Artist of the Month: Susanne König

Susanne is a tattooer at Redwood Tattoo Studio in Manchester. She does fine linework, dotwork, and blackwork. All of her tattoos use only black ink, but her intricate dotwork make a great contrast to the heavy black.

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A girl and her cat, the start and the moon.
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Victorian octopus lady looking very serious.
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Fantastic night time land and city scape.
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Gorgeous Venus piece!
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Lovely jellyfish in a jar.
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Three adorable foxes cuddling.
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A girl and her big dog!

Much of her work features popular characters or places from books, film, and tv.

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Eleven from Stranger Things!
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Severus Snape wearing Neville’s Grandmother’s clothing.
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The first years heading to Hogwarts!

She draws much inspiration from histories famous painters, and even does their portraits.

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Brilliant portrait of Van Gogh with his own sky design as the background.
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Frida Kahlo as one of her own portraits.
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Dot and blackwork Picasso vase!
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Katsushika Hokusai’s wave, one of the most iconic Japanese motifs.

Her whimsical animal portraits are fantastical and heartwarming, such as space narwhales, dogs in space, dinosaurs in clothing, etc.

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Sloth bathing in some tasty ramen!
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Super cool badger rocking out.
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Pirate kitty!!
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Narwhale with a cool space theme.
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Brachiosaurus in some fancy clothes.
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Very pretty mermaid.
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A heavily tattooed and bearded merman.

Susanne is a must see artist if you’re in Manchester!

Pug Tattoos:

Along with being adorable little snuffle faces, pugs also used to be treated like royalty. Emperors of China used to keep them as pets and pampered them to the extreme; sometimes giving them their own pug sized palaces and guards.

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Cute neo traditional pug with flowers done by Adriana Maluquer at Seny Tattoos in Barcelona.
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Devilish pug done by Debora Cherrys in Madrid.
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Sailor pug! Done by Jacob Doney.
Michael Patrick Milestone Tattoo. Pittsburgh:Tattoolisious Honolulu.
Realistic pug portrait done by Michael Patrick at Milestone Tattoo.

Pugs are thought to have originated in China and their lineage is said to go back to before 400 BCE, being related to a similar breed called lo-sze. Before Emperors started keeping pugs, Buddhist monks kept them as pets in their monasteries.

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Two pugs in American traditional style done by Bob Geerts at Bunker Tattoo in the Netherlands.
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Pug on vacation! Another done by Debora Cherrys in Madrid.
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Pug in a teacup by Kevin Becvar in CA and Portland.
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Hipster pug done by Sam Oi in Warsaw.

The name pug actually comes from a kind of monkey called marmoset, which were nicknamed pugs. The two share similar facial features, and both are very cute!

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Pug portrait with frame done by Bob Lewis at Town Hall Tattoo in Wilkes-Barre Pa.
Ellie Tattoo artist PerfectImageWaterloo
Watercolor style pug in a hat done by Ellie at Perfect Image in Waterloo.
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Geometric pug done by Laura Murphy at Little John’s Tattoo in Greensboro, NC.
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Bright watercolor pug done by Sasha Unisex in Rome.

Pugs make excellent companions due to their fun loving personalities. They’re great for a cuddle (if you can put up with snoring) and they won’t say no to a romp in the park either!

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Black pug in a donut! Done by Christina Hock at The Dolorosa Tattoo Company in California.
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Pug with his own Japanese irezumi done by Horitomo.
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Pug with fruit done by Ly Alesiter.
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Realistic black and grey pug portrait done by Stefan Sramko at skin city tattoo in Dublin.

Which one is your favourite?

Anubis Tattoos:

Anubis is the ancient Egyptian god/guardian of the dead. The name Anubis actually comes from the Greek, but the earliest Egyptian names for him include Anpu, or Inpu. Both have the same root word which means “royal child”, and “inp” which means “to decay”.

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Watercolor Anubis done by Agny Fran at Black Velvet Studio in De Santiago, Chile.

He is generally depicted as a black, jackal-dog-man hybrid, with the body of a man and head of a jackal/dog. The colour black was chosen for its symbolism of both decaying bodies, and the soil along the Nile river.

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More American traditional version of Anubis by Andrew Conner.

Anubis is first seen as the son of Ra and Hesat, before he is brought into the story of Osiris, and said to be his son.

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Black and grey full bodied Anubis by Bryan Hidalgo Reyes.

Anubis is the earliest god depicted on tomb walls, usually presiding over the mummification process, or weighing of the soul. This is the process in which a persons soul is weighed against the feather of truth.

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Brilliant black and grey Anubis and Ra by Codrea Bogdan.

Anubis is both judge and guide of the dead. Making him an authoritative figure, as well as a protector. This makes him one of the most important gods in Egyptian history.

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Neo traditional Anubis by Dany Linhares in Brazil.

Later in history he was partially adopted into Greek mythology, associating him with Hermes.

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Blackwork skeletal Anubis by Dono B in Seoul, South Korea.

As a tattoo, Anubis is often done in blackwork, black and grey, neo traditional, water colour, and realism styles.

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Neo traditional Anubis by Fatima Oliveira.
Anubis Heather Bailey at Black Heart in San Francisco, CA
Heavy matching black/dark colour Anubis and Bastet by Heather Bailey at Black Heart in San Francisco, CA.
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Black/dotwork Anubis head by Mario Farfán Calderón at Blackmoon Custom Tattoo in Mexico.
Anubis Melissa Flattinger Corpsepainter Tattoo and Piercing in Munich, Germany
Realistic black and grey Anubis by Melissa Flattinger at Corpsepainter Tattoo and Piercing in Munich, Germany.
Anubis Meza Cruz in Mexico
Realistic black and grey Anubis head by Meza Cruz in Mexico.
Anubis Miss Poppy in the Netherlands
Neo traditional Anubis head and scarab beetle by Miss Poppy in the Netherlands.
Anubis Ráa Fernandes in Tokyo Japan
Black and grey sketchwork Anubis head by Ráa Fernandes in Tokyo, Japan.
Anubis Shawn Qin Cat Town Tattoo South Korea
American traditional Anubis by Shawn Qin at Cat Town Tattoo in South Korea.
Anubis Yeray Perez in Sitges, Barcelona
Brilliant neo traditional Anubis by Yeray Perez in Sitges, Barcelona.

Which is your favorite?

The Nightmare Before Christmas Tattoos:

1993 Tim Burton classic stop motion clay film, The Nightmare Before Christmas, is a Halloween/Christmas movie that captures the imagination and hearts of everyone who watches. Jack Skellington is head honcho of Halloweentown, but wants something more. Something… Christmasy! Whether you get a Nightmare tattoo for Halloween or Christmas, it’s sure to be a bold one.

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A bold Jack with spooky house by Sean Wright.
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Jack with snowflake by Anrijs Straume at Bold as Brass Tattoo Company in Liverpool.
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A happy looking Jack in a pumpkin patch by Jose Villa at Lowrider Tattoo Studios in Fountain Valley CA.

Jack and Sally, a love for the ages. For all the romantics out there.

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Jack and Sally looking as cute as ever by London Reese in California.
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A Nightmare sleeve featuring Jack and Sally, the Mayor, Oogie Boogie, and Shock, Lock, and Barrel by Martin Garza.

Oogie Boogie is the baddest villain in Halloweentown; he’s sure visit you in your nightmares, especially if he’s permanently on your skin.

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Bright Oogie Boogie with Jack by Bumer at Mantra Tattoo in Australia.

And faithful Zero for all the dog lovers!

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Jack looking frightfully festive with his faithful Zero by John Barrett at Cornerstone Tattoo Gallery in Senoia GA.
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Happy little Zero by Brian Adams at Phantom 8 Tattoo in Englewood Colorado.

For some little Halloween miscreants, Shock, Lock, and Barrel are little hellraisers.

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Shock, Lock, and Barrel by Jon Tran.

And of course, good ole Santy-Clause!

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A kidnapped Santa Claus by Jeanne Racine.

Which one is your favorite?

Fantastic Beasts Tattoos

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them is a short book written in 2001 by J.K Rowling after the Harry Potter series. Written as a textbook for Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry, the book is “written” by magizoologist Newt Scamander. Proceeds of the sales of the book go to “Harry’s Books Fund” to help needy children in the poorest countries in the world.

The film adaptation comes out November 18th, 2016, and fans of Harry Potter around the world could not be more excited!

The book and film feature many strange and”fantastic” beasts from the wizarding world, including the acromantula, ashwinder, augurey, basilisk, billywig, bowtruckle, bundimun, centaur, chimaera, chizpurfle, clabbert, crup, dementdemiguise, diricawl, doxy, dragon, dugbog, elf, erkling, erumpent, fairy, fire crab, flobberworm, fwooper, ghoul, glumbumble, gnome, goblin, graphorn, griffin, grindylow, hippocampus, hippogriff, horklump, imp, jarvey, jobberknoll, kappa, kelpie, knarl, kneazle, leprechaun, lethifold, lobalug, mackled malaclaw, manticore, merpeople, moke, mooncalf, murtlap, niffler, nogtail, nundu, occamy, phoenix, pixie, plimpy, pogrebin, porlock, puffskein, quintaped, ramora, red cap, re’em, runespoor, salamander, sea serpent, shrake, snidget, sphinx, streeler, tebo,thestral, troll, unicorn, werewolf, winged horse, and yeti.

Since we don’t know what the majority of these creatures look like yet, there are a few that tend to get quite a bit of attention in the tattoo community. The elf, particularly Dobby, the thestral, the hippogriff, particularly Buckbeak, dragons, dementors, and the phoenix, particularly Fawkes.

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Buckbeak the hippogriff, done by Dan Molloy at Bold as Brass in Liverpool.
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Dotwork thestral by Emily Ann in a private studio in Sydney.
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Blackwork thestral by Jim Ordie.
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Neo traditional thestral by travelling tattooist Jonathan Penchoff.
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Adorable Dobby the house elf by Jared Mcfarland at LG Tattoo in California.
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Sirius Black in his animagus form, by Jim Ordie.
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Blackwork dementor by Jayden at Sacred Skin Tattoo in Brisbane.
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Basilisk by Jayden at Sacred Skin Tattoo in Brisbane
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Hungarian Horntail dragon on top of Gringotts by Jayden at Sacred Skin Tattoo in Brisbane.
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Fawkes the phoenix with hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry by Jayden at Sacred Skin Tattoo in Brisbane.
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Phoenix by Mike DeVries in California.

As the movie is set to be very popular, i’m sure there will be many more magical creatures being tattooed soon! All of these creatures make a potentially cool tattoo, and many people have taken it upon themselves to carry them on their skin forever!