31.5.10

SUMMER SERIES #1|TATTOOED LOVE BOYS

SUMMER SPECIAL|OH! THE PLACES YOU GO...
#1|FROM NEW ZEALAND

This portfolio came about while I was in Auckland,
New Zealand working on a documentary. A friend
back in NYC had asked me about the tattoo scene in
New Zealand. Being a photographer, the easiest way
to respond to that question was to show him what I
was seeing while I was there. I started taking a few
portraits of friends I had made, which led to a local
tattoo artist who introduced me to some of his clients,
and the casting unfolded pretty effortlessly. People
are real friendly down there.ALEXIS BROOKS

NAME|LUBIN
AGE|31
STAR SIGN|GEMINI
HOMETOWN|AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
What was your first tattoo? I got my girlfriend's name.
Where was it? On my chest.
How old? 18
What time did you wake up this morning? I woke
up at 6:30pm
Were you alone? My wife Louisa was there asleep.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Have a grey ponytail.
Last thing that made you laugh?
Old man ponytail fantasies.
What is the last thing you made? Spaghetti Bolognese.
Who does your tattoos? The ones on my chest I got
at Ponsonby Tattoo,everything else is by
Tom McMillan at the tattooed heart on K RD.

NAME|NICK NAME|ANT VON G|ANT
AGE|24
STAR SIGN|CANCER
HOMETOWN|AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
What was your first tattoo? A skeleton tree.
Where was it? My left arm.
How old? My 23rd birthday!!
What time did you wake up this morning? 9am
Were you alone? Nope. I wake up every morning
with my girlfriend.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Still don't know :( an artist of some sort.
Last thing that made you laugh? Can't remember!
Can't have been that funny!
What is the last thing you made? A framed drawing
for my cousin.
Who does your tattoos? Stefan/Victor at Two Hands
Tattoo, Auckland, New Zealand.
What's the most annoying question to be asked
about your tattoos?
What about when you're old???!! *%$#@!

NAME|NICK NAME|MASON HEPBURN
AGE|27
STAR SIGN|GEMINI
HOMETOWN|TOKOROA, A SMALL TIMBER TOWN
IN THE WAIKATO PROVINCE OF NEW ZEALAND
What was your first tattoo? My first tattoo was a
matching one with my brother of the T.C.B Flash,
Elvis' logo standing for taking care of business but
also for us taking care of business.
Where was it? I got it on the inside of my left arm.
How old? 26
What time did you wake up this morning? 7:30am
to call my boss and say I wasn't gonna make it into
work today.
Were you alone? No, I was with my girlfriend Jess
and our friend's cat, Scout who's super weird.
What do you want to be when you grow up? As cool
as old dude.
Last thing that made you laugh? Bear beer.
What is the last thing you made? Made a lot noise last
night at a Ramones tribute night that my band played at.
Who does your tattoos? Stephan Sinclair at Two Hands
Tattoo in Auckland, New Zealand.
What's the most annoying question to be asked
about your tattoos? People asking to see my tattoos
so I have to take my shirt off in the middle of a bar...
That gets old pretty quick.

NAME|NICK NAME|DOMINIC "TOURETTES" HOEY
AGE|32
STAR SIGN|VIRGO
HOMETOWN|AUCKLAND FUCKING CITY
What was your first tattoo? Shitty alien face.
Where was it? Forearm
How old? I was 17.
What time did you wake up this morning? 10am, late
for work again.
Were you alone? Yes, my girlfriend is a workaholic.
What do you want to be when you grow up? A rap singer.
Last thing that made you laugh? The Simpsons' Halloween
episode when Homer makes the time traveling toaster.
What is the last thing you made? I wrote a poem last night.
Who does your tattoos? Marvin Learning.

NAME|NICK NAME|CLAY
AGE|32
STAR SIGN|I DON'T DO STAR SIGNS...
HOMETOWN|TOKOROA (SMALL TOWN IN NEW ZEALAND)
What was your first tattoo? Matching T.C.B Flash
with my brother Mason (Takin' care of brothers)
Where was it? Bicep
How old? 30 (Late starter)
What time did you wake up this morning? Got up
at lunchtime...A bit sicky...
Were you alone? Yeah...
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Always wanted to be a fireman...
Last thing that made you laugh? Just watching
Deadwood...it's has its moments.
What is the last thing you made? A fool of myself...
Who does your tattoos? All of my tattoos are by
Stefan at Two Hands.
What's the most annoying question to be asked
about your tattoos?
Did it hurt bro?! (By dudes) What do they mean? (By girls)

NAME|NICK NAME|SAAN BARRATT|BARNEY
AGE|31
STAR SIGN|SCORPIO
HOMETOWN|OPONONI, NORTHLAND, NEW ZEALAND

What was your first tattoo? A heart.
Where was it? On the ball of my left shoulder.
How old? 9 years old...(My friend did it with a brio
and a safety pin)
What time did you wake up this morning? About 8:30am
Were you alone? No
What do you want to be when you grow up? Happy
Last thing that made you laugh? My girlfriend.
She's the funniest person I know.
What is the last thing you made? Love.
Who does your tattoos? Tom McMillan @ The Tattooed
Heart in Auckland and a freelance tattoo artist called
Marvin Learning.

Please visit: www.missalexisbrooks.com
for more of her photography work.

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