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Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine

Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine 283

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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13 Issues


2 min.
the quick and the dead

I just returned from a little trip to Bucharest where I took in their wonderful little show, judged a couple of hundred tattoos with some new friends, got involved in a back-street game of ‘milk-crate backgammon’ with two old men who didn’t speak any English at all and got myself lost in a derelict house I thought was an off-the-radar casino but actually turned out to be somewhere whose only purpose was to provide shelter for Tim Burton’s cats. The show itself, I’ll review in a future issue once I get my hands on some photographic evidence but for now, a little observation will suffice. Sometimes—though not all the time—I don’t even notice when people are tattooed. For instance, only when I had been talking to the waiter in my hotel for…

1 min.
sleeve notes

ALL SUBMISSIONS TO SLEEVE NOTES GRATEFULLY RECEIVED. BE IT NEWS, AN EVENT, NEW MERCH, A STUDIO MOVE... WE'LL DO OUR VERY BEST TO LET EVERYBODY ELSE KNOW ABOUT IT TOO. EMAIL: NEWS@SKINDEEP.CO.UK OR IF YOU WANT TO BE ARCHAIC ABOUT THE WHOLE AFFAIR: SKIN DEEP, THE OLD SCHOOL, HIGHER KINNERTON, CHESTER CH4 9AJ. BRING IT. twitter.com/skindeepmag www.facebook.com/tattoomagazine WIN 5 MORE PAIRS OF TICKETS TO TATTOO FREEZE This issue, we’re giving away the other half of our ten pairs of tickets to Tattoo Freeze! As ever, it’s just about as simple as can be. Point your browser thing at skindeep.co.uk/competitions and enter FREEZE18 as your competition answer and the rest will once more be attended to by capable people wearing gloves for protection. Don’t forget, Tattoo Freeze 2018 is now a two day event and the…

1 min.
f1030 tattoo aftercare cream – revised classification

F1030, a tattoo aftercare cream with a unique formulation, developed by specialist woundcare expert Flen Health, is to have its medical device classification upgraded. Due to F1030’s unique formulation, and because a tattoo is seen as a wound, Flen Health is seeking a Class IIa classification. This will increase F1030’s claims and give it an even greater point of difference compared with competitor products which are predominantly cosmetic and do not have to demonstrate the same level of clinical proof. Following a successful initial UK launch within the tattoo community this summer, Flen Health has taken the decision to relaunch the product in 2018, withholding sales temporarily, while it gathers additional clinical evidence via F1030 evaluation forms, enabling F1030 to get approval from the relevant notified body, in charge of Flen’s medical…

1 min.
tattoo of the month

I love the work that comes out of the head of this man. Not everything because that would be foolish, but if I said I loved the vast majority of it, that wouldn’t be very far from the truth at all. Yann Black is one of those tattooers you either get or you don’t—I guess you could throw that at any of those who work largely under the Art Brut banner. It’s a design school fuelled by self expression more than anything and when it comes to dropping somebody else’s self expression onto your skin, it probably comes under closer scrutiny than most. Then again, I fail to see how anybody could not love the hell out of this piece. The whale alone is a serious piece of work—I’ve said it before…

5 min.
i put a spell on you

smallspells.com @SmallSpells Marking your skin forever can be a life-changing moment and for US artist and spiritual healer Rachel Howe, those marks can represent something quite profound for their wearers. Rachel practices a very unique craft that brings together tarot reading and stick ‘n’ poke (homemade, machine-free, single needle) tattooing. She runs private tattoo, tarot and reiki sessions for her Los Angeles client base. Her aim is to guide others, to ultimately lift them and their self-awareness, to eventually encourage their healing and growth. This is her story. Thank you for sharing your craft with us. Is your background tarot, or art? I've made art my whole life, since I was a child. I went to art school and have always considered myself an artist. I have always been fascinated by the mystical side of life.…

5 min.
rebel inc.

@benji_tattoos There’s a lot of noise out there in Tattoo Land. It’s mostly coming through social media, an interwebz phenomenon that’s not just affecting how we behave online, but offline too. You hear the noise at conventions, you’ll even hear it at your local tattoo studio, and for some people it’s all a little too much to bear. Meet Benji Problemo, a guy whose ear is tuned to that noise keener than most. A recent addition to My Body Art in Lyon, he’s been around the block long enough to see changes within the industry that he doesn’t like. “I’m not going to waste time talking about how social media is affecting society,” he tells me, “but this is how I think it’s changing the tattoo community: it’s created this fake, useless online…