Artist interview features

  • It seems, that the days of getting an apprenticeship being the only route in, has well and truly gone – these days a passion to tattoo, determination, hard graft and most importantly an ability to draw artistically can get you far. And in the case of Ettore Bechis, it seems it can get you very far. Every time I...
  • The first time I met Nick Whybrow, he was in the middle of his winter hair growth. Sporting a mop of unruly hair and a beard/moustache combo that would make ZZ Top proud, I was relieved to find that Nick was less intimidating than his appearances first led me to believe... Coming up for eight years on the tattoo scene...
  • With all the tattoo related products available to the ‘consumer’ these days, it is always a moment of pure joy when you come across something that is original and fresh. Recently, I had one of these moments when I first saw the art of Ellen Greene. Ellen falls into the category of collector and lover of tattoo...
  • Realism specialist David Corden was a ventilation engineer for 15 years before taking up the needle under the supervision of Jim Gambell at Ritual Art Tattoo; and for most of that time his inner artist had lain dormant, until an offer from his future boss changed everything... When is a tattoo artist not a tattoo...
  • On the tattoo scene he’s famous for bringing the Asian style to America and doing epic tattoos, but to the rest of the world he’s a name on a shirt. Ed Hardy is probably the most well-known tattooist in the world, even though most of his admirers might not even know he is a just that. A tattoo artist... Ed Hardy doesn...
  • Old School has been experiencing something of a revival lately, and despite recent commercialisation there are a wide range of artists who respect traditional tattoo designs for what they have always been, simple, clean and iconic images that evoke a feeling of nostalgia. When I was first introduced to Mil Martinez’...
  • The landscape of the modern city is one in constant flux. New developments springing up where old familiar buildings used to be, properties constantly changing hands and changing identities with surprising regularity, but still there are always landmarks which act as a point of reference. If the landscape of modern...
  • “This guy – Dr Rev – he paints in his own blood...” It sounds somewhat basic and if you’re not au fait with his work, you’ll conjure up all kinds of nonsense about what it may look like. Rather fortunate then, that in the biggest ever issue of Skin Deep, we bring you the biggest ever Dr Rev feature so you can see for...
  • I like my art tinged with a little bit of craziness. Nothing makes a painting, or a tattoo for that matter, stand out more than when there is a little bit of surrealism thrown in for good measure. One of those artists who is able to do this effortlessly is, Kirk Alley. And you only have to step foot inside Kirk’s...
  • There is no doubt that the number of tattooed and machine-toting women is on the increase. Potent female figures in the media have forged the way for a wave of young female apprentices and women sporting full sleeves are getting younger and younger... One such artist epitomising this trend is Rae Pinx; a little pink...
  • There’s nothing quite like a bit of tattoo/skull-inspired art to brighten your day, your office and your home. Brian Ewing has been brightening days over in the US for quite some time now, but it hasn’t always been that way: “I was working for Hustler on the magazines handling scheduling, prep houses and printers. I...
  • Rachel Jamie McCarthy is a young woman with a fresh talent, the latest in an impressive line up of talented tattoo ladies originating from Modern Body Art in Birmingham. She makes traditional tattoos with a feminine flair… "I’ve always been quite creative. I have my mum to thank for that. I wasn’t an academic...
  • In a world where we constantly celebrate the mundane in the name of ‘modern’ art, Colt Prehm’s paintings are a tour de force of visual pleasure. The first thing that strikes you, when you see Colt’s work, is the quality and detail he puts into them. We are talking about portraits that look like Rembrandt himself could...
  • Here we go again... the second half of tattoo legend Mario Barth’s extensive, intimate interview. Having already tackled his upbringing in Austria, his move to the United States and his ever-growing tattoo world domination in Part I, the King of Ink now talks about his artists, Tasmanian Devil tattoos, how he keeps...
  • In the quest to find young, inspiring and inspired artists, we come across many who fit the bill but one name keeps coming up over and over again. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Toni Moore: To the readers that don’t know, you have only been tattooing for 3 short years, can you tell me how you started?...
  • Rich Smith’s studio, Five Magics Tattoo, is tucked away down a little three-hundred-year old courtyard, in the heart of Sheffield city centre. Walking inside, you can’t help but feel you are in the domain of a soothsayer from a time past - stuffed animals and upside down crosses, share space with framed old school...
  • After two years as an apprentice at 65th Street Tattoo in Seattle, Aaron Bell was surprisingly left a studio for next to nothing. He renamed it Slave to the Needle and 15 years later it’s still at the same address in a neighbourhood that’s gone from bad to good.  After a decade of tattooing out of his house in...
  • Victor Policheri last appeared in Skin Deep over three years ago - a lot can change in three years that’s for sure. In Victor Policheri’s world - the man who lives five days to your one - that amounts to an awful lot of stuff... "Indeed a lot has changed since the last feature. I was living in Seattle at the time....
  • Papa Joe is a sign writer and tattooist who currently operates out of Boise, Idaho. His hand painted signs are big, bold and ballsy – we felt a need to find out about the man and these amazing signs he creates… When I was a kid, I loved going to the funfair. All the flashing lights, everything spinning and whirling at...
  • In February I decided a long overdue break from the hectic and draining side of London was necessary. I chose to have a relaxing holiday in LA in consideration of possibly moving there in the future. However I thought that I should check out some other states while I was there including New York. I just couldn’t visit...
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