Artist interview features

  • What started out as a regular interview turned into something of an autobiography for Holly. She was on such a roll, we figured we’d simply let her get on with it. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time Holly had pretty much written her own ticket. I would say I have always been drawn to tattoos. I thought they were...
  • Scott Olive. The name may be unfamiliar to some, but to others it will already be etched into the memory as somebody to nail down, just as soon as he sets foot on UK soil that is… Scott’s work is basically, incredible. Each can be seen as a masterpiece in this style, turned up to 11 and then some. Thankfully Scott...
  • There are some tattoo artists that other artists look up to, but there is also a breed above this. The skin illustrators who are so good at what they do, they are influencing the here and now in more ways than they can ever imagine. I would call Jesse Smith a living legend, but he would probably be embarrassed and...
  • We featured Colt Prehm in an artist feature of his own a few issues back, so when he came to us asking if we thought people would be interested in an article from him on the subject of better drawing, we didn’t have to think too long. Of interest to tattoo artists for sure – and speaking as one whose life is consumed...
  • Piotr Deadi Dedel started getting ink under people’s skin in the Spring of 2006. Five years on, he’s one of the most soulful and inspiring dark artists working in the world today. Tell us about your beginnings. "I was born in Poland in a little town called Tarnobrzeg and moved to Cracow to study landscape architecture...
  • There’s a fine line between purposefulness and obsession. Mike Toth, from Toth Art Collective, is straddling that line. As a kid he had to bandage his hands after receiving scabs from constantly washing his hand. As a tattooist he’s never satisfied and sometimes lies sleepless after having seen someone else master a...
  • Arriving to meet Takami at Mick Tomo’s Ruby Arts studio in York, where he’s working in a guest spot, everything is as you’d expect it to be: a busy day in Mick’s well-appointed shop, young guy getting his first tattoo necking Coke like it’s a potion of invulnerability (his sweat suggests he needs to up the dosage),...
  • The more and more I delve into the tattoo world, the more I am inspired by the artists out there plying their trade. We aren’t talking about guys and girls who can just copy stencils, or colour in pictures on skin; we are talking about genuine artists… Long gone are the days of the tattooist just being a tattooist;...
  • The Italian Gentleman, or Stef as he is better known to his friends, is one of the tribe of artists who have hit the road in recent years. Not just for the experience, nor for the added influence you can pick up. No, Stef is one of those artists who choose to pitch themselves against the world, harbouring the ever...
  • Working out of Carnevil – his very own ‘Cabinet de Tatouage’ – D-GRRR is one of the hottest tattoo artists working in France today, but to say his talent extends way beyond the needles is an understatement. So Denis, why GRRR? "It came from a comic book onomatopoeia. I’m a big grouch; nothing ever goes right,...
  • Flip to ‘noon’ in a dictionary and you will find it defined as ‘the highest, brightest or finest point or part’,which seems surprisingly fitting for French artist NOON. Although the man himself won’t reveal what’s behind the nickname, one gets a suspicious feeling it could stem from his work, the height of artistic...
  • If tattooists were to pass down ten commandments to their clients, surely one of them would have to be ‘thou shalt bloody well sit still’. We all know how important that part is, but practising what you preach is always tricky, and for Ivana Belakova it would likely be impossible, because she’s one of those people who...
  • Alex Gross is one of those painters who creates other worlds within his paintings. Strange worlds in which you are likely to find a modern day Jesus, preaching before a Prada billboard, with subtle digs at our obsession with technology… could you handle a tattoo of a piece of art from this man? On another day, you may...
  • He was about to become an art teacher when when he realised the travel potential of being a tattoo artist. Today Nick Chaboya works in one of San Francisco’s most respectable studios, Seventh Son Tattoo but he hasn’t closed the door on teaching just yet. As a kid I hear you knew you didn’t want to work 9-5 and wanted...
  • Picture this: the month was July, the year was 1997 and the tattoo kit was one of the best on the market, courtesy of Spaulding & Rogers. A talented artist tore through the book inside in a flash, absorbing every last detail he could from cover to cover and launched himself a career right there on the spot. This...
  • Claire Reid is one of those artists who is not content to be just a tattooist. Throw into the mix an accomplished painter as well as organiser of the Rites of Passage Tattoo & Music Festival (Melbourne, Australia) and you start to get an idea of how driven Claire really is. Remarkably, this drive and determination...
  • Sometimes the postman brings you something that makes you sit up and pay attention. Usually it takes a certain amount of chocolate/alcohol/alcoholic chocolate to do the trick in the Skin Deep camp, but then there are the happy moments when a portfolio hits the mat and we think 'ooh, you're a bit special' That's...
  • For many interested in pursuing art as a career, it’s nothing but a pipe-dream. For others, the stars align just fine and they are able to embrace their ambition – and for some... well, for some whom the Sun chooses to shine upon, they even get to work on the very thing that inspired them in the first place. Ladies...
  • When I think of realistic tattoos, I like to think of the artists who specialise in this style as the grand masters of tattooing. Like a modern day Leonardo or Rembrandt. It is a style that makes you think, ‘shit, this artist could have painted the Mona Lisa’. One such artist, who evokes this kind of response, is Ben...
  • What, another new feature? Yep - in these busy times, quite often all we (on both sides) have time for is rapid fire questions. This issue - Zoltan Krizsan picks up the baton... Hey, Zoltan, tell us about your background. "My name is Zoltán Krizsán. I am just a simple guy. I have got a little son so I am a proud...
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