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  • In the tattooing world there are many artists that also have an affinity with the motorcycle, and this country is no exception. In the central region of this fair isle is the award winning tattooist Dean Ottley of ‘The Maxx Tattoo & Body Piercing Studio’ in Bromsgrove.    Together with his wife Maxx...
  • One of the first things that becomes obvious as you enter Aurora tattoo in Lancaster is that this isn’t your stereotypical tattoo studio. Thankfully most of the ‘old school’ dark and dingy tattoo parlours are disappearing, giving way to bright, sterile studios. The ladies at Aurora tattoo have gone that extra bit...
  • The History or Tattoo (and the artist's who love it)   It seems now a days that you will find an abundance of Tattoo Studio’s in every town throughout the world. The art of Tattooing has become alive and flourishing in the mainstream of life. They have landed in Shopping Centers and are found resting next door to...
  • When tattoo enthusiasts talk about the ‘Old Timers’ - not a phrase I like to use really but how do you describe someone who has been tattooing for close to forty years? -  A name that comes up regularly is Saz Saunders. Saz has been a big name in the tattooing industry for a very long time and the tons of...
  • Those of you with a long memory may remember a feature Skin Deep did on Nigel Kurt way back in 1994. We thought it was about time we found out what Nigel had been up to over the last few years.   Nigel, you were a regular in the magazines and at pretty much all the UK conventions throughout the 90’s. Then...
  • ”WA O MOTTE TOTTO SHI” comes with a smile on Horisho’s face when I ask for a word to the British readers. Lets come back to this later, what it means and what he means about this proverb. But I came to realize that this phrase would say it all, no need for any further explanations when we talk about Horisho from...
  • (Born to be mild) Having put Nagoya on the international tattoo map with their topnotch freehand tattooing for years now, it’s time we take a closer look of what the true meaning of an ECCENTRIC SUPER TATTOO is. Sabado and Genko have expanded their superior duo to a trio with Kunii as the new kid on the block and...
  • Kunst med Puls (Art with a pulse) was established in 1997 by Marianne Sundby (46), after two years as an apprentice at Odins Merke. She was later joined by her husband Eric Sundby (40) who became her apprentice. Later on Kari Kjelskau (37) also joined as an apprentice. After a few years of “all round” tattooing, they...
  • Nestled in a quiet Liverpool suburb, a stone’s throw from the beautiful Sefton Park, there is a tattoo studio that is an oasis of tranquillity. Walk too fast and you’ll go straight past without even noticing the understated shop-front. But open your eyes and enter Fallen Angel and you will be greeted by cool and...
  • Three Tides is one of the most important and famous tattoo shops in Japan. One of, if not the first modern street shops to do custom tattoos in Japan, home to Mutsuo, Nami and Tsukasa, who consistently produce work of outstanding quality. All artists, while differing in styles have brilliant technical precision and...
  • Kyoto is the old imperial capital of Japan, and is a “must see” place for any visitor to Japan. It is a sensuous city that retains many elements of traditional culture and is laden with temples, castles and shrines, as well as being the hub of many traditional arts.   Within the maze of old style narrow roads...
  • Alan’s Tattoos in Moreton has been part of the local scenery for a few years now having opened its doors to the public in 2000 after Steve Crane, the owner came back from Germany after working in the British forces. Steve is a Moreton lad having been bought up only three streets away and wanted to keep his studio...
  • When you think of Japanese tattooing, a number of images are conjured up - dragons, cherry blossoms and chrysanthemums, tebori masters, yakuzas and their full body suits, to the modern tattooing scene that explores a number of styles dipping from a variety of sources.   Tokyo’s Inkrat, on the other hand, are a...
  • Swaffham - not really a name that is synonymous with tattooing but this sleepy little Norfolk enclave has a well-kept secret. Until now that is... Drive into the town centre and you’ll soon come across a very neat and tidy shop. From the outside with its neatly trimmed Bay trees and subtle facade, you’d be forgiven in...
  • Nine is a friendly custom studio forging an atmosphere of creative spirit in the heart of Brighton. Whilst some studios focus on reputation, Nine is more interested in providing high quality work that is unique, engaging, and flawlessly executed. The resident artists specialise in custom pieces and bring their...
  • My leg is screaming, and I am exhausted. I have just spent six hours under the buzzing machines of Rob Sutherland. His shop, Tattoo Living Image, rests quietly in Maritime Greenwich, just to the south east of London town. It was a bit of a trek for me from the beaches of California, but well worth every penny. Rob...
  • 8 Ball is one of Japan's top shops, located in Nagoya, which, like Osaka and Tokyo, is famed for having top tattooing talent. Nagoya is known for its laidback atmosphere, its multicultural demographic, and as the strongest place in Japan for Kustom Kulture - the locals have a love of cars and strong tattoo work....
  • Kipod Tattoo is a unique place run by equally unique people; the guys are Russian by birth and Jewish by faith, which makes for a rather captivating story, and not least because they ply their trade in Israel’s capital city, Tel Aviv. As with all of the Abrahamic religions, Judaism doesn’t look too kindly upon...
  • Pasadena is a beautiful city located in Los Angeles County, California and is renowned as the hub of cultural activity in the San Gabriel Valley. Some may know it best as the early residence of Eddie & Alex Van Halen and others as the dwelling place of American college football’s annual New Year’s Day game...
  • Belper is a smallish town nestled just above the sprawling metropolis of Derby. Belper grew up amongst the coalfields of nearby Derby and was the first 'Mill town' in the country spawning a huge cotton industry that lasted for decades. Belper was also the first town in the UK to get gas lighting. Things have moved on...
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