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Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed

A brand new, highly-anticipated exhibition has recently opened at the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall, offering a ground-breaking and comprehensive history of British tattooing.

Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed delves into the rich history of tattooing in Britain and aims to challenge preconceptions and long-standing myths about the practice when it comes to class, gender and age.

The exhibition is the largest of its kind to take place in the UK and features cutting-edge designers, leading academics and major private collectors.

Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed will also showcase the work of major British tattoo artists, including the legendary ‘King of Tattooists’ George Burchett and Killer Ink sponsored artist Lal Hardy.

Among the private collections is a previously unseen archive relating to Britain’s first female tattoo artist, Jessie Knight.

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One of the most spectacular installations at the exhibition is the ‘100 Hands Project’, curated by Alice Snape of Things and Ink magazine. The project is based around 100 silicone arms, each tattooed with an original design by 100 of the best artists working in the UK.

Our sponsored artist Chris Jones (who we filmed a Stranger Things video with last year) tattooed a Red Dwarf-inspired piece on A Pound of Flesh arm for the exhibition.

Other displays we recommend you take in at Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed include a recreation of Lal Hardy’s first tattoo room (which was based in his Beaconsfield Road, London flat in 1979), a sculpture of The Great Omi and examples of preserved tattooed human skin.

Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed will be shown at the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall from 17th March 2017 to 7th January 2018.

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(Bottom images taken by @lalhardy.)

Damian Gorski – Ushuaia Tattoo London

Ushuaia Tattoo London is the home to some of the UK’s finest artists, including abstract/realism virtuoso Damian Gorski, one of Killer Ink’s sponsored artists and owner of the studio.

We headed back down to London recently and made our way to Fulham to film Damian working on an awesome new tattoo using our supplies.

Check out the video below to see one of his latest pieces!

Damian Gorski has been working as a professional tattoo artist since 2013 and always dreamt of opening his own studio. He turned the dream into reality when he opened Ushuaia Tattoo London in Fulham.

About to celebrate its one year anniversary in April, Ushuaia Tattoo London has been a great success with incredible resident artists working in the studio and many international artists guest spotting.

But let’s not forget about Damian Gorski, aka Gorsky, who has produced some of the best realism, surrealism and abstract tattoos, both in colour and black and grey, over the last few years.

He’s also picked up numerous awards for his tattoos, including ‘2nd Best Realistic’ at the first ever Tattoo Collective convention in London last month.

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Karina Cuba - Stigma-Rotary® Pro Artist

We got the chance to interview Stigma-Rotary® Pro Artist Karina Cuba at the 2017 Milano Tattoo Convention and talk to her about her favourite Stigma® machines, as well as the new Soldier and cartridges.

After shooting our feature for the convention, we went to find Karina as the day was winding down and she was working on a stunning rose tattoo.

Karina is a Stigma-Rotary® Pro Artist, so we wanted to get her thoughts on the new Stigma® Soldier and Advanced Cartridge System.

Check out the video below to see what Karina was working on in Milan and what she thinks of the new Stigma-Rotary® products.

New Stigma-Rotary® Cartridges, Machines & Grips

It’s safe to say that Stigma-Rotary® has had a busy few months, releasing a new range of tattoo machines, a new cartridge system and grips. We thought we’d take a look at what new products Stigma® has brought out since the end of 2016.

Stigma-Rotary® started proceedings with the release of its new Advanced Cartridge System, which were designed with safety in mind.

Stigma®’s new needle cartridges feature an external sealing cap to prevent any leak through to the grip and machine. In addition, when connected to a Stigma® grip, this forms a dual seal, meaning that the cartridge seals completely with the grip at the connecting spot.

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Thanks to their ergonomic shape and textured design, the new Stigma® cartridges allow the artist to comfortably grip them for the ultimate control. During the tattooing process, the cartridges feel like an extension of the grip, which makes for a more comfortable experience.

The cartridges work with existing Stigma-Rotary® hybrid machines, so you can push them with the Beast V2, Prodigy V2, Jet and Jet Power.

After releasing its new cartridge system, Stigma® unveiled three new rotary tattoo machines: the Neuro, Soldier and Ray, all of which are dedicated cartridge machines.

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The highly-adjustable Stigma-Rotary® Neuro is suitable for artists who want to be able to set the give and stroke length to their own specification. The stroke length can easily be changed via a screw inside the machine, allowing artists to adjust stroke from 2.6mm to 4mm with no interchangeable parts.

The Stigma® Neuro can be used with a 4.5W, 5W Brushless, 6W or 10W MotorPlug.

If you’re a tattoo artist that prefers to use Brushless motors, then the Stigma-Rotary® Soldier is ideal. The Soldier comes with a 5W Brushless Maxon motor that starts at 7V and can go up to 14V.

One of the coolest features of the new Stigma® Soldier is the unique magnetic stroke excenter. This can easily be pulled out and reconnected on a different angle without using any tools to achieve your desired stroke length in a matter of seconds. It will literally snap into place due to it being magnetic!

Fans of pen-style tattoo machines will be interested in the new Stigma-Rotary® Ray machine, with its marker pen-esque shape. We recommend you use a 6W MotorPlug with it for best results.

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If you want to use the new Stigma-Rotary® cartridges but own a non-Stigma® cartridge machine, you can order a Universal Click Grip to solve the problem. Stigma®’s Universal Click Grip will connect to all conventional machines with a standard backstem connection vice.

There is also a Screw-On Vice Click Grip version available, which enables artists to use the new Stigma® cartridges with non-Stigma® machines that feature a screw-on connection, like the Cheyenne HAWK and Spektra models.

Sponsored Artist of the Month – Sandra Daukshta

Did you know that Latvia is home to Europe’s widest waterfall? More importantly, it’s the country that brought us the incredible tattoo artist Sandra Daukshta!

Sandra started tattooing in her home country before moving to the biggest Latvian tattoo parlour, Home of Tattoos, in capital city Riga.

2017 saw her up sticks and move to France with boyfriend and fellow tattoo artist Mihail Neverovs. They both began a residency at Clermont-Ferrand-based Noire Ink, which is run by another Killer Ink sponsored artist, Thomas Carli-Jarlier, and his wife Vasilisa Carli-Jarlier.

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Sandra Daukshta is known for her awesome colour realism work, especially when it comes to realistic animal tattoos.

We caught up with Sandra at the 2017 Milano Tattoo Convention, which saw her take ‘2nd Best of Saturday’ for an awesome monkey with butterfly wings tattoo!

Make sure you also check out her full colour back piece that she’s been working on, it’s incredible!

For more of Sandra Daukshta’s work, head over to her Facebook and Instagram pages.

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Killer Ink Tattoo at the Milano Tattoo Convention

Milan may be known as a fashion capital, but they sure know how to put on a killer tattoo convention!

We headed over to Italy at the start of February for the 22nd annual Milano Tattoo Convention, which this year changed venue and was held at the largest convention centre in Europe, the Milano Congressi.

Over the three days, we shot this video that features some of our good friends and sponsored artists working on some awesome tattoos.

Check it out below!

The cherry on top of the 2017 Milano Tattoo Convention cake was our sponsored artist Ryan Smith taking the ‘Best of Show’ prize with an incredible collaboration piece with fellow artist Jay Freestyle.

Prizes also went to our sponsored artists Debora Cherrys (‘Best of Friday’) and Sandra Daukshta (‘2nd Best of Saturday’), while our good friend Benjamin Laukis took ‘Best of Saturday’.

Make sure to check out our social media accounts to see what conventions we’ll be attending next!

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What we got up to at The Tattoo Collective…

We headed down to London recently for a brand-new convention that celebrates the best of British and Irish tattoo artists: The Tattoo Collective.

Fresh from the minds behind the London Tattoo Convention, The Tattoo Collective took place over three days at the Old Truman Brewery in London.

Many of the best British and Irish tattoo artists attended The Tattoo Collective, including numerous Killer Ink Tattoo sponsored artists that we were glad to catch up with!

What made the convention even better was six of our sponsored artists picking up awards at the show for some incredible pieces.

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We were super excited and proud of Ryan ‘The Scientist’ Smith, who won ‘Best of Show’ at The Tattoo Collective with his amazing leg piece (top left)! If you want to see more of his work, make sure to keep an eye out for our upcoming videos…

Sam Barber’s Taboo-inspired chest piece (top centre) came runner-up in the ‘Best of Show’ category, so a massive shout out to her as well!

Killer Ink Tattoo was represented in the ‘Best Realism’ awards too: Damian Gorski took second place with a dope black and grey tattoo (top right). Good timing, too, as we have a video with Damian on the way this month…

Over in the ‘Best Ornamental’ category, Killer Ink sponsored artists Adem Senturk (bottom left) and Clara Sinclair (bottom centre) came second and third, respectively.

Rounding off our sponsored artist winners at The Tattoo Collective was Piotr Dedel, third place ‘Best Black & Grey’ for a killer sleeve he did (bottom right).

Congratulations again to all of our sponsored artists who won an award at The Tattoo Collective and a final big shout out to Miki Vialetto for putting on another great convention!

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Sponsored Artist of the Month – Christos Galiropoulos

There’s three things we love about Greece: hot weather, Feta cheese, and our good friend Christos Galiropoulos. In that order…

We’re going to be putting one of our sponsored artists under the spotlight every month, so what better way to start than with our Greek friend Christos.

Known for his realistic tattoos and killer black and grey work, Christos started tattooing in 2011 and currently owns his own tattoo studio, Blackline Tattoo, in Lamia, Greece.

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Christos has been interested in all forms of art since the age of 15 and worked as a graphic designer before deciding to pursue a career as a tattoo artist.

A meeting with a tattoo artist in a well-known studio in Athens during the summer of 2010 set Christos on his way to becoming the quality artist that he is today, and he hasn’t looked back.

After opening his own tattoo studio, Blackline Tattoo, in June 2011, Christos has produced some of the best black and grey and realistic work in Europe. Each piece along the way has been made possible with Killer Ink Tattoo supplies and his sponsorship with Cheyenne Professional Tattoo Equipment and Hustle Butter Deluxe.

You can see more of Christos Galiropoulos’ work on his Facebook and Instagram pages.

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The Man Who Sold His Tattooed Skin to An Art Collector

Take a look at one of your tattoos. No doubt you love it so much you want to keep it on your body forever. But here’s a question: would you mind it hanging up in an art gallery when you die?

That’s exactly what will happen when Tim Steiner passes. Some have called it weird, some see it as art, but we can all agree that it’s an interesting idea.

Rewind to a decade ago, Tim’s girlfriend met a Belgian artist by the name of Wim Delvoye, who had become well known for controversially tattooing pigs.

Delvoye was looking for someone to be a human canvas for a new work, to which Tim’s girlfriend called him before he agreed to take part.

Fast forward two years and 40 hours of tattooing, Delvoye’s full back piece was realised on Tim, comprising a haloed Madonna, Mexican sugar skull, swallows, roses, and Asian children riding koi fish among lotus flowers.

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In 2008, the work, entitled TIM, was sold for €150,000 (£130,000) to German art collector Rik Reinking, with Tim Steiner receiving one third of the sum.

As part of the deal, Tim is contracted to exhibit the work, topless, in art galleries across the world at least three times a year.

He has exhibited his back tattoo in numerous places across the globe, including galleries in the UK, France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, and China.

There is a little more to the deal than sitting around with his top off, however. Upon his death, Tim has agreed to be skinned and have his art work permanently framed and residing in Reinking’s personal art collection.

That may seem macabre to some, but Tim has a very nonchalant view of the situation. “My skin belongs to Rik Reinking now," he says. "My back is the canvas, I am the temporary frame."

“Gruesome is relative. It's an old concept - in Japanese tattoo history it's been done many, many times. If it's framed nicely and looks good, I think it's not such a bad idea."

It may be an interest concept, but we think we’ll be keeping our tattoos on our bodies, thanks.

I Love You Pumpkin... Valentine’s Day Competition

All right, everybody be cool, this is a competition!

To all of those Pumpkins and Honey Bunnies out there, do you want to be in with the chance of winning dinner for two, courtesy of Killer Ink Tattoo?

We’re running a Pulp Fiction-themed Valentine’s Day competition over on Facebook page for the chance to win a romantic dinner for two up to €150.

Looks like the oysters are on us! They’re an aphrodisiac, right...?

To enter and be in with the chance of winning, just head over to our Facebook page and simply like and share our competition post. Don’t forget to tag the Pumpkin/Honey Bunny that you’ll be taking!

If you win, maybe you can treat your significant other to a classy meal at a restaurant? We’d recommend steering clear of your local diner though...

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