Artist of the Month: Max Rathbone

Max Rathbone is the owner of Second City Tattoo Club in Birmingham UK.

Max has his own style, mixing Japanese and other Asian motifs with Neo-traditional colours and styling.

Bold as hell red and black neck peony.
Large piece from the back of the neck leading up onto the head featuring a beautiful peony and a wine corker.

If you’re looking for some sweet flower pieces, Max is your guy. He of course tattoos other designs and pieces, but he’s well known for his flowers, particularly peonies and cherry blossoms, pairing them with snakes, skulls, dragons, etc.

Full negative space sleeve, heavy on the black and featuring peonies and cherry blossoms.
Full back, front, and sleeves. Ouch!

The majority of Max’s work is colour, but he also does amazing black and grey and blackwork.

Black and grey throat piece of a stag beetle and cherry blossoms.
Full rib panel with a cat and fruit.

While he does do some smaller scale pieces, the majority of his work is quite large. Things like back pieces, sleeves, and torsos.

Full colourful chest piece of an angry snake and peony flowers.
Quartz skull, snake, and peony back piece.

When doing smaller scale work, Max doesn’t shy away from the “job stoppers”. Taking a look at his Instagram you’ll find neck pieces and hands galore!

Cherry blossoms on the hand.
Matching red and yellow/orange shoulder peonies.

If you’re in the area, definitely make sure to check his work out and book yourself some time. To do that, check out his Instagram and send him an email. https://www.instagram.com/maxrathbone_tattooer/?hl=en

Artist of the Month: Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith works out of Cry Baby Tattoo in Sheffield, England. Kelly mainly does American traditional pieces, but also works in black work and Japanese styles.

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Bloody panther head and a deadly looking snake.
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Some gorgeous pink peony’s paired with solid black filler in a forearm half sleeve.
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Some old school flowers for a bold neck piece.
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Badass scorpion ready to sting for this side neck piece.
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Japanese kitsune, or fox spirit.

Kelly’s work is bright and bold as hell, mixing the traditional themes of Americana and Japan with the bright colours of a Neo-traditional style.

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Some classic clasped hands and trad flowers on the collar bone.
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Traditional geisha wearing a beautiful kimono.
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Anchor featuring Neck Deep lyrics.
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Good luck horseshoe and some mountains done in blackwork style.
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Badass Sailor Jerry inspired piece.

If you’re looking for a banging one off then Kelly is the one to see, but don’t be shy about getting a big piece! A back or torso design will be a brilliant addition to your collection.

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Toad getting that zen life.
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Lots of green in this gorgeous back piece featuring Eve and Lucifer with that dratted apple.
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A painful spot for a mean looking eagle.
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Wicked snake head with some bright colours.
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Very painful looking old school piece featuring a tiger and a snake battling it out.

If you happen to find yourself in the Sheffield area Kelly is one to visit. I know I will!

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Blackwork lady and rose.
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Namakubi hand banger. Gorgeous blue tones in that bloody head.
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Another peony, featuring a cute old school butterfly.
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More pink peony’s and solid black. These pieces are great for some heavy contrast.
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Sick traditional dragon looking ready to get into some mischief.

You can find Kelly on Instagram at @kellysmithtattoos

Artist of the Month: Jack Peppiette

Jack is a black work artist working out of Insider Tattoo in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Peony in the ditch.
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Back of the neck and across the shoulders in a more Polynesian layout.
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Two cuffs, leading onto the hand.
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Heavy black and some dot and linework in this sleeve, featuring mandalas.
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Lots of flowers!
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Gorgeous hand and cuff piece.

Jack uses geometric patterns, adding flowers, mandalas, solid bands of black, and sometimes religious icons.

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Healed and heavy on the black.
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Chest piece with laurels.
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Gorgeous finished Ganesha back piece.
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Flowers and collar.
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Matching shoulder peony flowers.
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Detailed back of the neck piece, all the way up onto the bottom of the head.

Jack has incredible attention to detail, making large pieces filled with incredible line and dotwork.

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Ganesha and geometric patterns.
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Healed full sleeve with sacred geometry.

Jack does do some smaller pieces, but most of them are fairly large. Such as sleeves, backs, half sleeves, and chest pieces.

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Beautiful face tattoo.
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3/4 sleeve with lots of dotwork for the shading.
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Forearms added to existing pieces leading onto the hands.
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Mandalas, dots, and lines on the legs, leading onto the feet.

Jack is a must visit artist if you are in Scotland.

Winnipeg Artist 12: Joel Mijker

Joel is an artist working out of Rebel Waltz Tattoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Classic cry baby.
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Big panther and a snake locked in battle.
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Deconstructed anchor and a bit of a seascape/sunset.
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Fingers crossed.
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Swallows and a heart for mom.
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Spooky demon.

Joel does classic American traditional tattoos. He has plenty of flash to choose from, or you can bring an idea to him.

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Good luck horseshoe. This design used to usually be done with the horseshoe facing upright, to keep the luck in. But now people seem to get it upside down more and more, seeming to be a sign of making your own luck.
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Nice vacation in a bottle with this one.
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Geisha with a beautiful kimono and umbrella.
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Blackwork stomach with geometric flowers and peony. Lots of lines!
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Black rose and Bert Grimm crying heart.
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Mean looking spider and crying eye.

Joel does both colour pieces as well as blackwork.

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Blackwork peony in more of a Japanese style.
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Twisty dragon, an American take on a Japanese design.
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Geometric vase and wrap around snake.
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Traditional Aboriginal lady head.
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Fortune teller lady head and Bert Grimm tiger head.

You can search him up on Instagram and see when he is doing walk-ins, or contact him and set up an appointment.

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Sleazy Mickey.
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Blackwork snake.
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Tough boxer and rose in blackwork style.
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Butterfly for a gap filler.
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Crowned Jesus blackwork piece.

Joel sticks to the classics, and does it well. He has crisp bold lines and solid shading, all within a readable trad piece.  He is a must visit artist if you’re in Winnipeg.

Panther Tattoos:

Panthers have been a staple in American traditional tattoos for a long time, but they can also be done in many other styles such as neo traditional, realism, black and grey, and new school.

Aaron Breeze
Panther and rose by Aaron Breeze.
Didac Gonzalez
Neo trad panther head on a hand done by Didac Gonzalez.
Drew Shallis
Neo trad panther head and skulls done by Drew Shallis.
Isnard Barbosa
Neo trad lady and panther done by Isnard Barbosa.
James Armstrong
Panther paired with a peony flower done by James Armstrong.
Mike Stockings
Gorgeous neo trad panther with red lighting done by Mike Stockings.
Shio Zargoza
Neo trad chest piece done by Shio Zargoza.
Susanne Suflanda König Based in Manchester • Tattooer at Redwood Tattoo Studio
Blackwork panther and peony flower piece done by Susanne Suflanda König Based in Manchester • Tattooer at Redwood Tattoo Studio.

Panthers are powerful animals, and make for a powerful tattoo. They can represent, power, strength, honor, wisdom, and beauty.

Becca Genné-Bacon at Kings Avenue Tattoo in NYC
Panther and snake back piece done by Becca Genné-Bacon at Kings Avenue Tattoo in NYC.
Diego Apu
Angry panther head done by Diego Apu.
Evgenia Sin
Huge torso panther head paired with flowers done by Evgenia Sin.
J Swan
Panther and roses done by J Swan.
Justin Dion
Big traditional panther head done by Justin Dion.
Peter Lagergren
Terrifying panther head with third eye done by Peter Lagergren.
Simone Sbam
Panther, skull, and dagger done by Simone Sbam.
Valentin Hirsch
Realistic black and grey panther and skull done by Valentin Hirsch.

Panthers were most popular with sailors and prison inmates, up until the Vietnam war when they became popular with soldiers as well. Now they are more popular than ever as American traditional designs are still going strong.

Brian Flores
Neo trad panther and flaming torch by Brian Flores.
Carlos Chavarriaga
Classic panther design by Carlos Chavarriaga.
Fulvio Vaccarone
Panther with arrow going through the head done by Fulvio Vaccarone.
Jack Goks Pearce
Black and yellow by Jack Goks Pearce.
Nick Colin Corbett
Small traditional panther head done by Nick Colin Corbett.
Rich Hadley
Classic panther forearm piece done by Rich Hadley.
stu Pagdin
A split open panther head done by Stu Pagdin.
Zach Black
Pink new school panther head done by Zach Black.

Which one is your favorite?

Artist of the Month: Lera Ooqza

Lera is an artist from Moscow, Russia. Her specialty is blackwork, particularly Asian inspired horror.

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Japanese Yōkai featuring a couple of lantern demons and terrifying head.
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Terrifying demon woman.
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Incredibly dark blackwork demon and monsters.
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Japanese geisha demon with a geometric kimono.
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Detailed moth and moon.
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Shoulder flowers with eyeballs.
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Japanese inspired demon with too many hands!

Most of her work takes on a dark theme, such as ghosts, demons, and skeletons.

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Skeleton and nude woman. Some fantastic details in there.
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Peony flowers covering up old scars.
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Robotic severed hand and knife.
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Sternum moth.
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Maneki-neko cat from Japan.
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Heavy blackwork goldfish.

When she isn’t doing blackwork, her other work is quite delicate, including flowers and other natural plants.

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Delicate pink rose.
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Cute mushrooms!

Lera has an incredible attention to detail, with an eye for the supernatural and spooky!

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Queen of hearts meets gruesome death.
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Creepy goblet of blood.
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Namakubi with incredible linework in the hair.
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Small butterfly with some great dotwork detail.
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Some brilliant kanji with great hand placement.
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Split lion head with a distinct Asian style.

Lera is a must see artist for your creepy blackwork needs.

Artist of the Month: Jinpil Yuu

Jinpil Yuu is tattooer and owner of the tattoo studio The Ravens Ink in Seoul, South Korea. Jinpil is famous for his flower tattoos, particularly his peony’s. Jinpil uses brilliantly deep and vibrant colours for his colour pieces.

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Bright peony flowers on the sternum coupled with a black snake.
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Fantastic life sized jellyfish on the ribs.
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Traditional Korean styled tiger, bird, and tree.
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More of a neo traditional style fox on the thighs, with bright jewels and flowers for ornamentation.
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A Korean/Japanese styled kitsune, or fox spirit that can have multiple tails and great wisdom.

For his flower tattoos, Jinpil uses heavy contrast between red/orange, and black/dark greens.

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Beautiful flowers alongside a very dark whale.
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Brilliant dark red and pink peony flowers that wrap around the arm.
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Beautiful, matching fish and flowers.
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Vibrant dark red peony as an arm filler in the elbow ditch.
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Bijinga (beautiful woman) with multiple flowers, from the arm to the chest.
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Stunning pink peony flowers with dark green leaves with a large dark snake wrapping around them.

He is also known for his blackwork, and Korean style pieces. Particularly gakubori, such as clouds and water, as well as snakes.

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Bijinga, flowers, and traditional Korean background.
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Blackwork goldfish.
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Terrifying blackwork hornet.
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Blackwork hannya mask.
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Brilliant blackwork peony flower on the neck.
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More American traditional blackwork horned wolf head with dagger.
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Gakubori traditional Korean cloud back piece that extends onto the shoulders.
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Absolutely stunning full head piece featuring flowers, a snake, and traditional Korean background.
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Traditional Korean gakubori cloud wrist cuff piece.

Jinpil Yuu is an artist you must visit in Seoul!