Embracing female tattoo culture
I unveiled the first ever Things&Ink cover on my blog back in September. And wow, what a journey it has been since then. With the help of some very talented people, Things&Ink has turned into a proper, glossy magazine – a very beautiful one at that – and is now available to order.
Things&Ink is 92 pages of all the things I love about the tattoo world. Beautiful images, real-life stories, girly tattoos, opinions, jewellery, inspiration, art, artists, history and more…
Thanks so much to everyone who has supported me and to all those who have ordered the launch issue. I can’t wait for you all to see it and I promise I will keep you updated on its journey to you…
To order the launch issue, visit thingsandink.com/buy
I just need to say a massive sorry for neglecting Th’ink over the past month. Things have been pretty hectic. Things&Ink, the new magazine I have been working on for the past six months has now gone to print, so it’s time to show my blog some love again.
Although, I have been very busy over the past month, finalising the beautiful pages of the magazine with a very talented bunch of people, I did find the time the time to get tattooed by the talented Tracy D of King’s Cross Tattoo Parlour.
And here it is, the beautiful addition to my vintage arm, this lovely vintage perfume bottle.
And here is a sneaky peak at the contents page of the launch issue of Things&Ink magazine. Hope you like the look of it…
Website by parestailor.com
Have you got what it takes to be on the cover of a tattoo magazine?
Come and strike a pose on the cover of Things and Ink in The Vault – V51 at The London Tattoo Convention and you could win a subscription to the magazine.
All photos will be uploaded to the Things and Ink Facebook page so you can tag yourself as a cover model. The Things and Ink family will pick their favourite face of the convention to win a subscription.
Launch Issue – Claudia De Sabe as Artoria Gibbons
Claudia de Sabe as Artoria Gibbons
Making the cover.
The cover for the launch issue of Things and Ink encapsulates everything that the magazine stands for. Things and Ink is a magazine that celebrates female tattoo culture, both current and historical. And female tattoo artist of the moment, Claudia De Sabe, is posing as Artoria Gibbons, one of the original tattooed ladies.
Artoria the tattooed girl worked in circus side shows in the 1920s.
Photographer: Kristy Nobel
Makeup: Miss Honey Bare
Hair: Lucie Luella
Dress: Night Feather Headdress: B Millinery
Design: Oliver Campbell and Antonella Bordone
Behind the scenes footage coming soon from Papercut Pictures
Here’s me and my friends, Louise and Keely, with the Lizardman
On Monday I met Erik ‘ The Lizardman’ Sprague.
Here’s some bits of info I learnt about the Lizardman at the event:
Erik flirted with a number of ideas before he decided to decorate his body green (and no he doesn’t actually want to be a lizard, he knows he’s a human), including a chess board effect. Erik likes the powerful symbolic nature of the lizard and also he just likes the way reptiles look aesthetically.
Erik’s art is constantly with him and will change as his body does.
Erik wanted to see how far he could transform his body and flirt with what it is to be human. He wanted to question what it is to be human if you don’t look like one.
I noticed he didn’t have his armpits tattooed, but I know he’s getting them done later this year, good luck with that Erik and I can’t wait to see how your art evolves with you.
Things and Ink – A compendium of thoughts in ink, launching 1 November
So, it’s time to tell you all about what I’ve been up to for the past months. I’ve been busy planning photo shoots, fashion and lifestyle features, homewares sections and columns, looking at pretty pictures of tattooed ladies and chatting about tattoo history and magazine design. All for a brand new tattoo magazine called Things and Ink.
Things and Ink is about tattoos, art, culture, stories, diversity and emotion.
Things and Ink is a new style of tattoo magazine that embraces female tattoo culture. The aim of the magazine is to give tattoos more context, to give the point of view of not only the tattoo artist, but the wearer, too. Tattoos should be viewed where they sit on the body and the story behind them should be told. Things and Ink will satisfy the reader’s curiosity and tell the intimate stories. Things and Ink will be pretty and arty and shatter tattoo myths. It will welcome collectors and tattoo virgins alike.