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Hi, 2016.

I’m not really massive on New Years. I love the fireworks, but I think that making resolutions and this whole ‘New Year, new me’ stuff is total bullshit. With that being said, though, New Years has managed to to be important in some ways. Tattoosday UK was founded in New Year’s Day- I’m not really sure why, and if I’m honest I can’t even remember it happening. One day it was a crap idea on Blogger, and the next day it was something I was taking seriously and putting loads of blood, sweat, and tears into.

The reason I’m telling you this is because this year’s first little story starts on New Year’s Eve too. I was out with Stu and our friends to see the fireworks on the Quayside. They were beautiful, by the way.

Source: http://ne1fmbreakfast.com/2015/01/04/happy-new-year/
Source: http://ne1fmbreakfast.com/2015/01/04/happy-new-year/

I don’t think that’s a photo of this year’s, but you get the idea.

Anyway, afterwards I got talking to our friend Kemp about my writing, and the things I got up to. I talked about Tattoosday UK, Total Tattoo, and all of the awesome friends I made. Weirdly enough, he wasn’t even bored by the end of it. He actually thought that it was pretty cool. Then I realised that, actually, it wasn’t half bad!

I think that this, combined with Stu’s amazing Christmas present of a voucher for a new tattoo, and his encouragement to get back into it all,  which had already put tattooing back in my head) was enough to kick my brain in the hypothetical arse and make a decision: my break from writing is officially over. It’s been a fun break, but there’s only so long you can do nothing.

So, with that being said, I’m back, bitches.

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If you were a fan of Tattoosday UK, I’m sorry to say it won’t be making a return. I want to do something new, though it will still be online and it’ll still be free to read. I’m looking at this new venture being an online magazine instead.

One of the most annoying things about having a blog is knowing people are only skim reading half of what you’re saying (hi if you read that sentence but not half the others). However, if you give them something they can stick on their tablets, print out, read on the bus or whatever, they’ll pay a little more attention to it. It also means I can write more about cool things, and feature more than a small image gallery for everything I’m talking about.

I’ve decided on a name, which is North Rose Tattoo. I wanted to avoid anything that has ‘ink’, ‘tats’, or anything else like it in the title. No offence to those who do have those titles, but it’s not for me. I want to build up something that’s really classy, and focuses on tattooers rather than girls in bikinis. I’ve even put together a rough logo (I’ll be making this look much better eventually, of course):

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I’m really excited to see what happens with this new project, and I hope everyone who read Tattoosday UK likes it. There’ll be more on this very soon.

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Tattoo Stuff / Potato Tour 2015

Before I start, I should probably mention the fact that I’ve been writing again! Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how long you say you’re quitting writing for a bit, because something comes along that really makes you want to write. I’m not going to deny myself; it’s my website! Funnily enough, there were three things at once that I felt like talking about:

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FST: STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS, PART 3

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants is a really awesome documentary by Stewart Robson about Frith Street Tattoo, and you need to check it out if you haven’t already. It’s all about the guys that work/worked there, their influences, and how the shop is basically its own living breathing entity these days. It’s a really great documentary that I would totally recommend, and I appreciate Stewart sending it over for me!

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LONDON TATTOO CONVENTION 2015: NEWS

I was also sent over a press release for the next London Tattoo Convention. It looks amazing. The thing I’m most interested in is the new Ed Hardy exhibition that’s going to be there- I was actually really surprised to learn that he’s never exhibited his work at a tattoo convention before, so this will be a first. Very cool!

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THE GREAT MODEL DEBATE

Finally, Total Tattoo Magazine did something really awesome on the cover of their latest issue. Instead of the usual ‘alt-model’ (yawn), they put a hand drawn and painted picture of a woman instead. I’ve been saying for ages that this is how it should be, so it’s great to see the guys taking a chance and going with it. Love this cover!

So, there’s that! Another cool thing I did last week was fly over to Northern Ireland to see Stu’s best friend get married. Northern Ireland is lovely- it’s very green, or at least it is to someone who lives in a city! Look:

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I saw awesome things like a big waterfall in Glenariff (hope I spelled that right!) and Tor’s Head:

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I saw an absolutely lovely couple get married too, and met some wonderful people! Considering I knew three people there, one of them being Stu, I never once felt awkward or weird, because Stu’s friends are all so friendly. Big thanks to Shishki and Catherine for inviting me to their wedding, to Andy for the awesome BBQ at his amazing house, and everyone else for just being belter!

It’s all back to normal though for now, especially since I don’t have many holidays left at work anymore! I’m back to painting my nails and then playing my bass to chip it all off (idiot), eating too much junk and then regretting it, and watching loads and loads of Dashie videos.

RIP Bob Baxter

Today I heard that Bob Baxter has passed away. I don’t really want to write a massive post, but I’d like to put up at least something out of respect. Bob was a really cool guy, and I had a lot of fun working with him. Bob gave me a break guest blogging with Tattoo Road Trip when other people probably wouldn’t, and he even did his best to make me sound much cooler than I actually was. He was always super nice, and I learned a lot from him. I’m really sad to see Bob go, and I hope that his family are all doing ok.

Safe journey, Bob. x

Waiting for Spring

I feel as if I’m always waiting for better weather around here. I can’t wait for Spring to come along, so I can take more photos and enjoy being outside again. The Winter really sucks! I want good weather- hopefully it won’t be too soon, considering I took this photo in April last year:

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Just one more month, then I’ll be okay!

If you follow Tattoosday UK, you may have noticed my update on there this afternoon. If not, here’s the Spark Notes version: I’ve decided that I won’t be updating that blog very often anymore. I think I’ve said all I wanted to say, and for it to be running for six years is kind of cool anyway.

I had actually written more on this to put here, but I think it’s all been said. I’m not going to disappear, of course- I make too much noise for that! I’m just focusing my attention on other things. Thanks for reading the blog for so long, though!

Hopefully the weather will get much better, and I’ll have even better photos to show you soon.

Leeds, Fundraiser, Etc.

I have been so busy this month, it’s been unreal. Among the usual kind of stuff, Stu and I went to Leeds for a tattoo convention, with Neil Dalleywater and his lovely lady Catharyne. It was so great to get back to a convention and spend some time with some really cool guys. You can see my coverage for Tattoosday UK by clicking here.

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After visiting this convention, I feel super inspired and ready to visit more shows! I will be at the North East Tattoo Expo, which looks like it will be a great show.

While I was at the show, I was almost shadowing Neil, for Total Tattoo. Despite being at a fair few conventions over the last five years, sometimes it takes someone with more experience to point out the most simple things to you to show you how you could be doing even better. Neil showed me what he called the lazy person’s guide to covering a convention, and I think it’s really helped me out! I think that my convention coverage will be a lot better than it previously was, now, and I’m eager to get to the North East Expo!

The fundraiser is coming along really well, too. Lately, loads of great tattooers have got on board, and I am super excited to see what they end up contributing. I desperately need to update the site for it- I’ll probably do that this week. The response to it has really been amazing, and I’m super grateful to know such generous people. Paul Butler’s page will be ending towards the end of the week, so we’re hoping for one last push there! PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE HIS PAGE!

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I will be having some more news very soon!

There’s been a lot more going on, but to be honest I am already too lazy with this blog. I don’t want to update this too much, otherwise you’ll expect more updates, and I can’t be arsed! Instead, here’s a photo from a walk around Brunswick the other week:

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Total Tattoo: Out Now!

As promised!

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Another great issue of Total Tattoo came out the other day, and it’s super awesome. This month has some amazing interviews and features, as well as all the usual stuff.

I think my favourite thing in this issue is a really cool issue with Chad Koeplinger, which is an astounding look at his work and travels. Chad Koeplinger is always travelling or busy, so it’s a big deal to get a great interview with him, and an even bigger deal to be able to read it. There are also features on Henrick G and Miguel Angel Bohigues, that are really fantastic.

As well as this, there is a new feature in the magazine, which is the ‘exhibition’ section. Instead of only focusing on newer tattooers, or just on the guys who will send stuff in, Total Tattoo are now focusing on the artwork of some of the best tattooers in the…

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