Maker Ink

Craft & Design
Maker Ink


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“I got the first tool tattooed in 1991 and completed the legs in 2012. I tried to get one tool every summer when I could afford it, pulling a tool from my toolbox and taking it to my tattooist, Joe Leonard. Most of the tools were ones that I had ‘borrowed’ from my father or had been handed down to me from my grandfather. Others were just the old weathered tools that I used every day. All of them are hand tools. Joe is someone I trust, to the point that he would just lay the tool down beside me and start tattooing. After we had filled up both legs with tools, we started on the puppet leg design. My parents were both puppet makers from the 60s to the 80s. When I showed my father the completed legs and pointed out that they were referencing him, he said, ‘If you want to honor me, you can just keep your pants on.’”
Todd Barricklow, Artist, Santa Rosa, Calif.

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I'm a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. I was an editor on the first 40 volumes of MAKE, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. In particular, covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

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