Category: Conventions

Street spotting at the Tattoo Tea Party in Manchester

Style and tattoo spotting at the Tattoo Tea Party, in Manchester. By editor Alice Snape and managing editor Keely Reichardt.

Check out these photos from the Tattoo Tea Party in Manchester. We love people watching, and these gorgeous people caught our eye! Check out their tattoos below…

Our first style spot of the convention was this lovely lady!

Name: Patti Cakes
Age: 25
Job: Makeup artist
Tattoos: Perfume bottle by Dean Reilly at Hello Sailor, Blackpool, blusher brush by Rich Warburton, lipstick by Mikee Cue at Mint Gun Club

Perfume bottle by Dean Reilly at Hello Sailor

 

Tea party blusher tattoo Blusher brush by Rich Warburton

 

Lipstick by Mikee Cue at Mint Gun Club

 

We noticed Salli’s awesome style while she was getting tattooed  at the booth opposite our stand by Lauren from Redwood Tattoo Studio in Manchester.

Name: Salli
Age: 23
Location: Stoke on Trent
Job: Insurance Adviser
Tattoos: Chest and arm by Matt Webb

Chest and arm by Matt Webb

 

Fresh tattoo on leg by Lauren at Redwood Tattoo Studio, Manchester.

 

We spotted Jess’s awesome upper arm tattoo by Crispy Lennox and couldn’t resist asking her what other tattoos she had hidden…

Name: Jess
Age: 23
Job: Piercer
Location: Newark, Nottingham
Tattoos: Upper arm by Crispy Lennox, forearm and neck by Tiny Miss Becca, hands by Adriaan Machete.

Arm by Crispy Lennox Arm by Crispy Lennox

 

Arm by Tiny Miss Becca Arm by Tiny Miss Becca

 

Hands by Adriaan Machete Hands by Adriaan Machete

 

We spotted Georgia’s amazing portrait by Emma Kierzek and had to pap her…

Georgia tea party style spot

Name: Georgia
Age: 23
Location: Preston
Job: Works in Retail
Tattoos: Portrait by Emma Kierzek, Aurora Tattoo, back of legs by Valerie Vargas

Portrait by Emma Kierzek Portrait by Emma Kierzek

 

Back of legs by Valerie Vargas

 

Which other tattoo conventions will you be attending this year? Let us know and maybe we will be there to spot your style…

 

 

 

Our pick of the artists to watch out for at Brighton Tattoo Convention 2015…

Artists chosen by T&I editor Alice Snape, T&I editorial assistant Rosalie Woodward and T&I managing editor Keely Reichardt

Here at Things&Ink magazine, conventions are our favourite… like being in a tattoo bubble… we can spend forever searching for artists, and looking at their back catalogue of work. So we’ve compiled this little round-up of some of our favourite artists who are attending the Brighton Tattoo Convention this year, with reasons why we like them. Hopefully we’ll see some of you at the convention, as we will have a stand there all weekend, and you can let us know if you agree with our picks – and crucially who you think we missed…

Kid Kros from Casa Occulta in Split, Croatia @Kidkros
“I love his animals, they range from unbelievably cute to downright frightening, but always intriguing and he perfectly captures their latent personalities. His detailing is mesmerising, especially his jewellery inspired pieces and he’s really finding his feet style wise.” Rosie

Rafaela @rafaela2die4 Tattooing at ‘To die for tattoo’ Leverkusen, Germany
“Rafaela continues to create beautiful women but with a sadness in their eyes that captures my soul. Her colour palette is divine, a wash with pinks and blues, whose depths reflect the tone of the piece.” Rosie

Alix Ge, France @alixge
“I love the way Alix Ge experiments with style and inspiration, including Japanese influences and a more traditional range of colours. Her women are soft with almost plump faces, as if they have been plucked from period dramas, forever suspended in time on someone’s skin. Definitely on my tattoo wish list!” Rosie

“Alix Ge is someone I am saving the top of my arm for (this is a big deal for me, as I used to not want my arms tattooed at all)!  I love the romantic expressions on her lady faces and the rosy coloured cheeks she gives them.  Her style is really interesting in the way she mixes traditional Japanese with beautiful soft women’s faces who look like they have stepped straight out of a Jane Austen novel!”  Keely

Greggletron @greggletron, Scapegoat Tattoo, Portland USA
“He’s just one of the many incredible talents that work out of Scapegoat in Portland (I would get tattooed by all of them). Greggltron uses such a beautiful palette of colours, reds, warm colours that have a wonderful vintage vibe – kind of  traditional with his own twist. The girls he creates are stunning and their eyes are hypnotic.” Alice

Danielle Rose, The Illustration Issue cover star and travelling tattoo artist @DanielleRoseTattoo
“Danielle Rose was our cover star for ‘The Illustration Issue’ and has become one of the most sought after artists of the last 18 months. I have a Larry David portrait by her from 2013, which is still one of my favourite tattoos.  She is particularly well known for her weeping lady faces who have all been characterised into different scenarios – the beekeeper, the punk rocker, even a Marie Antoinette lookalike!”  Keely

Big Sleeps, LA @bigsleeps  
“The godfather of lettering all the way from Los Angeles… Big Sleeps is your go-to man if you want some bold yet beautifully crafted words!” Keely

Matthew Gordon, Berlin, Germany, @Matthew_Gordon
“Matt is currently working on my butterfly lady backpiece, I love how he creates huge pieces that really work on the body. I was first drawn to his work when I saw the front piece that he did on my friend Celine.” Alice

Miss Juliet, Don’t Tell Mama
“I love her ornate and beautiful style, her work is instantly recognisable and the way she creates shapes from hundreds of small lines is amazing.” Rosie

Araceli 4ever, London UK @araceli_4ever
“I have loved watching Araceli grow into her own style as a tattoo artist. I knew her before she started her apprenticeship and she has really come into her own, and created a style that is just hers. She is super-lovely and a beautiful person too.” Alice

Andrea Furci, Seven Doors, London, UK @andreafurci
“Andrea did one of my first ever tattoos (a cameo on my wrist), I love his bold traditional style.”

Bugs, USA
“I love Bug’s style, it is so artistic and unusual and looks like a fusion of cubism, art deco and classical art. A true artist” Alice

David Corden, Edinburgh, UK
“David Corden is an incredible portrait tattoo artist, the likeness he manages to create is just out of this world.” Alice

Also look out for Things&Ink cover stars – past and present: Brian Wilson, Delphine Noiztoy, (stripped back) Wendy Pham (The Identity Issue), Grace Neutral (The Modification Issue) and Tiny Miss Becca (The Celebration Issue)…

Things&Ink the celebration issue 5 Time to party with two of the tattoo world’s leading ladies, Amy Savage and Tiny Miss Becca
Space Elf Grace Neutral on the cover of issue 6 – which launched at last year’s Brighton Tattoo Convention

 

Come and see us at our stand at the convention! And find out if our anatomy issue cover star is also tattooing at The Brighton Tattoo Convention 2015… we cannot wait, see you there?

Female Tattoo Artist Show

Earlier in September, we had a stand at The 4th Annual Female Tattoo Artist Show in Leamington Spa.

But we wanted to find out more about the need for an all-female tattoo show, and why it was first set up. So we spoke to one of the organisers at CBA Promotions to find out more, see how the show went for them and if any changes will be made to the convention in the future.

How long has the show been running for and who started it? This was our 4th year of running the show and it was started by Dave Boyle with a lot of help from his team at Creative Body Art in Coventry

Why have you chosen to create a female only convention? Honestly, we just wanted to put on a tattoo show and this was the only thing that had not been done in the UK before. The idea came from a show in the USA that has run for more than 20 years.

Is it at related to sexism in the workplace or the tattoo industry? Do you think it is harder for women to get noticed purely for their work? It is not related directly to sexism, however people would be stupid to think that it doesn’t exist. Even now, in our tattoo studio, we have guys come in and ask the female artists where the tattooist is. We were also told by a female artist one year she was denied applying to work a tattoo show “because they already had enough female tattooists on the list”.

I don’t think it’s harder for female artists to get noticed these days, the tattoo industry has come a very long way in recent years and there are now so many amazing tattooists both male and female. Most studios have a female artist – and so they should, I’ve always had female artists in my studio and long may that continue. I can remember when you could count on one hand how many female owned tattoo studios there were in the UK and now that has changed and it’s totally awesome.


Why was the judging done by three men when it is a female only convention? It wasn’t something we gave a great deal of thought to to be honest, in recent years we have had female judges, but like all tattoo shows we grab what judges we can as it’s not a job everyone wants to do, it usually depends who’s free and available at the time.

The entertainment was very similar to other conventions – dancing girls, pinups etc – why did you pick the same formula? The 1st Annual Female Tattoo Show had a very vintage feel. This theme came from the Art Deco and up-market venue, so the show was born from that. We are only a very small, one-day show and we put a lot of time and effort into the entertainment.


What are your plans for next year? Will you change anything? We are currently in the planing stage idea wise for next year’s show, I don’t think we will change much. We have a few things to address and we learn every year and listen to feedback. We make slight changes every year, for example we reduced the entrance fee this year and allowed children in for free, whereas previous shows have been 18 only. We are looking at reducing the cost of trade spaces too, especially for smaller independent traders.

Was the show a success for you? Any words for people wanting to attend next year? This year’s show for us was a huge success! The number of people who attended was up on last year and we had a huge waiting list of artists wanting to work. We also sold out of tattoo booths three months before the show. Anyone thinking about attending next year’s show definitely should as it’s a great day out. There is lots to do in the local area if people wanted to make a weekend of it, we have Shakespeare’s birthplace just up the road, Warwick and Kenilworth Castle and Coventry Cathedral are all great places to visit. Leamington Spa itself has some lovely shops, cafes and bars.

Photos from Things&Ink and Female Tattoo Show

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 facebook.com/thingsandink, 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, thingsandink.com.

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.

btc14postcard

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, thingsandink.com, 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, thingsandink.com

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 http://hustlersquad.net/