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Rich Pineda’s Eternal Ink signature series

He has a lifetime of art experience behind him, but now Eternal Ink sponsored artist Rich Pineda has his own signature series ink set.

Rich worked with Eternal Ink to create the ‘Flesh to Death’ signature series ink set, featuring 12 striking colours that range from delicate and light through to deep and dark tones.

Eternal Ink supplies are made for artists by artists, and Rich Pineda’s new signature series is no exception.

Over the years, Rich has used a saturated palette of flesh hues to create his colour realism pieces, and this is reflected in the ‘Flesh to Death’ ink series.

Rich Pineda’s ‘Flesh to Death’ signature series from Eternal Ink is available to order from Killer Ink.


Out of Step Books

Need tattoo inspiration or just want to feast your eyes upon some awesome ink? Out of Step Books has you covered.

Founded in 2011 by husband-wife duo Steve and Jinxi Caddel, Out of Step Books offers a range of high quality publications that provides it readers with inspiration and information.

Jinxi is a longtime author and editor working within the tattoo industry. With her experience and passion for art and books, along with respect for tattoo artists and enthusiasts, she has written, edited, and/or curated 18 books to date.

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 are proud to stock a range of Out of Step Books publications at Killer Ink.

Viva La Creativity!


Tatau – Marks of Polynesia

If you find yourself in Los Angeles this year, you can head to the Japanese American National Museum to explore the beauty of Samoan tattoos, curated by master tattoo artist Takahiro “Ryudaibori” Kitamura.

However, if you’d rather just stay at home, you can read all about the work of traditional Samoan tattoo masters and more contemporary manifestations with this new book, Tatau – Marks of Polynesia.

Accompanying the exhibit, Tatau – Marks of Polynesia showcases the key role that Samoan tattoos play in the preservation and propagation of Samoan culture.

The book features 286 pages of full colour photos from the works of artists like Su‘a Sulu‘ape Alaiva‘a Petelo, Su‘a Sulu‘ape Peter, Su‘a Sulu‘ape Paul Jr., Su‘a Sulu‘ape Aisea Toetu‘u, Sulu‘ape Steve Looney, Tuigamala Andy Tauafiafi, Mike Fatutoa, and Sulu‘ape Si‘i Liufau.

Tatau – Marks of Polynesia is available to buy now from Killer Ink.

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Noire Ink was founded in September 2013 by husband & wife tattoo artists Thomas Carli Jarlier & Vasilisa Carli Jarlier in Clermont Ferrand, France.

Noire Ink Workshop is Thomas & Vasilisa's new studio which opens in September 2016. This awesome new space will be home to world class tattooers and also feature regular guest spots for artists to come and explore the art of tattooing together.

Check out this video of some of the guys in action at this years Cantal Ink festival in Chaudes Aigues, France.

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Keep up with the awesome pieces these artists are creating on their Instagram pages:

Thomas Carli Jarlier, Vasilisa Carli Jarlier, Matteo Pasqualin, Sandry Riffard, Noa Yanni

Title: Down the road

Filmed by ROBIN BAR
Facebook : www.facebook.com/robinbarphotographe
Instagram: www.instagram.com/robinbar_photography/

Anrijs Straume - Dark Trash Realism

We were fortunate enough to be able to get an insight into the world of our Latvian born friend & Killer Ink sponsored artist Anrijs Straume.

Throughout years of tattooing Anrijs started to develop his own distinct style which is instantly recognisable by its dark, atmospheric & horror elements.

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Huge thank you to Anrijs & all the guys at Bold as Brass Tattoo Company, Liverpool, UK for looking after us on the day.


Artist: Anrijs Straume
Studio: Bold As Brass Tattoo Company
Film/Edit: Raim Grin
Music: Bensound


While ink preference can vary hugely from artist to artist, there is one brand of ink which for over 10 years continues to get rave reviews from both artists trying new things as well as veterans of the black and grey world and that’s Silverback Ink®.

That’s because the same guy that made the very first bottle of "The Original" Grey Wash Series for himself back in 1997 still makes every single batch today! Randy ensures the quality and consistency of all Silverback Ink® is flawless... Because he not only makes it, he tattoos with it too!

• By a tattooer for tattooers
• 100% Vegan
• Made and sterilized in the USA
• Tested and certified for sale in the EU

Whether your packing in solid black or looking to create YOUR signature grey wash series, Silverback Ink® is synonymous with producing some of the most bad ass results on the planet.
From black inks that are just STUPID BLACK, to the smoothest transitions in grey washes available.
You wanted the best and you got it... Silverback Ink®!

This informational video offers a brief overview regarding the different Silverback Ink® black inks.

Don't just take our word for it, check out the awesome work of just a few Silverback Ink® Artists:

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While we can't tell you "Which is the blackest" or "Which one works best for your style", this video should aid you in making the right decision.

Killer Ink® stocks 30ml bottles of each, so YOU can decide which works best for you, the tools you use and your style.

As one artist who works with both hand poking tools as well as machines said, "For hand poking, I love the Stupid Black, but with a machine, I think the InstaBlack works better for my hand speed."

ALL Silverback Ink® are full coverage, all purpose blacks.

Whichever black goes into the skin the easiest for you should heal the blackest.

One By One Store Promo Video

We shot this little promo video at the world famous OnebyOne Store, SOHO London.

We wanted to showcase a few of the top quality tattoo supplies & brands which we are proud to be able to distribute throughout Europe.

A BIG thank you to Lepa Dinis, Arabella Drummond, Lain Freefall & the rest of the guys at OnebyOne for looking after us!

You can check out some of the awesome OnebyOne tattoo artists work here:

Resident OnebyOne Artists

Critical Tattoo Atom Power Supply

Check out this short video from Critical Tattoo to learn the basic operation and set up of the Atom power supply.

An Interview With Mark 'The Shark' Wosgerau

Mark ‘The Shark’ Wosgerau owns and works at Sinners Ink in Aarhus, Denmark. At the age of 25, he is considered one of the best tattooists in Denmark because of his realistic colour and black & grey portraits. Killer Ink are proud to sponsor Mark and Sinners Ink.

In Summer 2010, Mark founded Sinners Ink in Aarhus, Denmark. Since then, Sinners Ink has undergone a major renovation and has moved to a larger premises, making Sinners Ink stand out as one of the finest tattoo studios in Denmark. From there, he has continually developed his skills and works alongside six other tattoo artists (Magnus Aagard, Nichlas Vendelbo, Jane Bildsøe, Jakob Holst Rasmussen, Bjarke JT Andersen and Amalie Ærboe Arsinevici) and managed by Anders Høj Husum. As well as a big line up of resident tattoo artists, Sinners Ink also has a space available for guest spots.

Mark is also a co-founder of the Aarhus Art Convention, featuring a five day festival of graffiti art and three days of tattooing. In its second year running, the Aarhus Art Convention sees over 200 artists in all aspects of art gathering to celebrate and create what they do best.

We were thrilled to get the chance to interview Mark and bring you this exclusive blog. We hope you enjoy!

LIAM: What was your first encounter with tattooing? Was this something you always knew you wanted to do, or did you fall into it?

I kinda fell into tattooing, I got amazed with getting tattoos, one might even say addicted. After getting most of my body done, I starting going into the business myself.

LIAM: I have seen your tattoos both on your website and in person, and they are amazing! The smooth transitions in your black & grey and colour tattoos look lifelike. How do you like to put your own unique style on your tattoos?

Thanks a lot, it always means a lot to hear that from people. I would say a big part, of my own style happens when I start designing. One of my goals is always dynamics, it’s very important that a tattoo has good contrast to me. Then it happens with the choices, of creating the perspective of depth for the viewer. I choose important, and less important stuff in my design, and work on sharpness as well as blurriness from these choices. A lot of my style comes from getting inspired as well, from other great artists turning it into my own. Some of my greatest inspirations is Carlos Torres, Sixonethree, Oscar Akermo, Niki Norberg in my black and grey, and I have been influenced by artists like Domantas, Dmitry Samohin and Carlos Rojas in my colour works. For other mediums I love Casey Baugh, Ian Robert McKown, Michael Hussar, and so on.

LIAM: You and the Sinners Ink crew founded the Aarhus Art convention in Godsbanen. What was your main influence to organise this?

I am one of the 4 co-founders of Aarhus Art Convention. My part of the show is organizing everything that’s tattoo related. I host the seminar, and I make sure everybody feels well at the ongoing tattoo convention. I can already tell that we will have some great names for this year’s seminar, there among Frank La Natra, Steve Butcher, Benjamin Laukis, and more. I do my part of this convention to give back to the industry. I want people to evolve, and progress worldwide. I believe a strong community is what is needed, to make our profession grow even stronger.

LIAM: What other mediums interest you?

I’m interested in all kinds of mediums, I often visit the art museum of Aarhus which shows all ranges of art. I love sculptures, paintings, architecture and the nature. I think in the eyes of an artist, you can find inspiration everywhere.

LIAM: What would you like to tattoo more of?

I think for me it’s impossible to say what I want to do more of design wise. Right now I’m trying to push my work really hard, and my designs are changing all the time from different inspirations. I build up a big reference folder in Pinterest, and this inspires me to do something new and different all the time. But I would of course love to do more realism, black and grey, and mix of black and grey with minimal colour.

LIAM: What has been your favourite moment in your career, so far?

My favourite moment in my career is happening all the time. The art of tattooing keeps surprising me with such an emotional feeling inside of me. My favourite moment, must be the next great moment, along with the next. I think it’s a journey of craft, and you should enjoy every moment of it.

LIAM: So what does the next couple of years hold for you?

The next couple of years is going to persist of my family, and art. I want to push my work even further putting all my focus into tattooing. I think all artists have this on and off energy with their work and for the moment I’m fully on. Wanting to be one of the best.

LIAM: How can people contact you for appointments?

People can contact me on my Facebook, or my email sinnersink@hotmail.com.

LIAM: What’s the best advice you've ever been given?

The best advice is probably from my friend Cris Gherman. He told me around 3 years ago "Follow the reference". This keeps coming back to me in different variations. Back then it was more about understanding the reference, than trying to build something without the understanding. Now it comes back in the form of being well organised, putting a lot of effort into my designs. I believe the better planned your next tattoo is, the better it will be.

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You can find more of Mark’s work through the following links below:

Website: http://sinnersink.dk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sinnersinktattoo?fref=ts
Instagram: @markwosgerau

Interview by Liam McGibbon

An Interview with David Corden

David Corden owns and works at Semper Tattoo in Edinburgh, UK. He has been tattooing since 2007 and specialises in realism, whether it is portrait, wildlife or pinup.

When David was starting off a lot of his friends were getting realistic tattoos and there was an increase in realism tattoos being shown on TV. David decided to design his own tattoo of a Dragon with detailed line work and brought it to Jim Gambell at Ritual Art Tattoo in Rainham. Jim and David had a lot in common and shared the same likes artistically. So much so that Jim asked David to bring in a portfolio of his artwork.

It did take a while for David to get back to Jim with his portfolio, but whether it would be luck or fate, David and Jim met again four years later when David’s cousin was receiving a tattoo from Jim. Hours later, David landed an apprentice job at Ritual Art Tattoo.

David and his work can now be seen at conventions and guest spots in various places across the U.S. and Europe. This summer marks 8 years since David began tattooing.

Not wanting to take too much time out of his busy schedule, we were lucky enough to be able to ask him a few questions:

KI: You have recently set up a new studio in the historic Grassmarket in Edinburgh called Semper Tattoo. What was your main influence to set up there? I can see that the scenery is inspirational!

DAVID: I first came to Edinburgh on a holiday in August 2013 and like most, I fell totally in love with the city. It was around the same time as I was planning on opening a studio so it got me to thinking that maybe this was the place to do it. At the time I never dreamt I would end up in the Grassmarket, let alone get permission to set up the studio there as the buildings are listed and it being so close to the Castle yet, here we are, all set to open a studio beside a Volcano with Edinburgh Castle on top!

KI: What was your first encounter with tattooing? Was this something you always knew you wanted to do, or did you fall into it?

DAVID: My Dad has tattoos from his Navy days. He had them done when he was 16, having lied about his age when enlisting. They were done in Hong Kong harbour by a traditional hand tap artist. Three of his crew mates had them at the same time but didn't want to spend as much as he had so went to a side street parlour and all three got an infection and were fined and put on report so I guess that put in the back of my mind how important it is to go to the right people and not to look for the cheapest option. I wasn't looking to become a tattoo artist. I never realised it was possible to do the things on skin that you see nowadays so it didn't interest me initially. I didn't get my first tattoo until I was 30 and that was after doing loads of research as to the best artist to do what I wanted and as it happened it was that same artist that became my boss because he offered me a job based on my artwork.

KI: What other mediums interest you?

DAVID: I have always been a pencil artist but I am very keen to learn to oil paint. For some reason I feel like I'd be considered more like a real artist by people if I produced canvasses, plus there would be no time limit on me actually finishing a piece haha.

KI: What do you want to tattoo more of?

DAVID: I'd actually like to tattoo more portraits of iconic movie characters, both real and fictional. My passion has always been in producing portraits so I always find myself watching movies and TV shows and wanting to replicate what I see.

KI: You travel a lot to conventions and guest spot in various places across Europe and the U.S. What is your favourite place to visit?

DAVID: My favourite place is Austin Texas. I have fallen in love with the city, it's food, it's pace of life and it's lifestyle. It's there that some of my closest friends live and I'm long overdue a visit.

KI: What has been your favourite moment in your career, so far?

DAVID: I think my favourite moment was my first ever awards. I won them at the Liverpool tattoo convention. Best of day and best of show for the same piece. I didn't expect to win or think I stood a chance so when they came and told me I didn't believe them. I phoned my dad to tell him and got a little emotional. I was very proud.

KI: What does the next couple of years hold for you? Are you looking to do anything special for your 10th year in tattooing?

DAVID: The opening of the studio is the biggest thing on my mind right now. It is the culmination of all that I've learned so far from all those that have been kind enough to teach me and have ever given me advice. I'm very excited to be in a position to be doing what I am and that its in Edinburgh. I think it will certainly take up a good chunk of the next year or two making it fit with my vision and moulding it into the studio I want it to be. I hadn't really thought about a ten year anniversary…I am now though! Haha

KI: I can look at a load of tattoos on websites and blogs and can identify your work straight away without looking at the credits because of the amount of detail in your tattoos. How do you like to put your own unique style on your tattoos?

DAVID: People often say to me that they know my work when they see it and I'm always surprised. I guess because I copy things I don't see my work as having a particular style. Including the smallest details is just something I have always done, first on paper and now on skin. I think that it's important when copying something that you include it all because a detail you leave out could be something crucial to making the entire piece work. I think it's especially true when doing a portrait of a loved one. That detail you don't see as important could be the one thing the client always remembered the person for whether it be a wrinkle, a freckle or even a stray hair. It may seem insignificant to us but it could be the single most crucial thing to the client.

KI: How can people contact you for appointments?

DAVID: To make an enquiry about an appointment you should email Sempertattoo@gmail.com and include as much information as possible. Your idea, the placement and size. Whether it is to be colour or black and grey and any relevant photos. The more information you can give us the quicker and easier we can deal with your request.

KI: What’s the best advice you've ever been given?

DAVID: Don't make decisions when angry and don't make promises when you're happy.

KI: Anything you would like to say?

DAVID: Just like to say a huge thank you to everyone that has gotten me this far and believed in me from the start. To be able to make a living from your passion is something that shouldn't be taken for granted and I know how lucky I am.

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You can find more of David’s work through the following links below:

Website: http://www.sempertattoo.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/davidcordentattoos?fref=ts   https://www.facebook.com/sempertattoo?fref=ts

Instagram: @davidcorden

Interview by Liam McGibbon

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