Artist interview features

  • I had worked in fetish clubs, been a stripper, worked in sex shops, sex shops are great, and I’m a sleazy kind of person. Ashley  You are an undisputedly strong woman. What were you like as a child and what were the influences that shaped your personality.  Laura  I was bullied relentlessly...
  • Tattoo City is in Cuba Mall, the funkiest part of Wellington, New Zealand. Vibrant, full of cafes and pubs, eclectic stores and eclectic people, it’s a shrinking part of Wellington the developers haven’t got to yet. I walk up the mall, past the Bucket Fountain (made infamous by Elijah Wood) and find the dark doorway...
  • Every now and then an artist pops into my field of vision and literally makes me stop in my tracks and go: “Wow!” put down my mug of tea and frantically start searching for more examples of that artist’s work. Tanane Whitfield is one of those artists.  A good friend sent me a quick message saying “Check...
  • Even if you aren’t yet familiar with the name Susana Alonso, you are sure to have admired the artwork of this talented and lovely lady, for it is she who designed the striking and original ‘old and new pier’ themed posters for January’s Brighton Tattoo Convention and has increasingly been undertaking commissions of...
  • It is hard enough to get into the tattoo industry even at the best of times; there are many doors that get slammed in prospective apprentices’ faces and only those who show real guts and determination to succeed do so. But to get into an industry where your folks have been at the pinnacles of their career for years...
  • A tattooist on a road less travelled... One of the big attractions of being a tattooist is the flexibility to move about the globe with no or little paraphernalia to slow them down. They can move from town to town, from city to city, from continent to continent doing what they do best – tattooing and get up and...
  • Petra, tattoo artist and leader of the Amazon Tattoo studio in Oberhausen in Germany, is someone that many people would remember from some tattoo conventions, but she is probably more recognisable from various magazine covers. Not necessary from the covers of tattoo magazines, but for many people her face is more...
  • Whether he’s inking or oiling, Guy Aitchison fills a mean canvas. A co-founder of Art Fusion with Paul Booth from Last Rites Tattoo in New York, this artist is on a mission. Skin Deep gets down to basics and finds out what this talented artist is all about. Why Tattooing? Was it something you...
  • “Jackanese” Tattoo Master.  There are plenty of tattooists that tattoo Japanese Motifs and then there is Jack Mosher. Jack has more than put his own stamp on the often copied but rarely bettered Japanese iconography. Jack aka Horimouja, has carved a unique career for himself by not following the herd and is proud...
  • I first met Tom Strom at last year’s Paradise Gathering convention in upstate New York. To be honest, and I'm embarrassed to say this, but I didn’t realise he was a tattooist until I came across his booth. Prior to meeting him, I had spent a good hour or two mesmerised by some paintings of Tom’s in another room at the...
  • Shane Tan or ‘Horinaka’ is a man on a constant quest, to not only improve his tattooing sills but also to fill his life with experiences that enrich him. Working with artists from all over the planet, Shane says that this part of his nomadic lifestyle is paramount to his self-improvement as a tattoo artist in both...
  • I met a girl by the name of Heidi while covering the Granite City Tattoo Convention in Aberdeen in 2005.  She was a lovely girl who had the most amazing black and grey shaded fantasy Tattoo covering the whole of her back, which was visible to all under a backless dress.I immediately caught her attention and asked...
  • Japan’s trendy shopping district of Daikanyama is usually the domain of chic fashionistas looking for the latest in hip garb or lolling around in cafes and salons. However, on the 1st of April the event space Ballroom hosted Japan’s first all female tattoo artist event “Love and Tattoo”, that saw 11 artists from all...
  • For those who didn’t see your previous profile in Skin Deep some years ago, tell us something about your life and background prior to your becoming a tattooist.   Nothing too exciting to report. I had a lot of fun through the eighties, working off and on in various jobs such as drain cleaning, TV installer...
  • I met the Austrian artist and painter Waldi for the first time in 1998 during a tattoo convention in Castrop Rauxel, Germany. I was very impressed by his colourful, biomechanical style but without its lugubrious feelings of the Jugendstil (Art Nouveau Movement) from Vienna. Since 1998, vibrant colours have visually...
  • So Fil says to me,” Do you want to buy my car or what?” which sort of forced my hand. Whilst at the tattoo studio I had been talking with Fil, one of the other tattooists who works here with me, about doing an airbrushed tattoo paint job on his Yank tank. Sort of New-Skool style with lots of colour but unlikely to get...
  • St. Petersburg, Russia. I go there every summer to see my family and friends and for the past five years it looks, sounds and tastes almost the same: car stereos blasting full volume, clubs packed to the rafters, DJs sweating it out, smokes that rips your lungs apart and drinks that spare no liver. Something...
  • Being able to say that you work out from Tokyo, Japans biggest city and capital is a big plus for most business minded people over here. Mention that you are running your trade in Osaka, the second largest city or in Nagoya or Kobe and people might be taken by surprise by the lack of knowledge or information from...
  •   Roey Pentagram takes the time to talk to Skin Deep magazine. Can you tell us a little about your childhood?I was born in Israel, 29 years ago, to a religious Jewish family. From the moment I learnt how to hold a pencil in my hand, it was clear to everyone that I was going to be an artist. I used to draw on...
  • Mike DeVries is a relative newcomer to the world of tattooing, having only been plying his chosen profession for three or so years. Prior to becoming a full-time tattooist, Mike worked in construction and was glad to get out of that game. He gave me a brief resume of his life prior to ‘getting on the right path’....
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