Guen Douglas is a British/French Canadian tattooer who's style frequently celebrates feminity with a blend of American traditional. Her combination of bold and delicate make for some fantastic tattoos, focusing on some very eye-catching and thoroughly refined subjects. You can spot one of Guen's ladies from a mile away; the mixture of softer subjects and a strong colour palette, combined with clean, bold lines and the perfect amount of contrast are what really define her work.Guen Douglas is now a full-time artist at Taiko Gallery, working alongside Wendy Pham, producing some of the most powerful tattoos in Berlin and carving out her niche style in the capital.
Mike Fite is a man of few word but his American traditional tattoos speak volumes. Co-owner of Gold Club Electric Tattoo in East Nashville, TN he's been tattooing for over 20 years. It seems like every day Mike tattoos something in a way I hadn't thought of before and the results are always pretty striking, so I was happy to get the chance for a few quick words with him...
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.
The incredibly prolific, Asiago-hailing Michele Servadio has been injecting lonely, expressionistic magic into the world of tattooing for just over a decade - pushing the boundaries of the craft through experimental "rituals" and textural illusions. Fascinated by tradition and the cultural phenomena of tattooing, Servadio quickly became a key figure in London's underground art and music scene upon moving to Hackney Wick. Here, he demystifies the influence of environment on his enigmatic work, his love for life-drawing and how reality constantly bleeds into his creations.
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.
Back in 2014, on a trip to Orlando, I discovered we weren't far from the legendary Lucky Supply Tattoo Museum. They were so welcoming and friendly, I couldn't wait to go back. This time, they agreed to show us around the warehouses, pulling back the curtain on their production process, all the while surrounded by years of tattoo history.Lucky Supply is a family owned and operated tattoo supplier established in 2000 by Jimmy Whitlock. Lucky's has a strong passion for the highest quality products, with most products manufactured in-house or produced by a tight-knit group of tattooers. Jimmy and his team create some of the best equipment available, machining parts for your favourite builders, including Bert Krak, Aaron Cain and many other massive names. Having witnessed the process first hand, it’s clear that attention to detail is of paramount importance.
When I first got started in tattooing, I remember being blown away by the work coming out of Australia. The ever changing style of neo-traditional being pushed out by the heavyweight giants from the other side of the world melted my mind. Wendy Pham, one of the many incredible talents from across the seas, was one of my biggest influences back then so to get the opportunity to chat with her and pick her brain was incredibly humbling.Wendy's blend of westernised Japanese with strong neo-trad elements really does stand out a mile, making for some incredibly refreshing tattoos. Wendy Pham now works from Taiko Gallery in Berlin alongside the equally talented Guen Douglas so we caught up with them at the 10th annual Brighton Tattoo Convention, with Guen's interview following soon.
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.
Kelly Violet’s world-renowned work is an incredible demonstration of craft, forward-thinking and hyper-creativity in an industry that too often leans on the past, or sees artists relying too heavily on ephemeral trends. Having gathered her dedicated following thanks to her commitment to pushing for pure and lasting work, the unforgiving Goliath-force speaks with Nine Mag about what it is to be a "terrible perfectionist", and how her concerns will always start and end with producing a tattoo that will stand the test of time - even if the sacrifices involve sanity.
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.