Artist interview features

  • I first came across Sam and his wonderful work whilst covering the first Liverpool Tattoo Convention; wandering past the various artists’ booths I was stopped in my tracks by his portfolio. His work is very distinct but at the same time is diverse in its style. Sam manages to create tattoos with such gentle tones and...
  • Kamil Mocet began his career just five years ago in the Polish city of Krakow, finding himself an apprenticeship after graduating from the Kielce School of Art. A year later, he arrived in England and took up residency at the legendary Evil From The Needle studio on London’s Camden High Street alongside Jeff Ortega,...
  • My first memory of anyone with tattoos was in Cape Town, South Africa as a child of about five, when we were driving through the city and I spotted a longhaired fellow wearing a vest top, and his arms were covered with old school fridge magnet tattoos. I asked my mother why this person had drawn all over himself and...
  • One of the best things about my job as editor is the fact that I get to see some of the best tattoos from all corners of the globe. As we all know, tattooing is a global phenomena and influences come from many sources. I get to see all sorts of styles and techniques too; some impress me more than others but I have to...
  • Kipod Tattoo is a unique place run by equally unique people; the guys are Russian by birth and Jewish by faith, which makes for a rather captivating story, and not least because they ply their trade in Israel’s capital city, Tel Aviv. As with all of the Abrahamic religions, Judaism doesn’t look too kindly upon...
  • Working within this wonderful industry, I get to met some really talented people including a lot of tattooists, many of whom are great artists in their own right. Many producing eye-wateringly beautiful paintings and drawings as well as stunning tattoo work. Sometimes I have to stop myself from getting too complacent...
  • Alex De Pase excels at his chosen discipline; he doesn’t just capture realism in his tattoos, he manages to find the very essence of each character and amplify it. His use of light is simply remarkable and it breathes the life and depth into his tattoos that affords them such resonance. Based in the harbour town of...
  • In the small and picturesque city of White Bear Lake in Minneapolis, you will find the Get To The Point Tattoos studio. Inside resides Matt Lampi, an artist who is both articulate and passionate about his work. Matt alters perceptions of the norm when he designs each new piece, and as he adds touches of the twisted...
  • Policheri’s tattoos are like paintings on the skin and his use of colour and sharp perspectives are striking. “I was interested in art from a young age,” Policheri tells me. “Twelve and a half years ago I started tattooing; I was 19. Before I started, I was at a dance academy but tattooing was more attractive to me. I...
  • We’d like to introduce you all to Léa Vendetta, a beautifully decorated lady who’s quite handy with some needles and a few pots of ink. Born in Paris, Léa crossed the pond in 1995 and is now residing in the sunnier climes of Florida’s Key West. She’s been creating art for most of her life and works out of Paradise...
  • The ultra-talented and well-traveled tattoo artist Electric Pick has some strong views on so-called custom tattooists saying that originality is everything. He has firmly put his stamp on the tattoo world with his unique style that is firmly routed in the art of comic books and as such constantly produces stunning...
  • When you think about new and old school tattooing, a few names spring to mind like Rudy Fritsch, Amanda Toy in New York and Paul Slifer from Red Hot and Blue in Scotland amongst others. But probably the most well known artist of this style is a chap by the name of Phil Kyle. Phil is a passionate advocate of...
  • Chopstick Tattoo are one of the most famous and established shops in Japan- known for both their quality, and originality, their artists (Ton, Kozuru, Nattsu, Nissaco, Magoshi, Wataru and Benny) are considered to be some of the top tattooists in Japan. They are probably snatching the large majority of the visiting...
  • From humble beginnings in Brooklyn, Vincent Castiglia has worked hard to achieve global recognition in the creation of surrealism, visionary and transpersonal art. His work seeks a seamless truth within the desperation of the human condition - an attempt to decode for Castiglia himself, the absurdity of the individual...
  • Upon first meeting Joe, you come to the conclusion that he is a quiet, unassuming guy with a soft, treacly Irish accent and piercing blue eyes. What you don’t see straight away, but it becomes immediately obvious is that behind those eyes is a devilish sense of humour and a passion for life, but most importantly,...
  • Until recently Jeff was a relatively unknown name on the UK tattoo scene. His first visit to the first London Tattoo convention saw him walking away with a handful of trophies, which included coming second to the likes of Shige; no mean feat by any standards.   Jeff has since been a regular at the London shows...
  • Virginia. First discovered by Sir Walter Raleigh and named by Queen Elizabeth. Cue potatoes and tobacco for Britain. Fast-forward through several centuries and a couple of civil wars to modern day Virginia Beach, home to Chris Garcia and the Ink Gallery studio. His range of intensively detailed work encompasses...
  • Recently I was invited to a friend’s end of year show at Chester University. Cath – the friend in question - had studied for her Fine Art Degree for three years and this was hers and the other students’ chance to show off their talents. Cath is an apprentice tattooist working under the tutelage of Jon from Vivid...
  • Bez has turned quite a few heads during his short time tattooing and his Triple Six Studios in Sunderland has already become synonymous with jaw-dropping work. Bez is a keen advocate of Neuma’s pneumatic tattoo machines and if his tattooing is anything to go by, the Neuma may well be the future. We caught up with the...
  • When the phrase “Don’t judge a book by its cover” was coined I think they had people like Jin in mind. At first glance she appears a demure, petite and delicate Asian lady. Within the first 5 minutes in her company you discover a lively, enthusiastic woman, with a ready laugh and a huge passion for tattooing. After a...
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