Artist interview features

  • I shouldn’t have heroes in the art world. There should only be artists that I respect and admire whose work I appreciate, but if I was going to have a hero, Yann Black would be it – there’s nobody else on the face of the planet that could even tempt me into suggesting we conduct this interview in French: There’s a...
  • Now this is what we call work! In our continuing series of investigating the feminine form in all its tattooed glory, this issue, we bring you Alicia along with her amazing sleeves and back piece. When did you first become interested in tattoos and what was it that initiated your interest? "It wasn’t until my sister...
  • This past Spring, the award-winning Afro-American/Korean artist Phillip Spearman paid a rare visit to Europe attending conventions in both Breda and Amsterdam to show the world once more that Korean art should – and could - sit shoulder to shoulder with the more well known Japanese and Chinese styles.  With his ‘...
  • Meeting Shawn Barber at last year’s Art Tattoo Montreal convention was how I first discovered Barber’s portrait of Grime. The painting, which is part of Barber’s Tattooed Portraits series, depicts Grime in an eccentric ensemble of floral-printed shirt and striped trench coat, with signature styled hair and,...
  • It’s always a good feeling to come across somebody who walks it like they talk it. Ivonne Koerner – better known to the world at large as Miss Ivi – is one of those people. Stationed in Switzerland, close to the Italian border with her husband, together they man the good ship that is The Flying Dutchman – and when...
  • Mark Bailey can almost be classed as “one of the old school” tattooists, having spent close to twenty years tattooing. Ask anyone one who has even a passing interest in tattoos & body art, where Golden Dragon Tattoo studio is, and I can guarantee that all will know where the studio is situated. Mark is by now, a...
  • Danny Knight was receiving international acclaim in the tattoo industry, long before his South Coast buddies Ami James and Chris Nunez put tattooing on the television map. In a career that began in 1989 and has spanned over 20 years, moving from New York to Vegas, from Vegas to Florida. Danny Knight has worked hard...
  • To take a traditional image and update it with a bolder colour scheme is haute couture amongst so many artists, but Miss Arianna breathes individuality into each of her creations that sets them apart. She twists the structure of time-honoured motifs and forges them into flights of fancy that encompass whimsical...
  • Located in the lively seaside town of Torquay, Revolver Tattoo Rooms is a studio fast developing a growing reputation within the tattoo world. Warm, friendly and with a tardis like quality once you walk in through its front door, this is a unique world created by its colorful owner and lead tattoo artist Dave Perry. A...
  • When people ask me to name countries where tattoos are popular and places where you can see many great tattoo works; my mind goes places like, Japan, America, New Zealand, Borneo, but one place that would be last on my list of countries producing great tattoos is Venezuela.   One man who is single-handedly...
  • I first met Mark whilst he was working at the Brighton show this year and I was pleasantly surprised at his style of tattooing and artwork. Interestingly, Mark has clearly had some influences from the current school of graphical tattoos combined with realism and colour work that are in the spotlight these days. Guys...
  • In recent years, there has been an resurgence of tattoos done by the traditional methods in Europe; i.e. by hand, with a needle attached to a stick or rod. One exponent of this age-old craft is a chap who has spent his formative years under the tutelage of one Xed LeHead. Now with a pedigree like that, who can fail...
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    It’s a drizzly day in the seaside town of Brighton.  I struggle down the street with a flailing umbrella against the torrential wind and rain and dive into an unassuming shop in an unassuming street.   Here, I stand in a small empty room with laminate floors and fresh white walls with nothing but a lonely...
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    Amanda Ruby first came to our attention at the Halloween Bash in Devon, last year, with an exquisite black and grey leg piece that quite literally, stood out from the crowd. With parents who are both artistic and “financial whizzes”, Amanda’s career could have been influenced in either direction. Fortunately for us...
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    Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is a beautiful city with inspiring architecture and a rich history. It also happens to be the home of Angis Tattoos & Piercing. Although many people in the West perceive the country as very conservative; this perception is in many ways false. Master Giedrius opened his first...
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    Skin Deep first came across Marcus Korling whilst he was working at Tattoo Jam in 2008. Since then, he has been a regular guest at Triple Six Studios in Sunderland and now works a small selection of the UK shows.   Having witnessed his superb colour work, I caught up with him after the North Lakes convention,...
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    Located near the seafront in Bridlington, Identity Tattoo Studio greets you with a warm atmosphere, rife with joviality and team spirit. The studio, the interior a vibrant sunny yellow, boasts walls hinting at an insight into the creative mind of owner and tattooist, Jan Moat.     Jan has managed...
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    Jeff Ortega is the owner of Evil From The Needle, a characterful little studio situated slap bang in the middle of the melee of Camden Town. The shop is one among many in the alternative capital of London, but not all the shops in the area can boast the consistent quality of work that comes out of Evil.   ...
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    I first saw Mick sitting quietly drawing at last years Paradise Gathering show in the US. Mick had his head down, obviously engrossed in his work so I wandered past, not wanting to disturb him. Later that day, I saw the drawing that he had been working on and it was amazing.    This piqued my interest...
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    Polish tattooist Tommi from No Regrets in Cheltenham seems to have come from nowhere and just exploded onto the British tattoo scene in the past year, scooping many awards; including two hat tricks of trophies in the last six months alone. Tommi’s unquenchable thirst for tattooing knowledge continues but not to be...
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