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Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine

Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine No. 309

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.
soul shaker

I watched an interview with Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) and Joe Rogan a few weeks back—if you’ve ever watched an episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, you’ll know that he has all kinds of guests on—and his guests range from Penn Jillette and Richard Dawkins across the board to Louis Theroux and Roseanne Barr—it seems to be based on whoever might be passing by on any given day. That guy can interview the crap out of people—if you’ve never paid a visit—get it on. Anyway, there’s a segment in which Steven is talking about being in Vancouver with Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) and how they were recording albums at the same time and he finds that Motley Crue and Bob Rock (producer) are using ProTools to make the Dr Feelgood album. TO A…

4 min.
why do we define artistic success by online popularity?

For the tattoo industry in 2019, Instagram is everything. It’s the go-to place if you want to discover the latest work from artists. It’s the platform on which creatives can easily share their inspirations, work, prices, news, ideas and more. Gone are the days of scrapbooks (or even those archaic things we called websites), for many tattooists, the only lasting legacy of their art balances within the four walls of a smartphone screen. For the tattooed, it’s where we proudly display our freshly-decorated frames for all to see - we tell our tales passionately and publicly. A simple tap shows our admiration of something. We rejoice. We get inspired. We come together. We unite digitally as one enormous ink-obsessed community. We feel we are never alone. With 500 million individual people…

1 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 sure flipped by in the blink of an eye huh? Here we are staring down the barrel of Christmas and some other festive type things, which means Tattoo Freeze is just five minutes away. Well… maybe a little longer than that but if you want to impress the guy who works at the supermarket or the girl who you think might be looking at you…

1 min.
scenes from london tattoo convention

Organiser Miki Vialetto has created a convention that most tattooists crave to be a part of. Situated at the Tobacco Dock in East London, the venue welcomed a monumental crowd for all three days. We could easily see legendary tattooers like Doc Price, George Bone, Jack Rudy, Filip Leu, Chris Garver, Tomas Tomas, and others. There were also television celebrities like Ryan Malarkey, Oliver Peck and Teresa Sharpe tattooing in the booths; live collaborative projects being done by Gakkin + Gordo Letters, Benjamin Laukis + Mayonaize, and a glimpse of artists who rarely appear at conventions such as Pietro Sedda, Xoil, Lewisink, and Mambo. The London Tattoo Convention has made it a priority to display A-list tattooing for viewers, showing the diverse styles from all corners of the world, in addition…

11 min.
the last interview with norm “love letters”

It was just two weeks before that I had talked to him at the London Tattoo Convention, where he was smiling and tattooing a walk-in client, sitting in a tight booth next to his friend, Grace Neutral. She sometimes called him Eric (his real name: Eric Rosenbaum), who was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and moved to the West Coast of California in the 1990s, and became a member of three distinguished graffiti crews: AWR, MSK, and TSL. Norm spent his last year living-the-dream, traveling to tattoo events, bringing his graffiti-and-Chicano-lettering style to locations like China and England. On the 7th of October, he commented: “I’m almost back from around the world. Wanna thank everyone for making this amazing trip”—he gave special thanks to Big Sleeps, El Whyner, Miki Vialetto,…

6 min.
figures of freedom

www.p-mod.com P_mod • p-mod.tumblr.com • pmod.photo • LaureSiegel How do you do to gather together 10 years of work in 90 photos? It’s Christophe (Escarmand), founder and editor of Noire Méduse, who did it. Before, I already made a pre-selection, from the hundred thousands of photos I had in stock. I liked the work he did on previous publications like La Veine Graphique. He’s been in this culture for a long time now and he understands it - unlike other editors. Was the idea to do a complete and representative panorama of an era? No, we didn’t want to do like a Panini album in which we had to include required people: Bill Salmon, Filip Leu, etc. There are other people who already did that from an historical perspective, so that wasn’t necessary. None of these portraits…