Dickie Golden is our first featured machine builder from outside the UK. Dickie is currently creating a stir with his machines over in Germany. Specialising in custom one-offs, his work is really worth checking out. His machines definitely have a different feel to them and, from what tattooists have told us, they are great to work with too.
If you are looking for something pretty and practical for your studio these armrests by Greg Holmes might be just the thing. Greg is pulling out all the stops to create custom armrests, each with a unique style tailored to the artist. It’s another great example of a non-tattooist who has worked closely with tattooists to get it right.
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 were lucky enough to have Mike visit and tattoo in the studio, so I caught up with him for a quick interview. For such a young guy he has achieved a lot and is progressing quickly with both his work and his studio. I met Mike a year or so ago, but this was the first time that we were able to delve into his career a little deeper and talk more about how he has come so far so quickly.
Marisa Kakoulas is the founder of the popular Needles and Sins tattoo blog as well as being a lawyer. As regular readers of the blog, Marisa’s interesting mix of occupations intrigued us here at Nine Mag, so we got in touch to find out more about her career.
What can I say? Duncan X is one of a kind. From his early days in his band to becoming an Icon in British tattooing, it was an honor to interview such a character. As I waited with George for him to finish up his tattoo so we could set up, I really didn’t know what to expect but I was sure it was going to be interesting - and I wasn’t let down.
This issue I decided to take a look at other areas of tattooing and see what some of the people that are not tattooing do to contribute to the tattoo community. This time it was Martin McGiver, organiser of Tattoo Tea Party, The Galway Tattoo convention and Tattoo TV. A man with a deep interest in tattoos tells us what motivates him to work in tattooing.
From the moment I saw pictures of Céline, I knew that I had to find out more about her tattoo journey. I would come to appreciate just where Céline, a talented photographer of heavily tattooed people herself, had come from and where she was headed with Guy le tatooer. Every one of the many decisions making up her bodysuit are carefully considered and the tattoos have evolved parallel to her relationship with Guy.
When I first got in touch with Eva, I was struck by the attitude of an artist who constantly wants to better herself and treats the craft of tattooing with the respect that it deserves. An artist who draws from hugely varied sources of inspiration to create custom tattoos for her clients. I was keen to know more about the experience of working at two studio's, 1,000 miles apart. One of these being Allegory arts in Florence AL, which she'd set up with husband Ulysses Blair.
This weekend the Bristol tattoo convention came and went for another year. Run by some of the most passionate people in UK tattooing, and boasting a huge amount of talented artists from around the world, it's fast becoming one of the conventions to go to. We popped down for the Sunday and took some pictures.