It’s taken a while, but it is finally here! This interview with David Corden has taken close to a year to get into the magazine and has definitely proven to be the biggest challenge. The interview itself began after Tattoo Tea Party at around midnight. David and I had just started when I realised that the batteries had died on the Dictaphone. After a frantic jog to the late night shop, we were back in business. But the fun didn’t end there.
Bara is a tattooer who is hugely admired by many of the guys in our studio. We had heard that he was going to be guesting at Angelic Hell in Brighton so I asked Hugh to interview him. We made our way to Brighton on a cold December evening to catch up with Bara after his day of work. It was cool to meet all the folk down at Angelic Hell and great to meet a humble guy with such a wealth of experience.
Danielle Rose has forged her signature style of tattooing whilst travelling throughout the UK, never staying in one place for too long. We caught up with her at One Shot Charlie’s in Stourbridge to find out a little more about her.
Mark has been around in the tattoo game since way back in 1976, which makes him an ideal source for this feature. We asked him about the way things use to be in tattoo land when he was starting out, how he got started and how things have changed. Seems like us kids don’t even know we’re born!
We jumped on the chance to have Alboy interview Stizzo when he went to do a guest spot at Cloak and Dagger, London, after the London Tattoo Convention. Renowned the world over for his style, we couldn't miss such an opportunity. It was great to find out more about his background and how his style developed.
Every issue we try and do a feature on a crossover art form, this time, I wanted to look at Graffiti. I have been a personal fan of the work of Smug One since I was first introduced to it at the “See No Evil” festival in Bristol a few years ago. He had painted a guy trying to catch his teeth as they came out of his mouth; I had never seen something so realistic of that quality, and so I began to follow his work. A few months back I had seen that he had painted the guys up a Custom Inc. in Glasgow, so I got in touch with Billy to see if he could put something together for me to publish in the magazine. Luckily he agreed, so here it is.
The best interviews are often little more than conversations between friends. We let Jason Butcher loose on his good friend John Anderton from Nemesis Tattoo in Seaham, County Durham. UK. Let the banter begin!
In each issue, Nine Mag brings you an artist on artist interview. So, what better way to kick start the magazine than with a dialogue between Brazilian artist Tutti Serra of Black Garden, London and one of the industries greats, traditional tattooist Xam from the equally prestigious studio, Family Business. Both good friends, this promises to be an interesting read.
From needles to furniture, the Californian supply company Tat Soul prides itself in “providing the best equipment and supplies to tattoo artists all around the world”. Esteemed for their quality and innovation, the company are now looking to add to their reputation with the launch of their ‘Second Generation Wrath Vortex’, range of disposable tubes which they claim are, “the best in the industry!”
“Trying to give a service to tattooists and make things a bit more professional”; that’s the mission of tattooist and innovator Bez who is revolutionising the industry with his machines and software.Once a computer games designer, Bez has drawn on his technical skills to design his own machine ‘Ego’ and develop the programmes ‘Brain Basket’ and ‘Design Thru Chaos’ which aim to ease the tattoo design process for you artists! Unknown to many, Bez actually started a project called Nine Mag some time ago with the view to helping tattooists progress, so it’s only fitting that we should feature him in our first issue! We were also lucky enough to have Marcus Maguire from Custom Inc in Glasgow do the interview!