Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Why I love Autumn

I love Autumn. It is my favourite season if I'm totally honest. With spring being shortly behind.

  • Hot chocolate, and lattes.
  • Proper fires and melting marshmallows.
  • Oranges and reds of the autumn leaves.
  • Candles.
  • Blankets.
  • Hot baths.
  • Knitted jumpers and woollen hats and scarves.
  • Boots. 
  • Homemade soap.
  • Roast dinners, mashed potato and pies, crumbles in any flavour with hot custard.

But as a heavily tattooed girl, I'm not expected to like autumn, or winter as it inevitably means I have to cover my tattoos. Fortunately I love knitwear. Like really love it. I'm known for my animal jumpers.
Although I love having my tattoos out, autumn does give a slight reprieve from the stares that follow almost everywhere I go.
Don't get me wrong, the stares don't entirely bother me but it is nice to occasionally not be treated differently just because I'm a female with a sleeve. 

What do you love about autumn?
*all images from Pinterest

Saturday, 11 October 2014

London Tattoo Convention 2014 REVIEW

Ok so I'm a little behind on the old blog, but I'm having a catch up day and scheduling lots of tattoo goodness. New job means I am totally whipped most nights, so I'm having to change my schedule and start getting organised with weekend blogging and post scheduling.

So what better way to get back my mojo than with a review of the awesome London Tattoo Convention 2014.
Myself and hubby went to the convention for the first time this year. Of course we are by no means convention virgins, having been to Brighton earlier this year, and Bournemouth back in the day! But London Tattoo Convention is like no other tattoo convention, it really is the one that any tattoo lover needs to attend!

Located at London's Tobacco Docks, it is two full floors of the very best in the industry, and the best alternative traders across the UK and overseas.
We went over for the first day Friday, and it was pretty busy with people everywhere. Unfortunately neither of us could get tattoos - though we are definitely thinking about it for next year. Personal favourites have to be Jenna Kerr and Antony Fleming, who were both doing walk-ups for the day.
As always, lots of the tattooists were selling their own artwork, and I picked up a beautiful art print from Jenna.

We also bumped into our friend and tattooist Lee Smith and his team from the Tattoo Rooms - small world!

Basically we had an alternative shopping trip including:

Pretty much my husband spends no money for half a year, and buys stuff at tattoo conventions instead.
Though this list has left me very inspired for his Christmas and Birthday presents!

We will 100% being going again next year - and possibly for the whole weekend!
Would you meet us there?
Share your Convention stories below - I'd love to hear about them.

Monday, 6 October 2014

REVIEW: Things & Ink, issue 8: the illustration issue

As many of you will know I am a magazine lover, most likely from my journalism days where I studied and absorbed countless magazines.
But none get me as excited as Things and Ink. Maybe it's because it's a quarterly magazine so there is more build up and pre-promotion. But also because I love what it stands for.

Issue 8 sees the relaunch of the magazine under a new slogan "independent,  tattoo, lifestyle", which you can read more about here.

As always, there is a central theme, with this issue being illustration, which is perfectly depicted by their covers, which have been illustrated over by the super talented and dark, Danielle Rose. And what is tattoo culture without illustration. It is the key.

This issue is filled with so many inspiring people, and not its not all about the tattoos. Take Ella Masters for instance, her interview is about her personal artistic influences and her blog. Or nail artist Nancy Mc talking about her work and future.

Of course all the articles have a feature of tattooing, such as the amazing editorial beauty piece on Cally Jo, complimented with some of the most beautiful photography I've ever seen. For me, this piece sold the magazine to me. I'm lucky enough to have worked with Cally before she became tattoo famous, and interviewed her as part of my final major project at university (I got a first for that piece, so thanks Cally).

I also love the column by Reeree which explores tattoo journeys. Anyone with multiple tattoos, whether large scale or smaller designs will find this article interesting and thought-provoking.

And last but by no means least is the interesting Disney article debating whether tattooists like doing them or not. Of course, I'm pro Disney tattoo, but I do like a tattooists interpretation of them just as much as the original illustrations.

Overall, this issue is up there as one of their best and my favourite. 

You can buy yours here, and check out their blog for more tattoo articles.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

London Tattoo Convention

It's the convention of the year in bonny old England, and I am so excited to be going this year with the hubby. 

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of London Tattoo Convention and it just grows with popularity each year.  The list of working tattooists is really a who's who of the tattoo world including Nikko Hurtado, Antony Fleming and Crispy Lennox,  just to name a few of the greats. 

What's even better is many more tattooists are opting to do walk ups all weekend, rather than selling space before the convention. Admittedly you'll need to be in pretty early to get one from some of the tattooists working.

Personally I'm going on the Friday, where everyone will be buzzing for the weekend ahead and the traders will have the most amount of stock available.

And the traders list is pretty amazing too with the likes of Cranfield's curiosities and EatonNott in attendance for all your taxidermy and entomology needs. I'm not going to lie I'm certain I'm going to be very broke for the entirety of october as London tattoo convention falls on payday weekend.  Pay the rent, then buy art,  tattoos and taxidermy!

I will try and tweet the convention whilst I'm there, signal permitting,. And then expect a haul and review post next week! 

In the mean time, if you're attending too and want to say hi, tweet me here and we'll meet at the bar for a rum and coke!

Friday, 19 September 2014

Comic Book Fashion at Contagious

I'm very lucky that I get to work directly with a great up and coming fashion retailer, and I get to preview the collections before they are released. So I'm not going to lie I was super excited when I saw the new Superhero collection from Contagious Clubwear and House of Contagious.

So I'm sharing it with you too.

We have a little fancy dress and we have some awesome fashion too. I mean that spidey print in leggings and crop top is to die for! Plus it comes in a dress too. The whole collection is made in Italian Lycra meaning it stretches and contours to your body, but is breathable and flattering. 
And the even better news?!?! Well Contagious will custom make any outfit in any of their fabrics.

For instance, I have a custom Black Rose Skater dress, and a extra length Bell costume from Contagious. And you girls, I'm getting Spidey in a skater dress with sleeves too! Think image two, but complete Spidey print! Awesome right!

Contagious is a growing Bristol-based fashion and clubwear provider, with 10 years of clubwear experience. They've had their ups and downs, but right now, they are going from strength to strength.
I'm very fortunate that I get to work with this great team and create, probably my best work achievement, the Contagious Magazine.

The magazine is my most creative project, as I get full creative license, and because Contagious is all about girl power, and fun,  I can play with fonts, colours and effects to my hearts content. 

So which hero would you be? 
Shop the collection here, and check out the magazine too