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Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine

Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine 286

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.
feel the heat

DON’T PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD UNLESS YOU’VE EATEN ALL YOUR TOYS Last week, everybody in the house went to see The Last Jedi while I stayed home with the dog. I figured this was the good end of the stick because in the fridge was cold pizza and lined up on TV was Woody Allen’s Purple Rose Of Cairo—the other end of the stick was a film I’ve probably already sat through across 242 other movies in some form, alongside of hundreds of other people that can’t open a bag quietly to save their life. Anyway, I almost ended up at the hospital and would have gone if the dog could drive, but instead I dealt with my emergency alone. There’s a line in the movie (Purple Rose, not Jedi) that goes like…

2 min.
when worlds collide

HE WAS JUST TRYING TO BREAK DOWN THE BARRIER AND START A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE IMPORTANT THINGS IN LIFE Regularly, we colourfully-decorated tattooed humans go out into the big wide world and interact with other less-decorated beings. Sometimes these interactions leave us with interesting observations and compelling stories to tell in the pages of this magazine. The following evening, for me, was one of these occurrences. I was returning from London on the 20:39, sitting opposite a gentleman who had consumed one too many red wines. It took around 10 minutes of staring before he decided to reach over and grab my hands: “what do those tattoos mean?!” I glanced down at the 20 individual symbols on my fingers—different symbols, by four different tattooists, created at different points in time, using different…

7 min.
rebel inc.

@anrijsstraume facebook.com/anrijsstraume Youtube: youtube.com/user/anrijspow I’ve always been fascinated by how art reflects the artist, acting as a window to their soul, showing their core values and views of the world around them. With tattoos, there’s a different dynamic going on, the wearer of the art having most of the say in terms of what message said art is conveying, the artist’s job simply to act as a conductor of sorts, realising the client’s vision as effectively as possible. But increasingly, we’re seeing tattoo artists themselves actively promoting a message, artists like Anrijs Straume. Born in Riga, Latvia, Anrijs now works out of Bold as Brass Tattoo Company in Liverpool. A straightedge vegan, he feels his sober and clean lifestyle has helped give him the necessary clarity of mind and focus to raise his game…

5 min.
being frank

IT’S OK FOR THE GUY IN THE PUB TO SCREAM ABOUT SELF DOUBT, IF HE HAS A MICROPHONE AND A BAND WITH HIM. REMOVE THE BAND AND MICROPHONE AND YOU ARE TREATED LIKE A WEAK MAN HAVING A BREAK DOWN. Former Gallows/Pure Love frontman, Frank Carter is in the middle of a world tour with Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes. Last night, they roared out their set under Brixton Academy’s iconic art deco dome. Belfast, Perth, Brussels, Paris, Berlin, and London still lie ahead. Right now, though, Frank is talking about his latest project with the Lynx Street Pulse content series. The short film, made for International Men’s Day, follows hot on the heels of the grooming brand’s previous ‘Is It Ok for Guys’ campaign. The campaign found that 57 percent of…

8 min.
the black parade

@paulhilltattooer This is the aesthetic that I am drawn towards. No fuss, no embellishment, no colour. There is a biting comic edge to the work of Hill, and many of his tattoos freely experiment with the boundaries of composition— buildings rise from the heads of pin-up girls and the Playboy logo is transformed, now echoing a sailor cobweb aesthetic. The tattooist is obviously having fun, which is particularly refreshing at a time whereby tattoos are hampered by heavy context and emotional gravitas. In one of Hill’s tattoos the grim reaper wields his sickle dressed in a sleeveless denim jacket; a satirical comment on society’s constant, long-enduring need for keeping on point. Yet his work never feels like it is conforming to a particular trend or popular design and that’s what makes his work…

5 min.
tattoo freeze

Tattoo Freeze opted for a different stance this year. You can sit around behind your desk for months on end talking about things, but the only way you’ll ever really find out if your ideas are good or not are to put them into action. Thus, we move back to a two day show—after maybe four years, maybe five, of just the Sunday—in 2018 with the Saturday being a no frills ‘suck it and see’ kind of affair. No sideshows. No extra rooms. No nothing at all. Just tattooing and tattoo fans. Sunday however did see the shutters roll up on a whole extra exhibition space full of good wholesome events for families to get involved in. It will be interesting to hear the feedback from both artists and guests on…