Things & Ink: The Love Issue
Editor Alice Snape brings us the third installment of her marvelous tattoo magazine, Things & Ink where the theme is all about love, baby! In her words:
The issue is all about love, in all it's glorious forms. It explores love between lovers, friends and family, passion and romance throughout history. Paralleling love as an emotion with a love for tattoos. There's also an in-depth interview with Rachel [Baldwin], an exclusive competition to win an original by the cover star herself, plus lots more...
They've also put together a wonderful behind-the-scenes video of Rachel's cover-shoot (which is scored to a NoFX tune so, obviously, I'm pretty giddy about that fact alone).
Things & Ink pride themselves on their tagline: "Embracing Female Tattoo Culture," but I personally find the magazine to be gender-neutral - or in the words of the Slinky jingle: "It's fun for a girl and a boy!" Everything from the articles to the paper-stock to the typography are a pleasure to read, hold and view.
More importantly: they eschew what, in my opinion, is the blatant misogyny of the majority of tattoo magazines. When I pick up a tattoo magazine, I want to see great features on tattooing and images of great tattoos. If I wanted to see images of naked, minimally-tattooed women in provocative poses, well, that's what my subscription to Playboy is for; and to be honest, I only read that for the articles. (No, seriously, I swear).
Perhaps that's what "Embracing Female Tattoo Culture" actually means: we're here to appreciate the art, not objectify the person wearing it. If so, it's a sentiment that I strongly support and I'm glad that it's done so through such a quality product; and it's also a sentiment from which other publishers in the industry could certainly learn a lesson.
So, I tip my Vassar College cap to everyone involved with Things & Ink on a job well done and encourage everyone of all genders out there to dive into this magazine!