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Posts tagged Nepal earthquake

Some of my best recent stories in the Nikkei Asian Review

From a punk rock collective in Borneo to European proto-colonies and ethnic minorities in India, rock stars and a circus from Cambodia, the scourge of development in Laos, female motorcycle taxi drivers in Thailand, Japanese entrepreneurs in France and my eye witness reports of the 2015 Nepal earthquake, the Asian Nikkei Review has published some […]

Nepal Earthquake – One Year On

One year ago today I got caught up in the Nepal Earthquake. I was covering with 5th international Nepal tattoo convention with Laure Siegel and Dom Pichard. The first big quake took place as we were interviewing tattooists in the ballroom of the Yak and Yeti Hotel. We spent the next four days wondering through […]

The Newar and their Tattoos

Another great story from Nepal by Laure Siegel with photos by Dom Pichard, Laure Siegel and myself. Published in French magazine Rise Tattoo back in July. The Newar people have a unique tattoo tradition which only survives on a few old people in the Kathmandu valley, primarily in Bhaktapur today.  We visited Bhaktapur, a stunning […]

Mohan Gurung – Nepal’s Tattooist Extraordinaire

My story on Mohan Gurung, one of Nepal’s greatest tattoo artists and an incredibly kind and generous man to boot. I interviewed Mohan both before and after the Nepal earthquake which coincided with Nepal’s fifth international tattoo convention in late April. Not a day goes by when I don’t think about the quake and the […]

The 5th International Nepal Tattoo Convention in Skin Deep Magazine

      Laure Siegel, Dom Pichard and myself have produced ten pages on the 5th International Tattoo Convention in Nepal, Kathmandu and its earthquake aftermath for British magazine Skin Deep. I am especially pleased to have published my portrait of American hobo tattooist Chris Powers, a very special individual, a true outlaw and a […]

The 5th International Tattoo Convention in Kathmandu

       I am currently wrapping up a bunch of stories about the 5th International Tattoo Convention in Nepal and its aftermath. It’s been a pleasure working with French journalists Laure Siegel and Dom Pichard as well as meeting countless interesting and wonderful tattoo artists and punters on the roof of the world. The […]

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