Artist interview features

  • Here’s a question: If you, yes you, could spend one hour talking to anyone, yes anyone, in the tattoo industry, who would you choose? I’ll give you a second to ponder this proposition, but if the name Mario Barth isn’t coming into your mind right about now – stop. You’re making the wrong decision. Growing up in...
  • It’s always great to focus on homegrown talent and this month we headed out to Northwich to hunt down Ryan Davies for the conversation of lifetime. Once you start the big man off, there’s no stopping him... When did you first get into tattooing? "I was 17 when I first started, at a studio called ‘Devil Bitch’ in...
  • Over the years of reading tattoo publications I have always been amazed at the portraiture tattoos that have appeared in the various tattoo magazines that have lined my newsagent’s shelves. I have followed the fortunes and have been delighted by the tattoos from such gifted artists as Darren Stares, Bob Tyrrell,...
  • I met Gary, must be well over two years now. I popped into Trev’s House of Tattoos in Princess St, Perth just to have a nose at the Studio. There was ‘big G’ tucking into his usual morning breakfast consisting of bacon, eggs, sausage, black pudding and beans. He is a big bloke but nice to go with it. I had a look...
  • If you have been to one of the State of the Art conventions over the last couple of years, you can’t have failed to noticed a quiet, unassuming guy, busy working in his own particular style of black and grey work, His work is very distinctive and realistic, bringing demonic and photorealism to his tattoos.Milosch...
  • Nick Baxter is a new name for many on this side of the pond, but Stateside his name is growing fast. Admired by Artists and collectors alike, Nick recently visited Ireland and guest spotted at Triskele Tattoos in Enniskillen.  At the end of his stay he and studio owner/artist Janine Ashton sat down to talk, and...
  •   'Caveat Emptor' looks like a neat idea for a tattoo; along the lines of CARP DIEM etc. Unfortunately, it doesn’t translate into anything as profound as “seize the moment”. It means: “Let the Buyer Beware”. Never before has a phrase held more importance to the customer than this particular one...
  • If it weren’t so close to home, it would read like something out a U.S. soap opera. Sibling rivalry, depression, hated by the critics and loved by his fans, Terry Bradley, much to his bemusement as a man simply doing what comes naturally, finds himself at the sharp end of the public stick. But here, he is in safe...
  • The first thing Emil says to me when I sit down to interview him, is that he has never been able to sit still for very long. A bit of a scary thought, considering the guy is a tattooist and sitting still is a major job requirement… Thankfully, before I begin to worry that I have made a mistake, he quickly explains...
  • Just when you think you’ve seen it all, somebody comes along that strikes at the core of all you find beautiful about certain tattoos - no rhyme or reason - it’s more like an emotive response and a feeling that embeds itself into your psyche - the end result of course being: “I want this guy to work on me.”Which is...
  • With piercing fast becoming one of the biggest trends of recent years and given the fact that it is not going to go away (no matter how much some circles of society would like it to) we thought it would be a good idea to publish an A-Z of the most popular piercings so when you go to get a piercing, (a) you will...
  • Magaluf isn’t exactly the kind of place you would expect to be up and coming in the tattoo world. Situated on the South West of the Balearic Island of Majorca, Magalluf is more famous for having one of the longest beaches on the Calvia coast, lots of sun and for it’s Boozy Brit nightlife. With it’s nickname, Shagalluf...
  • Over the past few years there has been an increase in the number of previously ‘unknown’ tattoo artists coming to the fore. They aren’t necessarily new tattooists but many of these artists have been working away quietly, producing some superb tattoos, but not getting the attention that they deserve for their work....
  • There must have been thousands of words written about this extremely talented, if some what dark and twisted tattooist over the years. Indeed, Skin Deep had a chat with the master of the macabre, but that was a long time ago and much has changed, so we thought it was time to catch up with the Black Overlord of the Art...
  • Tattoo artist Rain Partlow takes time out to talk to Skin Deep. When did your journey down the tattooing road start? "I started tattooing nearly 12 years ago in Indiana my home state. I began tattooing out of my house since tattooing was illegal in Indiana at that time. Back then there was maybe 3 or 4 shops in the...
  •   There are just some tattoo artists that are born with itchy feet.  They just enjoy the experience of being ‘on the road’, meeting new folk and gaining new ‘life’ experiences. One such artist is Rob Hoskins, sure, he did the working in a studio thing but it wasn’t long before he needed to get out and about...
  •   It's more than skin deep... Tell us something about your background prior to your becoming a tattooist. "Well, I was a graffiti writer, finished high school and went and did a little bit of college whilst I was starting my apprenticeship. I’m of Cuban descent, my father was Cuban, my mum was French. They were...
  • Right in the middle of Shanghai, the old French concession merges with modern China. Behind buildings that are reminiscent of old Parisians suburbs, brand new skyscrapers are getting closer. Here, in one of those tiny old houses, Jay opened his shop. The neighbourhood is busy and fashion is all around. The shops next...
  • Stephane Chaudesaigues is a man with an incredible talent. His work has graced the pages of pretty much every tattoo magazine on the planet. There is just something about his tattoo work that just seems to jump off the page and bite the readers right between the eyes. Stephane’s talent and passion lies in realism and...
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