Frida Kahlo Mirror Mirror…

New York art gallery, Throck Morton is showcasing a rare collection of photographs taken of Frida Kahlo in a variety of settings.  Some show the true love that her and Diego Rivera shared in what look to be private moments captured candidly on someone’s camera.  Others show Frida in the garden of her Casa Azul, where she was born, grew up and eventually lived with Diego. We also get a glimpse into the pain that Frida was experiencing on a daily basis due to her poor health and how her pets gave her great comfort and joy in what must have been a difficult life.

Frida With Caimito de Guayabal, 1943

Frida With Itzcuintli Dog, 1949

Frida Winking, 1933

Frida And Diego Kissing, 1933

Frida And Her Ducks, 1948

Frida Wearing Tehuana Dress, Coyoacán, 1940

Frida Seated With Globe, Puente de Alvarado Studio, 1937

Frida On The Rooftop, New York, 1946

Frida Wearing Plaster Corset, Which She Decorated With Hammer And Sickle (And Unborn Baby), Coyoacán, 1951

Frida In San Francisco, 1940

Frida With Pink And Green Satin Blouse, Coyoacán, 1938

The exhibition will run at the Throck Morton fine art gallery in New York until September 12th

Cosmic Cuties: Body Confident Cartoons

Sixteen-year-old Mikhaila Nokel from Brooklyn, is the creator of Cosmic Cuties, a series of cartoon style illustrations that spread self love and body confidence. Mikhaila is a body image activist who uses her drawings to help other girls who may be struggling with self esteem issues.

The Cosmic Cuties website describes the illustrated girl gang as:

Kickass space girls who fight sexism throughout the universe. They stand for feminism, body acceptance, and self love!


Follow @cosmic_cuties for more awesome babes.

16th International Tattoo Expo Roma

Our Italian Contributor Ilaria went to Rome Tattoo Convention, this is the diary of her visit, including the incredible artists she met along the way…


“The International Tattoo Expo Rome was held from 8th to 10th May 2015. I could not resist, so I went there on Sunday, the last day…

“It is one of the biggest tattoo conventions in the world, where you can meet 300 international tattoo artists, from St. Petersburg, Beijing and Austin to Las Vegas, Montreal and London. The artists are very prestigious, and the convention allows the curious to get tattooed by their idols: for example, Sarah Miller, star of the US television show Ink Master, the phenomenon of Los Angeles Matt Arriola or the artists coming from the famous Lowrider Tattoo Studios.

“During last year’s convention, actress Asia Argento had marched on stage showing off her brand new tattoo done by Marco Manzo, as a competitor in the 2014 Tattoo Contest. This year Marco Manzo is still bringing his Haute Couture tattoos to the tattoo scene – feminine black lace inked onto skin. Last February, he also presented his tattooed clients at Maxxi Museum, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome. It was a success and a great step towards the acknowledgement of tattoo as an art form.

“Next I met Miss Juliet and Fabio Gargiulo, who created two limited editions prints to help Nepal earthquake victims. The proceeds will be donated to the appeal, and they will go on selling these artworks at other tattoo conventions: Naples, Athens, Milan and Cagliari. I think this is a strong and wise action, and the tattoo community has once again demonstrated sensitivity to world emergencies.

Miss Juliet and Fabio Gargiulo


“Walking around, I spotted so many new artists and I had the opportunity to meet some amazing people. Here are four people I was super happy to see:

David Côté. He is a young graphic designer and tattoo artist from Montreal, Canada. His psychedelic tattoos are stunning, and he is really a kind guy. Here is what he created during the convention.


Denis Elice. He is from Turin, Italy. I think you should keep an eye on him. He has clear ideas and his tattoos evidence this. Whales, sailors, roses, these are only some of his subjects. His style is black traditional, but with a very personal touch.


Chad Koeplinger. Well, he is one of the greats. Here are some of his tattoos from the convention.


Nicoz Balboa: (yep, after three men, we have a powerful woman!) She is an illustrator and her works on skin are simply beautiful, I think she has the right sense of balance between colour and subject, and she is great in freehand tattoo.


“Tattoo conventions always make me feel at home, and I think this is the best feeling ever. No judgments but only love and admiration for tattoos and art (that, to me, are just the same thing).”

Street spotting at Liverpool Tattoo Convention 2015

Style and tattoo spotting at Liverpool Tattoo Convention, 16-17 May 2015 at The Adelphi Hotel. Here are a few of our favourite people at the convention and a selection of their tattoos…

Name: Sophie Brown / Age: 21 / Job: Tattooist at Forever Ink Warrington 

Tattoos: Dagger and lady on left back calf by Chris HayesPerfume bottle and lady on arm by Danny Edwards at Forever Ink, Lady on right calf by Chris Martini 



Name: Natalie @superelevated / Age: 33 / Lives: Sheffield / Job: Lecturer in fashion industry 

Tattoos: Back piece by Tacho Franch,  thigh by Paul Goss, Wolf by Kelly Smith 



NameLauren Williamson / Age: 24 / Lives: Wirral / Job: works in an office 

Tattoos: Skull by Rob Nolan 13 Ink, Liverpool,
Skinhead by Dan SmithPortrait by Kyle Williams from Raw Ink in Wrexham 



Charlotte Tilburys makeup collection with Norman Parkinson

The world renowned makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury is launching her first ever collaboration with Vogue fashion photographer, Norman Parkinson. “I have always been fascinated and inspired by the incredible work of Norman Parkinson. He is a legendary photographer that, in the fashion world, we turn to again and again as a reference and an inspiration – his work is on every moodboard,” Tilbury said.

The line will include a compact bronzer, a dazzling powder highlighter, two matte lipsticks, makeup bag and large washbag.

Adorning the packaging are some of the beautiful photographs that Parkinson took for Vogues front covers over the years…the most prominent being the May 1975 issue which features a very young and beautiful Jerry Hall.
Lets hope our resident makeup artist, Keely can one day create hew own makeup line using the covers of Things & Ink!

The range will be available to buy from July 2015 from the Charlotte Tilbury website and Selfridges.

Tattooed lady, Isobel Varley 1937-2015

Isobel Varley 1937-2015

We’re so very sad to announce the news that Isobel Varley the world’s most tattooed senior woman – has passed away. RIP Isobel, such an inspirational woman breaking boundaries, we salute you Isobel.

The following was taken from her official Facebook page:

It is with deep sorrow that we must announce the passing of Isobel.

Shortly before 7 this morning Isobel passed peacefully onto her next adventure.

The Varley family would like to express their thanks to everyone for their support, their friendship and kind words expressed to, and about, Isobel and her numerous achievements during her time.

We would like to invite everyone to share their experiences and photographs with her on here as a tribute.

Heaven has a gained a new Angel.

Shrewsbury tattoo studio fundraising for Nepal earthquake appeal

Adorn tattoo studio, in Shrewsbury, are no strangers to fundraising, having only recently raised funds for two African medical centres. Now the team of professional artists are appealing for funds to aid the people of Nepal.

The Adorn team decided to launch their latest fundraising appeal on 30th April and the special charity initiative will be running up until 17th May.

People can have a small tattoo, selected from an array of special designs, with all the funds donated towards the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

The event has already been a roaring success with many people choosing to get adorned in the name of charity. Resident tattoo artists Jay and Rach have been keeping themselves incredibly busy, raising over £210 on the first day alone!

Aiden Johnson of Adorn said “We always like to ensure that we are doing our bit for people experiencing great challenges across the globe. The tragic events in Nepal inspired us to raise more money and we are confident that we can raise funds which will be of real benefit to those in need right now.”

People can call Adorn on 01743 343330 to arrange for one of the special tattoos. There is also a facility for people to donate online via Adorn’s website.

Globe tattoos

Who doesn’t love staring gleefully into a globe whilst it spins on its axis and contemplate where your next trip may be…maybe just us then! Below are a whole host of globe tattoos we have spotted recently…which country would be your globe tattoos focus?

  Kerry Gentle, Old Town Tattoo, Edinburgh 

 Avalon from The Grand Illusion  

  Matt Adamson from Jayne Doe

 Amy Savage  

 Tilly Dee from Trailer Trash Tattoo  
 Adam Miller, also from Trailer Trash Tattoo 
 Toby Gawler from Salon Serpent