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Rise Tattoo goes to India

                                                    The brand new edition(#46) of Rise Tattoo, available at all good newsagents in France at present, features 16 pages on India by Laure Siegel and myself. We look at […]

The Bangkok International Tattoo Expo

Just attended Bangkok’s International Tattoo Expo with writer Laure Siegel for French magazine Rise Tattoo.                       Encountered a great cast of remarkable characters and some old friends.

Pangrok Sulap – The Ranau Art Collective in Borneo – in RISE TATTOO Magazine

Pangrok Sulap – The Ranau Art Collective in the shadow of Mount Kinabalu. Text by Laure Siegel, photos by me, for Rise Tattoo Magazine, part of the French publication’s coverage of tattoo culture in Borneo.  

The Last Tattooed Chin Women of Burma – Rise Tattoo Magazine

My story on the last Chin women in Rakhine state in northwest Burma who have face tattoos is out this month in the French magazine Rise Tattoo.    

Generation Democracy: Jerry Ink and the Burmese Tattoo Scene in RISE TATTOO

Laure Siegel reports on Yangon‘s tattoo scene and one of its shops – Jerry Ink. Photos by me and Rāj Hegde for French magazine RISE TATTOO this month. We had a great time spending a day with tattooists Jerry Api and Sweetz Sweetz. Big thanks to Mg Mg Tha Myint for the connect.

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 […]

Kota Kinabalu Tattoo Convention

Uff, the year is almost done and it’s been busy. I am still juggling several assignments and have just arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, to cover the city’s first international tattoo convention here with journalists Laure Siegel and Dom Pichard for the very excellent French magazine RISE TATTOO. Really looking forward to the coming days […]

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 […]

Sacred Skin in Rise Tattoo Magazine

I am interviewed in this month’s Rise Tattoo Magazine from France. Big thanks to Dom Pichard and Laure Siegel.

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