Tattoo Life January/February 2020

Tattoo Life January/February 2020

Recently I happened to listen to an interview on YouTube of a young tattooist who’s been tattooing for less than five years. When asked the classic question, “where do you think you’ll be ten years from now?” his response was that he was sure he wouldn’t still be tattooing as a profession, because he hoped that in the future he’d be able to just give his friends tattoos as something fun to do, like a hobby. He went on to say that he hoped he could “store up” as much tattooing experience as possible, so that one day he might “pour” it into another creative container.

What his words conveyed to me is that he believes tattooing is a disposable art form, something to “store up” (as much as possible) and then throw away without looking back, as if it were a launching pad to something better in the creative world. It made me smile, because I thought of other professionals who have given similar answers to the same question… (from “The oldest profession in the world” – the editorial by Miki Vialetto)

Read more in the brand new issue of Tattoo Life January/February 2020: on Newsstands now! You can also find this issue here: tattoolifestore.com | SHOP NOW!

Samsara: black, aesthetic and tribal

The body is at the center of everything: in his work as a tattooist, and in his life-death-rebirth philosophy. John del Pinto loves bodies just the way they are: imperfect, something to study and make even more beautiful through tattooing.

Samsara: black, aesthetic and tribal
Samsara: black, aesthetic and tribal

Tim Hendricks: surfing on top of the world

Tim Hendricks is one of those personalities whose charisma can be felt today, and has always been felt, starting when he was a young guy who called himself “a product of his environment” and managed to leave his neighborhood and travel the world.

Tim Hendricks: surfing on top of the world
Tim Hendricks: surfing on top of the world

Darktimes Tattoo: dark visions in the heart of Cracow

An atmosphere steeped in gothic, horror and a dark aesthetic can already be felt in the studio’s name. And the same is true for the tattoo style on offer from Victor Portugal and his team, which consists of David Jorquera, Marcelina and Demiurg. We went to visit them, amongst this city centre’s ancient buildings and fascinating atmosphere, to talk about the passion they share and visit the famous art gallery.

Darktimes Tattoo: dark visions in the heart of Cracow
Darktimes Tattoo: dark visions in the heart of Cracow

The XV Anniversary of The London Tattoo Convention

Always the best ever! This is what Miki Vialetto was so pleased to say about the 2019 edition of the International London Tattoo Convention.

The XV Anniversary of The London Tattoo Convention
The XV Anniversary of The London Tattoo Convention

The Russian Tattoo Expo 2019

The Russian Tattoo Expo 2019
The Russian Tattoo Expo 2019

Torino Tattoo Convention 2019

Torino Tattoo Convention 2019
Torino Tattoo Convention 2019

Jackee Stroom: Give me your hand and I’ll tell you who you are

Hers is both an attraction and an obsession, as it leads her to observe, study, and reproduce the same subject in hundreds of different variables. Hands are the ever-present sovereigns of her imagination, and Jackee Sandelands Strom plays with them, depicting them in magnificent acrylic on wood panel pieces with a hyperrealism which keeps you guessing: photograph or painting?

Jackee Stroom: Give me your hand and I’ll tell you who you are
Jackee Stroom: Give me your hand and I’ll tell you who you are
Read more in the brand new issue of Tattoo Life January/February 2020: on Newsstands now! You can also find this issue here: tattoolifestore.com | SHOP NOW!

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