Old School Sailor Tattoos II

Old School Sailor Tattoos II Follow along as we keep diving into the rich and fascinating traditions of the tattoos of seafarers far and wide. The more they sailed, the more they earned. Gunpowder for ink and the original knuckle phrase tattoo that could make the difference between life and death… as if sailing the [...]

By |2020-11-07T20:56:59+00:00November 7th, 2020|tattoo history, Uncategorised|Comments Off on Old School Sailor Tattoos II

Old School Sailor Tattoos I

Old School Sailor Tattoos I Crossing the imaginary seas It looks as if travel is off the cards again, at lest for the near future. In place of being able to hop around the world, or even across the continent or the country, we thought we’d honour the nomadic tradition of modern tattooing. This post [...]

By |2020-11-04T18:33:11+00:00November 4th, 2020|tattoo history|Comments Off on Old School Sailor Tattoos I

Halloween Special – the Supernatural History of Tattooing

Halloween Special - the Supernatural History of Tattooing Today we see tattoos mostly as a form of self-expression and individuality. A way to tell our unique story to the world, and to honour our one-of-a-kind embodied experience on this planet. While some have returned to the ancient mystical essence of tattooing by exploring the realms [...]

By |2020-10-15T11:58:36+01:00October 15th, 2020|tattoo history, tattoo technique, tattoo trends, Uncategorised|Comments Off on Halloween Special – the Supernatural History of Tattooing

Tattoo Glossary – A to C

Tattoo Glossary - A to C  Ever felt like you need to Urban Dictionary some of the things you hear around a tattoo studio? Or on blogs like this for that matter? We decided to do a thorough run-through of all the jargon and terminology you may come across while hanging around a tattoo shop, be that [...]

By |2020-09-30T10:41:51+01:00September 8th, 2020|tattoo history, tattoo technique, tattoo technology, Tattoo Tips and Advice, tattoo trends|Comments Off on Tattoo Glossary – A to C

Pioneering Women in Tattooing – Jacci Gresham

Pioneering Women in Tattooing - Jacci Gresham The first African American female tattoo artist, Jacci Gresham, is the stuff of legends. A true pioneer and an icon, Gresham is now 72-years old and has been tattooing for over four decades. Her shop, Aart Accent Tattoos & Body Piercing in New Orleans, is Louisiana’s oldest tattoo [...]

By |2020-09-30T11:05:14+01:00August 30th, 2020|tattoo history|Comments Off on Pioneering Women in Tattooing – Jacci Gresham

Japanese Tattooing

Japanese tattooing Japanese tattooing occupies its own revered place in ink legend. And from the stunning full-body suits to the minimalistic studios and the elegant hand-poking Tebori tools, what’s not to be in awe of. One of the true classics of the global tattoo trade, let’s take a closer look at the legacy of ink [...]

By |2020-10-26T10:24:44+00:00July 15th, 2020|tattoo history, tattoo technique|Comments Off on Japanese Tattooing

The Tattooed Ladies

The Tattooed Ladies Tattooed ladies were working-class women who had gotten plenty of ink at a time when it was unthinkable for any proper ‘lady’ to do so. They performed in circuses and sideshows, along sword swallowers, fire eaters and bearded women throughout the late 19th and early 20th century. The ladies would wear clothing [...]

By |2020-10-26T11:18:27+00:00April 5th, 2020|tattoo history|Comments Off on The Tattooed Ladies

The Code of the Camorra

The Code of the Camorra - Neapolitan mafioso ink It is said never to judge a book by its cover. However, when it comes to the Camorra mobsters of Naples, you could probably judge them by the markings on their skin.  The tattooed syndicate of Naples Since modern times, Naples has always been one of [...]

By |2020-10-26T11:28:56+00:00February 24th, 2020|tattoo history|Comments Off on The Code of the Camorra

Women Who Shaped Modern Tattooing – I

Women who shaped modern tattooing - Jessie Knight Jessie Knight, Britain's first female tattoo artist  Newspaper clipping of Knight tattooing service women during WW II Hailing from a lineage of counterculture artists, Jessie Knight was one of the most celebrated tattoo artists of her time. Born in Croydon in 1904, Jessie was one [...]

By |2020-10-26T11:30:42+00:00February 17th, 2020|tattoo history|Comments Off on Women Who Shaped Modern Tattooing – I