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Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine No. 298

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
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13 Issues


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a cabinet of curiosities

“The first mistake of art is to assume that it’s serious”Lester Bangs Last week, for the first time ever I got asked–To My Face–what the difference between a tattooer and a tattoo artist was. Over the years, we’ve delved into this on and off but (personally speaking) I’ve never got my hammer out to nail my colours to a particular mast over it. The problem so far as I see it, is this: Nobody wants to be a ‘tattooer’ because it insinuates your skill is ‘just’ in making a tattoo… but that’s why we are all here isn’t it? MORNING There’s something about the idea of being a ‘tattoo artist’ though that suggests you’re a step above being a tattooer. THE TRUTH LIES SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE WITH SOME PARTS OF THE THEORY…

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getting tattooed has taught me a lot over the years

Just over 10 years ago when I walked into a tattoo shop for the first time, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I didn’t question the process. I just wanted that small symbol on my leg—so I went in, sat down, winced, smiled, parted with the cash and that was that. A decade and hundreds of individual tattoo sessions later, putting ink into my body has definitely come to represent something much more. It has undoubtedly changed me, without me even realising it. I could write that tattoos have made me love myself… but it’s not quite as simple as that. I haven’t necessarily been taught to adore my body but rather to value its imperfections, to not be afraid of it, own it, and find love through that…

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rebel inc.

@debrartist / @debrartattoos Deborah Genchi is the perfect example of a tattoo being the sum of its parts—the coming together of the artist, the art and the living, breathing canvas upon which the art is to be created. The Italian artist works out of her own studio, DebrArt Tattoos in Bari, located in the southern part of the country. “Exactly on the heel,” she says with a smile. “You know it looks like a boot, don’t you?” I NEED TO STAY AWAY FROM DISTRACTIONS AND FOCUS ONLY ON THEIR STORIESI DON’T WANT TO MAKE TATTOOS THAT LOOK LIKE PHOTOGRAPHS, I INCORPORATE SOME ARTISTIC TECHNIQUE SO THAT IT LOOKS LIKE THE PAINTER WAS STILL WORKING ON THEM Style-wise, she’s coined the phrase #halfrealhalfdrawn to describe her work and, for me, there’s so much in that:…

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the world within Behind the art brand ‘Broken Isn’t Bad’ is 28 year old Croatian illustrator, Sanda. With a background in graphic design, she launched her new artistic project three years ago “in order to channel negative emotions,” she recalls, “I was quite depressed and unhappy so I started drawing and it felt like I had found myself again”. Her emotive creations are intended to inspire those also struggling: “Growing up is harder than we expected… life is full of surprises and not all of them are pretty. Hearts get broken and it hurts.” Her black and white line-based illustrations have a minimalist feel to them, their aim “to focus on the self awareness, to represent our spiritual wisdom and vastness of our inner worlds.” Despite embracing simplicity, her artistic creations are simultaneously complex,…

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a new ritual

Each gesture made by his hand has long-lasting effect, on both the subject’s body and the experience of observers. These spectators fall readily into his trance, consumed by the heavy mix of punctured skin and bellowing, room-filling noise. The artist tests the permanence of the tattoo, playing at the boundaries of its purpose and aesthetic. These are not tattoos made in the likeness of subject matter or as a conformity motif to any particular style. Instead this is a mark making process whereby lines are gestures of actions performed live, without the safety of pre-planned thought. Yet these performance traces are as significant, if not more so, than traditionally prepared tattoos. They are artefacts of the lived experience, lines and marks of the passing of time and the evidence of…

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the uninkables

My family are unusual; 3 of my closest relatives can’t get tattooed. It’s not due to religious beliefs, ethical considerations or artistic aesthetics. They have all been advised by Doctors that tattooing would be detrimental to their health; potentially fatal even. “I always meant to get my RAF number tattooed on my wrist,” says my dad with a frown as he passes me the sprouts. Sat around the dinner table on Christmas day, of the 8 people tucking into turkey and cranberry sauce only me and my wife have tattoos. My brother and his partner are yet to be inked; his son is too young. My mum and dad are in the uninkable clan as is my 5 year old daughter Isla. As I watch her make shapes in her mashed potatoes…