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  • Monday afternoon’s news comes complete with wordplay not normally within my capabilities until a caffeine-fuelled Wednesday, and whilst it’s not exactly hot off the press, I thought it prudent to make fellow Brits aware that a great talent is about to depart our land.   Sarah Schor bids farewell to Edinburgh’s...
  • Truly sad news for tattoo aficionados everywhere reached us last week: the great Herbert Hoffman has passed away. Anybody who has met him enthuses over his kind nature and unwavering passion for tattooing, and he continued the work he loved until the very end. Herbert was a keen photographer and documented the tattoos...
  • Matt Shamah is best known for his ultra-crisp take on Americana and Japanese tattooing, but in addition to this, he’s also something of a bard. Mirologue is a collection of Matt’s prose that he regularly updates with thoughts and feelings spilled straight from the heart, and it’s uncompromising writing at its best....
  • Good news, everyone! Gomineko Books have announced the impending release of their latest and greatest tattoo tome: Japanese Buddhism x Horiyoshi III. It delves into the world of Buddhist deities and explains the iconography in enormous detail, with exquisite photography from Geoff Johnson and flowing text from Maki,...
  • It’s not in my nature to use a single source for news or inspiration, but this latest post from Eckel’s blog coincided with an incident to which I recently bore witness, so I've blogged him twice in a row! Bad form, I know, but it's worthwhile in this instance. The debate to which I refer occurred (as many do) after...
  • For those enamoured with the wonderful work of Eckel, now’s your time to bag a slot with the man himself. The books at Conspiracy Inc. are open and Eckel is taking tattoo orders for the next three months at his Copenhagen base of operations. Renowned for his beautifully saturated colours and attention to fine detail,...
  • The dust has finally settled after another sublime weekend on Merseyside at the 3rd Annual Liverpool Tattoo Convention, and we had an incredible time in the warm sunshine that bathed the venue over the two days. Our extensive coverage of the show will appear in Skin Deep 189 (on sale 24th August) but for now, here’s...
  • Having succumbed to liver failure last September and traversing a long road to recovery for the past few months, Matty No Times of Three Kings Tattoo is finding his feet once again. Unfortunately, Matty incurred enormous debts during his treatment (yet so many of us in the UK moan about the NHS – go figure) and is...
  • You! Yes, you! Do you know what day it is? Why, it’s the day before the Liverpool Tattoo Convention!   For starters, the list of international talent is packed full of legendary tattoo smiths: Dan Henk, Kyle Cotterman, Sebo, and Eckel are just a handful of those churning out beautiful tattoos this weekend,...
  • Our vast online home has been the subject of a dramatic overhaul over the past few months, with web monkeys busily integrating novel features and improving the flow and appearance of Big Tattoo Planet. At last, they are done, and as they relax with a well-earned banana and cup of PG Tips, we invite you to explore the...
  • There are just nine days left before the Liverpool Tattoo Convention bursts into life over the weekend of June 19th & 20th. Liverpool is undeniably one of the most original shows on the British calendar and the integration of tattoo duels, coupled with quirky compères and a crackling atmosphere, makes this a...
  • London’s Wellcome Collection begins a three-month-long exhibition tomorrow as it delves into the mysteries of the largest human organ: skin. Skin is divided into four themes (Objects, Marks, Impressions, and Afterlives) and it presents a philosophical perspective on each of these areas. Obviously, the one that piqued...
  • I will put my cards on the table straight away; I am not a qualified psychiatrist and my experience of self harm extends no further than picking the occasional scab.  I have never, to my knowledge, suffered from any mental health issues, although some may disagree. However, many people appear to have an...
  • Our American cousins may have already been treated to this History channel documentary that explores the power tattoos have in uniting individuals, but here in good ol’ Blighty, it’s finally our turn. The brainchild of industry mogul Mario Barth, Marked takes a particular look into the symbolism of tattooing amongst...
  • The irony of the content isn’t lost on me as I post this, but I see it as a simple repost rather than claiming it as my own work! Now that’s set the scene, I’ll leave you with Electric Pick’s latest blog entry, a rousing battle cry for the return of originality. Plagiarism "It’s awesome! It's the best thing ever! You...
  • On one of my regular journeys over to Tattoosday UK, I spotted this little gem of a link. Myke Chambers, of The Austin Tattoo Company fame, has a live feed linked into his website that shows him tattooing, live and raw. The link’s right here and you can keep tabs on his Americana creations coming to life if you’ve a...
  • Seeing as Paul Acker’s first trip to the UK is for Tattoo Jam (about which we’re horrifically excited), we thought we’d show off his work a little to anyone who isn’t familiar with the Philly philanthropist to the arts. Hyperrealism is his game and these shimmering examples of his work speak volumes. Whilst the USA...
  • The nominations are in and it’s time to vote for those who document the tattoo world! The nominees are laid out below (in no particular order) and voting is now live on the Liverpool Tattoo Convention website. Voting closes at midnight on June 6th and the winners will be announced at the show over the weekend of...
  • What’s not to like about Joe Capobianco’s work? It’s all good as far as we’re concerned, so imagine our irrepressible joy at the discovery of this lovely lady coming to life. Joe has joined forces with toy manufacturers Kidrobot to create a limited edition toy entitled ‘The Bride’, based on a Capo Girl that Joe...
  • A comprehensive guide for the tattoo enthusiast - 164 pages, hundreds of glossy images and expertly-written advice and commentary on the tattoo scene and industry, all perfectly bound and presented in a highly collectible publication. The Tattoo Bible is available to pre-order now and will be in shops and dispatched...
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