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IlikeCountryandWesternmusic…No,let’s behonestaboutthis,I lov e Countryand Westernmusic.Tobereallyspecific,I’m

IlikeCountryandWesternmusic…No,let’s behonestaboutthis,I lov e Countryand Westernmusic.Tobereallyspecific,I’m particularlypassionateaboutBlueGrass. Thinkduellingbanjosfromthefilm Deliverance–theonewiththescary Hillbillies–andyou’reintherightroom.I rememberclearly,asachild,hidingmyMum’s transistorradiounderthecoversofmybed andtuningintothecountryshowonRadio

2.Somethingaboutitjustconnectedwithme.

Theotherproblemwithsaidwindregarding theaforementionedpermanentartformis that,bydefinition,thereissimplynowaya tattoothatisdonewhenit’sfashionablecan sta y fashionable.Itgoesagainsttheverynature ofthething.Ofcoursethatdoesn’tmeana tattoodoneforthatreasonisnotagood tattoo–butthepassingoftimeandthe changingoftrendsisjustaninevitablepartof lifeandthesocietyinwhichwelive.

IguesswhatI’mreallydancingaround–I’ve

Myparentsdidn’tlistentocountrymusic,and neitherdidanyoneelseIknewatthatage.I don’treallyhaveanyideawhereorwhenI firstheardit,butwhatIdoknowisthatit’s beenalifelongloveaffair.However,likemany longtermrelationships,ithasn’tallbeenplain

saiditbeforeandwillprobablysayitagain–is

thatfashionandtattooingareadangerous

mix.Styleswithintattooingarealwaysgoingto

change,butifatattooisdoneforinternal

reasonsratherthatinresponsetoanexternal

influencethenitswearerwillalwaysloveit(or

sailing.Backinthe80sandearly90s,country

attheveryleastbeabletolivewithit).I’ve

musicfansintheUKfoundthemselvesina

metmanyownersofold,fadedtattooswho

lessthansympatheticenvironment.Themere

stillwearthemwithpride–andI’vealsomet

mentionofC&Wwasgreetedwithanything

morethanafewgoodfolkwhofellvictimto

frompolitesniggerstolooksofabsolute

fashion…

horrorandrevulsion.Andasforprofessinga

loveforthebanjo–or,worsestill,the

mandolin–wellthatwastantamountto

Untilnextmonth

socialsuicide…

Butthingschangedastheyalwaysdo.These

days,JohnnyCashportraitsarecoolbeans

andthebanjoiscroppingupallovertheplace

(eventhoughthereisstillperhapsalittle

worktobedoneonthemandolinfront).The

musichasn’tchanged;sure,it’sdeveloped,as

newmusiciansandsongwritershavepickedit

upandre-interpretedit,butreallyit’sthe

ficklewindoffashionthathasbroughtitto

people’sattention–thesamewindthat

deemeditoh-so-painfullyunfashionablenot

solongago.

J a m e s

Theinterestingthingaboutthisparticular windisthatitonlyeverrufflesthesurfaceof whateverittouches.Itneverreallypenetrates righttothecore.Sometimesitblows strongerandhasamoreradicaleffect–and peoplefindapassionforsomethingtheymay nototherwisehavediscovered.Butofcourse withintattooingthedownsideofthisis obvious. Atriptothecharityshoptodrop offajoblotofdodgyCDsisfarlesspainful andexpensivethanatriptothelocallaser clinicorlearningtolivewithyourregret.

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Book review ed hardy Tattootime

Publisher: hardy Marks Publications Price: £50 available from Gentlemans Tattoo Flash

Back in 1982,Ed Hardy produced the first Tattootime magazine.It had an immediate and massive impact on the tattoo world.In all,just five issues were produced over a nine year period.And now all five have been brought together and repackaged into two hardback volumes in a beautifully presented box set.

The opening narrative charts the development of the magazine from initial concept to sought-after publication. Tattootime documented what had,until then,been only an oral tradition.It seems unimaginable now,with so many tattoo titles

on the shelf,but at that time only four books on tattooing had been published in English,and three of those were out of print!

Numerous great interviews with the influential tattooists of the day are reproduced here.Articles on such topics as the tattooed skins inTokyo’s Medical Museum sit comfortably alongside features on Bob Shaw,Thom deVita,Mike Malone and many others;old adverts and studio directories add charm and warmth.These Tattootime‘bookazines’ are a genuine piece of tattoo history,but much of the work looks surprisingly contemporary.

The importance ofTattootime cannot be overstated;it opened the floodgates and it set the art of tattoo on the long road to acceptance in the mainstream media.I would highly recommend this well-produced box set to anyone interested in the modern history of tattooing.

set to anyone interested in the modern history of tattooing. There’s a new deck in Town
set to anyone interested in the modern history of tattooing. There’s a new deck in Town
set to anyone interested in the modern history of tattooing. There’s a new deck in Town
set to anyone interested in the modern history of tattooing. There’s a new deck in Town
set to anyone interested in the modern history of tattooing. There’s a new deck in Town
There’s a new deck in Town Bicycle make playing cards.It’s all they do, and they’ve

There’s a new deck in Town

Bicycle make playing cards.It’s all they do, and they’ve done it since 1867. To us non- poker players,they are possibly best known for their‘Iraq’s MostWanted’ deck,which sold 750,000 copies in just one week back in 2003.They’ve recently collaborated with lo-fi illustratorVince Ray and comedic conjurer Paul Zenon to produce the limited edition Z-Ray Deck.This fine-looking pack ready-to-go out of the box,is emblazoned with Mr Ray’s designs and would make for a stylish game of 52-card pick-up (my personal favourite) or any other game of your

choosing.So if you’re after the coolest deck around,look no further.The price seems to vary,so shop around…

of your choosing.So if you’re after the coolest deck around,look no further.The price seems to vary,so

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Itwaswithaheavyheart thatwetoldyoulastyear thattheAmsterdamTattoo Museumwasclosingits doors.Thedisputethatled totheclosurealsosawthe ownerofthecollection, HenkSchiffmacher,locked outandunabletoaccessthe collection–butafter monthsoflegalwrangling, themuseum’streasuresare atlastbackinthehandsof

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TheimageofBuddhaisacommon

themerunningthroughEasternstyle

interpretivetattooing.Infactreligious

andspiritualimageryarenowmore

popularthanever,andwithinthe

sympatheticenvironmentoftheUK

nobodyreallybatsaneyelid.Butthisis

notsoinallcultures.There’sbeena

storyinthenewsrecentlyabouta

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tattooofBuddha,wasrefusedentryto

SriLankaallegedlybecauseofhis

disrespectfulattitude(thoughhe

argueshemeantnodisrespectand

isinfacthimselfafollowerof

Buddhism).Justbecauseweappreciate

anotherculturedoesnotmeanwe

trulyunderstandit…Acautionary

taleperhaps?

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anotherculturedoesnotmeanwe trulyunderstandit…Acautionary taleperhaps? TotalTattooMagazine 9

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May3-5

LiverpoolTattoo

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June1-2

NorthamptonInternational

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July20-21

MiltonKeynesTattoo

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info:01908358055

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July27-28

www.northamptoninternationaltattooconve

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ThePortsmouthGuildhall,Portsmouth,

June1-2

Hampshire

CroydonTattooConvention

www.portsmouthtattooconvention.com

FairfieldHalls,Croydon,CR91DG

info@croydontattooconvention.com

www.CroydonTattooConvention.com

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ReadingTattooShow

RivermeadLeisureCentre,

Reading,Berkshire

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June21-24

InkfestTattoo&

AlternativeMusicFestival

SandBayLeisureResort

Weston-Super-Mare,Somerset,BS229UR

www.inkfest.co.uk

June22-23

InkforHeroesTattoo

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YorkRacecourse,York,YO231EX

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June22-23

4thEssexTattooExpo

TheWestonHomesCommunityStadium

UnitedWay,Colchester,EssexCO45UP

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July13-14

CustomCarnage

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July20-21

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August2-4

MaidenCityTattoo

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TheDundeeTattoo

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Stockton-on-Tees,TS176PA

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September27-29

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November2-3

HalloweenTattooBash

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MountStuartSquare,Cardiff

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November16-17

EastCoastTattooExpo

HighfieldHolidayPark,LondonRoad,

Clacton-On-Sea,Essex,CO169QY

www.eastcoastexpo.co.uk

May10-12

StrasbourgTattooWorld

Strasbourg,France

www.tattoo-convention-strasbourg

leanka@hotmail.fr

June4-5

WorldwideTattoo

Conference

Boston,MA,USA

info@worldwidetattooconference.com

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June8-9

Inkfest

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Interview by MarcoAnnunziata Images Dane Mancini

D anemancini,anavidbookcollector

andvintagegraphicdesignenthusiast,

isanartistwhohasdevelopedhisown

uniqueimageryconsistingofobscuresymbols

andstrangecreatures.Healsousedtohavea

passionforUFOs…butnotanymore.Imet

himinhishometown,thecalmItaliancityof

Trieste,forachatabouttattoos,thecreative

process,andtheimportanceoftravelling.

Let’sstartfromthebeginning.Whenwasthefirsttime yousawatattoo? I was just a kid and I had a friend whose father was a sailor.One day, he decided it was the right time for his son to get a tattoo.My friend got a Harley Davidson eagle on his arm and after I saw it I thought about getting a tattoo as well.But my parents didn’t like tattoos at all so I secretly got a sewing needle and some black ink and tattooed my name on my left forearm.Sadly I covered that tattoo years later.

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some black ink and tattooed my name on my left forearm.Sadly I covered that tattoo years
So t h at was y o u r f i rst f o ray

So t h at was y o u r f i rst f o ray i n t o t at t o o i n g . How d i d y o u st a rt t at t o o i n g p ro f e ssi o n al l y ? Likealotoftattooistsofmygeneration,I startedworkinginashopjustsweepingthe floorandsettingupstations,alwaystryingto getsomesecretsfromtheolderguys.ThenI boughtakitfromsomeoneandforcedafew friendstobecomemyfirstcustomers!Atthe timeIwasalsogettingtattoosmyselfandI learnedalotjustbywatchingmybodybeing inked.Observingthoseguysatworkhadalso givenmesomebasicknowledgeaboutsetting upmachinesandmakingneedles.Mostofthe peopleItattooedwhenIstartedarestill friendsofmine.Theyareproudofmyearly workandwouldneverletmecoveritup!

Wh o d o y o u c o n si d e r t o b e y o u r

m e n t o rs?

Ididn’thaveatrueapprenticeship,andittook

meagestofigureoutwhatIwasdoing.Igot

somehelpfromafewpeopleIconsidertobe

mymentors,andIwillbeforevergratefulto

them:CrezfromAdrenalinkinVenice,Sergio

MessinafromShockTattooinRome,and

BeppeStrambinifromInkAddictioninVerona.

Whoknowswhatmytattooingwouldlook

liketodayifitwasn’tforthoseguys!Right

now,mybiggestinfluencescomefromthe

artistsoftheSecretOrderofSaturn,whoare

someofthebestartistsoutthere.Theyare

greatpeople,truefriends,andprovideamazing

inspiration.Ialsoconstantlycheckoldtattoo

flashandvintagegraphicsfornewideasand

subjects.Theinternetisagreatsourceof

inspirationandreferences,butIwillalways

preferprintedmaterial.Ilovecollectingold

booksandspendingtimeinbookstores.

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We re y o u al way s a ke e n a rt i st o r h ave t h o se ski l l s d e ve lo p e d t h ro u gh

t at t o o i n g?

I started tattooing with no drawing skills,but after a while I realised that even a monkey can tattoo.I figured the only way to make any progress was to draw a lot,so I started drawing every day.You can reach the level you want only by practicing.I usually draw in the morning or after work,both for customers and for my own pleasure.I also try to create paintings and tattoo flash on a weekly basis.Lately it seems that a lot of my colleagues are enjoying painting as much as I do,and we frequently trade,sell or buy each other’s work.Personally I think that painting is the best exercise for tattoo artists,because you only have one chance to make it look good and if you spoil it,you’re fucked!

How wo u l d y o u d e sc ri b e y o u r st y l e ? My style draws influences from traditionalWestern tattooing:bold lines,a lot of black,and a very limited colour palette.I want my tattoos to look simple,solid,and nice.I like to use graphic devices that repeat themselves:drops,dots,lines,eyes and asterisks – symbols that speak to people in some kind of a subconscious way.A subject's strength and meaning is really important to me.I always use designs that maximise the possibilities for the part of skin that I have to tattoo,and I make it a point never to force the fit.When I draw,I listen to a lot of psychedelic music as it helps me concentrate.I’m sure you can see its influence in most of my work.

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Wh o t at t o o e d y o u f o r

Wh o t at t o o e d y o u f o r t h e ve r y f i rst t i m e a n d w h o m ad e y o u r l ast t at t o o ? Thefirst“official”tattoowasdonebyanartist frommycity.Igotalizardskeleton,despite thefactthatIaskedforatribaltattoo!This guybecameafriend,anditwashewhosold memyfirsttattoomachineyearslater.My latestoneisthelogooftheSecretOrderof Saturn(thecollectivewhichI’mveryproudto beapartof).Thistattoowashand-pokedat theRotterdamTattooConventionlastyear.I amalsogettingmybackpiece,whichistaking forever!ItseemsthattheolderIget,the morepainfulitbecomes.

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t at t o o i n g ? ThefirstplacewhereIworkedwasterrible! Theownerwasadrugaddictandalcoholic. Hetriedtogetintimatewitheverygirlthat camein.Iworkedthereforafewmonths,but Ididn'tlearnanythingtohelpmyskills.Butat leastIhadalotoffun.Afterthat,Iworkedin differentshopsaroundItalybutcouldn’tmake aliving,soImovedbacktomyhomecityand decidedtoopenmyownplace,Inkamatic,in

2004.MaybeIdidn’thaveenoughexperience

torunashopbymyself,butlookingbackI

don’tregretanything.I’msureifIcouldgo

backintime,Iwoulddoitalloveragain!

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How i s l i v i n g a n d t at t o o i n g i n Tri e st e ? Wh o i s y o u r t y p i c al

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Triesteisanicelittlecityinthenortheastof

Italy,ontheSlovenianborder.Thisareaused

tobepartofAustria,sothere’samixof

differentcultures.It’saquietandrelaxed

place,andthere'snotmuchgoingon.People

hereareopen-mindedandtheydon’thave

anythingagainstwhatI’mdoing.Mytypical

customercomesintotheshopwithacool

idea,andthengivesmethefreedomtotweak

itabittomakeitbetter.Theytrustme,andI

lovethat.Mostofthepeoplewhocometo

mehaveunusualideas.Onceaguyaskedme

to“tigerhisdick”butIrefusedtodoit!AndI

thinkthe“bat-winged,eye-shapedvagina”that

Icreatedonanotherguy’sforeheadisone

piecethatI’llrememberfortherestofmy

days.Latelytherearemorecustomerscoming

fromoutoftown,whichisgivingmemore

self-confidenceandboostingmyego…

u st o m e r ?

Is t h e re a n y t h i n g t h at y o u wo u l d l i ke t o t at t o o t h at y o u h ave n 't d o n e ye t ? Notreally.WheneverIhaveanideaIjustkeep tryingtosellittoeveryoneuntileventually somebodyfallsintomytrap.Theproblemis whensomeonecomestomewithanideathat Iwaspushingafewyearsearlierbecause,by then,I'veusuallytotallylostinterest–butthey stillthinkit’sfreshandcool.

Wh at sh o u l d a c u st o m e r avo i d aski n g y o u f o r ? Ihatetattooingpointlessparallellines.Also I’mnotabigfanofblackspaghettitribal tattooseither,andfranklyIcan'tdoportraits. Asforcolourhyper-realism,letmejustsay thatIconsiderittobetechnicalmasturbation thatwon’tstandthetestoftime.Allit’sgood foristhephotosrightafterit’sdone.Iwant peopletogettattoostheywillenjoyforthe restoftheirlives,notjustforacoupleof years!Oh–andapieceofadviceformy futurecustomers:PleasequitaskingforUFO tattoos.I’msickofthem!

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Wh at d o y o u l i ke t o d o w h e n y o u a re n o t at wo rk? Itattooanddrawallthetime.MywifeandI sharethesepassions(weruntheshop together).WhenI’mnotworkingattheshop ordrawingathome,Ienjoytravellingand goingoutwithmyfriends.Ilovemusicand goingtoconcerts.Iusedtoplaybassguitar forsomelocalpunkbandsbutsadlyIdon’t havetimeforthatanymore.

Tat t o o i n g i s n ow a g lo b al c o m m u n i t y. How i m p o rt a n t i s t rave l l i n g t o y o u ? Goingtoconventionsisthebestpartofthis job!Iwouldlovebeingagypsytattooartist, justworkingatconventionsaroundtheworld. IalwaysgotoBrighton,Copenhagen,Brussels andLiverpool,tonamejustafew.Outsideof thehardworkandcrazynights,conventions givemenewenergy,andwhenI’mdonewith oneIalwayslookforwardtothenextone. Guestspotsarealsoveryimportanttome.I likeworkingatmyfriends’shops.It’salwaysa pleasuretomeetupwiththepeopleIlove andsharestories.I’vemetsomeofthebest peopleIknowontheroad,andI’msureifit wasn’tforthem,Iwouldn’tbethepersonIam now.IhopeIcankeepontravellingforever, butIknowthatatsomepointI’llhavetostop. Thatwillbeasadday.

Wh e re c a n we f i n d y o u ? Everywhere,soonerorlater!Butthebestway totrackmymovesisbycheckingoutmy websitewww.danemancini.com oremailmeatinkamatic@hotmail.com

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mondial

T hedreamhasfinallycometrue!

Afterthirteenyears,Tin-Tinhas

resurrectedhisfamousMondial

duTatouage.Twohundredandeighty

starsoftheglobaltattooscene,

togetherwithtensofthousandsof

enthusiasticvisitors,convergedon

Paristocelebratetherevivalofthis

legendarygathering.

According to some, the two Mondials du Tatouage that Tin- Tin put on in Paris in 1999 and 2000 were the best conventions of all time. Could he do it again? Well it was a long time coming, but the new Mondial du Tatouage was

simply perfect in every way: venue, atmosphere, organisation,

artist line-up

and, of course, tattoos.

The venue was the spectacular Centquatre (“104”), an arts centre just to the north of the city centre.This is a grand nineteenth century building which, for more than a hundred

years, housed the city’s Municipal Funeral Service.At one time more than a thousand people worked here – undertakers,

coffin makers, stonemasons, stablehands, tailors

necessary trade – and each year, on average, 27,000 hearses passed through! After its final closure in the late 1990s, the massive halls were renovated and turned into a cultural venue and performance space. Its high glass ceilings flood the building with natural light, adding immeasurably to the very special atmosphere. Could there b e a more appropriate place for the historic coming-back-to-life of Paris’s ultimate tattoo mega event?

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wasannounced,thephonesatTin-Tin’s Montmartreheadquarterswereringingoffthe hook.Everybodywantedtobeapartofit.The hand-pickedlistofartistsincludedsomeof thefamoustattooistswhohadpreviously helpedTin-Tinrewritetattoohistory:TheLeu Family,HankyPankyfromAmsterdam(tattoo travellerandhistorianofthemodernage),and LukeAtkinsonfromStuttgart.TheTahitians ChiméandRoonui,whosingle-handedly establishedPolynesiantattooinginFrance, weretheretoo–aswasManudeChalon who,togetherwithTin-Tin,wasoneofthe firsttobeabletotattootrulyrealistic

portraitsbackintheearly1990s.Other

Frenchcompatriots,suchasDimitriHK, BrunoKeaand Neusky,wereonthelist.And, reflectingthetrulyglobalnatureofthisevent, theexcellenceoftattooingDownUnderwas representedbyGeordieColeandhisgood friendandformerco-workerOwenWilliams (whonowownsTaraTattooinMelbourne).

FromtheUScameanumberofsignificant artistswhosenamesmaynotbefamiliarto youngertattoofans.TherewasEddie

Deutsche,founderofthelegendary222

Studioandoneofthefirstartiststobeableto

tattoochromeeffects.KariBarba,wellknown

forherlovelycolourrealisticwildlifework

longbeforeEasternEuropeanartistsbeganto

excelinthisstyle,wasshowingeveryonethat

sheisstillatthetopofhergame.Patrick

Conlon,oneofthepioneersofthepin-up,was

workingside-by-sidewithhisoldbuddyMike

Davis;andPaulBooth,whosehorrorstyleand

deeplyinfluencedartistsallovertheworld,

undertookoneofhisraretripsoverseasto

cometotheMondialduTatouage.

Andofcourseplentyoftalentcameinfrom

Japan.TherewasMiyazofromOsaka(student

ofHoritsuneII),Genko(fromSabado‘sschool

inNagoya)andShouryoKazuyoshiofthe

HoriyoshiFamilyinYokohama.Thelatter

travelledtoPariswithhisfriendHorikazuand

workedalongsideHorikitsune(akaAlex

Reinke)fromLondon.Aspecialtreatwasthe

presenceofIchibay,whoworkedonhis

insanelyfineanddetailedJapanesedesignsall

weekend.Hisingeniousdesignbooksareon

thereferenceshelvesofallJapanese-style

tattooshopsaroundtheworld,buttheman

himselfhardlyevershowshisfaceinpublic,so

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The fact thatTin-Tin was able to bring all these wonderful artists to the Mondial du Tatouage is testament to the depth of his insider knowledge of the tattoo world,and the degree to which he has his ear to the ground. With his connections,he could easily have slipped into a different lifestyle by now – designing for a Paris fashion label,perhaps,or doing television work – but he chooses, instead,to tattoo every day at the same place he’s been working for the last fourteen years, and it’s for this reason that he seems to know about everything that is going on in the tattoo scene worldwide.

Cleverly,Tin-Tin also hand-picked some talented younger artists and gave them the opportunity of a booth at the convention, despite them being (as yet) relatively unknown.Ivana from Slovakia,Amar from the Netherlands and French graphic artist Xoil were delighted – and honoured – to be there and,such was the emotional charge of the occasion,Oravecz Szabolcs from Hungary was almost moved to tears! Other French talent at the convention included Maud (Tin-Tin Tatouages),Mathias Bugo (Artribal),Teodor Milev (MarquisTattoo),Alix andTiRaf – all of whom,I predict,will be making waves in the

not-too-distant future.So this wasn’t just a tribute to the good old times,but also an indicator of things to come in the world of creative tattooing,much as the first two Mondials had been,more than a decade ago. Mercifully,the tattoo competitions were limited to just a few categories each day,nicely balancing the needs and wishes of the public with the necessary practical considerations. The spectacular highlight was an incredible bodysuit by Horiyasu,one of today’s greatest masters of traditional Japanese tattooing.This had taken 600 hours to produce (within the space of just one year!) and was indisputably and rightfully honoured as the best shown at the Mondial.Less expected,but nonetheless well-deserved,was the triumph of Claudia de Sabe,an Italian artist based in London,who took the Best of Show trophy.Her modestly sized,but extremely fine,neo-traditional piece was both aesthetically and technically perfect.

Those who attended the Mondial duTatouage 2013 will certainly have a story to tell.It was a very special event indeed.And if you weren’t

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10.bybrice,

lacourdesmiracles(france)

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18. kari barba

19. bymsmikki,fortunetattoo(usa)

20. by ching, east tattoo (taiwan)

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V ictoria van Violence is a green-haired, tattooed and pierced punk girl from Frankfurt in Germany. She is also into Beethoven and Mozart, and is studying

German and English at university. And she’s nuts about Nina Hagen.

What makes you who you are? Thisisthemostdifficultquestionyoucould ask!IamwhatIam,andI’mnotsurehow thiscameabout.Iguessit’smyparents’fault, andmaybethebadcompanyIkeptinmy youth…Butthegreenhairisatypical Victoriafeature(I’vealwayshadcolourful hair),asofcourseistheinkandthebig mouth.

What do you love and why? Oooooh,myboyfriendofcourse!Heisthe bestguyinthewholewideworld.He understandsandsupportsmelikenobody elseandheisjustbadass.AndIguessIdon’t needtosaythatIlovemyparentsaswell. I’vegota‘Mama’tattooonmyarm,withan apple–fromtheGermansaying:“Theapple doesn’tfallfarfromthetree”.Butforyears andyearsthere’sbeenanotherloveinmy life:Punk!Themusic,thestyle,thepeople. OfcourseI’moldernowandI’mnotthe punkygirlIusedtobe,changinghaircolour everyweekorsleepingdrunkonthefloor afteragig,butI’mstillintoitandIguessit willapartofmefortherestofmylife.And that’sanotherthingIlove:Mylife.I’mglad thatIloveandthatIamloved.Also,thatI’ve beenabletogetagoodeducationanddo whatIwanttodo.

What does being a tattooed woman mean to you? Nothingmuch,actually.Yes–Iamawoman. Andyes–Ihavetattoos.Butthisdoesn’t makemeabetterpersonoraworse person.AlthoughIguessitdoessay somethingaboutmypersonality.

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What makes you pick a certain tattoo design or style? Mostly,I’vestucktooneparticularstyle.I lovetheoldschoolstuffandthismatches perfectlywiththemotifsthatIwantformy tattoos.Idon’tknowwhy,butit’sjustastyle Iliketolookat.Thedesignsthemselvesare morepersonal.IonlygettattooedwhenI haveaspecialideathatIwanttorealiseon myskin.OK,that’snotentirelytrue.Ialso havetwoorthreefuntattoosthatare absolutelymeaningless.

What’s a great night out for you, and what makes a great night in? Myrecipeforagreatnightoutismy boyfriend,someginandtonic,abunchof coolpeople(includingclosefriends)anda punkconcert–oratleastapartywithgood music.ForagreatnightinIalsoneedmy boyfriend,plusagoodfilm(preferablyaTim Burtonone),allkindsofcrispsandother unhealthystuff,andacherryYankeeCandle!

What other passions do you have outside of modelling and tattoos? Iwouldsaymyhobbiesareprobablyquite boringforanormalperson–butperhaps they’reabitunexpectedforagreen-haired tattooedgirl.I’mstudyingGermanand EnglishLanguage.Iadorereadingthe classics,suchasGoetheandShakespeare, andIreallyenjoywritingessaysanddoing otheracademicwork.Iamalsofondof classicalmusicandIlovelisteningto BeethovenandMozart.

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Photography:RalfErlinger

Hairandmake-up:NoraRebecca,BeautéNaturelle

Tattoos:Variousartists

Who inspires you? NinaHagen!Sheismyrolemodel–andsheis the o n ly rolemodelforme.Ijustloveher.She hasagreatpersonalityandofcourseissheis alsoafreak.That’swhatIloveabouther.Sheis alwaystruetoherself.Anotherinspirationfor meisVivienneWestwood,becausesheisvery similar.Shehasherownpersonalityand doesn’tgiveashitaboutsociety.Sheisreally successfulonherownterms,withherown attitude.Bothofthesewomenarejust GodmothersofPunk!

What makes you mad? Animalcruelty.I’mavegetarian–Ihavebeen foryears–andforthepasttwelvemonthsI havealsobeenavegan.Igetreallymadand sadwhenitcomestofactoryfarming,the wearingoffur,oranythingelsethathurts animals.Oh,andIhateNazis!

What drives you forward? Ineednothingspecialtodrivemeforward.I’m alwayscurioustoseewhateverydaylifebrings andwhatwillhappennext.OfcourseIhave badhairdaysbut,toquoteTheAddicts,“Lala lalalala.Lifegoeson.”

What does the future hold for you? I’mreallyexcitedaboutwhatthefutureholds forme.AfterIfinishuniversityintheSummer I’mgoingtomovetoBerlin.ButI’mnota personwhoplanseverythingdowntothe minutestdetail.Iwanttohaveagreattime withmyboyfriendandallthepeopleIlove.I alsowanttodomoremodelling.AndI definitelywanttotravelmore–andseethe world.

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Interview by Perry • Photos by Oliver Jerrold
Interview by Perry • Photos by Oliver Jerrold

O lly started his tattoo career on the road. His first real shop experience was in the US, then he returned to the UK to work at Bodycraft in Nottingham. He has tattooed for more than 18

years now, starting and running several shops, training apprentices, and dealing with everything tattooing has thrown at him. He’s also a skilled motorbike builder, farmer and artist. But travelling remains one of Olly’s greatest passions. Recently back from a trip to India, and stopping off briefly in the UK en route to Sweden, the open road is still calling.

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We begin our chat by talking about tattoo styles. At a time when many tattooists seem comfortable to develop their work within one of the major style categories, Olly is constantly pushing himself to create an individual look of his own. “I guess the best way to describe my style is illustrative. I like traditional elements (such as strong line work) to hold a tattoo together, combined with a depth of colour and soft subtle shading. I try to utilise the negative areas to enhance the design, as opposed to simply plonking on the tattoo. I sometimes add realistic elements. Realism is massive at the moment. There are a lot of artists putting out great stuff, but too many people have turned to realism because it’s the ‘new thing’. There’s so much band wagonning. To be fair, any tattooist with technical ability who has been tattooing

any tattooist with technical ability who has been tattooing for a while could turn their hand
any tattooist with technical ability who has been tattooing for a while could turn their hand

for a while could turn their hand to rendering an image in skin. That’s not to say it’s easy – you need to be a certain calibre of artist – but if you can look at an image and see how the light falls, and where the colour blends, you should be able to make a good job of it. But there are some shockers out there!”

“I have been tattooing for about 18 years now, most of that time in street shops. That’s where I learnt my skills. I didn’t have a traditional apprenticeship. Basically I just struggled. If I wanted to develop a particular shading technique, or whatever, I would incorporate it into a simple bit of flash from the wall – and I would keep doing this until I had built up enough knowledge to be able to produce an original piece. I have always been good at

rendering. My mum is an artist, and before she retired she was an art teacher,
rendering. My mum is an artist, and before she retired she was an art teacher,
rendering. My mum is an artist, and before she retired she was an art teacher,
rendering. My mum is an artist, and before she retired she was an art teacher,

rendering. My mum is an artist, and before she retired she was an art teacher, and I learnt all these things from her: how to look, how to really see an image, then how to reproduce it with a pencil. I am still doing that, except it’s in the skin and not on paper. My mum is definitely my greatest artistic influence.” And Olly has clear memories of how it all began. He tells me how, as a child, he would spend his Summers on his parents’ apple farm just outside Sudbury in Suffolk. “I was the youngest of three boys and I would try to escape the constant battles by drawing in my room, just to get away from everybody.”

Olly’s tattoo career started relatively late in life, in England, back in the 1990s. After getting married he moved to America, but the marriage didn’t last. He did manage to get a job working in a street shop in Florida, but after it closed he headed back home to England. “At the time, my friend Lucy Pryor from Into You was at Bodycraft in Nottingham, and she got me in. I worked really hard, getting into the shop at six or seven in the

really hard, getting into the shop at six or seven in the morning. I would make

morning. I would make needles, scrub floors and sort out the day’s stencils, and eventually when Lucy left I was offered her chair. I learnt from Terry Stafford during my time there. He never had the best bedside manner but he certainly knew his shit.”

Olly then returned to America, with just one phone number in his pocket – a tattooist in Oregon someone had told him about. “I got off the plane and called the guy. He gave me a contact in LA. I ended up working in Kansas for a bit, and went from there to Boston. I got some work in a couple of street shops, then I was given a contact in Philadelphia. I flew there and got picked up at the airport by someone I’d never met. I got in his truck and

there and got picked up at the airport by someone I’d never met. I got in

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drove off into the middle of nowhere. That’s how it was. It was insane, but

drove off into the middle of nowhere. That’s how it was. It was insane, but I made a lot of good friends and had a lot of great adventures. I was there for about nine months. I did my first convention at Crazy Philly Eddie’s, which was absolutely huge, and terrifying.”

Not having had a traditional apprenticeship himself, I wondered how Olly felt about passing on his hard-earned expertise to others. “It’s difficult finding the right people sometimes. Often they don’t listen, especially if they have a little bit of knowledge already. They want to continue smashing in tattoos the only way they know how. They’re happy banging out skulls with flames, or crows with crowns. Luckily I have worked with some great guys, like Jordan and Chris at my old shop Hope and Glory. They were smart, they had talent, and they listened to what you had to say. Combine that with the fact that neither of them had held a tattoo machine before, and it meant they didn’t have any bad habits or ego problems. To be a good tattooist you need a good balance of ego: too much and you’re too cocky, not enough and you don’t have the confidence. It’s easy nowadays to post pictures of shit tattoos on the internet and get a load of people telling you how brilliant you are. You lose touch and start believing all that bullshit.” Knowing how hard Olly has been striving to

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develop his own unique look over the last couple of years, I was interested to hear his views on the difference between style re c og n itio n and style re p e titio n . “All tattooing can become repetitive. Drew Romero is known for doing fantastic ladyfaces, for instance, and his work is beautiful. If you’re happy to continue doing variations on a theme, and you make each one different and love doing them, then there’s no problem. You need to have a certain level of consistency to create a style. If you have a theme for the things you do, and a colour palette that you use, then a recognisable style should automatically follow. For example, Miss Becca at Jayne Doe is recognised for her birds and animals. Obviously this can be a double-edged sword because it can become repetitive, but if everyone is happy with the end result, then that’s great!” “I think my own style just continues to

but if everyone is happy with the end result, then that’s great!” “I think my own
but if everyone is happy with the end result, then that’s great!” “I think my own
develop. The more people I work with, the more tips I pick up. I think
develop. The more people I work with, the more tips I pick up. I think
develop. The more people I work with, the more tips I pick up. I think

develop. The more people I work with, the more tips I pick up. I think that’s only natural. Also, I’m always looking at other artists’ work online. Some stuff looks so good it makes you just want to put your machines down. I spend ages deconstructing a tattoo to work out what makes it so fantastic, then I try to introduce a little of that particular element into my own work – not to make it look like that other artist’s work, but just to allow myself to be ”

inspired by it

danger of letting your own tattoos become simply a watered-down version of somebody else’s style. “I love Eckel’s work, for example, but if I was drawing a rose, which is something he does amazingly, I wouldn’t look in his book to see how he does it. I would look at a book full of photos of roses. Because if I kept looking at Eckel’s book I would end up

recreating his stuff, the way he would do it, and that’s not what it’s about for me.”

Olly is quick to point out the

I have always been pushing to get better. I always, a lw a y s am. I draw on a lot of my designs freehand, especially sleeves and legs. You need to work the design around the body, flowing with the muscle tone and placing key

You need to work the design around the body, flowing with the muscle tone and placing

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elements in positions that help to create a narrative. It means they are crap to

elements in positions that help to create a narrative. It means they are crap to photograph, but they fit the body so much better. I love constructing designs based on famous historical figures. Recently I’ve been

working on a sleeve about St Edmund the Martyr. It’s great fun, and the sort of thing I love doing. I don’t ever use tattoo reference – because, as I said, I don’t want to recreate something someone else has already done. Don’t get me wrong, I am influenced by other tattooists – but I want my own work to be

m in e, if that doesn’t sound too pompous!”

Olly has just come back from India, where he worked at Full Power Tattoo in Goa. He tells me, “Tattoos in India have become really popular. There have always been religious tattoos for festivals, done at the side of the road, but now people are getting tattoos for the sake of tattoos and so naturally a lot of new

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shops are beginning to spring up everywhere”. As the Indian economy grows, Western tattooists and tattoo fans seem to be flocking in. “Many holidaymakers collect tattoos as part of their recreational experience. In cities such as Mumbai the standard of tattooing is generally quite high, from street shops doing OK work to full-on custom shops. But this changes as you move around India. Although supplies are becoming readily available, the quality can sometimes be questionable. But as the demand for good work grows, so too will the demand for quality equipment.”

Back in the UK, Jon Longstaff’s Black Dog Tattoos in Norfolk seems to have become a bit of a base for Olly. With his itinerant lifestyle, I wondered whether the travelling interfered with the tattooing? “I am doing a lot of large pieces, which means they take time to finish and it’s hard to get stuff out there for people to see. And I just don’t seem to have the time to paint and draw purely for personal development. All my drawing is for my customers, which is fine, and I’m keeping on top of it, but there’s always so much to do.” At the time of our interview, Olly is making a brief visit to the UK en route to Sweden, where he will be working at Swahili Bob’s. “I already have a couple of pieces lined up to do when I arrive, but after that I will do

whatever comes through the door. I’ll stay

there for about a month, and then I’ll move on. Hopefully I’ll get some on-going large pieces

that will mean I’ll need to return there

will lead me into doing a bit of a regular circuit around the world, always coming back to Black Dog in England.”

which

Before we finish our chat, Olly is keen to name check a few of the people who are most important to him: “Lucy Pryor, for helping me up when I was on my arse, and Terry in Nottingham for his help and advice. I also need to thank Chad Knight and all the guys in the States who I worked with. And of course Jon and Lizzie at Black Dog. And finally I need to thank my mum for planting that art seed right at the beginning.”

Since returning from India, Olly’s mood has mellowed. His priorities have shifted and a more relaxed view of life has replaced the whirlwind existence that once embroiled him. He plans to spend more time visiting friends and doing guest spots in studios both in the UK and around the world. “In the development of my own tattooing, working with great artists can only be a good thing! My plan for the next couple of years is to really work the convention circuit, both at home and abroad, in Europe and America. I want to make the most of the freedom that tattooing on the road can offer.”

You can contact Olly at:

ojtattoo@yahoo.co.uk

www.facebook.com/ojerrold

freedom that tattooing on the road can offer.” You can contact Olly at: ojtattoo@yahoo.co.uk www.facebook.com/ojerrold
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Without a doubt one of the Scottish show’s trump cards is the quality of artist it attracts. Over the course of its short history we have been treated to the company of Robert Hernandez,Brad Fink,Cecil Porter and Patrick Hüttlinger to name just a few.But what really cements a show’s reputation is the artists who continue to return year after year.King Carlos Tattoo from Sweden,ClockworkTattoo from Italy,Dave Fox and Scott Smith from Old City Tattoo USA,Eva Mpatshi,Adriaan Matchete and Clod the Ripper were just a handful of the international contingent,while the likes of Jason Butcher and Lianne Moule from Immortal Ink,the Custom Inc crew, Valerie Vargas,The Family Business,Sam Ricketts and Ash Davies represented some of the UK’s finest.Once you have done this show,in this city,you just want to make it a regular thing and for most of the weekend it was eyes down,machines at the ready,for all of the artists.

On the entertainment front there were really only two main attractions:the exoticTelly Lale who performed her own intoxicating brand of burlesque from Italy and no doubt won herself some British fans over the weekend,and the Fuel Girls who always pull in a crowd.

And I think that’s everything… oh wait,there was that other thing that happened on Sunday

that I referred to earlier… the guy who played the guitar and sang,what was his name?That’s

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assembled! It was without doubt the single best musical experience I have had at a tattoo convention – and I have had a few over the years.He just put his head down and beat his

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vintage Gibsons to within an inch of their lives,while baring his soul,warts and all,to everyone listening. Any man who gets hit by an 18 wheeler at 75mph and is back on stage a month later,broken legs,drip and all,is going to be a hard act for anyone to follow.

Once again the Scottish show delivered the goods.It is friendly,relaxed,and I’m even getting to like Pedro,the shows OTT American MC!The work across the board was top drawer and a good example of tattooing as a whole - no one style seemed to rule the roost and that to me is always a good sign.The two halls were a wonderful mix of nationalities,styles and generations.It’s a great show,in a great city and well worth putting on your bucket list.

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T attooingandthecircusseemtobeinextricablylinked.

Throughouthistory,peoplewishingtoleadtheirlives

withafreedomthat‘conventional’societydoesn’t

alwayspermithaveoftenfoundahomethere,andtattooed

performershavebeenwelcomedwithopenarms.Thisisalso

thehomethatdancetrapezeartistSageCushmanhasfound

–thoughshe’shadquiteajourneytogetthere.

Asasmallchild,Sagewasveryartisticaswell

asphysicallyactive.Shewasalwayspainting,

drawingormakingsculptures,andwhenshe

wasn’tdoingsomethingcreativeshecould

oftenbefoundclimbingamongtheopen

raftersofherfamilyhomeinOregon,jumping

fromherbunkbedandswingingaround.It

wasnosurprisethatshediscoveredanaffinity

withtheartoftrapeze.Infactsheremembers

hermothersaying“It’sabouttimeyoufigured

thatout!”whenshefirsttoldherwhatshe

wasgoingtodo.

AsSagegrewupshefoundherselfdrawn

towardsalternativelifestylesandcounter

cultures.“Italljustseemedmoreinteresting

tome.Iwashangingoutwithedgyartistswho

werethinkingdifferentlyandmoving

differentlythroughlife–peoplewhojust

wantedmore.”Shedidgetinvolvedinsports,

butitneverreallyseemedtobeagoodfit;

similarly,theconventionalartscenewasn’tfor

hereither.“Ireallystruggledatschool.Iwould

endupskippingclassandgoingtothecoffee

shoptoread…andI’dhangoutbeingnaughty

withfriends.TheclassesIwenttowerethe

oneswheretheteacherwaspassionateabout

theirsubject,buttheywerefewandfar

between.”Manyofherpeerswereinvolvedin

thealternativescene–music,art,tattoos,

piercing–andshefoundherselfdrawnto

bodyart.“Therewassomethingastoundingly

beautifulaboutit…adorningyourself…I

don’tknowifIhavewordsforit.Iremember

whenIwasreallylittleseeingahorrible

blown-outoldhardcorebikertattooonsome

guyandthinking,‘Iwantthat’.”

Sagefoundherselfworkinginvarioustattoo

andpiercingshopsonandoffoverthenext

fewyears,butitwasnotuntilaperceptive

flatmatequestionedwhywasshenotactually

tattooingthatshereallygaveitanythought.

“ShepointedouttomethatIhadallthese

friendswhoweretattooists–butIpainted

allthetime!”Intheend,shedidan

apprenticeshipwithPeterArcheratTemple

TattooinPortland,Oregon(herhometown).

DanielLevy
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Consumed by her new-found passion,she sank all her money into lesson after lesson.Things that she
Consumed by her new-found passion,she
sank all her money into lesson after
lesson.Things that she would never have
sacrificed before were suddenly hardly
missed.All that mattered was taking the
classes and continuing to progress.“I knew
with absolute clarity that I was obsessed.I
wanted to take this as far as I could.It was
the first time that my physical side and
artistic side had found a resting place
together,and it felt like home.”
“My performance is also a response to the
audience and what they bring in,especially in a
promenade show,which is what we’re doing
on our current tour.You read people’s faces.
Whatever a person is thinking,it’s right there
for you to see.So what I do is a reflection of
the audience as well.It’s all about inviting
people in,creating a place where everyone can
resonate together.It’s about that moment –
which will never exist again,even if you
perform exactly the same show on a different
night.
Daniel Levy
At the age of 25,Sage was a late starter in
the circus world.She trained as hard as
she possibly could,for a long as she
possibly could,day after day.Her life
revolved around circus.About eighteen
months later she applied for,and achieved,
a place on a professional circus program in
Australia.She knew she would be pushed
to her limits,and she craved exactly that!
Many of her fellow students were a
decade younger than her,and not
everybody made it to graduation.But
three years later she was rewarded for all
her hard work with a degree in circus
studies.She headed back home to face the
terrifying,but massively exciting,prospect
of joining the circus.
“In total it was two years.I would go there
every day and draw.I knew that if I wanted
to get to a certain level I was going to
have to dedicate everything to it.But I
began to realise that I still hadn’t really
found my driving passion;I was becoming
increasingly unhappy.” Sitting down all day
long was not for her and,much as she
loved the medium of tattooing and had
the utmost respect for it,she didn’t like
the fact that she was always drawing for
other people.“I wanted my art to be a
personal expression and it began to dawn
on me that I was leaning more towards
performing.”
The artistic life can seem romantic,but it has
many challenges,frustrations and
dissatisfactions as well as great rewards.Sage
has her own philosophy.“As an artist I am
never completely fulfilled.I think it’s about
knowing that,coming to terms with it,and
making it a positive thing.I really just try to
drive forward,push my own limits,and see
what kind of beauty – and what kind of raw
moments – come out of life.I don’t know if I
will ever be truly satisfied,but I’m always
happy if I am creating.” Sage quotes Martha
Graham,the hugely influential modern dancer
and choreographer whose life spanned almost
the entire twentieth century:“No artist is
pleased.There is no satisfaction whatever,at
any time.There is only a queer,divine
dissatisfaction,a blessed unrest that keeps us
marching and makes us more alive than the
others.”And then she adds,“That’s what keeps
me moving and makes me a better artist”.
To find out where you can see Sage,visit:
www.nofitstate.org/shows/bianco/tourdates
Robin Bachtler Cushman
It was at this point that life opened
another door for Sage. A wise friend who
could see what was happening told her
about some trapeze classes.She decided
to investigate.“It turned out that I wasn’t
free when the classes were on,so I took
some private lessons.I’d done gymnastics
when I was little,but it was very different
learning something like this as an adult.”
Sage recalls watching her instructor
demonstrate the most basic of moves,
getting from the ground to a sitting
position on the bar.“I walked up and
placed my hands on the trapeze and
realised I simply had no physical
vocabulary for getting my bum over my
head.I just did not know how to make this
happen!”
Despite these initial challenges – or
perhaps because of them – Sage fell in love
with trapeze instantly.She knew she had
found what she was looking for.
Sage is currently working with
contemporary circus company No Fit
State,who are based in Cardiff.As you
read this,they are out on tour.“I have
been so incredibly lucky in being able to
follow my passion.With my performances,
I want to remind people that it is possible
to do just that.That’s where I am coming
from.I want to bring myself as a whole
person:a person who has struggled and
triumphed,who has been broken and
battered but still continues to take those
risks.You can look the way you want to
look,you can carry yourself any way you
want to,you can live an artistic life style;
you can live life as a whole person with
complete honesty.”
Daniel Levy

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It isn’t always at the star-studded mega events where one makes the most interesting discoveries. Quite often it’s at the smaller meetings. The annual Budapest

convention is one of those, and it always delivers. This is an

event where, alongside the visiting overseas artists, internationally less-known (but nonetheless excellent) central European artists showcase their work – and Hungarian artists were occupying more of the tattooing booths this year than ever before.

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Entering a huge shopping mall in order to attend a tattoo convention is rather an odd feeling, but in the case of the Budapest convention, which is held at the Lurdy Haz complex on the edge of Budapest, the set-up works. Squeezing through the weekend shopping crowds, and passing several banks, a discount shoe store, nail salons and even a table tennis centre (!), it’s actually quite easy to find the tattoo halls on the first floor.The mall also has such useful things as a food court, currency exchange, plenty of parking, a supermarket and several bars (just in case the ample drinking opportunities inside the convention aren’t enough to satisfy the thirsty visitor).

In fact the systematic raising of blood alcohol levels seemed to be a compulsory part of the convention experience for the Hungarian punters – right from the moment the gates were first opened – and in the evening many of the tattoo artists joined them, all of which

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gave the convention the feeling of an overwhelmingly friendly party packed with very colourful people. Not, by any means, the worst thing in the world! And Jimmy, the organiser, had the great idea of furnishing one of the convention halls as a pub/bar/concert venue, with free chilli con carne on offer and a generous supply of very reasonably priced Hungarian beer too – making it a wonderful place to hang out late into the night. In the meantime, the main stage in the largest tattooing hall played host to some fantastic entertainment, including a freak show, exotic dancers and a magician, all of them enthusiastically received.

This was the Budapest convention’s third year and, in contrast to previous years, Hungarian artists were occupying most of the tattooing booths. Despite difficult political and economic times Budapest is home to tattooing progress and innovation, but it’s an unfortunate fact that many Hungarian

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tattooistshaveleftthecountrytemporarily– orevenforgood–toworkabroadinorder tobringsomegoulashtotheirtables.Soit wasagreatpleasuretoseeAronfromJason Butcher’sImmortalInkbackinBudapestfor theconvention,andtohaveCsabaMüllner tattooingandjudgingthecontest,eventhough henowoftenworksatNadelwerkinthe AustriantownofWels.Anotherartistwho regularlyguestsatNadelwerkwasoneof th e discoveriesoftheweekend.He’sErikAdamik, averypromisingandrefreshinglyhumble newcomerworkingatSandorNyiri’s LocomotiveTattooinBudapest,andhehashis ownveryoriginaltakeoncolourrealism.

Allovertheconventionitwasveryapparent

thattheHungarianavantgardeisnow

reachingwaybeyondstraightforwardrealism.

Theseartistsareincorporatingsurreal,comic

andfantasyelementsintotheirtattoosand

developingastylethatmightwellbecomea

globaltrend.SzabolcsOravecz,apaticularly

visiblerepresentativeofthisnewmovement,

hasrecentlyleftDarkArtTattoo(onfriendly

terms!)andgoneindependentwithhisnew

shop,aptlynamedPerfectChaos.Forthis

venture,he’sworkinginpartnershipwith

LehelNyeste,anotheryounghigh-flyer,whose

extremelybrightlycolouredtattoosare

inspiredbycartoonsandgraffitiart.Another

inspiredbycartoonsandgraffitiart.Another 4. 5. booththatwassurroundedbyfanswasthatof
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theverytalentedZsofiaBelteczkyofInvictus

Tattoo.ClientsofultrashootingstarSándor

Pongorwereverymuchinevidence,showing

offexamplesofhisinnovativework,though

sadlythemanhimself–whonowadaysmostly

tattoosontheroadinAustria–couldnot

attendtheconventionthisyear.Buthispal

TiborGaligerwasthere,andTyuTyuand

CsiCsialsohadabooth.Itcouldbesaidthat

youngHungariantattooistshave,inthepast,

stayedtooclosetotheirrolemodels–Boris,

ZsoltSarközi,CsabaMüllnerorSándorNyiri

–buttoday’sartistsareforcefulinnovators,

followingtheirownpaths,andkeento

establishtheirownindividual(anddistinctively

Hungarian)placeinthevisualcanonof

worldwidetattooing.

Therewasabunchofforeigntattooistsatthe

convention,mainlyfromGermany,Austriaand

England(manyofthemfromstudiosthathave

Hungarianartistseitherasguestsor

residents).Thehighestprofileinternational

artistwas,withoutadoubt,SteveSotoof

GoodfellasTattooinCalifornia.Forallthree

daysoftheconvention,hecalmlytattooedjust

oneclient.ThisEnglishmanstoicallysuffered

hisordeal–agooddecision,becausethe

result(asleeveofelegantblackandgreypin-

ups)wasspectacular.Alsoattheconvention,

andbringingseveralofhisownclientswith

him,wasSvenWiegandofSW-Designin

Germany,whoisknownforhisoilpaintingas

wellashistattooing.Andever-coolNewYork

veteranSeanVasqueswastheretoo.After

manyyearsinAustria,hehasnowopened

ArtofactoTattooinLondon.Interestingly,Sean

hasrecentlymovedawayfromhistrademark

oldschool/comicstyleandnowsuccessfully

experimentswithsurreal/abstracttattoos.Itis

alwayspleasingtoseesomeonewhohasbeen

inthebusinessforsolong(decadesinSean’s

case!)notrestingonhislaurelsorstanding

stillartistically,butcontinuingtodevelop

inspirationalnewwork.

Tosumup,itwasfascinatingtoseeallthis immensecreativepower,allinoneplace.The Budapestconventionwasextremelywell organisedandeveryoneislookingforwardto

Jimmy‘s2014event–wherehe’spromisedto

introduceafewnewfeaturesthatwillmakeit

evenmoreofaparty.Can‘twait!

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8. by lehel nyeste, perfect chaos (hungary)

9. by dejan, tattoo dejan (slovenia)

10. by zsofia belteczky, invictus tattoo (hungary)

11. by gabor jelencsik, dark art attoo (hungary)

12. by sven wiegand, sw-design (germany)

13. by csicsi, tyutyu tattoo (hungary)

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16. by silvia, princess tattoo (italy)

17. by lehel nyeste, perfect chaos (hungary)

18. by csicsi, tyutyu tattoo(hungary)

19. by den yakovlev, negative karma (russia)

20. by steve soto, goodfellas (usa)

21. by tyutyu (hungary)

22. art by sven wiegand, sw-design (germany)

23. by tibor galiger, woodpecker tattoo (austria)

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26. bygaborjelencsik,

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27. bysvenwiegand,

swdesign(germany)

28. byzoltankupor,

kuportattoo(hungary)

29. byattilacsollak,

invictustattoo(hungary)

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Interview by Akos Banfalvi Photos from Domantas

Interview by Akos Banfalvi Photos from Domantas Domantas Parvainis is one of a new breed of

Domantas Parvainis is one of a new breed of talented tattooists emerging from Eastern Europe. His desire to explore his own creativity is pushing realism to new artistic heights. Already an accomplished artist at the tender age of 23, with only three years of tattooing under his belt, this driven young Lithuanian appears to be interested in only one thing… taking it to the next level.

What made you want to become a tattoo artist? I’ve been interested in art my whole life. I was always drawing at home, then when I was just twelve years old I began to attend art school in my hometown of Šiauliai. The four years I spent there flew by pretty fast, but somehow after graduation I felt tired of all the drawing, painting and sculpting. My love of skateboarding took over and I gradually stopped drawing altogether. This lasted for about three years, until I moved to Denmark to study multimedia design. Although I didn’t enjoy that course at all, I think it re-awakened me artistically and I started to draw once again. Some friends of mine had tattoos, and I began thinking about

trying to do it myself. I knew it wasn’t going to be the easiest thing to master, but eventually I gathered all the information I needed to enable me to make that first needle punch into

artificial skin

Step by step my knowledge grew and it’s now my third year of tattooing!

Can you remember the very first tattoo you ever did?

I remember my first tattoo as if it was yesterday. It was just after I’d bought my first crappy equipment and my knowledge was really very basic at that time. One of my friends asked me

to do a “shit” tattoo for him. I didn’t understand him at first, and I thought he meant he just wanted something random, something he didn’t really care about. But just before we began he told me that he really did mean a shit tattoo – literally. He wanted a steaming pile of shit

[ la u g h s] . I think I’ll remember that one for ever.

What did your family and friends think about you getting into the business? My friends were very helpful and supportive, always looking after me. I cannot say the same about my family though. They were pretty sceptical about it, wondering how on earth I’d gone from being a multimedia designer to a guy creating obscure “drawings” on people’s skin. But in Lithuania it’s taken time for tattooing – and the tattoo scene – to be understood and appreciated. My family are very happy about it now and they support me in every way.

Tell us about your shop.

I work in Totemas Tattoo in Šiauliai (which is actually Lithuania’s fourth largest city). I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone at the shop for welcoming me as part of their crew. Right from the moment I joined, I really liked their approach and the atmosphere in the shop. It was all new to me. Most of my workmates were doing old school style tattoos, so I got the chance to learn and be surrounded by something that was completely unfamiliar to me.

How would you describe your own style? Hmm, that’s a hard question. I don’t really like talking about genres

realism, artistic realism. Although I enjoy a lot of different tattoo styles, I don’t feel like seriously trying to accomplish anything other than realism. I like the accuracy and detail that are crucial to this style.

but the stuff I do is just

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Your tattoos are truly photo-realistic. What’s your secret? Well, a portrait is simply an exact copy of a picture that the client has brought in, or a photo that you have taken. The “secret” is to choose a really good artistic reference that is somehow different and unique. I also pay great attention to the details – everything from the shape of the lips to the length of the eyebrows. These are what makes the tattoo look good. But without that good reference to start with, it’s really hard to give the person depicted on the cleint’s skin the right feeling.

How do you go about creating a tattoo, from initial concept to finished design? It’s a complicated process. I like to explore the client’s wishes in depth, discuss all the technical stuff, and find out if they are happy to accept my additional thoughts on variations to the design. Then I try to build a basic vision in my head, looking for inspiration in everyday life, music, photography, and so on. This is the longest part of the design process. After that I gather all the information and references that I need, and do some more research to make my vision stronger. The last part of the process is bringing everything together – and seeing if the final result meets both my own and my client’s expectations. If not, I make minor changes and improvements. That’s a rough and very linear vision of how it goes, but most of the time everything tends to mix and the various stages swap over. I like the accident factor in art. I like improvising. That is the only way an artist can test himself.

stages swap over. I like the accident factor in art. I like improvising. That is the
What makes for a good collaboration between artist and client? First of all, the client
What makes for a good collaboration between artist and client? First of all, the client
What makes for a good collaboration between artist and client? First of all, the client

What makes for a good collaboration between artist and client? First of all, the client needs to do their research and make sure the tattooist they choose is the right artist for them. This is more important than anything. It’s crucial for the client to trust the artist, feel positive about them and allow them to apply their skills and judgement to pretty much every aspect of the tattoo. Only in this way will the client get the best quality of work from the artist. Also it’s really important, in my opinion, for the client to respect the artist as a person. And of course the same goes for the artist too! Communication then becomes easy and everything is possible. Obviously there is no such thing as a perfect match, so both sides must be prepared to adjust and be flexible. Mutual understanding is a must. And at the end of the process, if my clients like their finished tattoos then I’m delighted and honoured to have given them that joy. Sometimes it’s amazing how little we humans need to do to make each other happy.

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Who, or what, has been the inspiration for your style? Throughout my life, I have been exposed to many different styles of art and creativity, and my view has changed as I’ve got older. I have always liked to explore different genres and movements and I often find myself being inspired by things that I might have disregarded or ignored when I first saw them. Variety – an eclectic point of view – is always

a good thing. I pick up small things from other

artists, put my own twist on them, and come up with something that is uniquely mine. I really like realism and surrealism, so I try always to move in this direction, improving what I do with some unpredictable twists and turns [ la u g h s ] . Like my personality, my work is shaped by my environment and by the people I respect. I remember, for instance, the day I found out about the famous Polish artist Zdzisław Beksi ski, who is well known on the tattoo scene here. His work really helped me define what I had in mind for my own work and somehow gave me the courage to push on.

What is the best lesson you’ve learnt from your artistic journey? The whole of life is art – though of course everybody will experience it in their own

individual way. Art has enabled me to grow as

a person. I have noticed one really important

thing: it’s given me the ability to appreciate life and the people around me. It has also taught me to stay positive. The more I get into art, the more I learn about myself. And I’ve realised that I don’t really know anything at all! Art gives us a lot of answers, but it also provides us with more and more questions. We can use these in our search for peace. For me, peace of mind comes from within. It comes from the realisation that I am trying to do my best every single day.

within. It comes from the realisation that I am trying to do my best every single
within. It comes from the realisation that I am trying to do my best every single
within. It comes from the realisation that I am trying to do my best every single
within. It comes from the realisation that I am trying to do my best every single
within. It comes from the realisation that I am trying to do my best every single

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How would you describe the current status of tattooing in Lithuania? Tattooing in Lithuania is
How would you describe the current status of tattooing in Lithuania? Tattooing in Lithuania is

How would you describe the current status of tattooing in Lithuania?

Tattooing in Lithuania is still pretty poor and undeveloped. But I’m really glad that so many people are devoting their creative lives to it and putting so much effort into changing the situation. Most customers have

a big problem understanding and appreciating the work Lithuanian

artists do; and most local people still see tattoos as a piece of jewellery, not a piece of art. But it really is changing for the better. My wish would

be for more people to understand and have faith in this craft.

What is your view of tattoo conventions? I’m not the biggest fan of conventions, but I think most of them are

good, and there are certainly more and more of them. I can’t really give you much of an opinion on how they should be organised, because when

I am working at a convention I am not really paying much attention to

the environment around me. There is one thing, though. Organisers should have more of an international perspective. Even when a convention is billed as an international event, everything is done in the local language. That’s really annoying. Everybody knows English nowadays. No other complaints though! It’s all good [ la u g h s ].

Do you have any advice for aspiring artists? Don’t stop moving. Keep on drawing, sculpting, writing, acting Only hard work and determination builds a path to serenity of mind and success. Always try to find a proper teacher – not only for the technical aspects of your work, but also the spiritual. Professional and honest help is always the best. Good luck!

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mugs hot

Weasktattooistssomeprobingquestionsandencourage

themtorevealadifferentsideofthemselves!

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Whatmakesyouhappy?

Well,there'stheobviousansweroftattooing,

paintingandgenerallybeingarty–butIalso

enjoycurlingmymoustache,comicbooks,

drinkinggoodrum,doing(amateurish)magic

tricks,playingthebanjo(terribly)andspending

timewithmylovedones.

Whatmakesyouangry?

Fartoomanythings!TheolderIget,themore

seemstopissmeoff.Soggysandwiches,world

poverty,youngpeople,oldpeople,cats

crappinginmygarden,uneducatedpricks,

overeducatedmoronsandtomatoesinmy

burger.WhenIgetreallywoundup,Ihavea

noteonmycomputermonitorthatreminds

metoCountMyBlessingsandwhenthatfails

Ihaveapunchbaginthegarage.

Whatwasthelastbookyouread?

TalesofOldJapanbyLordRedesdale.I'm

currentlyreadingWorldWarZbyMax

Brooksonrecommendation.Ihaveastackof

startedbooksnexttomybedandanother

stackinthebathroom.IguessIgetdistracted

bynewonestooeasily.

Whatwasthelastmovieyousaw?

Elvira'sMovieMacabreseriestendstobeon

constantrotationmosteveningswhenI'm

drawingup.I'vejuststartedre-watchingBig

BangTheoryfromthebeginning.I'mahuge

geekwhenitcomestofilmsandTVseries.IfI

likesomethingI'llhappilywatchitoverand

overagain.

Whatpetsdoyouhave?

Weusedtokeeprats…well,mywifedid.We

decidedtostopkeepingpetswhenmywife

wentbackintoeducationaswedon'thavethe

timetodevotetothem.Now,Ihavea

harvesterspiderthatlivesinmyshower.Icall

itGerald.I'mnotsureifit'saboyspider.

MaybeIshouldhavecheckedbeforenamingit.

Whatwouldyoueatforyourlast

mealonearth?

Iwouldn’tmindwhatIate–it’smoreabout

whoIgettoshareitwith.Abigbanquetwith

myfriendsandfamily.

Whatkeepsyouawakeatnight?

"Someone"whostealsthecovers!I'moneof

thosepeoplewhocansleepinstantly

wheneverIwantto.

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Ifyouwonthelotterywhatisthe

firstthingyouwouldbuy?

I'dhavetheMillenniumFalconbuiltasaman-

cave(soI'dneedabiggergardenaswellI suppose).Yup,I'moneof"those"tattooists wholikeStarWars.Imakenoapologiesfor

beingborninthe70sandgrowingupwanting

tobeHanSolo.

Whowouldplayyouinthemovieof

yourlife?

I'dliketosayJohnnyDepp,butIfearSteve

BuscemiorJesseEisenburg(thedorkykid

fromZombieland)wouldbeabetterfit!

Whatsongwouldbethesoundtrack

toyourlife?

NothingEverChangesButTheShoesbyThe

Wildheartshasalwaysbeenmyfavouritesong

andsumsmeupprettywell.AndIwantIfYou

Don'tKnowMeByNowplayedatmyfuneral

–butitwouldhavetobetheBlueNotes

version,notSimplybloodyRed!

Whatwouldyoursuperpowerbe?

RightnowI'dliketheTimeTravelpower.Then

Icouldskipbacktenminutesandnothaveto

drinkthiscoldtea.

Whatachievementareyoumost proudof? Beingaskedtojudgeatconventions.Asproud asIamtohavewontrophiesformytattooing, thefactthatsomeonethinksmyopinion countsforsomethingmakesmefeel im m en s ely proud.Thatormanagingtofoolsomeone longenoughtomarryme.

Whatisyourbiggestregret?

Ialwaystrytoremindmyselfnottoregret