Artist interview features

  • Horiyen, or Jess Yen as he is also known, is a master of his art. Jess arrived in his chosen country with very little to his name other than his hand-poking technique taught to him in Taiwan. Jess soon set about gaining a reputation for himself as a very good machine tattooist as well as his traditional tebori...
  • Kore Flatmo is the guy you’ve never heard of, but everyone else is talking about. The guy whose work you can’t recall having ever seen before, then, once you do, almost wish you hadn’t ‘cause it’s so unbelievably immaculate. You think I’m kidding don’t you, or maybe just exaggerating a little bit, huh? Yeah...
  • In the last few years, Brighton has seen many tattoo studios spring up like proverbial mushrooms. Maybe it is something to do with the laid back atmosphere that the town has or the large artist community that nestles amongst its cobbled ‘laines’. Whatever it is, Brighton plays host to many studios and one of...
  • “i have always loved symbolism, whether it be pagan, samurai, hindu or whatever, and old art. I like meanings to be hidden sometimes, and I also have always loved the style and glawmour of the 1930’s-1950’s. rita hayworth is one of the most stunning women ever to have graced a movie screen”   Tell us something...
  • Bright, Strong and Unique Tattoo Art Directly from the Art Gallery.   If you ever find yourself in Richmond, Virginia USA for whatever reason (as there are not many other reasons to go there, as it is stuck right in the middle of nowhere), be sure you check out a place called Ghostprint Gallery. Because what...
  • ‘The Godfather Of Modern Tattoo’. That’s a title which has been earned by a character of quite extraordinary vision and a legacy of work stretching decades, and Ed Hardy’s fusion of Japanese sensibilities and characteristics within his creations, coupled with his strive to bring tattooing to the upper echelons of...
  • The social and economic climate of Perestroika saw a young Saint Petersburg man drift into the punk scene. He started out scratching designs on his friends, so how does a wayward punk become one of Russia’s best tattooists? We decided to speak to George Bardadim and find out this and much more.   George is a...
  • Discovering Paris's Mystery Tattoo Club Easy Sacha recounts his journey from mere childhood fascination to the opening of his own tattoo shop in his native country of France. From doing his first tattoo with no professional machinery at the age of sixteen to opening up his own shop in Paris at thirty-five, tattoo...
  • 'Gabe' Cece is one of life’s cool dudes.  He doesn’t get flustered when working a show and always seems to have a level headedness about him that manages to keep all around him calm and relaxed; this includes his customers.  I first met Gabe in 2008 at the Paradise Gathering where I fell in love...
  • Unorthodox is one way of describing Marc Reidman, He is outspoken, honest and pulls no punches on the subjects he is passionate about.  Yet he is humble, gentle and retiring. Having had celebrity thrust upon him in certain circles he has bowed out of the limelight somewhat to concentrate on giving his clients...
  • Tell us where you grew up and what aspects of your childhood are most memorable. I was born in New York, raised in Chicago and attended the University Of Arizona in Tuscon. I studied art, drafting, and history. My childhood was a bit hellish. I got into trouble a bit, but that was mainly due to the bad influence of...
  • My first memory of tattoos is when I was a very small child on holiday in Blackpool. I was mesmerised by the shop with all the cool pictures and colours in the windows, I was aware of something dangerous though. I couldn’t understand why the men were coming out of this nice colourful shop bleeding. I asked my Dad...
  • You’ll be surprised where good tattoos can come from. There seems to be a bit of an upsurge in ‘private tattoo studios’ these days. These are warm and friendly, with an added ‘homely’ feel when compared to a high street tattoo studio. It must be a Leeds thing, as other great tattooing names also had private,...
  • Horiren is one of the top horishi in Japan, and certainly one of the few females in this industry. Her work is simply incredible to see in the flesh. Perfectly balanced and consistent, with gorgeous use of colours, and an eye for composition. Horiren is also one of the most flamboyant, and personable people in the...
  • I was born in Bridlington in 1971 and I have two elder sisters, one that lives in Cornwall and one in Manchester. When I was young we moved around quite a lot with my dad, living in Tenerife in the winter and Cornwall in the summer, eventually living permanently in Tenerife when I was about 10. I was lucky, having the...
  • Hawaii. Is there a more idyllic or fitting residence for a tattoo studio? Amy Wagner obviously agrees that it’s perfect and has carried on the art of tattooing on Sailor Jerry’s home turf.   It’s by no small coincidence that Honolulu resident Amy’s fledgling memories of tattoos came from her father and the...
  • I first came across Xavi's work back in 2005 while I was researching for a portrait tattoo. After making contact via MSN we went on to discuss tattooing techniques. His work and advice have greatly influenced the way I work today. It wasn’t until 2007 that we finally met face to face in Valencia (Spain). If I had to...
  • Skin Deep has a chat with Rolf... Where did you grow up and what were your interests and influences as a child? I was born in 1959 and grew up in a small town near Dortmund. On leaving school I studied computer science at the University of Dortmund. When I left university I began to explore other interests and this...
  • Growing up in Israel, the young Liorcifer wasn’t exactly surrounded by tattoos from which to draw his early inspiration. Tattooing is frowned upon by Jewish teachings (something regarded by many religious scholars as a response to pagan rituals) and he eventually found his starting point in the capital, Tel Aviv,...
  • Most people may not have heard of Cory Norris, although those who have are aware of his outstanding work and his professionalism, passion, and work ethic. Ever humble, he is one of the most open and honest men in the industry.    Cited by Jeff Gogue as a mentor, and a good friend of Aaron Cain, he has the...
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