Tagged: tattoos

Guinness World Record Tattoo

Lee Weir has forty-one tattoos of Homer Simpson in different positions, ages and expressions. His sleeve has set a new Guinness World Record and the twenty-seven year old from New Zealand has been awarded the record for the most tattoos of the same cartoon character tattooed on a single body.

Which cartoon character would you choose?

Image from Guinness World Records’ Twitter 

Extreme Tattoos

Photograph by Mark Leaver as part of his Facial Tattoo Project

Fifty-eight-year-old Keith Gordon claims that it is his OCD that has pushed him into tattoo addiction. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has ruled him all his life and it is this condition that has driven him to have his whole head tattooed.

At seventeen he had his shoulders and arms tattooed but changed his mind, he chose to have  painful skin grafts to remove his teenage ink.

In the last five years Keith has spent almost £15k not only having his tattoos redone but adding more to his body and face.

Watch the short video to hear his story.

More details at news.uk.msn.com

Interview with Céline Aieta, who runs Inspired Tattoo Portraits

Céline Aieta, 26, Paris.

Celine photo

What first drew you to the tattoo world? When did you decide you wanted to become a tattooed person? This is such a difficult question. I couldn’t really explain what really drew me to the tattoo world. In 2009, while I was in Albuquerque New Mexico to study, I met Steve Truitt a renowned body modification artist. I quickly became friends with him and the guys at his shop and I started to spend a lot of time there. So I would say that I was firstly introduced to the world of body modifications. At the time, seeing Steve’s tattoos was quite a visual shock. That was the first time I saw blacked-out arms, face tattoos and almost a complete tattooed body. I slowly started getting small tattoos until I eventually considered getting a full body suit.

Celine

What is your job? I have never been able to do one thing at the time, so I’m currently working several jobs. I’m in charge of the advertising for a magazine, I’m also managing a tattoo artist working at Sang Bleu London and, last but not least, I’m part of the Paris Tattoo Convention staff, Le Mondial du Tatouage organized by Tin-Tin, where I’m in charge of the sponsoring.

Tell us a little more about your project Inspired Tattoo Portraits? When did you start it? Inspired Tattoo Portraits is an artistic and journalistic project that I started in April 2013, which focuses on heavily tattooed people wearing quality art. I aim to create beautiful images and provide content that opens the door to new ideas. Each portrait is made of an interview, a set of analog pictures and a video. I never read tattoo magazines, so it came from a personal need to see something different. For each portrait, I try to find interesting and strong personalities and to shoot them in visually rich environments in order to create unique atmospheres. On one hand, it’s a way for me to broadcast an aspect of the tattoo culture I love and on the other hand to understand myself better thanks to the people involved in the portraits.

Celine’s tattoos

 

Do you find that you often get comments about your tattoos from the public when you’re out? Do you mind this? People are generally surprised, but not in a bad way and I actually get pretty good comments. I guess they can appreciate the artistic value of my tattoos. But having people staring at me in the street and on the subway is not something I always felt comfortable with. When I first started getting tattooed my tattoos were not visible, so as they began becoming more visible I had to adapt to the way people were looking at me. Now I try not to care anymore.

Tell me a little about the work on your body. Who did it? How does it make you feel as a person? The list would be too long to name everyone, I’m a collector. I get work by very different artists: black & grey portraits, neo-traditional, ornamental… So far I have been tattooed by Cokney, Mikael de Poissy, Jean-Philippe Burton, Matthew Gordon, Antony Flemming, etc. I just enjoy being surrounded by art on a daily basis. My tattoos don’t change me as a person. Also it is a big commitment and it’s definitely not a neutral choice…

Thigh tattoos by Mikael de Poissy

 

We have been watching the progress of your stomach piece on Instagram. Where did the inspiration for this come from?  Many women are nervous about using their entire front as a canvas, did you have any apprehensions? I have been looking at Matthew Gordon’s work and I noticed he was super-good at large-scale tattoos and I wanted a big piece for my torso. As I’m working on a body suit project it made sense to go big. I just gave him a few ideas and he nailed it. The placement and size were pretty audacious but I guess I was crazy enough to do it. Of course I had apprehensions. It’s a pretty big commitment. I was scared it would affect my femininity, but it didn’t. In fact feminity really depends on who you are as a person. So I feel pretty good about it.

Celine’s front piece by Matthew Gordon

 

You recently added a flower below the piece by Matthew, what inspired this? Honestly, it wasn’t really part of my plan but after finishing my torso this little area was left untattooed and blank spots just annoy me. That’s the problem when you’re getting a lot of work done, you tend to only notice the non tattooed areas! Also I wanted someone special for this piece and therefore I asked Japanese artist Gotch to do it.

Do you enjoy working on big tattoo projects? What are you planning next? I think bigger is better, but it’s also pretty hard to work on big projects. It takes a lot of time and commitment, plus it’s usually really painful. Working on my torso piece was challenging and I sometimes felt discouraged. Going through long sessions and having to catch a flight back home to Pares the day after to go back to work is something difficult. But I experienced amazing things as well. It made me realise how strong I am. My next big project is my back piece with Guy le Tatooer, which I’m pretty excited about…

Who else would you like to get tattooed by? Too many! Haha. But to name a few: Claudia de Sabe, Valerie Vargas and the guys at Sacred Electric.

Where do you seek tattoo inspiration? My inspiration mainly comes from artists’ work. I like to pick artists with a strong artistic personality and I only give them a few ideas. I just want them to enjoy the piece and do what they think is good.

Any advice for first timers thinking about getting tattooed? Have a look at artists’ portfolios and choose them regarding their style and most importantly trust them!

 

Celine’s IG @inspiredtattooportraits
facebook.com/inspiredtattooportraits

Below are some of the portraits from the Inspired Tattoo Portraits series, check out the project in its entirety at www.inspiredtattooportraits.com

Great pair of tattooed tits

For Catherine Hadden breast reconstruction surgery after winning her fight with breast cancer was not an option she would consider, instead she chose to have a tongue in cheek tattoo of two Great Tits right where her own breasts used to be.

For me it was something beautiful coming from something so ugly

Rather than being reminded of her cancer and of feeling horribly ill Catherine chose to see something positive and decided to celebrate her cancer free body.  She made the decision to have a double mastectomy in order to save her life. At first she wanted a very small bird tattooed onto her body, but when her tattooist presented her with the idea of having two Great Tits on a branch she changed her mind.

When I get out of the shower each morning and go to the bathroom mirror I think, ‘What a pair of great tits’.

Her daughter posted Catherine’s photo on Facebook and from then on there was no hiding Catherine’s new tits, so to speak. Even though Catherine describes herself as a bashful person she had no qualms showing her new tattoo to people and in turn raising awareness of breast cancer.

 

Image and quotes from www.newsandstar.co.uk

Animal Tattoos

Some of our favourite animal tattoos that we’ve seen on Instagram recently

Kelly Smith 

Steve Butcher

Amy Savage

Tom Wagstaff

Ashley Newman 

Hannah Oliver

Max Rathbone

Alessia Pedrosa

Arran Burton

Amber Elliott

Charlotte Ross 

Mike Moses

Charlotte Timmons

 

Have you seen any cool animal tattoos lately? We’d love to know!

Yum, Yum Food Tattoos

We’re feeling pretty peckish in the office today so here’s some of our favourite food related tattoos!

Sushi by Sadee Johnston

 Pineapple by Clare Hampshire

Pizza Slice by Alexandr Kargapolov

Sweet and Sour Fruits by Elizabeth Huxley

Ice Cream by Sam Whitehead

Guacamole by Kane Berry

Cake Lady by Hollie West

Fortune Cookie by Sophie Adamson 

We’d love to see your food inspired tattoos!

Friday 13th tattoos

Friday 13th Tattoos at Scratchline Tattoo, London with Susanna, Mister Paterson and Texxx

People started queuing at 7am to choose a design from the specially drawn flash sheets and then book in.

We arrived at Scratchline Tattoo in Kentish Town towards the end of a very long day; each tattooist had done 10 or more designs one after the other.

Jack, 23 from Toronto got his first tattoo and we quizzed him on his experience. I like to think, that along with the lovely and chatting Susanna, we kept his mind off the pain.

The pain turned out to be pretty much what he expected and the small black line design didn’t take long.

Jack chose the broken bottle design as he’s “been drinking a lot on this trip, it stuck out”; no one needs any other reason than that they like it! He chose to get tattooed on Friday 13th as it was a “pretty sweet opportunity on the last few days of my trip”.

He’s already planning more and is even considering following up an apprenticeship when he returns to Canada.

On seeing his freshly inked tattoo “that’s fucking dope, I love it!” I’m guessing he enjoyed the after tattoo buzz!

Did you get a Friday 13th Tattoo? We’d love to see it!

Our pick of the best tattoo inspiration accounts to follow on Instagram

The Things&Ink team are pretty addicted to Instagram, here’s the accounts we just can’t get enough of at the moment…

@luckymutttattoo

Lucky Mutt, South Street Tattoo.
Black lines, bold colour, clear designs

@ohnochloe

Olivia-Chlöe Amateur painter Portside tattoo,Liverpool,UK.

 @atramors

Roma Severov, Artists based in Ukraine, pen and ink illustrator.

@abbydrielsmatattoo

Abby Drielsma Tattoo apprentice, Eternal Addiction, Melbourne, Australia.

@sv__a

Andrei Svetov Tattoo artist, Master&Tattoo, Kaliningrad,Russia.

@annitamaslov

Annita Maslov, Illustrations Tattooist and Illustrator, Alchemy Tattoo Studio, Melbourne.

@lucylucyhorsehead

Lucy O’Connell ,Red Tattoo and Piercing, Leeds, UK.

@scragpie

Sam Smith, StevestonTattooCo.

@trailertrashtattoo

Trailer Trash Tattoo, Australia.

@blindvulture

Dan Fletcher, Winnipeg.

@georginatattoo

Georgina Liliane, Southampton,UK.

Who’s your Insta obsession?