Bay Area Tattoo Convention
October 7, 2019
Bay Area Tattoo Convention Retrospective
In anticipation of the 15th annual Bay Area Tattoo Convention, set to take place in late October of 2019, TTTISM highlights some of its articles on the convention to date.
September 2, 2019
Sizing Grounds by Michele Servadio
We look at London-based tattooist Michele Servadio’s artistic work in this two-part feature. The first post explores his 2015 project, SIZING GROUNDS.
August 29, 2019
Grace Neutral (@graceneutral)
Grace Neutral owns Femme Fatale studio in east London. Neutral pays gratitude to the inspiring women, femmes, and queer people she continues to be surrounded by. She discusses her book, <i>NEUTRAL</i>, to be published by TTTISM in September 2019.
July 9, 2019
Archive: Gakkin (@gakkinx) for TTTism Issue 3
This interview with Gakkin is excerpted from TTTism Issue 3.
June 4, 2019
Archive: Gerhard Wiesbeck (@gerhardwiesbeck) for TTTism Issue 2
This interview with tattooist Gerhard Wiesbeck is excerpted from TTTism Issue 2.
May 25, 2019
Karl Knight (@k_dylan)
We interview Karl Knight, Buyer at Autograph Menswear in Birmingham, UK. Knight gives us a breakdown of his growing collection of tattoos, which combine multiple visual styles and strategic placement.
May 16, 2019
James Tran (@visualamor)
James Tran is a San Diego-based tattooist who currently works at Full Circle Tattoo. He specializes in pieces incorporating dotwork and combines multiple illustrative styles.
February 25, 2019
Luca Cerlini (@lucasecretwood)
We interview Italian documentarist and commercial videographer, Luca Cerlini, about his extensive and symbolically rich collection of tattoos.
October 18, 2018
We interview Namiko (@namiko_moth22) of Hong Kong’s Alchemink. Namiko’s often monochromatic work challenges the boundaries between painting, illustration, and tattooing, blending styles and techniques to create abstract forms that are nonetheless highly structured.
October 4, 2018
Andrei Ylita (@ylitenzo)
We interview Ukraine-born Andrei Ylita about his stark, graphical style. While an increasing number of tattooists come to the craft from a background in graphic design, Ylita remains both a practicing tattooist and a working graphic designer–an interesting combination that informs the punctuative quality of his work.
August 7, 2018
Woojin Choi (@oozy_tattoo)
We interview Woojin Choi (@oozy_tattoo) about his self-made origins as a Korean tattooist. Choi’s unique style is contextualized by his time in university and ongoing passion for drawing.
August 2, 2018
Kane Navasard (@kanenavasard)
We interview Kane Navasard about his compelling oeuvre of fine line black and gray tattoos. Navasard’s practice appends eccentric motifs to masterfully executed and placed pieces.
July 27, 2018
Dan Ryan (@________sadboy_________)
We interview tattooist Dan Ryan of Melbourne’s Hidden Moon Tattoo. Ryan’s tattoos are informed by a contemporary visual language, equal parts playful and precise.
July 19, 2018
Clay Gibson at KLASSIK31
A short video of Clay Gibson taken as he tattooed at the studio of LUXIANO31 in Mexico City.
May 29, 2018
Damien J Thorn (@damien.j.thorn)
French Tattooist Damien J Thorn is interviewed by James Musker about the unique pieces resulting from his current, “Japanese period” in tattooing. The two also discuss Thorn’s development as an artist and the impetus behind Thorn’s recently opened studio in Biarritz, Electric Dragon Tattoo.
February 1, 2018
Polaren Per (@per_tatuering)
We profile Swedish tattooist Polaren Per, dwelling on his eccentric style and his beginnings as a tattooist. Per expands on the shops in which he has worked and the things that he draws inspiration from.
January 29, 2018
Hayden Gan De Mari (@haydengan)
We are pleased to present the formidable collection of Hayden Gan De Mari, a tattoo collector and menswear buyer located in Fremantle, Australia. Hayden discloses the ways in which his tattoos serve to both increase his self-esteem and realize the image he has had of himself from a very young age.
January 26, 2018
H.B. Nielsen (@hbnielsentattoo)
We profile H.B. Nielsen, a Swedish tattooist whose monochromatic imagery and precise use of stippling creates work that’s worth watching out for.
January 22, 2018
José Prager (@joseprager)
José Prager is a Mexican tattoo collector and business owner who splits his time between Mexico City and Hollywood. Prager details his collection of punctuative, black tattoos and the process of transforming his body.
January 19, 2018
Tessa El Maleh (@tessatattoo)
In this interview, tattooist Tessa El Maleh tells us about her start as an apprentice in New York City, her abiding interest in art criticism and practice, and her desires for the future of tattooing.
January 15, 2018
John Ola details his motivation behind the raw but no less ornamental tattoo collection he has been acquiring for some time. Formalized by him as an art project, Ola lets his unshaded text and symbolism “speak for itself.”
January 15, 2018
A short film documenting the minimal text and symbolism of John Ola's tattoo collection. For a full length feature and interview, find our supplementary post on John below.
January 3, 2018
Apro Lee by 60 Second Docs
We are pleased to present a short video profile created by 60 Second Docs on South Korean tattooist, Apro Lee. In this (eponymous) 60-second feature, Apro details the risks of tattooing without a medical license in his country.
December 21, 2017
Shop manager and tattoo collector, Maxime Dalix, shows us her considerable work–done almost exclusively in black and grey.
December 17, 2017
London-based tattoo collector Grant McKenzie shares some interesting stories about his eclectic array of work, emphasizing the place of tattooing in travel, community, and the logistical struggles inherent in arriving at the studio in one piece.
December 12, 2017
We interview designer Samuel Ross of the emerging fashion label, A-COLD-WALL*. Ross speaks on the inspiration behind his tattoo collection, its relation to fashion design, and the different forms that his creative impulse takes.
December 11, 2017
never love again
We are pleased to present never love again, a short film by The London Vagabond featuring model Liz Harris.
November 21, 2017
We speak with Paris-based tattooer Cokney about his DIY origins, his art practice, and his brushes with the French legal system.
October 12, 2017
In conversation with Swiss born artist and owner of Mexico based tattoo studio Klassik31, Luciano Calderon – otherwise known as Luxiano.