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The Mechanical Circus, London, Easter Bank Holiday Weekend

We know what we’re doing this Easter weekend…

Our friends Electric Empire have joined forces with Carousel to bring you an epic party this Easter bank holiday – The Mechanical Circus at Electric Brixton, London. The event combines spectacular circus acts, burlesque and creative performance with outstanding music and production. 

The Mechanical Circus

Step into a steampunk world, dance the night away, be astounded by feats of human physicality and wowed by wonderful magicians – it will be a night like no other… and the perfect Easter weekend hangout.

Musical lineup:

✲ SAVANT (UK Debut)
♚ PLUMP DJS 
☣ ELITE FORCE
✲ THE PETEBOX
♛ ODJBOX & SLAMBOREE SOUND SYSTEM
☢ DUTTY MOONSHINE
✌ DODGY STYLE
And the host for the night is BASS6

Visual delights:

✣ SUPER SPECIALIST WORLD CLASS CIRCUS ACTS
✩ FIRE PERFORMERS
✮ SPECTACULAR LASER SHOW
✣ CABARET
✷ BURLESQUE
✲ STILT WALKERS
✼ ACROBATS
❈ MAGIC
✳ IMMERSIVE THEATRE

This magical event takes place on Saturday 19 April at Electric Brixton, London. Get the date in your diaries now and purchase tickers from, wegottickets. Join the party on Facebook too. See you there? The Things&Ink team will definitely be there too…

Here’s some photos form pervious Electric Empire parties:

Photographer: Maximillian Webster 
Performance: Chivaree Circus 

Do you want a Tattoo with your fries?

You thought he wouldn’t do it again, you were wrong!

Stian Ytterdahl, 18, from Norway, who got his McDonald’s receipt tattooed on his arm has outdone himself!

A week later he has had the receipt for the McDonald’s tattoo inked onto his other forearm! He’s gone supersize with this one!

He posted his new tattoo on his Facebook with the caption #yolo

Ytterdah told Norway’s Romerikes Blad newspaper that the first tattoo was just a joke between friends.
“Now I’m a living billboard, but I think it’s all just fun,” he said. “Maybe it won’t be as fun when I’m 50 or 60 years old, but that’s my choice.”

Think what he’d have to buy to have a receipt as a back piece?!

 

 

ATOMICA GALLERY PRESENTS: ‘VISION QUEST’

A GROUP EXHIBITION TO CELEBRATE ONE YEAR OF ATOMICA GALLERY

 17 APRIL – 18 MAY 2014

OPENING NIGHT: THURSDAY 17 APRIL 2014, 6-9pm. Beers supplied by Red Stripe. 

We’re so happy to have been a part of Atomica’s growth from the very beginning, from their pop up shop down Brick Lane to their brand new gallery space in Covent Garden.

Celebrating their one year anniversary Atomica Gallery presents a group exhibition of original artwork from exciting new contemporary artists. ‘Vision Quest’ opens on 17th April in Seven dials, Covent Garden.

The art exhibited in Atomica doesn’t need to be labelled to be appreciated . It’s the art that comes out of our culture: it’s the books you can’t put down, it’s the music that moves you, it’s the stuff you get up to with your friends, and it’s the flickering glow of half-remembered movies across your eyes. It’s the ink on your skin. It’s the weirdness that plays out in your dreams. It’s the art that you’d make if you had a paintbrush in your hand – and mad skills, of course.

The new exhibition is a visual delight of kaleidoscopic proportions, mind bending weirdness and femme fatales.

Full list of participating artists:

APAK (US) / CASTRO SMITH  (UK) / CHRISTOPHER CONN ASKEW (US) / DEREK YANIGER  (US) / ELEONOR BOSTRÖM  (SE) / FEMKE HIEMSTRA  (NL) / JACK PEARCE  (UK) / LUKE THOMAS  (US) / NIAGARA DETROIT  (US) / RAMON MAIDEN  (ES) / RICARDO CAVO           LO  (ES) / RICHIE FAHEY  (US) / RYAN HESHKA  (CA) / SOPHIE ALDA  (UK) / TOM BAGSHAW  (UK)

Just a small selection of the stunning artwork on display:

Christopher Conn Askew

Femke Hiemstra

Tom Bagshaw

Address
Atomica Gallery, 29 Shorts Gardens, London WC2H 9AP

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday: 12pm-7pm
Saturday: 12pm-6pm
Sunday: 12pm-5pm

Can’t wait to celebrate with you all, see you there!

 

 

 

 

Jungle Fever – Man sells tattooed skin on eBay

Tattoo Artist Artur Mrozowski has spent 300 hours getting his entire body inked with jaguar spots by his wife, Monika at their tattoo studio in Blackpool.

His obsession with the big cats doesn’t stop at his skin, as he goes by the name of Jaguar.

He has put his skin on eBay for a whopping £75k, but you can only claim your item once the wearer has died. He hopes that the money will help provide for his family… I can think of better ways… and thinks the price is worth the pain he has endured.  The listing has since been removed, but the bidding had reached £26.

He believes that his skin is a once in a lifetime opportunity for wealthy collectors, it will create the highest quality leather. He even states that it is in great condition due to his vegetarianism. Indeed there is a market for such oddities, with ‘legal’ human leather being sold in countries such as India. I am currently studying for a Masters degree in publishing, and I have come across book makers being asked to create bespoke books bound in tattooed human leather during my studies.

Also Amsterdam’s Tattoo Museum,  houses a small specimen of preserved human skin.

My boyfriend and I have joked before that if we were to lose a body part that was heavily tattooed, we’d possibly keep the limb, or find a way to preserve the skin, mainly due to the money and pain that went into creating each tattoo.

 Have you ever considered selling or preserving your tattooed skin? Let us know what you think by commenting below.

 

 

Tattooed on the Job – the Perks of being a Things&Ink Intern

I took the train to visit Lucy O’Connell and Ruth Rollin, both from Red Tattoo and Piercing in Leeds who were doing a guest spot at Painted Lady Tattoo Parlour in Northfield, Birmingham.

The studio is absolutely beautiful, like no other I have ever been in. Forget sterile white and tiled floors Painted Lady is like stepping into your much loved eccentric Auntie’s house. Instead imagine ornate frames, muted green walls and bare wooden floor in what was once a living room. The collection of art and taxidermy is incredible and the homey feel is so relaxing, this is how I want my house to be like! There was so much to look at while Lucy tattooed my forearm for three hours with her practically silent tattoo machine.

Owner of the Painted Lady, Dawnii Fantana, one of Lucy’s inspirations, was so welcoming with cups of peach tea and cake! What more could you want? Other inspirations of Lucy’s include; Xam (who she’s planning to get tattooed by when he guests in Leeds), Emily Rose Murray, Valerie Vargas, Jason Minauro and Claudia de Sabe (who is tattooing Lucy’s hands very soon) – Lucky thing!

Lucy had drawn the Chinese lantern design with a cute bird a while ago and I had to snap it up for the start of my sleeve, I love everything she does! I’m a real Instagram stalker, even recognising the fruit fillers that Amy Savage had tattooed as belonging to Lucy. We chatted and laughed the whole way through the tattoo swapping stories about not crying at films, university courses, her love for Robert Downey Jr, (we were watching the new Sherlock Holmes) and other nonsensical things!

Lucy has been tattooing for only two years, yet her style is so distinctive; with women and flowers featuring heavily, as she could tattoo these all day. ‘I do try to turn everything into a woman! I try to get away with as much as I can!’ Fine by me, I especially love her flowers with women faces, perfect.

At first when she started out in the industry Lucy thought she’d specialise in realism but her imagination ran away with her, although ‘it is nice to be given some direction’, creating your own art is more enjoyable.

I can’t wait to get stuck into my sleeve, having already spied on Lucy’s Instagram a gorgeous Indian inspired lady face, which I hope she can recreate for my own collection. My arm will be filled with Indian goddesses, tigers and fans at The Femaletattoo Show, in Leamington Spa where Lucy is working at on 14th September.

Lucy also has numerous guest spots planned:
One Day Gallery, Manchester 28th-29th May
Loaded Forty Four, Manchester 10th-12th July
As well as exhibiting originals of her work at The Old Bones Emporium in Edinburgh 6th-12th  June

I also got my first ever hand-poked tattoo by Ruth Rollins. I picked a little wishbone from her sheet of cute small dot work flash, to bring me luck. I found being tattooed in this way so relaxing and part from a few points it was pretty painless. I could have lain on the table for hours… I asked Ruth which method of tattooing she preferred: ‘it’s too hard to say which I prefer, they are too different and you’re not comparing like for like’. While tattooing with a machine allows Ruth to create larger tattoos, she, like the person being tattooed, finds hand-poking therapeutic. Ruth is also working at the Femaletattoo Show in September and I’ll be popping down to have another little relaxing hand-poked piece of art!

Having these lovely northern lasses tattoo me yesterday was only made possible by Dawnii Fantana (have a look at her beautiful gypsies), Ruth explains that ‘as relative newbies to the tattooing industry it is brilliant having people like Dawnii who help and encourage you’, Hurrah! To Dawnii, her gorgeous shop and supportive nature! Definitely on my growing to-be-tattooed-by list! I hope I don’t run out of space first!

 

 

Ladies Art Show 2014 – Brooklyn NYC

Ladies, Ladies! Art Show.

Opening  reception 15 May 2014

7-11 pm at  Eight of Swords Tattoo and Gallery,
115 Grand Street, 11249 Brooklyn, New York

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View the website at www.wix.com/ladiesladies/artshow

The Ladies Art Show is an exclusive all ladies group show featuring the work of female tattooers. The work in the exhibition displays different styles and techniques, but  is united by one love: tattooing.

The show was created to pay respect  to the ladies who started tattooing first and paved the way for all others to follow, in a tough, historically male-dominated, industry.

The show is curated  by Elvia Iannaccone Gezlev and Magie Serpica, and this is its 3rd edition.

Some of the artists of 2014 – with more to be announced soon:

  • STEPHANIE TAMEZ
  • TAI IGLESIAS
  • LARA SCOTTON
  • VICKY MORGAN
  • VIOLA VON HELL
  • MARIE SENA
  • MARIJA RIPLEY
  • DAWN COOKE
  • DEBRA YARIAN
  • HOLLY ELLIS
  • IMME BOHME
  • JACKIE DUNN SMITH
  • JACLYN REHE
  • JAMIE RUTH
  • ROSE HARDY
  • ALIX GE
  • AMY SHAPIRO

 

Happy International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day.

As a celebration, we’re sharing our recreation from the first ever issue of Things&Ink magazine. Two strong women from the past and the present.

Tattoo artist Claudia de Sabe as circus attraction Artoria Gibbons – The Tattooed Girl…

COVER IMAGE: KRISTY NOBLE
DRESSMAKER: ROSIE DICKINSON
MILLINER: ELLEN BOWDEN, B Millinery
MAKE-UP: MISS HONEY BARE
HAIR: LUCIE LUELLA

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Panel Discussion: Women’s Ink

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Margot Mifflin, author of powerHouse BooksBodies of Subversion, and needlesandsins editor Marisa Kakoulas will host a panel discussion with some of the top women in the tattoo industry including Roxx, Virginia Elwood, Stephanie Tamez, and Amanda Wachob. The event is in New York tonight, and we wish we could be there.

Read Marisa’s blog post about why she was spurred on to put on an event like this here. There will be discussions about our bodies as a public space, as well as other issues being a tattooed woman – or man – raises.

See facebook event for more info.

RSVP at RSVP@POWERHOUSEARENA.com