Artist interview features

  • We should go about getting a portrait exactly the same way as we would when we get any other tattoo. There are certain golden rules to follow including checking out various artists tattoo portfolios before we even consider getting some ink, along with checking their health department registrations and even TPI...
  • The tattoo style of the American artist Dan Henk is inspired by images from horror movies. He has used several designs of Jack Nicholson from the film The Shining and they look more eerie than in the movie itself. When Dan was 19 years old, he was a fanatic punk rocker. For him punk and horror are closely related....
  • Horiyoshi III is a living legend. For over 40 years now he has been working for bringing irezumi out from the underworld. In the 80’s, he was one of its modernizers. By introducing the machine in the hand-made tradition he revolutionized the world of tattooing. At 60 years old, in his studio located in Yokohama, he’s...
  • In the closed world of traditional Japanese tattooing, she’s one of the rare female tattoo artists in activity. Nevertheless, she first studied European art. Tattooing brought her back to Japanese culture. Many say, for the best.   Before painting skins you worked on walls, how did you change your job? I was 24...
  • Away from the great families of Irezumi, Horimyo works close to tradition. He’s one of the rare tattoo artists to work only with Tebori. Horimyo is a true Buddhist and under his fingers, Irezumi is a true act of faith.    For how long have you been tattooing? I’m 31 years old now and I have worked as a...
  • 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 style...
  • With a kind of frenetic energy not normally witnessed outside a nuclear reactor, Daveee is the original ‘bag of monkeys’, an artist brimming with a joie de vivre, a lust for life and tattooing that refuses to ever be dampened. Based in the Polish metropolis of Krakow, Daveee has worked his way around a number of...
  • The first time Henning Jorgensen became interested in tattoos was at the age of thirteen; he started his career at the age of eighteen, and worked his way up in the Danish and international tattoo scene to become one of the most highly regarded tattoo artists in the world. With over fifty international tattoo prizes...
  • Following an exhaustive world tour that saw her navigate the globe and grace the natives of many lands with her tattooing finery, Jo Harrison’s passport must have more stamps than Judith Chalmers’. Jo’s base of operations is Modern Body Art in Birmingham, a studio synonymous with excellent tattooing and quality,...
  • Sonya is one of those tattooists, who spends her time quietly working away in her small studio, putting out good, clean tattoos to a rather large and expanding base. Somewhat controversially she has Ludo her Samoyed puppy, which comes to work with her every day and lives in the reception area. Sonya says that the...
  • Picture the scene: I’m sitting down with Ramas drinking a cup of warm tea as he shows me his old tattoo machines, AC/DC’s ‘It’s A Long Way To The Top’ comes on the stereo and we both smile. It wasn’t until the conclusion of the interview that I realised how relevant this song was going to be to the stories I was about...
  • Have you donned a suitable pair of sunglasses? Good, because Tony Ciavarro’s work is bright enough to burn your retinas to a cinder, with colours so bright that they could well be Oxford dons! His eye-popping skin sorcery has ensured Tony’s place as one of the most revered artists in his field, so be assured that his...
  • Every now and then an artist appears on the scene that makes me sit up straight and gets my pulse racing. The moment I saw Doug’s work he got my full attention as his tattoos just seemed to jump off the skin at me. Doug and I passed emails to each other and he sent me more work and each time I opened his latest...
  • Sorayama’s demeanour is humble and friendly, and despite creating some of the most sexually explicit, and boundary pushing images in the art scene, he is extremely approachable. Sorayama’s studio is a cavalcade of toys and sexy women illustrations – a half completed Bettie Page lies on his desktop – while some of his...
  • On the evening of the 19th November 2008, we were invited to the opening of an exhibition at the prestigious bar, Cargo, situated in the heart of London’s trendy Shoreditch. The work displayed was that of Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins, (1911-1973), who is undoubtedly one of the world’s most influential figures in the...
  • Take one look at Jeremy MF Justice’s work and you can see where his influences and interests lie. Jeremy has been fixated by Japanese inspired art since looking at a book full of Japanese bodysuits at the age of eleven. From that day on he has strived to be the best tattooist he can, working on large, custom pieces to...
  • Bret Zarro is more than just a tattooist; he is a stunning canvas painter creating artwork in many mediums. He openly admits that when he’s awake, he’s either painting or tattooing. He really is a prolific artist and likes nothing more than spending his time creating works of art on both canvas and skin. One of Bret’s...
  • Making magic in the middle of nowhere I’ve been attracted to Roman’s work ever since I first laid eyes on it… pieces that scream of intensity and acute attention to detail. So I decided to spend a day in Southern California talking with this incredible artist about his life, his work, his drive for excellence, and the...
  • You would think with a moniker like Billy sports, and to see the intense, “don’t fuck with me” gaze emitting from photo imagery, that he is one dude not to cross. You would be mistaken in that preconceived notion, as Billy ‘The Bastard’ Hay is easily one of the most personable, gentle-natured tattoo artists I have...
  • Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like?I grew up in a little town just north of Durban, on the east coast of South Africa, the life there was pretty much all about the beach and surfing, a nice open kind of lifestyle, all good really. From an early age I was drawn towards art, and knew I would end up...
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