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Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine

Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine No. 306

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
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4 min.
the dirt will find you

It doesn’t happen everyday, but perhaps it happens more than I’d like it to. Or maybe even, not as often as I’d like it to. There I was strolling at a snails pace through Soho, marvelling at how much the place changes from month to month right now, never mind year to year, when out of the corner of my eye, I see a guy barrelling his way up the street with something in his sights that happened to be me. “Hey brother! You’re my man… I know you’re my man!” “Maybe…” I kind of knew where this was going before it even happened. BACK IN THE DAY, IT WOULDN’T HAVE STOOD A CHANCE AT BEING TAKEN SERIOUSLY BY LOOKING SO CLEAN AND PROFESSIONAL. “I’ve got two bags of Charlie left straight from Peru. They…

2 min.
sleeve notes

VENICE TATTOO CONVENTION The 2019 Venice Tattoo Convention (11-13 October) takes place at the Russott Hotel in (duh) Venice this year… or Venezia as they say out there if you want to appear windswept and/or interesting. It’s high on our radar for a road trip and with a poster designed by Volko Merschky and Simome Pfaff, it’s sure turning out to look pretty essential. A full artist list is soon to be announced but from what we can gather thus far, there are some heavy hitters with big gloves attending. Keep your eyes glued around these places for further information: veneziatattooconvention veneziatattooconvention veneziainternationaltattooconvention.com CHRIS MORRIS: STUDIO MOVE One of the UKs premier pop culture tattoo artists, Chris Morris is on the move leaving his current home in Cardiff for David Corden’s Semper studio in Edinburgh. Appointments…

3 min.
welcome to our tribe. this is how we roll.

Over a decade ago, when I got my first ever tattoo, I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know any other tattooed peeps and I’d never spoken to a tattooist before. During those first few years of inking my skin, it all slowly sunk in—a slow realisation of what tattooing is, what it stands for. If you haven’t reached this point in your tattoo journey yet, let me enlighten you. In this crew, amongst these fellow creators and wearers, we do not judge. We don’t care what style of tattoo you want to put on your body and we most certainly don’t sneer at anyone who prefers something different to the next person. We embrace diversity. We don’t care if you’re covered head to toe in tribal, watercolour, traditional,…

5 min.
our bodies, our voices, our marks

museumsvictoria.com.au/immigrationmuseum/whats-on/our-bodies-our-voices-our-marks/ The Immigration Museum’s new group of exhibits offer visitors a chance to engage with tattoo on a level deeper than skin. Here, stories of culture, tradition and migration speak through embedded ink. Without personally experiencing a tattoo, it may be hard to understand why somebody would undergo the painful procedure. For example, Joseph Banks, the 18th century naturalist on board Cook’s first voyages, was quite taken aback at the tattooing process of a Samoan girl: “What can be sufficient inducement to suffer so much pain is difficult to say; not one Indian (tho I have asked hundreds) would ever give me the least reason for it; possibly superstition may have something to do with it, nothingelse in my opinion could be a sufficient cause for so apparently absurd a custom”. Banks, like so…

6 min.
whatshisname?

“I’m used to people buying my art”, Burdon laughs, “but it is a strange thing to see. The first time I saw it, I was thinking ‘What have you done?! Why?’ But at the same time it’s very flattering that someone would take my work—one of my designs—and put it on their skin for life. It’s a huge compliment and I appreciate that. Plus, it gives me a bit of pressure. A lot of people have tattoos of bands that turn out to be one-hit-wonders… so I have to live up to expectations. I have to keep on going. Carry on with my designs and not be that one-hit wonder that people will be embarrassed about later!” Communism & Cartoons Born in Poland, Burdon grew up in that post-Communist era, where it…

6 min.
what’s in a name?

This time last year, as soon as I found out that I was pregnant, I immediately started to daydream about getting that eventual tattoo to mark the birth of my son. How I would choose to represent him was an easy decision—I loved the simplicity of name tattoos and knew that his simple five-letter name would make a great statement piece one day. Now, almost exactly 365 days later, I sit here and run my fingers over the right side of my neck. The word ‘Jaxon’ has been permanently etched into my skin by one of my favourite tattooists in the world, hand-poke artist Mike Love from Leicester. Perfectly healed, jet-black and created in Mike’s unique graffiti-inspired lettering-style, it took a couple of hours to complete and it truly was…