stick and poke
From permanent jewellery for people who couldn’t afford it to markers of social status, the India Ink Archive is documenting the country’s rich history of indigenous tattoo traditions.
“It was either stick 'n' poke or starting a vegetable patch, and I reckoned this would get more likes on Instagram.”
As they swing between fear and boredom, people are turning to hand-poked tattoos for a creative (and cool-looking) distraction from their day-to-day realities.
Tattoo artist John Haywood writes about learning to love his Kentucky heritage.
This Barcelona-based tattoo artist will redefine your idea of what it means to get inked.
Certain local governments want to crack down on "illegal" tattooists, so we asked our friends to show us their best illegal tattoos.
Did ancient Pacific Islanders use volcanic glass tools for tattooing?
The industry consensus is that practicing on fake skin is bullshit. "You gotta fucking tattoo yourself," said John Reardon of Greenpoint Tattoo. "It's just something you gotta do."
Vancouver's Slowerblack is the kind of badass, you-should-just-give-up-now tattoo artist who makes you feel totally embarrassed by that hot pink lightning bolt you got inked on your shoulder.