It’s been a long time since our last blog but it’s been a busy few months at Ave Satanas as some of you may have seen from our Facebook and Twitter pages.

As in previous years, Ave Satanas will be attending various shows around the country and we’re proud to announce that we are co-sponsoring The Great British Tattoo Show at Alexandra Palace in May, Bloodstock in August and Desertfest in a few short weeks! Make sure you’ve got your tickets for this one as it’s going to be epic!

We’re also pleased to announce that Ave Satanas is now exclusively stocked in France by the awesome Eblastshop. Make sure you check out their website and ‘Like’ their page here.

For a list of conventions and festivals we’ll be attending in 2013 see our ‘Upcoming Events’ on the ‘Satanas Hearse’ page.

Come and find us at Desertfest…

Hail Satan!

Desertfest 2013

The weekend of 21st-22nd April 2012 marked the advent of a brand new tattoo show in the capital ‘The Great British Tattoo Show’. This tattoo extravaganza was brought to London’s Olympia by the team behind Tattoo Freeze, Manchester International Tattoo Show, Tattoo Jam, and the UK’s biggest selling tattoo magazine Skin Deep. Clearly they are a company that know a thing or two about putting on a show.. and they sure did! The Great British Tattoo Show was two days of some of the best emerging talent in the tattoo industry both nationally and internationally. Packed with a variety of raucous performances, angle grinders, fire-breathing, booby tassels, and devilish entertainment, Ave Satanas were proud sponsors of  the ‘Best of Sunday’ award. Congratulations to all at Jazz Publishing for putting on another wicked and successful show. Don’t forget to check out the highlights: Great British Tattoo Showreel.

Their next convention is the Manchester International Tattoo Show in August, and then of course Tattoo Jam in October, the UK’s biggest tattoo show! Look out for Ave Satanas appearing in the next issue of Skin Deep on sale next week and we’ll see you all again at Jam!

Well, it’s official, the undisputed UK  tattoo show of the year is without doubt, the London International Tattoo Convention at Tobacco Dock. We’ve had the pleasure of attending this behemoth of a show for the past couple of years but this was our first time attending as traders and what a weekend! I’ve never seen such a huge number of world class tattoo artists in one place, so as a tattoo collector you really need look no further! The entertainment was also first class, the Fuel Girls were awesomely hot in every sense and I was mesmerized by Leah Debrincat you simply have to see her perform somewhere, somehow…DO IT! If beautiful, semi naked women with power tools, machetes and fire isn’t enough, then fear not, there’s also some killer stands and merchandise to check out downstairs in the Crypt. The Stand of Satanas was suitably located next to the Jamaica Inn keeping us adequately refreshed throughout the weekend with their real ale and cider bar. So friends, you know where to be next September, but also note there is another top class show, The Brighton Tattoo Convention January 28th-29th, it’s run by the same organisers as London so you can be sure of a great weekend. Thanks to Annick and Woody in particular and everyone for making LITC such an enjoyable 3 days, see you in 2012!

Hail Satan!

Just to say thank you to all our friends at Skin Deep Magazine for putting on another successful Tattoo Jam.

As always, a good mix of world class tattoo artists, upcoming bands and a variety of cool vendors. If, like us, you prefer to decorate your home with skulls instead of mass produced swedish prints, check out Sweet Delirium and their fantastic range of ornamental pieces and jewellery.

We were really impressed by the art of Kerry Evans and Ardent Shadows. Good to see Inkabilly again; like your stuff. If you’ve ever thought about getting your hair dreaded, definitely have a look at Urban Halo; they did a wicked job on my beard!

The Stand of Satanas was clearly one of the places to be and we look forward to bringing it back in 2012!

Satanic Ave 666 tattooMy interest in Satanism goes back to the years I spent living in Prague, a time where I got to indulge my fascination and further my education in the dark arts. Even though I never had the opportunity to meet Anton LaVey, I felt a deep connection through his books that has stayed with me to this day. It was also around this time I joined the Church of Satan, mainly out of respect for the Black Pope and his legacy. Proud to be a member of the CoS, I had an inverted pentagram committed to my skin; my first satanic tattoo and a statement of intent and allegiance moving forward.

Now 15 years on, I have finally etched the revered ‘666’ into my body. This number has featured throughout my life, starting at the tender age of 10 with an introduction to heavy metal; thank you Iron Maiden, ‘Number of the Beast’ is where it ALL started. So if today is Judgement Day as some proclaim, then this week’s tattoo at Renshi’s illustrates my loyalties and commitment to the dark side and Ave Satanas. This is not just a brand… it’s a way of life.

I will see you all in Hell my friends… Hail Satan!

Plymouth Tattoo ConventionWith less than one week to go, there’s still plenty of time to get your tickets for the Plymouth International Tattoo Convention on the 14th – 15th May 2011. Now in its second year Plymouth Tattoo Convention is a must attend for both artists and tattoo connoisseurs alike. Organized by the best guys in the business, you can expect a great weekend by the sea. So, enjoy a trip to the coast for a rockin’ few days of tattoos, custom bikes, and live entertainment. Also check out the trade stands for the Mammoth Book of Tattoo Art Volume 2 by the legendary Lal Hardy, and Tattoo Dynamite both on sale now!

Whilst at Tattoo Jam 2010 we  came across an interesting artist called Keng, a Thai Master in the art of Bamboo Tattoo and believed to be the only qualified Bamboo Tattoo Artist working in the UK. After watching his unique work at the Jam it was clear that a road trip to visit him in a more intimate setting was needed.

Keng’s studio, The Bamboo Rooms in Shipley is a large open, welcoming space. The Thai Master, armed only with a piece of bamboo does a good job at making you feel as welcome as any man can wielding a sharp piece of wood. Having had my fair share of electric tattoos, this would be my first bamboo experience.

The tattoo is pushed into the skin using a thin piece of bamboo with approximately 5 very fine needles attached. This is repeatedly tapped into the skin and is actually quicker than you might think. The sensation is quite different to that of electric with a distinct lack of buzzing emitting from the implement. Bamboo Tattooing is a very quiet process.

I would recommend having a bamboo tattoo and spending some time with this fascinating man, he has had quite an interesting life journey. For more information on Keng, the Bamboo Rooms and his unique tattooing visit:

Bamboo Rooms carry out custom bamboo tattoo art and tend not to use flash. They will never copy your tattoo so you will always have a bespoke, unique design.
Here at Ave Satanas, we’re already looking forward to our adventures at this years Tattoo Jam… look out for our stand there!

Satanic Tattoo by LiorciferThe sinister mastermind behind Ave Satanas had the recent pleasure of spending some quality time with his two favourite tattoo artists Micky ‘Renshi’ Hall and Liorcifer at Micky’s Ki Ink & Steel Tattoo Studio in Dagenham, Essex. It was time for some more satanic ink to be added to the flesh and these guys are amongst the best in the world at such creations. It’s always a pleasure to spend time at Renshi’s, it has a friendly feel whilst being darkly mysterious; demonic music emanating from the back room creating a truly satanic, creative ambiance. We always feel inspired in this space and look forward to our visits. I would strongly recommend checking their respective pages out (see links below) for unique tattoos by true artists and masters of the dark and macabre.

Micky ‘Renshi’ Hall – Ki Ink & Steel