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Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine

Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine No. 311

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

4 min.
turn and face the strange

It’s not Christmas yet but by the time you lay your eyes on this page, it will have come, gone and the whole of 2019 will be consigned to the history bin. Done, dusted, never to be seen again. If you’re out of the traps early, you’ll be picking this up just as the clock has turned 2020. Maybe you’ll be feeling good about yourself because even if you’re not the kind of person who makes new year resolutions, you can’t help but feel like it’s a good time to make a ‘fresh start’. Then again, you might be feeling like you’re deep in a hole you can’t get out of because yesterday you resolved to take better care of yourself and when you looked down at your hand, there was…

3 min.
nothing stays new forever

I hate to admit it, but I do spend a significant portion of my time daydreaming about how I’d add to—and slightly amend—my current tattoo collection. I’m sure I’m not the only one, right? I look at the blank spaces and drift off to an imaginary land, one in which tattoos aren’t so painful and they regularly grow on trees. In my head, I skip merrily along, picking art from branches and decorating my body with it, until I become one finished, glorious piece, made from hundreds of different crazy pictures and words, all so different, yet all interlinked in some way. I don’t just think about the specific new images themselves but the size, colour, style and artist I’d choose to create them. I sometimes also fantasise about strolling into…

2 min.
sleeve notes

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 WIN ONE OF FIVE PAIRS OF TICKETS TO TATTOO FREEZE 2020 2019 is a bust. It's time to embrace the future and commit to getting some more ink in the skin. 2020 is officially the year of Getting Good Ink and there's no better place to start than with the first UK tattoo convention of the year. We may have said we only had a few to give away but we lifted those old cushions on the sofa…

7 min.
saved by ink

iamloz__ “I first saw my dad’s tattoos—he had a dragon tattoo from his old neighbourhood and a scorpion for his zodiac sign,” recalls Carlos ‘Loz’ Oliveros of his first encounter with ink. “The funny thing is, I ended up covering up that tattoo for him with a better Scorpio design,” he continues. “He really hated it because it read ‘Escorpio’ when it needed to read ‘Scorpio,’ so it had an accent. It just became a joke for quite a while.” An industrial electrician by day, Oliveros’ father would use everyday items to build DIY tattoo machines at home. “I watched him build the power supply and the machines,” he remembers. “He was pretty good with his hands, creating things. He tattooed as well” and passed on his knowledge to Oliveros who started practicing…

11 min.
ask here part two

leufamilyiron.com • seedpress.ie 1978 is a crucial year in your life: Felix has the revelation about tattooing in Yugoslavia; he learns the basics of tattooing with Jock, an old-timer in London who accepted to teach him and then, after 6 months of “apprenticeship”, all the family leaves, Felix with a bit of a material to start tattooing, to Goa, India. Why that fast and why that far? First of all, life was very cheap there, and it was also a good place for kids to grow up in. But the main reason was that Goa had a steady stream of travellers passing through it, Westerners who would come there for 2 weeks, one month… people like us. So Felix thought that was a good place to go and tattoo. We didn’t have…

14 min.
unbound mutations

@benoztattoos Typing has become an innate ability, one that I use without labour, and a skill that allows me to formulate one worded structure after the next, building and layering an exposition until a meaning cannot be held no more. The tattooist Ben Osrowitz wields his tattoo machine with the same effortless precision, for tattooing to him is a natural ability. With every mark and every deliberate line the tattooist operates with the meticulousness of a surgeon, never committing to an act without thorough consideration. Osrowitz carefully builds and layers one ghoulish image after the next, compounding different creatures and biological structures into a monstrous vision of another world, an apocalyptic space where beings have mutated to live and thrive. The tattooist’s oeuvre weaves a macabre narrative, one that is made…