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Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine

Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine No. 301

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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In this issue

6 min.
notes from the underground

I find myself with an extra page to fill again this month. Beccy went and did the ‘baby thing’ and as is a baby’s wont, he’s keeping her on the brink of sanity in the twilight zone—also known as ‘who knew there were so many documentaries about sharks on National Geographic in the middle of the night’. I’d put money on her making an appointment for more work before the next issue comes out… and I would win. Thus, I must peddle out one of my tales of ordinary madness from the world of tat tooing. I’m sure I have one deep down in my pocket here somewhere… WHO KNEW THERE WERE SO MANY DOCUMENTARIES ABOUT SHARKS ON NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT Last year—or maybe it was the year before—I…

1 min.
sleeve notes

GREAT BRITISH TATTOO SHOW GIVEAWAY Winter is not even close…but summer is (more or less) and that means it’s almost time for the Great British Tattoo Show. To celebrate the oncoming sun storm, we have 10 pairs of tickets to give away (and maybe as we get closer, another 10 pairs, but don’t bank on it). To be in with a shot, we’ll make it as simple as always: Just head on over to skindeep.co.uk/competitions and where it asks you for the competition answer, type LET ME IN and we’ll do the rest before the end of April so that you can figure out all your travel arrangements. See you there. ALL SUBMISSIONS TO SLEEVE NOTES GRATEFULLY RECEIVED. BE IT NEWS, AN EVENT, NEW MERCH, A STUDIO MOVE… WE'LL DO OUR VERY BEST…

9 min.
one dimension or please, somebody, anybody… be as professional as you’re being paid to be and ask us smart questions about tattooing for a change.

…accompanied by the incredible work of Chris Rigoni simply because it deserves to be seen. Stay tuned. Last week I was interviewed live on ABC radio [interview begins at 5.40min] for a segment on tattoo. I am not a tattooist—I am a sociologist that has experienced over 150 hours of tattooing and has been writing on tattoo and body modification for over six years for publications such as Vice, Dazed, Inked and of course, Skin Deep. Credentials aside, it was my first radio interview, and my blood was flowing with too much caffeine and the all-encompassing fear of saying something irrevocably stupid (we’ve all been there. Ed.). The bit was a follow-up to Adam Gabbatt’s piece published days before in The Guardian entitled, At arm’s length: are tattoos finally becoming uncool?. Here…

5 min.
rebel inc.

fede_gas_tattoo When I ask Federico Andújar AKA Fede Gas whether he sees himself as a rebel within tattooing, someone who sets out to break the rules in some way, it really tickles him. “Well, I guess I consider myself just a normal tattoo artist,” he laughs. “But yeah, maybe my style isn’t so common. I work with a wide range of colour in every piece I do and I guess that could be considered rebellious. Or at the very least a little risky.” It’s this use of colour that really drew me to Fede’s work in the first place. His tattoos offer a blend of some styles that don’t often play that well together and yet, within Fede’s work, they make perfect sense. There’s portraiture in there at the centre of it…

14 min.

I NOTICE CHARACTERISTICS OF YOUR WORK THAT ARE SIMILAR TO FEATURES FOUND IN RENAISSANCE ART; DO YOU DRAW INSPIRATION FROM THIS PERIOD? What gave it away? I absolutely draw inspiration from the Renaissance period, as well as many of the periods and styles of art that were a continuation thereof. I have to give credit where credit is due; I owe a huge portion of the skill of my hands to the man who taught me how to draw and paint, the late Attila Hejja. I studied under Attila for almost 3 years starting when I was 15 years old; Attila had studied under Harold Stevenson, Harold Stevenson had studied under the magnanimous Norman Rockwell, and Norman had been the recipient of the the European academic Atelier methodology of drawing and…

10 min.
dead set on life

MattyMatheson “I didn’t know that could happen!” exclaims Matty Matheson of becoming a New York Times best-selling author. We’re sitting at Montreal’s McKiernan Luncheonette and, between the mouth-watering jambon-beurre sandwiches, strong coffee and stellar company, life couldn’t be better. Our first topic of discussion? Matty Matheson: A Cookbook. Getting candid about what it took to publish it, the Toronto-based chef admits he was apprehensive at first. “As a chef, it’s the fear of your peers, not the fear of people,” he explains. “I’m a funny, jokey dude, but I was making a pretty serious kind of cookbook. I’ve never written anything, you know? I’m not a writer. I was just very afraid, but that’s the thing that makes me do everything that I do. If you’re not afraid, then it’s not worth doing.…