Mel Noir

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Do tattooers dream of electric sheep? Maybe not at the moment, but a new machine that was built at France’s Culture Ministry has given us a glimpse into the future. At least, the Daily Mail would have you think that this is the future- I’m not so convinced. The machine was made by some students in the ministry, from a modified 3D printer, and they used it to draw a perfect circle on the skin, to…

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Two of the oldest arts in the world are tattoos and music. Yet, it’s not very often, despite how long they’ve both been around, that someone can come along and combine the two in a really outstanding way. Dmitry Morozov has recently managed such a feat, though, with his project called Reading My Body. This project has never been seen before, and it’s truly amazing.

The project involves a tattoo…

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Originally posted on Tattoosday UK Macmillan Fundraiser:

So, there’s been a lot going on over the last week. We managed to sort out the Facebook page, as you know, and since then things have gone a little bit crazy. We’re receiving likes to the page every day, and there are loads of tattooers who are interested in helping out! I think that social media can be put to good use with something like…

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Birmingham! You have a new private shop! Incandescence is a brand new studio owned by Clare Goldilox, who previously worked at Painted Lady. This shop is going to be awesome. From Clare’s Facebook page:

Sooooo… After months of hard work, painting, sawing, upholstering, tears and joy.
I’m soooo overjoyed to be welcoming my beautiful customers and friends to my new private studio “Incandescence”
I’ve poured love and light and tears and blood and more love into this little space.
My apologies to each and every one of my customers I’ve ignored and delayed and generally pissed about, but, I’m all ready to take bookings again.
Sooo… Send me your ideas and let’s get everyone booked in again 
Love love love

We all know that Clare’s work is outstanding, but even the studio itself looks really lovely. It has a peaceful and stylish look that only a private studio could get away with. The dark red walls and flash sheets that street shops tend to have are gone (not that we don’t love these shops, too, of course!), and are replaced with beautiful furniture and stunning artwork.

Like it says in Clare’s post, she’s ready to take bookings again- yay! Hurry up and book yourself in before she has no availability for ages!

Here are some photos of the shop, as seen here:

[Header image: by Clare Goldilox]

New Shop: Incandescence Birmingham! You have a new private shop! Incandescence is a brand new studio owned by Clare Goldilox, who previously worked at Painted Lady.

I love submissions! It’s so great when you guys send things in and get involved with what’s on the site. It makes it feel like more of a team effort, which is great. This week, I have some work from Thomas Carli Jarlier to show you guys, and you’re going to love it! Here’s a quick bio:

Thomas has been tattooing since the age of 20, and has been drawing ever since childhood, being formed by his mother, the French artist Elisabeth Carli. Every tattoo that Thomas does is a unique design of his own, based on the ideas and wishes of the client. The styles he specializes in are POLKA-TRASH, REALISM, NEW SCHOOL and other. His tattoo influences include Nikko HurtadoDmitry SamohinOleg TuryanskyShane O’NeillMatteo Pasqualin. Thanks to cooperation with the famous French tattoo artist Stephane Chaudesaigues and Britain’s finest tattoo artists,Paul Naylor and Duane Robinson, who have been advising Thomas, he has been able to finish the long walk to opening his own shop NOIRE INK.

You can see more by clicking here. You can also check out our gallery full of images Thomas has shared with us below.

Thanks, Thomas!

If you would like to submit any work, feel free to contact us!

Private Viewing: Thomas Carli Jarlier I love submissions! It’s so great when you guys send things in and get involved with what’s on the site.
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Sorry this is a little late- Friday’s post was given away to our fundraiser! You’ll already know this was coming anyway- Total Tattoo is out! This is another fantastic issue that you really need to check out (hey man, how come you don’t have a subscription yet, anyway?).

In this issue, there are features with some amazing artists. Joey Ortega, Luca Ortis, and Marcus Maguire all talk about their…

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After tirelessly writing about all of the charity fundraising you all do, I am super happy and proud to announce that we’re doing a fundraiser of our own! This year will see the first ever Tattoosday UK charity fundraiser, for the Macmillan charity. Macmillan works ridiculously hard to help those who have cancer, and those who have close family who have been diagnosed. They’re an amazing cause,…

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Gary’s Diary Day

Gary Wiedenhof

It’s that time again! Gary Wiedenhof will be opening his books for November all the way up until May 2015- wow, that is a long time! Gary, who owns and works at Inkredible Kreations in Perth, Scotland, is a pretty popular guy and his books end up full in absolutely no time. If he didn’t open and close his diary like this, he’d probably be booked up until the end of next year! Like always, if you…

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Artur Mrozowski to Sell His Skin


Artur Mrozowski, a tattooer from Poland, added a strange listing to eBay fairly recently. He has a plan to sell his skin after he dies, which is covered in a jaguar print tattoo. He plans to sell his skin for about £75,000, and the skin will be cut off when he dies. I think, judging by the eBay listing, £75, 000 may be a little bit optimistic:

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You can read all about this here, but I’d much…

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If you’re planning on heading to The Tattoo Extravaganza in Portsmouth next month, please be prepared for a venue change! If you live in the UK, you’ve probably already seen on the news how bad the floods have been over the last few months, causing a lot of damage along the way. Unfortunately, the show’s venue, the Pyramids Centre, has also seen damage due to the flooding, so the guys organising…

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