Skin Deep has long been the UK’s best selling tattoo magazine, publishing profiles, interviews and features with the leading tattooists and tattoo artists working in the world today together with exciting new talent. Alongside of this, the magazine focus on the tattoo lifestyle and all it contains, coverage from the international convention scene, art features from those who embrace the tattoo ethic or find inspiration within it, reader profiles, news, reviews, competitions, letters and every issue also comes with a free supplement.
In Skin Deep presents The Best Comic Book Tattoos, a special issue of the magazine on sale now in newsagents, or direct from the Skin Deep web site, price £7.99, they’ve scoured the length and breadth of many planets to find out just how deep a fans commitment to their comic book heroes may be. From the obvious trains of thought that no doubt slip from the back of recent success stories such as Iron Man, X-Men, The Avengers and Spider-Man, they also go deep underground to find those not so obvious.
“There can be little doubt that the popularity of comic books and their related spin-offs are at an all time high right now,” say the publishers. “This of course, spills over into all aspects of culture and when that happens, you can guarantee that tattooing is never far behind as people seek to commit their heroes permanently to their skin.
“We sweep from the big guns of Marvel and DC across to indie presses, take in the European scene and look at all levels of popular culture from the fifties coming full circle to modern day interpretations of the genre. One thing is certain, whichever way you approach the subject, each and every comic book tattoo is created out of joy and a sense of belonging.
“Inside, you’ll find interviews and features on some of the finest talents in both tattooing and the comic book world alongside of art that will surprise you and, in many instances, bring back memories of characters you thought the world had forgotten…”
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.