Whenever you go to a big convention you always discover at least a few great tattooers you were previously unaware of. One of the artists that impressed me most at the Brighton Tattoo Convention last weekend was Irish tattooer Joseph Deegan, from Gnosis Tattoo in Dublin.
I’m actually a little embarrassed that Mr Deegan wasn’t on my radar before, his work is exactly the kind of thing I love; dark, bold, and super, super clean. Here’s a load of his work to make up for lost time.
I love me a good inception tattoo (tattoo within a tattoo), and here is a great example from Rain City’s Matt Cooley.
Rain City is definitely one of the top few shops in the UK for bold, traditional tattooing, every single artist there just kills it day after day. Check out their website for more info.
Every gent should know how to throw down fisticuffs, one never knows when one will be accosted by ruffians. This fine fellow looks well prepared.
Tattoo by Sneaky-Mitch Allenden from Inspirations Tattoo Studio in Morley.
Rather than talking about the pile of rubbish Channel 4 showed last week (which was apparently about tattoos but seemed to me to be about people with some rather serious mental health problems), I’d rather talk about something awesome. Like the new episode of The Gypsy Gentleman.
For those unfamiliar with the show, it is made by American tattooer Marcus Kuhn who has been travelling from city to city, exploring cool places and making great tattoos with some of the best artists in the world. This episode is based in London, and features Valerie Vargas from Frith St Tattoo, and Ian Flower from New Skool Tattoos. Both of these guys are artists whose work I have been following since I became interested in tattoos, and it is great to see them getting some international attention. Rather than going on about why they are so awesome I’ll just let you watch the video and you can see for yourself!
I thought I’d continue with the pipe theme from yesterday and post this little stunner from Amy Savage.
Everyone knows that animals in hats are hilarious, it’s science. However throw a pipe into the mix and the awesomeness increases exponentially.
Just look at him, he thinks he’s people!
By Amy Savage from Jayne Doe in Essex.
Something about pipes just translate really well into tattoos. I guess it’s more that smoke looks cool, but there is no elegance whatsoever in cigarette tattoos!
Makes me wonder why you rarely see cigars in tattoos?
Tattoo by Rachel Baldwin from Modern Body Art in Birmingham.
Cock a Snook Tattoo Parlour in Newcastle is one of our favourite shops here at MVG. I myself have a fair bit of work from Kerry-Anne (and hopefully will have even more from her soon), and now they have added yet another talented artist to their ranks.
Dan Hartley does some amazing bold, super-clean traditional work, if that kinda thing’s your bag then contact the shop and get booked in. He starts there on the 17th of September.
Tattoo by Matt Craven Evans from Painted Lady Tattoo Parlour in Birmingham.