“There’s something fun about doing subversive tattoos in a world where being tattooed is no longer a subversive act.” The Art of Kink: Exploring the World of BDSM Tattoos
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by Emily Fletcher
2d ago
*NSFW: YOU MIGHT NOT WANT TO OPEN THIS ARTICLE IN FRONT OF YOUR GRANDMA OR YOUR BOSS AT WORK, AS THERE IS A LOT OF NUDITY, INCLUDING FULL FRONTAL (UNLESS THEY’RE INTO KINK, TOO)* We love that BDSM offers a community of acceptance allowing people to embrace and celebrate their sexualities… We also adore that many tattoo collectors are choosing to proudly adorn their bodies with designs that reflect their connection to this vibrant, sex-positive and ever-growing community. We spoke to the tattoo artists specialising in these designs about their perspectives on the BDSM and kink scene. Of course ..read more
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“I look at myself as a canvas”, interview with Beckie Bold
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by Rosalie Hurr
1w ago
25-year-old digital creator Beckie Bold (@beckiebold) lives in North Wales where she creates inspiring content for her followers. We chatted to Beckie (she/her) to find out more about her tattoo collection and body confidence journey… What made you want to get tattooed? I’ve always loved tattoos and thought they were super cool when I was younger. Growing up I realised that I look at tattoos as someone painting their own canvas (their body). I think it’s really unique and brings lots of confidence and is definitely a way to express yourself as a person. I knew when I was younger that I would ..read more
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“I fell in love with the process of tattooing and that love has been with me all my life,” interview with tattooist Dmitrii Palkin
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by Pares Tailor
1w ago
We sat down to have an in-depth chat with tattoo artist Dmitrii Palkin who tattoos from Mimik Tattoo, in Charlotte, NC. What first made you fall in love with tattooing? Do you have a very strong first defining memory? Of course. It was in Russia. I was 10 years old and I saw the movie From Dusk till Dawn for the first time. George Clooney was so cool and he had a big brutal tattoo on his arm. This movie impressed me so much that I couldn’t sleep all night… I became a fan of tattoos after that. What tattoos are on your own body? How old were you when you got your first? Do they tell a stor ..read more
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“I find small things in everyday life – I contemplate whether those elements can be expressed through a tattoo,” interview with tattoo artist, Chou
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by Rosalie Hurr
1M ago
When Korean tattoo artist Chou (@chou_tatt) was becoming curious about the wider world, a serendipitous email landed in her inbox from Chronic Ink tattoo shop in Toronto, Canada. She grabbed the chance to work there without hesitation and moved from her native Korea to her current home of Canada. Here she shares more about her tattoo journey… What first made you fall in love with tattoos? Do you have a strong first memory? I first learned about tattoos when I was 16. The guy was a sort-of gangster, I supposed, but also an artist in the Irezumi genre – he always drew dragon faces. At that time ..read more
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“The idea is to convert scars into something pretty; to transform a difficult experience into something beautiful,” interview with Tina Caruso
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by Rosalie Hurr
1M ago
Tattoo artist Tina Caruso (@tinacarusodot) tattoos at Buzz Club in Leeds. Here she talks about her journey into the tattoo industry, never giving up on her dreams and her new project, the ‘pay as you feel campaign’ for those who’ve had mastectomies… How long have been tattooing and how did you get started in the industry? When I was 19, I started out of curiosity. My parents helped me buy my first tattoo machine and get my licence – I started tattooing from their house. At the time, in my small hometown in the south of Spain, there weren’t any tattoo studios. I moved to the UK in 2016 and tat ..read more
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“The main inspiration is always the emotions that lie underneath the surface, in their raw form,” interview with surreal tattooist, Poesis
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by Alice Snape
1M ago
We’re obsessed with the work of tattoo artist Poesis. She’s based in Hamburg, and is a resident artist at HOOD7. The tattoos she creates are magical, with an otherworldliness about them, sometimes you’re not quite sure exactly what you’re looking at – doors that open to other doors, bookcases with birds poking their head out… each of the tattoos Poesis creates is born from an emotion – and you can feel that in each one-of-a-kind tattoo. We caught up with the tattoo artist to find out more about her weird and beautiful work… Poesis / @poesis_tattoo Poesis / from her video art project ’The ..read more
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“I like to be quite free and experimental with my artwork” – interview with tattoo artist Meg Roberts
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by Rosalie Hurr
2M ago
Tattoo artist Meg Roberts (@meg.the.cyclopz_) creates blackwork and dotwork tattoos at The Drawing Room in Coventry. We chatted to Meg about her style, her love of cats and the reason she fell in love with tattooing… How long have you been tattooing? I’ve been tattooing for four years now. Two of which were my tattoo apprenticeship.  What made you want to become a tattoo artist? I’ve wanted to become a tattoo artist since I was five years old. I always had a strong passion for art and was fascinated by people who were heavily tattooed – I thought they looked so much cooler than the ..read more
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‘Tis the season – Christmas tattoos
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by Rosalie Hurr
2M ago
We love the twinkling lights, frosty mornings, hot chocolates piled high with cream and marshmallows. The joy of writing Christmas cards and making your own with family and pet portraits. Christmas is a special time of year, filled with traditions and loved ones. It seems that you all love it too – from festive food to Father Christmas, we chat to tattoo artists and collectors about their Christmas tattoos and the stories behind them... Tattoo artist Missi Blue @tattoosbymissiblue Tattoo by @tattoosbymissiblue “My life is so hectic and busy all the time, Christmas is the time of year that I’m ..read more
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“Understatement and neatness are what I’m all about,” interview with tattoo artist, Foret
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by Rosalie Hurr
2M ago
Tattoo artist, Foret (@foret_tattoo on Insta) is based in Itaewon in Seoul, Korea, and has been tattooing for six years now. She works out of Nandostudio. On her own body, she has just one secret hidden tattoo, and she loves creating miniature works of art for collectors who love fine line tattoos. We sat down to have a chat with her… How did you become a tattoo artist? When I was in college, some friends had tattoos and I was fascinated with them. My interest just grew from there… What made you want to become a tattoo artist? When I saw my friend’s old tattoo, I had a cheeky thought, ‘I’d do ..read more
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“Tattoos can mark a milestone moment, symbolise a new beginning or celebrate cherished memories in a person’s life,” interview with tattooist Tanya Buxton
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by Alice Snape
2M ago
Tanya Buxton started her career as a traditional tattooist, but she realised the power of tattooing extended beyond simple designs on skin. She now creates hyper realistic nipple tattoos for breast cancer survivors – and they look so real they often get removed from social media. We had a chat with Tanya, who tattoos from her welcoming studio Paradise in Cheltenham, to find out more... Tanya Buxton at Paradise Tattoo Studio in Cheltenham Can you remember the moment you fell in love with tattoos? I’ve been obsessed with tattooing for as long as I can remember. I was fascinated by my father’s ta ..read more
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