Tattoos have never been more popular in the UK. Gone are the days when body art was restricted to convicts and rebellious teens – now tattoos have become much more mainstream in their appeal. From David Beckham to David Dimbleby, Cheryl Cole to Evan Davies, there’s never been a better time to make your mark with needle and ink.
But where to start? With so many designs out there and decisions to be made about where on the body to get inked, it’s no wonder that people become indecisive. After all, a tattoo’s for life, not just for Christmas.
So, without further ado, here are five of our favourite tattoo magazines to help you scout out ideas, tips and advice on all-things body art. Whether you’re an obsessive or just have a burgeoning interest, there’s something for everyone here.
Started in the US, this international magazine has now developed a huge following in the UK. Released once every two months, there’s a little bit of everything in here. The main focus though is on getting the right ink for you and retaining the integrity of tattoos.
Tattoo Life also covers conventions, exhibitions and events from around the globe, where tat lovers can congregate and share their love of body art.
Each publication includes a host of design ideas and advice on which artists and studios to choose and how to make all the right decisions before making that long-term commitment. After all, it’s not like a tattoo is going to wash out!
The aptly named Skin Deep is the UK’s most widely circulated magazine, and the informal, cool tone makes it a real must-have for the genuine tattoo aficionado. Released once a month, the emphasis here is on providing up-to-the-minute news to readers. Every time a new studio opens, this magazine has a review ready, and there is always information on the latest trends or up-coming artists.
There are also calendar updates and reviews and news for all the latest national events and conventions. For the tattoo fan in Britain, this takes some beating.
Tattoo Collection is another monthly magazine for ink lovers. A great buy for tattoo artists thanks to the in-depth images of design ideas and discussions surrounding best practice, it is a well crafted read.
There is a section for every type of body art in Tattoo Collection. So, whether you are interested in decorating your (or someone else's) skin with animals, flowers, graphics or icons, you will find plenty of quality material within these pages.
Organisation and layout is the key selling feature here. A more practical read that gets straight to the point, this is ideal for the knowledgeable reader who wants to get straight to the point.
As the name suggests Tattoo Ideas includes a wealth of designs from professional artists to help readers identify that perfect tattoo. No one wants to get a tattoo they end up hating just a few months or years down the line, which is why Tattoo Ideas is a popular port of call for the thousands of people umming and ahhing about designs.
This monthly publication is also a reliable source of information on the very best tattoo artists in your area, so that you can ensure that the design you choose is the one you end up with - rather than that undesirable blurry mess.
A bi-monthly magazine aimed at revealing the best secrets of the world’s finest tattoo artists, Tattoo Special helps to demystify tricks of the trade and make them digestible to the common reader.
Always designed with an eye-catching cover and filled with stunning imagery on every glossy page, Tattoo Special is worth a flick through, even for the casual tattoo enthusiast.
This magazine also comes in a handy digital edition, so if you prefer to download to your reading device rather than carry round print copies, it's a great solution for you.