Put two piercers in a room together and very soon you’ll hear them putting the piercing world to rights. We rounded up two such candidates, Ash Don Butcher and Jake Thomas, and let them loose to discuss today’s piercing industry. Sit back and enjoy the ride!
From the world of art and antiques dealers to connoisseurs of curios to decorate the walls in tattoo shops – taxidermy is trending everywhere. But hey! What’s not to like about a monocled dog in smoking jacket or a cat in a tutu drinking a cup of tea? We spoke to a selection of experts and collectors for their views on taxidermy today.
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!
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.
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.
We are sure by now you will have heard of this guy or if not certainly his product but we didn’t really know who he was or where he came from. When we found out that he was going to be doing a little bit of promotional footage at the studio it made sense to dig a bit deeper into the man that is “Richie Bulldog”. A top bloke with a passion for tattoos that can’t be denied.
From needles to furniture, the Californian supply company Tat Soul prides itself in “providing the best equipment and supplies to tattoo artists all around the world”. Esteemed for their quality and innovation, the company are now looking to add to their reputation with the launch of their ‘Second Generation Wrath Vortex’, range of disposable tubes which they claim are, “the best in the industry!”
“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!
I hadn’t heard of Wayne Taylor before the first issue of Nine Mag, but I was lucky enough to be introduced to his machines by Bert Thomas while we were down visiting him at Skyn Yard.I had seen a few other rotaries with a similar concept before, but after speaking to more tattooers about these machines, it became apparent that Wayne was a different kind of machine builder. This is a guy who genuinely cares about what he is doing and makes sure that everything he does is done to the absolute best of his ability, a man with a passion for his work and craft. I went away after my visit feeling inspired that there are some non-tattooers in the industry that care so much about improving on what is out there.
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...