Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine

Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine No. 303

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Skin Deep has long been the UKs best selling tattoo magazine - and just because we're having fun for 13 issues a year (that's once every 4 weeks) doesn't mean we're not taking it very seriously indeed. Each issue we publish profiles, interviews and features with the leading tattooists and tattoo artists working in the world today together with exciting new talent. Alongside of this, we focus on the tattoo lifestyle and all it contains, coverage from the international convention scene, art features from those who embrace the tattoo ethic or find inspiration within it, reader profiles, news, reviews, competitions, letters and every issue also comes with a free supplement.

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United Kingdom
Jazz Publishing
Back issues only
3,68 €(Inkl. MwSt.)

in dieser ausgabe

4 Min.
notes on the total non-meaning of life

editor@skindeep.co.uk Earlier this week, I received an email of the bizarre kind. Let me share it with you. It goes like this: “Hello “After looking at the people featured in your magazine, I have to ask the question, WHY? Enjoy your lives, it’s only my opinion, but I will never understand it. “Respectfully…” I haven’t had one of these for years. They used to be quite common. In fact it’s been so long, I started to overthink it… mostly because it didn’t seem to have a point to it. Just a general lash out for the sake of it. It stuck out because you get that kind of thing a lot on social media, but by email? Like I say, not for years. It’s almost like somebody making the effort to come round your house…

2 Min.
the woman in the woods

Last month, it felt good to book my first tattoo appointment in a long time, and choosing an artist for the job was a pretty easy decision. I wanted a script tattoo of my new son’s name and am excited to travel to Leicester in a few weeks to experience again the handpoke wizardry of Mr Mike Love who resides at Black Market Tattoos. I’ve sat in Mike’s chair on numerous occasions, my jaw constantly drooping at his incredible attention to detail, his ability to poke some of the neatest, straightest and cleanest lines I’ve ever seen in my life. How could I pick anyone else to write such an important piece of text for me? Aside from his tattoo skills, the reason I go back to Mike time and time…

5 Min.
the illustrated man

Even if you don’t know a chip-kick from a touchdown, you’ll probably recognise Josh: he’s the illustrated man of rugby league. “When it comes to tattoos,” he says. “I’m an impulse buyer. If I see something, I get it, but if I think about it too much, I won’t. I don’t analyse. If I like something, I get it done straightaway.” Josh Charnley is only 27, but has been playing rugby for 21 of those years, having fell in love with the game when he went to see a mate play one dreary Thursday afternoon. “There wasn’t a lot to do where I was from in Chorley,” Josh explains, “but rugby let me burn off some of my energy and probably kept me out of trouble.” What started out as a kick-about…

6 Min.
too much of a good thing?

Once upon a time tattoo conventions were invite only events in the backrooms of pubs where tattoo artists and their best customers would showcase their work, swap stories and talk about their passions. Now they have grown both in size and popularity with over 66 conventions in the UK alone in 2018. The original Tattoo Clubs were the precursor to modern day conventions; the recently resurrected Bristol Tattoo Club for example was formed to promote tattooing, network with other artists and learn from their experiences in a non-judgmental environment. It is only since The Dunstable Tattoo Expo opened its doors in the 80’s that a convention on the scale we know today existed. At the time, thousands of people would look forward to it for the whole year and travel hundreds of…

5 Min.
rebel inc.

sven_von_kratz “So the client wanted a jellyfish in space,” Sven Groenewald says. “And she wanted it big.” It’s not a sentence you hear every day, even in the tattoo world. But then again, Sven isn’t your everyday tattoo artist. Born in a small town in West Germany, he had a few false starts, career-wise, before deciding to move to Berlin “with the goal to do something creative.” A few years passed without anything sticking and Sven was ready to throw the towel in. Thankfully it was then he met his friend and mentor, Marco, and things took off. “I would describe my work as chaotic, dirty and unrefined,” he tells me. “Very much like myself.” But back to that space jellyfish. There was something about it that caught my eye while I #hashtagged my…

8 Min.
beirut beirut

joaantountattoos www.joaantountattoos.com “I was very young, maybe around 12 years old, and my parents tried to make me not notice the tattoo because it was a taboo topic back then,” Joa Antoun recalls of the first time she came face-to-face with ink. “The environment I was living in had a misconception regarding tattoos—they were associated with gangs—and yet, I noticed the tattoo and I was so intrigued by it. I loved drawing, so it really fascinated me.” “When I started university, I stopped drawing, but my love of tattoos did not go away,” she continues. “I had this feeling that skin could be my canvas and that maybe I could draw again, but in a different way. This thought was also triggered by people around me who loved my drawings, so I thought,…