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Tattoo Timelapses – New York Empire State Tattoo Expo 2019

We took some time out from shooting our 2019 New York Empire State Tattoo Expo video to film timelapses of four well-respected artists working on killer tattoos with Hustle Butter Deluxe.

We’ve got footage from Vittorio Mustacchio, Mike Randazzo, Christos Galiropoulos, and Bryan Merck, so check them out below and let us know what you think of their work in the comments!

Vittorio Mustacchio

Vittorio Mustacchio turned plenty of heads at the 2019 New York Empire State Tattoo Expo, with the Italian tattooer creating an eye-catching black and grey sternum piece featuring a skull, flowers and wings.

Mike Randazzo

US artist Mike Randazzo brought the anime stylings to the 2019 New York Empire State Tattoo Expo with his awesome version of Izuku Midoriya, aka Deku, from My Hero Academia.

Christos Galiropoulos

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Bryan Merck

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Killer Ink Goes Green with Eco-Friendly Packaging

We at Killer Ink Tattoo are always aiming to reduce the impact that we have on our planet, and we are happy to announce that our packaging is now 100% plastic-free!

Over the last couple of years, plastic pollution has become a huge concern to us, as it has with the rest of the world.

We have been looking at ways in which we can massively reduce our use of plastic as a company, which has led us to our new 100% plastic-free, eco-friendly packaging.

All orders from Killer Ink will be packaged with recyclable paper, rather than bubble wrap or any form of plastic wrap. In addition, the boxes we use to ship your orders will be sealed with environmentally-friendly paper tape.

We believe that taking these steps will result in a huge reduction in the amount of plastic packaging that we use as we continue to look towards a greener future.

Sponsored Artist of the Month – Inal Bersekov

Belgian tattoo artist Inal Bersekov is a master of hyper-realistic black and grey tattoos and counts rap superstar Drake among his regular clients who can’t get enough of his work.

Hailing from a small Belgian town just outside of capital city Brussels, Inal has been interested in art for as long as he can remember. He never considered a career in tattooing until around 2013, when a friend suggested he try his hand at it.

After his first tattoo, a portrait of Malcolm X on his friend, went viral on Facebook, Inal decided to kick on with this new career path, and hasn’t looked back since.

Years of blood, sweat and ink passed, and Inal reached a level of tattooing that turned heads wherever he went, gaining millions of likes on social media and bringing him to the attention of celebrities across the globe.

Perhaps his best-known client is Canadian artist Drake, with the One Dance, God’s Plan and Hotline Bling rapper going under the needle with Inal multiple times. Inal’s work on Drake includes a huge owl on his chest (a homage to the logos of his companies, October’s Very Own and OVO Sound) and a portrait of actor Denzel Washington as seen in Spike Lee’s 1990 film, Mo’ Better Blues.

When he’s not travelling, Inal can be found at his own shop, BRO Tattoo Studio, in Liège, where he continues to take his black and grey tattoos up to newer heights.

In order to create his photo-realistic black and grey work, Inal uses various supplies from Killer Ink Tattoo, including INK-EEZE aftercare products.

To keep up to date with all of his masterpieces, make sure to follow Inal Bersekov on his Instagram page now!

Hustle Butter Deluxe Interviews – New York Empire State Tattoo Expo 2019

While across the pond at the 2019 New York Empire State Tattoo Expo, we grabbed some renowned tattooists to talk about why they use Hustle Butter Deluxe tattoo care and what makes them so good.

Featuring interviews with Bethanie Lauren, El Whyner, Fame One, Federico Costantini, Kamil Mocet, Master Mike, and Mike Randazzo.

Check it out below, and remember, you can’t knock the hustle!

Hustle Butter Deluxe - New York Empire State Tattoo Expo 2019

We headed across the pond to the New York Empire State Tattoo Expo 2019 to film our latest video with supreme Hustler and M.C. Richie Bulldog and Hustle Butter Deluxe!

While in New York, we captured some of the world's best tattoo artists working on incredible tattoos with the help of Hustle Butter Deluxe's range of tattoo care products.

Check out the video below!

The 2019 New York Empire State Tattoo Expo proved to be yet another incredible event with excellent tattooists, informative seminars and a whole lot of hustlin’!

Special shout out goes to Killer Ink sponsored artist Igor Mitrenga who managed to pick up ‘Best of Show’ with an awesome piece that he did in collaboration with fellow Hustle Butter Deluxe pro artist Levgen Knysh!

You can’t knock the hustle!

Hustle Butter Deluxe Range

If you’re looking for the world’s finest tattoo care, you’ve come to the right place.

Whether it’s the original Hustle Butter Deluxe, the CBD-infused Hustle Butter C.B.D. Luxe or the latest anti-microbial foam wash, Hustle Bubbles Deluxe, you can be sure that any product from the supreme Hustler Richie Bulldog will be perfect for your tattoo care needs.

In our latest video review, we take a look at the range of products from Richie and Hustle Butter and explain just why they’re so well loved by artists across the globe.

Featuring demonstrations on how to use these organic, vegan-friendly products by world-class tattoo artist Anrijs Straume.

You can’t knock the hustle!

FK Irons / Spektra Rotary / DarkLab

It doesn't matter whether you're looking for coils or rotaries, foot pedals, cartridges or grips - you can be sure to find what you need from FK Irons and sister brands Spektra Rotary and DarkLab.

FK Irons, aka Fallen King Irons, produces some of the best, highest-quality coil machines around that are used by tattoo artists across the globe.

Made in the USA, coil tattoo machines from FK Irons are known for their precision, reliability and accurate performance. All FK Irons machines are light and virtually indestructible, made from the hardest aluminium grade on the market.

We stock a wide range of FK Irons coils with so much choice in terms of the frame, colour and set-up of the machine. If you prefer, you can also choose to build your own FK Irons coil machine that fits your specific needs!

Not content with creating such lauded coil machines, FK Irons owner Gaston Siciliano entered the ‘Rotary Age’ with Spektra, a brand that is dedicated to the production of rotary tattoo machines.

Backed by FK Irons’ famed engineering team, Spektra Rotary first entered the tattooing world in 2012 with the game-changing Halo.

The Halo was a success with tattooists thanks to its top performance and versatility, so Spektra decided to build upon its success with the launch of the Direkt – the first model to feature its new Hex Drive motor system.

What followed over the years was a wave of celebrated rotaries that artists just couldn’t get enough of, including the Edge X, Halo 2 Crossover, Direkt 2 Crossover, and, more recently, the pen-shaped Xion.

The Spektra Xion was eagerly-anticipated before its release and it did not disappointment, with top artists worldwide clamouring to get their hands on the pen-style rotary.

More recently, Spektra released a permanent make-up version called the Xion S, which featured a smaller grip and shorter stroke length.

This in turn was followed by the latest Xion Gorilla – the next evolution of the popular Xion. The Spektra Xion Gorilla combines the body of the standard Xion with a larger 40 mm Gorilla grip, which provides optimum comfort and helps to eliminate fatigue when tattooing for long sessions.

Aside from machines, another Gaston-led division, known as DarkLab, set about providing top-notch equipment that would go hand-in-hand with the coils from FK Irons and rotaries from Spektra.

DarkLab has developed an extensive range of tattoo supplies that includes its portable-yet-lightweight Delta footswitches, RPG Click Ergo grips (including the larger, aforementioned Gorilla versions), and now needle cartridges under the moniker Vertix.

The Vertix Needles from DarkLab are some of the most advanced tattoo cartridges available and have been specially-engineered to answer the needs of the most demanding artists.

DarkLab also catered to PMU artists with the release of its Vertix Nano Cartridges, which have a thinner tip compared to the standard Vertix carts that makes them perfect for precise permanent make-up procedures.

With such a variation of tattoo supplies and equipment from FK Irons, Spektra Rotary and DarkLab, you can be sure that most of your tattooing needs will be met by one of Gaston’s brands!

Sponsored Artist of the Month – Jean Mognon

Jean Mognon is a Brazilian-born, French-based tattooer who has been racking up the plaudits over the years with his eye-catching realism work, including 'Best of Show' at last year's renowned Cezanne Tattoo Convention!

Taking after his father, who was also a tattoo artist, Jean entered the industry at a young age and has been tattooing for around 15 years.

Originally from Brazil, Jean is currently based in the scenic French city of Clermont-Ferrand – the home of fellow Killer Ink sponsored artist Thomas Carli-Jarlier. After a stint working at tattoo studio Angel Tattoo LC, Jean can now be found at the recently-launched Vision d’Art Estudio.

Proficient in both colour and black and grey, Jean has caught the eye on many occasions with his detailed realism tattoos.

Although he has picked up various awards over the years, perhaps his biggest accolade came at the 2018 Cezanne Tattoo Convention, where Jean won the prestigious ‘Best of Show’ trophy. Jean wowed the judges with his killer tattoo based on the Marvel comic book villain Carnage, which he completed in 28 hours over three days.

To create his realistic work, Jean uses various supplies from Killer Ink Tattoo, including Hustle Butter Deluxe tattoo care, Inkjecta machines, Eternal and World Famous tattoo inks, and cartridges from KWADRON and Cheyenne HAWK.

Make sure to follow Jean Mognon on his Facebook and Instagram pages to keep up to date with his latest tattoos!

Bishop Coil Collection

The Bishop Coil Collection is a collaboration between Bishop and a number of tattoo artists.

Killer Ink Tattoo currently stocks two Bishop coil machines that have been created in collaboration with lettering specialists Big Sleeps and Norm.

In our latest video, we take a look at both Bishop coil tattoo machines and explain the similarities and differences between them.

Make sure to watch the video and let us know which one is your favourite in the YouTube comments section!

World Famous Ink

World Famous Ink brings you premium quality tattoo ink with super high pigment content and an amazing flow rate.

With a great palette of colours, these inks will make your job as an artist much easier, and make your tattoos really pop! Plus, all World Famous Ink colours are vegan-friendly and cruelty-free!

As well as individual bottles, we also stock complete sets from some of the world's best artists, including Damian Gorski, Jay Freestyle, Ilya Fom, A.D. Pancho, and more!

Thanks to the huge range of colours offered by World Famous Ink, you can be sure that there are a variety of tattoo inks that suit your preferred style of tattooing.

For those specialising in colour realism, World Famous Ink has released numerous artist signature sets featuring perfect hues to elevate your realistic landscapes and wildlife themes.

Check out the likes of Gorsky’s ‘Four Seasons’ ink sets (Sinful Spring, Retro Summer, Golden Harvest and Mad Winter), as well as Ilya Fom’s Animal Kingdom and Oleg Shepelenko’s Colour Realism sets for eye-catching tones.

If horror-themed tattoos are your forte, you can’t go wrong with the Blood Colour and Zombie ink sets by Maks Kornev, along with Big Joel’s Blood Works, Vincent Zattera’s Rotten Green, and Nuno Feio’s Graveyart.

To create lifelike skin tones, make sure to try Maks Kornev’s Pink Skintone and Michele Turco’s Colour Portrait sets, as well as the aforementioned Oleg Shepelenko’s Colour Realism ink set.

Although it can be used for natural-looking skin tones, the World Famous Ink Pink Ribbon set has been specially-developed in co-operation with Stacie-Race Weir and Samantha Rae for Areola Restorative Tattoos. Definitely consider Pink Ribbon colours if you’re creative realistic, life-long areola tattoos!

Traditional artists with oriental-inspired work should head to Master Mike’s Asian Colour set, as well as Hori Hui’s Taiwanese Ink set, for those vivid tones that will stand the test of time.

World Famous Ink partnered with Pro-Team member and Killer Ink sponsored artist Jay Freestyle to create his own set for watercolour work. The Jay Freestyle Watercolor Set is ideal for any artist who tattoos in a bright, watercolour style.

We also stock both colour and black and grey pastel colour sets from World Famous Ink. For black and grey fans, the A.D. Pancho Pastel Grey set is a great choice (used by the master himself!), while the World Famous Ink Pastel Colour Set contains the tattoo inks of choice for those wanting a colourful selection of pastel hues.

Complete sets aside, the range of standard colours from World Famous Ink is both plentiful and of a high-quality, perfect for a range of styles. And who could forget the aptly-named Legendary Outlining Black? It does exactly what it says on the bottle.

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