Skin Deep 195

Three luchadores, two hotels and one piano – it could only be Tattoo Freeze. We’ll be covering the event in its entirety next issue but it would be remiss of me not to lead in with some comments about it here. With the exception of Buena Vista Tattoo Club who couldn’t make it because the lovely Simone was really, really sick, everybody made it intact. I don’t want to fire all of my guns at once, that can wait for the complete show review next month, but I would like to say – on behalf of all of us - thanks to everybody who came to the event and made it such a success, thanks to the artists who, without exception, all worked themselves into the ground, thanks to the graffiti guys, the traders and last but not least, whoever it was that kept going to the supermarket for supplies.

Without you all, it wouldn’t have been half the show it was. Roll on The Jam!

Last issue, we ran a letter from a reader (Gail) about how she and her daughter would like to see/appear in a feature on mothers and daughters, maybe discussing the generation gap and their art. I actually thought this was a pretty good idea and then put it to one side to address the Freeze event. Stone me if I didn’t get back to find not one, not two, but three letters all about the same thing prompted by Gail’s letter. It’s great to see a group of people all wanting the same thing for a positive reason – and if that’s what the readers want, that’s what the readers will get – stay tuned while we gather our senses and set about it – all in the best possible taste of course! If there’s more of you out there with a similar mindset who would like to feature in the article, drop me a line and we’ll see what we can come up with. (May the Gods be gentle with me…)

What else has happened while I had my back turned for five minutes? Well, Carly took it upon herself to redesign our little sister magazine Skin Shots – she’s looking good too – the mag, not Carly. Hang on - this is one big hole I’ve started to dig myself now.

Anyway, one of the big things that came about from doing that was how much we rely on tattooists mailing in new discs all the time to put it together – while we obviously still want that (and more of them please – if you’ve never mailed us with your work, what the hell are you waiting for!), we also want more work from our readers. To accommodate this, we’re busy working on an online “mechanism” that will work for both you and us. In a Field of Dreams kind of way, we figured “you build it and they will come”. Watch this space as well.

See – I don’t spend every single day looking for a Great Dane to hang out with and watch Doctor Who re-runs...


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