Thomas Hooper: A Healed Back Piece

It’s only natural to question how a healed tattoo will manifest and what those beautiful, crisp lines and deft areas of shading will look like once the body has healed itself following the trauma of a tattoo’s completion. To that end, here’s a wonderful example of one of Thomas Hooper‘s most ambitious projects of corporeal adornment in all of its finalised glory.

We followed the developments of this piece back in October (here) and it’s a joy to see it in full bloom, as though we’ve reached the end of this particular journey between tattoo artist and collector. You can see more images here but for now, please enjoy a couple of macro shots that document the fine detail of Thomas’ renderings.


Subscription Competition & A Very Special Prize…

As you lovely people are undoubtedly aware, we’ve run a monthly competition whereby one lucky purchaser of a physical copy of Tattoo Revolution Magazine wins a twelve month subscription. Seeing as it’s the last instalment of this amazing give-away, we’ve really upped the ante and managed to pull together a spectacular prize!

The Liverpool International Tattoo Convention takes place this May 14th & 15th at the Adelphi Hotel and they’ve allowed us to put some tickets up for grabs: one lucky person will scoop a weekend ticket to the convention and one purchaser of shop copies will lay their hands on a pair of tickets to the UK Tattoo Industry Awards (accept no imitations!) Gala Night on Friday 13th May, a very special trade-only event to celebrate the winners of the original and independent UK Tattoo Industry Awards – you can still vote for your favourite artists and publications.

Those of you who have already bought copies of the current issue (single issues, shop copies and those who have already subscribed since the beginning) will be entered into the draw for the tickets and of course, one lucky individual will scoop the subscription to TRM.

What are you waiting for? Go, go, go!

More Japanese Charity News

You’ve got to love the tattoo world for the manner in which everyone pulls together for a good cause.

We’ve already mentioned Lee Connell‘s actions and a few from clothing companies and other tattooists, and now a Facebook group entitled Tattooers For Japan has popped up (as mentioned by Mel on

Tattooers For Japan also have a website set up here and say, “This site has been created in response to the recent natural disaster in Japan. The goal is to unite tattooers globally to show their compassion and gratitude to a country and culture that has influenced most of us artistically and personally. All of us owe a large debt of gratitude to Japan for its contribution to tattooing and the trade we are all so passionate about. The idea is for each tattooer/shop to schedule a walk-in day in April with all proceeds going to relief efforts in Japan. Choose your own day, advertise to your client base and community, pick a theme if you’d like. Please invite any tattooers you know to join this effort. Join the discussion below to help decide how the money should be dispersed, via charities or through our own connections (tattooers) in Japan. Let the Japanese foundations of respect, compassion, and integrity inspire you to help!”

Down in the beautiful county of Hertfordshire, a charity day will take place at Armadillo Ink on Saturday April 23rd whereby tattoos for £20 of Japanese symbols for hope through to cherry blossoms will be available, along with raffles for paintings, refreshments, and a spot of chest waxing. Ouch. Find the event on their Facebook page and get involved!

Don’t forget, Aaron Bell is giving away the proceeds from his book until June!

Tattoo by Aaron Bell of Slave to the Needle, Seattle, WA, USA

Tattoo Revolution Magazine Issue 5: Paper Edition is Go!

Grab it HERE or if you’d like to stock TRM in your studio or shop, click HERE. Top banana!

Tattoo Revolution Magazine Issue 5 – March 2011
So, what’s in the magazine this month? In short, tonnes of tattoo goodness and delight. First up, we’ve a full feature on Shawn Barber and document his transition from canvas to skin as he brings his formidable talents into the tattoo world.

If sumptuous and hyper-realistic colour tattooing of Grecian grandeur floats your boat, then we hope the work of George Mavridis is to your liking. He’s travelled the world (perhaps too, the seven seas) and is a generous and humble man with a lot of time to spare for artists and collectors alike.

Martin Couley is one of England’s premier portrait artists and at the age of just 24 has established a sterling reputation for colour and black and grey renditions of myriad subjects. We’ve always found him to be a great character and raconteur, and this interview was a pleasure to conduct from start to finish.

Whilst in the land of Oz, we caught up with Rose Hardy, neo-traditionalist extraordinaire. She conjures up distinctive women that ooze class and sophistication and applies her tattoos with a finish that borders on gleaming. She’s a dab hand with pottery adornment, too…

Our collector for this issue is Mikey, guitarist with the mighty Skindred, and he regales us with the rock ‘n’ roll shenanigans that have been documented upon his skin.

Alexa MacDermot presents a thought-provoking article on the permanence of tattooing in the modern age and poses a few intriguing questions, Eternal Tattoo’s Ruth takes us through her graphite portraiture techniques in March’s tutorial (with some help from her dad), and full coverage comes from the 10th Manchester International Tattoo Show and Melbourne’s Rites of Passage Festival.

Wait, there’s more! Maki talks Buddhist symbology and Horiyoshi III’s formidable influence in this month’s book review (Japanese Buddhism x Horiyoshi III), and we’ve a spectacular Spotlight On… a handful of the brilliant artists working The Scottish Tattoo Show on March 26th – 27th in Edinburgh.

As usual, there are the standards of Tattoo Talk, The Apprentice Diaries and Dermal Diary to educate and invigorate, plus a fresh editorial battle! This month’s topic: has lasering been a welcome addition to tattooing?

Revolution is our name!

Japanese Tsunami Tattoo Relief

Here’s an update for the Japanese Tsunami Tattoo Relief fund-raiser that was mentioned in Saturday’s blog and we’re pleased to say the ball is well and truly rolling!

Vogel Tattoo‘s Lee has set up his Just Giving account with details on how to donate and fund-raising ideas for tattoo studios all over the world. It’s so heart-warming to see tattooists aiding Japan in its plight and there are plenty more getting involved:

The tattoo community is one we’re so proud to be a part of.

Viva kindness, generosity and the revolution!