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May 21, 2020
We check in with Japanese artist Yutaro (@warriorism) during London’s Covid 19 lockdown and talk about his current thoughts and feelings of the global pandemic on the tattoo industry and home life.
February 13, 2020
Nadine Anderson (@Devlin_616)
Nadine Anderson is a tattoo collector, gradually blacking out her body in an organic and natural progression. Ed Crooks spoke to Nadine to find out more about the process.
January 30, 2020
Mark Lonsdale (@lonsdaletattoo)
Having moved with his wife to Australia, Mark Lonsdale has worked in many notable shops in Sydney. His varied oeuvre, spanning blackwork and color, avoids stylistic niche.
January 24, 2020
Massimo Gurnari (@massimogurnari)
Massimo Gurnari’s bold etching works have developed slowly since he began tattooing in a “private studio” in the corner of his house. Gurnari now works at DOA Tattoo Factory, set up by close friend Mirko Sata, as well as being a successful painter, amongst other things.
January 16, 2020
Johan Ulrich (@johantattoos)
Meet Johan Ulrich, a tattooist at Jack Browns Tattoo Revival, Virginia and toy designer. Here, Ed Crooks discusses with Johan the influences on his tattoo career and the journey to becoming a toy maker.
January 10, 2020
Martin is tattooed, in a wheelchair, and smiles all the time. Photographer Tereza Koňaříková interviewed Martin about his accident, what his experience of being tattooed is like, and how he still feels limitless.
December 23, 2019
TTTV Episode 1
TTTISM spoke to presenter of new show <i>TTTV</i>, Louie Jenkins, to find out some more about how the project came about and what his highlights are from Episode 1.
December 19, 2019
Tattooed Refugees by Rossinante and Olivier Marescaux
Rossinante and Olivier Marescaux aim to document those who are considered by society to be ‘outcasts’, and found themselves at a refugee camp. They documented the stories and tattoos of the people living there.
December 12, 2019
Stace Forand (@waterstreetphantom)
Heavily influenced by Japanese style, Stace Forand has developed a style that comes from a desire to strive for authenticity from deep within himself. Being self-taught, Forand discusses the importance of the close community around him, and the expanded horizons of other cultures and places.
December 5, 2019
Dan Sinnes (@dansin)
November 21, 2019
Jeroen Franken (@jeroenfranken)
Since first learning in the depths of the jungle in Borneo, Jeroen Franken has since owned several private studios and currently owns and works at Seven Seas Atelier with his wife Kim Anh.
November 19, 2019
Alina Ruda (@ruda_alina)
Member of tattoo collective Future Berlin, Alina Ruda was someone who was always drawing, before turning to tattooing. Ruda was disciplined in teaching herself, and her strikingly simple designs are at once fierce and humorous.
Bay Area Tattoo Convention
November 11, 2019
Bay Area Tattoo Convention 2019
As a proud sponsor, TTTISM is pleased to present a series of photos from the 2019 Bay Area Tattoo Convention.
November 7, 2019
Julim Rosa (@julimrosa)
Julim Rosa has spent most of her life moving around but has now settled in Berlin. Throughout her tattoo and contemporary art practice, Rosa has consistently questioned institution and convention.
November 1, 2019
Alba Rey (@inthenameofrey)
Seeking a different form of learning, Alba Rey travelled the world, developing her own style alongside experimentation with photography and painting with Indian ink.
October 24, 2019
LadiesLadies! Art Show 2019
The LadiesLadies Art Show takes place on October 26th 2019 at Three Kings Tattoo NYC. This benefit fundraiser is the sixth instalment of the ground-breaking, female-only collective exhibit–showcasing art from international female tattooers. All proceeds from the night will be donated to Planned Parenthood NYC.
October 17, 2019
Raphael Voirol (@raf_vo)
Raphael Voirol is a tattoo collector who got his first tattoo, a dragon on his shoulder, on his 18th birthday. Voirol has now turned his own hand to tattooing and is grateful to be able to make the art he loves.
October 10, 2019
Self-taught tattoo artist Gotch grew up in the projects in Rousing, just south of Kyoto. He works in his own relaxed and private studio Harizanmai, and over his 20 years of tattooing has worked in Osaka and Paris.
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 5, 2019
Rob Noseworthy (@robnoseworthy)
Rob Noseworthy began tattooing under the guidance of Albert Caine in 2005, eventually tattooing full time in 2006. Noseworthy discusses the fine line between influence and copying, and the importance of encouraging a younger generation of tattooers to be original and experimental.
September 5, 2019
Simon Ban (@squids.ink)
Simon Ban grew up surrounded by a creative family and after finally transitioning to tattooing full time two and a half years ago, Ban has been developing a style that combines traditional rules and layouts with new patterns and exciting placements.
August 21, 2019
Virginia Elwood (@virginiaelwood)
Virginia Elwood is a tattooist, fine artist, and co-owner of Saved Tattoo with her wife Stephanie Tamez. Elwood discusses her optimism towards the increasing accessibility and diversity of the tattoo world, which herself and her community champions at Saved Tattoo.
August 19, 2019
Saint Molotov discusses his latest zine project <i>Welcome 2 Paradise</i>, how he found his roots in tattoo culture through the support of his tattooer friends, and the influence of mysticism and occultism on his work.
August 15, 2019
Arminas Stanulevičius developed a skill for sharp lines during his time as an interior designer. Inspired by the darkness in the world, as well as his extensive travels, he’s an artist that utilizes both traditional and digital media in his work.
August 4, 2019
Ed Hardy: Deeper Than Skin at the de Young Museum
Ed Hardy: Deeper Than Skin is an exhibition curated by the de Young Museum in San Francisco, California. The exhibition promises to be a monument to the history of tattooing and runs from July 13th to October 6th.
July 18, 2019
Parisian tattooist Joh (@21×29.7) tells TTTism about his self-taught beginnings as a tattooer. Now running a successful private studio some five years later, Joh is known for his experimental approach to (otherwise) iconic imagery.
July 8, 2019
Ryan Mettz (@ryanmettz)
We speak with Ryan Mettz, a Brooklyn-based tattooer working out of Greenpoint Tattoo Co.. Mettz’s clients come to him for his tasteful style, and leave with pieces that combine traditional aesthetics with modern imagery.
June 26, 2019
Pride: Part 3
TTTism continues to champion the LGBTQ+ community, acknowledging the steps that have been taken towards inclusivity, and highlighting the distance we still need to go to ensure the safety of all members of the tattoo community.
June 10, 2019
Dane Nicklas (@tenderbrusselssprout)
Dane Nicklas is a Portland-based tattooist currently working at Good Stuff Tattoos. Nicklas’ work opts for the impact of minimal, graphical designs. He maintains a fidelity towards surrealism.
May 27, 2019
Michelle Wanhala (@mwanhala)
Michelle Wanhala works in Chicago, driven by the achievement of fulfilling her goal to make a living as an artist. Influenced by references from comic books to retro décor, Wanhala’s art also encompasses a multitude of media including sculpture, embroidery, and painting.
February 8, 2019
Andrew Stortz: Books Closed
We interview Andrew Stortz, the organizer, founder, and host of the exceptional podcast, Books Closed.
January 31, 2019
Chad Koeplinger on Hardcore Music: A Conversation With Ed Crooks
TTTism presents an interview between creator of the Still Life zine, Ed Crooks, and Nashville-based tattooist, Chad Koeplinger.
December 23, 2018
Brian Kennedy (@sewp)
TTTism presents a series of photos by tattooist, artist, and musician, Brian Kennedy (@sewp). The photo series follows Kennedy amidst his extensive travels in Europe and Asia.
September 21, 2018
Luca Ortis for TTTism
TTTism presents a video portrait of Luca Ortis alongside an interview with the London-based tattooist. Ortis’ discussion of his origins in the industry is complemented by images of rich, large-scale Japanese traditional tattoos.
September 6, 2018
Ladies Ladies Art Show 2018
A press release for the Ladies Ladies Art Show 2018, curated by Elvia Iannaccone Gezlev and Martina Secondo Russo. This piece will be followed by an interview with Gezlev.
August 30, 2018
FISK Gallery on David Schiesser’s “Spectator Mode”
We speak with co-curators of Portland’s FISK Gallery, Bijan Berahimi and Michael Spoljaric, about their thoughts on the gallery’s current exhibition, “Spectator Mode,” by artist and tattooist David Schiesser.
December 26, 2017
Photos of the Bay Area Tattoo Convention 1/3
A series of photos documenting the 2017 Bay Area Tattoo Convention, taken by Jake Ricker. This series is presented as part of TTTism’s special issue on the Bay Area Convention.
December 26, 2017
Taki Kitamura @ Bay Area Tattoo Convention 2017
Co-organizer of the Bay Area Tattoo Convention, Taki Kitamura, discusses the history of the convention, some of its many notable moments, and its place in the world of tattooing more broadly as part of our Special Issue.
November 28, 2017
Photographer and tattooist Elvia Iannaccone Gezlev interviews Leafar Seyer of San Diego-based band, Prayers. Coupled with this interview are striking photos of the band taken in New York by Gezlev.