Artist Scott Ferguson talks about the tattoo experience and lifestyle

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Photo by Sean Hartgrove
Colorado native Scott Ferguson has always been an artist, but what drew him to the tattoo industry was the rugged lifestyle. Ferguson has been hanging out a tattoo shops since he was a teenager and tattooing professionally since 1996; he currently works at Thick as Thieves Tattoo. Westword recently caught up with Ferguson to talk about the tattoo lifestyle and giving his clients a good experience.

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Boulder Tattoo Project film premieres this week

Categories: Tattoo

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Photo by Andrew Brislin
After the Boulder Tattoo Project commissioned world-renowned poet and 2013 Guggenheim fellow Anne Waldman to write a love letter to Boulder, "Boulder Zodiac" was parsed into 218 segments and tattooed onto the bodies of 218 volunteers last fall. Some of them got complete phrases, some just commas -- and then six participants skipped town, which necessitated a second round of tattoos for the final phase of the project.

See also: The Boulder Tattoo Project puts poetry in motion

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Tattoo Talk: Ryan Willard on hard work, Denver's tattoo scene and Abraham Lincoln

Categories: Interviews, Tattoo

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Ryan Willard has been working non-stop since he started tattooing ten years ago. He's is the owner of Marion Street Tattoo (where yours truly got a tattoo a few months ago), which will be celebrating its fourth anniversary in April. Willard plans to spend the year traveling and tattooing across the U.S. and Germany; before he takes off, we caught up with him to talk about his background, his thoughts on running a business and the tattoo industry in Denver.

See also: Marion Street Tattoo becomes first "Certifiably Green" tat shop in Denver

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Make your mark at the Boulder Tattoo Project's Halloween fundraiser for flood victims

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Chelsea Pohl and Vinny Bachert of the Boulder Tattoo Project.
On Thursday, October 31, the Laughing Goat at 1709 Pearl Street in Boulder will be the host of a Halloween party to help Boulder flood victims -- and also to introduce some of the 200 people getting tattooed in the Boulder Tattoo Project, which we profile in this week's cover story. And by doing good, you'll also have a good time: You get eight hours of entertainment for the $5 suggested entry donation.

See also: The Boulder Tattoo Project puts poetry in motion

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Marion Street Tattoo becomes first "Certifiably Green" tat shop in Denver

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Earlier this year, Marion Street Tattoo was officially certified as a green business by the Denver Department of Environmental Health. The only tattoo shop in the city to currently hold the title, the business hopes to set an example for other tattoo shops.

Owner and artist Ryan Willard and says he got the idea to apply for the city's Certifiably Green program after chatting with some other business owners in the area.

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- Famed Mastodon cover artist Paul Romano at Marion Street Tattoo
- Top five flicks at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival
- Emily Francis brings together art and music with Marion Street Tattoo Gallery


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Photos: Ink Slingers Ball and Tattoo Expo leaves its mark on PT's ShowClub

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Photo/Ken Hamblin
Hundreds of local ink enthusiasts put their tattoos to the test at the Ink Slingers Ball and Tattoo Expo over the weekend. The eighth annual event took over PT's ShowClub on May 18, 2013, as ink junkies competed for $2,000 grand prizes for the best sleeve, black-and-white, color and large tattoos. Photographer Ken Hamblin captured all the action: Continue reading for a few highlights, and visit our full Ink Slingers Ball & Tattoo Expo slide show for more photos.

See also:
- Five reasons restaurant employees should be allowed to have tattoos and piercings
- Tattoo Nation documents California's romance with ink
- Tattoo Nation director Eric Schwartz on the oral history of the art form


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Menswear Mondays: Artist Shane O'Connor on his punk-rock fashion

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All photos by Mauricio Rocha
People can try on many titles or jobs until they find one that suits their taste, just as they try on different clothes to find the best fit. Spray-paint artist Shane O'Connor is the other way around with many jobs, but he has always managed to retain his punk-rock edge throughout the search. Read here to find out what style icons inspire his look, what his favorite accessory is, and which material he used to make a skateboard out of.

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- Menswear Mondays: Musician John Missy Kidd on his color-block style
- Menswear Mondays: Industrial dancer Jolt Holcomb on his Clockwork Orange style
- Menswear Mondays: Student Asgeir Baldursson on his U.K. look


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Tattoo Nation director Eric Schwartz on the oral history of the Chicano black-and-grey art form

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The first home of Tattooland on Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles, 1978.
When Denver-based fine-art photographer Eric Schwartz set out to photograph people with tattoos, he didn't expect to find a detailed history underneath the artwork. After a chance meeting with California tattoo legend Edward "Chuco" Caballero at a national tattoo show, the story for Schwartz's first film, Tattoo Nation, began to reveal itself -- the documentary profiles some of the biggest artists and tattoo recipients to come out of the the early Los Angeles-based, Chicano black-and-grey tattoo scene.

In advance of Tattoo Nation showing at two theaters in Denver this Thursday, April 4, Schwartz spoke with Westword on how the photography project became a film, and the people he met along the way.

See also:
- Photos: Stovall Costilow Collective blends a tattoo studio with an art gallery
- The most ridiculous tattoos at Water World this weekend
- Water World: Where your bad tattoos take on a new meaning


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Photos: Stovall Costilow Collective blends a tattoo studio with an art gallery

Categories: Art, Tattoo

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All photos by Elyse Mitchell.

Stovall Costilow Collective is a new tattoo parlor located at 230 West 6th Avenue -- and it's also a gallery representing divine and abstract art of all kinds. Jeremy Costilow, tattoo artist and wood worker for the months-old business, says the group plans to hold regular shows in the space and feature different art every First Friday, "including paintings, photography and graphic art." The shop's interior is also part of its artistic bent: Inside, the walls present a community environment incorporating wooden trim, dimmed lights and tribal structures. Continue reading for more photos of the new space and its art.

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- To raise funds for vets, Joseph Carman will tattoo a haiku from you
- Tattoo artist/rock star Corey Miller on music, ink and television
- Trade your toys for body ink (or piercings) at Fallen Owl Tattoo


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What's in your bag? A rubber flamingo, catnip and more!

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While many are counting the days until fall, others are still reveling in summer's glory. Catie Long is one of those. We spotted her on South Broadway, where her fashions were a definite standout. Find out more about Long's funky, vintage street style straight ahead.

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What's in your bag? Gucci wallet and Mac lipstick
What's in your bag? Khakis and Acne Paper magazine
What's in your bag? Marc Jacobs, a master's thesis and more!


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