Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Needles Side Tattoo

My first tattoo, a pretty dodgy black tribal piece on my back, is not very pretty, but it was my first, and therefore, I still like it for what it means to me. The rest are all the impeccable work of Steven Wrigley, with one exception: the beautiful swallows on my feet. These were inked by Kaye from Minerva Tattoo. They're extra special to me because Kaye and I went to school together! Apart from Kaye and Steven, there's not really anyone else I'd go to for another tattoo, unless I can ever get an appointment with the super talented Xoil of Needles Side Tattoo.

Can you spot the difference?

I've been following Xoil for about a year and this morning loads new photos of his amazing, unique style popped up on his facebook page. I thought I'd share some of my favourites. I'll be saving a special spot for him! Hopefully he'll do a guest spot in the UK over the next couple of years. If not, his studio is not far from Geneva - a nice wee weekend break?








16 comments:

  1. These are fucking amazing! I'm struggling to pick a favourite... the hanging shoes? Maybe. or the boom box with the cassette tape. Divine!!

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  2. I have to agree with Lou, the one with the hanging shoes is amazing! Your swallows are absolutely gorgeous too!

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  3. Wow, those are really cool. I really like the style and the feeling of these!

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  4. Your feet are beautiful. I have swallows on my feet too but they're not as pretty as yours, I think I'm going to get some more added to them as I've never been 100% happy with them.
    The tattoos you posted are awesome, they're so individual and original - my favourite is the flower (poppy?) with the red and the scribble, it's just beautiful.
    xx

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  5. WOW.. these are some of the best i've ever seen!!

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  6. omg these tats are amazing!!! but his style is very different from what you normally get and I am not sure if a tat like that would look good next to some more traditional one... what do you think? and btw, your feet are so beautiful!! xxx

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  7. I feel the exact same way about my first tattoo dude :) I spotted the teeny difference, is it deliberate? One of my swallows is female and one male (well, meant to be) so they differ slightly but I think im the only one that notices. These are wonderful, nothing like I've ever seen before. Would happily chum you to switz for the weekend :p haha xx

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  8. These are AMAZING! I suggest we organise a short trip to Geneva and bring this Xoil fellow back to Glasgow.
    I couldn't spot a difference in your birds other than 3 little dots! They certainly look different to each other, but I can't put my finger on why...

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  9. These are insane! Love them!

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  10. yeah...such an amzing show, isn't it?? I have already wacth it too many times :) I never post fashion shows but I had to make an exception with Mugler's one... ;)

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  11. yeah...Gareth is also a star xxxx

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  12. these are such beautiful pieces of art

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  13. Very graphic style of tattooing, interesting and original.

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  14. xoil is at tattoo jam this august, and is in st ives (cambs) at spellbound also for a guest spot. i have the first booking there with him!!

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