Make a trip to The Underdog Gallery in London between Friday 1st of December and Sunday the 10th, you’ll find them proudly exhibiting a new solo exhibition by British figurative artist Chris Guest. Chris has spent the last 6 months pouring blood, sweat and tears into the collection of beautiful and striking oil paintings. In the gallery found at the appropriately named Crucifix lane, he feels that he’s found the perfect space to showcase his art.
I first met Stephen Byrne at Brighton Tattoo Convention and recognised his work immediately. I'd been following him for some time and loved his striking and clean traditional tattoos. I wanted to get tattooed by him but unfortunately, it wasn't able to happen that weekend, and I stood by and watched whilst Stephen produced great pieces all day. Luckily for me, though, he agreed to take some time out to answer some questions and give us the chance to showcase his work.
Sourcing its strength from modesty and restraint, Paradise’s fine-line work holds life and death in an obsessive vice-grip – offering a window into the New Zealand-hailing artist's internal landscape. Working from the outside in, real-name-Rene O’Donnell-Gibson’s delicate and disarming markings infiltrated the industry in an incredibly natural and effortless way – as if his vision of love and loss was always destined for skin. Here, Rene demystifies his otherworldly influences, the importance of putting yourself in uncomfortable situations and speaks to the benefits of being a multi-disciplinary creative.
Joao Bosco was kind enough to send us a copy of his new book, Skulls Snakes and the Flower of Death. Here we take a look at this latest publication in a little more detail.
Guen Douglas is a British/French Canadian tattooer who's style frequently celebrates feminity with a blend of American traditional. Her combination of bold and delicate make for some fantastic tattoos, focusing on some very eye-catching and thoroughly refined subjects. You can spot one of Guen's ladies from a mile away; the mixture of softer subjects and a strong colour palette, combined with clean, bold lines and the perfect amount of contrast are what really define her work.Guen Douglas is now a full-time artist at Taiko Gallery, working alongside Wendy Pham, producing some of the most powerful tattoos in Berlin and carving out her niche style in the capital.
Mike Fite is a man of few word but his American traditional tattoos speak volumes. Co-owner of Gold Club Electric Tattoo in East Nashville, TN he's been tattooing for over 20 years. It seems like every day Mike tattoos something in a way I hadn't thought of before and the results are always pretty striking, so I was happy to get the chance for a few quick words with him...
The enigmatic Apollonia Saintclair is a self-taught, hyper-anonymous artist and illustrator with a fatal attraction to satirical fetish erotica and a strong, 6-figure army of obsessive fans that follow her ongoing exploration of desire. Acting as an engine for the infinite field of lust, Saintclair speaks to the beginnings of her relationship with eroticism, the importance of privacy in an ever-changing world and how sexuality will forever stand as a societal battlefield.
The incredibly prolific, Asiago-hailing Michele Servadio has been injecting lonely, expressionistic magic into the world of tattooing for just over a decade - pushing the boundaries of the craft through experimental "rituals" and textural illusions. Fascinated by tradition and the cultural phenomena of tattooing, Servadio quickly became a key figure in London's underground art and music scene upon moving to Hackney Wick. Here, he demystifies the influence of environment on his enigmatic work, his love for life-drawing and how reality constantly bleeds into his creations.
Shane Thomas Swift, better known as Swift Death Club, is an incredibly prolific painter and occasional tattoo artist – creating works that speak to an unseen and wondrous landscape that’s informed as much by 1980’s erotica as it is architecture. Here, Shane speaks to his relationship to the contemporary world of tattooing, how he doesn’t want to ever “hit the mark” with his work and how Colour Vision Deficiency has informed his ongoing love affair with black ink.
Back in 2014, on a trip to Orlando, I discovered we weren't far from the legendary Lucky Supply Tattoo Museum. They were so welcoming and friendly, I couldn't wait to go back. This time, they agreed to show us around the warehouses, pulling back the curtain on their production process, all the while surrounded by years of tattoo history.Lucky Supply is a family owned and operated tattoo supplier established in 2000 by Jimmy Whitlock. Lucky's has a strong passion for the highest quality products, with most products manufactured in-house or produced by a tight-knit group of tattooers. Jimmy and his team create some of the best equipment available, machining parts for your favourite builders, including Bert Krak, Aaron Cain and many other massive names. Having witnessed the process first hand, it’s clear that attention to detail is of paramount importance.