Riverside Drive, in front of the Long Center
"...Whether you're trying to finish that arm sleeve with a perfect flourish on your wrist, or you fantasize about going under the needle for your first tattoo (just stay away from the lower back), Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival provides a welcoming atmosphere for the novice and expert alike...."
"...The 2013 Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival, Palmer Auditorium, Sat., Jan. 19..."
"...The same skills Robertson displays working on others' projects -- his impressive musical knowledge, his unique concept for a show's sound, his unfailing professionalism, and his abundant good humor and generosity of spirit -- shine through in his own works. He hasn't gifted us with a new musical in a few seasons, but we're getting a revival of one we've seen before and that's just as good..."
"...Many contemporary art aficionados may have eyed the recent exhibition "Rock of Ages" with skepticism. Hosting work by tattoo artists – timed for the Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival – is a step away from the usual role of contemporary art spaces...."
"...Thousands of them, these skin illustrations, either already inked & healed, or still in-process, or just now going under the gun for the first time – all those colors & curves, those shapes & shades, blossoming like arcane foliage along the outside of arms, legs, backs, bellies, sometimes entire bodies. You want to see many of the best in the Lone Star State? Then you want to get your ass, illustrated or otherwise, down to the Palmer Events Center this weekend for the 10th Annual Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival. There'll be tattoos of all kinds, of course, from oldschool Sailor Jerry flash needled in electrically to even older Japanese-style artwork done with bamboo darts. There'll be body-graphics displaying a love for Norwegian death metal bands or proclaiming allegiance to Darwinism or presenting Hello Kitty in bondage gear. There will be images to rival the best works found on tony gallery walls or the wildest graffiti brightening any urban grayspace. There'll be a lot of ink on flesh, citizen, is what there will be. And much of it will be stunning. "The trend toward color photo-realism in the last few years has been amazing to watch," says Star of Texas founder Marcy Molkenthen. When asked to name names, to spotlight photo-realism at the Revival, Molkenthen offers Austin resident Nick Baxter. "Nick is one of the best in the genre," she says. "Twenty years ago we would have scoffed and said 'That stuff will never hold up – it will look terrible in 10 years.' But there are young artists now who are pulling it off." They pull it off well enough this weekend, they could win one of the event's daily awards. But, awards or not, they – all the artists there, and the colorful crowds of aficionados with skin illustrations – will be winning the admiration of all who can see...."
"...• Coinciding with the Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival this weekend at the Palmer Events Center, Stratocaster master Redd Volkaert is making his Red River debut on Friday, splitting the difference between Honky and Bob Bleed at the Red Eyed Fly...."
"...Wed. 14, Valhalla, 1am "The Japanese Action Comic Punk Band" have blitzkrieged stages all over the world in their outlandish costumes, all the while holding human bowling tournaments, appearing on ABC's revival of The Gong Show, and last month issuing on local imprint Chicken Ranch Records catchier-than-herpes single "Yeah Yeah Yeah," which rocks like the Rezillos on Ritalin..."
"...The women lined up in front of the monitors at the Continental Club are spellbound. They sway with rapture usually reserved for revival tents..."