And here’s our original recreation, as featured in the magazine, but can you spot the differences between our original version and the photo underneath?
Comment below, good luck.
Nighthawks, Things&Ink tattooed version starring: photographer Al Overdrive, art historian Doctor Matt Lodder, vintage hairdresser Lucie Luella and apprentice barber Ryan Costello. Photography by Heather Shuker, assisted by James Sheen-Stevens, styling by Olivia Snape.
Can you spot the differences?
Art: the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty, meaning or emotional power.
Simon Lowther – Industrial designer.
What is art to you? It is an outlet for our absurdity and hopeless questioning as to who we are, why we are here and what for. It also fulfils a primal need to create and construct and control. Despite this, art is ultimately useless (As Oscar Wilde put it). That’s not to say it does not hold value, enrich our lives, carry meaning, and tell stories.
Define and describe your art: I would define it with its title: industrial designer. So I’m not an artist, but I employ creative practices in my work nonetheless. I sketch, make models and employ 3D CAD programs.
Why this medium? I wanted to do something utilitarian and creative rather than just creative.
Does meaning have a place in your work? I don’t go out of my way to embed meaning into my design deliberately. That would be too contrived. Meaning will be inherent in a design if it has been designed well. A design also carries meaning purely by virtue of the time and place (culture) it originates from
Tattooed by himself
Tell me about the tattoo you’ve designed for yourself: It’s a very simple and small stick’n’poke tattoo of a Penny Farthing. It is the 3rd stick and poke tattoo I’ve done on myself so it’s a bit rough but I like it.
Does the tattoo have any significance/meaning? They are an object I find amusing and in a strange way beautiful. I like how utterly absurd and impractical the design is while still being a very pleasing form in its simple geometry and iconic profile. It also reminds me that people do ridiculous things.
Do you have an opinion on unoriginal and ubiquitous tattoos? When I’m on the way to work and feeling particularly misanthropic or severely hung-over or just in a bad mood I’ll arbitrarily choose things to hate. Sometimes it’s tattoos. Originality is a tenuous subject in art and especially in tattoos. For most people (excluding people from cultures with traditional tattooing) tattoos are just a way to feel better about themselves. It’s image based, and it’s about identifying with a particular milieu. It’s difficult to argue that getting a tattoo is appreciating art although I think the tattoo artists themselves can sometimes be considered artists. I can look at art or listen to music without having it painfully and permanently adhered to me.
What are your thoughts on tattoo artists and their profession vis-à-vis originality and art? Would you ever become one? I wouldn’t become one because I’m not passionate enough about tattoos and I think the noise of the guns would drive me insane. I’m sure plenty of tattoo artists are original in their work but ultimately they are not creating art for art’s sake. They are producing a product for a client, and that product needs to sell. That requires they tattoo what a customer wants and quite often their own design. A tattoo artist probably produces art some of the time while simply copy and pasting images onto people at other times.
This interview was conducted by Fareed Kaviani, as part of Artists, Tattoos, and Meaning: Pissing Ink in Duchamp’s Urinal? a feature in The Art Issue. It features an interview with Rik Lee Purchase a copy from: thingsandink.com
So last weekend was the ninth International London Tattoo Convention, at Tobacco Dock in London. And the Things&Ink team were lucky enough to have a stand there all weekend. We had the time of our lives and met so many likeminded people – it’s incredible meeting so many people who are as passionate about tattoos as we are.
We shared our stand with the awesome folk from Rude Cmpny. They make super-cool shades (check out a discount code in the art issue).
We also met the lovely Ella Masters. She is the amazing illustrator who created this awesome picture of the editor – so cute.
Things and Ink stickers
We’re sad that the weekend is over, but it has made us feel very excited about the future of the magazine and we’re already thinking about Brighton Tattoo Convention next February. Hopefully we will see you all again then.
Photo of Rude boys by http://hustlersquad.net/
UNDER HER SKIN
Celebrating one year of Things&Ink and launch of The Art Issue
Thursday 12th September – Monday 30th September 2013
Opening Party: Thursday 12th September
Atomica Gallery, Hackney Downs Studios, London
We’re super-excited to announce an exclusive exhibition, in association with our friends Atomica Gallery, in Hackney.
Under Her Skin marks one year of Things&Ink by bringing together a selection of today’s most talented artists for an exhibition celebrating modern female tattoo culture:
Amy Victoria Savage (Jayne Doe, Hornchurch UK)
Angelique Houtkamp (Salon Serpent, Amsterdam NL)
Charissa Gregson (Jolie Rouge, London UK)
Dominique Holmes (The Family Business, London UK)
Grace Neutral (Good Times, London UK)
Guen Douglas (Salon Serpent, Amsterdam NL)
Iris Lys (London UK & Paris FR)
Lucy Pryor (Into You, London UK)
Rachel Baldwin (Bold As Brass, Liverpool UK)
Rebecca Vincent (Nostalgia Traditional Tattooing, Leeds & The Circle, London UK)
Tracy D (King’s Cross Tattoo Parlour, London UK)
Vicky Morgan (Ghost House, Derby UK)
Under Her Skin will be exhibited during the London International Tattoo Convention 2013, which is being held at the Tobacco Dock in east London 27-29th September.
Under Her Skin opening event, sponsored by The Kraken Rum
Thursday 12th September, 6-9pm at Atomica Gallery
Complimentary drinks provided by The Kraken Rum
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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!
Issue 3 –The Love Issue – is all about love, in all its glorious forms. It explores love between lovers, friends and family, passion and romance throughout history. Paralleling love as an emotion with a love for tattoos.
Take a look at the contents page – too much inspiration
Highlights include beauty product reviews, including Uzuri, an interview with the Bronx, a real-life feature on tattooed and non-tattooed partners – exclusively featuring Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride – and interviews with iconic tattoo artists including Rebecca Vincent, Steve Vinall, Charissa Gregson and Aimeè Cornwell and her father Mark. It also features a story by Lady Steel, a feature on the adorable kewpie, Artoria Gibbons’ love story, by Amelia Klem Osterud, and editor Alice’s brand new Beauty and the Beast inspired tattoo, by Steve Vinall.
And, of course, an in-depth interview with cover star Rachel Baldwin about her life and loves.
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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.
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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…)
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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
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.
Music by Amanda Mair – ‘Sense’
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