Karma Yeshe Konchok is an Australia-hailing tattoo artist and owner of infamous London-based studio Dharma Tattoo who produces enveloping, "over-sized" Japanese tattoos, as well as soft, Tibetan-inspired offerings that reflect his Buddhist practice, and give second-life to the nameless works that litter his studies. Here, Yeshe speaks to his first tattoo - applied with a tool built from a sea-urchin's spine, how punk gifted him his fascination with his now-core art-form and to his religious beliefs that have allowed him to see the beauty in what he does.
Instagram has always felt like the perfect tool for tattooers to connect with each other, new clients and serves as the de facto portfolio and news delivery platform for tattooing, but in late 2017, something as trivial as a little circle caused a huge stir. That something was Everence.
We’re willing to bet that at least one person in your studio is wearing or owns a pair of Vans right now. Not so much just a shoe representing a subculture anymore, Vans are everywhere. It’s easy to see why. But whilst they’re a lot of things, built to last the rigours of a tough trade, is not necessarily one of them. That’s why we were so intrigued when we received an email showing us the new range from the California brand; made for the makers collection.
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.