Blog on the Bog - Your regular throne room treatise

No more pocket watch tattoos! Interview with Vesso Alexiev

No more pocket watch tattoos! Interview with Vesso Alexiev

Vesso Alexiev is one of the newest additions to the Yayo Pro Team and he's making waves in the industry with his professional attitude and top class realism tattoos. On a cold winters day Yayo affiliate Matt Haddon-Reichardt headed up to York to meet Vesso and talk shop over a hot coffee or two.
Read now
The Antibiotic Apocalypse and the end of tattooing

The Antibiotic Apocalypse and the end of tattooing

A tattooist saved my life; Guy Fletcher is his name. When my hot new ink got a bacterial infection his prompt advice to seek medical intervention stopped the spread of the bacteria and the onset of sepsis. Tattooing is under threat from treatment resistant bacteria and we are on the cusp of a global crisis. Yayo sent out investigative journalists Matt Haddon-Reichardt to separate the truth from the lies and answer the question: is this the end of tattooing as we know it?
Read now
Paul LaVey the master of colour realism

Paul LaVey the master of colour realism

Halloween is nearly here and who better to interview than the horror tattoo master himself Paul LaVey. Not only is he a top bloke and one of the Yayo Pro Team he also does a mean line in colour realism. We sent out Yayo blog boy Matt Haddon-Reichardt to get the low down on Paul's superb work and see if Brexit really will break tattooing.
Read now
The ancient history of tattooing from ice mummies to Eygpt

The ancient history of tattooing from ice mummies to Eygpt

Archaeological evidence proves that tattooing is an ancient art form that dates back at least 6000 years. Across the globe tattooing played a vital role in many ancient societies; from body decoration, to status symbols to the mark of a...

Read now
Matthew Pritchard the Dirty Vegan

Matthew Pritchard the Dirty Vegan

Matthew Pritchard shot to fame as part of the notorious MTV stunt team Dirty Sanchez. Now he is a respectable endurance athlete, vegan cook and tattoo studio owner. Yayo sent roving reporter Matt Haddon-Reichardt to the valleys of Wales to get the low down on the man the man, the myth, the legend that is Pritchard.
Read now
Smoke and Mirrors; the art and style of Miss FX

Smoke and Mirrors; the art and style of Miss FX

Many tattoo artists are content ploughing the same furrow but Miss FX is cut from different cloth. Aside from her dotwork tattooing she is a film maker, hand tap tattoo artist, trapeze performer and philanthropist. Now she has branched out...

Read now
How a sailor's tattoo saved his soul

How a sailor's tattoo saved his soul

Fishing and tattoos have a long history. For the men who used to go to sea a tattoo was more than just body art. Tattoos held a superstitious power to bring good luck, protection against misfortune and could stop a man from drowning. Yayo sent out Matt Haddon-Reichardt to investigate the long history of tattoos and the sea and to find out if a tattoo really has the power to save a man's soul.

Read now
Is it lucky to get a tattoo on Friday the 13th?

Is it lucky to get a tattoo on Friday the 13th?

Are you superstitious? Do you worry when a black cat crosses your path, do you panic when you step on a crack in the pavement or meltdown when you break a mirror? One way to reverse bad luck is to get a tattoo on Friday 13th. Yayo sent out Matt Haddon-Reichardt to meet up with tattooist Sabre Carson to get the low down on lucky tattoos.

Read now