Most tattoo machines are pretty standard. Much like fast food, they are built to a template to produce clones of the same design. There is nothing inherently wrong with this…
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.
“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!
A few of us were more than keen to say the least (and just a tad excited perhaps) to take a trip to London to interview the artist Alex ‘Kofuu’ Reinke AKA Horikitsune. On arrival, we were welcomed into his private London studio and home, with its authentic Japanese feel.Alex is for me, one of the best Japanese artists working in the UK, and after listening to him talk in depth about his work and his dedication to Japanese tattooing culture and the lifestyle that he has adopted around it, we think that this insightful and honest interview is sure to inspire our readers regardless of what style of tattoos you are into.
We spoke with Dale Sarok who recently finished his apprenticeship. His work speaks for itself. We caught up with him to find out about his journey into tattooing and give you a look at some of his painting.