Artist interview features

  • Some things are simply meant to be. In this exclusive feature, we hook up with M.Asaka, who, upon meeting with Horiyoshi III, decided he wanted to make these unbelievably stunning wood-cuts that echoed the beauty of the tattoos that came before… When you talk about traditional Japanese tattooing, it’s difficult not to...
  • One day a few years ago, a young Sean Herman walked up to a group of guys in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. He started a conversation and offered them some homemade sandwiches, as it had recently become a habit for him to head into the city to try and help those less fortunate than himself. One of the group took...
  • It’s only after sitting with Frank La Natra for the best part of a couple of hours that it dawns on me that we should have gone for a walk. Where would have been better to talk about the opening of Into The Woods, than in the biggest forest on the face of the planet. Then again, maybe it’s just as well… it’s a jungle...
  • The small town of Svendborg, located on the island of Funen in south-central Denmark, is not necessarily where you’d expect to find a tattooer who could spotlight as a comedian, and that is as good at conjuring up a Bob Dylan sleeve as he is at drawing on Eastern influences, his favourite. But then...
  • In the fourth part of our ongoing series looking at what artists get up to behind the scenes, this month we caught up with Brandon Heffron from Beloved Studios… The three images seen here caught our imagination when Brandon was flaunting them at the Paradise Tattoo Convention on his iPad. They were pretty cool to...
  • Once you’ve worked in the industry for two decades, created your own pin-up girl style, owned a studio for nearly a decade, released three books, two DVDs, and your own tattoo machine, landed a gig as head judge on Best Ink, and even created your own line of pomade, it’s safe to say, you no longer need an introduction...
  • The annual visits to Disneyworld as a kid conspired to make him fall in love with theme parks… not for the speed and excitement, but for the art. Today the American artist and tattooist, Pooch, mixes Walt Disney with H.R. Giger to create his own Coney Island on canvas. You instantly notice the love for roller coasters...
  • Nobody can deny the fistfuls of talent that Paul Booth has brought to the table over the years. But currently treading the boards at the Last Rites Tattoo Theatre and touring the US until there’s no stone left unturned, is Stefano Alcantara. One of the things you have to deal with in this line of work is being pursued...
  • Shodai Hokuo is one of the top artists of Japanese style work. Based in Kobe, his work is incredibly meticulous and realistic – the detail in his work creates an almost photographic quality and shows his absolute mastery at tebori-style tattooing. Perfectly balanced with delicate muted color usage, he is one of Japan’...
  • The internet, amongst a heave of pros and cons, has one particular standout pro – the freedom to trawl through a ton of mediocrity and be blessed by uncovering a real gem. That was how it was for me with my discovery of Scott Move. Generally when I’m so immediately taken with something I get suspicious. Usually...
  • Toni Moore is fast becoming one of the most recognisable faces out there for great tattoo work. Our man Scott Cole happened to be passing by at quite an opportune moment and returned with the swag you see here before you. It’s always quite a big deal when a tattoo artist gets hit by the idea that they should host...
  • My name is Dawnii Fantana. I’m a tattooist in Birmingham, UK. I’ve been tattooing for around ten years and have had my own studio, Painted Lady Tattoo Parlour, for four years. Like so many tattoo artists, my job pretty much consumes my life – I eat, sleep and breath tattooing, and when I’m not… then it’s all...
  • Maine based tattooist, Chad Chase, was flying low under my radar before being introduced to him by the guys at Formula 51. But at soon as I saw his work, I knew we had to get him on board big time… Chad’s realistic work is in a different league, a pure pleasure to look at, and his portfolio is packed full of solid...
  • Asked to describe himself in one word, California-based artist, Cecil Porter, chooses ‘lucky’ without skipping a beat. Tracing hundreds of comics in his youth didn’t hurt his career either. A talented, yet humble tattooer and art nerd, you know he’s got to be something special. “I’d have to say it was a result of my...
  • Imagine Tattoo, a little tattoo studio tucked away in the old police headquarters in a remote part of Singapore’s Chinatown, is home to tattoo artist, Ael Lim. Known for his amazing realism work, Ael has been tattooing since 2007… and we felt it was time to throw some questions at him and see what he came back with....
  • In keeping with our rummaging in the drawers for stockpiles of great art, here’s some after hours magic from our buddy, Piew Choquette, from Tatouage-Royal in Montreal – complete with colour commentary from the man himself. Bonjour, je m’appelle Piew. I’m a tattoo artist and a painter. I am most passionate about...
  • When you're Rask Opticon and you've dedicated the better part of the last 25 years to creating art, it should be no surprise that after conquering everything else, the natural progression of canvas would lead you to flesh… With the ever-growing street art and pop culture movements currently making waves across North...
  • Coming from a radical evangelical Christian family, passing through Transformers and discovering tattooing at the age of 14 in Colombia, a country still not fully open to the art form and oftentimes misunderstood by outsiders, Daniel Acosta León makes for an interesting interview subject to say the least. Brushing up...
  • The age of 12 is not usually a time when one begins experimenting with tattooing. Unless you’re Myke Chambers that is, then it’s just another day in the life… “When I was 12, my friends and I started giving each other stick and poke tattoos, but that was just what kids do at that age, I think,” says the Philadelphia-...
  • When the tattoo studio doors are closed, you’ll find some artists in the pub. Some though, you’ll find kicking out the jams in other ways – and as you would rightly imagine, we see one hell of a lot of those ‘other ways’ here. Maybe this will be an ongoing series. I’d like it to be. In our quest to bring the...
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