Artist interview features

  • No one even vaguely familiar with tattooing needs an introduction to this legendary custom shop. Headed by Paul Booth, the reigning master of dark and horror imagery, with his trademark black and grey style, this tattoo shop is a NYC institution. Despite his cult fan base, a legendary waiting list, and a lengthy list...
  • One of the worlds best tattoo artists is Shige from Yokohama, Japan. If you were one of the lucky ones who attended the London Tattoo Conventions in 2005 & 2006, you couldn’t have missed seeing Shige’s amazing work. He was the big award winner, winning with his colourful bodysuits. Even though he was competing...
  • Skin Deep talks to Matt Shamah, a resident at San Jose’s NS Kolectiv, but makes the sojourn out to the Three Tides Osaka shop in response to demand, with such frequency, that owner Masa considers him to be part of the family, rather than a guest. Matt is a traditionalist. Shunning fads for a formula that is ever...
  • Michael Rose has been on the british tattooing and convention scene for some considerable time and I’ve seen his work progress into a unique style that is incomparable to anyone else I can think of in the UK. Michael is one of those guys that is so passionate about tattooing that he eats, drinks and sleeps tattoos....
  • Whilst idly flicking through myspace, cheek resting on hand, elbow resting on desk, cuppa slowly getting cold, winter blues defiantly setting in; I saw a post from the team at Thou Art in Sheffield advertising a guy called Math who was over at the beginning of December from France. I had never heard of the guy, as I’m...
  • Isn’t the World Wide Web a wonderful place? As a magazine editor, it gives me an almost limitless source of new artists and access to work that otherwise I might not have seen. The artist before you was one of those ‘finds’ that I happened across whilst surfing the net.   The moment I opened Ryan’s photo folder...
  • Andy Engel is one of the best known and most respected German tattoo artists, not only because he has been around for more than 15 years now, but because he is famous for his great portraits and for his very own way caring about people, especially his customers. Germany’s number one Portrait Artist did it all by...
  • The name Steve Byrne has become synonymous with both high-quality tattooing and a punishing work schedule. All his hard work has paid off as he currently runs his own private studio in Leeds and has regular guest spots in London, Stirling and New York. Somehow Steve still had time to talk to Skin Deep about the...
  • Whilst working at the second London Tattoo convention I had the Skin Deep stand set up directly opposite the Hand Tapping room, which also housed a superb collection of Chinese traditional prints.   I wandered in and out of this large room many times over the course of the weekend  and the one sound that...
  • Shawn Barber is an artist with an incredible vision and passion for tattoos, tattooists and the tools of their trade. Shawn somehow manages to capture the soul of his subjects and looks at the subject of tattooing in a new and refreshing way.   His work has recently found it’s way onto the hit TV series Miami...
  • Tokyo. A few square meters upstairs in a common building near the railway tracks, his studio carefully sealed, windows blinded, Horitada keeps up his anonymity.   In Japan, to live peacefully, many tattoo artists prefer to stay hidden. Surprisingly, when wearing kimono, Horitada also wears a solid, rockabilly...
  • How did you get into tattoos and when did you first realise you wanted to become a tattooist? I got my first tattoo whilst still at university, when I was studying for a degree in media. The plan was for me to get a job writing about film when I graduated. However, this all changed when I first went to into a tattoo...
  • Lea Nahon hails from the same idealistic school of thought as many of her Gallic amies, taking tattooing away from traditional form and composition in favour of a freer and looser approach. Please don’t mistake such terms as a detriment to the quality of Lea’s work; as is plainly clear from these pages, her technique...
  • Thailand with its beauty and colorful culture is a country in South East Asia that is hiding its true riches away from the common tourists. It’s when you start looking a little deeper that you‘ll find the true essence of the spirit that shapes the life of man in this spectacular Kingdom with Bangkok, the “City of...
  • Anyone checking out American tattoo magazines over the last few years will already be familiar with Joshua Carlton’s work. Recently, his work has been springing up more and more in UK magazines, and also on tattoo websites. His beautiful realistic renditions are instantly recognizable. Joshua has managed to perfect...
  • The art of Scarification is a relatively new form of body art in Western cultures. Pioneers of this extreme form of body modification are few are far between but innovators like Lukas Zpira, Quentin from Tusk and Ryan Ouellette have made it their mission to bring scarification into the twenty first century. Skin Deep...
  • Nathan Kostechko has been making waves in the US tattoo scene, with an almost unbelievable set of skills for someone who has only been tattooing for 4 years. His realistic tattoos are vibrant, and punchy, but are also simple, sophisticated, and well executed. Recently going independent, opening his own studio called...
  • Seven years ago we met the Belgian artist Shad for the first time in his studio ‘Hannya Tattoo’ in Brussels. He has a background as a graffiti-and airbrush artist and makes some remarkable Japanese style tattoos.   He has a good reputation in tattooing Hannya-masks and is also a prolific painter.  After our...
  • Times are changing at a very fast pace in virtually every walk of life and that includes the world of tattooing and body modification. I can remember (and not that long ago either) when I used to get starred at walking down the street because I had nearly full sleeves; today no one bats an eyelid.   So what used...
  • Skin Deep talks to Lewis Hess who is a home artist at Atlas, a popular, and highly regarded shop in Portland, on the West Coast. A self proclaimed all rounder tattoo artist, with 14 years experience, his knowledge of tattooing is evident in his strong consistent work. Hess’s work is executed with a clean style that...
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