• Today, with all the talk of 3d visual technology, it may be easy to forget that the fascination with bringing flat images to life, started well before our own century. Now, this sort of thing doesn’t usually interest me, but mention Hell, skeletons and death and you have my attention!

    In the 1860’s a series of Stereoscopic images was published in France that, in their own satirical style, represented life in Hell. Created by at least three different artists, these images borrowed heavily from the political goings on of the day.  Scenes, depicting all manner of debauchery, were meticulously crafted in clay and then and photographed for viewing through a stereoscope.


    Stereoscopic images comprise a pair of identical pictures printed side by side which, when viewed through a special viewer or stereoscope, appear to fuse together into one three dimensional image. Honestly, it’s mind-blowing! 

    It appears, from the gestures of the many skeletons represented in Les Diableries, that these works of art were at least partly influenced by the 1538 ‘Danse Macabre’ woodcuts by artist Hans Holbein, as well as similar prints by other artists. Both the earlier prints and the later clay models sit comfortably within a long tradition of showing Death and skeletons as comedic characters.

    For further information on these ghoulish creations, there is a fantastic book entitled ‘Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell’ by authors Brian May, Denis Pellerin and Paula Richardson Fleming. It can be found on Amazon and I highly recommend it.

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  • With this year’s London International Tattoo Convention over, we have a hard week ahead of us sorting through all of our stock and packing away our stand equipment. The fun is over! We couldn’t let this one pass, though, without telling you all about some of the great things that went on.

    The show this year marked the LITC’s tenth anniversary and as always, the organisers did a fantastic job in bringing the world’s best tattoo artists and traders down to Tobacco Dock. We had a lot of help this year on the stand so I managed to get away for an hour or so to check out what was going on.

    For those of you who haven’t been to this show before, it is split across two levels, with the artists working on the top floor and all of the jewellery and clothing brands etc. set up in the vaults beneath. It really is one of the best venues you could pick for a tattoo show. So, with camera in hand, I went for a wander around the upper level to see some of the artists at work. Some of the highlights are below.

    I finally got to see Lal Hardy, of New Wave Tattoo, at work. He owns the longest running tattoo studio in North London. Google him.

    Chris Crooks, of White Dragon Tattoo in Belfast, was also there working on a skull piece. Awesome artist. Check out his website here.

    Italian artist Marco Galdo, is an absolute master at geometric dot work, and when I saw him he was working on some brave guy’s inner arm. Looked painful. Check him out here.  

    Alice of The Dead was there tattooing a beautiful black and red Kali on a girl’s leg. She works at Divine Canvas on Caledonian Road and you should check her out. Her website can be found here.

    Some of the guys from Skin and Bone were there working the traditional way. Fantastic to see.

    Got to meet up with Diana Jay, a local artist from Camden who I’ve chatted with before. She’s a wicked girl and works at East Side Tattoo Studio on Brick Lane. Go and see her!

    I can’t believe we have to wait a whole year before the next show.

    I have tried to credit everyone correctly. If there are any mistakes, then send us an email and I will update information.


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