Category: Feature tattoos

Tattooed Christmas Gift Guide

Here’s our gift guide for the loved-ones in your life who are as obsessed with tattoos as we are!

The perfect tee for everyone, show your love for Things&Ink wherever you go!
Mister Paterson Unisex T shirt £15

What more could you want than pugs? Tattooed pugs, doh!
Pug Love Cushion Cover £14

Pug Love Cushion Cover

The new ‘it’ bag!
Mister Paterson Canvas Tote Bag £10

For the bearded men in your life, this luxurious oil will tame any unruly mane. Use discount code: THINGS&INK to get the Ultimate Gift Set (rrp £60) for £56.50 
Bear Face Beard Oil 


Channel your inner rock god with this stunning statement ring!
Freedom Ring Set with Onyx by The Wildness Jewellery

We couldn’t pick just one piece of art from Atomica Gallery, get yourself to their gallery in London to view even more beautiful art…
Exclusive to Atomica Gallery “The Chair 2″ £130

Image of "The Chair 2" FRAMED

Looking for a bit of inspiration, then this is the book for you, get your pencils at the ready!
The Tattoo Colouring Book $15

The perfect gift, need we say more?
Bundle of all 3 Covers, Issue 9, Stripped Back, Things&Ink magazine £16


Accessorise everything with tattoo inspired things, including this handmade cosy.
Tattoo Style Knitted Tea Cosy £55

Swallow Tea Cosy


What’s on your Christmas list?

Illustrations by Iain Macarthur

Today on the blog, we’re lusting after the work of Iain Macarthur …

My work can be described as surreal and unique in its own way. Using mostly pencil, watercolours and pigment pens, I create portraits of ordinary people but create them in a unusual way by, embellishing patterns and watercolour effects into the portrait to give a vivid explosion effect — transforming their faces from something plain to something entirely bizarre and wonderful at the same time.

Says Iain about his beautiful work.


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Issue 9 stripped back – what’s inside?

Our editorial assistant Rosalie Woodward reviews issue 9 of Things&Ink magazine #strippedback – out now, with a choice of three different covers. Pick your favourite cover and buy your copy here!

Miniature Ink – Page 10
Meet the buyers of ‘Miniature Ink’, an exhibition of artwork donated by over 100 tattoo artists from around the world to raise awareness for cancer charity Sarcoma UK. Editor Alice Snape met the lucky art owners when they collected their original framed pieces from Atomica Gallery. If you were wondering who nabbed your favourite and where they ended up then look no further than the latest issue of Things&Ink.


The New Normal – Page 29
Things&Ink presents an array of colourful characters, a spectacle of human oddities, here to shatter social norms and break the rules of attraction. We bring to you tattoo artist Freddie Albrighton caught in a gender divide, one which reflects his tattooing and fashion style. The beautiful two-headed Sophia Bickerton, who openly shares her life on social media and is an avid believer in self acceptance. The stunning acrobat Ermine Hunte with a moving tale of transplant surgery. The smouldering one-legged pirate Taylor Crisp, daring to explode social ideals of beauty…


Phantasy Homes – Page 46
We step inside the home of tattoo artist Lianne Moule, which she shares with her tattooist husband Jason Butcher, who both work at Immortal Ink, Chelmsford. The pair have collected quite an array of curiosities and interesting items that reflect their creative tattooing styles and colour palettes.

To read these features in full order your copy here


Which cover will you choose?

Things&Ink presents: The New Normal – promo video

 Things&Ink Presents: The New Normal – promo video

Feast your eyes on our collection of human curiosities here to challenge what society deems as acceptable, to shatter the boundaries of attraction and redefine what we see as beautiful. We proudly present the changing faces of beauty and the natural fluidity surrounding gender, sexuality and the human body in all its radiant glory…

This is an exclusive  video preview of ‘The New Normal’ photo shoot featured in Things&Ink Stripped Back Issue 9, out now and available to order from The feature stars Ermine Hunte, 35,  Freddie Albrighton, 23, Sophia Bickerton, 20, and Taylor Crisp, 19, transformed into human curiosities in the circus, alongside their frank and honest interviews that tell their individual stories and how they feel about beauty.

Editorial by Josh Brandao and video by Josh Brandao & Nicolai Kornum 

Photography and Art Direction by Josh Brandão
Bespoke Costumes by Bridgette Cocchiola
Styling by BlitzHaus / Shot at BlitzWerk Studio, London
Hair and Makeup by Bella Noell, using Urban Decay and Bumble and Bumble,
and Anna Wild, using Nuxe skincare and Yves Saint Laurent
Words by Rosalie Woodward / thanks to Anita Bhagwandas

Ermine Ermine


Freddie Freddie


Taylor Taylor


Sophia Sophia

Temporary tattoos for Suzie

Every Friday Suzie Barrie goes to her local tattoo studio, Muscle and Ink in New Zealand for a new temporary tattoo.

For the past few months Suzie, who has Down’s Syndrome, has been taking a pack of temporary tattoo designs and tattooist Jason Ward applies them for her, like he would a regular tattoo – he even wears gloves.

At first Jason thought it was a one time thing, but Suzie hasn’t missed a week since she first went in and when she has time she gets more than one design.

Tattoo artist, Jason Ward of Muscle and Ink Tattoo gives Suzie a stick-on tattoo each week.

Talking to the New Zealand Herald Jason said:

The first time she came in, she just walked in, slapped a couple of stick-on tattoo packets on the desk and asked me to put them on her arm. I said, ‘what?’ And she said it again so I sat her down and put them on… But if she was a member of my family and she had have walked into another tattoo shop and they had told her to bugger off, I’d be angry. Why would you say no? You should treat everybody the same.

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Redwood Tattoo, Manchester

Established in October 2014, Redwood Tattoo Studio is already carving out a name for itself in the city of Manchester. The studio is home to four custom tattoo artists, each with their own style of artwork. A hand-picked, close-knit team that are as dedicated to the design stage, as they are with the quality of the final tattoo.

Chelsea Ladish specialises predominantly in watercolour and line-based pieces, Lauren Sutton in unique geometric and custom dotwork. Kieran Barnard translates his beautiful sketches onto the skin with bold lines complimenting the fluidity of his designs, and last but certainly not least, Chris Green is producing piece after piece of consistently solid neo-traditional.

With an underground vibe, Redwood is proving to be a new little gem in the already diverse and popular Northern Quarter. All enquiries can be made to or 0161 258 9252.




How did you get into tattooing? Becoming a tattoo artist is something that happened pretty organically for me. I have always had a healthy interest in the art of tattoos, and started my personal collection at the age of 19. It wasn’t until I was working in Brisbane, Australia, that I met the man who would eventually train me. I had booked into Westside tattoo studio, in the West End there, and chosen Lawrence Hocking to do my souvenir tattoo. I actually had to cancel my original appointment because I was moving home to England to drum for a band down south, but he overheard me chatting to the receptionist and managed to squeeze me in on his day off! I’ll always be thankful for that, because after leaving the band a year later, he offered me an apprenticeship at his new studio, Seventh Circle. I was incredibly lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful, dedicated artists. He took a chance on me, and I still appreciate that every day.

Backpiece by Chelsea Ladish

How would you describe your style? If I were to say I had a particular style, it would be a mixture of watercolour and lowbrow. I tend to use a lot of watercolour and black inks on my paintings, and that has bled across into the way I tattoo. I’m pretty changeable though, and like to try new things. I like that when artists develop as individuals, and experience different things in their own lives , it can be seen in what they create.

Robin Williams by Chris Green

How long have you been tattooing for? 
I have been tattooing since the summer of 2009.

Dotwork Raccoon by Lauren Sutton 

Where do you get your inspiration from? I often get inspiration from the people that I surround myself with. I think on a personal level, I also draw inspiration from nostalgia, and the places that I have been/people that I’ve met along the way, fragments of time. I’ve always been quite wrapped up in keeping time. Journals, excessive amounts of photographs, all the good stuff. If you pay attention to these things, they can offer an infinite level of inspiration. There’s a richness to the small things that can often be overlooked. On a more superficial level, the artwork of bands that I loved growing up (particularly DEVO), skateboard culture graphics, 80′s popular culture and film, lowbrow artists such as Robert Crumb… I have a lot of time for Robert Crumb.

Inverted shaded skull by Kieran Barnard 

If you weren’t a tattoo artist, what else would you be? There are a lot of things I’d like to try. I’d like a restaurant, the kind with a Cheers vibe, where everybody knows your name. I’d also get a huge kick out of making documentaries. Learning about different cultures and lifestyles for a living. I can definitely think of worse things.

Running the London Marathon for Sarcoma UK

Part 1 of Alice Snape’s Marathon Diary…

Around three weeks ago, I got the news that I had been waiting for…  I had been accepted to run the London Marathon 2015 for the cancer charity Sarcoma UK …

My heart filled with a mix of excitement, fear and happiness. Excitement, as running the marathon has always been one of those things I want to achieve, and fear, as I have never run close to that distance in my life. I have slowly been building my fitness levels over the past five months, and really enjoying the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle. But a marathon is a whole new level entirely and I am ready for the challenge (I hope). It feels like the right time to do it and for a charity that is very close to my heart.

Alice Snape running for Sarcoma UK

Let me tell you a little bit about why I applied to run the London Marathon for Sarcoma UK.  My boyfriend’s sister, Katherine, died from Sarcoma over three years ago, in fact she died just a few short months before James and I met. James and his mum, Glenys, support the work of Sarcoma UK to help other families who are affected by Sarcoma. I never knew Katherine, although over the years that James and I have been together, I have slowly learnt more about her – what sort of person she was and her likes and dislikes. In some way, I guess I want to fundraise for Sarcoma to pay tribute to Katherine, who I never met,  but so wish I could have. This is also the reason, why I chose to give all the profits from ‘Miniature Ink’ (the collaborative exhibition with Atomica gallery to celebrate Things&Ink’s two year birthday) to the charity.

But on a very selfish level, I also want to run the marathon, I want to see if I can physically achieve it. To see if I can run the entire distance and do it in a time that I can feel proud of… I am currently on week 3 of the official London Marathon training plan, and I am enjoying being competitive with myself. Beating my own times, and gradually building up the time and distance I can run. (I recently downloaded the RunKeeper app and completely obsessed with miles per minute and figuring out what my “race pace” might be).

So I am running this marathon for Katherine, for James and his mum, for those who are affected by Sarcoma, to support the work of this wonderful charity and, mostly, for myself, because I want to say I have ran a marathon, and also because I want to say that I ran it for Sarcoma UK. So please give as little or as much as you can, so that I can think of all those pennies when I am doing training runs in the cold and dark over winter… Here’s a link to my justgiving page.

I will be keeping you all updated on how my training is going over the coming months in ‘My Marathon Diary’ on this blog, so please offer words of support and encouragement…

Find out more about Sarcoma UK, on their website,, and in previous blog posts.


Issue 9 cover reveal, with tattoo artists “stripped back”

Our favourite time in the Things&Ink calendar… the cover reveal!

And issue 9 is an iconic and very special issue of Things&Ink. We have created three beautiful covers, and you can choose which you’d like to add to your collection. Perhaps, more significantly, and for the first time ever, we have featured both sexes. With our recent change in brand identity (from Embracing Female Tattoo Culture to Independent, Tattoo, Lifestyle), we felt it was important to truly represent this, not just inside the pages of the magazine, but on the most important page, the one that first draws you in – the front cover.

The covers feature four different artists – one woman, one man and one couple – just as they are. Not staged or art directed, all natural – stripped back. Flo Nuttall, Brian Wilson, and Yann Brenyak and Delphine Noiztoy, were all a pleasure to photograph, and each of their personalities shines through in their covers. You can read their personal interviews, view their work and the rest of the photos from the shoots in the issue, which is available to purchase from our website,

Let us know which is your favourite…

1/3 Flo Nuttall, photographed by Heather Shuker
Make-up Keely Reichardt 
Styling Olivia Snape
Covers designed by James Gilyead 

2/3 Brian Wilson, photographed by Céline Aieta
Beard styled by Ema Findley, using Bear Face Beard Oils

3/3 Yann Brenyak and Delphine Noiztoy, photographed by Mark Leaver.
Make-up Keely Reichardt
Styling Olivia Snape


Stripped back cover reveal

First Tattoo at 90

On her 90th birthday Grandma Heather Brooks from Canterbury got her first tattoo!

Heather chose a Cancer Research pink ribbon to signify her victory after a five year battle with cancer. Her two grandchildren are tattooed and persuaded her to commemorate her birthday with her very first tattoo.

It just seemed to me to be a fitting tribute to Cancer Research, who do such good work. I owe my life to them. I am also lucky to have an amazing family around me.

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Do Not Resuscitate Tattoo

Nel Bolton, from The Hauge in the Netherlands, has had the words ‘Do Not Resuscitate me! I’m 91′ tattooed on her chest. She hopes that if she falls ill the doctors and her family will follow her wishes and respect her right to die.

In the Netherlands there is much debate concerning whether these types of tattoos are legally binding and also whether paramedics and other medical staff should follow the declaration.

Ms Bolton is not the first to have a tattoo of this sort, but her’s is the biggest. In 2011 Joy Tomkins had the statement tattooed on her chest in a bid to stop Doctors from reviving her.



Images from Daily Mail and Abroath