For the tattoo-bearing and the tattoo-curious, Sixth & I presents a conversation about the controversial topic of Jews getting inked. In light of the controversy as well as the prevalence of tattoos today, two tattooed Jews deeply involved in the world of body art discuss their work as well as the myths, trends, and antipathy associated with Jewish body modification.
Ami James, an Israeli-born tattoo artist and star of the reality TV show Miami Ink, speaks with Todd Weinberger, Creative Director of Inked magazine, about cultural assumptions and attitudes within the Jewish community regarding tattoos and the way they reconcile their tattooed bodies with their Jewish identities, heritage, and beliefs.
Ami James is an Israeli-born tattoo artist. James altered the perception of tattoos - specifically who gets them and why - through his reality TV show, Miami Ink. He is a renowned tattoo artist whose relationship with tattoos began over 20 years ago. Today he has 40 tattoos.
He's used his creativity to become a very successful entrepreneur. James is the co-owner of the Love Hate Tattoo Studio and the Love Hate Lounge in Miami. He also owns the DeVille clothing line and a jewelry line. James partnered with Motorola to create custom-designed cell phones with his artwork etched into the phones. He was also featured in a PETA ad with the tagline "Ink, Not Mink." James also designed an animal rights tattoo, which PETA used as their logo and made into a temporary tattoo for kids.
Todd Weinberger is the creative director of Inked, a luxury tattoo magazine that he redesigned and re-launched in 2007. He is an award-winning graphic designer and has created national print campaigns and corporate branding for clients like Winston, Camel, Puma, and Hendrick's Gin. Weinberger has been featured in the Heeb 100, which is Heeb Magazine's round-up of the 100 young Jews you need to know.