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A Quick Look Back at 2017…

2017 was a crazy year, everyone can agree on that. Thankfully Killer Ink Tattoo avoided any Hollywood-esque scandals and enjoyed a year full of new products, engaging videos, and exciting conventions!

We want to start off proceedings by talking about the Stellar Cartridges that Killer Ink Tattoo released last year.

Hot off the heels of our Precision Needle Cartridges, Killer Ink Tattoo Stellar Cartridges are high-quality and contain precision soldered needles. Stellar Cartridges feature a transparent housing that allows for complete visibility of the needle while tattooing.

Since release, we have received excellent feedback from artists using our Stellar Cartridges so we hope you give them a try too!

Aside from our own brand of products, we’ve got some incredible new tattoo supplies in stock this year.

We took delivery of the Spektra Xion, Inkjecta Flite Nano and Equaliser Proton/Mikron tattoo machines last year, while a killer new power supply came in the form of the Critical AtomX.

Over on the tattoo ink front, World Famous Ink released various Pro Artist ink sets, including four from Damian Gorski and one from Jay Freestyle, both Killer Ink Tattoo sponsored artists. We also received needles and cartridges from Magic Moon, along with KWADRON Cartridges and Cheyenne HAWK Craft Cartridges.

The start of 2017 saw supreme hustle Richie Bulldog team up with international tattoo artist El Whyner to release a range of new Luxury Hustle Wear designs. You can’t knock the hustle!

Away from new products, Killer Ink Tattoo grew its YouTube presence in 2017, releasing numerous new videos featuring our sponsored artists, friends and various European tattoo conventions.

We filmed our escapades at the Milano, Liverpool, Cantal, and London tattoo conventions, with our 2017 Milano Tattoo Convention video becoming our most-watched video on YouTube. Make sure to check it out!

We also shot interviews with many of our sponsored artists, including Ryan ‘The Scientist’ Smith, Thomas Carli-Jarlier, Coen Mitchell, Damian Gorski, Paul Talbot, and Alex Wright and Kyle ‘Egg’ Williams from Grindhouse Tattoo Productions.

Last summer, we headed down to London to film the first edition of the Kaos Theory Project, an ambitious event led by our sponsored artist Ryan Smith and featuring five other world class tattoo artists in a week of collaborations.

Joining Ryan for the Kaos Theory Project were our sponsored artists Jenna Kerr and Jay Freestyle, along with Benjamin Laukis, Jorge Becerra, and Julian Siebert.

We released interviews and footage from each collaboration, culminating in a final mini documentary that rounded-up the project.

But it wasn’t all work, work, work… we had some fun shooting a behind-the-scenes Halloween video with IT’s killer clown Pennywise, as well as releasing a Christmas feature with our good friend Richie Bulldog that was based on the famous yuletide poem ‘‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’.

Moving back to our website, we launched some new pages that will serve as great resources for artists.

Up first is the ‘conventions list’ page, which is a run-down of all conventions that Killer Ink Tattoo will attend in the year ahead, coupled with a list of those we attended previously.

Our latest page is ‘Killer Social’, were we feature tattoo artists that use our products to create their awesome work. If you’d like to be featured on the page, simply tag @killerinktattoo when sharing your tattoos on Instagram and use the hashtag #killerinktattoo.

Oh, and don’t forget to tag the specific products and ink colours you used! We display one of the products next to your tattoo so other artists can take inspiration for their next piece.

Well that seems like everything from 2017. Thank you for making it another killer year and we will continue to bring you great new products, engaging videos, and more in 2018!

Killer Range of Our Own Brand Products

You’ve seen all the usual suspects while shopping at Killer Ink Tattoo: Hustle Butter Deluxe, Stigma-Rotary®, Silverback Ink®, Dermalize… but have you checked out our killer range of own brand products?

We stock a wide selection of Killer Ink hygiene products, including our sleek Black Line aprons, clip cord covers, machine bags, and barrier grip sleeves. Not only will they keep your supplies hygienic, but they also look, in our humble opinion, cooler than the other side of your pillow!

Last year, we also launched our Killer Ink Stellar Cartridges, which have received excellent feedback from artists who have used them!

Our Stellar Needle Cartridges are high-quality cartridges containing precision soldered needles. The transparent cartridge allows for complete visibility of the needle while tattooing. Available in round liner, round shader, magnum, and soft edge magnum configurations.

We also offer Killer Ink Precision Needle Cartridges and our own brand of tattoo needles, all of which go through rigorous quality control checks to ensure that they meet your standards every time and are of the highest quality.

If you’re using our tattoo needles, make sure to check out our Premium Disposable Tubes – ergonomically designed and durable, with a premium feel and complete visibility while tattooing. If cartridges are more your forte, then keep an eye out for our upcoming Premium Disposable Cartridge Tubes!

Our range of own brand products doesn’t end there, as we have many other supplies for our artists, from massage tables and chairs to smaller items like grip wrap, ink caps, foam cleanse, and green soap.

We also offer a Killer Ink convention kit containing all the essentials for an artist travelling to a tattoo convention.

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!

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