Artist interview features

  • Middlesbrough - doesn’t really strike home as being a place that is a hub for producing stunning tattoos does it? If you say London, there are more than a handful of studios and artists putting good tattoos out there, Birmingham is another place that has a history for good tattooing as does Leeds; but Middlesbrough –...
  • There I was working away at my desk putting together another issue of Skin Deep magazine when an email came through from a chap called Mickey Hall. Mickey is the owner of a tattoo studio in Dagenham call Ki Ink and Steel and he sent me the email to let me know that chap by the name of Dan Marshall would be guesting...
  • Jondix is one of Spain’s great tattoo artists, and certainly one of the top protagonists of Eastern religious and esoteric tattoos, with a highly sophisticated ability to make superbly detailed mantras, geometry, knots and mendhi-influenced patterning that is both powerful and dark, yet elegant and beautiful. His...
  • Sam Boyce was the biggest influence on me when I first started tattooing. He helped me more than anyone else did and we worked together for a year in the early nineties. In 1994, Sam left Sheffield and set out for a new life in Germany. He’d been offered a job at Kevin Heath’s Exclusive Tattoos. Sam stayed at...
  • In a city inhabited by over 19 million people and renowned for its sterling reputation as a global hub of the arts world, it is a given that much of the world's top tattoo talent would be concentrated in New York City, with shops such as Last Rites, Flyrite, Invisible, Saved, Fun City, Fineline and Daredevil housing...
  • Invisible NYC, headed by Troy Denning, is an elite tattoo studio and art gallery in a stellar lower east side location with some of the best artists in the industry. The place is slick and clean, and the gallery constantly shows the work of various contemporary, urban artists. True to the title, the tattooing takes...
  • Scott Campbell is renowned for his clean tattoos that have a timeless aesthetic and are executed with technical perfection. His lettering, ornamental work and Dia de los Muertos motifs are simply exquisite. This Brooklyn shop stands out for its chic boutique atmosphere, so much so that the space looks like a Haute...
  • Chris O’Donnell is a tattoo artist with 15 years experience and a leading light in the tattoo world renowned for Eastern religious iconography, old school Americana, and a distinct talent for Japanese. Working out of the legendary NY Adorned’s newly born sister shop in Brooklyn, we caught some time with the humble...
  • So there I was sitting by the bar at the State of the Art pre-show party this year and a very pretty girl walks by (well it is my job to look at people!) and I was immediately drawn to the top of her arm where I saw a wonderful old school owl astride a skull design, resplendent in eye-watering colours. The piece was...
  • If you're looking for some original artwork to brighten up your tattoo studio or home, you could do a lot worse than opting for one of Belfast born Terry Bradley's paintings (or prints if you don't happen to have 10K going spare) Terry’s unique style of painting has earned him a place as one of Ireland’s most...
  • You will probably have heard of Xed Lehead and Cory Ferguson as experts of geometric dot work tattoos but there is another tattooist who has been pushing the boundaries of this very graphic style of tattoo for quite some time now. He is a very well travelled and self-effacing chap who quietly gets on with his craft....
  • There’s an oft-quoted statement that reads ‘Art provokes debate’, and debate is assured when you create the kind of tattoos that Lionel Fahy does. The Frenchman’s minimalist, almost childlike approach to tattooing has been received with either admiration or revulsion; few respond to his work with apathy. His tattooing...
  • There have been some truly groundbreaking studios over the past few years that have elevated tattooing to dizzying heights at a furious pace, and the NewSkool Kolectiv were one of these luminaries. Paco was one of the founding fathers of NSK and along with Adrian Lee blazed a trail that continually astounded the...
  • My leg is screaming, and I am exhausted. I have just spent six hours under the buzzing machines of Rob Sutherland. His shop, Tattoo Living Image, rests quietly in Maritime Greenwich, just to the south east of London town. It was a bit of a trek for me from the beaches of California, but well worth every penny. Rob...
  • Tim Kern is an artist known for his realistic horror tattoos, and macabre designs - in his words, “The more fucked up the better”. One of the most popular artists of the New York tattooing scene and formerly of the legendary shop Last Rites, he now has his own shop, Tribulation, in Manhattan’s East Village which will...
  • It’s no secret that tattooists are prolific artists and when not tattooing, many find it a compulsion to continue to channel their artistic talents onto paper and canvas. Indeed many tattooists these days don’t just stop at these mediums. I have seen skateboard decks, guitars even toilet seats adorned from the hands...
  • “I started out tattooing in Detroit in the summer of 1997. I had been working at a punk/leather shop for a number of years and had dropped out of art school. I was looking for a new job that was geared more towards utilizing my artistic abilities.” I had my doubts as to what direction this would lead, as I really wasn...
  • The term ‘Pin Up’ first came into use in the 1940s with film actresses such as Theda Bara gracing the silent screen and Betty Garble ready to jump out from many a soldiers’ locker in World War Two. These women along with many others inspired the minds of many artists. -The ‘Gibson Girl’ by Charles Dana Gibson opened a...
  • There are certain artists whose work just stands out, be it for their exquisite technique, contentious subject matter, or even their ability to engage your fullest attention and capture your imagination. Katriona Godward’s art ticks the boxes of all of the above, encapsulating as she does a very distinct and...
  • I first met Terry some four years ago when I paid a visit to Alan Hale’s studio, Alzone in Gloucester. He was just hanging out and taking it easy and I thought he was one of Al’s customers. Little did I know at the time that Terry was slowly building up his tattoo confidence and gleaning some valuable advice from Al....
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