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  • After 10 Artline Expos the Belgian tattoo artist John Artliner has decided that this would be his last show. That’s a pity because this convention has established itself as one of the main tattoo events in Belgium and the Netherlands. The last show took place over the weekend of 12th and 13th November 2005 in the...
  • Seeing as Paul Acker’s first trip to the UK is for Tattoo Jam (about which we’re horrifically excited), we thought we’d show off his work a little to anyone who isn’t familiar with the Philly philanthropist to the arts. Hyperrealism is his game and these shimmering examples of his work speak volumes. Whilst the USA...
  • In the ever expanding community of microcosms into which tattoo enthusiasts fall there has always been a place for inked out rock’n’rollers. Traced to it’s origins the ink/rock phenomenon might possibly be ascribed to San Fransisco tattoo artist Lyle Tuttle and his early work on Janis Joplin, Joan Biaz, The Allman...
  • The convention scene seems to be getting longer and longer every year, this year no sooner had we got over The Christmas and the New Year celebrations than the first show of 2006 was upon us.  The second annual Inkfest was held at the Brangwyn Hall in Swansea and was over the weekend of the 28th/29th January...
  • Paul Callaby spent a weekend in his locale and took in the sights and sounds of the first Norwich Bodyart Festival, which left a favourable first impression with our man behind the lens.    I suppose to a lot of people, when they hear Norwich mentioned, they will either think of Norwich City FC, the...
  • This was the fifth year of the Dublin tattoo convention. I’d not been before but heard some good reports about the friendliness and quality of the artists so in the interests of investigative journalism, I thought I’d best go over the water and see for myself and report back. It had absolutely nothing to do with me...
  • Who hasn’t heard of Brittany, the tourist destination? Rennes is the capital of Brittany where one can enjoy a walk in the old city centre, meander down the narrow streets, with their lively bars and its Rock ‘n’ Roll and Celtic music festivals organised each year. Yes, Rennes is prodigiously alive, and at the...
  • Frankfurt is Germany’s fifth largest city with a population of approximately 670,000. It is the financial and transport heart of Germany and as the seat of the European Central Bank, it is the home to continental Europe’s grandest financial centre.   "People waited outside in the balmy spring sunshine as the...
  • The harbour of Antwerp used to be the area where many tattooists had their businesses. In the Schipperskwartier many sailors visited the local tattooists just like in the area of Katendrecht, Rotterdam, the tattoo shops of artists like Gustaf, Alberto and Victor and Gina all ended up selling their studios to move...
  • The nominations are in and it’s time to vote for those who document the tattoo world! The nominees are laid out below (in no particular order) and voting is now live on the Liverpool Tattoo Convention website. Voting closes at midnight on June 6th and the winners will be announced at the show over the weekend of...
  • Skin Deep’s Tattoo Jam convention found itself a new home in Doncaster Racecourse, a leviathan of a structure that played host to three days of tattooing finery from some of the highest echelons of body art practitioners.    Neil's view of the proceedings....   Following on from last year’s successful...
  • I am pretty certain that the organisers of Mantra have got something going on with the big man upstairs (or a pact with the devil) as every year that the Mantra crew open the doors of their venue, the sun comes out and beats down on the coloured convention goers for the duration of the show. Last year was lovely and...
  • When talking about the world famous Steam Ship Queen Mary, your mind doesn’t necessarily drift to tattoos, custom cars, rock ’n’ roll and pin-ups. Well, it used not to be anyways, but for the last 6 years the Ink & Iron Tattoo and Kustom Kulture festival has proved to be a winning concept.    The...
  • Well, it's the end of April, and as promised, the confirmed list of artists readying themselves for Tattoo Jam is now live and kicking! Enough of our waffling, just head to the Tattoo Jam site and see for yourself!
  • ‘We have focused the convention on the popular styles of Japanese and American Traditional work’  This was the second year for the Amsterdam Tattoo convention. And this year the organisers adopted a slightly different approach in its content and style. The convention concentrated on a high international feel...
  • The vibe about the State of the Art tattoo convention had been felt for months prior to the doors opening at the Assembly Rooms in the centre of Derby. I had been reading the many threads posted on our forum (www.skindeep.co.uk) about who was going, who was working and who was meeting who at the bar and the feeling...
  • Over the last 50 plus years, Portsmouth has played a major role in the UK tattoo industry; many an artist has served their time here and per head of population there are probably more tattoo studios in Pompey than pretty much anywhere else in the country, so it’s only fitting that there should be a convention in...
  • Whilst I was attending the Dublin convention earlier in the year, every body I spoke to said ‘ you must go to the Cork convention, it’s a great one’ so August the 12th saw me going back over the water to see what everyone was talking about. I certainly didn’t need any more prompting to visit this beautiful country...
  • Times Square seems to change with a regularity that confuses tourist and New Yorker alike. The most recent change is a set of steps that rise above the discount 'Tickets, Tickets' Booth but fails to go anywhere and present not much more of a view than if you were stood on tip toes.   The New York Tattoo...
  • After an absolute nightmare of a journey caused by the abominable excuse for a Sunday rail service I finally arrive hot, bothered & a tad grumpy in Stoke over an hour late for my first Creation custom bike & tattoo show. Doors were at 12 & by the time I arriveD at the venue, Creation nightclub, it was all...
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