John and Jordan Knappett - father and son tattooists
John established 36 years and Jordan 9 years.
Any design possible and specialise in designing tattoo with customer.
Cover ups undertaken.
Health dept. registered
I'm a tattoo artist and body piercer from Bulgaria with 16 years shop experience, I prefer doing traditional, old school / new school and japanese and of course I do black and grey. I graduated from art school and I love making custom designs.
Leeds’ Sacred Electric has become something of a haven for traditional tattooing up North. Located right in the heart of the city, and just a stone’s throw away from the city’s commuter-heavy train station, the studio has become known for consistently putting out clean, iconic work, which until recently was entirely down to its owner, Sway.
I asked Drew how his day had been. I knew he had already had a client, so I was curious to know how it went. “I loved today. It was ace; an ace client. Really spiritual, really well travelled, meaningful. Not only that, my friend, but I think I might be getting back with my girlfriend!”
In paintings by Danish artist, Coco, a big-eyed girl, strikingly much like herself often appears, but it’s no matter of self portrait. She makes that very clear, even though she’s started to recognise somewhat of a protagonist in her art.
Early 1900’s men and women, sometimes in sensual poses, are often on the menu when Cris Cleen at Saved Tattoo in Brooklyn gets to work: “It’s all about the chase,” he says. “Drawing a woman cooking for a man is not interesting…”
If you find yourself in the Windy City and happen to run into a 47-year-old former computer industry consultant whose arms are covered with designer toys, feel free to gawk and ask questions about his jaw-dropping ink, courtesy of the über talented Hannah Aitchison. Lord knows you won’t be the first or the last to examine toy and tattoo collector, Ron Hollatz’s, sleeve with utter jealousy. After all, that’s exactly what we did…
Initially, Duke and I had decided we would do our interview over here in England as he was in London at the time, but due to the severe damage caused by Hurricane Sandy back at Duke’s home, he decided to go back to New York City to help with the clean-up, so I caught up with him about a month or so later on Skype.
We’re always digging into every feature of the tattoo landscape here at Skin Deep. So we asked a few leading ladies to give us a snapshot of the industry from their perspective: do female artists really offer a different approach to tattooing? Do we even need to make the ‘male’ and ‘female’ artist distinction these days? Meantime, Chantale Coady got in touch about a realm we rarely get a chance to visit – that of the tattoo family, and what it’s like to have a child as a working artist.
Hopefully, the first in a new series in which we cruise around the planet hunting for weird things tattooists have collected and have on display in their studio. We figured that if anybody is going to collect oddities, it’s those guys. Let’s put that theory to the test.
Hey you – with the glasses. I know you can read. I know you’re game for something a little different – it’s assuming a lot, but as a reader of Skin Deep, you should know by now that anything can happen around here. It’s the nature of the beast, right? A while back, I was sitting with David Marden (sometime photographer around these parts) pouring sugar into a latte that was far too strong for its own good, and he tells me that he’d started driving a cab out in his hometown in New England. A tattooed cab driver? Imagine the tales… dream of the conversations he might have… rest easy soldiers of fortune, I have recruited him off the meter so you need imagine no longer.
This issue, we take a look at the very cool work of Alan Aldred who makes a home at the mighty Cosmic Tattoo over in Colchester. The dude is big and ugly enough to speak for himself, so over to you Sir…
Once upon a time there was a handsome young tattooed man: it’s beside the point to mention just how handsome this young man was, but let’s just say, if he was ten times uglier than he is now, he’d still be a million times more handsome than the most handsome man you’ve ever seen.