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Hustle Butter Deluxe - New York Empire State Tattoo Expo 2019

We headed across the pond to the New York Empire State Tattoo Expo 2019 to film our latest video with supreme Hustler and M.C. Richie Bulldog and Hustle Butter Deluxe!

While in New York, we captured some of the world's best tattoo artists working on incredible tattoos with the help of Hustle Butter Deluxe's range of tattoo care products.

Check out the video below!

The 2019 New York Empire State Tattoo Expo proved to be yet another incredible event with excellent tattooists, informative seminars and a whole lot of hustlin’!

Special shout out goes to Killer Ink sponsored artist Igor Mitrenga who managed to pick up ‘Best of Show’ with an awesome piece that he did in collaboration with fellow Hustle Butter Deluxe pro artist Levgen Knysh!

You can’t knock the hustle!

Sponsored Artist of the Month – Jean Mognon

Jean Mognon is a Brazilian-born, French-based tattooer who has been racking up the plaudits over the years with his eye-catching realism work, including 'Best of Show' at last year's renowned Cezanne Tattoo Convention!

Taking after his father, who was also a tattoo artist, Jean entered the industry at a young age and has been tattooing for around 15 years.

Originally from Brazil, Jean is currently based in the scenic French city of Clermont-Ferrand – the home of fellow Killer Ink sponsored artist Thomas Carli-Jarlier. After a stint working at tattoo studio Angel Tattoo LC, Jean can now be found at the recently-launched Vision d’Art Estudio.

Proficient in both colour and black and grey, Jean has caught the eye on many occasions with his detailed realism tattoos.

Although he has picked up various awards over the years, perhaps his biggest accolade came at the 2018 Cezanne Tattoo Convention, where Jean won the prestigious ‘Best of Show’ trophy. Jean wowed the judges with his killer tattoo based on the Marvel comic book villain Carnage, which he completed in 28 hours over three days.

To create his realistic work, Jean uses various supplies from Killer Ink Tattoo, including Hustle Butter Deluxe tattoo care, Inkjecta machines, Eternal and World Famous tattoo inks, and cartridges from KWADRON and Cheyenne HAWK.

Make sure to follow Jean Mognon on his Facebook and Instagram pages to keep up to date with his latest tattoos!

Sponsored Artist of the Month – Chris Papadakis

Chris Papadakis is an incredible traditional tattooer and owner of Moth and Rose Tattoo in Athens, Greece. If you're into vibrant colours, bold lines and traditional themes, make sure to check out his work!

After spending his childhood painting and later graffitiing as a teen, Chris began tattooing in 2010, working at various studios in his home town of Athens for the next few years and learning his craft.

With three years of tattooing under his belt, Chris decided it was time to create his own space, leading to the birth of his own studio Moth and Rose Tattoo in Athens’ north-west city of Peristeri.

Today, Moth and Rose Tattoo is the home to fellow tattoo artists Manos 'Manu' Paterakis and Alex Fraser, as well as piercer Evi Filippou.

The one constant has always been the bright and bold traditional Americana tattoos from Chris Papadakis, which have managed to pick up a plethora of awards over the years at conventions throughout Europe and in the US.

Chris creates his clean and vibrant tattoos with the help of various supplies from Killer Ink, including Dynamic Ink, Eternal Ink, Solid Ink, Dermalize Pro, INK-EEZE Green Glide, Hustle Bubbles Deluxe, Tatsoul Disposable Tubes, Critical Tattoo power supplies, and DarkLab Gorilla Click Ergo Grips.

You can keep up to date with the latest work from Chris Papadakis by following him on Facebook and Instagram!

Dark Horse Collective Interview

We headed over to Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham, to visit Dark Horse Collective and shoot our latest video with some of the UK's finest artists!

While at the studio, we grabbed owners and Killer Ink sponsored artists Rich Harris and Jamie Lee Knott for an in-depth interview about all things tattoo.

Click the video below to watch Rich and Jamie talk about their styles, what advice they would give apprentices, and what each artist at the studio brings to the table.

Aside from Rich and Jamie, Dark Horse Collective is the home to many other top tattoo artists, including Kirsten Pettitt, Reece Mortiboys, Cara Vanessa, Isobel Morton, and Tom Stephenson.

Make sure to keep up to date with all of the goings-on at the studio by following them on Facebook and Instagram!

Sponsored Artist of the Month – Hana Oni

Hana Oni is a British tattoo artist with a Japanese pop culture-inspired style that is a vibrant mash-up of pastel colours, anime stylings, and kawaii/kowai themes.

When she’s not at home, Hana, who goes by Shoujo Carnivore online, can be found working at Tenacious Tattoo studio in Sheffield, UK, alongside many talented artists.

Her love of Japanese pop culture is all too evident from her tattoos, with various pieces depicting anime characters, manga-influenced drawings, and even a twist on the work of horror mangaka Junji Ito.

Aside from tattooing, Hana is the creator of Pinku Kult, which she describes as “an exploration in to the depths of the kowai and kawaii.” Inspired by Japanese fashion, but adding a twisted edge, Hana has released her first clothing collection under the Pinku Kult moniker, called ‘BADEND.exe’.

Hana creates her eye-catching tattoos by using various supplies from Killer Ink Tattoo, including Hustle Butter Deluxe tattoo care, tattoo inks from World Famous Ink and Fusion Ink, KWADRON cartridges, and a Spektra Xion rotary tattoo machine.

You can check out more of Hana Oni’s tattoos by following her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Tattoo Timelapses – Tattoo Tea Party 2019

While in Manchester for the 2019 Tattoo Tea Party convention, we filmed timelapses of Ryan 'The Scientist' Smith, Ash Higham, Mark McIlvenny, Fraser Peek, and Lauren Shaw working on some eye-catching tattoos in various styles.

Make sure to check them all out below!

Ryan ‘The Scientist’ Smith

The 2019 Tattoo Tea Party saw Ryan ‘The Scientist’ Smith add another piece to his new ‘Project XX’ series.

Ash Higham

Manchester-based Ash Higham displayed his incredible black and grey work at the 2019 Tattoo Tea Party with a realistic wolf.

Mark McIlvenny

Mark McIlvenny from Fat Fugu studio tattooed a dope traditional piece at the 2019 Tattoo Tea Party.

Fraser Peek

Up from the South-East of England was Fraser Peek, who tattooed this awesome neo-traditional stag beetle at the 2019 Tattoo Tea Party.

Lauren Shaw

This blackwork snake and flowers from Lauren Shaw managed to pick up an award at the 2019 Tattoo Tea Party!

Tattoo Tea Party 2019 Video

We headed over to our neighbouring city of Manchester for the 2019 Tattoo Tea Party and shot our latest video!

The 8th edition of the convention was held within EventCity and celebrated tattoo artists from the UK and Ireland.

Give it a watch below!

We had a great time at Tattoo Tea Party this year and it was great to see old friends and new faces alike.

Aside from our main convention video, we managed to film some timelapses with artists tattooing in a variety styles, so keep an eye out for those in the near future!

Sponsored Artist of the Month – David Giersch

Combining realism with watercolour, David Giersch has developed an eye-catching, constantly evolving style over the years and continues to impress with his work.

David found his passion for the more alternative side of art back in his student days in Berlin, Germany when he discovered his love for graffiti. It wasn’t long before he took on this love full-time, becoming a professional sprayer/airbrusher a few years later.

It wasn’t until 2012 when a friend suggested that David try out his Cheyenne HAWK machine that he started on the road to becoming one of the finest tattoo artists around.

From that point on, David began to develop his own style, a mix of realistic and watercolour tattoos, with some abstract thrown in for good measure.

After just two years, David opened up his own studio, True Color Arts, in his hometown of Berlin, which now plays host to three resident artists and a plethora of guest artists every year.

Although proficient with black and grey inks, David is perhaps best associated with his vibrant colour work, with bright hues that seem to jump right off the skin.

David uses various supplies from Killer Ink Tattoo to create his striking work, including Hustle Butter Deluxe tattoo care, Cheyenne Professional Tattoo Equipment machines (including the latest Sol Nova) and cartridges, Dermalize PRO aftercare, and Intenze Tattoo Ink.

You can keep up to date with David Giersch’s work by following him on Facebook and Instagram.

Tattoo Timelapses – Milano Tattoo Convention 2019

At the incredible 2019 Milano Tattoo Convention, we shot timelapses of five world-class artists working on tattoos in a variety of styles and themes.

Featuring individual pieces from Sandra Daukshta, Debora Cherrys, Fábio Guerreiro, and Hori Hui, as well as a separate collaboration between Debora and Jay Freestyle.

Check them out below!

Sandra Daukshta

Latvian artist Sandra Daukshta is known for her stunning colour realism and she managed to pick up two awards at the 2019 Milano Tattoo Convention for this sleeve!

Debora Cherrys

The neo-traditional queen that is Debora Cherrys was at it again at the 2019 Milano Tattoo Convention, with the Spanish tattooist impressing with her neo-trad portrait.

Fábio Guerreiro

Portuguese tattoo artist Fábio Guerreiro tattooed this black and grey owl on his wife at the 2019 Milano Tattoo Convention.

Hori Hui

Hori Hui flew over from Taiwan for the 2019 Milano Tattoo Convention and ended up winning ‘Best Oriental’ for this sick next piece!

Jay Freestyle & Debora Cherrys

An incredible collaboration took place at the 2019 Milano Tattoo Convention between Debora Cherrys and South African-born, Netherlands-based artist Jay Freestyle. Don’t miss this one!

Sponsored Artist of the Month – Isra Almagro

Isra Almagro is an incredible traditional tattooist who is known for his bold lines and bright colours.

Traditional is a well-loved style of tattooing and has been for as long as the concept of inking the skin has been around. So, what makes Isra’s work different to the rest?

Isra has built up a huge client and fan base over the years thanks to his striking traditional tattoos that combine solid colour work with clean, bold lines.

Although primarily based in Barcelona, Spain, Isra can be found at guest spots and conventions all over Europe. His guest spots have included regular stints with our friends at Ultimate Skin in Leeds, UK, as well as at studios in Cyprus, Greece, Spain, and Switzerland, to name a few.

To create his bold, eye-catching work, Isra uses a variety of supplies from Killer Ink Tattoo, including tattoo care from Hustle Butter Deluxe.

Make sure to keep up to date with Isra Almagro’s latest tattoos and guest spots by following him on Facebook and Instagram.

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