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  • In 2001, a documentary that uncovered the dying art of Russian criminal tattoos was released called The Mark of Cain. It is a brilliant and objective piece of documentary filmmaking that has had a subtle, yet profound influence on the tattoo world since then. The director/ producer, Alix Lambert, is an artist based in...
  • This issue we take a look at the mixed bag of media that comes from the hands of Tim Plumley. Working in those old favourites of acrylics and pastels (along with the occasional oil), we’re big time appreciating not only Tim’s style, but also the mad shit that appears to have taken root in his head. You can check in on...
  • In the second part of our interview with Dirk Behlau, we showcase some more of his incredible work from the road and dig into what life is like for a pro photographer a little bit more than some pros may like… It’s not often you come across people who are truly satisfied with what they do in life. I query whether...
  • Continuing the series we began last issue with Paperback Writers, this issue we’re taking a look at how tattoo has been brought on board by the screen medium to enhance its heroes and villains – not always with desirable consequences… I think we’re all secure enough in our own skin to know that tattoo is used and...
  • With Tattoo Freeze right upon us, we’re looking forward to some more carnage from the Roller Derby we host each year. To help us all look forward to girls getting rough with each other, we proudly present a fantastic photo shoot we knocked up recently with Strasbourg’s Hell’s Ass Derby Girls… bring it! Rules &...
  • Much as there are cars and then there are Cars, movies and Movies – you get my drift - so there are art books and there are Art Books. For want of a better phrase, Edition Reuss don’t fuck about when it comes to publishing. The first time I ever saw an Edition Reuss publication was quite a revelation. As much as we...
  • Some things come under the banner of ‘total no-brainer’. Paul Booth and Hans Giger together at Giger’s very own museum in the Swiss Alps? We were at the airport before they had even completed the press statement… The H.R. Giger Museum is based in the beautiful, medieval town of Gruyeres located on top of a hill at the...
  • Thirteen pages of amazing artwork by artists from all over the world...
  • This issue, we ask the eternal question – who owns the heart of tattoo? There are probably far too many strands to this question to pull them all into one article, but the question bears asking all the same – and then it's up to you to decide where you stand... In the early 1970s, Jamaican immigrant Clive Campbell,...
  • It’s such a brilliantly simple idea, I don’t know why we don’t see more literary and text-based tattoo art. To some extent, textual tattoos always tend to be quite personal affairs and therefore, relatively private. Bearing that in mind, it’s a wonder Eva Talmadge and Justin Taylor gathered enough material together to...
  • Everything you ever wanted to know - and some stuff you didn’t - but were afraid to ask. Let us begin... As you would expect, at Skin Deep we get extreme amounts of mail from people thinking about getting their first tattoo. That mail covers everything imaginable from asking us to recommend studios, artists, aftercare...
  • When it comes to computer games, Iam a bit of a fence sitter. I definitely don’t queue outside Game at midnight, to get the latest release of Call of Duty and neither do I know every cheat code for Princess of Zelda, but, I have to admit, that every now and then a game comes along that I get...
  • A fantastic collection of Flash art from artists around the world.
  • It’s not everyday that you’re made an offer you can’t refuse...Over in High Wycombe, Woody’s Tattoo Studio has found itself a new home right in the middle of the high street - and it’s a peach. It comes with all the normal paraphernalia you’d expect from the Woody: motorbikes inside, being graced with your...
  • The travelling Deconstruction Punk party has been an annual event in the nation's capital for half a decade, and while the size and location of the venues has altered over the years (moving from the cavernous Docklands Arena to Finsbury park, and now the Astoria on Charing Cross Road), the punks, skaters and various...
  • In a world where women are judged on their looks and double standards for women proliferate; it’s hard not to hope that our beloved tattoo community will maintain a higher standard than that seen in the mainstream. These high expectations have, in part, been responsible for the criticism leveled at many tattoo...
  • I had heard of PETA and their various print and public campaigns for years but it was only in 2009 when I read Dan’s memoir, “Committed”, that I learned about the man himself and what drove him to dedicate his life to this particular cause. Thanks to its crazy and often brutally honest animal rights...
  • 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...
  • Although they only formed in 2007, Rob, Luke and Ruby have been making waves down south with their band Radio City Riot. The format is pretty simple: three lads, playing a Molotov cocktail of Dark, Slick and Stylish Indie Punk Rock with just a hint of ‘50s flare. They’re a little more eclectic now then your average...
  • "I’m a freelance photographer living in Belgium, born in 1975; my father is Indonesian and my mother was Dutch. I have always been a creative person, but I never knew I would end up as a photographer - my life has always been full of surprises, and I learned to live day by day..." "I started photography in May...
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