Heartbeatink Online Mag
When I first began to get more heavily tattooed a little over ten years ago, the one great heartbreak I had as a result was the reaction to the way I looked when I would go back to Greece once a year to see my family. Despite so much of my designs being influenced by ancient Greek motifs, it was still quite taboo for a woman to be covered in ink, no matter what the artwork. I even wrote in 2009 here about outright hostility in Athens toward me in a number of tourist shops in which I was ready to plunk down a lot of coin for some crap; one shop owner directly informed me that I was a disgrace when I spoke to her in Greek. I didn't get a tourist pass on the tattoos.
A lot has changed in a short time.
The country's renowned beaches have become more beautiful with the greater number of tattooed bodies, and the artwork that is being created from Greek tattooists has become renowned as well. In my 2009 post, I noted just a few of my favorite studios here, but there are so much more.
In keeping up with tattooing in Greece, I check HEARTBEATINK: an online tattoo magazine in English and Greek with excellent photography and videos; interesting interviews with tattooists, musicians, and collectors; and equal objectification of tattooed men and women (eye candy for all!).
I met the magazine's fabulous editor, Ino Mei, at the NYC Tattoo Convention, and she explained that the goals of the magazine are to showcase the explosive artistry that is coming out of Greece, but also bring to the country news and features of tattoo culture around the world.
For example, she offers some great coverage of the Athens Tattoo Convention and the NYC Tattoo Convention, including the images shown below. For the latest issue, Ino also interviewed Paul Booth, rockers Red Fang, and the Medusa Tattoo crew, among others.
There's a lot of tattoo goodness in HEARTBEAT INK, so check it for yourself. You can also find the mag on Facebook and Instagram.