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.
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.
Over the weekend of 13th-14th of May over 300 international and domestic artists featured at the 10th annual Brighton tattoo convention. Thousands descended upon the show over the course of the event to see just why Brighton is one of the dates you must mark on the calendar at the start of the year and why this show, in its landmark 10th year shows no signs of slowing down.
Here at Nine mag, we've known Mitch Allenden and Rich Wells for quite a few years. They've both forged a path in tattooing with bold and striking work. They recently came together to open the private Dock Street tattoo in Leeds so it seemed a perfect chance to get their thoughts on their careers so far.
Big Meas is one of the best lettering artists out there. Starting in graffiti and transitioning into tattooing, he's forged a huge identity and reputation, showing the world how far you can take a part of the craft that many take for granted. Chances are, you have one of his lettering guides in your studio for reference. We had a quick chat with the man behind the lettering.
Brian Ashcraft is a writer over at Kotaku and an author living in Japan. His latest book, Japanese tattoos: History • Culture • Design explores the rich and storied history of tattooing in Japan. Co-author Hori Benny is an Osaka-based tattooer specialising in Otaku tattoos. We caught up with both of them about the book, moving to Japan, and the changing attitudes to tattooing.
I've followed the work of Sam Ricketts for a long time, with him starting out close to where I live, even getting tattooed by him around 6 or 7 years ago. His incredibly bold designs always struck me and constantly evolved style. Sam is a tattooer who's work is never static, but always executed perfectly. I couldn't wait to have a more in-depth chat with him about his time in tattooing.