Category: Feature tattoos

Makeup tats

Here at Things&Ink we’re a little bit make up obsessed, we love trying out different looks on our photo shoots and experimenting to create beautiful editorials. What better way to immortalise a love of cosmetics than with a tattoo?

Here is our pick of the bunch of some beautiful makeup tattoos we’ve seen on social media recently…
Just Jen

Tracy D

Rich Warburton

Mikee Cue

Melanie Milne

Rizza Boo

Clare Hampshire

Keely Rutherford


Sarah K

Things&Ink’s favourite Instagram artists of the moment

Artists chosen by T&I editor Alice Snape, and T&I managing editor Keely Reichardt

Here at Things&Ink magazine, Instagram is a constant source of tattoo inspiration and a hub for finding new artists… 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 capturing our attention at the moment!  

Lauren Winzer, Sydney, Australia @laurenwinzer
“A firm Instagram favourite. And not just for her tattoos, but for her amazing style and life updates – she looks like she is always having fun. She even tattooed Miley Cyrus. We have life envy. Her tattoos are awesome too, she has a really different, interesting and cute style that just keeps on getting better.” Alice

Teide, Seven Doors Tattoo, London UK @teidetattoo

“Teide from Seven Doors in London is embracing an abstract take on traditional and almost formed a totally unique style of his own… not seen anyone else doing anything like this!” Keely


Aaron Hingston, The Grand Illusion, Melbourne Australia @aaron_hingston
“Aaron has a fairly traditional style but uses really beautiful soft pastel colours that soften the bold style.  He also creates the most beautiful lady heads all with slightly sad expressions!” Keely


Just Jen, Edinburgh Scotland @justjentattoos

“Absolutely love her style, she is someone who I have wanted to get tattooed by for ages. Bold colour palette and strong traditional style, but lots of her subject matter has a softer twist. Some of her tattoos looks miniature too, which I love.”

Raph Cemo, Kids Love Ink East, @raphcemo “I am normally drawn to colour tattoos, but the work of Raph has recently caught my eye. I particularly love this intricate chest piece, it is stunning.” Alice

Aivaras Ly @aivaras_ly  “Totally in love with the cosmic traditional style of Aivaras Ly. I would love to know how and where these incredible compositions come from!” Keely

Who are you favourite Instagram artists of the moment?

The rose of no man’s land

‘The rose of no man’s land’ was used to describe tattoo imagery of a nurse typically with a rose motif next to her. This became a popular tattoo for soldiers to get as a memory of either the nurse who saved them or for a nurse they may have been dating.  Below is our pick of the most recent nurse tattoos circulating on social media…

Andrea Giulimondi

Jean Le Roux

Lewis Parkin 




Hugh Sheldon

Jamie Greaves


Bert Krak

Marcos Attwood

Tattoo with a view 

We are loving the view whilst checking out these beautiful ‘scenery’ tattoos. The nautical style encompasses the view from either a boat or on shore with the landscape traditionally of the sea and sky, sometimes with a bit of a tropical feel to it. We also love the more ‘urban’ take on this with views of skyscrapers and city landscapes…

David Cote

Aaron Ashworth

Tilly Dee

Kirk Jones

Ryan Cooper Thompson

Enrico Grosso

Ashley Love


Hannah Louise Clark

Blind Tiger tattoo studio

Blind Tiger tattoo studio in Newcastle burst onto the scene in early July 2014 as a solo project by owner and artist, Gabriela Lastra. “Blind Tiger”, was a “speakeasy” during the 1920s prohibition, which promoted mystery and hedonism, inspiring the studio’s unique spirit. This hidden, intimate gem, which differs from its surroundings is a place where friends can come to feel comfortable and share their stories. Its private status gives it the feel of a personal art studio rather than a walk-in shop, placing the quality of work at its heart. Little Si joined Blind Tiger Tattoo in October 2014 as Gabriela’s co-pilot and the studio’s reputation and body of work has continued to evolve and adapt.

Gabriela Lastra’s niche style is influenced by Neo-Traditional veins of tattooing, favouring a dark colour palette and unusual subject matter, along with producing technically flawless black and grey work.

Little Si is fluid, dynamic and personal across the spectrum. He specialises in Neo-Japanese, his bright colours bursting through traditional Japanese mythology.

The studio’s strong resident duo, the industry greats that form its guest artist repertoire, and the homely and relaxed vibe at the studio, along with its support system of loyal clients and friends, mean Blind Tiger Tattoo is becoming an unstoppable force that shows no signs of slowing…


How did you get into tattooing?

Gabriela Lastra (owner): Ever since I was a child, I wanted to grow up to be some kind of artist, not the generic astronaut or fairy fantasy job kids normally have! I was the weird foreign looking kid at school who spent all her time hidden away in the art class drawing at lunch.

I went to college and studied a B-Tech in Art and Design. This was when I started to notice tattoos a lot more and they started to influence my art, but with such little knowledge of the industry, I didn’t think it was something I could do. After college I ran as far away from Sheffield as I could do to Bournemouth, where I studied illustration at university. After three years I came back to Sheffield with a degree and still had the desire to tattoo.

I did my time in a couple of tattoo studios as “shop bitch”, which I think is really important, but torture! In the end, I was lucky to get an apprenticeship at Couley’s Tattoo Studio in Newcastle. I’ve also been lucky enough to have been helped by some good friends and fellow artists along the way, as well as masses and masses of help from my bearded beauty, Greg Scott!

Little Simon Gunn (resident artist):  I was given an apprenticeship in South Shields, alongside one of my best friends, who is also still a tattooist! We learned the craft for around three years on handmade rotary machines and used a single needle for everything. It’s crazy to see how it has all changed!

How would you describe your style?

Gabriela:  This is possibly the hardest question as I never know how to describe my work. I would probably lean more towards “Neo-Traditional” tattooing but I do my own thing with it! I love strange pieces of work, bold lines, the technical aspects of traditional tattooing and having studied illustration… I love incorporating that into my work. Doing my apprenticeship with a bunch of Realism and New-School artists has had a massive influence on me as I can use techniques related to those styles and it’s brilliant to have a completely different set of eyes analysing my work. There are so many styles out there that don’t fit in a category, but I think that’s cool because who wants to follow trends and fit in little labelled boxes? I think it’s important to be artists and not just tattooists trying to fit in a style.


Little Si:  I think if I had to put myself into a category it would be Neo-Traditional Japanese. I love tattooing in every style. My roots are in New-School and Traditional veins of tattooing, so I constantly take influence from those in terms of my technique and colour palette.

How long have you been tattooing for?  

Gabriela:  I have been tattooing for three years, including my apprenticeship which really isn’t long. Everything is moving so fast for me with Simon and the studio and I didn’t expect it to at all. I’m very thankful to have Simon working alongside me.

Little Si:  I was 17 when I started my apprenticeship and didn’t start tattooing until I was nearly 20, so I’ve been tattooing around 4 years now.

Where do you get your inspiration from? 

Gabriela:  I’m in love with so many amazing artists! It’s so hard to specify where I get my inspiration from. I’ve recently been tattooed by an amazing artist in Berlin called Daniel Gensch, so he’s my current favourite.  Apart from the many artists I admire, I also love going to see fine art in galleries and I absolutely adore statues!

Little Si:  I’ve always been a huge fan of cartoon, which comes across in my work a lot and feeds into my Neo-Traditional Japanese style. I’m obsessed with Japanese art and folklore, where a lot of my inspiration comes from! I think I’m probably single-handedly funding Amazon with my book addiction. Everything inspires me really, my family is a huge inspiration and support system for me and seeing other artists killing it pushes me to work harder too.

If you weren’t a tattoo artist, what would you be? 

Gabriela: I would hope that I would be doing something related to art, probably an illustrator or maybe just a bum.

Little Si:  Just happy in whatever I did, I hope. I have a long list of things I would do if I wasn’t a tattoo artist, but as long as I was happy,  jobs a good’un!

All enquires can be made to and any studio updates are available on their Instagram and Website 

Tattoo the Taboo


Meet Kerry-Anne, tattooer and owner of Cock A Snook tattoo parlour in Newcastle… for years she suffered with mental health problems, but she suffered in silence, she felt unable to tell anyone due to the stigma… read her story and find out how you can help below. She has now organised a charity tattoo day to raise awareness of mental health issues and also has a support group called Tattoo The Taboo on Facebook.

“Even though I have suffered with long-term mental health issues, I didn’t ask for help until I was 31. Because of this I lost friends, let customers, colleagues and peers down, which over time made my illness worse. This also greatly impacted my ability to make tattoos. When I decided to ask for support and treatment, I wondered what I had been so afraid of? Why didn’t I seek help before?

“I was terrified of other people finding out, I felt like it was showing weakness. I had subjected myself to a self-inflicted stigma that had festered to the point that I had no idea how poorly I was. I thought it was completely normal to hate myself, be riddled with doubt and see the world through negative eyes. I believed that I would never be happy and that I was just really shit at life. In hindsight, and after starting treatment, I can look at things more objectively. I’m not worthless, I’m kind, caring and compassionate and I have just as much right as anybody, to live a happy and normal life. I wasn’t shit at life, I was just struggling with a crippling illness.

I decided I couldn’t bare the weight of keeping secrets and lying about my illness, so I took the step to gradually let people know. Even though I was scared, I was surprised at how supportive everybody was. This encouraged me to tell everybody else without being apologetic, as I realised the stigma surrounding mental health was the biggest factor as to why so many people go untreated and unsupported through their illness.

“I also wanted to do something about tackling the stigma, as the more people I told, the more I realised that it was so much more common than I had expected. Some of my favourite people, who I knew inside and out (or so I thought) then shared their own struggles with me. I decided to share my story and made a support group on Facebook called “TATTOO THE TABOO” to  raise awareness of mental health issues and also to do some fundraising to boot. This group is inclusive and for anybody who has, or is suffering with any mental health problems and also for people who have been affected in some way, whether it be caring for somebody who is suffering, or if these issues have impacted on you in some way.

“The group is a platform for people to share their stories and to do some fundraising. The the stigma needs to stop and understanding needs to start. I already have  over 100 artists keen to take part in some “TATTOO THE TABOO” events. The first being on 4 July 2015. Tattooers will be making flash, etc to tattoo on customers who support the cause, the money raised will go to a mental health charity. Lots of the artists are donating paintings, prints, and merch, or whatever they can, to be exhibited, photographed for a book and then auctioned, with all the proceeds donated to the same charity.”

Kerry-Anne is still looking for other tattooers who wish to participate or donate to the event. For more info email Hopefully as a tattoo community we can all pull together and make this worthwhile.

Check out the following links for more info: Facebook event, Cock a Snook, and the Instagram accounts: @cockasnook @littlekezz




Friday 13th tattoos at Scratchline in Kentish Town

Friday 13th tattoos are a tradition in the tattoo world, so we headed up to Scratchline in Kentish Town, North London, last week to see their £13 Friday 13th tattoo treats. Did you get a Friday 13th tattoo?

Mister Paterson.



Susanna Widmann






Big cat tats 

Here is our favourite pick of big cat tats we have spotted recently…

Nick Whybrow 

Rose Hardy


Abbie Williams

Jim Sylvia

Is it mine? Who owns my tattoo?

Tattoo artist Lain Freefall, 31, asks who owns the tattoos on your body… first published in The Identity Issue of Things&Ink.

Words by Lain Freefall / Photo of Lain by Marco Ferrari

“I was 15 when I got my first tattoo. Of course I’m not actually supposed to admit that, but it’s the truth. I walked into the small tattoo studio and picked the first one I liked from the flash sheet on the wall and off I went. I loved it. My first tattoo. At that time I’d known nothing about tattooing, where it came from or how it all came about. Never in my life did I think I was going to be in a studio 15 years later working with such amazing and talented friends and colleagues and never imagined I’d look the way I do today either.”

“We are now in a day and age where tattoos are incredibly accepted and highly fashionable. The age of “fuck you! I do what I want! I’m going to be a rock star.” We are so highly knowledgeable of “the rules” of tattooing yet fail to abide by them. Everyone “wants what he’s got” or “she has her hand tattooed! Why can’t I?” Don’t get me wrong, I’m not really complaining (why on earth would I complain about work?) just merely stating, in brief, where we stand amongst the vast amount of tattoo TV shows, books and magazines. We all, as artists, want to offer something unique, fresh and new, whether it’s through our work or our own aesthetic. It’s a tough world out there and it’s dog-eat-dog, but where do we draw the line?

“We are so lucky that we have evolved to the days where we now stand. Every tattooist and artist can draw from everything around us, past and present. The internet never ceases to amaze me with so much information to offer – even the things you don’t want the world to see, the internet will find a way to show it.

“In the very recent months, to the last few years, there has been more and more media coverage involving tattoos, including posters and commercials of celebrities, athletes or “alternative” models. I was pleasantly surprised the first time I saw a tattooed model in advertising on the underground or in a magazine – and modelling for huge brands. I had often looked at these models and wondered how much of their bodies were really covered and who tattooed them (especially if they were bloody awful!) Do they get tattooed to become models? Or are they models who made enough money to not care about being tattooed? What were their plans after tattoos if they really did  go out of style? More importantly I’d like to know how they felt about their bodies from time to time. It seems empowering to be tattooed. Even making the decision (it’s yours to make) so surely once you’ve sat down with your tattooist, discussed and agreed on the design (whether it be your idea as a customer, or you completely trust your tattoo artist) the process begins, and in time you’ll be leaving with a tattoo on your body.  A beautiful piece of art that’s been marked on you for life.

“So we get to the nitty-gritty. Who owns this tattoo? You, the customer and wearer of the tattoo? Or the artist, the person who put the idea onto the skin? This is what has recently been playing on a lot of people’s minds. In no less than a few months, I’ve heard, on several separate occasions, about law suits concerning compensation, ownership and royalties. With the uprising of tattoos and rock star lifestyles, comes money, fame and greed. What I found more deeply heartbreaking was the act of such selfishness towards our own tradesmen. Now as an artist, I’ve always seen the business/money part of my job as straightforward (even though I hate talking money). Once I’ve tattooed you, this tattoo belongs to you. This is what you have sought me out for, to basically buy an art piece from me. With all the media involved I can understand if there are general legalities that need to be signed, but as far as I’m concerned, if you’re the wearer of my tattoos, kindly mention that I was the artist of said tattoo – a credit is all I need. After all, you’re helping me along the way.

“With today’s social media, we are constantly being photographed, by photographers, people in the street and friends. It is spread across the world through Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr etc. We sign away agreements on iTunes and YouTube without even a thought as to what the fine print says, so long as we get to share what we want to – show the world as soon as possible.

“So what happens when you get a letter through the post one day telling you you’re being sued on the grounds of copyright ownership? (Yep this is happening to me right now). “What ownership? How does that work? It’s my body right?” I’m here to tell you in UK law, this might not be entirely true.

“A copyright gives the creator of an original work exclusive rights to it, usually for a limited time. Copyright may apply to a wide range of creative, intellectual, or artistic forms, or “works.” Copyright does not cover ideas and information themselves, only the form or manner in which they are expressed. Does copyright law extend to tattoo artwork? It would appear to (1) contravene privacy and image rights; (2) prevent freedom of expression under article 10 of the Human Rights Act 1998 – receiving and wearing a tattoo is akin to a choice of wearing a particular hat or having a particular hair colour; and (3) be inconsistent with the trade practice and customs of the UK tattoo industry. All UK legislation must be read to give effect to the rights established under the HRA.

“I have seen the latter first hand on paper from a lovely legal team. Things have now been settled out of court and all in the name of greed, unfortunately. This will now be a case that can arise again and, if it does, I’m here to spread the word of Human Rights. No one owns your tattoo, but you do own your body. We as artists have a right to be proud of what we have created and will want to share this with the world – same as you! However the art piece we have personally drawn up is owned by the artist, but when we bring into question the ownership of an actual tattoo, custom made or otherwise, that is when the lines are blurred and the law has no solid legislation.

“Unfortunately I don’t have a real conclusion in this article. All I can say is we are very lucky to be in an era of tattooing where we can request custom work. There will always be amazing artists with something unique to offer, a personal touch of style along with amazing all rounder tattooers (I’m still blown away by these people), but we are also now in a time where there is nothing new. We are inspired by the forefathers of tattooing and everything around us.” ❦