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Sponsored Artist of the Month – Christos Galiropoulos

There’s three things we love about Greece: hot weather, Feta cheese, and our good friend Christos Galiropoulos. In that order…

We’re going to be putting one of our sponsored artists under the spotlight every month, so what better way to start than with our Greek friend Christos.

Known for his realistic tattoos and killer black and grey work, Christos started tattooing in 2011 and currently owns his own tattoo studio, Blackline Tattoo, in Lamia, Greece.

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Christos has been interested in all forms of art since the age of 15 and worked as a graphic designer before deciding to pursue a career as a tattoo artist.

A meeting with a tattoo artist in a well-known studio in Athens during the summer of 2010 set Christos on his way to becoming the quality artist that he is today, and he hasn’t looked back.

After opening his own tattoo studio, Blackline Tattoo, in June 2011, Christos has produced some of the best black and grey and realistic work in Europe. Each piece along the way has been made possible with Killer Ink Tattoo supplies and his sponsorship with Cheyenne Professional Tattoo Equipment and Hustle Butter Deluxe.

You can see more of Christos Galiropoulos’ work on his Facebook and Instagram pages.

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The Man Who Sold His Tattooed Skin to An Art Collector

Take a look at one of your tattoos. No doubt you love it so much you want to keep it on your body forever. But here’s a question: would you mind it hanging up in an art gallery when you die?

That’s exactly what will happen when Tim Steiner passes. Some have called it weird, some see it as art, but we can all agree that it’s an interesting idea.

Rewind to a decade ago, Tim’s girlfriend met a Belgian artist by the name of Wim Delvoye, who had become well known for controversially tattooing pigs.

Delvoye was looking for someone to be a human canvas for a new work, to which Tim’s girlfriend called him before he agreed to take part.

Fast forward two years and 40 hours of tattooing, Delvoye’s full back piece was realised on Tim, comprising a haloed Madonna, Mexican sugar skull, swallows, roses, and Asian children riding koi fish among lotus flowers.

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In 2008, the work, entitled TIM, was sold for €150,000 (£130,000) to German art collector Rik Reinking, with Tim Steiner receiving one third of the sum.

As part of the deal, Tim is contracted to exhibit the work, topless, in art galleries across the world at least three times a year.

He has exhibited his back tattoo in numerous places across the globe, including galleries in the UK, France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, and China.

There is a little more to the deal than sitting around with his top off, however. Upon his death, Tim has agreed to be skinned and have his art work permanently framed and residing in Reinking’s personal art collection.

That may seem macabre to some, but Tim has a very nonchalant view of the situation. “My skin belongs to Rik Reinking now," he says. "My back is the canvas, I am the temporary frame."

“Gruesome is relative. It's an old concept - in Japanese tattoo history it's been done many, many times. If it's framed nicely and looks good, I think it's not such a bad idea."

It may be an interest concept, but we think we’ll be keeping our tattoos on our bodies, thanks.

I Love You Pumpkin... Valentine’s Day Competition

All right, everybody be cool, this is a competition!

To all of those Pumpkins and Honey Bunnies out there, do you want to be in with the chance of winning dinner for two, courtesy of Killer Ink Tattoo?

We’re running a Pulp Fiction-themed Valentine’s Day competition over on Facebook page for the chance to win a romantic dinner for two up to €150.

Looks like the oysters are on us! They’re an aphrodisiac, right...?

To enter and be in with the chance of winning, just head over to our Facebook page and simply like and share our competition post. Don’t forget to tag the Pumpkin/Honey Bunny that you’ll be taking!

If you win, maybe you can treat your significant other to a classy meal at a restaurant? We’d recommend steering clear of your local diner though...

Paul Talbot Brother Printers Tutorial

“Stills from a post-modern science-fiction movie set ten minutes in the future.”

That’s how our good friend and Killer Ink sponsored artist Paul Talbot describes his work, and if that doesn’t entice you to check out his tattoos, then nothing will.

Paul has gained many fans over the years for his trash polka-esque work, with each piece completely individual to the customer and never replicated by the artist.

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When producing his post-modern tattoos, Paul likes to use a range of different equipment and supplies from Killer Ink, including Brother’s portable printers and scanners for his reference materials.

With a tight schedule from tattooing at Modern Electric Tattoo, jet-setting around the world to conventions and vlogging and writing his column, ‘Tales From the Naughty Step’, for Total Tattoo Magazine, Paul’s time is very valuable.

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The use of Brother printers and scanners for the last seven years has proved to be a godsend for Paul as it has allowed him to save time during the tattoo process – every little helps!

Brother’s range of high-quality, portable printers are great for studios and travelling tattoo artists alike, offering a durable yet compact mobile printing solution.

To demonstrate just how easy Brother printers are to use, Paul filmed a tutorial on how to properly set up the equipment, along with some tips on how to use it.

You can check out the set-up guide below.

London Tattoo Convention Presents... The Tattoo Collective

From the minds behind the London Tattoo Convention comes The Tattoo Collective, a new tattoo convention that will showcase the best of British and Irish tattoo studios.

Taking place at the Old Truman Brewery in London from February 17th to 19th, The Tattoo Collective will feature 150 pioneering tattoo artists from selected studios within Britain and Ireland.

If you are joining Killer Ink Tattoo at the event, you will be able to watch the artists in action and be in with the chance to collect a piece from a panel of remarkable tattoo talent.

There will also be a selection of art exhibitions at The Tattoo Collective where you can purchase original artworks or limited edition prints.

Tickets are limited so be quick – and make sure you come see what we’re bringing along to the convention!

We’ll see you all there!

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New Luxury Hustle Wear Designed by El Whyner

Awwww yeeaahh we’ve got in some awesome new Luxury Hustle Wear for you guys!

It’s time to get your hustle game strong with these bold new designs from El Whyner, who has teamed up with Richie Bulldog to release a range of t-shirts, hoodies and Snapbacks.

If you want to rep the latest ‘Can’t Knock the Hustle’ or ‘Hustle Butter Deluxe’ merch, then we’ve got both short and long sleeve tees, along with pullover and zip up hoodies and New Era 9FIFTY snapback caps.

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All new Luxury Hustle Wear products were designed by El Whyner, an international tattoo artist and photographer.

Born in Southern California, “The Script Villain” now spends his time between Phoenix, Arizona and Rome, Italy, catering to black and grey tattoo collectors around the world.

When he isn’t tattooing, you can usually find him submerged in the low-rider scene – he’s recently launched a publication called ‘In the Streets Magazine’.

You can’t knock the hustle!

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Daylight - Lamps, Clamps and Lightboxes

We all know the importance of good lighting during the tattoo process, so these supplies from Daylight could be the next things on your wish list!

We’ve got a whole host of lamps, reference clamps and lightboxes from Daylight that are perfect for all tattoo artists.

The Daylight Wafer Lightbox is an ideal piece of kit for tracing, sketching and stenciling your tattoo reference.

Daylight’s Wafer Lightbox has dimmable LEDs that provide an even spread of light from edge to edge and provide true colour matching. The lightbox is also low heat, meaning you can use it for an extended period of time.

We stock the Daylight Dual Ended Flexi Reference Clamp which will keep your reference work and designs in view while you’re tattooing. Simply attach one end to a flat surface and use the other to hold your picture or drawing.

Before you start tattooing your customer, keep your work areas lit up with our range of flexible and powerful Daylight LED lamps.

The Daylight Smart Lamp is portable, so you can take it with you to guest spots and conventions, while the Daylight Slimline LED Desk Lamp and Daylight Slimline LED Floor Lamp can be placed where their name suggests. Both Daylight Slimline lamps feature flexible joints that make it easy to adjust the height and angle.

When it comes to your work areas, keep ‘em lit!

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A Quick Look Back at 2016...

2017 is here, which means that we say goodbye to the year that brought us celebrities dropping like flies, the dab, and the reality that Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. Sheesh.

All of that stuff aside, what did Killer Ink get up to last year?

To start things off, we moved to bigger premises! It might not be as exciting as attending some raucous conventions, but we are stoked with our new office and warehouse space.

So much room for activities...

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We also had an awesome year when it came to heading out of our new facility, attending over 25 conventions last year across the UK and Europe. We had a blast in Milan, Liverpool, London, Cezanne and at Cantal Ink, to name a few, as well as going as far afield as Aarhuus, Denmark.

We are lucky to sponsor some of the world’s best tattoo artists and last year saw us lend our support to a whole bunch more. Make sure to keep an eye on our social media channels to see incredible work from our awesome sponsored artists and good friends.

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On the product front, we got some great new products in from the best brands across the US and Europe, as well as released our own Killer Ink Precision Needle Cartridges.

Stigma-Rotary® also released a new range of hybrid and dedicated cartridges machine, along with their Advanced Needle Cartridges which we are very excited about. Make sure to check out!

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Away from products, we thought we’d bring you all a good look at the goings-on in our warehouse, on video shoots and at conventions, so we launched a Snapchat account! You can add us by searching for killerinktattoo or scanning our Snapcode.

We also brought a talented videographer on board to produce some killer videos on our YouTube channel. As well as film and interview some of our sponsored artists, we also released a video showing what we got up to at the 2016 London Tattoo Convention.

So yeah, we were pretty busy last year... Here’s to 2017 being even better!

Shaun Pattinson & Borderline Tattoo Collective

We thought it was about time for a long overdue catch up with the lads from Borderline Tattoo Collective…

Killer Ink and the Borderline guys haven’t had a chance to properly hangout since this year’s New York Empire State Tattoo Expo, and we’re ashamed to say we’d never made it up north to pay our good friends a visit!

We wanted to remedy this, so we headed up to Berwick-upon-Tweed.

While we were up at Borderline Tattoo Collective, we got to film and interview owner Shaun Pattinson, a tattoo artist with over 30 years of experience under his belt.

Check out the video below to see what Shaun was working on when we headed up north!

Shaun Pattinson opened Borderline Tattoo Collective in a small shop in Berwick-upon-Tweed in 1992. From there, he has expanded into bigger premises, built up a strong client base and a reputation for crisp, clean tattoo work.

He was later joined by his son Chavez Pattinson, along with UK tattoo artist Ste Cairns. The trio all work together daily in the studio, as well as travelling together to some major conventions throughout the year.

You can catch Borderline Tattoo Collective on their website, Facebook and Instagram.

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Breast Cancer Survivor Inspires with Stunning Mastectomy Tattoo

One brave breast cancer survivor tells the story of her diagnosis, how she wants to inspire other women and why she chose Killer Ink sponsored artist Willy G to give her a stunning mastectomy tattoo.

Just before Christmas 2012, mum-of-four Sabrina Devlin from Hilltown, County Down in Northern Ireland was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of just 34 after getting a lump checked out.

Sabrina had to endure a mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and reconstruction surgery, but she came out of it a stronger woman and has now told her story four years later.

Speaking to Belfast Live, Sabrina said that she hoped she could raise awareness among young women by sharing her story and pictures of her cover-up tattoo.

She said that her diagnosis came out of the blue as she “had no history of breast cancer in my family and I was only 34,” adding that she thought the lump she felt six months prior was “a cyst or milk duct”.

After visiting a breast clinic in Craigavon, she was told within just two hours that doctors had diagnosed her with breast cancer.

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“When you hear those words, you have breast cancer, it's like an out of body experience for a few moments because it's all movement and no sound, you see someone talking but you are numb,” she said.

Sabrina then had to embark on an intensive treatment course, starting with her mastectomy surgery to remove the tumour one week before Christmas in 2012.

She then underwent six months of chemotherapy before a four-week course of radiotherapy. This meant making the just under two-hour round-trip to Belfast every day for treatment.

After Sabrina’s treatment, she was given the option of trying reconstruction surgery on the breast she had lost, which she decided to go ahead with.

She added that she “wanted a breast shape again because I was so young and I wanted to feel feminine.”

Sabrina had the reconstruction surgery, as well as nipple reconstruction, in 2014, before then having a few sessions of surgical tattooing. Unfortunately, a later reduction surgery in her other breast was not quite what she had hoped for and Sabrina was left disappointed.

At was at this point that she was introduced to the ‘Here I Am’ support group, which helps cancer survivors in Northern Ireland.

The support group was looking for people to come forward and take part in a campaign to show their scars and talk about their journey, which Sabrina was happy to put herself forward for.

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After taking part in a photoshoot, Sabrina was asked if she would like to be involved in another campaign, this time one following someone tattooing over scars.

“I was delighted she wanted me to do it. It was something I had always thought about,” explained Sabrina.

As it turns out, Sabrina went to see Killer Ink sponsored artist Willy G from Whitehead, Country Antrim to get her mastectomy tattoo.

“I told them from the moment I agreed that I wanted Willy G, I have been following his work for ages and I knew he could do what I wanted.”

Willy showed her some sketches but ended up changing his mind while he was tattooing, before ending up with the stunning design that you can see in the pictures.

Speaking about the tattoo afterwards on Instagram, Willy said: “The end result, seeing her reaction, crying with happiness is the best reward an artist could ask for. It was a pleasure to be part of this strong woman's journey and to finally make her happy!”

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As well as being a Killer Ink sponsored artist, Willy G is an international multi-award-winning tattoo artist, having won awards like ‘Best Large Black & Grey’, ‘Best Realism’ and ‘Best Oriental/Japanese’.

He started tattooing professionally in November 2012, before winning most of his awards and securing sponsorships with Killer Ink and Hustle Butter Deluxe in just his second year.

Versatile in all aspects of tattooing, but specialising in black and grey realism, Willy G runs the aptly named Willy G Tattoo studio, located just a stone’s throw from the sea in Whitehead, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland

You can find Willy G working various conventions and guest spots around the world every year. If you don’t get a chance to see him in person, you can follow his work on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Awesome work as per usual Willy, and the end result looks amazing, Sabrina!

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