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Ashes to Ink; Commemorative Tattoos

It seems that there is a bit of a hype surrounding commemorative tattoos that go a little further than a tattooed name, or symbol of a loved one. Lately, the media seems filled with opinions on  the use of human ashes in tattoos.

Now, I don’t believe it is anyone’s place to judge someone else’s grieving process. In fact, the very act implying this act is a trend or phase around this subject seems disrespectful; this is an act that has been performed amongst those in tattoo culture for over thirty years.

However, there have been concerns. Predominantly, the health implications of this seemingly extreme form of tattooing. Is this safe? Artists say that if, like any tattoo, the proper precautions are taken these commemorative tattoos do not heighten any chances of infection or health risks. Medical professionals do indicate that any time you are putting a foreign substance into your body, you are heightening the chance of infection. Again, the same can be said for any tattoo.

Jodie Marsh has a commemorative tattoo for her nan, using her ashes.

 

This act of tattooing ashes into the skin is a different process to a normal ink tattoo. The ashes must be baked and ground in order to reduce the residual bone matter which doesn’t turn into a fine dust in the cremation process. Only fine ash can be mixed with ink, so this procedure must be taken into account when considering a commemorative or “ritual” tattoo of this kind. Of course, many artists do not offer this service. Some believe it is morbid, some worry about the health risks. Some just prefer that their art takes a meaning of its own.

Speaking with Nova, who works as a shop girl at Tattoo Zoo in Victoria, Canada gave me an insight to the way that commemorative tattoos are viewed across the world. She offered an alternative perspective from within a tattoo environment. Calling herself an “outside observer” rather than a member of the tattoo industry, she has prepared ashes to be tattooed on three occasions in her six years of working in the studio.

Nova expressed, “I usually explain to people that even though you stick some ashes into some ink, most of it instantly settles to the bottom and later gets disposed of. With the ink. In the trash.” This certainly shows a different perspective on the use of our loved ones ashes; the ink we put in our skin is irrelevant in the bigger picture of tattoos. Tattoos are art, but the ink used is essentially disposable. It is the artist who makes a tattoo special, so involving the ashes of a family member, pet or friend in this process may not be as special as it first seemed.

Nova indicated a strong feeling that, rather than special, she views these tattoos as a little too macabre. “it’s a way to ‘get intimate’ with your departed loved one, but to me it’s just taking a pulverised bit of their bone and trying to put it into your skin.”

I must admit, I agree with her. Although I think the sentiment of ashes to ink commemorative tattoos is beautiful, in its practical usage it’s just not very appealing. Several artists I’ve spoken to even suggested that sometimes customers are told that the ashes are in the tattoo but in fact, they didn’t place them in the ink for reasons stated above. A lot of artists don’t want to deal with it; I agree that the art itself should be the focus of tattoos, rather than the materials used to make it.

To see more on memorial tattoos – rather than commemorative tattoos – see issue Three of Things & Ink, which you can buy here. Page 70 deals with the way in which a childhood pet was memorialised in ink! 

 

 

It’s a love thing #TheLoveIssue #Thingsandink

It’s time to reveal our issue 3 cover star of Things and Ink magazine…

The beautiful Rachel Baldwin stars as Little Red Riding Hood, inspired by one of her most famous tattoos… Read more about it in a full interview with Rachel in the magazine.

Get your copy now thingsandink.com/buy.

The love issue cover

Photographer: Stella Morais
Makeup: Keely Reichardt
Hair: Eleanor Robyn
Photo retouching: Lydia Rayner
Cover design: James Gilyead 

And here’s the behind the scenes video by Papercut Pictures. Music by NOFX, as Rachel is a huge fan (see tattoo on Rachel’s arm…)

Things and Ink Cover Shoot (Issue Three) from Papercut Pictures on Vimeo.

If you missed out on issue 1 and 2, you can also purchase them online at thingsandink.com/buy

Disney Tattoos; When You Wish Upon a Star

Disney tattoos are finding their place in the world of ink once again. I remember being a kid, and seeing the popularity of Winnie the Pooh tattoos amongst women my mum’s age, but now they’ve taken on a whole new level.

Maybe their popularity now is due to the young women that were once the target audience of films like Beauty and the Beast, and the Lion King when they were released, and now trying to re-capture the magic felt when we watched them for the first time. Don’t we all know the words to every Disney song ever?

People deal with their love for Disney in many ways – I have a cat named Marie, from the Aristocats, but others lay down their love in a more permanent fashion.

Artists like Beau, a relatively new tattoo artist based in Manchester are tattooing their own interpretations of Disney-love; from the tattooed Little Mermaid, to sleeves dedicated to Duchess. Most of Beau’s work seems to be taken directly from the animated films, which I feel is the best way to cement our disney love.

I asked Beau why she enjoys giving people Disney tattoos, she said, “why I do it…. I simply love Disney, always have, I collect alot of Disney memorabilia, and it’s probably the highlight of every kid’s childhood. No one ever gets bored of Disney. Other passion is tattoos obviously, so combining them both made sense. The girlier and fluffier the better!”

Other artists that are always creating Disney sketches and tattoos include Keely Rutherford, based out of East Side Tattoo in London. Like Beau and other artists who enjoy tattooing Disney, her emphasis is on the girly side of Disney, although she includes Donald and Daisy Duck in her work – characters that aren’t usually included in the girl category which is usually dominated by Disney Princesses, but their work all seems to include frills and lace and love hearts.

They add their own traditional tattoo spin on the classic Disney motif.  

My all-time favourite Disney tattoo has to be the sleeve created for (amazing) artist Jenna Yekic by Paul Marino. Although it isn’t yet finished, Paul has taken some of Jenna’s favourite Disney films and created the scenes in her skin. So far 101 Dalmatians, Bambi and Snow White are forever on her person!

Would you get a Disney Tattoo? What would you want?

Look out for a very special Disney-inspired tattoo in the 3rd issue of Things & Ink, released in May. 

Yay Lauren Winzer’s got her things&ink

I absolutely loved featuring the work of Lauren Winzer in issue 2. And after weeks of waiting, she has finally received her copy of the magazine…yay. I am pleased to say she loves it and I really hope either I can go visit her soon in Australia or she comes to do a guest spot in the UK. Not only would I love to get tattooed by her, but I would love to do a bigger feature on her – I adore her style. She ROCKS, she is such a Things & Ink girl :)

 

Lauren Winzer in Things and Ink magazine Lauren Winzer in Things and Ink magazine

 

 

Check out her interview and work  in The Face Issue – get your copy here thingsandink.com

And this tattoo is just one of the reasons we love her. It’s Britney bitch.

It's Britney bitch

 

 

Some more girly art and tattoos from CFB Tattooist

As you all know I love the artwork of CFB Tattooist (aka Cassandra Frances) who works at End Times in Leeds.

My sister and I got tattooed by her (blog post here) and I have blogged about her on numerous occasions…but her artwork just keeps getting better. So I couldn’t resist doing a quick post with a couple of her recent painting and tattoos.

Cfb tattooist gypsy

CFB lady with book

CFB tattooist lady bum

CFB lady bird head

CFB hate hand

Photos all taken from Cassandra’s Facebook page

Get your tats out – Ruby Confusing

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Name: Amber
(Ruby Confusing blog, @Ruby_confusing twitter)
Age: 29
Occupation: Manger of hairdressing academy
Location: Norwich, UK

Amber
Totally tattoo perving on Amber

I had my first tattoo aged 17 and it was on my hand! It was tiny a little butterfly from Bambi, which has since been covered. I always found them fascinating and knew that I wanted at least one – it has now turned into quite a lot. I can’t say I remember seeing many on other people, and it was a good few years until they became more mainstream.  I suppose it was when I started to meet friends who worked in the tattoo industry and who had a lot of tattoos that I started to collect more and more. I think this is due to feeling more comfortable in my own skin and finding good artists that I trusted. I’m pretty lucky that with my job in the hairdressing industry, I’m allowed to have them in visible places, although I think in general employers are becoming slightly more relaxed about tattoos.

Amber tattoo hand
Amber tattoo hand

My first experience with a really good artist was Wink Evans, in Norwich, who is amazing and responsible for a considerable amount of my tattoos – pretty much all of my right arm and a flamingo piece on my left calf.  He works at Factotum.

Amber rose tattoo
Amber rose tattoo

I guess I prefer being tattooed by people who are local to me, as it is easier to make appointments and get work done. Norwich has some brilliant artists, so  I don’t need to go further afield. I do have pieces from other artists – Eric Michalovicand Dawnii Fantana, but this was at Norwich Body Art Festival or guest spots.

Doll legs and sandals
Doll legs and sandals
Russian doll tattoo legs
Russian doll tattoo legs

I’m currently being tattooed by Brad Ward from Factotum, who did the Russian dolls on my shins and the man and lady with animals on their heads and J’adore on my lower fingers.  I really like his style and have been super happy with all my work by him and plan on more.

The fact I had tattoos before I knew much about it has left me with a few that I’m not so keen on… I have had one covered up by Mike Boyd at Indigo in Norwich and it’s amazing and no one ever notices the cherries that were there before! I plan on dealing with the rest at some point in the future.

My style is colour, the brighter the better! I get inspiration from all around me, sometimes it is things I see, tattoos on other people or even things I read! I’m not one of these people who really think about what they want and research it – I just have an idea and then want it done as soon as possible.

I get asked if my tattoos have meanings quite a lot and they don’t really, I like them and that’s why I get them.

I have lots more planned for the future! The main thing being a back piece which will cover up some horrible pink tribal I had when I was 19. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time now, but know it is something I’m going to have to  commit to, and before that I have lots of smaller projects I’d like to get finished.

Pair of tattoos
Pair of animal heads

My favourite tattoo is whichever one is my latest one, so right now the man with the fox on his head.

Some pics from the Great British Tattoo Show

Here is a small selection of photographs from the first ever Great British Tattoo Show.

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Tattoo show t-shirt
TattooShow
A view from above

I discovered one talented new artist – Pedro Santos – and he had some amazing flash he tattooed at the show. Take a look at Pedro’s tumblr too.

PedroSantosTattooFlash
Pedro Santos Tattoo Flash
PedroSantosLadyTattoo
Here is a very lucky lady being tattooed with the lady face from the flash sheet.
PedroSantosPerfumeBottleTattoo
I also spotted this lovely perfume bottle in Pedro's portfolio - I would definitely like to add a perfume bottle to my 'vintage' arm...

And here is a quick snap of what I like to call my vintage arm at the show…

Vintage arm
My vintage ink

Photos: James, Papercut Pictures

The full album of photos from the show can be viewed on Facebook

Rachel Jamie Baldwin (formerly Rachel Jamie McCarthy)

I love Rachel Jamie Baldwin’s girly style and fairytale appeal –  and her ladies have the most beautiful, striking eyes…

Please paint a pretty lady on me Rachel?

Rachel Jamie Baldwin it's not like the movies
It's not like the movies
Rachel Jamie Baldwin Red Riding Hood
Red Riding Hood
Rachel Jamie Baldwin lady
Lovely lady
Rachel Jamie Baldwin fan
Fan me
Rachel Jamie Baldwin lady with leaves
Hiding in the leaves

Rachel works at Modern Body Art, Birmingham.

Photos from Facebook