Welcome to issue 179 of Skin Deep. In this month’s packed edition we have assembled a selection of the world’s finest exponents of skin art for your delight and delectation, and also there is extensive coverage of the London Tattoo Convention and the one of a kind Paradise Tattoo Gathering in the US. As well as all this, if you turn to page 62-64, you’ll find what I hope is an interesting read about how one man fell foul of the artwork copyright laws. Read this cautionary tale and be warned!
As editor of Skin Deep, I am constantly on the hunt to bring you the best tattoo artists and artwork from around the world to proudly display in the magazine. However, some artists that I talk to don’t want their work published in the media for fear of having their hard work copied and on occasions, used and sold off as someone else’s work. I can fully understand this, especially if it is a tattoo design that has been hand-drawn and custom tattooed on an individual. The last thing either the tattooist or tattooee wants to come across is someone with the same ‘one-off’ design.
Very often the person with the ‘copy’ tattoo sports a poor example of the original, giving the wearer a bad feeling of what was once thought of as a unique and happy tattoo experience with their chosen artist.
I am often asked to send photos of tattoos to various people hoping to get the same tattoo but I always refuse and try to steer them into getting a unique piece of ink, maybe using the design they have seen as inspiration, not replication.
Surely we are all individuals, so why wear the same ink?
I am approached by studios on a regular basis offering to take out substantial advertising on the proviso that I give them a feature in the magazine or existing advertisers threatening to remove their adverts if I do not feature them or their studios.
This is tantamount to blackmail and that is not acceptable in any circumstance.
I will assure you here and now this will never happen. Skin Deep prides itself on bringing you the best quality tattoos and articles available. The studios and artists featured in the magazine are in print because of their talent and quality of work, not because of the size of their advertising budget.
In my tenure as editor, the quality of tattooing has increased beyond all expectations, with artists constantly pushing themselves to achieve more and raising the tattoo bar ever higher, which is great news giving the tattoo collector a far wider choice of who to get tattooed by.
One of the beauties of Skin Deep is that we are allowed to remain impartial and do not have to or feel pressurised into toeing the corporate line by endorsing artists, studios or products.
Additionally, there has been a substantial increase in the amount of tattoo conventions both large and small. This leaves me with the difficulty of deciding which shows to bring to print; what I mean is I only have limited pages and if I filled each edition with convention coverage, there’d be no room for the artist interviews and other features. Therefore, Skin Deep will always bring you coverage of the major shows like Tattoo Jam, London, Manchester and Liverpool. I am also conscious that there are those readers who only go to the smaller, more local and intimate shows, and because there are so many tattoo conventions being added to the event calendar on an almost monthly basis, we will rotate the coverage of these shows but not necessarily on an annual basis, keeping the articles fresh and giving all shows the coverage they deserve.
If you are struggling to think of that last minute Christmas present you could do a lot worse than buy your loved one a ticket to Jazz Publishing’s new event; Tattoo Freeze.
Tickets for this unique one-day tattoo event are available from:www.tattoofreeze.com or by calling 01244 663400 ext 220. They are only £10, which is a bargain for what promises to be a great day out.