Artist interview features

  • I believe there are two things that define us in life – the events that happen to us and how we react to those events. We can either use these events to learn and ultimately shape us for the better, or we can let them consume and destroy us. Jeremiah Beshears is one of those people who took his crazy childhood and...
  • The city of York loves a good invasion. It’s used to it: over the centuries, the northern stronghold has been ripped apart by Romans, vandalised by Vikings, and smashed to bits by Scots. Nowadays the main threat comes from marauding hen parties, but there’s been another occupying force gathering in number in the shape...
  • In a world that gets smaller with every passing hour, little things can make your day, such as this exclusive photoset and tasty personal narrative from our man in New Yawk, David Marden. One of the things I revel in when it comes to my job is the variety of people I get to meet and interact with. Some leave positive...
  • As ever, stumbling across things you love by accident is far more pleasing than when somebody puts it beneath your nose and tells you how great they thought it was. Such is the case with Math. Evil genius or brilliant scientist? That’s for you to decide… make the discovery. Normally, with a look into an artist’s life...
  • Hiding out in a tiny village in the mountains of Bavaria, south Germany, Florian Karg has been quietly banging out tattoos that have been impressing collectors the world over. We managed to infiltrate this, normally private tattooist’s lair, getting him to wax lyrical about his amazing work. So, first off, how did...
  • Quite publicly, I have gone on record as saying great writers are born not made. Sure, I’ve taken my fair share of heat – normally from students staring down the barrel of £30k of debt – but I still believe it to be true. When the money runs out, who will you find still writing? The born or the made? The same is true...
  • I’ve known Chantale Coady going on two years now and every time I’ve seen her she has either been bent over a stencil sheet coming up with a killer design or laying some ink down on a very happy client. And at other times, it’s her name popping up on competition winner lists at conventions around the globe that...
  • Ever feel like you should have been born somewhere else? I’ve always adored New York and all it has to offer – it’s kind of like a home from home. On this particular day in history, I just so happened to cross paths with a certain Mr Dave DeVries, someone I have previously had to admire only from afar… Sacred Gallery...
  • Once in a while, you can come across an apprentice who has taken the bull by the horns and risen to the occasion. It has to be said that an apprentice is only as good as their mentor will let them fly, so in this case, we must tip our hats to Iain Stanfield at Mother of all Sins for taking Lil’ Vicki Norton to – we...
  • A ‘jail dude’ inspired Lasse Sjöroos at Individual Ink in Turku, Finland, to build his own tattoo machine. His first tattoo was a horrible tribal star that looked more like a ninja star, but 16 years later he’s one of Finland’s best tattooists when it comes to portraits and realism. Lasse Sjöroos started tattooing by...
  • In every city, around every corner, talented folks with interesting tattoos and compelling stories to accompany them are just waiting to be pestered by Skin Deep staffers. Designer toy revolutionary Frank Kozik is no exception. Born in Madrid, Spain, but calling the United States home since the age of 14, Kozik is...
  • Jessa Huebing-Reitinger was born in Wisconsin in 1971. At the age of nine, she moved to Florida and began painting using soft pastels. Two years later and she had sold her first commission and become a professional artist. Not bad going for a 12-year-old! Ten years later and Jessa had graduated from Kansas City Art...
  • Spending years immersed in the tattoo industry can put anyone in danger of monotony and it takes a special someone to restore faith. Tattoo prophet, anyone? Equipped with crazy talent and uncanny entertainment value, Mike Moses is the man for the job, but don’t take my word for it… There was an instance in...
  • Enter if you will into this peculiar homage Paul Koudounaris gives to the Grim Reaper with his erudite and amazingly illustrated book, The Empire of Death… Essentially, The Empire of Death is the culmination of what happened when American, Paul Koudounaris, dedicated five years of his life to researching the spread of...
  • I swear I only asked one question. One simple question and Ferank was away like a high-speed train carrying royalty. Maybe he is. Thus, in the spirit of the way the interview turned out, I find it best to simply hand over the pen and let the master get on with it.   It all starts with just one dot. This is true...
  • You know you have a cult following when you have a section on your website specifically for fans to upload images of their interpretations of your work. Fetish artist, Brian M. Viveros, is one such painter. Just check out Under Your Skin and The Arm-Me and you’ll see what I mean. Under Your Skin features tattoos of...
  • Who would’ve thought that a wizard, an outing to one of the world’s greatest museums, and a closer look at the surrealist works of Salvador Dalí, could lead to the formation of a tattoo artist? You learn something new every day… “In hindsight, I’d say my dad may have been responsible,” says Columbus Ohio-based tattoo...
  • Whatever your opinion of the ‘ink’ shows currently running the gauntlet on TV, to deny they had collectively changed the face of modern tattooing would be foolish. Thus, when Ami James agreed to partake of a Skin Deep-style grilling, we turned up the heat. At the southern-most point of Sinai is the city of Sharm-el-...
  • For centuries, adversity has lead to the creation of captivating works of art and, yes, even success. New York-based painter and tattoo collector, David Stoupakis, is the latest in a line of greats who’s turning his hardships into gorgeous tableaus. Born in Brighton, Massachusetts, Stoupakis was faced with his first...
  • From drawing comics to tattooing in the back of a hair salon to hanging with Filip Leu in Switzerland, I challenge you to find a tattooer with a more interesting tale to tell than Vancouver, Canada-based artist, Jamie Macpherson. Born in Doncaster, Macpherson spent the first seven years of his life being artistically...
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