Time to party with two of the tattoo world’s leading ladies, Amy Savage and Tiny Miss Becca
It’s nearly Christmas, and we have just celebrated our first birthday, so we decided to throw a party of two of our favourite tattoo artists – Amy Savage and Tiny Miss Becca. And we adore the latest cover of Things&Ink, which captures the essence of celebration perfectly. Oh and who can resist a rainbow cake?
Check out the celebration issue, on sale Friday 6 December, for an interview with Becca and Amy of Jayne Doe Tattoo, plus lots more beautiful photos and tattoo inspiration. thingsandink.com
Tattoo artist Tracy D works at King’s Cross Tattoo in London, UK. Here’s an extract from her interview in The Art Issue of Things&Ink magazine. To buy a copy and see the full interview, go to thingsandink.com
I do a lot of, what I guess would be described as, traditional and neo-traditional work. But I am eager to expand and learn as much as I can about different ways and styles of tattooing. I am just really enjoying what I am getting asked to tattoo at the moment – art nouveau-style tattoos and beautiful feminine pieces. That could always change though, you just never know what the future holds.
What is your favourite tattoo you’ve worked on?
When Things&Ink editor, Alice, asked me to create her a tattoo to mark a celebration of this issue and also the first year of the magazine, I was thrilled. She gave me the freedom to create a piece just for her and it was a dream come true. She didn’t limit me with space or colour, or anything at all, so I was excited to take parts of three of my favourite Rossetti paintings, ‘A Sea Spell’ (1875-7), ‘A Roman Widow’ (1874) and ‘Sibylla Palmifera’ (1865 70). My main influences were the use of colour, the extravagance of flowers, poppies denoting sleep, butterflies referring to the soul, the use of musical instruments, as well as the strength and beauty of the women depicted in each painting – just heavenly. Each piece is just divinely perfect, in my opinion. I don’t think I have ever been more in my element when working on a piece, and I hope that I will have the opportunity to do more designs influenced by my favourite movement.
The art issue cover is inspired by Millais’ iconic artwork, Ophelia, with tattoo artist Tracy D. Within the magazine are more fantastic recreations of iconic fine art work with a “tattoo twist,” along with art historical commentary from Doctor Matt Lodder.
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.
I met the amazing Mo Deeley, from Maltby, Rotherham, at the London Tattoo Convention last year. I fell in love with her. Her attitude, her looks, her gorgeous tattoos. I knew we had to do a shoot with her for Things & Ink and find out her story.
She was a star on shoot day. It was freezing cold in the north of England, but her positive attitude and can-do spirit never faltered.
Here’s some behind the scenes snaps from the shoot by the talented Heather Shuker. Mo even whipped out a tattoo she had done of the launch issue cover. Wow, now that’s dedication to the love of Things & Ink. What a woman.
Read her full interview and take a look at the fabulous pictures in The Face Issue. You can buy from the website thingsandink.com and check out a full list of stockists.
Sailor Jerry rum is all about three things: spiced Caribbean rum, tattoos and music.
The rum is made in the name of Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins – the undisputed father of old-school tattooing.
To celebrate the last 10 years of Sailor Jerry rum, they’ve put together a short film featuring clips of a few of the gigs, events and backyard barbecues they’ve held over the years. Look out for exclusive footage from WWII-era Honolulu taken from the Hori Smoku documentary on the life of the original Sailor Jerry and clips of The Black Lips live.
The film is set to the iconic 1979 punk track Where Eagles Dare by The Misfits. Like Sailor Jerry himself, The Misfits are independent spirits united in the fierce protection of their legacy. They have never before allowed their work to be used commercially, until now, testament to the band’s shared ethos with Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins himself.
Enjoy, I think this film is ace.
Also check out the Old School for Girls article in the launch issue of Things&Ink, it is inspired by the pin-up imagery created by Sailor Jerry himself.
Also have a flick through our album on Facebook of photos from the Things&Ink launch party, the night was sponsored by Sailor Jerry so, as you can imagine, we all got pretty messy. The photos say it all really…