It is with great pleasure (and a bit of pain) that I announce our newest site, Needled. Edited by the fabulous Marisa DiMattia, Needled takes a look at the art of tattooers, on skin and on canvas. It also looks at the culture, politics, and laws affecting tattoo art. Needled understands that body art aficionados cannot be put into neat boxes: they are lawyers with tattooed bodysuits under Paul Smith suits, tech gurus with backpieces, soccer moms with sleeves, and artists who enjoy a good opera after a tattoo convention.

On, you'll find the latest news affecting the body art community, profiles on tattoo artists, book reviews, event listings, and even shopping guides. Something for every facet of your complex personality, but one thing is constant: the level of craftsmanship in the tattoo art presented.

My favorite posts?

– A profile of Chris O'Donnell
Isabel Varley, the most senior tattooed woman
– David Beckham's tattoo copyright controversy
– and of course, the very first entry: Needled and Sins