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  • A limitation in our language invites a question – if you were to hear someone referring to "My tattoos", would you assume they were referring to body decorations that they wear or the art works that they've created? Is it the ownership, or the authorship that is implied by this phrase? In a previous column, I referred...
  • With so many of us (on both sides of the studio door) investing our time and money in the glorious art, and only the foolish flaunting strict health and safety laws, we’ve started to take a lot for granted – then, a few weeks back, somebody asked us what tattooing ink actually consists of. Good question. Here’s the...
  • Everything you ever wanted to know - and some stuff you didn’t - but were afraid to ask. Let us begin... As you would expect, at Skin Deep we get extreme amounts of mail from people thinking about getting their first tattoo. That mail covers everything imaginable from asking us to recommend studios, artists, aftercare...
  • Hello everyone, I hope you’re marking the British summer by getting tattooed in between rain showers. I’ve been beavering away on my Edinburgh Fringe show as August rapidly approaches. If you happen to be in Edinburgh during the month of August do come and say hello. I’ll give you all the details at the end of this...
  • A recent article in The Independent, ostensibly about a charity providing tattoo removal services made a direct link between tattoos and self-harm. It was an average mainstream newspaper article, not favourable in its discussion of tattoos but not offensively critical either, however, one statement stood out:...
  • One man’s tragic obsession with the sillier side of tattooing... Last month I mentioned my new stomach tattoo and how ridiculously painful it was.  It did lead to much debate via email concerning how mind-bendingly painful it can be to have such a tender area tattooed.  I was quite relieved to find that...
  • A recent article in The Independent, ostensibly about a charity providing tattoo removal services made a direct link between tattoos and self-harm. It was an average mainstream newspaper article, not favourable in its discussion of tattoos but not offensively critical either, however, one statement stood out:"Tattoos...
  • Air your views or have a rant and we’ll give one letter a free, yes free, t-shirt! Aren’t we nice? Top Gear's Off Road Fall From Grace! Hi I normally do enjoy Top Gear, but was disappointed with the tattooing on the off road 4 x 4 test. I understand that there should always be a light hearted sense of fun - with...
  • Air your views or have a rant and we’ll give one letter a free, yes free, t-shirt! Aren’t we nice? Generation X and Y Dear Skin Deep, I would be happy to feature in your magazine. My daughter is 21 and has large tattoos and so do I. I also work in a professional environment which has helped some attitudes towards...
  • I had heard of PETA and their various print and public campaigns for years but it was only in 2009 when I read Dan’s memoir, “Committed”, that I learned about the man himself and what drove him to dedicate his life to this particular cause. Thanks to its crazy and often brutally honest animal rights...
  • This month has been very exciting for me as I’ve had the chance to catch up with an old friend that I haven’t seen for a while.  Even better, that same friend happens to be the person responsible for my video game girls sleeve – and you’ll note from the photographs around this column that is now finished and...
  • One man’s tragic obsession with the sillier side of tattooing... Hello again, dear Skin Deep reader.  Tis me, stand-up comedian Jim Smallman back once again with my columns-worth of tattoo-related mischief. My mum and dad are often bemused by my obsession with being tattooed.  I have a long standing...
  • I’ve just got back from ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas music festival – I’m still wearing the wristband – and my head is full of what for me was the stand-out performance of the weekend, Daniel Higgs. My interest in tattoos was merely embryonic when Daniel Higgs stopped tattooing, giving it up in order to better...
  • One man’s tragic obsession with the sillier side of tattooing... Hello once again, dear tattooed friends. Is me, Jim Smallman, stand-up comedian and seeker of the daftest ink known to man. This month I’ve had two small revelations concerning tattoos of my own.  The first concerned my frankly ridiculous and now...
  • When a painter sells a work of art, the ownership transfers to the buyer and it is clear to whom that painting now belongs. The buyer can display it or store it and often must insure it against theft or damage, for it is their painting. My column this month is dedicated to Shone Davis, 1973-2010: Authorship is...
  • One man’s tragic obsession with the sillier side of tattooing... Hello fellow tattoo fans, hope all is well with you. Seems the coolest thing to do this month (pun definitely intended) is to talk about Tattoo Freeze in Telford.  Was a cracking weekend and it’s nice to have something to look forward to so early in...
  • For me, art came first and writing came later, I began to write only when I needed a method for expressing the lessons that the art had taught me. I’ve spent the last ten years exploring, negotiating and examining the space and defining the relationship between fine art and tattoo art. And recently, British Sunday...
  • One man’s tragic obsession with the sillier side of tattooing... Hello and happy new month to you, tattoo lovers and lovers with tattoos. My focus for my column this month is less to do with pictures that you guys have submitted to me, but a subject that I’ve been thinking about a lot.  I’m currently writing my...
  • Air your views or have a rant and we’ll give one letter a free, yes free, t-shirt! Aren’t we nice? The Sorcerer's Apprentice Dear Skin Deep, I decided to get in touch with you after buying my first ever issue of Skin Deep (issue 194) and reading in it a letter someone had sent in. You see, I'm in a similar...
  • I got this email message in late last night. I was going to rewrite it but it says all it has to say by itself: Hi Sion I write in the hope of raising awareness to the recent earthquake in New Zealand. Sadly tattoo artist, Matti Makeekan from Southern Ink, lost his life, with his receptionist left with a...
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