Category: Feature tattoos

Feminist postcards by Carol Rossetti

Carol Rossetti is a Portuguese artist who has created a collection of empowering feminist postcards that have been translated into numerous different languages and shared around the world.  The illustrations highlight the difficulties and judgements that women face in today’s society.

I feel very disturbed by the world’s attempts to control women’s bodies. So I’ve started a series of illustrations in a friendly tone hoping to reach people about how absurd this really is.

Writes Carol on her website.

You can view Carol’s work on her website at carolrossetti.com, where you can also buy postcards and prints…

MORE PHOTOS in MARK LEAVER’S FACIAL TATTOO PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT

Mark Leaver‘s photography project has been created to show the beauty of facial tattoos and dispel some of the myths surrounding them. We featured some of his photos in The Identity Issue, and have continually followed this stunning facial tattoo project on our blog. Check out previous posts here: MARK LEAVER’S FACIAL TATTOO PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT and EXCLUSIVE NEW IMAGES IN MARK LEAVER’S FACIAL TATTOO PROJECT.

He recently contacted us to share more unpublished images with us, and I am delighted to share them with you in this blog post.

Kirsty Wood – 23 – Tattoo artist 

 

Trevin Goodbush – 36 – Works at Lush!

Trevin Goodbush – 36 -Works at Lush!

 

Deefa De’ville – 43 – retired body piercer and healing specialist

Deefa De’ville – 43 - Work at a piecing shop

 

Michael Kench – 21 – Tattoo artist

Michael Kench – 21- Tattoo artist

 

Robert Williamson – 29 – tattoo artist

Robert Williamson – 29 - tattoo artist

 

Emma Gerrard – 27 – Tattoo artist and in a band 

Emma Gerrard – 27 - Tattoo artist (living art collective) and in a band

 

We also caught up with photographer Mark to find out how he feels about the project…

 

How you found your latest subjects? I recently graduated from Bournemouth and have now moved back to London. Before I left the south coast I wanted to make sure that I managed to take a few more portraits while I was still local. This particular group of people are all Dorset based, and are all people who I have either met over the course of my three years in the area or have been put in contact with through friends.

Dorset, has a massive and tight knit tattoo community. I’ve met and got to know most of the people in Dorset with facial tattooing through doing this project, there’s still a couple though I can think of though who I’d like to go back and photograph for the project.

How is the project progressing? The project’s coming on really nicely Thanks. It seems weird that it started off as a self-set university brief but now is something that I do in my spare time for leisure. I have a full time job at the moment, un-related to photography, so it’s nice on days off to be able to go and meet interesting new people and carry on with my own creative work. Just last week I met and photographed Grace Neutral, then a few days later Curly Moore!  (photographs have not been released yet) Both big well-known names in the industry, both of whom are really great additions to the project for their own reasons.     

Are you near finishing or is it a never-ending project? Because of the way that I’m photographing, the project doesn’t really have an obvious finish point. It’s not a traditionally shot documentary story but rather a typographic series showing people with facial tattooing. So the project finishes either when I’ve photographed every one with facial tattooing (not possible) or when I feel I’ve made a representative and differential sample of people with facial tattoos. This includes, people of all ages, genders and ethnicities. For the subject of facial tattooing you also look into the different types of facial tattoos, this includes cosmetic tattooing, aesthetic tattooing and many more which are explored through the project.

Saying that, the project has come a long way and is becoming a substantial body of work. There’s still a few more people I will be looking to photograph for this chapter. Then in the next few years I’ll be looking to make a book of the portraits with text on each sitter.

 

We look forward to the book, and applaud Mark for his positive contribution to the tattoo world. His work can be viewed at, mdleaver.com

 

 

Charity Disney Flash Day at Bold As Brass

We caught up with tattooist (and love issue cover star) Rachel Baldwin to find out more about her Disney themed charity tattoo day, which was held back in September to raise money for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and celebrate her shop’s first birthday…

Rachel Baldwin and Alex Strangler Rachel Baldwin and Alex Strangler

 

What made you decide to do a Disney Flash charity day? I wanted to do something super special for our shops first birthday (Bold As Brass). I’m a bit of a Disney fanatic and I thought this would be the perfect excuse to do cute Disney themed tattoos, dress up in silly costumes and have a fun party with my friends.

Yana AKA Tinkerbell who helped out on the day Yana AKA Tinkerbell who helped out on the day

 

How did you pick the charity Alder Hey Children’s Hospital? I wanted to do something nice for the local community. I am so grateful that Liverpool has been a welcoming place for us to set up our shop, so this is just a little back from us. As my family are all from Liverpool I have always been aware of Alder Hey, I know a lot of children from all over the country go there for treatment.

Vicky Morgan, AKA Pocahontas Vicky Morgan, AKA Pocahontas

 

 

Did you enjoy the day? And will you do more charity flash days? I always try to keep my expectations low (so I’m not disappointed!) but I had no idea we would have such a great turn out and such a lovely time. It seriously felt like my birthday! It couldn’t have gone any better. I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who came and tattooed, got tattooed or bought something.

I want to say an even bigger thank you to all artists who joined us working on the day. I am super lucky to have such talented generous friends! Everyone worked super hard all day and into the night and partied hard afterwards! 

Rachel getting her nails did by the lovely Nancy Mc Rachel getting her nails did by the lovely Nancy Mc

 

Special thanks to Alex Strangler, Vicky Morgan, Matt Craven, James Kiley, Toni Moore, Anrijis Straume and Jody Dawber. As well as Nick (Baldwin) for his help and support and my super organised desk girlies Sandra, Yana and my sister Michelle.

Well done to Rachel and everyone involved in the day, who managed to raise an amazing £8,024 for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

Of course, Team Things&Ink showed up to show our support and some team members couldn’t resist the Disney flash…

Liz’s Pinocchio hand by Kiley Leila’s kewpie Princess Jasmine by Jody Dawber Keely’s Pudgey tattoo by Craven

 

Celebrities and Tattoos

Newspapers and the internet are crammed full of celebrities showing off their new tattoos and getting tattooed.

Rihanna flew tattoo artist Cally-Jo to the Dominique Republic to tattoo her hand.

We’ve even spied celebrities doing the tattooing!

Earlier today, after getting tattooed by Lauren Winzer, Miley Cyrus gave Lauren a tattoo. Miley is almost as famous for her tattoos as she is for her music, she frequently tattoos her friends and other tattoo artists including Bang Bang.

Miley’s Hands by Lauren Winzer

Miley's hands by Lauren Winzer

 

Celebrities are influencing tattoo designs and creating trends in the tattoo world. One of the most famous and replicated tattoos of the moment is Cheryl’s hand (also her bum is also pretty famous too):

What do you think of the rise in popularity of tattoos and celebrities?

 

Images from
DailyMail
Instagram.com/laurenwinzer
Stealherstyle.net

 

The Modified Dolls

Non-profit organisation The Modified Dolls support a different charity each month with the hope of demolishing negative attitudes towards modified women through their charity work.

We’re here to stamp out negative stereotypes associated with modified women!

Annamaria, Head Doll

The Modified Dolls UK Chapter is one of the many sisterhoods worldwide who, each month, support a different registered charity from around the world. All money raised at fundraising events is then donated to their chosen charity, with all progress appearing on their Facebook page. The Dollies do everything from bake sales to craft-making and organising live entertainment.

You too can become a Modified Doll!
They are always looking for  ladies aged 18 and older, with five or more body modifications or one large piece, which includes: tattoos, piercings, dyed hair, implants etc. to come and join their ever expanding sisterhood! For more details on how to apply visit TheModifiedDolls.org

The Different making a Difference 

Vagabond Tattoo Studio

Vagabond custom tattoo studio in Hackney London, is born from the collaboration of tattoo artist Paul Hill and graphic designer Rebecca Morris.

The studio’s aesthetic is heavily influenced by Rebecca’s design background, the modern and stripped back decor creates a crisp and clean space, perfect for showcasing the tattoo artists’ work.

Paul’s artwork stems from a background in custom car air-brushing and pin-striping, a creative and skilled art form which allowed him to naturally progress into tattooing. The shop houses a custom built motorbike, a throwback to Paul’s air-brushing days.

From working in busy walk-in studios, Paul has developed a clean and crisp tattoo technique visible in his graphic style. He revels in bolder, moody looking tattoos which re-imagine traditional flash.

 

The shop is also home to tattoo artists: Harry Harvey who excels in traditional and old-school tattooing and Andrew Hulbert who predominately works in an illustrative style with black line work.

 The five-strong team welcome anyone to pop into the shop to discuss tattoo ideas or gallery exhibitions.

Follow Vagabond on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to see more tattoos by the artists.

 

Interview with a tattoo artist

Interview with tattooist Marie Cox, age 32, Folklore Tattoo Studio, Tamworth

What first attracted you to the tattoo world? I can’t really remember a specific event, I’ve always been surrounded by tattoos and loved various forms of art, so I guess it was a natural transition, or fate I suppose.

When did you decide you wanted to become a tattoo artist? and how? I’d never really thought about it as a conscious decision, I worked as a workshop tech at a college. I decided to get a machine to tattoo leather as I was formerly a sustainable design graduate, so I loved recycling things and making jewellery and trinkets. I’d been drawing designs and watching tutorials so I could apply the techniques to tattooing leather. It was my partner and dad who encouraged me to pursue tattooing people. Someone I knew mentioned there was a guy opening a studio and I should go meet him with a portfolio. He offered me an apprenticeship on the spot and here I am six years on doing what I love.

 

How would you describe your style as an artist? I’d say my style is neo-traditional mainly, with some realism elements. I’m not sure really I just try to stay true to nature in my work.

 

Tell us a little bit more about your studio… My studio, Folklore, is based just outside the Tamworth town centre, and everything we do here is custom. There’s my illustrative style artist Adam who keeps me sane and my apprentice Tom, they’re awesome and very supportive, I feel blessed to have them. My clients say my studio is kind of nautical and homely, so I’ll go with that.

 

What’s next? For the studio I’d like to take on more artists and expand. We’ve discussed and all agreed that we’d like to hit more conventions, do some guest spots and try working abroad too. I’m excited to see how things unfold. It makes me happy and proud to watch our little tattoo family grow, can’t wait to see what the future holds!

 

Follow Folklore on Instagram @FTS_TATTOO

Miniature Ink Sneak Peek

To celebrate our two year anniversary we are teaming up with Atomica Gallery to bring you Miniature Ink. An exhibition featuring miniature original artwork from over 100 tattoo artists across the globe. All of the pieces will be on sale for £60, with profits being donated to cancer charity Sarcoma UK.

The exhibition opens on Wednesday 24th September and the party starts at 6pm, all artwork will be sold on a first come, first served basis! So make sure you’re there on time to grab an original from your favourite artist…

Here’s a sneak peek from a few tattoo artists who have created art for ‘Miniature Ink’.

Hannah Willison

Alexandra Wilkey 

Ael Lim

Drew Linden

Tracy D

Kelly McGrath

Juliet 

Abbie Williams

Eddy-Lou

 

Tattoo Twists

Tattoo Twists is a series of short films produced for Channel 4. The films follow a collection of people and tattoo artists on their tattoo cover-up journeys, discussing the reasons behind why they want to change their existing tattoos.

This series is a refreshing and positive take on tattoos by Channel 4, gone are the judgemental narratives and in their place are real tattoo enthusiasts.

The human stories behind tattoos that get covered up or changed, for all kinds of reasons, from wiping memories of an ex to creating a ‘new you’

Cover-up by Lal Hardy 

Images and quote from Channel 4