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  • Passivity can sometimes be the main tactic in battle, like silence in a discussion, and no one knows and masters that art better than Bad Buddha… You can almost cut the tension inside the Tango Palace in Malmö, Sweden, with a knife. It’s time for the third clash of the Wrestling South Federation and the combatants are...
  • DRAG are a sleazy-punk band with outrageous songs and a live show to match. Addressing themes most bands are afraid to – such as eating disorders, gender issues and self-harm without apology – they’ve also got a killer ink habit… The story of DRAG and their seemingly inseparable music and tattoos, started six years...
  • Scottish Gerald works in the accountancy department of his brother’s haulage business which transports goods around the UK. He is 54 and was born and raised in Dundee. Despite the obvious interest in tattoos, he also likes to spend his free-time windsurfing… Some years ago, Gerald went to Greece and obtained his Royal...
  • On a sunny day in late March, I had the pleasure of chatting with Nina Kate. As we were talking, she was working on a pair of leggings for a hair show she had coming up at the weekend in Manchester. No stranger to fashion, Nina is also the founder of Jane Doe Latex, and most recently its offshoot, Jane Doe Apparel…...
  • Coco Fierce was born Haili Hughes in the northern town of Warrington, a place she describes as “a large town with somewhat of a small town mentality” The eldest of eight children, Coco recalls being a bit of a loner as a child, “I always felt quite different because where they were quite boisterous and running around...
  • Some years ago, as her mum painted in her studio, a young Grace perused the shelves, thumbing through books on tribal culture, scarification and tattoos. When Grace started getting tattoos, her mum didn’t have a problem with it, it was more with the body-modifications, but Grace lovingly reflects that her mum only has...
  • Helena Linder. You may recognise her as being one of the lovely faces of Glorious Nightmare. Alternatively, you might know her as one of your Thursday evening buddies at dog-training club. If you’re really close, you might even know her better as the beau of Justin from The Darkness. If you don’t know her at all, you...
  • Warren Speed is well known in the burlesque and freakshow world, having performed all round Europe with his high-energy brand of physical comedy, which usually ends in him revealing nipple tassles, followed by ass tassles… But before that, he was a stand-up comedian for seven years where he gigged regularly with the...
  • What drives 23-year-old Jens Svensson to repeatedly make the 400-mile round trip to get tattooed by the same artist? Emil Edge is a big part of the reason, but there’s more... Jens "Where did it all start? I guess it all began with my love of motocross and all kinds of extreme sports. I used to watch a lot of these...
  • Continuing our series of reader profiles, this month, we hooked up with Rich Smith - better known to us all as Dickie – who made the jump from being a forklift truck driver to resident body piercer at Cosmic Tattoo. Good move, Sir... I always knew I wanted to get tattooed, even from a young age. I’d grown up...
  • There’s no better kick than being able to let a reader tell their own story. That becomes even more of a good thing when you can use your influence to give something back to the people who make this world a better place to live in. This month, I’m handing over the pens to Darren Smith. My son Jordan has had to make...
  • Fire Breathing? Powerboat racing? Muay Thai Boxing? Modelling? Performing? If you know one person who ticks all the above boxes you probably already know our featured tattoo collector. For the rest of you: say hello to the multi-talented Naomi Wood. You are quite an active person, how do you find the time to get...
  • Sometimes, weird stuff happens and works out great. I bumped into Jake Attridge a while back and we got to talking about his ink and how he thought he had a great story to tell having been mostly tattooed by the brilliant but totally elusive Diego Azaldegui. Rather flippantly perhaps, I told him if he really meant it...
  • Once in a while, somebody special comes along who fulfils a need on more than one front. Whilst we were whittling down potential cover models for this issue, we also had in the back of our minds something that we hadn’t touched on recently that readers quite often mail in about and that was how people with a lot of...
  • An interview with Quentin and Ami... How did you two originally meet? Ami: "We originally met at met Silbury Hill around a fire. I was with friends from Manchester and Quentin had travelled up from Brighton. Two years later we again met up in Brighton, this time at a travellers site.  Quentin took me...
  • "Growing up in a small Highland village, I had always had an overwhelming urge to escape. I’ve always craved adventure and anything out of the ordinary. I didn’t think I could ever be satisfied staying in Embo. I craved new experiences. From boyhood into my early teens I resorted to the...
  • An interview with Ceri... Tell us a bit about your background as a piercer & alternative hairdresser? "Well I first started work with hair extensions about 6 years ago, I was lucky enough to train with a guy who had worked as catwalk stylist with Trevor Sorbie, he taught me well and about 4 years ago I...
  • Amy - she’s game for it any night of the week... We hear that you work in the dental industry - are you "visibly tattooed" at work?   "Hell no! I keep my tattoos under wraps. I wear a long sleeve shirt under my scrubs so that my patients don't think that I'm a crazy biker tattooed lady. Plus I...
  • We’re not entirely sure what an experimental fusion belly dancer is, but it looks like we’re about to find out: Hey - you're the girl from the Mazda ad! How did you score that sweet little deal?  "Well my agency put me forward for the casting. I was told to go dressed like Lady Gaga and act like a pop princess....
  • Jewellery Entrepreneur By Day, Bad-Girl Cartoon Character By Night. It’s A Hard Life... That's some whacked out sleeves and backpiece you've got there - what's going on? A yearning to be six years old forever? "Three maximum! I wanna live in never-never land where the trees are made of candy floss and lollipops grow...
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