Tall Tales and Tattooing

Tall Tales and Tattooing

By Craigy Lee
A tattoo podcast from Wellington, New Zealand, each episode features a guest tattoo artist from New Zealand or Australia.
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Episode 10: Cindy Ray, Moving pictures tattoo, Melbourne
Some people throw around the word legend quite flippantly, however this weeks guest is a true Legend in every sense of the word. Bev Nicholas aka Cindy Ray has been around on the tattoo scene for over 60 years. She was Australias original tattooed lady, you would have no doubt seen her photos in tattoo books around the world. She spent her entire tattoo career in Melbourne, her studio 'Moving pictures' is still in the same spot in Williamstown. I have known Bev personally for about 10 years, i don't know why but i was more nervous doing this podcast episode than any other episode this series. I think it's because i have so much love and respect for Bev that i wanted the interview to do her justice, i hope it does just that. she has an amazing story.
1:01:53
December 1, 2019
Episode 9: Lorna Tawhiti of May 15 Tattoo, Otaki
This weeks guest is Lorna Tahiti, who owns a private studio May 15 tattoo, in otaku on the kaput coast. Lorna has been around tattooing from an early age, she watched her two older brothers tattoo as she grew up, but pursued a career in teaching until 10 years ago when she found a mentor to help her take up art and tattooing full time.
1:04:03
November 24, 2019
Episode 8: Adam Craft of the Tattooed Heart, Auckland
Adam Craft owns one of Aucklands most respected tattoo shops, The Tattooed Heart on K road. He's been tattooing for over two decades and has made a name for himself with his large scale Japanese work. But before he was settled enough to get customers returning for session after session of japanese back pieces, sleeves and bodysuits Adam was Bouncing around europe working seasonally tattooing tourists and learning his trade in busy street shops. 
1:20:03
November 17, 2019
Episode 7: Steve Ma Ching of Western Tattoo, Auckland
This week i talk to Steve Ma ching a living legend of New Zealand tattooing, He's internationally recognised for his polynesian work, he's tattooed sports stars such as Sonny Bill Williams and he is just as in demand overseas as he is on his home shores. He knows how to give banter and he can also take it. He's down to earth straight talking, no nonsense and always has the best stories when i get the chance to have a beer with him. In this weeks episode we talk about his many years in Auckland, getting his act together and taking tattooing more seriously, going to work for Merv O'connor, opening his studio Western Tattoo and how he developed his style from doing flash tattoos to where he is today.
1:20:09
November 10, 2019
Episode 6: Rosie Edwards, Eclectic Moko Tattoo
This weeks guest is the constantly travelling Rosie Edwards from Christchurch. We talk about her journey from being adopted by a pakeha family to reconnecting with her maori roots and the struggles she faced being a female going against the grain in maori culture. We also discuss How the 2011 christchurch earthquake pushed her to travel and how she embraced it and worked hard to build an international reputation. This episode left me lost for words more than once, and it was a pleasure to talk to such an inspirational lady.
1:41:48
November 3, 2019
Episode 5: John "monsta truck" Roberts
This week we talk to 25 year tattoo veteran John Roberts who spent most of his career in hawkes bay at his studio Monsta Track Tattoo. After two decades he made the move down to wellington last year and now co owns Pieces of Eight Tattoo in Petone. 
1:12:37
October 27, 2019
Episode 4: Josh Paki, Tyla Vaeau & Moko Smith
This weeks episode is in Te Reo Maori and in English, but thats not the only thing thats a little different from the rest of the series, This episode is a panel discussion that was recorded live at the Wellington Tattoo convention. The Panel features Josh Paki, Tyla Vaeau and Moko Smith three practising Ta Moko and Tatau artists as they discuss what their art means to them, their links to the past, the direction in which they are taking their tattooing and how they are keeping tradition alive in the 21st century.  The panel was moderated By Sean Mallon, senior curator of pacific histories and cultures at the museum of New Zealand Te papa Tongarewa
1:25:45
October 20, 2019
Episode 3: Mick, Kitty, Ben & Dan of The Black mark, Melbourne
The Black Mark tattoo has quickly established its self as one of melbournes top realism studios. As the shop celebrates its 5th anniversary we sit down with studio owners Mick Squires and Kitty dearest along with artists Ben Smith and Dan mawdsley.  We discuss the studios beginnings and how it started to take on a life and direction of its own,  the artists that have passed through over the years and finding the right work life balance.
1:23:17
October 13, 2019
Episode 2: Todd Bailey of 13ft Tattoo, Sydney
Todd is one of my oldest friends in tattooing, we've been tattooing around the same amount of time and we had a great laugh doing this weeks episode. Todd is the owner of 13ft Tattoo in Newtown, Sydney, Australia. in this episode we talk about his travels around the world, the trials and tribulations of opening a shop in Sydney and how liscencing changed the game across New South Wales. 
1:25:26
October 6, 2019
Episode 1: Braden McMahon of Auckland Tattoo studio
Auckland tattoo studio is New Zealands oldest established tattoo shop. We sit down with its current owner Braden McMahon to talk about his journey into getting into tattooing around the globe and back, getting a job under its previous owner and tattoo legend Merv O connor, to respecting its tradition an becoming its current owner.
40:22
September 29, 2019