Mel Noir

Hi I'm Mel and I am great. This is my photoblog. For my proper blog with words, comics and pictures of dinosaurs, please click here.

Pictures paint a thousand words, and eloquence, when used correctly, is more powerful than any fist or sword.

Whenever a TV channel puts something new out, they’ll always try their best to market it in a…

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Whenever a TV channel puts something new out, they’ll always try their best to market it in a ‘different’ way. Most of the time, they’re far from original, and mostly really dull and stupid. Sometimes you can be really surprised though, as I was when I saw the way that truTV have launched their new series of Ink Masters. Instead of the usual cheesy posters or online quizzes that people seem to…

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Over the weekend, the London Tattoo Convention took place, and it was absolutely amazing. Some of the best tattooers in the world all gathered to show off their stuff to a packed venue, and everyone had a fantastic time! We sent Andy out to capture some photos of the show over the weekend. This was Andy’s first convention he was taking photos for, so he’s been pretty much thrown in the deep end here. I know, I’m awful. Don’t worry, we didn’t make him take photos of tattoos- that’s too much for a first show, and you know there’ll be some great ones in Total Tattoo for you to look at when the coverage for that is out. Instead, Andy captured what most of you guys visiting saw, and he did a good job! Below you can see the photos- click on any of them to be taken to the gallery view.

All photos (C) Andy Hayes

Gallery: The London Tattoo Convention Over the weekend, the London Tattoo Convention took place, and it was absolutely amazing. Some of the best tattooers in the world all gathered to show off their stuff to a packed venue, and everyone had a fantastic time!
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Just a short post today, since tomorrow is the London Tattoo Convention! This is the show’s 10th year, and it’s going to be amazing. We’ve already covered what’ll be there, but in case you missed it:

In celebration of this massive 10th anniversary landmark, the greatest number of the world’s absolute elite tattoo artists everwill be practicing their art in public in one place, working in all the…

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The preservation of tattoos isn’t really a new thing. If you go to some museums, you’ll be able to see some, especially in museums in Japan and countries surrounding it. It’s a weird thing to see, especially when you know that these tattoos weren’t preserved with the consent of its owner. While the resources have always been there, there was never before a way for the average Joe to do this with…

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Total Tattoo is 10!

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Total Tattoo, one of your favourite magazines, turns 10 this month. That’s a long time for a magazine, especially one about tattooing. It’s such a fantastic feat, so obviously their 10th anniversary issue is the best one yet!

As a contributor to the magazine, I have to say this is all pretty amazing. After ten years, it’s still the best magazine out there, and it’s never once compromised its…

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Following on from the popularity of Rat’s Great Omi painting for the Macmillan Fundraiser, you all may be happy to hear that Rat has even more paintings for you. These paintings are all for sale, and they’re really beautiful.

It’s great when tattooers sell their paintings, because it’s a great way to have some work from them when you can’t necessarily travel for a tattoo! These ones are all really colourful and big, ranging from huge abstract patterns to newer versions of the Great Omi. There’s something here for everyone, so I would recommend you check them all out. To see them all and find out how to get your hands on them, click here! You can also see some of them below:

Paintings by Rat Following on from the popularity of Rat’s Great Omi painting for the Macmillan Fundraiser, you all may be happy to hear that Rat has even more paintings for you.
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Normally, when I hear that one of the major TV channels has a new show about tattooing, I die a little inside. This isn’t because I’m some kind of elitist or anything, I just feel like major media outlets get tattooing wrong more often than they get it right. Once in a blue moon though, I can happily hold my hands up and say that I’m wrong.

Channel 4 has a new series online, full of super short…

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Bold as Brass Disney Fundraiser!

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As you may have already noticed before on this blog, Bold as Brass had a Disney themed fundraiser, in aid of Aldder Hey Childrens Hospital, in Liverpool. The fundraiser took place over the weekend, and it looked absolutely fantastic! There was a lot of tattooing taking place, a lot of nails painted, and a lot of t-shirts sold.

The guys involved posted up some astounding work on their Instagram…

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If you’re anything like me, you check Instagram before you even get out of bed in the morning. If you’re a normal and sane person, though, you probably don’t, but still think Instagram is cool. As far as tattooing goes, it seems to have become the favoured place for tattooers to instantly show the tattoos they’re working on before their client leaves the shop. It’s a really great platform to use,…

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Various Failures

The guys at MVL have put together a new photo book about life in the shop. The shop in Leeds is home to…