New print quarterly TTTism launched last month and I was excited to get my hands on a copy at The Tattoo Collective in London last weekend.
In today’s digitally-overwhelming world, it can be hard to know where to turn for quality tattoo inspiration. New ‘tattoo art’ Instagram profiles are popping up every day – often not crediting artists and not necessarily encouraging true passion and appreciation of tattooing as a sacred art-form.
This ground-breaking new magazine seeks to challenge our tattoo ‘quick-fix’ culture with a beautifully-put together format. More like a coffee-table photography book, it’s well-worth the £14 price-mark, and is something that any true tattoo enthusiast will love and cherish for years to come.
A tattoo brand ran by tattooist and owner of Sang Bleu, Maxime Plescia-Buchi, TTTism had previously existed solely as an Instagram page (@TTTism), with the aim of sharing the most respected and innovative artists working in the industry today.
This print publication now allows the tattoo community to celebrate and enjoy exceptional art ‘off-line’. Maxime’s recent interview with Dazed Magazine is a great insight into the motivations behind the new venture.
Artists (and other industry names) that sit between the pleasingly thick textures of issue 1 include Thomas Hooper, Caleb Kilby, Curly Moore, Mike Rubendall, Will Sheldon and many more.
In a fast-changing world of tattoo TV shows and multiplying digital feeds, a truly elegant and thoughtful print publication is much needed (and appreciated). As the industry continues to change, as the environments we live and work in continue to speed up… we must stop, take time to value our art-form, re-embrace its rich history and celebrate its contemporary status.
“Everything is changing so quickly that it is very hard to imagine where it will go.”
(Page 27, TTTism, issue 1)
192 pages of pure tattoo admiration and appreciation. Get your copy now.
Buy issue 1 of TTTism online now for £14, via the Sang Bleu website.
Words: Beccy Rimmer
Photos: Sang Bleu and Inkluded, as credited