It is always great to see collaboration between a tattooist and his customer to create something new and innovative using both of their skill sets. Dan, a precision engineer, and Mark with his tattoo skills have worked to make something that hand poking tattoo artists can rely on as well as keep hygienic at all times.
Dickie Golden is our first featured machine builder from outside the UK. Dickie is currently creating a stir with his machines over in Germany. Specialising in custom one-offs, his work is really worth checking out. His machines definitely have a different feel to them and, from what tattooists have told us, they are great to work with too.
If you are looking for something pretty and practical for your studio these armrests by Greg Holmes might be just the thing. Greg is pulling out all the stops to create custom armrests, each with a unique style tailored to the artist. It’s another great example of a non-tattooist who has worked closely with tattooists to get it right.
We were lucky enough to have Mike visit and tattoo in the studio, so I caught up with him for a quick interview. For such a young guy he has achieved a lot and is progressing quickly with both his work and his studio. I met Mike a year or so ago, but this was the first time that we were able to delve into his career a little deeper and talk more about how he has come so far so quickly.
What can I say? Duncan X is one of a kind. From his early days in his band to becoming an Icon in British tattooing, it was an honor to interview such a character. As I waited with George for him to finish up his tattoo so we could set up, I really didn’t know what to expect but I was sure it was going to be interesting - and I wasn’t let down.
This issue I decided to take a look at other areas of tattooing and see what some of the people that are not tattooing do to contribute to the tattoo community. This time it was Martin McGiver, organiser of Tattoo Tea Party, The Galway Tattoo convention and Tattoo TV. A man with a deep interest in tattoos tells us what motivates him to work in tattooing.
Meeting Dale and Iain was a real pleasure, two quality guys who are really passionate about what they do. Rotary Works are a great small machine company doing a quality product at a fair price which something we really like to promote and for such a small company they are building a very diverse range of products.
I have followed Sway’s work for a while now and have not seen anyone posting as many paintings as this guy; it seems he has an endless supply. He was kind enough to get Danny Rossiter and Rich Hadley to travel up from Rain City in Manchester to join the Sacred Electric guys in a painting day, and we caught up with them all for a chat.
I first met Tutti when he did our Xam interview for issue one, and after that, I began to become more and more interested in his work. This led me towards Black Garden, which is - in my opinion - one of the best up and coming studios in the UK. There are very few new studios that can boast the talent that Black Garden do and it was great to have Tutti’s fellow tattooist and colleague Rodrigo conducting the interview as I got a real insight into how they got to where they are today.
As a tattooist, it is easy to become consumed by your work and totally focused on that single form of art. It’s a common occurrence, but this kind of tunnel…