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High-Precision Realism: Interview with Tattooist Denis “Tidan” Torikashvili

Hailing from South Russia, specifically Rostov-on-Don, Denis “Tidan” Torikashvili began his tattooing career in 1997. That’s 23 years ago when there was barely an industry, acceptance, and fair working conditions. Tidan has had many setbacks and restarts, from moving and working in Moscow to London—the latter getting a big break at NR Studio in 2017. […]

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Interview with Celebrated Tattooer Tommy Montoya

Tommy Montoya has seen firsthand both the underground and the mainstream of the tattoo scene. Recognized for his 20-year commitment to West Coast black-and-gray tattooing, Montoya, a California-based artist, rose to international prominence after appearing on the television show “NY Ink” (2011–2013). Tommy Montoya and Ryan Ashley Malarkey headlined the 2019 “Feather Falls Tattoo Expo” […]

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10 Best Tattoo Artists of 2018—Editor’s Picks

The tattoo industry has grown immensely in the last decade. There is demand and appreciation for both old-school and new-school artists. Nowadays not everyone goes through a grueling apprenticeship (yet there may be a need for it as Ami James states in our interview); the new generation is often coming from universities (from fields like […]

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The Norse God Tattoo: Interview with Carlos Torres

While setting up his new studio in 2017 named The Raven and The Wolves in Long Beach, California, Carlos Torres was also attending the London Tattoo Convention—where we met up with him for an interview. He worked three days straight on a massive Norse god tattoo in his typical black and grey inks on client […]

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Up for the Challenge: Why Nuno Feio Likes Hyperrealistic Tattooing

Nuno Feio got his start in hyperrealistic art by custom painting on the likes of bikes, cars, and helmets. “It was a great help for my tattooing skills,” he tells me. “You must have a steady hand when you’re painting details with an airbrush or with a pinstripe brush.” This technique translated to putting ink […]

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Inside the 13th International London Tattoo Convention

Known as the “Super Bowl” of tattoo conventions, stated by renowned artist Carlos Torres who’s traveled the world for tattooing events for the last two decades and has been to this one seven times. (It is invite-only.) The London event is exactly that—the Super Bowl! Already in its 13th year, it prides itself on bringing […]

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David Gluck Interview: Transitioning From Painting to Tattooing

While David Gluck has only been inking bodies for a few years, he has been inking canvases for over a decade. His oil paintings evoke classical artists like Rembrandt in their use of light and shadow, and through careful practice he has brought that style to his tattoos as well. His friendly and engaging demeanor […]

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Nightmarish Tattoos: An Interview with Dark Artist Neon Judas

His real name is David Rinklin, better known as “Neon Judas.” The German artist specializes in black-and-grey tattoos of dark subject matters such as skulls, clowns and devils, and just reading these three words seems much lighter than what the actual work looks like. His tattoos infernally look like they’re snaps from horror films, death […]