Artist interview features

  • Traditional Tebori Artist  On top of a tatami straw lain room lies a Japanese man of robust build, sweating a little, but lying perfectly still, while another man, slightly smaller and slightly younger, lightly taps into his skin with a bamboo rod, continuing the deft light to dark gradations that cover his skin...
  • EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Kat Von D - is the new addition to the hit American TV show Miami Ink. Kat not only brings a touch of glamour to the show but her tattooing and in particularly her Black and Grey work is astounding. Skin Deep managed to catch  up with this very talented  tattooist on a recent visit to...
  • So how does one school teacher from Wales go halfway around the world to become one of Australia’s hottest tattoo properties? Skin Deep caught up with Suzi Q to find out…Suzi Q, how on earth did you get from School teacher to Tattoo Artist? Teaching to me seems like a former life – even though it’s only 6 years...
  • To most aficionados of tattoos and street culture, Mr Cartoon’s work needs no introduction. Aside from tattooing a large chunk of America’s hip hop stars and numerous platinum artists, Cartoon is a multi disciplined artist and designer, and has an established name as one of LA’s top mural artists.   Cartoon has...
  • Almost from the first day of taking over the mantel at Skin Deep, I can remember seeing Pepp’s work, there’s just something about his style that stays with you for a very long time and it is in a class all of its own. His portraiture work is stunning and his colour work is incredible.   Pepp is one of British...
  • Larry Brogan’s tattooing has always had my jaw dropping at the quality of his work. Whether it’s a black and grey portrait, a vibrant colour work of cartoon art or a photorealistic wildlife piece, Larry never ceases to amaze. His subjects are as diverse as his customers with topics ranging from tattooed nuns to scenes...
  • I first came across Dan Dimattia’s work when we used a photograph of Dan’s wife Marisa on the cover of Skin Shots International a couple of years ago. Marisa looked stunning with her full sleeves of black tribal work consisting of biometric patterns interspersed with Eastern influences. Dan’s work is not just your...
  • A geisha girl tattooed against a background of water in clear New School-colours. A mix of Japanese and New School influences tattooed by Andy of Mystery Touch Tattoo from Gleisdorf, Austria. Andy is an incredible all-round tattoo artist who was taught the profession of tattooing by Mario Barth from New Jersey. His...
  • Facts and figures:  Studied b-Tec graphic design for a couple of years, finished in ‘89 did a bit of technical illustration, in the days before everything was done on computers. I then started tattooing in 1991 for Johnny sparks at the age of 19. So far I have worked in seven different countries on three...
  • The Polish/Austrian female tattoo artist Osa is the daughter of the well-respected artist Waldi whose work we featured in Skin Deep some time ago. Just like her father she combines the art of tattooing and painting to equally good effect. “Tattooing starts with drawing and painting” she says. Together with Waldi she...
  • 4am, that’s the time I had to get up to get my latest tattoo. I don’t usually go to bed until at least 3 - 4 o clock so it was a real struggle. A struggle, but one that was well worth it…   The last time I was tattooed was in 1997 when I splashed out and got ink from three of my all time favourite tattooists-...
  • An interview with Paula....   What were your interests as child and what did you think or hope that you would do for a career when you grew up? I had a fairly conventional childhood. I played with dolls and like dressing up. I spent the weekends with my dad and enjoyed nothing more than looking at his tattoos...
  • Asakusa is a downtown area in Tokyo that houses the city’s oldest temple and is home to many traditional artisans, teashops and small eateries. If you can ignore the hoards of tourists that somewhat kill its pseudo Japanesey vibe that its so famous for, you can see small craft shops, that sell their creations from...
  • In the paradoxical idyllic urban landscape that only Orange County could offer lives Alexis Vaatete, resident tattooist at Orange County Inkhouse. Refusing to be classified as a specialist in one style, Alexis seems far more content to free his talents up by harnessing a looser, delicate approach and seeks to push the...
  • Tattoo Joe is you could say is a “Man of many “Colours.”  He doesn’t use his last name and states, “I don’t have to.” When you go to a Studio to get some work done, of course the Artist working on you will be wearing ink, but so far in my travels Tattoo Joe has taken it to the max.   Sure, you can find “The...
  • Saving Grace Ollie is a man on a mission, his mission seems to be to soak up as much tattooing knowledge as possible. His thirst for tattooing means he travels the globe working at many differing studios and tattoo conventions and this comes across in his work. Look closely at his tattoo work and you can see shades of...
  • There is a regular member of the Skin Deep website forum by the name of Dan James. He started to put some examples of his work on the forum and I was immediately impressed with the quality of his work. Dan is one of a new breed of young tattooists who, I feel, are brining a fresh approach and a renewed interest to the...
  • She was the strange girl in middle school, with drawings on her legs. She progressed to drawing on others with lipsticks, markers and anything to hand. So it is no surprise that at the age of 23, Karrie Rosenbaum is a tattooist and artist. And a talented one at that, working at Ink Slingers Tattoo, 472-B Western Blvd...
  • Working for Skin Deep magazine means I get to see lots of tattoo work, either sent to me on disc or as photographs. One of the most prolific senders of tattoo work is Leigh Oldcorn from Cosmic Tattoo.   There isn’t a month that goes by without Leigh posting me new images of his tattoos. Over the last three...
  • Uncle Allan is a 28-year-old Danish tattoo artist and proud owner of the well-known tattoo shop Conspiracy Inc, located in central Copenhagen.   Allan’s story starts in a small town in the country, where people weren’t tattooed, and if they were, they sure kept it to themselves.   He always had a big...
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