The Handpoker by Death at Sea

The Brooklyn studio's 3D-printed design adds a modern touch to the ancient art of tattooing

Brooklyn studio Death at Sea turns to a time-honored craft for its latest 3D-printed offering, with the Handpoker—a tool for stick-and-poke tattoos. Death at Sea designer Matt Cavanaugh created the one-piece construction in stainless steel so it can be fully functional. Sporting tattoos himself, Cavanaugh tells CH, “I was trying to find a place where I can contribute to tattoo culture, not being a tattoo …

Cool Hunting Video: David Sena

A master tattoo artist who also "paints" with fire

Several years ago, we visited artist David Sena‘s studio to peep behind the curtain and find out about his unique process. Sena (who has given a few CH staff members tattoos in the past) creates large-scale artworks using an unusual method: the Cooper Union graduate “paints” almost exclusively using fireworks. The results are fantastic. The artist translates rough burn marks and leftover trails from smoke …

SuicideGirls: Hard Girls, Soft Light

Tats, garters and brazen confidence in a photographic look at the underground movement

by Tara Fraser While pin-up girls have been around in some form for more than 100 years, the duo behind SuicideGirls paved their way onto the scene in 2001 by taking an alternative approach to mainstream notions of beauty. These days SuicideGirls are known internationally through their highly trafficked online hub, which celebrates unapologetic and daringly different women. The community organization has once again taken …