Tattoo Culture Magazine available now for FREE

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Tattoo Culture Magazine is the new publication from Tattoo Artist Magazine (the top trade-only tattoo magazine in the world). As an avid follower of their blog, I’ve been hoping they would release something for the general public, but I really didn’t expect anything like this. The list of artists that are featured on it is incredible, and this is just the first issue. Seriously, managing to get the likes of Jeff Gouge, Nick Baxter, Freddy Negrete, Mike Rubendall and Valerie Vargas in your first issue is no easy feat, and just goes to show how much respect the tattoo industry has for this venture. And of course, you have to consider the fact that they are giving it away for free.

I cannot overstate how brilliant this magazine is. Tattoo Artist Magazine is a publication made by tattooers, for tattooers, and Tattoo Culture magazine is made by tattooers, for us! You can download the first issue here.

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You’ve got a friend in me

Words simply cannot express how great this is. I challenge anyone to think of a greater animated movie franchise that Toy Story. The more I think about it, the more I realise that it’s basically a bromance between an egotistical cowboy and a delusional astronaut.

Nick Baldwin really knocked this one out of the park, I just wish I’d thought of it first!

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Tattoo by Nick Baldwin from Gung Ho! Tattoo in Birmingham.

Pumping iron

I love me a good inception tattoo (tattoo within a tattoo), and here is a great example from Rain City’s Matt Cooley.

Rain City is definitely one of the top few shops in the UK for bold, traditional tattooing, every single artist there just kills it day after day. Check out their website for more info.

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Tattoo by Matt Cooley from Rain City in Manchester.

Foad Silky Hare Oil review

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I was really quite excited when I heard that the fine chap behind Foad Wax was making a hair oil. I’ve used oils in my facial hair on and off for a while, with mixed results, but judging by the quality of Foad’s moustache wax I had very high hopes.

As an eczema sufferer, one of the main problems I have with my facial hair is keeping the skin underneath moisturised. Keeping your locks in good condition is also very important for a modern gent, I personally have always struggled due to hating the way conditioner makes my hair feel. Even with the aid of conditioner I often find my hair drying out when I blow dry it (which for me is an essential part of being able to see!). To be honest I’d really never considered using oil in my hair, I always assumed it would leave it looking lank and greasy, but even so I thought I’d give it a fair try.

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First things first, as I’m sure you’ve noticed from the picture, the oil comes in a small glass bottle with a snazzy logo on the front. The instructions on the bottle advise you to use a few drops for either your hair or beard, and that is definitely more than enough. After a little experimenting with quantities I am now using literally 2 drops in my hair and one on my (admittedly small) beard, meaning this little bottle will last AGES. The oil is very easy to distribute through your hair with the use of a comb and your fingers and has a pleasant, almost earthy scent. The label instructs you to leave it for as long as possible before patting off the excess, but I’ve found no need for that as long as you use it sparingly. I then zap my noggin with the hair dryer and style my hair and moustache as usual.

After 10 days of using the oil I’ve seen a distinct improvement in the quality of my hair. Blow drying it no longer dries it out, and it has a healthy (but not at all greasy) shine. In fact I have found that my hair is in such good condition that I no longer need to use styling products to keep it in place. My facial hair is much more manageable, meaning I don’t need as much wax for my moustache. My beard now looks considerably neater and less hobo-y, and it also seems to have completely solved the issue of dry skin under my beard. As I stated earlier, I have always hated the way conditioner makes my hair feel, and this magical stuff completely does away with the need to use it, saving you both time and money!

Honestly I think this is the kind of product all men should use. It’s natural, masculine, and most importantly, it WORKS. Why use Foad’s Silky Hare Oil? Because you’re bloody well worth it chaps!

If you’d like to try some for yourself, you can buy it online here, at ¬£6.99 a bottle it’s an absolute steal!

FREE FIGHTS: Eddie Alvarez vs Michael Chandler

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Michael Chandler defends his Bellator Lightweight Championship title tonight. Here are a few videos that provide an insight into how intriguing he is as a person and a fighter.

First up is the fight of the year contender in which he won the title from Eddie Alvarez. A back and forth war of mental and physical stress that was unfairly overshadowed by a UFC event that provided an equally great main event.

Heading into the bout, Alvarez was on a seven fight win streak and touted as the best lightweight outside of Zuffa’s control. Chandler was a serious underdog as he was a relative newcomer to MMA and hadn’t accrued the top level experience that his opponent owned. Nevertheless, Chandler was on an undefeated tear of his own, showing signs of great potential winning a very¬†competitive¬†Bellator Lightweight tournament to reach this pinnacle and earning the shot at the title.

Next is a highlight video created by MMAInterviews.tv which gives a little taste of Michael’s work ethics and approach to training/MMA.

And lastly, a promo for tonight’s event. This is gonna be hella fun.