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.

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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.

Great expectations

I don’t know what’s more impressive, the tattoo or the density of this chaps leg hair.

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Tattoo by Joe Ellis from Lab Monkey Tattoo in Stirling, currently guesting at La Main Bleue in Belgium

Put your dukes up chap

Every gent should know how to throw down fisticuffs, one never knows when one will be accosted by ruffians. This fine fellow looks well prepared.

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Tattoo by Sneaky-Mitch Allenden from Inspirations Tattoo Studio in Morley.

Ink Stories 2: Simon Erl

This is the second in a series of short documentaries from Lima Charlie, featuring tattooers talking about their life and their work. This one features Mr Simon Erl, formerly of Jayne Doe in Essex, currently on the road.

Ink Stories 2: Simon Erl from Lima Charlie on Vimeo.

If you would like some work from Simon, I suggest following him on instagram (@simonerl), or on tumblr, to see where he is and what he’s up to. He has an online store as well where you can buy prints and t-shirts kitchenwizards.bigcartel.com

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.

El Gato Felix

Everyone loves a good pop culture reference, and while Felix the Cat is probably one of the most tattooed characters ever, I’ve never seen one quite like this. I love the way Honkey Kong has managed to forge a unique, recognisable style, whilst still keeping his work bold and strong.

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Tattoo by Adam Hathorn, aka Honkey Kong, working out of Guru Tattoo in San Diego.