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Killer Ink Tattoo at Cantal Ink

If you’re going to set up a tattoo convention, what better place to hold it than a quaint little village in south-central France?

We jetted over the Channel at the beginning of July for Cantal Ink, aka the Chaudes-Aigues International Tattoo Festival in France, and shot our latest video!

It features some of our sponsored artists, awesome tattoos, incredible scenery, and men on stunt bikes, so make sure to check it out!

Cantal Ink was the brainchild of its current President and Killer Ink sponsored artist Stéphane Chaudesaigues, first taking place back in 2013.

Nowadays, Cantal Ink features some of the world’s most renowned tattoo artists in an idyllic setting, and our artists did pretty well when it came to the competitions at this year’s festival.

Thomas Carli-Jarlier from Noire Ink won ‘Best of Sunday’ and ‘2nd Best of Show’ at the convention, while fellow French artists Calvin Moktar and Angelique Grimm went home with 2nd and 3rd ‘Best of Saturday’, respectively.

Make sure to check out our conventions page and social media accounts to keep up to date with what conventions and events we will be attending in the future!

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Killer Ink Tattoo Video Promo Reel

Check out this little teaser video we put together featuring some of our killer sponsored artists using our supplies!

Dermalize PRO

Making sure a tattoo is looked after correctly once inked into the skin is a critical part of the tattooing process, and that’s where Dermalize PRO comes in.

Dermalize is a tattoo aftercare solution for the initial healing stage of a tattoo. The film acts as a second skin to protect tattoo wounds from germs and bacteria, while also allowing the skin to breathe, thanks to its permeability.

By locking in the body’s natural fluids and enzymes, Dermalize PRO assists the skin to heal naturally from the inside out, guaranteeing beautifully-healed tattoos.

The thin self-adhesive film is light to wear, flexible and stretchable, allowing it to be placed anywhere on the body and stay there for up to several days.

Dermalize PRO will prevent scabbing, any risk of infection, possibility of rubbing clothes and any other external factors that will damage the tattoo. It really is a key part of the tattoo healing process.

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This killer product is available in a roll (Dermalize PRO) or a pack of five pre-cut sheets. If you opt for the roll, you just need to cut an amount that will cover your clients tattoo – it’s as simple as that!

Some of the world’s most renowned artists like Randy Engelhard, Alex de Pase and Jeff Gogue, as well as Killer Ink sponsored artists Anrijs Straume, Ralf Nonnweiler, Sam Barber and many more, have tested and used Dermalize for a considerable time now.

Each artist has encountered incredible results in their healed tattoo work thanks to the film, with the likes of Anrijs heaping praise upon the aftercare product. We recommend rubbing on some Hustle Butter Deluxe prior to applying Dermalize PRO for best results!

Try using Dermalize on your next tattoo and see how it compares to standard cling film and other dressings – we’re sure you’ll be impressed!

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Monami Frost, Chris 51 & Anrijs Straume Interviews

At the 2017 Liverpool Tattoo Convention, we were lucky enough to get interviews with popular tattoo artists Chris 51 and Anrijs Straume, as well as tattooed model and Vegan ambassador Monami Frost.

Tattoos, lifestyle and cartoons are on the table when we interviewed Monami Frost, Chris 51 and Anrijs Straume.

Check out the videos below!

Monami Frost

With over one million followers on Instagram and a massive subscriber count on YouTube, Monami Frost is certainly a huge star. We spoke with her about her tattoos, modelling and Straight Edge lifestyle.

Chris 51

Flying over from Springfield, Oregon was Chris 51, former star of Epic Ink and a lover of all things cartoon. Check out his Simpsons-themed tattoo from the convention!

Anrijs Straume

Dark trash realism creator Anrijs Straume was at his hometown convention working on some killer pieces and gave us his thoughts on vegan tattoo products.

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Sponsored Artist of the Month – Michelle Maddison

‘Flower of Scotland’. The unofficial national anthem of the Scots and a great way to describe our Edinburgh-based sponsored artist Michelle Maddison.

Working at Semper tattoo studio in Edinburgh, Scotland, Michelle Maddison is known for her bright and colourful tattoos, including some of the most stunning rose and flower pieces you’ll ever see!

Before she joined Semper tattoo studio, Michelle started her career as an apprentice at Nemesis Tattoo Studio in Sunderland, followed by her heading up the road to Bez’s Triplesix Studios in the same city.

After various conventions and guest spots, Michelle began working with David Corden in Edinburgh in May 2015, before David officially opened Semper in the following August.

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It’s easy to see where Michelle gets her inspiration – her work features many aspects of nature and wildlife, with her own cute and colourful spin on them.

To create her bright and vivid tattoos, Michelle uses Killer Ink Tattoo supplies, specifically a Cheyenne HAWK Pen and Fusion Ink.

Check out more of Michelle Maddison’s stunning work by visiting her Facebook and Instagram pages.

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The Kaos Theory Project

Presenting “The Kaos Theory Project” from our sponsored artist Ryan ‘The Scientist’ Smith and No Regrets Studio.

The first edition of the Kaos Theory Project is an ambitious event that will feature six world class tattoo artists coming together for a week of collaborations.

The artists taking part include Killer Ink sponsored Ryan Smith, along with Benjamin Laukis, Jay Freestyle, Jenna Kerr, Julian Siebert, and Jorge Becerra.

From the 11th to 15th of July 2017, each artist will pair up with another to discuss, design and execute their tattoo collaboration project on the same day. The following day, each tattooist will swap their partner until every artist has work with each other, resulting in 15 pieces of art work in total.

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This is an exclusive art project that brings together tattoo artists with distinctive styles who would normally not pair up or work together, opening up the possibility of some truly unique, one-off, bespoke pieces of art work.

The first edition of the Kaos Theory Project merges the work of some of the world’s top tattoo artists, so it’s definitely not to be missed!

Held at No Regrets Studio in 6 Minerva Street, London, E2 9EH, the Kaos Theory Project will be live-streamed on the studio’s Facebook page.

You can also book now to become a human canvas by sending an email to the following address: london@nrstudios.co.uk.

Coen Mitchell – Aurora Tattoo Studio

The trip to New Zealand is pretty far, so we were lucky that Killer Ink sponsored artist Coen Mitchell was guest spotting close enough to shoot a video with him!

We made the short trip up to Aurora Tattoo Studio in Lancaster to film a video with New Zealander Coen, along with tattooist Mystik and owner Emma Kierzek.

Check out our latest video below to see Coen’s awesome throat piece that he did on his guest spot!

When he’s not on the other end of our camera lens, Coen Mitchell can be found guest spotting all over the world – he really gets around!

Coen is known for his intricate ‘mosaic flow’ tattoo designs, as well as incredible dot work and mandala pieces.

He may have many fans of his work, but perhaps none more so that Australian freelance model Summer McInerney, who has spent over $15,000 on tattooing most of her body with Coen’s designs. It really is no small feat, Summer has spent around 127 hours being inked by Coen – the same length of time that James Franco was trapped by a boulder in that Danny Boyle movie…

Make sure to check out Coen Mitchell’s Facebook and Instagram pages so see his awesome tattoos – you’ll be following his accounts in no time!

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Killer Range of Stencil Solutions

We have a killer range of stencil application solutions in stock at Killer Ink Tattoo, including ELECTRUM, Anchored, Stencil Forte, and Stencil Stuff.

There are many great stencil solutions available today, so we’ll run you through some of the options available to order at Killer Ink Tattoo.

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Up first you’ve got ELECTRUM Tattoo Stencil Primer, aka ‘Green Gold’. ELECTRUM is one of the industry’s leading stencil application products, backed up by consistent, positive artist feedback and growing brand loyalty.

Made in the USA, ELECTRUM is vegan-friendly, non-toxic and approved by some of the world’s best tattoo artists. ELECTRUM works with both stencils and skin markers, so you’re covered either way!

We also stock ELECTRUM Premium Tattoo Stencil Remover and Skin Prep, which, as you could guess, easily removes misplaced stencils – without the use of excessively harsh chemicals. This product contains Australian Tea Tree Oil, so you can also use it as a skin prep to remove surface oils and dirt prior to placing your stencil.

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Next up is Anchored Stencil Solution, the end result of years of development from world-renowned tattoo artist Nikko Hurtado.

After years of testing and experiment, Nikko has come up with a great tattoo stencil lotion that is long-lasting and will transfer crisp and clear lines, ensuring that your stencil is a more accurate representation of your work.

Nikko Hurtado is one of the biggest names in the tattoo industry, so you can be sure that his stencil solution is a great product to use on your customers!

Jumping across from the US to Italy now, Stencil Forte is an antibacterial and vegan-friendly stencil application solution that is also non-toxic and hypoallergenic.

As with the other stencil application solutions, Stencil Forte is easy to use, allowing you to transfer your stencil quickly and cleanly.

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We also stock Stencil Stuff, a creamy lotion that has been laboratory formulated and tested to be non-toxic and safe for most skins. You can use Stencil Stuff for longer lasting, crisp, clean, and sharper tattoo stencil transfers.

In addition to Stencil Stuff, Killer Ink Tattoo stocks Prep Stuff, which is used to prepare the skin prior to tattooing, and Spray Stuff, which keeps marker and pen drawings on the skin longer while you work on your freehand tattoos. Prep Stuff can also be used as a stencil remover.

If you’re unsure of which stencil application solution to use for your tattoo work, try them out and see which one you prefer!

John Maxx – Stigma-Rotary® Pro Artist

After interviewing Karina Cuba at the 2017 Milano Tattoo Convention, we got the chance to speak to her fellow Stigma-Rotary® Pro Artist John Maxx about his tattooing style and what machines he uses during the process.

We caught John Maxx working on a killer black and grey owl piece using his Stigma-Rotary® tattoo machines.

As John is a Stigma-Rotary® Pro Artist, we wanted to get his thoughts on Stigma®’s new machines and cartridges.

Check out the video below to see what he was working on in Milan and find out his thoughts on the new Stigma-Rotary® products.

Sponsored Artist of the Month – Ben Kaye

New Zealand may have provided the filming locations for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but we think it should be revered for the spectacular tattoo artists that work there - especially a certain Ben Kaye

Based in Matt Jordan’s Ship Shape Tattoo studio in Auckland, New Zealand, Killer Ink sponsored artist Ben Kaye has been dropping jaws with his incredible colour realism pieces for about nine years.

Originally from England, Ben’s career has seen him work in studios across the globe, including taking an apprenticeship in Malaysia, living in a bohemian neighbourhood in Madrid, Spain and opening a small studio in Bergen-Belsen, Germany.

Fast forward to the present and Ben can be found working alongside fellow Killer Ink sponsored artists Matt Jordan, Steve Butcher and Nicklas Wong Kold in Ship Shape Tattoo.

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Ben is known for creating stunning colour realism tattoos, especially incredibly realistic portraits, with Killer Ink Tattoo supplies, including inks from one of his sponsors, Fusion Ink. A particular favourite of ours is his realistic portrait of Walter White from the TV series Breaking Bad.

We’re not quite sure what goods the UK exports to New Zealand these days, but Ben Kaye certainly seems to top the lot!

You can check out more of Ben Kaye’s incredible work by heading over to his Facebook and Instagram pages.

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