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weeks LDNER is the Editor of Things & Ink, a tattoo culture magazine that she founded due to lack of any decent tattoo magazines. She has written a column for the Guardian about tattoos, appeared on BBC Newsnight and is about to launch an exhibition called ‘Miniature Ink’ which will feature postcard size works of art from over 100 tattoers from around the world, with profits going to Sarcoma UK. Meet Alice Snape…

Where do you live in London and what do you love about the area?

I live in South London and I spend most of my days in Brixton. I absolutely adore living there, and I’m lucky that I can walk to work every day – I rent a desk in a co-working environment about 15 minutes from my flat near Loughborough Junction. I pass through Brixton Village on my way, which is home to some of my favourite places to eat and go for coffee, including KaoSarn (best Thai food outside of Thailand) and Federation Coffee. I also love San Marino in Brixton, they make the best flat white with soy milk.

Tell us about what you do and how you got into it?

I work in the glossy world of magazines. I write and edit on a freelance basis, but I also launched Things&Ink, an independent tattoo magazine just over two years ago. Things&Ink was a dream of mine for years, since I had become disillusioned with tattoo magazines, but also magazines in general. I wanted to do something different that married my two passions – magazines and tattoos – to create something aspirational with more depth and meaning. I aim to showcase tattoos as they should be, against their rich cultural history. Articles in the magazine are all topics that I wished that I could have read about somewhere else, but simply haven’t been able to find. Things&Ink is a feast for the senses, it is filled with stunning editorial photo shoots, and is also printed on high-quality paper – this is so important for an arts magazine. I want people to collect issues like they collect tattoos.

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Can you tell us about some of your favourite London tattoo artists and studios?

The London tattoo community is truly vibrant, we are so lucky as we are spoilt for choice with so many incredible tattoo artists. I spend a lot of time at Into You in Farringdon, one of the most well-established tattoo shops in London. It is owned by tattooer and artist Alex Binnie who has constantly pushed boundaries within the tattoo world, and he has been a major supporter of myself and the magazine since it was launched. Into You is a fun shop to spend time at, and the artists are all incredible; I have been tattooed there, my boyfriend and friends have – even my mum. Another favourite in London is Tracy D who works at King’s Cross Tattoo Parlour, she has tattooed me twice and has also become a true friend – she is a hardworking artist who is lovely to spend time with. I constantly get compliments about the Rossetti inspired tattoo that she created for my leg.

You have an exhibition coming up next month, what’s happening?

‘Miniature Ink’ is an exciting exhibition I have curated of original miniature-sized work by over 100 of the world’s leading tattoo artists. It opens 24th September at Atomica Gallery in Covent Garden and is the second exhibition I have worked on with Holly and Orla who run the gallery. They stock the magazine and we are all fans of tattoo art! Each piece in Miniature Ink is the same size, which is slightly smaller than a postcard, and they will all be the same, reasonable price to make it affordable for avid collectors or first time buyers to add to their original collection, or indeed begin it. The exhibition features not just artists who have featured on the pages of Things&Ink, but many more who have gathered together to support the magazine’s two-year birthday and donate to such a worthwhile cause. Profits from the exhibition will be given to the unique cancer charity, Sarcoma UK, a charity that is very close to my heart.


What would be your ‘perfect’ day in London?

My perfect London day would start with a Bikram yoga class at Hot Bikram Yoga in London Bridge, I wish I could do this every day. Then onto a gallery or an exhibition – I saw Matisse’s Cut Outs at the Tate Modern last week, which was incredible. I also enjoy a browse in a good bookshop, I recently spent hours in the Rizzoli Bookshop at Somerset House. They have an amazing collection of interesting art books, and they now also stock Things&Ink (a very proud moment). A wander to Borough Market next to get lunch from one of the many incredible food stalls – I particularly love Veggie Table for amazing veggie and vegan food. I just love wandering round London – by the river, through the streets – you never know what you might discover along the way…

Miniature Ink
Wed 24th September – wed 15th October 2014
Atomica Gallery, 29 Shorts Gardens, London, WC2H 9AP