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Tattoo Reality Show in the Offing

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“Ms. Tek, you’re on in five minutes.”

Tattoo artist Paul Booth to star in a new reality show:

    A new art form is about to hit reality television. World renowned tattoo artist Paul Booth will open his New York-based studio to a global viewing audience with his new one-hour reality TV series “Last Rites Tattoo Theatre.” Currently, several networks are actively bidding for the broadcast rights. The show will bring into sharp focus the growing global recognition of the tattoo arts.

    Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as the “King of Rock Tattoos,” Booth developed the show in tandem with partners Mia Reed and Frank Cannava (who collectively comprise RBC Entertainment). The show is represented by Mike Trager, former Chairman of Clear Channel Entertainment Television.

    “Last Rites Tattoo Theatre” shares something in common with breakout cable shows like “Monster Garage” and “American Chopper.” Each episode will feature Booth and his creative staff of tattoo artists working on a new tattoo for both celebrity and non-celebrity guests. For most people, there’s a two-year waiting list for a Booth tattoo, but with “Last Rites Tattoo Theatre,” everyone can climb into the chair every week. His latest media deal with a tattoo talk radio show,”Paul Booth’s Beneath The Needle” (coming soon to XM Radio) has created over 10 million hits a month for the “Last Rites” Tattoo Studio website.

    Booth, along with Reed and Cannava, also formed the Tattoo Artist Group (TAG), the world’s first management organization exclusively representing tattoo artists. Among TAG’s all-star roster, Paul Booth (Slayer, Superjoint Ritual, WWE’s The Undertaker), Filip and Titine Leu, Guy Atchinson (Jesse James of “Monster Garage”), Michele Wortman, Bob Tyrrell (Kid Rock), Kurt Wiscombe. RBC is also currently negotiating a distribution deal for their documentary about the life of Paul Booth and his world famous Tattoo Studio.

I’m not sure there is much inherent drama in the concept, but I’m sure there are enough tattoo-heads out there who will want to see the needle in action.

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  • http://www.tekwh0re.net Ms. Tek

    *rolls eyes*

    Great, just great. This will only give the body-mod community even more of a bad name in the mainstream than it already has. This is TV.. they’ll mostly feature trashy people or stupid people. Normal people aren’t interesting… its only interesting if it is an extreme that you can ridicule or people that you can feel superior over.

    I can’t wait until I hear even more stupid comments in the street or have more people touching me without my permission after this shows airs. It was bad enough at the Blues Festival last week.

    LOOK BUT DO NOT TOUCH!!

    A tiger has pretty stripes but if you touch her, she WILL go for you.

  • http://www.iamrighturpie.blogspot.com jadester

    no offense, but my guess is it’s because you’re a woman. people’d probably be far less inclined to touch the tattoos of a random six-foot heavy-built biker bloke
    seriously though, i can’t believe you get total strangers doing that. it’s not as if tattoos are as uncommon as they used to be. Do you only have that problem in certain countries, or does it appear to happen everywhere you go? i could possibly understand little kids doing it, although you’d think their parents would have taught ’em not to go round touching strangers.
    Mind you, mine aren’t exactly visible – just the bottom bit of one if i’m wearing a short-sleeved top – so that’s probably a big reason why.

  • http://www.tekwh0re.net Ms. Tek

    I get touched in England just because the men I have encountered in the pubs there are pigs when they have been drinking but otherwise, no one just comes up and touches me in other countries. THAT is a uniquely American thing *scowl*.

    Kids stare and depending on how their parents are, sometimes their parents will grab them away. Some kids think I am the neatest thing ever but I think that is more because of the big hair. When I have had kids draw me… they always draw the hair, never the ink.

    I don’t know why adults do this. It really does annoy me to no end as that I was taught to keep my hands to myself unless someone starts it first. I usually give a stern explanation to people who do this to me that its not nice to touch people you don’t know whom you’ve not at least even bought a drink for.

  • http://www.ryandearringer.com/ Ryan Dearringer

    I am a professional tattoo artist from Indianapolis, Indiana and my professional opinion is that this is a good thing. This is Paul Booth we are talking about… not just any artist. Even before the surge of interest in tattoos from shows like Miami ink, and Inked, Paul booth was widely revered as one of the finest artists in the industry. Not to mention he is ten times more skilled, and better an artist than any one of the artsts on those shows. He is actually very respected for his fine art as well. Look to see how much one of his paintings goes for. You could probably get a tattoo by him cheaper. He does primarily do very dark artwork, and this may offend some, but if you can’t appreciate an amazing artist when you see one, then change the channel.