The Archive will open on Thursday 31 March at The Circle in Soho, London, and run for two weeks.
The exhibition will see Things&Ink magazine covers turned into original works of art by people who have graced the pages of the magazine over the years.
But Things&Ink Editor Alice Snape isn’t just holding the exhibition to celebrate an amazing past three years (and 12 issues) but also to raise awareness for The One Love Project, with profits from sales being donated to the project that helps under-privileged children in Pushkar, India.
The Archive will showcase the breadth and variety of artistic talent within the tattoo community. With more than 120 contributing artists from across the globe, each of the covers will be auctioned off in a silent auction that will run across the course of the exhibition, with bids starting at just £6.95 – the retail price of the magazine.
Never afraid to approach taboo subjects such as DIY and facial tattoos, Things&Ink have published 12 issues to date and each has had a specific theme, covering art, love, history and even fruit.
Turning tattoo media on its head and moving away from a more sexist model, Things&Ink promotes body confidence and self acceptance by featuring inspirational people such as tattooed bearded lady Harnaam Kaur.
Its aim has been to celebrate tattoo history, give inspiration through high-end photo shoots and provide commentary on current tattoo culture… The Archive will celebrate this by bringing together everyone who has featured on its pages.
Each contributing artist has been sent a back issue at random, and there is no brief. They simply have to turn the cover of the magazine into an original work of art by using a medium of their choice.
The exhibition will run from Thursday 31 March until Sunday 17 April, and the artwork will be on display at The Circle for the course if it. There will also be a flash day on a date to be confirmed, with tattoos by two of Things&Ink’s favourite cover stars Grace Neutral (The Modification Issue) and Emily Johnston (The Horror Issue).
This archive event is going to be the first time that all of the magazine’s featured artists have participated in an exhibition together.
Exhibiting Artists: Cally Jo, Grace Neutral, Jondix, Bob Done, Rik Lee, Ashley Love, Shane Ivezic, Susanne Konig, Frederico Rabelo, Lianne Moule, Guy Le Tatooer, Mike Tea, James Hate, Robert A Borbas, Saschi McCormack, Antoine Larrey, Tina Lugo, Deno, Flo Nuttall, Rachel Baldwin, Brian Wilson, Emily Johnston, Claudia de Sabe, Drew Linden. Plus many more artists to be announced…
You can see more covers in progress by searching the hashtag #tiarchive on social media. You can also join the event on Facebook.