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Killer Ink Tattoo at London Tattoo Convention 2017

The London Tattoo Convention came back with a bang this year and we were there to film our latest video!

It features incredible tattoo artists, the fiery ladies from Pyrohex and the Fuel Girls, and the launch of the eagerly-anticipated Spektra Xion!

You definitely don’t want to miss this one!

The 2017 International London Tattoo Convention was another awesome affair that featured hundreds of the world’s best tattoo artists working on some incredible works of art.

Our sponsored artist Debora Cherrys picked up ‘3rd Best of Friday and Saturday’ for her neo-traditional tattoo, while Ryan ‘The Scientist’ Smith won ‘3rd Best of Show’ for a collaboration piece with Jay Freestyle and Jenna Kerr.

Joining us at our stand this year were US tattooist Sarah Miller and Gaston Siciliano from FK Irons to help us showcase the brand new Spektra Xion to artists, giving them a run-down on its features and how it performs.

We’ll see you again soon London!

Stigma-Rotary®

Stigma-Rotary® is one of the world leaders in the manufacturing of high-quality rotaries and it’s set to raise the bar further with the introduction of some new tattoo machines.

But first, let’s take a step back and look at its inception. The first ever adjustable rotary machine from Stigma-Rotary® was invented, designed and built back in 2005 by rotary pioneer and tattoo artist Artemis Rosakis.

Even today, Artemis remains the head developer and father of every single Stigma® tattoo machine that is manufactured.

And what a job Artemis has done, with each Stigma-Rotary® machine offering maximum performance and achieving optimal results in lining, colour packing, shading, blending, and layering.

That’s not all though, with Stigma-Rotary® having released its Advanced Needle Cartridges last year, which were designed with safety in mind and featuring an external sealing cap to prevent any leak through to the grip and machine.

The innovative design doesn’t stop there though: when connected to a Stigma® grip, the cartridges form a dual seal, meaning that they seal completely with the grip at the connecting spot.

After releasing new machines in the form of the Neuro, Soldier and Ray last year, Stigma-Rotary® is set to kick it up another notch with the introduction of the new Hyper V4 (now available to pre-order), along with the Stylist and Spear pen-shaped machines.

The Stigma-Rotary® Hyper V4 is a smooth running and versatile hybrid tattoo machine, while the Stylist and Spear are advanced pen-shaped rotaries that are fully-adjustable on the fly.

The three machines will accept all brands of cartridges, including Stigma®’s advanced cartridges and conventional cartridges - like our own brand of Stellar Cartridges.

That’s not all from Stigma®, however, with the company keeping a few more aces up its sleeve, ready to be revealed over the coming months.

So make sure to keep an eye out on our site and social media pages to find out more!

Sponsored Artist of the Month – Mumia

Halloween may be over, but we’re going to remain in the world of the dark arts with a look at black and grey surrealism tattooist Mumia.

Mumia was born in Portugal but has forged his career in Denmark, currently working at Zoi Tattoo in the capital city of Copenhagen.

Unlike numerous artists these days, Mumia didn’t have a formal tattoo apprenticeship, stating that because the opportunity never came, he decided to be self-taught and learn the ropes through trial and error.

After three years of working in his home country of Portugal, Mumia was offered a guest spot at a studio in Esbjerg, Denmark, allowing him to work on improving his custom black and grey tattoos every day.

Fast forward another two years and he decided to settle down in Copenhagen, continuing to impress clients with his incredible dark surrealism style at Zoi Tattoo studio.

To create his eye-catching black and grey pieces, Mumia uses various supplies from Killer Ink Tattoo, including Silverback Ink, INK-EEZE and, most recently, the new Spektra Xion machine from FK Irons.

Check out more of Mumia’s tattoos on his Facebook and Instagram pages.

Killer Ink & Grindhouse Tattoo Productions Present... A Horrific Halloween

We teamed up with the guys from Grindhouse Tattoo Productions to bring you a truly horrific video this Halloween!

Alex Wright and Kyle ‘Egg’ Williams put us in the Halloween mood with their tattoos of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Pennywise from this year’s blockbuster IT.

You definitely don’t want to miss this one! Or you’ll float too…

Grindhouse Tattoo Productions is a studio based in Macclesfield, UK and the home of two of our multi-award-winning artists, Alex Wright and Kyle ‘Egg’ Williams.

Alex and Kyle both specialise in horror and photo realism tattoos, so we thought that they would be perfect for our Halloween video!

If you’re a fan of cult horror films, Alex has made a name for himself tattooing VHS cover art on his clients, while Kyle’s black and grey work has wowed at conventions across Europe.

Make sure to check out the Grindhouse guys over on the studio’s Facebook and Instagram pages!

No Tricks, Just Treats – Halloween Competition, Flash Sale + More

Halloween may be mostly about trick or treating these days, but we thought we’d skip the tricks and head straight to the treats…

So put off trying to find that last minute costume and bottle of fake blood and just check out our killer competition, flash sale and other treats below!

Works of Horror Competition

As we do each year, we are running our annual Works of Horror Competition from October 25th until midnight on Halloween (October 31st).

To enter, all you have to do is like Killer Ink Tattoo on Facebook, find our competition post, comment under it with a picture of your best horror tattoos and then like and share the competition post!

No trick, it’s that simple!

If you enter, you’ll be in with the chance of winning a €350 voucher to spend on anything on our website.

Let’s be honest, if Pennywise offered this prize, you’d be down in that sewer quicker than you could say “You’ll float too…”.

Halloween Flash Sale

The competition isn’t the only thing preoccupying us, however, as we have heard rumours of Pennywise the Dancing Clown stalking Killer Ink HQ, so we’re going to track him down on Halloween.

The creepy clown has left his past behind in Derry and has now decided to start slashing prices on tattoo supplies! Eat your heart out, Stephen King…

If we managed to catch Pennywise, we’ll upload the footage to our Instagram Stories and see what discounts he’s managed to get his grubby hands on!

So make sure to follow @killerinktattoo on Instagram or we’ll send you to see the Deadlights…

Sweet Treats in Every Order

After all the talk of killer clowns, we think you could do with something lighter and a little sweeter

As a thank you to all of the ghosts and ghouls who will be ordering over the Halloween period, we will be throwing in some spooky sweets into every order!

Like we said: no tricks, only treats!

But make sure to get your orders in before we find the sweet stash!

KWADRON

KWADRON is one of the forefront names when it comes to the manufacture of high-quality tattoo needles, but why did they become so popular with tattoo artists?

To put it simply, tattoo needles from KWADRON offer virtually unmatched quality and hardness of the steel, along with featuring precision soldering. This means that KWADRON needles don’t lose their sharpness easily and remain in perfect condition for much longer than most other needles on the market.

Thanks to the quality and reliability of KWADRON tattoo needles, many renowned artists today are using the products to produce incredible pieces of body art.

If you’re looking to try some of KWADRON’s high-quality tattoo needles, Killer Ink Tattoo stocks various configurations, including different types of liners, shaders, magnums, and flats.

Although KWADRON is best known for its tattoo needles, the Polish manufacturer has also expanded into producing power supplies and tattoo machines.

Under the moniker ‘Nemesis’, KWADRON has manufactured numerous power supplies and foot switches, each lightweight, compact and portable.

More recently, KWADRON has launched two new tattoo machines under its Equaliser banner, the Proton and the Mikron.

The Equaliser Proton is a pen-shaped rotary machine that is compatible with all needle cartridge types. It’s quiet, reliable and offers a complete lack of vibration.

The ergonomic Equaliser Mikron is the company’s latest rotary machine, offering a very small and light product that is comfortable to work with. This machine can be used with all types of cartridge tubes.

With KWADRON tattoo needles gaining a fantastic reputation for quality, you can be sure that the brand’s other products are just as good!

Sponsored Artist of the Month – Angelique Grimm

Everyone loves going on to the internet and seeing pictures of cats, dogs and other cute animals, so it comes as no surprise that our sponsored artist Angelique Grimm has built a big following with her photorealistic animal tattoos.

Based in Lille, France, Angelique Grimm is a hugely talented tattoo artist that continues to take her black and grey realism work up another level time and time again, especially when it comes to her animal portraits.

Angelique started her tattoo career as an apprentice when she was 27-years-old, tattooing her neighbour with a Grim Reaper – a bit different to her current style!

Nowadays she works out of a private studio in Lille, choosing this as she did not like the experience of working in a shop open to the public.

Angelique is also part of the Overkame tattoo collective, along with fellow Killer Ink sponsored artists Thomas Carli-Jarlier, Michael Taguet, Eliot Kohek, and Mathieu Varga.

As with her fellow Overkame artists, Angelique has won many awards, most recently winning ‘2nd Best Black and Grey’ at Corsair Tattoo Ink and ‘3rd Best of Day’ at Cantal Ink in July.

To produce her photorealistic pieces, Angelique uses supplies from Killer Ink Tattoo, including Hustle Butter Deluxe, FK Irons and World Famous Ink.

Make sure to check out Angelique Grimm’s stunning work on her Facebook and Instagram pages.

London Tattoo Convention 2017

The London Tattoo Convention came back with a bang this year, so let’s have a quick look at what went on down at Tobacco Dock.

As it is every year, the London Tattoo Convention is one of the biggest and best tattoo conventions on the planet, featuring many of the world’s best artists under one roof.

Taking place between September 22nd and 24th, the 2017 London Tattoo Convention was buzzing with event-goers, tattoo artists and the days’ entertainment, most notably the ever-awesome and fiery ladies from Pyrohex and the Fuel Girls!

Perhaps the most exciting moment at the convention was the launch of the eagerly-anticipated Spektra Xion rotary machine, and we were lucky enough to have Gaston Siciliano from FK Irons on our stand to demonstrate its capabilities.

Joining Gaston at our stand was US tattooist Sarah Miller, who assisted in showing off the Xion to artists, giving them a run-down on its features and how it performs.

As always, each day concludes with an awards ceremony, with our sponsored artists claiming a couple of awards.

Debora Cherrys picked up ‘3rd Best of Friday and Saturday’ for her neo-traditional work, while Ryan ‘The Scientist’ Smith won ‘3rd Best of Show’ for a killer collaboration piece with Jay Freestyle and Jenna Kerr.

Overall it was another awesome show and we look forward to next year!

Oh, and just like last time, we’ll be releasing a video that we shot over the three days, so keep your eyes peeled!

The Kaos Theory Project Video Series

We were down at No Regrets Studio in London back in July to film the first edition of “The Kaos Theory Project” from our sponsored artist Ryan ‘The Scientist’ Smith.

The ambitious event featured six world class tattoo artists coming together for an intense week of collaborations.

Joining Ryan Smith at the studio were Benjamin Laukis, Jay Freestyle, Jenna Kerr, Julian Siebert, and Jorge Becerra.

As well as filming each collaboration, we shot and edited a round-up video which goes into further detail about the Kaos Theory Project.

Check the videos out below!

The Kaos Theory Project Teaser

A little taste of what is to come in the first edition of the Kaos Theory Project video series!

Benjamin Laukis & Julian Siebert

Ben and Julian’s sick sleeve comprised an alien, skull and some of Ben’s signature lettering.

Jay Freestyle & Jenna Kerr

Jay and Jenna worked on a killer leg sleeve that featured a portrait, spider, spider web and some intricate dot work.

Ryan 'The Scientist' Smith & Jay Freestyle

Ryan and Jay produced an incredible full sleeve that combined some of the best parts of each artists’ styles. Check out the black line that runs down the arm and across each fingertip!

Jay Freestyle & Julian Siebert

Jay and Julian learned a lot from each other’s tattooing style, creating an incredible Pharaoh-themed leg sleeve in the process!

Benjamin Laukis & Jorge Becerra

If you’re under 18, look away now! Jorge and Ben’s work was a crazy good 18+ piece that would make your nan faint!

Ryan 'The Scientist' Smith & Jenna Kerr

It’s not the first time Ryan and Jenna have collaborated, with the artists creating another stunning ornamental piece for their client.

Julian Siebert & Jenna Kerr

Julian and Jenna produced a Sandman-inspired tattoo that we’re sure would make the writer Neil Gaiman proud!

Ryan 'The Scientist' Smith & Jorge Becerra

Life and death was the theme for Ryan and Jorge’s double leg pieces – well, “muerte” and “vida”, but you get the idea!

Jorge Becerra & Jay Freestyle

Jorge and Jay combined their talents to tattoo an awesome Geisha on their client.

Jenna Kerr & Benjamin Laukis

Jenna and Ben’s collaborative piece had a killer tiger in the middle of an ornamental surrounding.

The Kaos Theory Project - First Edition

Presenting the first edition of the Kaos Theory Project – huge congratulations to the six artists who took part in the week for their awesome work and their clients for sitting so well!

Hustle Butter Deluxe

Whether you’re a hustler or not, you should already know about the number one tattoo care product…

But just in case, we’re going to tell you about Hustle Butter Deluxe anyway!

Hustle Butter Deluxe is a 100% natural tattoo care product which reduces redness and promotes healing on contact.

The vegan-friendly butter is a replacement for petroleum-based tattoo care products, made from organic ingredients such as mango, coconut, papaya and other shea butters.

Hustle Butter Deluxe is for use before, during and after the tattoo process. Prep the skin with a little of the butter before tattooing your client, use some more as a tattoo lubricant during the process and then apply liberally to care for the finished work after.

You can order Hustle Butter Deluxe from Killer Ink Tattoo – we have the tattoo care in 5oz (150ml) and 1oz (30ml) tubs, as well as 0.25oz (7.5ml) packettes that are perfect for travelling tattooists.

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So just where did Hustle Butter Deluxe originate? Well the product was launched back in February 2012 over in Brooklyn, New York City by co-founders (and our good friends) Richie Bulldog and Seth Love.

In fact, the 2017 London Tattoo Convention this month marks the 5th anniversary of the European launch of Hustle Butter Deluxe!

The supreme hustlers are also behind the Luxury Hustle Wear clothing range, also available to order from Killer Ink Tattoo and most recently featuring designs from international tattoo artist El Whyner.

The previous Luxury Hustle Wear range featured designs from Hustle Butter Deluxe and Killer Ink Tattoo sponsored artist Anrijs Straume.

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Away from tattoo care and fashion, Richie and Seth also run two New York-based Hustlers Parlour tattoo studios in Brooklyn and the Bronx, all of which have seen some of the biggest names in the industry guesting at.

Richie was also the M.C. for this year’s Liverpool Tattoo Convention, bringing the hustle to our hometown crowds.

You can’t knock the hustle!

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