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  • Here are a few of the artists that will be working Tattoo Jam in 2011...
  • We just bought a new vacuum cleaner. Bear with me as it’s not just any old hoover. No, it’s not a deluxe, bag free, designer model… it’s a robot. That’s right, it cleans by itself. This is a potentially defining moment for our household. Free from the tyranny of floor cleaning, we are all experiencing something of an...
  • From this issue forward, instead of giving away a t-shirt for great letters, we'll be diving into the Lucky Bag and seeing what we've got lying around. So you might get a book... might get a DVD... who knows?! That's why it's called a Lucky Bag... Letter of the Month The Frighteners I would just like to say a massive...
  • In a recent TV interview, comedian Russell Peters mentioned something that had been irritating him for quite some time. When asked if he’s more prone to grouchiness as he ages, 41-year-old Peters responded that he wasn’t necessarily becoming an angrier person, but some things just happened to be irritating him more...
  • Hello everybody, hope you’re all well. Over the past couple of months I’ve started doing a little bit of TV work for a station called Sports Tonight. This is exciting for two reasons: firstly, that my snaggle-toothed little face somehow makes it onto the small screen; and secondly, that I get to talk about one of my...
  • Is there a tattooed person on that planet that hasn’t heard the phrase, “you’ll regret that when you are older” at least once? Regret is a powerful idea, an idea that has often been represented in the arts, and one that seems to preoccupy the thoughts and words of many. This threatened fear of future regret can, sadly...
  • Air your views or have a rant and we’ll give one letter a free, yes free, t-shirt! Aren’t we nice? Letter of the Month A Grey Matter Issue I am writing to tell you what a great article I thought ‘Only Women Bleed’ was (no.202). And to thank you, really for publishing such an interesting, enlightening and thought-...
  • We know for a fact that not only collectors and fans read Skin Deep, but also those who work relentlessly hard at surviving in these trying business times. So this issue, we thought we’d take some time out to say a few words on what it takes to run a successful operation. While it’s by no means comprehensive, it will...
  • One man's obsession with the sillier side of tattooing... Thing is, it’s not like I’ve been getting tattooed since I was young and reckless. No, I waited until I was in my 30s and reckless. I often wonder whether I’d be a lot more inked by now if I’d have started earlier (I didn’t get my first tattoo till I was 25,...
  • Hands up if you’ve ever hidden your tattoo? Maybe you’ve worn long sleeves to an interview or donned a high necked shirt for dinner with your partners parents? Perhaps you’ve avoided showing your own family your newly acquired ink, opting for a quieter life, even if it meant a sweaty one? If you recognise yourself in...
  • It’s a Friday night and you’ve decided to head out for dinner with some friends. None of you are quite certain of exactly what you’re in the mood for, so you decide to peruse the menus of various locations along a popular strip of restaurants. After considering numerous places for a bite, you and your friends finally...
  • So then, I’m back from Edinburgh after a month of telling people all about my tattoos. If you were one of the many Skin Deep readers that came along to see me then thank you very much – was lovely to have you come along and listen to my rantings. I managed to go through a whole month talking about tattoos and didn’t...
  • Let us know what you think about anything at all… so long as it's vaguely tattoo related, bring it on. We've got free t-shirts for the letter of the month but occasionally, the Gods shine down on us and we have other good stuff kicking around to send out. Would that be a regular or large...  As quite a...
  • There are two trains of thought when it comes to the ‘ink’ shows on TV, but is the latest addition to the genre that fateful step too far? Tattoo television has become a mainstream phenomenon, The Learning Channels’ ‘Ink’ franchise has spread from Miami to London and these shows have undoubtedly provided a new...
  • When 22-year-old Australia native Samantha Plant organised Inked Beauties, a beauty contest for tattooed women, her initial reasoning for doing so wasn’t out of a long-seated desire to showcase the beauty of tattooed women. Rather, the impulse actually came from the fact that no matter how well she...
  • It's Edinburgh Fringe time and Mr Smallman is stacked to the nines (where on earth does that saying come from?) with back to back shows. Normal service will resume next issue, in the meantime... As I write this, Tattoo Jam finished yesterday evening. Fact of the matter is, I'm putting this together as the rest of the...
  • I had my first tattoo at 21 and by the time I met my husband I had the grand total of two. Two teeny, girly, discretely placed tattoos, tattoos that were deemed normal, tattoos that I had mostly forgotten about.
  • You think it's a good idea at the time: "Let's get a tattoo artist to write a column and give the magazine another dimension for people to chew over." Yeah, let's see how that pans out shall we... Welcome to the devilishly weird, pink diesel powered rocket ship to other worlds that I call home. I bring to you a dose...
  • One man's obsession with the sillier side of tattooing... By the time you read this I’ll be in Edinburgh performing at the Fringe Festival.  Is all very exciting, especially as I get to talk about tattoos for an hour (mainly mine).  Over the past month I’ve done a load of interviews about my show, including...
  • Wow. Issue 200 sure came around quick. It doesn’t seem that long ago that it was miles away, but here it is with an official Skin Deep on sale date of 29th June in the stores. Those of you with eagle-eyes will however notice it's on sale from today from the Jazz store if you want it early. I’ve been driving this...
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