Long ago I posted an interview with machine-free (hand-poked) tattoo artist and pioneer Boff Konkerz (read it here), but at that point he was better known for smaller pieces. Boff told me back then that he figured hand-poked tattoos took about three times as long as “normal” tattoos in general, so as you can imagine doing a full backpiece is quite a commitment. Boff is based at King of Hearts in London, but travels extensively across the UK and Europe — follow his plans or get in touch via fb/RoadmapsForTheSoul.
Upcoming tour dates include:
- Shining Tattoo, Nenzing, Austria… March 21st-26th
- Íslenzka Húðflúrstofan, Reykjavik, Iceland… April 18th-23rd
- Funhouse Tattoo, Metz, France… 2nd-7th May
- Fo Tat Fest, Torshavn, Faroe Islands… 17th-19th May
- Lucky 7, Oslo, Norway… 27th June-2nd July
Here are a few backpieces, epics of machine-free tattooing, that Boff has done. The first one by the way you may recognize elements of — it is based on Last Embrace by Laurie Lipton (although the motif of embracing skeletons is not an unusual one).