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Good tattoo links

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I've only recently found Needles and Sins and now visit it regularly. It has by far the best journalism I've encountered of any site or magazine related to tattoos. It offers a wider window to the world. http://www.needlesandsins.com/ Marisa Kakoulas, shown here is one of its main contributors, when not doing her day job as a lawyer.

Also try Inked Magazine, that has the best photos around. http://www.inkedmag.com/ I've not seen it on the stalls in the UK, which is surprising. It makes Total Tattoo and Skin Deep look staid.

The Tattooed Toff: Painful areas to be tattooed

The Tattooed Toff: Painful areas to be tattooed

These are early days in the life of this blog and this entry is an accidental repeat of the previous one.

But while I'm here I can reflect on the pain I've suffered in the cause. It always feels it was worth it once I walk and skip away from a session. But at the time of the extreme pain in a few of the nasty spots it flashes through my mind that I can't go on with this insane body suit project.

Now as I write it stills feels like a brilliant idea - while in the safety and comfort of my own home.

Painful areas to be tattooed

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Today was my first session with my tattooist, Ben Boston, this year. He is working on filling out the rest of my torso and upper arms. The main item for today was an outline for the centre of my chest but he began by filling out flower stalks in green. All was well until after more than an hour he worked below my left breast on the ribs over my heart.

Ouch, it hurt. But worse was to come as he moved onto the outline. The sweeps of the lines hurt like hell and I had to take a couple of minutes break in the middle of that. But I braved it through.

Poor Ben is recovering from an attack of shingles by his left eye. He was off work for five days with it and was clearly out of sorts today.

Telford Convention - Tattoo Freeze 14th January 2010

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I needed a break from home in Bristol. Things had been rather intense over Christmas and then in January we were snowed in so I took the train from Temple Meads and headed of to Telford. It's not my ideal location for a day's break but there were surprises in store.

The convention was held at the so-called International Centre and whatever Telford's limitations, this was a great venue for a tattoo event, or any event come to that. It is modern and spacious.

My problem with going on my own to a convention is how to avoid wandering around in a desultory way with no one to talk to or compare notes. I began in this way but after an hour or so went to the restaurant and bar area. After taking ages to get a white wine I plonked myself down at a table with a couple of a similar age to myself. We got on famously. Later we were joined by their daughter and boy friend.

Then I went and returned to the jewelery stand and bought a second fake tribal earring. I liked it a lot.

At ab…

Diary of my back piece

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BACKPIECE TATTOO DIARY

Stephen Perry

July 2006 to November 2008

PLANNING THE DESIGN

Monday 3 July 2006, Bristol – at home.
My back is blank. My chest isn’t nor my stomach nor my hips. Neither are my upper arms, my arse or even one of my ankles - but my back is virgin, uninked.

Now, that’s all going to change. My tattoos to date have been higgledy piggledy. I’ve tried to order them sensibly but there just isn’t a grand strategy behind them - and it shows. I’ve avoided my back because in my grand scheme of things it was eventually to be the site of my piece de resistance – the full expression of my tattooed self. I’ve considered original art, Polynesian art; Japanese even but they and other styles I’ve rejected as either unrealistic or simply not me.




Art Nouveau and pre-Raphaelite press my button every time. The Japanese designs are peerless – incomparable but I’m not Japanese. Art Nouveau on the other hand owes a lot to the Japanese but it is European. Further I love beautiful nudes…

Back Piece diary

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BACKPIECE TATTOO DIARY





Stephen Perry


July 2006 to November 2008

















PLANNING THE DESIGN

Monday 3 July 2006, Bristol – at home.
My back is blank. My chest isn’t nor my stomach nor my hips. Neither are my upper arms, my arse or even one of my ankles - but my back is virgin, uninked.

Now, that’s all going to change. My tattoos to date have been higgledy piggledy. I’ve tried to order them sensibly but there just isn’t a grand strategy behind them - and it shows. I’ve avoided my back because in my grand scheme of things it was eventually to be the site of my piece de resistance – the full expression of my tattooed self. I’ve considered original art, Polynesian art; Japanese even but they and other styles I’ve rejected as either unrealistic or simply not me.

Art Nouveau and pre-Raphaelite press my button every time. The Japanese designs are peerless – incomparable but I’m not Japanese. Art Nouveau on the other hand owes a lot to the Japanese but it is European. Further I love beautiful nudes…