Savage Beauty

The critically acclaimed exhibition, Savage Beauty has turned everyone’s attention back towards the incredible talent that was Alexander McQueen. All of the team at Things & Ink love embracing differing opinions on what the conventional beauty standards are and no better example of this was on the catwalk of McQueen’s shows.

With the incredible talents of world famous makeup artists, Peter Philips, Val Garland and Pat McGrath, the makeup created for these shows was truly out of this world.

Savage Beauty runs until July 19th 2015 at the V&A Museum in London


Mårwåne Pallas: This Is My Body

This Is My Body is a series created by self-taught Paris born artist Mårwåne Pallas. The composed self portraits hauntingly explore physical anatomy and the damaging ways we manipulate the human body. The collection also looks at ideas of sexuality and physical status connected with the Bible.

In The Flesh

The Making of Eve 

My Body is a Temple

This Is My Blood

Amy – official trailer and your Amy Winehouse tattoos

 Amy reveals an intimate glimpse in to the life and death of Amy Winehouse, who tragically passed away in 2011 from alcohol poisoning after a long battle with alcohol and drug addiction. Her music, look and persona has lived on and the BAFTA award winning film maker, Asif Kapadia has captured the true essence of her tempestuous life in a film that is sure to prove why she was and still is adored by so many.

Check out the trailer on YouTube.

Amy Winehouse has become such a cult figure that many of us are adorning ourselves in memory to her with portrait tattoos, replicas of her own tattoos and personal designs that keep her memory alive on our skin.

Gray Silva from Rampant Ink in Nottingham

Lauren Winzer from Hunter & Fox in Sydney

Unfinished by Aaron Wickham from Horsham

Jocke JP Petersson from Pistolero tattoo in Sweden

 Roberto Euan

 Nico Lavoratori

3D Tattoo

Tony Booth who owns Dabs Tattoo in Southport UK created this incredible 3D geometric tattoo, which took multiple sessions over 18 months and was completed at Tattoo Tea Party a few weeks ago.

The futuristic layered piece won Tony Best Blackwork award at the convention in Manchester, since then the tattoo has gone viral, being shared by the likes of street artist Banksy. The intricate geometric pattern creates a layered effect, that some have found unnerving, while others have been impressed by the commitment to such an impressive piece.



Matching tattoos

The latest celebrity couple to get matching tattoos in honour of their love for one another is Ellie Goulding and Dougie Poynter. ‘Skullin ell’ was the phrase Poynter used on his Instagram account to show the world his new ink.

Here are some of our readers matching tattoos with their loved ones.

  Matching flamingos by Bob Done from The Lookout, Worthing 



By Vicky Kostick from Baby Boy Tattoo, Bishop’s Stortford 


By Erik Dyum 

  Matching tattoos drawn be their son 

Mondial du Tatouage 2015

The International Paris Tattoo Convention, or as the French say Mondial du Tatouage, was held at the Grande Halle de la Villette from the 6th to the 8th March 2015. The venue was vast and for one weekend only filled with internationally renowned tattoo artists creating works of art on the skin… Unfortunately we couldn’t attend the event ourselves (maybe next year), but we enlisted a couple of photographers to document the event for us.

Photos by Arnaud Sommier using analog


Photos by Katha

Edgar Allan Poe tattoo by Ivy Saruzy and the Jesus dinosaur by Debora Iglesias



Tim Walker Photography

Tim Walker creates beautiful photographs with extravagant staging and romantic motifs. His work has adorned the pages of  Vogue for over ten years and The National Portrait Gallery homes a stunning collection. We’ve picked a few of our favourites from his online archive, which ones do you love?

Lily Cole, Northumberland, Italian Vogue, June 2005


Malgosia Bela, Essex, Harper’s Bazaar, October 2009


Laura McCone & Luke Field Wright, Suffolk, Italian Vogue, September 2010


Pastel Cats, Northumberland, Italian Vogue, November 2000


Lindsey Wixson, Northumberland, Italian Vogue, January 2012

Trainers and tats…who can resist?

In honour of Nike’s #airmaxday last week, we got a few of our readers to send in photos of themselves rocking their favourite pair of Air Max alongside some cheeky leg tattoos. Who doesn’t love rocking a subtle slice of tattooed skin above a pair of Nikes?

Photo by @floraamalie

Ophelia by Tracy D from Kings Cross Tattoo in London and lady head by Matty D’Arienzo from Into You London

Pussy toad by Dan Sinnes from Luxembourg Electric Avenue and snake by Emerson Ventura from LTW in Barcelona

 Rose tattoo by Bunk Ink


Australian model, Stefania Ferrario has called on the fashion industry to stop using the phrase ‘plus size model.’ She believes that a model of whatever size or shape should not be differentiated depending on their body shape hence coining #droptheplus“I am a model FULL STOP. Unfortunately in the modelling industry if you’re above a US size 4 you are considered plus size, and so I’m often labelled a ‘plus size’ model. I do NOT find this empowering.” Ferrario is a UK size 12 and the face of Dita Von Teese’s lingerie line. 


 Ferrario believes that the “misleading label” is “damaging for the minds of young girls” and judging by the thousands who have tweeted and Instagrammed under the hashtag, it seems like she’s not the only one. 



Last year there was a social media uproar when 27 year old model, Myla Dalbasio got labelled ‘plus size’ after appearing in an ad campaign for Calvin Klein.  Dalbasio is 5ft11 and a US size 10 which is approximately a UK size 14 and even her modelling agency, Jag have said that they do not have a ‘plus size’ board and a model is a model regardless of her size. 


Join in the debate on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages using the hashtag #droptheplus. 

The Art of Hattie Stewart

London based Hattie Stewart is a ‘professional doodler’ who has created art for the likes of Adidas, Urban Outfitters and Pepsi. Her work features bright vivid colours, cheeky characters and fresh patterns. Hattie’s illustrations are both fun-loving and sarcastic, as she draws over magazine covers and celebrities.



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