Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine

No. 312

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
Jazz Publishing
Back issues only

in this issue

4 min
time. always waiting in the wings This has all the makings of one of my classic Doctor Who editorials, though admittedly they’ve been pretty rare over the last few years due to the show itself being, shall we say, ‘average’. It’s good to call things out for what they are no matter how much you love them, It generally stops the decay and restarts the fire in a good way. Anyway… time. I’ve been reading a lot books about time lately. How time works. Whether time is real. Will time-travel be possible in the future. Those kind of things and I’ve come to the conclusion that none of it matters. It doesn’t matter how time works because all you have is Right Now and that’s important when we’re talking about tattooing because tattooing is the ultimate Right…

3 min
sleeve notes

TATTOO: BRITISH TATTOO ART REVEALED The (by now) well known and well received British Tattoo Art Revealed is on the move again, this time to the Historic Dockyard Chatham, Kent from March 21 to June 14. The exhibition offers a ground-breaking and comprehensive history of British tattooing, featuring cutting edge designers, leading academics and major private collectors to tell a story that challenges long-standing myths and pre-conceptions about tattooing when it comes to class, gender and age, whilst at the same time giving a voice to and celebrating the astonishingly rich artistic heritage of tattooing as an art form in the UK. Showcasing the work of major tattoo artists from George Burchett, via the Bristol Tattoo Club, to Alex Binnie and Lal Hardy this is the largest gathering of real objects and original…

5 min
one trick pony onetrickponybrand “I've been making t-shirts since I was 19 and in the army, just because I got a kick out of seeing other people wear my art… except back then, it wasn’t so easy to get things made so I was making these shirts that cost $18 each to produce and selling them for $10. Losing $8 a shirt seemed a small price to pay for the kick I got out of seeing them out in the streets.” While not the best business model in the world, that’s Jesse all over: more concerned about his art being seen by as many people as possible than the mighty dollar. Fast forward quite a few years and many sporadic Carkayous based (see box copy) t-shirt sales later, we find it all coming to a…

5 min
the king of kings

I CHOSE THE TATTOOERS OF MY PERSONAL LIST OF FRIENDS I MET THROUGHOUT MY COUNTLESS JOURNEYS ALL OVER THE PLANET What kind of response did you get to this idea of a tribute to the music legend? There are 180 submissions by 165 Artists from countries like France, Italy, Romania, Spain, Croatia, Serbia, Switzerland, Greece, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Holland, Belarus, England, Scotland, Brazil, USA, Canada, South Africa, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia and Germany. 160 of the participating artists are tattooers and there are also five participants from different art disciplines, like cartoonists and painters, that joined the event. The enthusiasm about this expo might be easily explained by the inter-generational effect of the musical life of Mr. Ian Fraser Kilmister, aka Lemmy. You’re talking about inter-generational effect, was the feedback you received from both…

4 min

IT’S CRAZY THAT THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE TATTOOS TALKING SHIT ON IT Sure, the style can be enigmatic; there aren’t any images to interpret. But in a world full of blotchy blackouts, it’s abundantly clear there’s much more to the finished product than the mere application of ink. To prove this, I followed up with Hoode. We delved deeper into his experience in the business and he offered some insight when it comes to minding your own. And in case you’re wondering, it’s pronounced Hoodie. Before we get in too deep, let’s start with something current: You recently blacked-out a portion of Kat Von D’s arm. Given her stature, there was subsequent backlash. How did you feel about all of the feedback, negative and positive? To each his own. For some…

6 min
sketchy gent

ninneoat theburningeyetattoo Ilias Efthymiou (who still uses his graffiti nickname, Ninne Oat) has only been tattooing seriously since 2016, but he’s already found his voice in the industry. His style is akin to taking the hectic feel of Trash Polka, combining it with solid realism, then blending it all up with a nice dose of sketchiness. It’s a style he’s applied to everyone from Dragon Ball’s Goku to Breaking Bad’s Heisenberg and it’s landed him guest spots all across Europe. Over the past several months he’s worked at Ritual Tattoo in Athens, Walk the Line Tattoo in Larisa, and Dots and Daggers Tattoo in Vienna. All before arriving at Zürich’s Burning Eye Tattoo, which is where we found him for a little chat… First things first: Do we call you Ilias Efthymiou or…