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My boyfriend Stewart found this really cool new website that's only jus started. It's run by a couple of guy, one that we know and works with Ian Flower so should hopefully carry on heading in the right direction!

Old Ink is the latest project from Mister Fudge and Stephen Kelly that strives to pay homage to the masters and pioneers of the tattoo industry, in which they have decided to share their collected images of classic tattoo art, crediting the original artists, and in turn giving young tattoo fans an insight into the history of the art. Some of the images posted are taken by Mister Fudge and Stephen Kelly, of people they meet, any place, any time, brought together by their shared passion for tattoos. The subjects of the photos themselves are usually always willing to share and so the images posted come with the stories behind them hand in hand, in this exciting fresh new look at an old but never more relevant art.

Their passion to document classic tattoo art grows from the young artists’ shared respect for their predecessors and the need to share with others the artwork that has inspired and astounded them. In an age of mass consumerism, and everything being readily available at a competitive price it is important for these young tattooists to cherish the haphazard beauty in older tattoo work and to strive to produce the same qualities that make them unique in tattoos today.

The aim of this project is to broaden the minds of young tattoo fans towards classic tattoo artwork, to give the creators of the tradition the gratitude they deserve and to share the stories of generations of tattoo art lovers with like minded people.

Please feel free to send us photographs, stories or old artwork and we will post it for you!

Old Ink | A pictorial archive of tattoos and artwork from the past

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