The Studio – tattoo. piercing. tattoo removals. courses. scars removals. photography. fashion. fusion. art.
Established in May 2015 and based in Glasgow, City Centre between Buchanan Street and River Clyde. Designed by a local designer Marta Michalek, from Atlas LTD. The Studio occupy 250m2 or 2700ft2 of contemporary minimalistic interior hosting not only the art of tattoo, but also music, fashion and fusion art initiatives.
We work together with local and international artists, aiming to create a special, unique art space for you to design yourself.
‘Be the change, that you want to see in the world’ (Ghandi)
Our residents specialise in different tattoo styles, so do our guest artists. we proudly host popular award winning European Artists - for more info about our guest please go to our event calendar.
We do custom design with our clients. we listen. we talk. we discover. we develop.
Our residents specialise in different tattoo styles, so do our guest artists. We work with styles such as Abstract, Blackwork, Black and Grey, Cubism, Dotwork, Expressionism, Geometrics, Minimalism, Linework, Neotraditional, Neotribal, Photorealism, Portraits, Photoshop Tatttoo, Primitivism, Realism, Sacred-Geometry, Sketch, Stencil, Surrealism, Scientific Illustartion, Trash Polka Watercolour/Acrylic
We proudly host popular award winning European Artists - for more info about our guests please go to our event calendar and Guest Spots photo album.
Tattooing was practiced throughout the ancient world – Peruvian, Egyptian and Scythian mummies featured ornamental tattoos of apes, birds, and reptiles on their forearms, hands and lower legs. In Japan, the evidence dates to at least the third century B.C and admonition in Leviticus - “do not mark your skin with tattoos” - suggests the practice was known among the Israelites. The Persians passed tattooing on to the Greeks, and the Greeks, in turn, passed the practice on to the Romans. The social meanings of these early tattoos were as diverse as the cultures that created them. Some tattoos were purely ornamental; others had ceremonial or religious functions. Still others are thought to have served therapeutic purposes. Some indicated high rank or social status, whereas others were reserved for prisoners and slaves.
The term “tattoo” entered the English language through Captain James Cook’s accounts of his travels in Polynesia. In 1769 Cook witnessed Tahitians engaged in the practice of “tattowing” and described it as follows:
“Both sexes paint their Bodys, Tattow, as it is called in the Language. This is done by inlaying the Colour of Black under their skins, in such a manner as to be indelible (…)“
Cook’s account marks the beginning of the modern history of the tattoo however tattooing was practiced in the British Isles long before Cook’s excursions to Polynesia. The Picts, the pre-Roman inhabitants of modern day Scotland, “received their name from their painted bodies, because they are marked by tattoos of various figures made with iron pricks and black pigment.” Initially, the European tattooed class comprised primarily sailors, soldiers, and adventurers who travelled to Tahiti or New Zealand. Cook’s own crew were among the first Europeans to return with traditional Polynesian tattoos and tattooing quickly spread throughout the British military. By the nineteenth century, European fashionable society was “gripped by a tattoo craze.” Sutherland Macdonald and Ted Rile opened tattoo studios where wealthy Londoners eagerly joined the “newly tattooed upper class” with the likes of Edward VII (Jerusalem cross on his hand), his brother – Duke Alfred of Edinburgh, Kind George V, Prince of Wales, Duke od Clarence, Lady Randolph Churchill (snake on her wrist) just to name a few, and before them - Catherine the Great, the Duke of York (dragon on his arm after visiting Japan), Duke Harold II of England (tattoos used to identify his body after the battle of Hastings). Rather than create custom artwork for their clients, tattoo artists of this era worked almost exclusively from collections of pre-drawn images called “flash.” Designs included military insignia, ships, hearts, flowers, skulls, daggers, snakes, etc. The combination of the electric tattoo machine and simple, pre-made flash designs enabled the industry to capitalize on the popularity of tattoos.
Beginning in the 1960s, tattoo artists began to reconceptualise their work. Sailor Jerry was among the first and most important tattoo artists to challenge prevailing practices; he sought to elevate tattoo artistry by creating elaborate, stylistically and thematically consistent tattoos that incorporated the entire human body as a canvas. Over the next few decades, the innovations of Sailor Jerry and protégés like Cliff Raven and Don Ed Hardy helped bring about three interlinked shifts in the industry that led to what some have called the tattoo renaissance. New generation of tattoo artists were drawn into the industry due to it’s potential of artistic innovation and expression, fine artists began to see tattooing as legitimate career path – new techniques ranging from graffiti to cubism began to emerge. Custom work became an expression of love of art rather than a need to gain. Since then tattoos are suddenly everywhere and there are no signs of stopping this craze of decorating your own self for many personal and social reasons.
eyebrow £30 / nose £25 / septum £30 / bridge £30
tongue £35 / lip £30 / madonna £30 / smiley £30 / lower or tongue webbing £30, cheek £35
earlobe £20 each £30 a pair / tragus £20 / rook £20 / helix £20 / cartilage £20 / conch £25 / industrial £30
belly button £25 / nipple from £30 / surface £30 / genitals £50
If you think that tongue piercings, stretched ears and rings through the nose are modern inventions, think again. While they have only become part of everyday fashion in recent years, body piercings and modifications have been with us for a long time, and have adorned warriors, kings, peasants and priests alike. Even William Shakespeare was pierced.
Used as a symbol of both belonging and rebellion, for some cultures piercing and modification rituals demonstrated faith, devotion and courage. Piercing was popular in ancient times (Otzi the iceman), worn by tribal cultures (nose piercings in Bedouin tribes, Mayans, Aztecs and Incas). The practise remains prevalent in Pakistan and Bangladesh as well as in India, where Hindu women often wear a stud in a left nostril, which has associations with the female reproductive organs in Ayurvedic medicine.
Tribal piercings throughout the ages have taken many forms, including nipple and genital piercings although lips and tongues are especially popular sites. Lips piercings were recorded by explorers meeting Alaskan tribes and are known to have existed in Papua New Guinea and Amazonia. Stretching was popular throughout South American as well as African tribes and that is still practised in Ethiopia.
Body piercing crops up in Kama Sutra which recommends inserting pins and bars (apadravya piercings) through the penis to enhance pleasure for men and partners.
We have been altering the way we look since earliest humans first glimpsed their reflections in water, and it is a habit that goes right to our core – our desire to change and experiment with the way we look is a fundamental part of our nature and the fact that piercing, tattoos and constantly evolving fashion tastes have existed in so many cultures throughout world history is proof of this. Ultimately you get your piercing for your own reasons but here are few answers to the big question.
Aesthetic reasons – highlight a specific feature, adding some interest or restoring confidence.
All of the above.
Whichever reason is yours – we are more than happy to assist you and answer any questions you might have especially that piercing continues to be popular today, many individuals consider having a piercing as jewellery, a great addition to their appearance (it is easily removable with comparison to tattoos for those worried of lifetime consequences). According to the most recent UK figures available, which appeared in a survey published in a British Medical Journal (www.bmj.com/content/336/7658/1426.full), around 10% of the adult population have a body piercing (excluding ear piercings). Nearly half of women aged 16-24 have had a body piercing.
Are you bored with your tattoo? Do you wish to remove it or replace it with a new one? Whichever it is you need to know few fact about the removal itself.
So how easy is it to get a tattoo removed, and how do you go about it? Though it may sound simple, several factors come into play when considering removing a tattoo. Removal creams can fail to take off the whole tattoo, whilst other methods involving incisions or burning can cause pain or scarring. The colours used in the tattoo, as well as its size and density, can all affect the suitability of removal treatment, how long it will take, and how effective it will be. It is essential to discuss these elements with trained professionals, who can steer you in the right direction to ensure the removal of your tattoo in the safest, most effective way for you.
Laser tattoo removal is simple, safe, and produces fantastic results. The advanced technology works by allowing the light produced by the laser to pass through the skin and break up the tattoo ink into tiny particles. The body then disposes of these fragments via its immune system. It usually takes several treatment sessions to ensure success, with regular intervals between sessions.
The procedure can cause a stinging sensation, which can be eased by applying a local anaesthetic cream. Some people also experience a lightening or darkening of the affected skin, though in most cases this returns to normal after six months. Redness in the area is common after the procedure, but subsides quickly. The professionals performing the treatment will advise using a high-factor sun block while the skin is still sensitive, along with other tips on achieving the best results. It makes sense to take your tattoo to the experts!
As there is a high demand within clientele to view our work on their bodies through an eye of a professional photographer, we are happy to offer a complimentary photo session to every tattooed or pierced client. The establishment has a decent size photography studio in the cellar, and you will be asked at the desk whether you are interested to be professionally photographed but if we forget please mention it as we are more than happy to please you.
We will need your skin to heal (that usually takes three weeks) and after that you are welcomed to book a professional photo session completely free of charge (no prints, photos will be send to you via email or put on a CD)