Category: Conventions

The UK’s 4th Annual Female Tattoo Artist Show

The Female Tattoo Artist Show is a small and intimate convention packed with an array of different female artists and performers from across the UK. The event will be filled with live music, burlesque acts, fire shows and, of course, tattoos! This is the 4th year that the show has been held at The Assembly and we can’t wait!

We’re most looking forward to seeing Grace Neutral, cover star of Issue 6 The Modification Issue, Anna Garvey and Keely Rutherford. There are many more amazing artists who can add to your tattoo collection: see the full artist list here.

Come and visit us at the Things&Ink stand! See you all there!

The lowdown from Brighton Tattoo Convention 2014

So, we’ve just about recovered from Brighton Tattoo Convention. It was a hectic weekend of meeting people, selling magazines, talking tattoos and, for some of us, getting tattooed – and we loved every minute of it (there may have been a lot of Sailor Jerry cocktails involved too).

We met loads of incredible people, and we want to say a huge thanks to everyone who came to our stand and bought a magazine from us – new readers and old, it’s always a pleasure to meet you face to face and hear what you think about Things&Ink.

Mini convention video – Brighton Tattoo Convention 2014 from Alice Snape on Vimeo.

Here’s some pics from the convention…

Our beautiful stand, with features editor, Nicola Cook, stylist, Olivia Snape, and makeup artist Keely Reichardt…

Nicola, Olivia and keely reppin T&I The dream team reppin’ T&I


Team hearts Team hearts – music writer Jen, makeup artist Keely and editor Alice


Music Writer Jen getting tattooed by Luke Jinks Music Writer Jen getting tattooed by Luke Jinks


Luke Jinks tattooing Music Writer Jen Luke Jinks tattooing Music Writer Jen

Photos: Hustler Squad.


Satan by Luke Jinks Satan by Luke Jinks


Our stylist Olivia also got tattooed by Brad Stevens from New York Adorned.

Sunshine Tattoo Sunshine Tattoo by Brad Stevens


Cover star Grace Neutral and editor Alice Snape enjoying SJ cocktails Cover star Grace Neutral and editor Alice Snape enjoying SJ cocktails – things got messy


If you didn’t get a chance to come and see us, make sure you follow our FB page, and also on Instagram and Twitter, for news, photos and updates.

And you can order the latest issue (#6) The Modification Issue, starring Grace Neutral, from our website,

Goodbye for another year Brighton, we can't wait for next year already Goodbye for another year Brighton, we can’t wait for next year already


Brighton Tattoo Convention Fun

Yep, it’s almost here. Three days until the Brighton Tattoo Convention – plus it’s Valentine’s weekend, so we’re really feeling the love.


Venue details
The 7th Brighton Tattoo Convention
15th/16th February 2014
Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

Opening times
11am-2am Saturday and Sunday
Plus there’s a pre-convention party from 8pm – 2am on Friday night… so hopefully see some of you at The Sailor Jerry bar, where they will be serving Sailor Jerry rum cocktails, including Hell Fires, Backyard Lemonades and Heavy Punch.

Here’s some photos of the fun from last year…

Rum Cocktails <3


And here’s makeup artist Keely and I on the stand last year… when we only had two issues of Things&Ink on sale, but at this year’s Brighton convention, we will be launching issue 6! Crazy, crazy… Come get your copy from our stand…


Things and Ink stand from last year Things and Ink stand from last year


See you at the bar? If not, make sure you take advantage of our sale, 25% of The Modification Issue and all subscriptions until Monday 17 February,, or from Newsstand.

The Modification Issue starring Grace Neutral is out now and we will celebrate in Brighton

Happy New Year to our amazing readers from the team at Things&Ink

The Things&Ink family would like to take this time to say thanks to all of our amazing readers for their support over the past year, we love you <3 Here’s to another amazing year of embracing female tattoo culture, 2014 is going to be good and we hope to meet as many of you as possible at conventions and other tattoo events.

Things and Ink happy new year

The Celebration Issue is out now,

London Tattoo Convention 2013 – best one yet

So last weekend was the ninth International London Tattoo Convention, at Tobacco Dock in London. And the Things&Ink team were lucky enough to have a stand there all weekend. We had the time of our lives and met so many likeminded people – it’s incredible meeting so many people who are as passionate about tattoos as we are.

The things and ink stand

We shared our stand with the awesome folk from Rude Cmpny. They make super-cool shades (check out a discount code in the art issue).

rude cmpny boys

We also met the lovely Ella Masters. She is the amazing illustrator who created this awesome picture of the editor – so cute.



Things and Ink stickers


We’re sad that the weekend is over, but it has made us feel very excited about the future of the magazine and we’re already thinking about Brighton Tattoo Convention next February. Hopefully we will see you all again then.

Photo of Rude boys by


Things&Ink at the London Tattoo Convention 2013

Wow, I can’t believe it has been one whole year since we last had a stand at the London Tattoo Convention. And at that point we were merely thrusting leaflets into people’s hands in the vain hope that they would take notice of a magazine that didn’t actually exist… well not in the beautiful way that it does now.

Four issues later, with four stunning covers, we are set to make a ripple at this year’s London Convention… And we hope to see as many of you there as possible to help us celebrate one whole year of Things&Ink – the magazine that celebrates tattoo culture with a feminine twist. We will have all four issues on sale – the launch, the face, the love and the art issue – and lots of the team will be there over the weekend, so please do come and say hello and let us know what you think of the magazine. The cover star of the art issue – Tracy D – will also be hanging out with us so come meet her, she might even sign your copy of the mag if you’re lucky.

Things and ink 1 2 3 and 4

Thanks for everyone who has supported us over the last year, it has been truly special. We will be in the Vaults, V61, check out the floorplan

Things and Ink stand London convention Things and Ink stand last year 2012

Some pics from the Great British Tattoo Show

Here is a small selection of photographs from the first ever Great British Tattoo Show.

Tattoo show t-shirt
A view from above

I discovered one talented new artist – Pedro Santos – and he had some amazing flash he tattooed at the show. Take a look at Pedro’s tumblr too.

Pedro Santos Tattoo Flash
Here is a very lucky lady being tattooed with the lady face from the flash sheet.
I also spotted this lovely perfume bottle in Pedro's portfolio - I would definitely like to add a perfume bottle to my 'vintage' arm...

And here is a quick snap of what I like to call my vintage arm at the show…

Vintage arm
My vintage ink

Photos: James, Papercut Pictures

The full album of photos from the show can be viewed on Facebook

Alex and Zoe Binnie – the tattooed love story

Ever wondered how one tattoo artist proposes to another?
Read on to find out. Here is the love story of Alex and Zoe Binnie… 

Zoe and Alex Binnie
Zoe and Alex Binnie

How did you meet?

Zoe: He was tattooing Mo Coppoletta and I came into the shop to bring something in for Mo on my way to work – I worked in a bar at the time. And we just sat down and had a little chat while he was working.
Alex: And I really fancied her and this was, what, 12 years ago. I thought there was something about her I really like, a lot, so…a couple of years later, I found her number and called her – I didn’t ask her out on a date, I offered her a job. I thought that was the best way of getting her in my life. I said we needed someone to be our glamorous new receptionist and desk girl.
Zoe: And he said under no circumstances is this an apprenticeship, so don’t even think about it.
Alex: Is that what I said?
Zoe: Yep, don’t even think about it. So I was like, fine OK and I accepted the offer and came to work for him.
Alex: (looks at Zoe) And actually you learned to tattoo in the shop a few years later…you terrible girl!
Both: And then…
Zoe: I left the shop.
Alex: with Miles – she ended up having a relationship with one of my guys, Miles. Which was fine, I was in a relationship myself and I had two young kids.  It was cool, I always loved her, but I didn’t need it to be consummated in that way – I was happy just having her around.
Zoe: Then I was away in Australia for about five or six years. Then I came back…
Alex: And we’d always kept in touch – as friends, of course.
Zoe: When I came back Miles and I had split up. And that was about a year and a half or two years ago now…and Alex and I went out for a few dinners, like we always used to, as friends…
Alex: Well, we went out for one dinner as friends and then it got a bit “not friendly”…
Zoe: it was weird…
Alex: We think the scales were lifted from our eyes at exactly the same time…
Zoe: He liked my new fringe…
Alex: It was a different fringe from this one. Obviously I like this fringe, too… Then, we were together and here we are. We’ve been together as a couple for a little over a year.

It was like the scales had been lifted from our eyes
It was like the scales had been lifted from our eyes

So when did you propose?

Zoe: Valentine’s day.
Alex: Yep I proposed on Valentine’s day.
Zoe: It’s a very romantic story.
Alex: Go on, you tell it then.
Zoe: I was working and Alex was in Brighton – doing what I’m not sure…
Alex: I was busy.
Zoe: He told me he couldn’t come to see me and he was like “You don’t care about Valentine’s day anyway, do you?” and I was like “No, of course not…it’s fine, it doesn’t matter”. He got flowers sent to the shop during the day, saying really sorry he couldn’t be with me. I was like “awww that’s nice”. Then I went home and I was making dinner with my flat mate and I got a phone call from Into You London (Alex’s shop) and it was Alex. I said, “What are you doing in London?” and he said “Babes, you didn’t think I’d really miss Valentine’s day, did you?” He’d booked a table to ‘our’ restaurant – the one where the scales had been lifted from our eyes. He said he would be there at nine, so I only had half an hour to quickly get dressed and get there. I got there and went to sit down and his hat was on the chair. I lifted the hat up and there was a big, sort of diamond and Alex said it was a taste of things to come. I was just like fine, whatever, thanks and I sat down.
Alex: And then I told her she had to come outside, as I had something to show her.
Zoe: And he was checking his nails every five minutes and looking nervous…and as he lead me outside I saw he had a little box in his hand. I was like oh my god, oh my god – I think I know what’s going to happen. Then when we were outside he got down on two knees – he has a dodgy knee – and he lifted up his shirt and he had ‘marry me’ tattooed on his chest. He said “Darling, will you marry me?” And I said “of course, yes”. Then, he said he didn’t have a ring yet, but he had picked a diamond.
Alex: I did have the diamond with me.

Marry me?

Zoe: And then we went back inside, so I could have a look at the diamond. And of course the next day, I went and got the ‘yes’ tattooed on me… then in two months’ time I will be (scary voice) Mrs Binnie.
Alex: (in scary voice) Yes Mrs Biiiinnnie…


 So do you two ever tattoo each other?

Alex: Yeah we have.
Zoe: (Looks at Alex) I am supposed to be tattooing you at some point soon.
Alex: I have to admit, I find it a bit difficult to tattoo her now, as I don’t want to hurt her.  (Looks at Zoe) I don’t want to hurt you babe.
Zoe: And then you’d have to stare at it every night.
Alex: It’s tricky, there’s too much stuff going on, as the great Hanky Panky (Henk Shiffmacher) said you should probably never tattoo your other half. It can be weird, but who knows I might tattoo her again one day.

Sealed with a kiss - how romantic

So there it goes, the tale of two love-struck tattoo artists – how they found love and how he proposed to her. 

This interview took place at the London Tattoo Convention in September 2011 and the couple wed at the end of that year, massive congratulations to you both. Check out my tattoo film series, filmed with Papercut Pictures for Zeitgeist, with lots of other artists (including the infamous Mr Binnie) talking about their craft at the convention. The London Tattoo Convention film series.

Visit Alex’s website
Zoe now works at Cult Classic Tattoo