and preperation, but that’s forgivable. The podcast I saw was a lot like the speed- tattooing videos you sometimes see online, which is always a fun way to pass 5 minutes- for that, I’d say it’s recommended!
It seems sometimes with tattoo podcasts, it’s a bit of a hit-and-miss area. However, if you see something that you really like, it’s worth the effort since it’s free! Podcasts are a good way to educate yourself a little further on tattoo art if you’ve spent all your wages and love to learn.