Product Focus - The Hamsa Hand

Sure, we’re all still waiting with baited breath for January 91st when we can all finally get fucking paid BUT, old V-Day is fast approaching and you know what? You deserve a treat. With this in mind, we’re delving into the history of the Hamsa Hand - a story that is literally older than religion, an amulet of femininity and Devine protection. Interested? Then let’s go …

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The Gift & Curse Of Insta-Success

It’s the kind of success we all hope for. The mighty oak from a small acorn story. It’s the holy grail of the millennial era, the stuff of modern-age fairy tales. Or is it? This week, globally revered tattoo artist Olivia-Fayne closes her books to custom orders due to the pressure constant connectivity applies to a creative. So it’s got us wondering, insta-fame, friend or foe?

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Resolution Shmesolution

If you’ve broken dry January already and your brand new gym kit is still folded nicely with its tags on, this one’s for you. Resolutions fall on their arse because we subconsciously pick something we only really give half a shit about. But it’s a waste. Come with us … let’s do something a little different this year. Yep, you can bring the gin, too.

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Product Focus - The Lucky Cat

You know what your New Year needs? And no, for the love of Christ, it is NOT tea that says it can make you thin. Put it down, seriously. No, what you need is a big bitch of a dream and a lucky charm to remind you to get there. So, with that in mind, we’re digging into the symbolism and mythology of the Lucky Cat …

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Unblocking The Creative Block

Sure, it’s the ‘fuck it, it’s Christmas’ part of the year, but pretty soon … it’s gonna be New Year. And then it’s going to be fresh promises to lose weight / stop drinking / allow ourselves the time to be creative. But, alas, with the creative gift comes creative block - so we’re getting ahead of it with this ode to inspiration from blogger and curator Danielle Krysa. Anyone say last minute Christmas present?

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CarterGore Gift Guide

Fa-la-la-la La-la-la-oh crap! Just realised it’s mid-December and your Christmas shopping success is kinda in the can? Sure, the year went January, February, November for us too so, mate, we’re with you on this one … and we’ve got you covered.

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Adventure Of A Bibliophile

And they said print was dead. We’re calling bullshit while exploring the inspiring work of self-confessed ‘bookstagrammer’ Elizabeth Sagan, who brings to life her favourite magical literary moments using her extensive library of books.

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Double Tap That - Daria Aksenova

Inspired by the mythical dreamscapes of visual narrative artist, Daria Aksenova, we’re pondering when exactly in life our imaginations cease to conjure scenes of flight and fantasy and instead dwell on the layout of the kitchen. Beautiful, ethereal, transporting - and on good old pen and paper, this is work to stop scrolling for …

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Product Development - The Mandala

We take commissions seriously. If we’re making something bespoke for you, you best believe we’ll be putting in the time for the lines and doing our homework. Ever wonder why the Mandala has become a flash-card favourite and symbol of spirituality? We did too. So we looked into it …

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Double Tap That - Sergio Ingravelle

With the help of German illustrator Sergio Ingravelle and his fantastic work, we’re pondering the ultimate question of the modern era … technology - friend or foe? Get ready to be aesthetically delighted and then ultimately horrified at how much your best techno-pal (your phone) is sucking from your life. Ready?

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CG x GHQ Day Of The Dead

Hold a hell-raising, toquilla-dowsed Day Of The Dead party with the lads from GHQ? Well, of course we did. Almost a year after our very first collaboration, we’re back with the boys to cause some trouble and sell some jewellery. Click to see the hijinks and read our thoughts on why building a great brand takes a village.

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The Accidental Photographer

Creativity is a wonderful thing - especially when it crops up in the mundane and everyday. It just makes everything a little bit … brighter. ‘Accidental Photographer’ Francois Dourlen is a hero of observational creativity, reminding us that the opportunity to be creative is everywhere, at any time.

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Spookspiration

Still waiting for Spookspiration to strike for the perfect bit of Halloween genius this year? We’ve got you covered. We’ve been trawling the gram for THE perfect freaky-deaky glam-squad to set your creative juices flowing. You’re welcome!

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Double Tap That - Astor Alexander

Artist Astor Alexander reimagines our favourite Disney damsels through his classic 40’s noir filter - tilting their narratives on a new angle. One that’s less about glass slippers and more about smashing glass ceilings.

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An Experience - The London Tattoo Convention

An atmosphere with enough snap to raise the hairs on your arms, talent and technique you couldn’t help but be in awe of and a queue outside the door every day. We had the 14th year of The London Tattoo Convention in the Tobacco Dock pegged with quiet optimism as our ultimate pitch to date.

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Tattoo Age - Never Too Old

Ever been asked to consider what your ink will look like when you’re old and wrinkly? (The request usually comes with a fair bit of distain). Well … we thought about and decided - we’ll look effing fantastic. Getoud, a foundation dedicated to bridging the gap between generations, has profiled 25 over 75’s with stories of ink to tell and we LOVE it …

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Double Tap That - Vek Van Hillik

Manipulating symmetry and the landscape of the human body, French artist Vek Van Hillik creates moving illusions of ink and skin - it’s magicians work. Which is why we have him sitting at the tippety top of our appreciation-gawp list.

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The London Tattoo Convention

Clink, clink … clang, clang … hear that? Gary’s got his gear on and is knuckling down in the factory getting us set up for the London Tattoo Convention at the end of this month. Yep, there’s a lot of CG Killer on its way to old London Town. Who’s coming?

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Dawid Planeta

With ribbons and messages of hope on motorway bridges, and sculptures of men on top of buildings, this week is suicide awareness week. To acknowledge and respect the battle 1 in 4 of us are waging with ourselves, we’re exploring the poignant work of Polish artist Dawid Planeta and his journey through his own darkness.

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Le Jardin de Zihwa

Here’s the the trail-blazers. The ones who don’t wait for solid ground to start putting down roots. The ones who light the path for the culture to follow. Seoul based tattoo artist Zihwa is creating globally-renowned magic with a needle, in a country where tattooing is still pretty much illegal. We did some internet stalking to find out more …

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