The Gypsy Gentleman: Online Now!


I’m well aware that this is the second day in a row I’ve given you all a TV show to watch, but trust me when I say that this is great. Throw your TV set out of the window, you don’t need all that crap The Loser Channel tells you about tattooing- you need this.

This is The Gypsy Gentleman, a new online show from tattooer Marcus Kuhn, which takes you around the world to see some real tattooing, as well as the cultures around these places. It’s extremely well laid out, educational and inspiring. It also makes me really happy to be doing all of this, because it means I actually watch shows like this for work, and keep a smile on my face the rest of the day.

Once you see this, you’ll have a smile on your face, too.

This first episode takes you around New York, accompanied by artists Thomas Hooper and Virginia Elwood. You’ll see some of the sights around New York City, and the history of tattooing there, too. Marcus also visits a records, antiques and coffee shop run by tattooers, which is probably one of the coolest shops I’ve ever seen. He then takes Thomas and Virginia to a museum to see a huge collection of Tibetan art, which they then use to inspire some great tattoos that they give to their customers at the end.

One of the things I really love about this show is the fact it’s all done for the love of it, instead of money, like many tattoo themed shows on TV. This is free to watch online, as are the tattoos given to the artists’ customers- because it’s done for the sake of doing it, for the sake of creating great artwork and inspiring us at home. You can tell just by watching it that this is done with real care for tattooing, from people inside of the art, instead of businessmen who talk about sales and ratings.

Anyway, you can watch the show by clicking here, or on the image below. Sorry I can’t embed it to this page, vimeo and WordPress have never really played well together on this website.


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  1. […] The focus on this episode is more on Thom’s life than work, and his upbringing in Harlem. He really loves film noir and old jazz, and he talks about how he thinks popular culture went down the toilet after 1939. There’s also a lot in his about Thom’s transition from odd-jobber to tattooer, and life tattooing in the Bowery. It’s a fantastic look at tattooing in New York from the time, not too different to The Gypsy Gentleman’s outstanding New York episode. […]

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