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Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine 297

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.

United Kingdom
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13 Issues


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the body thief

Lying. Lying is not great. When you lie, people get confused. However, when you’re a writer, it’s not lying. It’s called fiction. People win prizes for fiction. They get flowers thrown at them in the street and in the future, people decide that what you lied about was important enough to make millions of teenagers study it hard at school. Sometimes. Last issue, I told a bare faced fiction that I had moved to Switzerland when in fact, I had not. There was method behind the fiction though. DOES AN AWARD FROM 2012 STILL COUNT WHEN YOU DIDN’T GET ANY BETTER I wanted to illustrate a point that I couldn’t get to any other way and that would be: Don’t Believe Everything You Read. It’s easy to slap up on your website/social media biog ‘Award Winning…

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the woman in the woods

This week I argued with a company about the cost of something—not a tattoo studio but a local printing shop. I was intending to publish a handmade booklet to raise money for charity and so was looking for the cheapest possible price in order for the project to be worthwhile. When my nearest printing service quoted over £350 for a stack of A4 paper, I was in shock, at not just their blunt tone in refusing to help out with a fundraising project for the local hospital, but the steep price which I had presumed would be much, much less. Having previously worked in marketing for almost a decade, I thought I knew what I should be charged for a simple job of this kind. What’s more, the printer was insisting that…

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rebel inc.

iris_lys September saw the release of Japanese author Genki Kawamura’s If Cats Disappeared From The World. Now, being a guy who spends a good part of each day walking my own and other people’s pooches, it would be fair to say I’m a dog person. In fact, this book wouldn’t even have crossed my radar were it not for the bossman (also a dog person) blogging about it. But the premise is intriguing to say the least – our protagonist, after receiving some bad news from the doctor and only a few months to live, has a visit from the devil himself (possibly a dog person?) offering an extra day of life in exchange for making one thing in the world disappear. And by the looks of that title, it ain’t…

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from russia with style

zema_zima “The first time I saw tattoos was on my grandfather,” recalls Jane Zimina. “These were classic army tattoos of naked mermaids and Russian churches. I could paint them all day with markers and pens—I just loved it,” she remembers fondly. “I always liked drawing and, when I was a child, I often painted with colours on myself, my sister and my friends because I liked how the pictures came to life when a person moved.” That love of seeing art on skin refused to fade and continued getting stronger until, finally, she decided to do something about it. Taking on an apprenticeship 2,000 miles away from home, her journey was anything but easy, but there was no doubt she was making the right decision. “Tattoos, to me, were always something like magic—eternal and…

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child’s play

The acts of bringing a child into the world and getting a tattoo actually have a lot in common. They are both lifelong commitments, physically and mentally challenging, often unpredictable, quite terrifying but ultimately rewarding. These acts more often than not also endure the ubiquitous and often unwelcome opinions of others and can become potential minefields when navigating reliable information. When it comes to the separate topics of tattooing and parenting, there are multiple websites, blogs, magazines, books, events and people who want to tell you what you should and shouldn’t do. In our modern age of information and opinion overload, quite often we find ourselves calling out for one single right answer, one single right thing to do. Earlier this summer, when I found out that I myself was pregnant…

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twins of salem

@ryanmrray @mattwmurray They wholeheartedly embrace their brotherly connection, a close bond where one truly completes the other. Each brother shares an admiration for the gothic aesthetic; both working out of their shop Black Veil Tattoo in Salem, a city that is so closely tied to witchcraft and the occult that its mere name permeates our collective psyche. It is clear that the cultural landscape in which they reside and tattoo informs much of their work, which interestingly creates new questions to whether the production of tattoos can be knowingly or subconsciously influenced by environmental factors. A love for the supernatural and the macabre runs deep in their veins, tattooing is not only a process that strengthens their resolve as twins but also attempts to explore the fine veil that hangs between this…