HOOPER versus PECKer

There are quite a few cool videos I’ve found over the christmas break, I’ll be sharing them with you fine chaps over the next few days.

This first one I found on Stewart Robson’s blog, he filmed it at Frith St Tattoo in October. The video is fairly self explanatory, it features Oliver Peck and Thomas Hooper exchanging palm tattoos (arguably the most painful spot on the whole body). Enjoy.

HOOPER versus PECKer – The Highlights from Stewart Robson on Vimeo.

While you’re at it, check out the other videos on Stewart’s blog, he’s working on a very interesting documentary project at the moment, and there are loads of cool preview videos.

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The Gypsy Gentleman Episode 5: London

Rather than talking about the pile of rubbish Channel 4 showed last week (which was apparently about tattoos but seemed to me to be about people with some rather serious mental health problems), I’d rather talk about something awesome. Like the new episode of The Gypsy Gentleman.

For those unfamiliar with the show, it is made by American tattooer Marcus Kuhn who has been travelling from city to city, exploring cool places and making great tattoos with some of the best artists in the world. This episode is based in London, and features Valerie Vargas from Frith St Tattoo, and Ian Flower from New Skool Tattoos. Both of these guys are artists whose work I have been following since I became interested in tattoos, and it is great to see them getting some international attention. Rather than going on about why they are so awesome I’ll just let you watch the video and you can see for yourself!

Tattoo Age: Valerie Vargas part 3

The final part of the Valerie Vargas series of Tattoo Age videos is now live. This video focuses on Valerie and Stewart as a couple, and how they manage to work together and not want to kill each other!

Maybe it’s just because I’m getting married next week and I’m feeling extra sappy, but this is one of my favourite Tattoo Age videos so far. It’s great to see how Valerie and Stewart are able to inspire each other to improve each day, and that is really shown through the quality of the work they are producing day in and day out.

Plus Stewart has a great beard.


Valerie Vargas and Stewart Robson both work at Frith Street Tattoo in London. Thanks to Vice for the video.

London Tattoo Convention this weekend

So this weekend will see thousands of colourful patrons descending upon Tobacco Dock for the prestigious London Tattoo Convention.

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This is amongst the very top conventions in the world, with an absolutely insane line up of artists in attendance. On top of that there are also plenty of bands and other entertainment to keep you occupied, and of course lots of places to spend your hard earned cash on some cool tattoo related goodies.

Unfortunately we are both out of the country this weekend, but unless you too are thousands of miles away from it, you best get yourself down there. Tickets can be booked in advance on the Ginger Tickets website, and there will be queues so I’d advise booking.

Tattoo Age: Valerie Vargas part 2

The second installment of the new season of Tattoo Age is now online. I won’t write too much about what’s in this video, but it mainly explores what it is like to work at Frith Street and how the owner Dante has helped Valerie’s career. This is another great video from Vice, I can’t wait to see the final installment next week!