Website Reviews: Rotary Tattoo and Occult Vibrations.
And now, something for those of you who don’t care about TV but like the other screens in your living room entertaining you for hours on end.
I wanted to review only the Rotary Tattoo website today, but as it’s trade only and I didn’t want to make anyone who doesn’t tattoo feel left out, I’ve added in Shawn Porter’s Occult Vibrations too, which is a real favourite of mine.
Okay, first up is Rotary Tattoo, which is a trade only forum for, as you’ve probably guessed, rotary tattoo machines. From tattoo artist Alie K (Good Tattoos, Canada), this is a really cool place to talk about machines, tattooing and any other shop stuff. Alie’s other half gave me a sneaky peek at the website to review, and I have to say I ended up spending ages there looking around. I don’t even understand machine talk most of the time, so tattooers will probably spend even longer here!
It’s a really huge forum, though it’s easy to find your way around. I think they use the same systems as Last Sparrow Tattoo for the forum, if that gives you a good idea of how it runs. The people there seem very friendly, and it’s run really well too! If you’re a tattoo artist I would definitely recommend it. Just please, don’t blame me for all the time you spend there!
To get to Rotary Tattoo, you can click here or on the image below. You HAVE to be a registered tattoo artist to join, and the admins will check before approving your account, so don’t waste anyone’s time if you don’t tattoo, please!
Next up is Occult Vibrations, a website by Shawn Porter. Shawn is dedicated to bringing some of tattooing’s history to the internet, through videos ripped from his video tape collection, pictures of old tattoos and even some old flash from some of the greats. Shawn also posts news from contemporary tattooers as well, and a lot of their work. However, it’s the older stuff that really makes this website shine.
The interviews with legends such as Bob Roberts, Daniel Higgs, Cliff Raven and Mike Malone are absolutely astounding. Even those as young as myself can appreciate them, and they’re guaranteed to put a smile on your face. As the website says, it explores the esoteric in tattoo culture- no overly fancy bullshit, or trying to be cool- just the good stuff.
You can find Occult Vibrations by clicking here or on the image below. For this website, you don’t have to be a tattooer at all- dive right in!
By the way, here’s my favourite video so far, of Bob Roberts and Leo Zulueta. As Shawn says, “another “pre-glove” classic”.