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03:58 PM
things and ink.jpgtattooed women.jpgOnce again, blowing me away with a gorgeous cover and compelling content, Things & Ink magazine has outdone itself with its latest offering, "The Illustration Issue."

The photography, styling and design should be a model of how to present tattooed women in a way that is seductive but not sleazy -- and actually showing their tattoos! Interestingly, editor Alice Snape changed the magazine's tagline from "Embracing Female Tattoo Culture" to "Independent, Tattoo, Lifestyle." Alice writes in her editorial, "Embracing Female Tattoo Culture' was set up to say: 'We're here to appreciate the art, not objectify the person wearing it.' It wasn't ever really intended to say: 'female only!'" Often projects designed to celebrate women erroneously tend to get taken as "anti-men," which is farthest from the case with Things & Ink, but if it takes changing a few words to bring more people to the mag, I'm for it.

You can buy Things & Ink online, at these stockists, or grab it at their stand at the London Tattoo Convention this weekend.

I was pretty excited to enjoy the magazine on a long subway ride, and not worry about people seeing the cover and thinking that I was reading porn (as with a number of other tattoo publications). On the cover is tattoo artist Danielle Rose and her own artwork. Here's more from Alice:

Danielle Rose is renowned for her dark and weeping ladies. With a colour palette of black and two accent colours, her work is instantly recognisable and highly sought after by many tattoo collectors. For The Illustration Issue cover, we've created something truly unique and special. We did a photo shoot with Danielle, and she illustrated over the top of the images. Then we morphed them into one, turning Danielle into an abstract work of art. The artist has become one with her work, the illustrator has become the illustrated.
Danielle's tattooing is also featured in a profile on her inside the magazine. Also profiled are Eva Schatz and Dexter Kay. Other highlights in the magazine for me are "All in the Family," in which the parents of tattooers, including IntoYou's Alex Binnie, discuss their thoughts about tattooing and what it was like finally getting tattooed themselves. There's also "Ancient Ritual in a Modern World" discussing Samoan tattoo traditions, and Amelia Klem-Osterud offers up her expertise on the origins of some "old school" flash. Tons of goodness inside the magazine and too many to list.

In addition to celebrating the launch of this issue, Things & Ink will present tonight, with Atomica Gallery in London, "Miniature Ink" -- an exhibition featuring miniature original artwork from over 100 of the world's leading tattoo artists, with proceeds from the sale of the work going to benefit Sarcoma UK. The opening is tonight from 6-9 pm and runs until October 1st. This will also be a celebration of Things & Ink's second year in publication.

While I won't be there, I'll be raising a glass to the continued success of a wonderful part of our community.    

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Artwork for Miniature Ink by Angelique Houtkamp.
01:04 PM
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!

Click here to get your own copy and be sure to follow them on twitter.

[We've previously written about Things & Ink magazine here and here]
07:19 AM
When we got home from vacation, I had the lovely surprise of finding The Face Issue of the UK's Things & Ink magazine, a publication that I described in my first post on it as "a love letter to tattooed women."

This second issue is cover-to-cover fantastic. Bob Baxter, the former editor of Skin & Ink magazine, once said that you need a woman on the cover of a tattoo magazine because sales drastically drop when you don't. Well, Things & Ink shows how you do it right, respecting tattooed women who make up at least half of the tattooed masses according to recent US polls.

The front cover, featuring tattoo artist Cassandra Frances, is fabulous, with a close-up of her beautiful face and facial tattoo, and the back cover is the back view of that portrait, with an up-close look at her neck tattoos and sleeves. Cassandra is not clutching her boobs or sucking on her finger. I know, crazy!  You can watch a video of the cover shoot below.

The concept of focusing an issue primarily on facial work is one I really dig. As noted on the Things & Ink site,

The face issue examines what it means to be a woman and have facial tattoos. It also asks a number of artists their rules when it comes to tattooing the face, explores cosmetic tattooing for people to regain control over their bodies while recovering from illness and features all the usual tattoo artwork and artist interviews.
Other highlights for me is the profile on Mo Deeley, a 54-year-old "Glam-ma," who is covered in tattoos after only started getting tattooed a year ago. Her photos and story are inspiring.  I also really enjoyed Amelia Klem Osterud's article on whether Lady Randolph Churchill really did have a snake tattoo, which so many have speculated on. A sexy bit of tattoo history.

I asked editor Alice Snape what her highlights are, and here's what she said:
My highlight of Issue 2 is the article by Kelli Savill on the sexualisation of women with tattoos (page 54). It explores how tattooed women are portrayed in the media, including Suicide Girls, and how women's bodies are used to market objects including the tattooed Barbie Doll. It has received such a powerful reaction to readers and it seems to have really resonated. The feature is accompanied by a beautiful shoot by Kristy Noble, of a mannequin tattooed by Dominique Holmes, Inma and El Bernardes. I also loved hearing such diverse opinions of how people feel about face tattoos, it made me question how I feel about them myself. The cover photo of tattoo artist Cassandra Frances is stunning, I am so happy she said yes to being on the cover. She is an amazing artist and person, and I would love to work with her again in the future.
You can purchase the magazine online here, and from the stockists listed here.  For updates in between issues, check Things & Ink on Twitter and Facebook.

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