We had a fab opening night for our exhibition The Archive on Thursday 31 March at The Circle and below are some photos from the night. The exhibition marks the end of the printed magazine, and our back catalogue has been turned into original works of art by contributing artists:
Rachel Baldwin / Tracy D / Grace Neutral / Danielle Rose / Flo Nuttall / Brian Wilson / Yann Brenyak / Emily Alice Johnston / El Bernardes / James Gilyead / Jenna Yenik / Onnie O’Leary / Dawnii / Shane Ivezic / Mister Paterson / Hattie Cox / Jondix / Sophie Gibbons / Deryn Twelve / Tina Lugo / Tessa Metcalfe / Deno / Chloe O’Malley / Gary Dunn / Ricky Williams / Paul Hill / Kelly McGrath / Ruby Wolfe / Emily Dawson / Chloe Woodgate / Eszter David / Tori Treasure / Dominique Holmes / Emma Zanelli / Ashley Luka / James (Woody) Woodford / Nina Waldron / Jessi James / Emily Gypsy / Abbie Williams / Daisy Watson / Jessi Preston / Kyler Martz / Hannah O’Driscoll / Lucy O’Connell / Raph Cemo / Ann-Marie Kohlbecher / Gem Carter / Dexter Kay / Rhianna Jones / Sofie Simpson / Alex Candela / Lain Freefall / Natalie Petal Gardiner / El Pozan / Antoine Larrey / Jessica Leigh / Joanne Baker / Drew Linden / Daisuke Sakaguchi / Polly Sands / Anna Giongo / Susanna Widmann / Marie Cox / Pedro Santos / Hanumantra / Lee Jones / Pins /Meg Langdale / Inma / Claudia Ottaviani / Julia Seizure / Melissa Szeto / Nic Smith / Jesse Singleton / Matt Valentine / Nancy McNails / Hollie West / Frederico Lopes Rabelo / Blue / Alex Edwards / Ellis Arch
THURSDAY 31 MARCH 2016 6pm-late
at THE CIRCLE, 21 NOEL STREET, LONDON, W1F 8GP
An exhibition of Things&Ink covers turned into original works of art by people who have graced the pages of the magazine over the years…
Things&Ink is delighted to announce The Archive, a group exhibition celebrating more than three years, and 12 issues, of Things&Ink by inviting artists who have contributed to the magazine to turn back issues into original works of art. Opening on Thursday 31 March, and running for two weeks, at The Circle, in London’s Soho, to raise awareness for The One Love Project, with profits from sales being donated to the project that helps under-privileged children in Pushkar India.The original face issue cover, published in February 2013 The Face Issue decorated by Abbie Williams
The Archive will showcase the breadth and variety of artistic talent within the tattoo community. With more than 120 contributing artists from across the globe, each of the covers will be auctioned off in a silent auction that will run across the course of the exhibition, with bids starting at just £6.95 – the retail price of the magazine.
Never afraid to approach taboo subjects such as DIY and facial tattoos, Things&Ink have published 12 issues to date and each has had a specific theme, covering art, love, history and even fruit. Turning tattoo media on its head and moving away from a more sexist model, Things&Ink promotes body confidence and self acceptance by featuring inspirational people such as tattooed bearded lady Harnaam Kaur. Its aim has been to celebrate tattoo history, give inspiration through high-end photo shoots and provide commentary on current tattoo culture, The Archive will celebrate this by bringing together everyone who has featured on its pages.The Modification Issue, decorated by its cover star Grace Neutral
Each contributing artist has been sent a back issue at random, and there is no brief. They simply have to turn the cover of the magazine into an original work of art by using a medium of their choice.
The exhibition will run from Thursday 31 March until Sunday 17 April, and the artwork will be on display at The Circle for the course if it. There will also be a flash day on a date to be confirmed, with tattoos by two of Things&Ink’s favourite cover stars Grace Neutral (The Modification Issue) and Emily Johnston (The Horror Issue).The Launch Issue, decorated by Nina Waldron
“ The archive event is going to be the first time that all of our favourite artists we have ever featured have participated in an exhibition together and I cannot wait to see what our front covers become after they have been transformed into original pieces of art. The Things & Ink journey wouldn’t have been anything without the help and support of all the amazing contributors and we are eternally grateful.” Keely Reichardt, Project Manager of The Archive
LIST OF EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Cally Jo, Grace Neutral, Jondix, Bob Done, Rik Lee, Ashley Love, Shane Ivezic, Susanne Konig, Frederico Rabelo, Lianne Moule, Guy Le Tatooer, Mike Tea, James Hate, Robert A Borbas, Saschi McCormack, Antoine Larrey, Tina Lugo, Deno, Flo Nuttall, Rachel Baldwin, Brian Wilson, Emily Johnston, Claudia de Sabe, Drew Linden
PLUS many more artists to be announced…The Love Issue, decorated by its cover star Rachel Baldwin
Susanna Kumschick, a Swiss anthropologist, has curated an exhibition in Hamburg charting 150 years of body art. “I started with skin, because I really think if you are studying tattooing, you need to look at human skin closely too,” Susanna explains. She believes that the tattoo industry has not been represented enough when discussing anthropology in relation to art and design and after much research she “was surprised that it wasn’t actually a subject in art and design museums until recently.”
Thea Duskin, Untitled 2011
Kumschick discusses how tattoos have been represented throughout history in artists’ work, “They were always inspired by the aesthetics, from early on – the human body has been a subject in art for a long time, and so is painting on the body.”
The artist Fumie Sasabuchi adds tattoos to photographs taken from fashion magazines using traditional motifs taken from the Japanese Yakuza mafia. “Tattooing is more fashionable because we show our skin much more than in the past, so it’s more of a communication medium. We should look at them closely, because it depends where you have them on your body – you’re saying different things by the location you choose. It’s normal to have one today but it’s still a statement if you put one on your face, unlike one on your chest or ankle.” The image below was created from a photograph taken from children’s magazine Vogue Angels.
She also looks at how tattoos can stigmatise certain people. The photographer and filmmaker Christian Poveda spent a year with members of the Mara 18 gang in El Salvador, who cover themselves in tattoos marking the numbers of people they’ve killed or commemorating the death of a fellow gang member.
The exhibition is at MK&G in Hamburg until 6 September 2015.
A mobile tattoo parlour has been touring Bristol, encouraging the public to document their tattoos with photographs and share their stories. The project “I Will Always Have You” will be featured in the city’s art and culture show and started in Knowle West in June 2014.
Arts producer Melissa Mean curated the exhibition in order to gather memories and stories behind tattoos to add to growing digital archives.
By exploring the power of personal narratives and the construction of character through body art, we hope to better understand the growing popularity of tattoos across the UK and the richness of Knowle West’s tattoo culture.
The exhibition will be on show at Knowle West Media Centre until Christmas. People can add their tattoos to the online archive.
Image and Melissa quoted from bbc.co.uk
Identity – Portraits | Modification | Adornment.
An exhibition celebrating the work of tattooists, artists and photographers,
curated by Things&Ink magazine at Into You, London
This is a film by Papercut Pictures from the exhibition launch night.
Did you attend the launch night? Can you spot yourself in the video?The crowds at the opening night of the exhibition at Into You, London.
Some more information behind the exhibition:
Identity means something different to us all, and it is something some of us can struggle with into our adult years. This collection of original artwork and photography explores the way our identities can be informed by the world around us and what we choose to do with our bodies. Each piece is the artist’s interpretation of the theme – no restrictions or limitations. The collection is varied, exciting and thought-provoking.
The exhibition also coincides with the launch of The Identity Issue – issue 7 of Things & Ink magazine – which explores identity within the medium of tattooing, with stunning editorial shoots and in-depth features.
The Identity exhibition is currently on show at Into You London until the first week of July.
The Identity exhibition features work from:
Alex Binnie / Araceli 4ever / Axa Shireen / Goldilox
Delphine Noiztoy / Duncan X / Joao Bosco /
Matt (Oddboy) Barratt-Jones / Susanna Widmann / Wendy Pham
Ramon Maiden / James Woodford / Jack Newton / Tomas Tomas Adam Sage / Luke Garwood / Heather Shuker
We are very pleased to announce that Sailor Jerry will be sponsoring the opening of IDENTITY – Portraits | Modification | Adornment – our exhibition at Into You London in May 2014.
Join and celebrate with us:
Thursday 22 May from 7pm
Into You, 144 St John St, London EC1V 4UA
Sailor Jerry will be providing awesome cocktails including:
Jerry and Ginger Beer
Sailor Jerry and Coke
Shave & a Haircut
. Respect his legacy, drink responsibly.
What more could you ask for? Ink, art and booze. See you on Thursday…Jerry and Ginger Beer
Shave & a Haircut
Cocktails recipes from Sailor Jerry coming soon. More information about the event here.
From the origins of body art 3,000 years ago to contemporary artwork, a new Paris exhibition from HEY magazine and tattoo artist Tin-Tin charts the history and significance of tattoos throughout civilization.
The exhibition is curated by journalists Julien and Anne, and includes photographs, tools, skulls and pieces of tattooed human skin.
“Tattooing is part of the common heritage of most of humanity, we wanted to do this exhibition for a long time because we feel it’s important to show that tattooing has a real history and is a pure product of humanity. There’s not a place in the world where mankind has been that has not used tattooing … It’s both artisan and artistic. In the past there was a fear of tattoos and people would hide them. Today attitudes have changed. People used to do it because they wanted to identify themselves as different to make a statement, but today it’s become fashionable and the opposite holds true. People want to be different so they don’t want tattoos.” Julien.
The exhibition explores the art of tattooing from around the world and maps the tattoo revolution. From traditional styles and techniques to the more mainstream and trendy ideas of tattooing.
All images from Vogue Hommes International