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Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine 296

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


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the body thief

editor@skindeep.co.uk I recently moved house without telling anybody. I didn’t just move house. I moved countries too. Since the beginning of June this year, I have been living in Switzerland in an apartment that overlooks a river in the middle of nowhere with my dog and my guitar. I wanted to know if it was possible to hide in plain sight without hiding at all. With good Wi-Fi, I saw no reason as to why I couldn’t operate in much the same manner that I always have without missing a beat—and that’s exactly what has happened. IF IT WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR CHRISTOPHER LEE, IT’S SURE AS HELL GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME Nobody noticed. The work got done… possibly even more work than normal because I was so paranoid about being discovered. It’s been an…

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the woman in the woods

WE MIGHT MARK A PERSON, INTEREST OR MEMORY, AND OWNING THAT ON OUR BODIES CAN IMPACT OUR EVERY-DAY DECISIONS I’m quite often reflecting here on how progressive the UK tattoo scene is. Artists are always looking to push their craft forward and us wearers are always seeking new, unique and interesting ways to express ourselves. Tattooing is free-flowing, it doesn’t follow rules, it can’t be contained. It’s a journey, both as an entire industry and as something we can connect to as individual collectors, throughout our lifetimes. Our own personal tattoo collections are constantly evolving – each time we get a new tattoo, a new version of ourselves is born. We might mark a person, interest or memory, and owning that on our bodies can impact our every-day decisions, and vice versa. I’m…

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sleeve notes

THE PAIN OF OTHERS “Did your tattoos hurt?” “Which is the most painful place to get a tattoo?” Most tattooists and collectors will have heard these questions time and time again. Artist Chris Bintt is getting ready to send some answers into the ears of the inquisitive, but in the meantime, he needs your help. Tell us about your new project, Did It Hurt?. As a tattooer, the most common question I get asked is, “what is the worst area to get tattooed?. After endless debates with friends and colleagues over this question, I decided to find out the answer. I have put together a concise and direct questionnaire to collect as much data as possible from a multitude of people, with varying ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. This will enable me to get the…

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rebel inc.

renanbatista.com renanbatistatattoo On his website, Brazilian artist, Renan Batista, talks very eloquently of the collaborative nature of tattooing. He’s keen to highlight how special the process is and how it should affect those involved. For Renan a tattoo is ‘the golden, ornamental expression of the connection between the feelings of the person who gets the tattoo, the soul of the Tattoo Artist, the art on paper and the craft that is finally engraved under the skin’. When we meet for this interview, Renan goes even further: for him, tattooing is sacred, an exchange of energy, nothing short of a spiritual experience. “Each tattoo session is a rite,” he explains. “Blood and fire are involved. It is a challenge to nature itself because the body will try to get rid of the ink during…

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“I guess it’s hard to put an exact amount on the waste we produce as a studio on an annual basis.” Explains Hollie May Wall of the Old Smithy Tattoo Parlour in Leek. “Last year we decreased our general waste to a monthly collection and increased our recycling to bi-monthly, so everything plastic that at least comes in to the studio and is recyclable leaves the studio in the recycling bin.” While tattooists like Hollie try their utmost to recycle, some plastic items used in tattooing simply cannot be recycled. “Everything used in the tattoo process, plastic or not, goes into medical bags which are collected weekly. That for us is roughly 1 to 2 bags of contaminated waste. We are talking big bags that end up very full.” Blood contaminated items…

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ancient wisdom

Tattooing and humans go back; way back. Archaeological evidence from the Stone Age presents us with tattoo tool kits made from bone, stone and ash. While prehistory is a murky place its clear tattooing was an important art form alongside cave painting and sculpture. Perhaps the future environmental impact of tattooing can be reduced by turning back to the old ways. Prior to steel, electric coils and cling film our ancestors tattooed with environmentally friendly and biodegradable products. Needles and incision tools would be made from bone, antler, teeth, thorns and stone. Otzi the Copper Age Ice Man, the oldest human mummy in existence, had numerous tattoos most probably made with flint knives cutting the skin and soot being rubbed into the wound. Carbon from fires and the bottom of…