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  • It’s no secret of all the places I visited in Australia on my grand road trip in 2011 Brisbane was by far my favourite city. Maybe it’s the fact it doesn’t get much hype as its often overshadowed by Sydney and Melbourne. Maybe it was the weather, or maybe with its condensed high rise buildings, river and wheel, it...
  • Another month another country, and I’m sure as you get to my article each issue that’s what you all expect. Indeed it has become the norm for me the past couple of years. But some things do change and as we venture into 2013, most of this year I will be flying as opposed to driving, jumping between Australia and New...
  • Hey you – with the glasses. I know you can read. I know you’re game for something a little different – it’s assuming a lot, but as a reader of Skin Deep, you should know by now that anything can happen around here. It’s the nature of the beast, right? A while back, I was sitting with David Marden (sometime...
  • As the sun sets on Coney Island, Adam Rinn, better known as Adam Real Man, or The Professa, tells stories about the Brooklyn sea shore community of old and its heyday… Or maybe not its heyday, since the art of sideshow was dying out when Adam grew up here in the ’70s, just a couple of blocks away from the beach. “...
  • For many, going to Australia is the trip of a lifetime, so I feel very privileged to be boarding a plane headed down under for the second time in my life. My love affair with the country has only just begun, and with the cold weather drawing in on London, it’s time to migrate towards the sun. Returning back to the UK...
  • So it’s 2013 and if your reading this, it means the world didn’t end! 2012 shaped up to be another fantastic whirlwind year on the road that made me feel very lucky to be able to do what I do and share my adventures with you fine people through the good ship Skin Deep. Europe is a fantastic place to work and visit. It...
  • It is quite amazing how quickly time goes by – another year is drawing to a close and I find myself working my last convention and guest-spots in Europe for 2012. It’s been a crazy 12 months. I have met some fantastic people, visited some inspiring places and my final article this year is no exception. My first stop...
  • Sometimes our travel itinerary can make me feel like a ping pong ball, bouncing between different places; after a short time in the UK we are now shooting back over to Germany, but I will not be bouncing between conventions as I am also working two guestspots this time around. One of the most annoying things about...
  • After months of trekking all over Europe I decided it was time to get back to the UK and explore some far corners of my own country. After all, there are lots of fine countries in Europe, but only Britain is great! So this month we are headed down to the West Country. My first stop is Bath to work at Electric Vintage...
  • A lot of artists I have met in Europe get very excited when they talk about the Amsterdam tattoo convention, really hyping it up. So it has been one of the shows I’ve been looking forward to the most this year, combined with the fact I have never visited Amsterdam before and I’ll get the chance to visit the tattoo...
  • OK, so Nicaragua might not be the first country that springs to mind when you mention the phrase ‘call centre’, but as AK47 owner, Chuck Serpa, takes us for a stroll around the streets, it appears that it’s big news… Tattooing in Nicaragua has somewhat followed its own path. It’s not really connected to gangs like it...
  • Time flies when you’re having fun, and it goes supersonic when you are travelling. As we hurtle towards the second half of 2012 I stop to ponder the places we have been so far this year, I look in my diary and realise my travel plans are now booked and sorted until March. For now though I am making a rare stop and...
  • After a quick stop in London for the Great British Tattoo Show, I set our next destination on the GPS to see a rather daunting ‘2,000km to destination’ flash in front of my eyes… our next stop is Oslo, Norway, and it’s a hell of a drive from London! Unfortunately the weather did nothing to make the distance more...
  • My next two conventions are both taking place in Germany, the first in a small town called Plauen in east Germany, which is in its first year, and the second in the larger city of Frankfurt in western Germany, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year… two shows, two polar opposites! I organised working at...
  • Although Berlin is a city with a terribly dark past, I would describe its present as anything but. Many young Germans flock here and you can see why. Berlin has an incredible underground art and music scene going on and there is plenty of beautiful architecture to get inspired by, not to mention cafes, bars, shopping...
  • It’s pretty hard slipping back into a normal way of life after travelling for the last year-and-a-half. I hadn’t even unpacked my bag before I decided I wouldn’t be stopping for long… After driving the length and breadth of Australia, all of a sudden Europe doesn’t seem such a daunting size. Sure they drive on the...
  • As I fly over the tiny island of Singapore, I look out below and see a sea sparkling with the lights of cargo ships reflecting in the water. Over the last two centuries the island has served as a port for many countries, both commercial and military. Some things in life just need investigating. Navy ports and army...
  • Our final stop of the trip is Auckland which is exciting me for a few reasons, firstly I am working the convention here, secondly I am having a machine hand-built by the awesome Marv Lerning, and lastly, I will be working at Two Hands Tattoo with fellow Londoner, Nick Whybrow. Along with owner Stefan, Victor, Rachi T...
  • The Amsterdam Tattoo Museum is surely the greatest shrine to the culture of tattooing there could ever be. Walk with us through the labyrinth... The Curator: Hank Schiffmacher For Hank Schiffmacher, a legend in the tattoo scene in Europe, it’s a big achievement. After decades of smaller museums displayed in his tattoo...
  • When most people think about tattooing in the Southern Hemisphere Australia is often over-looked by the small island of New Zealand. Tattooing is not just a job here, it has strong cultural significance that is centuries old. Inevitably, somewhere so rich in tattoo history warrants a visit, and only a three-hour plane...
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