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Artistic Disney Princesses

Artist jirka väätäinen has created images of how Disney Princesses would look in real life. Of course they are a beautiful reflection of patriarchal ideals.

Innocent and curious Alice

Whimsical and delicate Snow White

Jasmine has a Kim Kardashian look about her

Youthful and alluring siren of the sea Ariel

Fiercely sexual Pochantantis

And then there’s Ursula in all her villainous glory


phantasy homes

Hey, my name is Keely and when I’m not the make-up artist for Things&Ink, I am creating kitsch phone covers for Phantasy Phones.

This is my Mexican inspired back piece by Paula Converse:

I also have a fondness for homewares and interiors, and in this blog post I have collated a selection of some of my favourite finds. Tattoos seem to translate well when used in ceramics, fabrics and arty objects for the home, and, it seems, any avid tattoo collector also likes to have their home looking as beautiful as their body art.


Katie Spragg creates beautifully illustrated ceramics that would stand proud in any crockery cabinet. My stand-out pieces are the wonderful collection of mugs she creates featuring animal illustrations. £15

I also love the large ‘African Queen’ plate featuring parakeets and some illustrations of Battersea Park. £25 www.katiespragg.com


Rockett St George is an online interiors shop offering a selection of homewares, art and gifts. Launched in 2006, they now have three warehouses full of wonderful, unique and curious products, which can be explored on their website.

My favourite item is the kitsch Bear Side Table at £125 its a real conversation starter. www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk


Who knew the grandfather clock could look as modern and cheerful as it does with Studio Cloggy? This Dutch-based company offers a contemporary twist on a traditional design, and they do it very well.

With prices starting from £1,377 for a single-colour design, they’re not the cheapest on the market, but they’re worth every penny. www.cloggyclocks.com


Find my full article and more hand-picked homewares in Issue 4 The Art Issue

Disney Princesses like you’ve never seen them before…

Canadian artist Sakimi Chan has given the classic Disney princesses a gender make-over turning the traditional feminine ladies into new masculine characters. Albeit it very beautiful, chiselled, hairless men.

Our favourite being the complete gender role reversal, with a masculine Belle and feminine Beast.

Images from Sakimi Chan’s Facebook


The UK’s 4th Annual Female Tattoo Artist Show

The Female Tattoo Artist Show is a small and intimate convention packed with an array of different female artists and performers from across the UK. The event will be filled with live music, burlesque acts, fire shows and, of course, tattoos! This is the 4th year that the show has been held at The Assembly and we can’t wait!

We’re most looking forward to seeing Grace Neutral, cover star of Issue 6 The Modification Issue, Anna Garvey and Keely Rutherford. There are many more amazing artists who can add to your tattoo collection: see the full artist list here.

Come and visit us at the Things&Ink stand! See you all there!

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

Chapman Brothers’ Tattoo Parlour

“There will be pain. Pain and blood.”

Jake and Dinos Chapman hope to raise £25,000 through Art Fund and their crowd-funding website Art Happens to open a tattoo art project at the Jerwood Gallery.

Those who donate can help bring the brothers back to their home town of Hastings, where their new art exhibition will be on display. Not only will the brother’s be painting over old junk shop finds, but they are encouraging the public to bring in art from their homes for the brothers to update with paint.

Jake and Dinos are also opening a pop-up tattoo parlour in the gallery, in which they will reward those who donated with specially-designed tattoos turning them into walking one-off pieces of art.

The original idea was to have Dinos tattooing in a wooden box, the victim – or lucky customer – would stick their arm through a hole in the box where it would be strapped down, totally hidden from site. Dinos would tattoo a design of his choosing onto their arm and on removal from the hole the recipient would see their new tattoo. Fortunately this idea was dismissed on health and safety grounds by Frieze Art Fair.

Chapman brothers tattoo design


Neither one of the brothers has any formal training and Jake’s forearm is covered with blue scribbles done by Dinos.

He isn’t very good, and he really dug in with the needle – it was very painful.

Will you be donating? Would you let someone tattoo a mystery design on your skin?




Chapman Brothers quoted from The Guardian
Images from The Guardian and www.blouinartinfo.com

Zombie Boy

You’ve all seen Rick Genest (Rico Zombie/Zombie Boy) with his face infamously tattooed to look like a skull, but have you seen him without his tattoos?
Cosmetics company Dermablend Professional created the video below in which they cover every inch of Rico’s tattoos, in order to ask the question;  ’how do you judge a book?’


BBC Radio 4 have been airing a series called Tattoo Tales in which they question why people get tattoos, in this  mini interview,  ‘Zombie Boy’ explains why he got his first tattoo. Like many of us he went along with someone else, and decided to have one at the same time.

I got it at the age of 16, my little sister – she got a tattoo first, and I went out and got one right after her.

Image and quote from www.bbc.co.uk