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.
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.
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.
Simon Lice, better known as Lice 4 Life, is a wood-cut artist and print-maker creating morbid collages and striking one-of-a-kind works from the comfort of his home in Melbourne, Australia. Over the years, Lice’s work has developed a synonymous relationship with tattoo culture – drawing from the same skull-ridden well. Here, Lice demystifies this connection and speaks to the thinking behind his infamous wood-cut work – as well as his affairs with jewellery and hand-poked tattooing.
Parliament Tattoo Studio and Judas Priest joined forces to produce Hell Bent For Leather; an exhibition of hand-painted leather jackets from some of the biggest names in tattooing. Each jacket is inspired by albums and song titles from the hugely iconic metal band.
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.
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.
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…
Like Nine Mag’s cover? Then you’re sure to like this feature. The piece was just one of the gems created at a mandala painting workshop hosted by Bert Thomas at Skyn Yard.Traditionally spiritual diagrams used by Buddhists and Hindus as aids to meditation, mandalas are symbols which Bert is particularly skilled at painting and Nine Mag were lucky enough to be among a few invited to watch him demonstrate. After, in an atmosphere buzzing with creative energy, guests including resident tattooists Phillip Yarnell and Charlie Coppolo as well as Hugh Sheldon of No Regrets and Luke Jinks of One Shot Charlies all shared their individual techniques, talked tattoos and chatted to Nine Mag about their work.
I had the pleasure of visiting The Swansea Tattoo Co. for a painting evening conducted by Lee Hadfield. I have met Lee once before and just like the first time he was on top form.This feature is broken down into two parts, an interview with Lee and an article on the night with some feedback from the guys involved. Studios are not something that usually need to be featured in magazines but Swansea is the exception to the rule and you will see why...