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Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine

Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine No. 308

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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Jazz Publishing
Frequency:
Back issues only
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4 min.
space invader

I was in a shop actually buying something instead of shaking my head at how amazing it was there was still any shops left on the high street. The guy on the other side of the counter had a tattoo on his forearm that I recognised. A secret code amongst fans of a certain kind of thing. He had labelled himself as a member of The Children Of The Fence. Under certain circumstances, he will be surrounded by thousands of others—a large percentage of which would also have similar tattoos. It exists—look it up if you don’t know what I’m talking about. >EXCITED BY SUCH A FIND IN THE HIGH STREET OF ALL PLACES, I REACHED ACROSS THE COUNTER AND GRABBED HIS WRIST… editor@skindeep.co.uk Excited by such a find in the high street of…

3 min.
do tattoos feed our imaginations?

A few months back I told a story about the moment my baby looked at my tattoos for the first time and PROPERLY looked at them. Well, I just witnessed part two of this tale and it got me thinking about the way we talk about our own tattoos with strangers. Anyone who has been around really tiny people knows all too well that they will try to put everything and anything into their gobs. At seven months old, my kid’s first reaction to seeing something new, familiar, interesting, brightly-coloured or solid (this encompasses most physical items in the entire world), his wide chops open like he’s about to take a bite out of a big juicy burger. No, apparently he’s not just insanely hungry all of the time, but babies navigate…

3 min.
long story short

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 We always like to see a new studio opening—particularly when it’s had love, care and attention pumped into its foundations. Such is the case with Long Story Short in Reading. Run by its founder and senior artist, Ben McClay and backed up by resident artist Pia Thaleia, Long Story Short presents itself as a "tattoo lounge”— Ben explains this a little further: “My dad actually named the studio. We were chatting and at the end of his…

8 min.
dig deep

@d_o_c_t_e_u_r__l_u_l_u The technique that you use to make these etchings is not very conventional, can you explain it to us? I start from an existing drawing, done by hand on paper or in Photoshop, and I print it, like I would a tattoo. Once the drawing is cleaned up, I put on a slab of transparent Plexiglas which will be used as a mould. Then I take my tattoo machine, usually a rotary—but a coil is fine too for filling—and trace the design. Like for a tattoo, I take thin needles, more or less according to the tracing that I want. I don’t like to throw things away, so I use first the needles which have expired, needles still wrapped but with an expired best-before date. Does this technique have a name? Weeeeeeeeeell, no.…

8 min.
valley of the dolls

staceymartin.com • staceymartintattoos.etsy.com • @staceymartintattoos Everyone fell in love with the Kewpie. The USA, then Germany, then Japan and now thousands of tattooed people all across the planet. But where did the mania manifest from? And why? Well, the Kewpie (named so after ‘Cupid’) was first born into existence in 1909 by illustrator Rose O’Neill when she created the cute cartoon characters for her comic strip in ‘Ladies' Home Journal’. International love for them quickly gained momentum, Rose released paper doll versions of them for people to collect (called ‘Kewpie Kutouts’) and in 1913 she oversaw the creation of the first physical porcelain Kewpie doll in Germany. In the years that followed, these little adorable faces would pop up all over the world, in the form of toys and trinkets, crockery and…

6 min.
the creekman

thecreekman • thecreekman.com By the time Kevin Creekman was 18 years old, he tipped the scales at 150kg. A year later, he had lost 80kg thanks to pure determination and hard work, but rather than celebrating, he still felt uncomfortable in his own body. The fat was gone, but the excess skin remained and, in 2014, Creekman went under the knife to surgically remove skin from his belly, back and lateral body. He thought that would be the final step in his transformation and yet, something still didn’t feel right. “After the surgery, I was hoping to find more confidence in my skin, but I still felt ashamed of my body and the scars,” he admits. “My scars told a story I didn’t want to tell everybody. I couldn’t even show my…