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  • Drew Linden is a heavily tattooed alt model, and a tattoo apprentice with a very striking appearance to compliment her glamorous looks. Drew has already carved a niche into the tattooing industry with her very distinct new/old school style tattooing and show signs of becoming a big name in her chosen style. Apart...
  • Katendrecht, is a quarter in Rotterdam near the harbour, this has been the tattoo quarter of Holland since 1950. Up until about 1980 this was a vivid place with many tattoo shops, Chinese restaurants and prostitutes. The small peninsula in the harbour area was known locally as ‘De Kaap’. Normal people lived and...
  • Ian
    Ian was a self-confessed hyperactive youngster and used to get into all sorts of scrapes (I should know, I went to school with him!) during his formative years. He and his brother ran the teachers a merry dance at our small comprehensive in East Sussex.  Ian has had a few tattooing troubles over the years,...
  • Thamsin seems to have had the ‘ink calling’ from a very early age. As most of her friends went off doing adolescent things, she was on a one-girl mission to shock her peers and get tattooed. As her somewhat eventful life opened up, Tham felt a little concerned as to how folk might perceive her tattoos so she...
  • Born into a yakuza family, Shoko Tendo is the author of a bestselling title translated in to more than 30 languages. In her book Yakuza Moon, this young Japanese woman tells about her life in a world of drugs, sex, violence…and tattoos.   Why did you write this book? My father was a yakuza and the neighbours...
  • The legendary Jack Rudy is one of tattooing’s greats, having started in '75 and revolutionised the notoriously difficult single needle tattooing technique. Rudy is still revered as one of the top artists for black and grey work, taking the crude aesthetic from the jails, spawned from machinery that consisted of a...
  • Lyle Tuttle is one of the most influential figures in the American tattoo landscape, having started tattooing in 1947, and opening his own store in the 1950s in California.   Whilst having retired over 15 years ago, he is considered an important historian and is still active in the tattooing industry as an...
  • With regard to your interest in art, where did things start? I was always interested in art as a child, at that stage merely for fun and to entertain myself, it seemed and still seems a very strange way to make a living. In terms of my formal art education, it was just something I drifted into. I was originally more...
  • Covering many tattoo conventions, I have the pleasure of running into many talented tattoo artists along the way. My first Convention that I covered as the new editor of Skin Deep was at State of the Art in Derby two years ago (blimey, doesn’t time fly?) I felt a bit over whelmed by the enormity of the position I had...
  • If you have ever come across disapproving looks because of your tattoos, try having a healthy tattoo coverage and then working within the adult industry. Strangely, Tallulah has found that she gets more negativity of her career choice than her tattoos, which is quite refreshing. Tallulah and AJ have more than a...
  • Over the last few years there has been a real upsurge in the amount of Hot-rod, fifties style of tattoos seen over here. This influence comes mainly from over the ‘water’ in the US of A’. Hot-rods have been big business in America for decades and now this and the fifties/new school influences are finding its way onto...
  • Given the current trend (thanks to celebrities like Cheryl Cole, Billy Connolly, Britany Spears, et al) for hand tattoos, the popularity of public tattoos or highly visible marks seems to be growing. Does a visible tattoo mean the end of a career as we know it? Tony Jones speaks to three tattoo fans about getting...
  • Chef Michael Wray is the new generation of chef-restaurateur: Young, talented and super-polite. He says ‘Please’ and  ‘Thank You,’ and is passionate about flavour, mad on ambiance and not afraid to break the rules. This is cuisine as rock and roll. And at 27, Chef Michael is more than ready to prove his chops....
  • Preston, the cheeky, tattooed tyke, formally of the Ordinary Boys and contestant in Celebrity Big Brother has gone through some interesting stages in his career so far.  From having his head gently nestled in Liz Hurley’s cleavage to having a number one album in Japan to getting his every move documented...
  • Lucy is one of those people that gets tattoos because the of the person doing the tattoo is a good person, something I wholeheartedly agree with; so not only is her work great but there is a special bond built with her and her chosen artists giving her some special memories of those moments.   Captured on film...
  • I first met Candice at the London Tattoo convention a few years ago, back when the show was in it’s infancy at the Trueman Building. Candice was modelling with the Suicide Girls and her ink caught my eye with its intricacy and uniqueness. Candice has since moved on to sunnier climes where she has furthered her...
  • Chopper Dave (Chopper Daves Casting co.) is a West Coast legend, and a guy that does it all; Asides from build complete motorcycles, he manufactures cast aluminium, and cast bronze motorcycle parts, and some accessories.    He does miscellaneous motorcycle fabrication work, writes for a handful of...
  • Taiwan, formerly known as Ilha Formosa (Portuguese, “Beautiful Island”), is a mountainous island lying approximately one hundred miles south of Mainland China. Today perhaps less than two percent of the total population is indigenous occupying the central mountainous region, the coastal plains, and a large portion of...
  • Judaism takes a very strong stance on the subject of tattooing. It is written in the pages of the Leviticus ‘you will not do an incision on your flesh and you will not write signs on your body. It is undeniable that today, tattooing is a very fashionable and big business. Middle or senior management, teenager,...
  • Pascal is completely tattooed, this is why he calls his stage show "L'Homme tatoue" which means: "the tattooed man".   Why are you completely tattooed? This question gets asked a thousand times at the start of his show. Pascal Tourain answers the question quite frankly, without restraint, emotion or humor. This...
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