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Mark Bester & The Tattoo Academy

We headed up to Stockton-on-Tees at the end of 2017 to catch up with our sponsored artist Mark Bester at his Marked for Life tattoo studio.

While we were there, we filmed him leading a 'colour techniques' workshop for The Tattoo Academy.

Run by Mark and based in his studio, The Tattoo Academy offers higher education (practical and theory) for professional tattoo artists, as well as painting and design seminars and workshops.

Give it a watch!

Mark Bester is a multi-award-winning tattoo artist that specialises in colour realism, although he is equally adept with black and grey work.

Last year’s Tatcon Blackpool saw Mark take home an impressive haul of five trophies, including ‘Best Female Composition’ and ‘2nd Best of Show’.

Check out more of Mark Bester’s work on Facebook and Instagram. To follow the latest updates from The Tattoo Academy, head over to their Facebook and Instagram pages.

Sponsored Artist of the Month – Q Tattoo

Dongkyu Lee, aka Q Tattoo, is a Korean tattoo artist that creates vibrant, jaw-dropping pieces that have made him one to watch on social media.

After spending time in his home country’s national army, Q Tattoo went back to art school before gaining an interest in tattooing. He later approached well-known Korean tattoo shop Tattoo Korea who took him on as their apprentice.

It was there that he met fellow realism artist Seunghyun Jo and was convinced by him to make his first move to Toronto, Canada to continue his tattooing journey.

With tattooing being illegal in South Korea, Dongkyu Lee now finds himself travelling the world and guesting at studios under the moniker Q Tattoo.

Specialising in realism, Q Tattoo is equally as comfortable working on a vibrant colour piece as he is producing eye-catching black and grey work.

Q Tattoo creates his pieces using Intenze Tattoo Ink, Kwadron needles, Hustle Butter Deluxe and Electrum Stencil Primer, all supplied by Killer Ink Tattoo.

Make sure to check out Q Tattoo’s latest work on his Facebook and Instagram pages.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas…

Killer Ink has teamed up with Santa Claus to bring some Christmas cheer in our latest video!

Only it's not jolly old Saint Nick in the suit, but our good friend and supreme hustler Richie Bulldog!

Merry Christmas to all, and you can't knock the hustle!

Richie Bulldog, our sharp dressed man and very merry Kris Kringle for the evening, is the co-founder of the best tattoo care around, ho-ho-Hustle Butter Deluxe.

Along with fellow hustler Seth Love, Richie is also the mastermind behind the Luxury Hustle Wear clothing range and two New York-based Hustlers Parlour tattoo studios in Brooklyn and the Bronx.

So from the entire Killer Ink team and Richie Bulldog, we wish you all a happy Christmas and we’ll see you in 2018!

Out of Step Books

Need tattoo inspiration? Want to feast your eyes out some awesome ink? Check out our range of publications from Out of Step Books!

Out of Step Books was founded back in 2011 by husband-wife duo Steve and Jinxi Caddel, both good friends of Killer Ink Tattoo.

They offer a range of high quality publications that provides readers with inspiration for their next tattoos and information about styles and artists.

We are very proud to stock a range of publications from Out of Step Books at Killer Ink Tattoo, including their latest releases ‘Black & White: Volume 4’ and ‘Under the Sea’.

‘Black & White: Volume 4’ features some of the best black and white artwork and line drawings from 400 artists around the world, while ‘Under the Sea’ explores work from an array of worldwide artists that focus on themes such as sea life, sea monsters, shipwrecks, mermaids, and pirates.

We also stock the stunning ‘Enchanted’ book that focuses on the themes of fairy tales, folktales and fables, as well as ‘Slithers and Scales of Inspiration: The Reptile Art Project’ – a book featuring various creative mediums that revolve around reptiles, amphibians, dragons, and dinosaurs.

Out of Step Books donates a percentage of all book sales to DonorsChoose.org and 100% of profits from their ‘Artist Print Series’ to Donors Choose.

We always look forward to the latest release from Steve and Jinxi’s Out of Step Books and we hope you enjoy them too!

Viva La Creativity!

The Competition Before Christmas

We love Christmas here at Killer Ink Tattoo, and we have some festive treats just around the corner…

Just make sure to leave out a mince pie and glass of rum and coke (Sailor Jerry’s will do just fine) for us when we kick off the festivities!

Ho, ho, ho…

The Competition Before Christmas

Time to get into the Christmas spirit with our huge competition to win a bundle of prizes worth over €1,500!

To enter, simply LIKE 'Killer Ink Tattoo' on Facebook and LIKE & SHARE our competition post for your chance to win the ultimate Christmas present!

Our huge prize bundle includes awesome products like the new Stigma-Rotary® Hyper V4, Critical AtomX Power Supply, FK Irons Dark Lab Footswitch, Cheyenne Craft Cartridges, and a complete set of 10 Silverback Ink® 30ml Insta10Shade Greywash Series.

Altogether the prizes are worth over €1,500, so make sure to keep an eye out on our social media channels so you know when to enter!

‘Tis the season to be jolly!

The Perfect Gift for any Artist…

Christmas is coming, so give the gift that keeps on giving with Killer Ink Tattoo Gift Vouchers!

Perfect for all tattoo artists, our Gift Vouchers are available in £25, £50, £100 & £250.

Beats another pair of socks...

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

We will be teaming up with Santa Claus to bring some Christmas cheer in our upcoming video!

Only it won’t be jolly old Saint Nick in the suit, but our good friend and supreme hustler Richie Bulldog!

Make sure to check it out soon!

Sponsored Artist of the Month – Clara Sinclair

Ornamental tattoos are always a sight to behold when you come across them on Instagram, so it comes as no surprise that Clara Sinclair’s work is so an alluring to viewers and art collectors.

Based in London, UK, Clara Sinclair is best known for her stunning ornamental tattoos that feature hearts, jewels and filigrees. Basically, anything fancy that you could have inked on your body!

Clara trained as an oil painter and prosthetic designer before discovering her love for tattooing. She started as a resident artist at 13 Diamonds studio in London back in 2012, along with working at Never Say Die Tattoo in Croydon around the same time.

More recently, Clara Sinclair could be found at Jolie Rouge tattoo studio in her home town of London and had been there since early 2015, working alongside other Killer Ink sponsored artists like Keely Rutherford, Matt Difa, Antonio Gabriele, and Lord Montana-Blue.

Clara has since changed studios and will now be working at Mo Coppoletta’s tattoo shop, The Family Business.

After initially wanting to focus on bolder pieces, a trip to Prague resulted in Clara’s love of filigree and ornamental styles, which she now focuses on in her tattoos.

For any lovers of Star Wars out there, Clara has produced numerous tattoos based on the franchise with her signature style. Make sure to check out her filigree-Stormtrooper mash-ups!

To take a look at what Clara Sinclair is creating with Killer Ink Tattoo supplies, head on over to her Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages!

Thomas Carli-Jarlier – Noire Ink

We jetted over to Clermont-Ferrand, France to catch up with our sponsored artist Thomas Carli-Jarlier at his Noire Ink studio.

The French artist wowed us again with his incredible black and grey portrait of the late great Jimi Hendrix!

Check out the video!

Over the years, Thomas Carli-Jarlier has forged a reputation for producing some of the best realistic black and grey portrait tattoos that you’ll ever see!

It should come as no surprise then that Thomas is a multi-award-winning tattooist, picking up awards like ‘Best of Show’ and ‘Best of Sunday’ at this year’s Corsair Tattoo Ink convention in France.

Working out of Noire Ink tattoo studio alongside his wife Vasilisa Carli-Jarlier, Thomas is also a member of the Overkame tattoo collective. This tattoo collective comprises other Killer Ink sponsored artists Angelique Grimm, Michael Taguet, Eliot Kohek, and Mathieu Varga.

You can find more of Thomas Carli-Jarlier’s work on his Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages!

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.

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