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Issue 7 of Tattoo Fan Magazine is shaping up to the best yet, with more excellent interviews, articles and features on the world of tattooing. As always, we aim to bring you the best, freshest content from around the tattooing world!

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March 2018 – Issue Six

The 6th issue of Tattoo Fan Magazine will feature Popek Monster and Marcin Łukasiewicz! Every month we work to bring you the most up to date news throughout the industry and plenty of interesting interviews and content to look forward to.

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February 2018 – Issue Five

The main interviews in the 5th edition of Tattoo Fan Magazine will be none other than the legendary Zappa Razzi, Sile Sanda, Alex Rattray, Cecil Porter, and Joanna Zielinska! As with every month, there will be a huge amount of awesome and interesting articles as well as up-to-date information and news within the industry.

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January 2018 – Issue Four

Our fullest issue yet.

Take a journey into the mind of the lines and shapes with the Shamanistic Piotr Szot and learn more about him and his methods. More interviews within this issue contain the black & grey wonderkid Owen Paulls, the surrealistic Piotr Dedel and the realism expert Jozsef Torok, and more! As always there are more wonderful articles inside.

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December 2017 – Issue Three

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!

Our December issue was sure packed with wonderfully wrapped articles and interviews. Featuring the world-class Grindesign as our cover along with the phenomenal black and grey wizard Thomas Carli-jarlier and crazy styles of Łukasz Sokołowski. Own a copy today!

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November 2017 – Issue Two

Our second issue is filled with star studded realism talents from across the world.

It kicks off with E4’s Tattoo Artist of the Year’s Luke Sayer as our featured cover artist, along with one of the most respected names in Europe – Pavel Krim, before going back to the UK in the form of the ever so talented Jurgis Mikalauskas & colourful Damian Gorski.

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October 2017 – Issue One

Our first issue!

This issue contains the interviews of the wonderfully talented Ben Kaye, Yarson Stahowic, Tomasz ‘Tofi’ Torfinski & Daryl Watson as well as some interesting articles!

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It’s that time again! Issue 7 of Tattoo Fan Magazine is online and ready for you to devour. This month we speak to Levgen Knysh about his tattooing life, as well a conversation with the hand-poke extraordinaire Blame Max! As always, we have regularly updated content on the website so be sure to check back for more great articles!

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“Next time someone complains that you have made a mistake, tell him that may be a good thing. Because without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist.” – Stephen Hawking (Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking, 2010)

Our Team

Maria Smigiel

I represent the Polish part of the team that created the Tattoo-Map project. I have been an art historian and have been interested in tattoos since I remember. For a long time asked whether the tattoo can be art, I definitely answer – YES (which does not mean that every tattoo artist must be an artist 😉)

Matt MacLennan

I’m the newest member of the team and I bring a love of extreme music, gruesome movies and blackwork tattoos to the mix. A tattoo fan who writes for Tattoo Fan Magazine – it just makes sense.


Mark Bester Guest Seminar At The Tattoo Academy

On the 14th and 15th of May, Mark Bester joins The Tattoo Academy in Stockton-on-Tees for a colour tattoo workshop and seminar. Artists looking to learn from a master of colourful realism should get in touch with The Tattoo Academy for bookings and more info!

VideoGameTatts Crowdfunding First Hardback Collection

The founders of the VideoGameTatts community are crowdfunding a 144-page hardback book featuring video game inspired tattoos from all over the world. There are several levels of pledges that can be made, all going towards creating a gorgeous book to whip out and stare at for hours. Some exceptional artists are already involved including Chris Morris, Matthew Larkin, Simon K Bell and many more! Visit their IndieGoGo page for more info

Mixture Tattoo Studio Grand Opening and Competition!

A brand new studio opening up in Reading, England. The amazing Jakub Hendrix and Wojtek Czop are the first two resident artists announced. Bookings are now live for both artists and the grand opening is on the 14th of February. They can made via

In conjunction of its grand opening, they are hosting a competition over on their facebook (@mixture tattoo) in which you can win one of 2! Yes, 2 full day tattoo sessions with any resident.

Head on over to enter and be sure to read the rules. The competition closes on the 15th of February, good luck!

Thomas Carli-jarlier & Matteo Pasqualin Seminar

Thomas & Matteo are extremely proud to announce that they will be hosting a 2 day seminar in June later this year which will be held in the beautiful French city, Clermont Ferrand. The seminar will be available in both English and French. There are no exact dates set for the convention but it will almost definitely be around the beginning of June.

You can sign up for this seminar by contacting

Matt Jordan and Tofi Seminar
12th of April

One day, back to back seminars with two legends in the tattoo industry – all for $300! Both seminars, lunch and drinks included! The seminar will be taking place in Matt’s brand new constructed studio in Auckland. Deposits are $100, so if you’re interested email or visit for information.

The Third Interactive Tattoo Seminar
7-10th October 2018

Get up close and personal with this selection of the worlds best tattoo artists!
Alex Pancho, Jak Connolly, Sam Barber and Silvano Fiato complete the seminars line-up. There are extremely limited seats available and selection starts from spring. Please write to for more information.

Pope Francis Is A-Okay With Tattoos

In a recent discussion with young people from around the world, Pope Francis was asked about tattoos in the modern world. The Pope urged people – “don’t be afraid of tattoos”, and to instead use them as a point to begin a dialogue. Predictably, there has been backlash and pleasure from both within and outwith the church.

Chris Hill Joins White Dragon Tattoo Family/Full Day Giveaway!

White Dragon Tattoo Family in Belfast are welcoming the multi-talented Chris Hill to their studio this month. Chris’ work is colourful, innovative and if you’re looking for cartoon/anime/pop culture inspired work, there’s few better. Visit Chris’ Facebook and like, share and comment on his post to be in with a chance of winning a full day with the maestro himself

Stephen Kelly Joins Irezumi Tattoo Studio in Glasgow!

Irezumi are pleased to announce that Stephen Kelly will be coming on board and  are taking bookings with him from the 7th March. If you’d like to get booked in with Stephen then email direct to

Jakub Hendrix Golebiewski returns to the UK!

After some time away, the brilliant Jakub Hendrix has announced his plans to return to the UK…for good! He’ll be tattooing out of a brand new studio called Mixture Tattoo in Reading. Jakub’s books are now open so it’s a great chance to get in early. Contact Jakub via his social media pages or send an email to

Gzy Ex Silesia joining Inkdependent Tattoo Edinburgh

After spending two years in Manchester, Gzy Ex Silesia has recently made the move up north to join Inkdependent Tattoo in Edinburgh!

Bookings are now open and if you’re interested in receiving something by him then contact the studio or Gzy at the email below.

Piotr Dedel Is Leaving London

After almost five years in London at Kamil Tattoos, the talented Piotr Dedel has decided to move back home to Poland. He thanks all of the friends he has made, and all of the amazing people he has met along with way.

He leaves not to open up his own studio, but to take up the mantle with none other than the legendary Victor Portugal and his new studio Darktimes Tattoo in Krakow!

Piotr is currently taking bookings for the second half of April, so if you don’t mind the travel – you can skip the queue. Send an email off to if you’re interested.


You live and work in Wrocław, but you come from Kharkiv. When and why did you decide to leave Ukraine and move to Poland?
I moved four years ago. In 2012 my friend and I opened our own tattoo studio in Kharkov, Ukraine, and we managed it all by ourselves. Running the studio was very difficult and took up a lot of our time. A few years later I visited some studios in Poland and Germany and had a lot of fun there, doing lots of tattoos. I understood that tattooing without thinking about the all the external stuff was easy, so I decided – I’m a tattoo artist, not a businessman. And I got lucky, a few months after some of my friends invited me to Wroclaw to join them in their new studio. It was a cool chance and big challenge for me; to start a new life in another country. Especially in a country with lots of great tattoo artists in countries close by, with all of the different tattoo conventions happening. I learned a lot and spent my time concentrating on tattooing.

Was art always something present in your life, or did artistic predispositions take place later on?
I’ve been drawing since I studied in school. I didn’t do very well but liked to take a pen, imagine something and just draw it. In art lessons I got bad marks every time but who gives a fuck about that. I practiced graffiti but paints were so expensive. I didn’t paint as often as I wanted to.

And your interest in tattooing? When did that come to you and where did you come to the idea to work at it professionally?
The first time in my life I was really aware of tattooing was when one of my friends showed me the book “How to Tattoo”. I found a lot of tattoo designs that I would take a pen and draw fake versions on my friends – but my tattoo journey stopped a few days later when I met another guy from high school who was already tattooing. His name was Roman. He showed me a lot of things about tattoos, about the process and he took me to visit my first convention. It was the Kiev Tattoo Convention in 2008. I was so intrigued that I decided to become a tattoo artist but had no money to buy all of the equipment. I had to find a way of living my dream of being a tattoo artist so I began piercing to make the money for tattoo equipment.

Do you remember your first steps in tattooing and your first job? How did those early days take shape and what was most difficult about them?
Yes, I remember of course. As every young tattoo artist does at that time, my first days were spent tattooing my friends, for free of course. The most difficult thing was to find new clients and to find someone who could help and answer all the questions. At that time, the whole tattoo culture was closed to anyone from the outside and to grow up, to find this information was so difficult 10-15 years ago. Now, becoming a tattoo artist is much easier.

You create the highest class of amazingly colourful, realistic tattoos. Since you started did you always know that you wanted to work in this direction or did you try different ideas and stylistics?
Oh, I tried a lot of different styles. A lot of black symbols and stupid tattoos, from walk-ins. I worked in old and new school, Japanese, black and grey and colour realism too. One day, I was tattooing a friend and he asked me, “why do you work in all these styles. If you tattoo detailed realism so well, why bother with the rest?”. It made me think, yeah, why do I do this? That was the time I decided to change something in my tattoo life. I started to talk with customers, talking about working the realistic style. Of course, not every one of them wanted to get something realistic, so I hand-picked them.

What kind of designs, images do you enjoy tattooing the most? On the other hand, are there tattoos you are reluctant to do?
I like to tattoo things from hell, scary faces, fire and flames, devil hands and skulls, of course. These themes are very interesting to me. I can’t explain to you why but I like them a lot. I also like to do flowers, something positive and funny sometimes – comic characters have been very popular. I hate to work with religion or national themes, anything to do with politics or portraits of real people. I hate that, I don’t feel good or free doing them.

Who is your greatest inspiration? Is there someone who’s had a special impact on you and what you create?
I get the most inspiration from my friends and colleagues, who work together with me. We’ve assembled the best team, where everyone is really great as both people and artists. I like to work at conventions and do guest spots in different studios. I get to meet my tattoo artist friends, follow their processes of tattooing and get to watch great work happening in person. We speak together and create new things and in the end, all of this gives me a high. I want to work and work and work, always working on new things and I can’t take a break from it. I am full of ideas. These are my inspirations.

I have always wondered how, especially in terms of realism work, there’s a noticeable pattern: tattoo artists from Eastern Europe – Ukraine, Belarus, Russia – represent the highest level and are always leading the way. Where is this coming from? What’s the secret?
I get this question every time and I don’t know what I can tell you. I never studied in art school and never took art lessons, except for ones in high school. It probably happens because of the fine art which you can find in museums, all of our art experience is based from that. Maybe, I don’t know.

What was the hardest moment of your career thus far?
The most difficult time was when I moved to Poland. I left my home, my comfortable home and work life where I had lots of friends, clients and my own private studio. Moving to another country where I had to start from the bottom, work at tattoo conventions showing off my work and myself, also finding new customers and friends in the industry. All to prove to everyone that I’m not just another artist from somewhere else. Now, I’m fine and very happy that I did it.

What are your plans for the future? Will they be made in Poland?
I don’t know. Right now I want to work in as many new places as I can. New studios, new countries, new projects and new friends. Right now, I live in Wroclaw and I love the city, the people and atmosphere here, but I don’t know what tomorrow brings.

This interview for Tattoo Fan Magazine was conducted by Maria Śmigiel
All images used courtesy of Levgen Knysh



Sorry Mum Tattoo

Since 2013, the Sorry Mum crew have been upsetting maternal figures with the fantastic tattoos they create on their clients. Covering all areas of tattooing, Rob Sedge’s gorgeous portraits are worth the time, investment and subsequent disapproval from your old dear.



2 Sherbourne Street
M25 1AF

Flesh Tattoo

Situated in the heart of the city, Flesh Tattoo is a must visit studio for anyone looking for geometric, dotwork or black and grey. The studio obviously excels in other areas but the smartest pieces of these types definitely come out of the Flesh Tattoo studio doors. Definitely deserving of their place on the Manchester tattoo map!


31-33 Lloyd Street
M2 5WA

House Of Pain Tattoo

Doing exactly what they say on the tin (sign), House Of Pain Tattoo have been using needles and ink to satisfy their dedicated customers for over a decade now. Anyone sat in one of their chairs knows they’re leaving with a tattoo they’ll love for life. As long as they don’t jump up, up and get down…


9 Davenport Avenue
M20 3GA

Heart For Art Tattoo

Run by Danny Birch, Heart For Art offers customers a team of artists, each with their own specialities in tattooing. Catering to clients needs with great detail, Birch and his staff continue to pepper Mancunians and visiting enthusiasts with some of the finest ink around.


Unit 22 Whitelands Industrial Estate
Clarence Street
SK15 1QL

Rain City Tattoo Collective

Definitely one of thee places to go to for big, eye-catching tattoos in Manchester. Rain City nail every style thrown at them and they do it with aplomb; unique takes on classic tattoo styles literally pour out of the doors here. They’re sure to be a mainstay for some time.



16 Nicholas Street
Part 3rd Floor
M1 4EJ

Sacred Art Tattoo

Fast approaching their second decade in business, Sacred Art takes pride in their reputation as one of the best. A dedicated returning customer base and exceptional tattoos – from the tiny ones to sprawling back pieces – ensure that the studio will be running well into another decade.



497 Barlow Moor Road
M21 8AG

Manchester Tattoo Emporium

Given its central location, one could presume that the Manchester Tattoo Emporium crew slapped flash on walk ins left, right, and centre. One presumes wrong. It doesn’t matter if someone wants a small, quirky design or a giant, detailed tattoo, the Emporium artists strive to give the customer exactly what they desire – be it Japanese, watercolours, trad, etc.


7 Nicholas Croft
M4 1EY

Sword And Sparrow Tattoo Co.

Slightly outwith the hustle and bustle of the city centre, Sword And Sparrow’s artists are well worth leaving the bright lights and endless Nandos for a phenomenal tattoo. Covering all styles proficiently, there are some amazing graphic pieces coming out of this studio; comic and cartoon fans take note.


223a Bury Old Road
M25 1JE

72 Tattoo

No nonsense, customer-focused tattoos are the focal point of 72 Tattoo. Owned by Sean Lyons and Gavin Rourke, 72 Tattoo offers a full array of gorgeous tattoo styles, with portraits and cover-ups just two of their specialities. Solid staff and a gorgeous location make this one to visit.


31 Flixton Road
M41 5AW

Redwood Tattoo Studio

Not content with having a fantastic squad of genre-bending tattoo artists, Redwood also ferry in amazing guest artists regularly. With a great location, studio and even better folk behind the counter and the tattoo machines, Redwood Tattoo Studio really puts the “ooo” in Manchester tattoos.


77 Lever Street
M1 1FL


On a sunny weekend in Scotland’s capital city, a deluge of tattoo artists and enthusiasts descended onto the famous Corn Exchange venue for the eighth annual Scottish Tattoo Convention. Crowds of ink wearing attendees piled through the doors all weekend to feast their eyes on some of the world’s best artists doing their thing, and many of them picked up ink of their own. In all truth, it was a first for yours truly. The Sunday of the Scottish Tattoo Convention would be my first taste of the now famous celebration of art that it has become. For some, an event like this could be incredibly intimidating but as soon as anyone crossed the threshold, the event and venue staff, with their big smiles and helpful attitudes, made everyone welcome with a smile. Scottish hospitality – with helping hands from all around the world – made this the fantastic event it always promised to be.

Missing the Saturday was a crime I have punished myself for greatly, but this is a celebration of the event so let’s not dwell on it. The buzz around the event on Sunday was immense but the Saturday was all about the tattoos. Every artist I spoke to barely had a chance to catch up with what was going on as people cleared them out of flash and designs. This was more than apparent on Sunday as scores of people wandered around with their newest additions on display. The sound of multiple tattoo machines working all at the same time music to the ears of everyone in attendance.

As soon as you got through the doors of the Corn Exchange, the air was buzzing with a good-hearted vibe. Vendors selling high-quality prints and etchings, fiery and delicious hot sauces, and a barber studio giving everyone the freshest cuts all contributing to the hubbub and communal feel to the entrance to the event. A feeling that was visible on every face in the building, save for the faces of anyone getting tattooed in an awkward place like their armpit, hand or head! The venue staff were exceptional too, making sure everyone knew where they were going and managing to keep a thirsty crowd well quenched. All of this contributing to making the eighth Scottish Tattoo Convention running smoothly and most importantly, putting the visitors first.

Aside from a few tired faces later in the day, the event was packed with the beaming faces of the next generation of tattoo owners and, potentially, tattoo artists. Families wandered through the aisles of whirring machines and maestros at work, with many of the children mesmerised by the work on display. It was totally refreshing to see, knocking any of the old stereotypes of tattooed people straight on the head. There’s no better environment for youngsters to learn about not judging someone on how they look, what they wear, or what they have marked permanently on their skin. Longstanding event MC Pedro helped make everyone feel welcome and included when running this Miss Scottish Tattoo Convention contest, inviting several kids up to participate as well. In other circles, it might be seen as a flat gesture, but at an event like this, it stood to show how inclusive and judgement free tattooing is.

Outrageous and delightful performances from pinup and burlesque artists like Mini Blue and Kimi Kaos, and the dastardly, death-defying antics of the Death Do Us Part Danger Show kept the audience fixated on the stage – between periods of staring at all the gorgeous art being created on human canvases. The Dr Martens raffle also brought the attention of the crowd, with several pairs of boots customised by artists from the convention given away to the lucky winners. The buzz of the attendees, moving in waves between booths, artists and vendors was electric, and again showed why the Scottish Tattoo Convention is one of the best. The organisers kept the flow of traffic between areas seamless, making sure anyone in search of a bite or a pint would not go without.

It would be ridiculous to not mention the actual artists involved, but it would be impossible to name check everyone who committed amazing work on skin. UK representation was high but the convention welcomed plenty of artists from overseas. There was a noticeable amount of artists specialising in traditional styles, with neo-trad, blackwork and new school also very well represented. As to how much that says about the current “trending” styles in tattooing? Who knows. The representation of styles, designs and techniques was still so wide that it was difficult to move too far without stopping and chatting with people about their work. All of the artists were receptive to questions about their work, even while working, and many allowed people to get a real close look too. Furthering the friendly atmosphere of the whole event. The competitions brought tattoos of all sizes, styles and designs with the “junkie pigeon” that won Best Scottish tattoo bringing a hearty laugh from everyone in attendance.

Approaching a decade of events, the Scottish Tattoo Convention maintains its status as one of the most relaxed conventions, without ever faltering in the quality of artists, entertainers and vendors they bring to the Corn Exchange, year after year. Next year should find the famous venue crammed full of fantastic artists, friendly faces and more gorgeous ink on display than the eye can handle. To anyone thinking about attending for the first time – do it.

This article for Tattoo Fan Magazine was created by Matt MacLennan
All photography courtesy of Greg Armstrong

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Tell me, please, when was the first time you grabbed the needle and decided to make an unplugged tattoo, what prompted you to do it?
It was about 3.5 years ago. And I was tempted by a buddy dorm. Total spontaneous, I had no idea what I was doing.

Before you started doing hand-poke, did you have any prior experience with tattooing using an electric machine?
No, I’ve always used a needle from day one.

Hand-poked tattoos are probably one of the most popular tattooing trends. I have the impression that many people think it’s an incredibly difficult technique. On the other hand, there are those who think it requires less talent – the patterns are simpler, often just outlines and the scale is much smaller. Additionally, to those thinking in that manner, someone interested does not have to invest much money into equipment. But how is it really? I think you are the right person to ask.
In recent years yes, the number of people doing hand-poked tattoos has increased by about a thousand percent. When I started to take my first steps, I heard of two others in Poland – I heard about two, I did not say there were not more. As far as the technique is concerned, I’ve seen first timers creating cool designs, people working really hard to get their tattoos to look solid, and then there are those who after several years still do terrible beets. It’s different for everyone. Technique and execution is an endless topic, there’s always something to learn. There are many ways to get a good contour, same goes for good filling or shadows. Every now and then I find that one of the tattooists I’m interested in makes the outline completely different to my method, using different needles or from different angles.

It’s said that it’s always worth investigating something further, but I must admit that until I encountered your work, I did not expect much from hand-poke practitioners. I was convinced that it is unrealistic to work without electricity so I thought it impossible for a hand-poke tattoo to look as good as an electric made one). I thought the single dots would be blatant, sometimes forming together, but never creating a pure line or well-shaded area. I remember the first time I saw you working in person, I could not believe it wasn’t made with a tattoo gun. I won’t mention the perfect districts… How do you do it? How much time does it take to achieve that level with a needle, and what are the most important things to keep in mind practicing this craft?
I’m very pleased with that! Well, unfortunately, in Poland, stick poke is commonly associated and tagged by younger people as “ignorant”. But for example in Japan, there are many tattooists who do all of their work without a tattoo gun and they are super well-made tattoos! It’s hard to say how much time is needed, you learn through your whole life. Patience is very important. I owe a lot to clients who trust me and are always open to my new ideas! So it’s like if I start to tattoo more hair on women and other kinds of shadow – I’ll figure out some muck in the technique that I want to use in this way.

When the kids without talent are referring to works like yours as ignorant, it’s just irritating and putting a downer on this particular trade. Coming back to you, I have heard various things about hand-poke. Some are adamant it is more painful than the tattoo gun, with many others holding the exact opposite belief. That aside, it’s undoubtedly a time-consuming technique. How much do you need to do a palm-sized tattoo?
It’s definitely a different type of pain, but 99% of my clients say that it hurts less than an electric machine. Timing wise, it all depends on the amount of detail in the design and of course, where on the body. I’ve been sitting for two hours doing portraits lately, things less complicated I can do in little over an hour.

Well, this is a surprisingly short time. I expected at twice that time. Forgive me if this next question is silly, but I’m very curious. What is more difficult to execute – a simple, undisturbed line or perfect shading?
It’s not silly, I don’t know though. It depends on the area, but a simple line is probably the easiest thing to hand-poke. The worst being circles.

Your work moves from the traditional style – often very graphic – and the “righteous” old school works, at sea or in prisons when there was no electricity. What motifs do you like to tattoo the most, and which in turn are the biggest challenge for you?
It’s always changing, every now and then I’m really into something, but there are also things I do not like doing. Everything can be fun though. The challenge is instead tattooing new places on the body, not new designs.

When tattooing, you need nothing but ink and needles. You don’t have to worry about the machine, power supply, pedal, electricity etc. So it makes sense that this technique gives you real freedom. Apart from possible sanitary issues, keeping that in mind you can work practically everywhere. What are the restrictions? Which obstacles do hand-poke artists encounter? What can’t you do with this technique? When creating designs, do you have to consider the limits of the technique?
That’s a great question. At first, drawing, I really had to think about how I would tattoo. I had certain patents that helped me later in this motif. But now it is quite the opposite. The longer I do it, the more I am convinced that there are no limitations in this technique. I even try to figure out types of shadows that will easier to achieve without a machine.

And how does colour work? There are practically no colourful designs, although some can be found in your portfolio. Is there a difference between using colour and black?
I have never drawn in colour, so I only add colour at the customer’s request and only if it makes sense. The difference is, some coloured inks are much thicker than most blacks, it can be harder at first but everything is possible to do. There are several tattooists who basically only do colourful hand-poke.

Many “electric” tattooists, with varying levels of success, have tried to go “unplugged” for a change – a break, even. What about you, are you ever tempted to pick up a machine?
Never. I’m not saying that I will never try but for now, I still see a million things to learn using this technique.

This interview for Tattoo Fan Magazine was conducted by Maria Śmigiel
All images used courtesy of Blame Max


UK Conventions

8th April 2018

2018 is set to be Ink & Iron’s best year yet featuring a great selection of tattooists, live music and other amazing acts, trade stalls, top class custom show and an exciting new art exhibition!

13th-15th April 2018

The 11th North Lakes Tattoo Show returns the 13th of April for a weekend tattooing fun with some top artists from around the country, Europe and other parts of the world will be in attendance. Be sure to have a look at the line-up yourself!

28th-29th April 2018

The show will be the biggest of it’s type ever seen in the North East, hosted in Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena. The Show will play host to almost 300 of the very best tattoo artists from around the world, mixing together with the very best local and UK based artists to produce a body art convention that will get tattooed by the best, or simply marvel at the insane skill of these artists whilst they commit masterpieces to skin.

4th-6th May 2018

Live tattooing from over 250 of the best tattoo artists in the world. Live performances, competitions and market stalls – there’s something for everyone. The Liverpool Tattoo Convention has solidified its reputation as one of the best UK tattoo conventions year after year.

26th-27th May 2018

Over 300 of the world’s greatest tattoo artists will be flocking to Alexandra Palace, London, on the 26th – 27th May 2018 dominating The Great Hall with some serious tattoo talent. If you’re serious about tattoos, alternative fashion, great music and some pretty cool people, you’ll be in the right place. Brought to you by the team behind Skin Deep Magazine and four conventions, they know how to create a fantastic atmosphere!

9th-10th June 2018

Bristol holds a very special place in the history of English tattooing, Les Skuse, founder of the Bristol Tattoo Club held the UKs very first tattoo convention here in Bristol in the 1950’s.

Unlike many other UK Tattoo Conventions, the sole focus of Bristol Tattoo Convention is tattooing, they do not have live entertainment at the show, there will be a variety of traders selling prints, paintings, clothing and jewelry and they will also have an art galley.

7th-8th July 2018

Now in its fifth year, The Leeds International Tattoo Expo have announced their 2018 dates! With the success of previous shows and the caliber of artists attending, it is becoming one of the must-attend tattoo conventions in the UK

27th-29th July 2018

The 5th Titanic International Tattoo Convention will be held again in the iconic Titanic Museum, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, 27th – 29th July 2018. They will have 85 world class artists flying in from around the globe to tattoo you lovely people in the grand ballroom all weekend. The talent present at this convention is second to none and will be one of the best chances to get a piece by some of these artists. So if you’re after something new, be sure to check out their incredible line-up!

28th-30th September 2018

One of the most conveyed and iconic tattoo conventions in the world.
Getting an invite to this convention is as good as a gold stamp on your tattooing career! Only the cream of the crop from the tattoo industry are given the honor of an invite here. The worlds best artists under one roof for a weekend, incredible live-art and performances. If you’re planning on attending a convention this year, this has to be one of the top!

World Conventions

7-8 APRIL 2018

Next year’s Tattoo Days festival will open in Lublin –  it’s second edition in the city. On behalf of the organizers we invite you to attend on the 7-8 of April 2018!

May 26-27, 2018

In May, the next edition of the festival from the Tattoo Convention series will take place, this time in Wrocław. Be sure to keep the dates free!

2-3 JUNE 2018.

TattooFest is definitely the biggest and probably the most known tattoo convention in Poland. Next year, it will be organized on 2-3 June. A must go-to on the convention circuit!

28-29 JULY 2018

Gdańsk Tattoo Convention is a tattoo festival that has always enjoyed great popularity.  In the beautiful Polish coastal city, this would prove to be a lovely trip for a traveling collector to visit.

11-12 AUGUST 2018

In August, the 5th edition of Kustom Convention will be held in Wrocław. It is a festival that is the answer for motoring fans, great music and also tattoos!

15-16 SEPTEMBER 2018

As for a good couple of years, this time the organizers of the Convention Tattoo in September invite you to Katowice. It promises to be a great party, along with fun activities!


Now into their second decade as one of Glasgow’s premier tattoo studios, Rock’n’Roll Tattoo and Piercing still remain all about the customer. With a dedicated team of artists, managers and apprentices all aiming to give their clients the best tattoo possible, Rock’n’Roll’s Clydeside representatives have only grown in reputation and talent. A year on from the opening of their new flagship studio, first timers are welcomed as warmly as the people who call the studio their second home. Now with the space to allow twelve artists to work at any time, the Glasgow Rock’n’Roll studio remains focused on getting the client what they desire, matching artists to the particular designs being requested.

If any evidence was required, a quick social media search for “Glasgow tattoo” will show how many customers exit through the doors of Rock’n’Roll Glasgow with delight for their new ink. Countless proud shares of excellent tattoos from their residents, apprentices and a constant stream of exceptional guest talent mark the streets of the city in black and grey, realism, watercolours and many, many more. This doesn’t happen on its own though, everyone working for the studio puts the work in to make sure the music keeps flowing. It’s not enough to be the biggest studio around, there always has to be progression and improvement; moving toward newer and bigger goals. Something that studio proudly takes ownership of as their Studio manager Jamie Wilson elaborates:

“Rock’n’Roll is mainly known for its high quality and detailed tattoos, may that be from residents or guest artists, to which we bring some of the world’s biggest names to the UK, like Denis Sivak and Grindesign. We have the biggest team – currently sitting at twelve residents, five apprentices and a piercer. I have never worked with such a fun and passionate team before, everyone always gives it their all every day, making sure we keep to the high standards that Rock’n’Roll is known for. It’s done with ease though as everyone is so friendly and artistically gifted…it’s not just about the tattoo, it’s about the full experience. From booking in, to the finished product.”

Wilson and the rest of the team organising the details in between the ink pots are well aware of the studio’s reputation and often take bookings completely online; from the many customers who travel to the studio just to get ink from their bevvy of talented artists. The high demand for Rock’n’Roll Glasgow’s artists means many do travel from afar. Glasgow is a lovely place to visit, yes, but it’s the tattoo talent in this studio that they’re travelling for. On top of the incredible guest artists that sit in, the studio boasts tattooists capable of blending their unique styles with the wants of the customer. With artists available for specific requests, each resident has grown their personal reputations and portfolios immensely. Duncan Sweeny is just one of the residents loving his time in the studio:

“For me, the sheer variety of artists working at RnR was a big attraction. If you want to be a good artist [aside from hard work] you need to surround yourself with good artists. I really believe in that. Glasgow is a great city. I think the people are what make it so special. Naturally, that is reflected in the customers we have. Ultimately what I love is the complete faith they show in your vision and style that really makes every tattoo super fun.”

Rock’n’Roll is also always developing future talent, with a team of dedicated apprentices, ready to learn their trade in one of the best tattoo studios in the country. It’s no easy task, but the hard work pays off. There’s nowhere better to learn than inside a studio so busy,. Stephen Dali is one of the Glasgow studio’s apprentices and is grabbing the opportunity with both hands:

“As an apprentice in the Glasgow studio, I’ve had the chance to work with a load of amazing artists who specialise in a number of different styles. Having so many artists in the studio has been a good opportunity to learn different approaches to working and tattooing.”

One of Rock’n’Roll’s most sought-after artists is Alex Underwood. His work bringing visitors from all corners. Alex has plied his black and grey illustrative style in the Glasgow studio since his first days as an apprentice, a fine example of the kind of talent that the Glasgow studio can help achieve greatness in tattooing. Hard work and having a team around that are constantly pushing everyone for their best work definitely makes a difference. The years of training, practising and finessing all resulting in the happiest customers. There’s probably no one better to back this up than the man himself:

“Since the day of my interview I’ve worked contently at Rock’n’Roll Tattoo in Glasgow as both an apprentice and resident artist – Glasgow isn’t my birthplace but it’s definitely my hometown! It’s a city that’s friendly and easy to commute around. It’s also an added bonus that the tattoo culture thrives here! Dull Scottish weather helps keep folks’ skin pale which is perfect for the style of tattoos I like to do! I love operating using only black ink, and against the pale skin, it just has the elegant sort of aesthetic to it. It’s always so rewarding to draw something that really interests you and have complete strangers share that same enthusiasm that they would want it permanently on their bodies!”

These are words from just a few of the crew of Rock’n’Roll Tattoo and Piercing – Glasgow. The array of talent stretches further than words can go into. While only hearing from a few of the bodies that work through the blood, sweat, and tears in the studio, there’s a tonne of fantastic tattoos from all of the artists and apprentices that need to be seen. Literally something for everyone.

Alex Underwood

Edo Sacerdoti

Gabbi Vasquez

Duncan Sweeny

Karolina Sylwia

Cubb Snogg

Cheryl Dakota

Nicko Onno

Jim Gray

Burt Tattooizé

Steph Owens


This article for Tattoo Fan Magazine was prepared by Matt MacLennan
All images courtesy of Rock’n’Roll Tattoo & Piercing Glasgow and the respective artist’s social media



Everyone remembers the first time a crackling VHS horror movie terrified them for the first time. If they’re old enough to remember VHS, obviously. For some, it was a horrendous event, a memory creeping around in the back of their psyche, ready to pop back into their mind at any time. Others, myself included, actually craved more of that very same feeling. There’s plenty of science behind it but it’s simple – it’s fun to get scared. Horror fans all have their favourites and the list is expansive as hell; serial slashers in varying disguises and states of decay, interdimensional hell portals spitting out nightmarish realities, and creepy plastic dolls are just this freak’s favourites.

We’re not here to talk exclusively about horror movies though, there are other places for that.

While the haunting soundtracks and countless rewind-and-rewatch kills live on forever, they wouldn’t hold the same weight without the striking faces of terror they follow. These faces, masks and monsters continue to live on past the credit reel, thanks to the talented artists shredding the skin of their victims. Let’s be honest, there are probably too many Jason Voorhees tattoos out there, but that’s okay – the hockey mask makes for some very cool tattoos. Whether it’s Jason’s mask or Boris Karloff, horror images are perfect for creative tattoo artists to take on.

There’s definitely a focus on realism in horror tattooing, but that’s the case everywhere; there’s also so much room for creativity and unique takes on the classics. Much in the same way an artist might tackle a lighthouse, dagger or any other traditional image. It’s this mixture of painstaking realism and creativity that makes great horror tattoos; new takes on images replayed so many times the tape disintegrated, and knife-edge portraits, precise to the last bloody drop. Taking a classic image of terror and turning it into something someone will cherish forever is a strange thing. A bit different from tattooing someone’s child on a bicep. It’s no less important though, any tattooed horror fan will tell you. The bloodsoaked memories of horror icons will live on the skin of their devoted followers with all the screams of pain and agony coming from the TV, not the studio chair. Hopefully.

This article for Tattoo Fan Magazine UK was created by Matt MacLennan
All images are taken from the respective artists’ social media

Guest Spots

3rd-7th April 2018

The incredible David Corden will be on of the many world-class artists heading on to Ash Lewis’s new studio in the new year!

Contact to get booked.

26th March – 5th April

Joining the talented team at inKUBENSIS at the end of the month is Alexa Hibaru. Alexa’s graphic black and grey is smooth as hell, so get booked in early to avoid missing out!

Contact the studio at –

17th – 21st April

Jessi already has only a few spaces left for her visit to Insider Tattoo and anyone can see why. If you’re lucky you might leave with some precise, devastatingly attractive ink. Send mail with design ideas, sizes and placements to


Rose Harley takes her needles on tour this summer, ready to dish out phenomenal blackwork, ornamental and many more styles on anyone ready for it! Get in touch for bookings at

30th April-1st May

2nd-3rd May

1st-2nd June

5th – 7th June

Haunted Tattoo in London is more than lucky to have the incredible Alan Aldred for three days in June. Alan’s body of work is that impressive it took me fifteen minutes to pick the thumbnail. Message him directly to arrange bookings @alanaldred


Fans of Hand-poked tattoos heads up! Mike Love is heading to a few studios around the country this year.

NINE LIVES – Brighton

MAY 11-12


JULY 27-28


16th – 30th May

Travelling from Australia and setting up shop in Cardiff for two weeks is the talented Andrea Daniel. Her powerful colours, perfect linework, and creative designs will be much sought after so get in touch with studio ASAP at


Visiting three studios this summer is the talented Laura Kennedy of Timeless Tattoos. Laura will be offering up her skills with a needle for anyone interested in unique, style-bending designs. Don’t miss out, get in touch for bookings at

RED HOT AND BLUE – Edinburgh
7th-9th JUNE

BLOOD AND HONEY – Cheltenham
13th-14th JULY

10th-11th AUGUST

3rd – 7th July

Joining the fantastic team at the Yarson Tattoo Studio for a few days is Andy Seb. Andy uses black ink to create stunning skulls, portraits and generally bad-ass designs. Spaces are sure to be snapped up quickly so make any booking enquiries at

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Everyone has to start out somewhere. What were the early days of your tattoo career like and what would you tell yourself if you could go back to when you first started?

It was difficult at the start because there is a huge stigma attached to tattoos and tattoo artists. Going into tattooing was a choice I made because I was always passionate about art. I had a family to provide for, so from leaving a full time job, to going into something that I had no idea if I would become successful in, it was very stressful. I had to start from doing small tattoos, walk- ins, and just practicing whenever I had the time to. I had little control when it came to tattoo’s, I worked under management at other people’s studio’s, so I had to follow their rules to do whatever the customer wanted, even if it was against my beliefs. If I could go back to when I started, I would tell myself to keep going, to practice hard and that everything will be fine in the end.

What brought you to the UK initially and what are the main differences between tattooing in Poland and the UK?

I migrated to the UK eighteen years ago and never had the chance to work in Poland. Working in the UK provided the opportunities and pathways to get into the tattooing industry, I cannot make a comparison to working in Poland because I have never worked there officially.

Now that you’re running Tattoobylaw, how do you balance the workload of being a professional tattoo artist and running a business at the same time?

My partner helps me, she is also the manager of my shop, so she sorts out the business side of things while I focus on the workload. My partner encouraged me to open up my own shop and gave me a lot of moral support before and after opening TattooByLaw.

Your style blends realism with a really unique illustrative style in parts, where do you find the inspiration from in creating designs that don’t fit into any one tattoo category?

I’ve always had an interest in art and art culture from a young age. I feel that to be recognised in the tattoo scene, I have to provide a unique style. I have always painted before, and I got my inspiration, and have learnt a lot of techniques of art from my grandfather. I like to use oil paints and try to use this painting technique in my style of tattooing. Colours are a big part of what I love to do, I enjoy blending my own palette using Intenze inks.

Some artists make their living doing guest spots around the world these days, is there anywhere you would love to travel to and tattoo?

I would love to travel all over the world, see the different cultures, and experience their views on tattoos. I would also appreciate the opportunity to show my style to others, hopefully it would help to erase some negative views on tattoos.

We recently featured an article titled “The Customer Is Our Master?”, how do you approach a customer who wants their first tattoo on their throat or hand/a customer who wants a design that is either inappropriate or maybe offensive?

First, I would need to have a consultation and discussion with the customer about what they want tattooed, and the placement of the design on their body. I would ask the reason why they want it in that particular area. If it is on the hand, neck, face, head, then I would try to discourage them and persuade them to get it somewhere else on their body. If it is against my beliefs I have the right to say “no” and turn the customer down, that is the benefits of being my own boss.

Finally, without giving away any of your secrets, do you have any words of wisdom for artists looking to successfully set up shop on their own?

What upsets me the most are inexperienced people that open up a shop just for the money; these people ruin customers’ skin, and steal hardworking tattoo artists’ work. My advice would be to work hard and become established, and to have your own customer base. After that you can feel free and do it, if you feel strong enough, then why not open up your own shop.

“The composition of tattoo designs are very important. I try to pay attention to the anatomical position and imagine how the tattoo will look while the person is moving that part of the body- to ensure that it is visible. Choosing colours is a big part of my tattoo compositions, I like to choose colours that harmonise and contrast each other.”

“I just want to show people that there are so many options and possibilities when it comes to tattoo designs, make sure that you do your research before getting a tattoo done. I get a lot of people that contact me to get cover-ups done, and for me, cover-ups are challenging but very rewarding because I try to help these people out and give them something that they can be proud to wear on their skin.”

This article for Tattoo Fan Magazine was created by Matt MacLennan
All images used courtesy of Sebastian Nowacki


“Underdog Tattoo Studio’s first steps came in October 2016 when, together with Łukasz we decided to open our own, more friendly and welcoming place for tattooing. We had our grand opening during the Warsaw Tattoo Conventions and thanks to our talented artists, we started right away”, opens Barbara Czwarno.
“Many probably wonder where our name comes from. It comes from the fact that we like to surprise and win, even if most would bet against us. We want to be the best and we believe in our success. Besides, we always fight to the end and as it happens in life. At Underdog, everyone can find their place and feel at home with friends – that’s the idea that inspired us when we created this space”

Underdog Tattoo in Warsaw is developing at a surprising pace, despite it’s young age. The studio is known for its high levels of quality tattooing and holds a great reputation. This is certainly due to the crew that they employ. As one of its founder continues:
“The whole team came together spontaneously. Paweł was the first to believe, uprooting his life and joining us. He came from Ukraine and became our first tattoo artist. We already knew Taras from our previous studio experiences. We noticed his talents and gave him a chance. As you can see, it was a great decision. Later on, Black came to us and as our student is constantly learning new skills and climbing to the next levels of his tattoo career. The last to join us was Rinst83, who worked in Warsaw studios for several years. From the first conversation, we knew with Łukasz that this was the man we were looking for.”

Now to get to know them a little better!


“My life in tattoo began about fifteen years ago when I first picked up a tattoo machine. However, my interest quickly disappeared. However, tattooing would not let me go that easily and in 2014, I came back to its world. From then on, tattoos have been an all-consuming part of my life. I prefer to tattoo script, more precisely calligraphy. I don’t turn down other projects though. I come from a graffiti environment so I really love all forms of typography. I also deal with illustrative works, which I can then transfer to the skin. As for inspiration, it really depends on what I’m doing. If I’m designing script, everything comes from my head, but when I create something graphic, I browse for media that inspires me into creating something uniquely mine”


“I started tattooing professionally in 2015. I work mainly in black and grey realism, sometimes using colour to emphasise details like in the eye of an animal. The most common design I work on are fauna, flora, and statues. Still, I’m always looking for something new and interesting. I try to follow the latest works from the best tattooists, artists, and photographers. Tattoo wise, I draw the most inspiration from Den Yakovlev, Dmitriy Samohin and Denis Sivak.”


“My friends call me Black Brother and I have been tattooing for over a year, so still a lot of learning awaits me. The tattoos I love doing have thick lines and colourful cartoon and fairytale themes that I sometimes like to merge with my rap style. I love the works of Thom Bulman, Der from Arbuz Tattoo, Paco Sanchez and the rapper and artist – Tempz. Most of the time I’m tattooing colourful, cartoony designs. All of my work revolves around fairy tales, toys and hip-hop culture. These are the things inspired my designs every day.”


“It’s hard to say how long I’ve been tattooing. When I first started, I did not think it would become my career. Initially I was doing one or two tattoos a year, mainly on the skin of my friends. Seriously, professionally, I’ve been working in the studio for two and a half years. I like combining and interlacing different styles with each other e.g, watercolours, new-school and graphic elements. The most important subjects of my work are animals, flowers and feminine faces; inspired by my beloved Ania. Inspiration can be found almost everywhere – sometimes something inspires me on a trip or while watching a movie I see an interesting element in the frame. Inspirations are everywhere”

After such success with their Warsaw studio, Underdog are expanding their reach. From March, visitors will be welcomed to their second branch, in Wroclaw. This studio is co-founded by another amazing artist with a unique style – Andrey Lukovnikov. The Underdog Studio under Lukovnikov will be full of amazing artists, including Olya Levchenko. We can’t recommend enough that you visit both Warsaw and Wroclaw’s Underdog studios. We insist!

This article for Tattoo Fan Magazine was created by Maria Śmigiel
Photographs of artist’s work made available by Underdog Tattoo Studio
Studio photography by Patrycja Jędrzejewska and Aleksandra Sędek



Hey Patrick, for the benefit of those at home, could you give us a few quick sentences about yourself – the Cliff notes, if you will.
I guess I’m a 42 year old musician, tattoo artist, husband, and father from the United States. I play in a band called Fit For An Autopsy and I’ve been playing music since high school in 1994. I’ve been tattooing for about eleven years or so. Tattoo wise, I primarily do American traditional designs. Real straightforward tattooing

Excellent man! I believe you’ve been working at Artisanal in New Jersey most recently?
I work at Artisanal when I’m back visiting in New Jersey, yeah. When I’m in Atlanta, where I currently live, I now work at 1920 Tattoo in Helen, Georgia.

I saw that you held a tattoo day for an animal shelter, was that at Southern Star?
Actually, that was another shop called Mothership Tattoo. Once a year they do a benefit for a local animal shelter. All the proceeds go to benefit the shelter, so we went up and tattooed for a whole day there at the shop.

That’s such a great event! I think I’m not wrong in thinking that these kind of charitable actions are a big part of your life?
Absolutely, yeah. You know, I’m not vegan. I don’t fall into that lifestyle, but I do feel like a lot of people overlook the mistreatment of animals, on a broad scale. One thing I try and do as much as I can is donate to or help shelters and animal rescues. I have four dogs and all four are shelter dogs. I’ve worked with different rescues in the past, but mainly pitbull rescues as I feel in the States they are a very abused and overlooked breed of dog. My band also tries to reach out and help not only animal charities but a whole handful of others too. We did a limited shirt to benefit the Syrian refugee crisis where all of the proceeds were donated to a charity that created shelter and gave food and clothing to families that had been displaced by that conflict. Most recently, we brought out a shirt and CD release to assist a group of Native American folks that are going through a very rough time with the government and a whole bunch of business policies – the access pipeline that they’re trying to run through the Standing Rock reserve in Dakota. We donated a bunch of money to try and help and released a video for “Black Mammoth” (from 2017’s The Great Collapse – Matt), to raise awareness. It’s something that we feel strongly about. If you have a platform, you should use it for something good. Fit For An Autopsy are lucky enough to have some kind of platform where we can reach people and talk about the things we care about. When we can give back we do the best we can. We don’t make a million dollars but we always try to pay it forward.

I love that about FFAA and I think many more do too. I feel like that you carry that attitude everywhere in life, to be honest. Be it in music, your tattooing or even your very public quest to get in better shape, you have that confidence in yourself to put your all into whatever you’re doing. If you were going to give advice to a young musician or tattoo apprentice on how to find and harness that confidence, where would you start?
Number one. Whether it’s music or tattooing or any kind of trade. You always have to look to the past. You have to look to the guys that did it before you and pay attention to the people who have established what it is you do. It’s very important to be aware of where your style comes from as a tattooer. The things that you like – say you like traditional tattoos like me, you wanna look at the people who are doing it best. So you say, okay, who did they learn from? Who did they look at? There’s a lineage that comes with all that. If you’re gonna be an apprentice, no matter what style you do or what kind of tattooing, what kind of machines you like, it doesn’t matter. You have to look back at the people who established what you do. If you’re a portrait artist, look for the best portraits. Black and grey fan? Do some homework on the guys who established the black and grey style. There’s the lineage. Always look to your past and that applies in music too. Maybe you like a heavy, slam death metal band, now, where did they come from? You have to look back at Suffocation and Obituary, maybe bands that came before that in the late 80’s and early 90’s bands that helped establish the style. I’m learning about these things every day. That’s the most important thing. If you can establish yourself in the roots of something and learn the basic steps in the beginning, you’ll be able to flourish as an artist or musician, because you’ll have that solid ground to build on.

As you’ve said, you’re a husband and a father as well as a tattoo artist and touring musician. Where do you find the balance between being permanently on the road or sitting in a studio for hours – where do you find the time to fit “Pat time” in?
Well I mean, I have a very supportive wife. If it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t be able to do any of the things I do. When we began life as a couple, I was tattooing seven days a week and doing my band as a part-time thing. I cut my tattooing to five days a week but then the band started to pick up. Then, in 2008, we got an offer from our first record label so we made that record and then the band started to get even busier. And then we had my son and I started touring. You can see there’s a progression, one where my wife has been unbelievably supportive. Because of her I’m able to sit back and do the things I need to do to keep my sanity. I’ll be honest with you, when I get home from tour all I wanna do is tattoo. Then when I’ve been tattooing for three months, all I wanna do is go on tour. There’s this love for tattooing and music – the reason I do tattoos is that I met people who did tattoos through music and I fell in love with it. Each one is lined up with the other, without one I don’t have the other. They are my two passions so it’s almost like I’m cheating while I’m doing one or the other.

I think you’ll get away with a little bit of cheating in this case!
I’m trying really hard! Another thing is, and I hate to say it like this, but I was a full-time tattoo artist and now I’m almost a part-time tattooer, which I hate because it’s almost like a no-no in the industry – “you’re not allowed to do that”. Somehow or another, people I respect as tattoo artists see how much I care about both things and they let it slide. Thankfully, I work at a couple of really great shops with a bunch of really great artists and I’ve got lucky in that sense. As far as me being me, my whole life is my wife and my son, guitars and tattoo machines. I mean you come in my house and there’s tattoo books all over the place, paintings on the wall from my favourite tattoo artists, and then guitars and heavy metal and rock’n’roll CD’s everywhere. My whole life revolves around these things. As long as I’m doing one of these things I feel like I’m not cheating myself, but it’s hard to be away. I’ve been gone for seventy days from my wife and son at the end of this tour. When I’m home I tattoo for a couple of weeks and then I’m back out on tour doing a small headliner and a couple of US festivals, then home, then out again for for a few days and then some time off to write a new record.

The Great Collapse topped a whole bunch of end of year lists and I feel it’s the most complete Fit For An Autopsy record. So far anyway!
Thank you.

As you move forward with the band, what are your plans moving forward in tattooing? Would you like to guest spot abroad?
I mean, I would absolutely love to come tattoo in the UK. If anyone reading this is interested in getting tattooed by me or anything, please get in touch and we can work whatever out. I have five months off this summer, aside from one tour in August, but I’m off for that time. I would love to travel and tattoo as much as I could. I’d be more than happy to come to the UK and meet cool people and make cool tattoos.

That would be sick, the UK would be lucky to have you over! Now, to close things off, now’s your chance to tell everyone who they should be listening to and getting tattoos from.
Yeah if you live in the North East you need to be paying attention to the guys in Kings Avenue tattoo – Mike Rubendall, Justin Weatherholtz, Matt Beckerich, Grez. They have one of the strongest teams in the North East and I’ve been tattooed there a bunch. Anywhere near Georgia, you need to check out Southern Star, Good Clean Fun and 1920 Tattoo. Obviously, if you’re in New Jersey you need to check out Artistanal in Somerville. As far as music goes, Great American Ghost is a hardcore band that I’m super jazzed on right now. Pay attention to them. Obviously the bands we’re on tour with – Goatwhore, Obscura and Sepultura. Three bands that are super good. Then there’s this band Yashira were bout to take out on tour with us.

Yashira are incredible, so glad you’re taking them out!
Yeah, they’re great. The new Harms Way record too, man there’s so much good stuff but I always have to go with my classics – Meshuggah, Gojira and Carcass. If you don’t know those names, pay attention! With the Internet there are no excuses now. Music or tattoos, any kind of culture, if you want to know something or find something, stick it in a search engine or social media, you can find it man. Don’t be lazy. Look for music, look for good tattoo artists and take the time to pay attention.

This interview for Tattoo Fan Magazine was conducted by Matt MacLennan
All images courtesy of Patrick Sheridan


Semper Tattoo Studio

The iconic David Corden’s first studio!
Located in the heart of the Scottish capital in the historic Grassmarket, David has created a beautiful looking studio that oozes class. He and his team of resident artists provide nothing but top quality work in a various amount of styles, be sure to have a look for yourselves!


7 Grassmarket
United Kingdom

Empire Ink

A new studio which was opened in 2017 by internationally award winning tattoo artist Alex Rattray in his home town. Through much hardwork, Empire Ink is a studio that stands out as a modern, relaxed and great atmosphere for artist and client. With comfortable chairs, TVs and even games consoles, when you get a piece here it is sure to be enjoyable.


11 East Fountainbridge
United Kingdom

Den Of Inquity

Est. 2010 Den Of Inquity is an excellent traditional tattoo shop that specializes in Bold clean traditional work, new school and black work inspired tattoos. The studio, which is located in the heart of Edinburgh’s ‘New Town’, it is easy access with regular bus routes and near by car parks. If you love traditional work, then this studio might be for you!

47 Broughton Street
United Kingdom

Azazel Edinburgh

Est. 2015 Azazel Edinburgh is a branch of the Azazel Tattoo network and their first in the UK. They own 3 Tattoo studios in Poland and are the co-organizers of the Warsaw Tattoo Convention – the biggest international tatoto show in Poland! They have fantastic resident artists and have a strong line-up of frequent guest artists. A studio work looking at!

160 Gorgie Road
EH11 2NT
United Kingdom

Studio XIII Gallery

Another old studio on this list! First opened in 2005, Studio XIII is located on the historic Royal Mile. The studios features original art (hence the ‘Gallery’) from some of the finest tattoo/graffiti/underground artists with notable names such as Filip Leu, Ami James, Robert Hernandez and Ed Hardy to note a few, On the tattooing side however, they specialize in custom tattoo work and can create anything to suit the client. They are an experienced team and have earnt their spot on this list!


3 Jeffrey Street
United Kingdom


Inkdependent Tattoo Studio

Est. 2009 Inkdependent quickly became one of the best studios in Edinburgh and has only gotten better over time. Filled with award winning artists such as the realism wizard Marcin Ptak and the phenomanel Daniel Baczewski, they have some of the best tattooers in the country!


56 Dalry Road
EH11 2BA
United Kingdom


Insider Tattoo

Insider Tattoo is a beautiful modern open plan studio with stunning views of the Shore, its stunning studio is accompanied by equally stunning work produced by their artists. They also have some really great guest spots!



89 Henderson Street
United Kingdom

Red Hot And Blue Tattoo

One of the oldest studios studios on this list. Red Hot and Blue opened up in 2005 and was fastly established itself as a well respected studio, not only in the Scottish capital but in the country itself. Their resident artists that provide a whole array of styles to suit all types of customers and they produce high quality tattoos in a fun and friendly studio.

1A Brougham Place
United Kingdom

Rock’n’Roll Tattoo & Piercing Edinburgh

The studio where it all began – The birth place of Rock’n’Roll Tattoo & Piercing!
We’ve included RnR on our top 10s before, and it isn’t just because they have a studio in many places, you don’t get to be this successful without doing something right. They have amazing resident artists, fantastic guest artists and are extremely easy to book with. And they almost always have some great promotion on! This top 10 HAD to include the original birth place of RnR!

13 E Norton Pl
United Kingdom

Adept Art Collective Edinburgh

One of the newly opened studios on our list. Adept Art Collective was created by the talented Gordon Patterson and has two studios; their Livingston and Edinburgh branches. The studio is multi award winning and produces solid work on a consistent basis. It is located in Edinburgh’s ‘New Town’ and has great access to and from the studio. Nothing but great things from this studio!

51 Cumberland St
United Kingdom


Tattoo Konwent is a unique series of festivals dedicated to the art of tattoo, organised and run in various Polish cities for many years. Every year, each convention brings together thousands of enthusiasts of this fantastic art. On March 24-25, the third edition of the Poznań festival took place under this particular banner. From day one, the Poznań convention has been breaking attendance records. This year’s event was attended by 9,000 people, with over 450 tattoo artists from all over the country involved.

Such a large turnout was the result of the organiser’s care and attention to detail, ensuring anyone attending would remember this weekend for a long, long time. Every now and then we could hear amazing music – hardcore, punk, metal, African, electronic, you name it. Concerts by artists like Hidden World, Torn Shore, Lua Prete and Queenz of Steel attracted large crowds. However, this was not the only entertainment available. Between the concerts and individual contests, there were amazing performances on stage. The temperature’s stayed high thanks to the performances of the Pyrohex group from London, presenting aerial acrobatics and extreme acts with grinders and fireworks taking centre stage. During their fireshow, the gorgeous ladies from Mystical Tribes got involved, unafraid of playing with fire. Following this, LUQO – a master of acrobatics at the highest level. His amazing control over his own body and fantastic choreography deserved all of the applause given.

It wasn’t just the stage that held all of the attractions, with every step forward revealing something new. Automobile fans were attracted by the Hot Ball zone, with custom cars and motorcycles. For those interested in art, outside of tattooing, a special exhibition zone was created with the works of Tomasz Strzałkowski, Damian Dymas, Beyger and Bestiarium D all on show. Additionally, the gentlemen in attendance could refresh their hairstyles thanks to the talented barbers from the Buttercut barber show. The ladies (and others!) attracted to the fashion and design zones, in turn. Everyone could rest in the chill zone and eat well in the open air – with several food trucks in attendance also.

This year, the Banana Ink stand let anyone and everyone, regardless of their age, try their hand as a tattoo artist – with airbrushing! Following last years success, Tattoo Konwent again ran their “Tattoo In The Dark” attraction, which is becoming more and more popular. The person sitting for the tattoo does not know what they are getting until the very last moment, as they are sat with their tattoo hidden by a curtain! The organisers prepared 15 tickets for the price of PLN 399, with those who purchased them able to enjoy their surprise tattoo! The artists behind the black curtain were: Dymas, Crystal Heart Tattoo and Marcelina Urbańska.

Another notable event was the competition “Kids Tattoo Their Parents” where tattooers from Zajawa Tattoo Studio carried out designs created by children up to ten years old. The winning designs were selected from the children’s work, created prior to the event. On the second day of the convention, presentations of designs tattooed on the parent’s body took place, as well as a ceremonial awarding of prizes for children. The family atmosphere is what distinguishes the events of the Tattoo Konwent series. Although tattoo festivals used to be more associated with scary-looking gentlemen in leather vests, they are now a friendly event for parents coming with their children. For a whole two days in a special children zone, professional and full of energy animators made time and provided entertainment for the youngest attendees. The convention really emphasised and carried out with their slogan – “Join the family”. In connection with this, a special charity event was organised, resulting in the festival organisers donating at least PLN 5,000 to the SOS Wioska Dziecięce association.

“This time, the number of participants is not just a statistic. Attendance has influenced the amount that Tattoo Konwent will donate to the SOS Wioska Dziecięce association. Today we know that it will be at least PLN 5,000. We transfer PLN 1 for every ticket sold. This amount we raised PLN 4,488. Money was also collected when signing up for competitions – participants willingly donating to the can, which we transferred to the foundation. At least 569 people supported the association with at least one zloty. However, most were far more generous.” – Marcin Pacześny, the main organiser of the convention.

However, let’s return to the main premise of the festival, which is to select the best works made or presented during these two days. In eleven competition categories, the jury consisted of: Aleksandra Kozubska – founder of the Pretty Things Tattoo studio, Jarek Goraj Gorajek – founder of the Goraj Tattoo Studio and Łukasz Smyku Siemieniewicz – founder of Dead Body Tattoo Studio. They judged over 569 entries for 31 selected prizes. From all the work submitted, one tattoo was awarded “Best of the Show”.
Below are the winners of the competitions:

This article for Tattoo Fan Magazine was created by Maria Śmigiel
All images by Błażej Michalczyk, courtesy of Tattoo Konwent

Job Listings


The crew at Blood Eagle Tattoo in Birmingham are looking for an experienced tattoo artist to join their staff. Anyone interested must have a strong portfolio and great customer rapport. Blood Eagle are also in the market for a piercer to keep up with the high demand in store. Contact the studio at


Eclectic Ink in Glasgow are looking for a part-time studio manager. Duties include diary management, social media tasks, cleaning and keeping up the studio’s excellent relationship with customers. People skills and excellent organisation are a must. The position will be for two-three days per week and will not lead to an apprenticeship. If interested, send your CV and covering letter to


New Year, new opportunity!

The fantastic team over at Artium Ink in Exeter have just announced that they are looking for an experienced and talented tattoo artist to join their team. Competitive chair rental – no cuts! Existing client base IS essential as they are a private studio!

If you’re interested then send your portfolio along with social media links to


Fat Fugu is expanding and are now looking for part-time and full-time tattoo artists to join their team. A strong portfolio and a hard working attitude is essential. They’re also looking for a minimum of 3 years experience and having your own client base wouldn’t hurt – this is not essential however. If you fit the criteria and would like to apply, send your portfolio as well as your social media links to!


Ollie Tye and his crew are looking to add some new monsters to their team! If you’re an experienced tattoo artist with a great portfolio then apply at the email below along with your profile and social media links.


Think you have the skill set to work at The Circle? Well you’re in luck – they’re currently recruiting! Message the email below with a bit about you along with your social media links and portfolio.



So far Rock’n’Roll is based in:
Scotland: Edinburgh, Musselburgh, Glasgow, Dundee
England: London, Southampton, Newcastle
Poland: Kraków, Warsaw, BielskoBiala, Katowice, Wroclaw, Gdansk

If you are looking to join RnR then send them an e-mail at: with links to your social media.


What a chance this is for a lucky individual. The amazing Jorge Becerra is looking for a very talented and serious artist to take under his wing and mentor for the start of 2018. If you’re interested – serious applicants only – message the email below along with social media links & portfolio.


Crossroads Tattoo Studio based in Fife, Scotland are looking for a new experienced tattoo artist to join their team! All styles will be considered, good portfolio and being able to work well with others is a must. Interested applicants may apply at the email below along with your email – attach your portfolio and social media links.


Strong portfolio required, must have own clientele. Apply via below with your portfolio, a brief introduction and your social media links.


They are looking for a professional tattoo artist to cover a short notice holiday (DEC-FEB), must have at least 5 years experience and good customer skills. Preferably someone who is adept in at least one of; Black and Grey Realism, Colour Portrait or Japanese tattooing.

Email below with your portfolio and a little about you.


You must have studio experience and a strong portfolio. Great rates and you get to work with friendly & driven team. They’re also looking for guest artists too! Apply via their facebook page “Twisted Fate Doncaster”


All levels of studio experience considered. Must be willing to work as part of a friendly growing team of professionals. Studio is located in Wolverhampton city centre.

All enquiries, please send a few shots of your work and your basic information with the subject “ARTIST” to;


Sebastian Nowacki’s new studio, Tattoobylaw is still looking for an established artist to join his team. If you’re interested then all inquiries should be sent to along with your portfolio and social media links.

Job location will be in Rochester, Kent, England.

Polish Job Listings


Świost – Babskie in Sopot are currently looking for a new tattoo artist for their team. The studio is for women, therefore the opening is available to ladies only. All interested parties can contact the studio.


Jaroslaw Baki’s studio, Rock Tattoo in Opole is looking for a new tattoo artist for his team. Those interested can contact the studio by email:


TatStudio in Gdansk is currently looking for a new member for their team. If you are interested in working with them, send an email to:


Studio Mr. OneTwo Tattoo in Płock are looking for a manager, anyone interested can send their CV to


Wypisz&Wymaluj, previously located in Lublin, is opening its new store in Wrocław. Therefore, they are looking for new tattooists to work with. If interested, send your portfolio and a few sentences about yourself to:


Founded by David Rudziński, Warsaw’s Theatrum Symbolica are looking for a new artist. Those interested can send their portfolio to:


If you specialise in realism and want to work somewhere welcoming and professional, not to mention for the renowned Rock’n’Roll Tattoo, send your best work to:


Pantera is a brand new studio in Bydgoszcz, founded by Patryk Hilton. He’s looking for a talented new artist to join his team.. Those interested can send their portfolio to:


Located in Katowice and opening this May, Stranger Ink are looking for artists to join their brand new shop. Send your portfolio to:


There’s a storm coming – find yourself in its heart. In the Gdańsk Garrison where history, vision and culture meet, Kult Tattoo Fest, Tat Studio and Ferajna have decided to join forces to create a unique space for unrestricted creativity, with respect for the tradition of tattooing and barbering. They are looking for: tattooists, managers and barbers. Those interested can apply by writing to:


Raves Tattoo in Dąbrowa Górnicza is looking for a new tattoo artist for their team. Although experience is welcome, there are learning opportunities available. Raves are also looking for an experienced piercer. Interested parties can send their information to:


Victor Portugal recently announced big news – a new DARKTIMES TATTOO studio will be built in Krakow. Artists are currently being sought for a new facility – people withexperience in various styles are required. If you are interested, we encourage you to send your portfolio to:


Krakow’s Make Art Tattoo studio is looking for a new manager. Candidates are required above all to have experience management, be committed and readily available. Those interested in the offer can send applications to:



The Warsaw Underdog studio is looking for a new tattoo artist. Those interested can send their portfolio and a few words about themselves to the following address:


Anyone interested in working for Hypnotic Tattoo, based in Bielsko-Biala, should send their portfolio to:


Pink Machine in Warsaw are seeking a new tattoo artist to join their ranks. If you’re creative, working towards finding your own style and with at least two years experience, send your portfolio to:


Warsaw based Monkey Hide is looking for a new tattoo artist. The studio is fairly new but thriving. If you have experience and are interested in this offer, can send your portfolio and information to:


ADHD recently announced the good news that they are opening a new studio in Bochum. As such, they are looking for tattooists for their new team. If you already have some experience, send your portfolio to the studio!



Popek Monster Interview – read here (March 2018)

Marcin Łukasiewicz Interview – read here (March 2018)

Sebastian Nowacki Interview – read here (March 2018)



Cecil Porter Interview – read here (February 2018)

Alex Rattray Interview – read here (February 2018)

Zappa Razzi Interview – read here. (February 2018)

Sile Sanda Interview – read here. (February 2018)



Piotr Szot Interview – read here. (January 2018)

Owen Paulls Interview – read here. (January 2018)

Jozsef Torok Interview – read here. (January 2018)

Inez Janiak Interview – read here. (January 2018)

Piotr Dedel Interview – read here. (January 2018)

Łukasz ‘SMYKU’ Siemieniewicz Interview – read here.(January 2018)



Robert A. Borbas (Grindesign) Interview – read here. (December 2017)

Thomas Carli-jarlier Interview – read here. (December 2017)

Lukasz Sokolowski Interview – read here. (December 2017)



Luke Sayer Interview – read here. (November 2017)

Damian Gorski Interview – read here. (November 2017)

Pavel Krim Interview – read here. (November 2017)

Jurgis Mikalauskas Interview – read here. (November 2017)



Ben Kaye Interview (October 2017)

Daryl Watson Interview (October 2017)

Yarson Stahowic Interview (October 2017)


Warsaw Tattoo Days 2018 – read here (March 2018)

RIP Stephen Hawking – read here (March 2018)

Monkey Hide Tattoo (Warsaw) – read here (March 2018)

Tattoos In The 19th Century – read here (March 2018)

Top 10 Tattoo Studios In Edinburgh – read here (March 2018)

Star Wars Tattoos! – read here. (February 2018)

The Customer Is Our Master? – read here (January 2018)

Razzouk – Since 1300 – read here (January 2018)

Rock’n’Roll Tattoo & Piercing Krakow – read here (January 2018)

Tattoos on the Hands – read here. (January 2018)

Top 10 Tattoo Studios in Birmingham – read here. (January 2018)

Vikings Tattoos! – read here. (December 2017)

Top 10 Tattoo Studios in London – read here. (December 2017)

Variations of the Rose – read here. (November 2017)

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February 2018 – Issue Five

The main interviews in the 5th edition of Tattoo Fan Magazine will be none other than the legendary Zappa Razzi, Sile Sanda, Alex Rattray, Cecil Porter, and Joanna Zielinska! As with every month, there will be a huge amount of awesome and interesting articles as well as up-to-date information and news within the industry.

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Our fullest issue yet.

Take a journey into the mind of the lines and shapes with the Shamanistic Piotr Szot and learn more about him and his methods. More interviews within this issue contain the black & grey wonderkid Owen Paulls, the surrealistic Piotr Dedel and the realism expert Jozsef Torok, and more! As always there are more wonderful articles inside.

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December 2017 – Issue Three

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!

Our December issue was sure packed with wonderfully wrapped articles and interviews. Featuring the world-class Grindesign as our cover along with the phenomenal black and grey wizard Thomas Carli-jarlier and crazy styles of Łukasz Sokołowski. Own a copy today!

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November 2017 – Issue Two

Our second issue is filled with star studded realism talents from across the world.

It kicks off with E4’s Tattoo Artist of the Year’s Luke Sayer as our featured cover artist, along with one of the most respected names in Europe – Pavel Krim, before going back to the UK in the form of the ever so talented Jurgis Mikalauskas & colourful Damian Gorski.

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