Philip Yarnell’s favourite tattoos

Today we asked the most beautiful tattooer Philip Yarnell to choose some of his favourite tattoos from his impressive collection and explain why he likes them so much.


My back piece was done by Liam Sparkes around three years ago at Shangri La, we decided on the goat because the original image is by one of my favourite artists Walton Ford. The image of the goat is based on the Faustian tale of selling your soul. The entire tattoo only took about two and half hours which is pretty impressive for a back piece of that size.


These two tattoos on the right hand side of my torso were done by Luca Font and Glue Sniffer. The heroin chic was done by Glue Sniffer earlier this year, I chose this image because I like how crude it is. Luca’s tattoo of the girls head was also created earlier this year at Sang Bleu and I love how classical and timeless this image is.



The top tattoo on my calf was done by Koji Ichimaru at the start of this year at Duke Street, I like this girl because Koji is well known for mixing up traditional Japanese and classic Western styles together, but this one was more unusual for him and most of his images are usually of Japanese content. The tattoo below that was done by Javier Rodriguez at Sang Bleu, I enjoy it because it doesn’t look like anything else I have on my body and there is a lot of character to the devils face.




Thomas Pollard created this great image of the character Suzy Bannion in the horror classic Suspira. For me this is a very iconic image [...]

Sade: Attacking The Sun

The Musée d’Orsay is currently hosting an exhibition titled Sade: Attacking the Sun that explores the French writer, the Marquis de Sade’s provocative transformation of literature and the arts.

The Marquis de Sade is the famed controversial writer of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries known for his explicitly erotic works, often violent, criminal and blasphemous against the Catholic Church. He’s the author of novels such as ‘Justine, or The Misadventures of Fortune‘ and ‘The 120 Days of Sodom‘, which he wrote whilst imprisoned in the Bastille for sodomy and poisoning prostitutes.

De Sade was a libertine, unrestrained  and devoid of moral, religious or lawful discipline. The exhibition addresses de Sade and his radical questioning of limits, proportion, excess, notions of beauty, ugliness, the sublime and the body through themes of his ferocious and singular desire, his principle of excess and elements of the bestial.

Sade: Attacking the Sun’s focus is on the revolution of representation that his work unearthed; how it dissolved premeditated religious, ideological, social and moral notions. On display are numerous examples of work that have evidently been influenced by Sade’s philosophies, from artists such as Rodin, Gericaurt, Ingres and Rops.

Works on show that marry art and de Sade’s sadistic, violent and sexual fantasies are Cezanne’s ‘Portrait of a Strangled Woman‘ (1872), Picasso’s ‘The Rape of the Sabines‘ (1962), Goya’s ‘Cannibals Preparing Their Victims‘ (1800-08) and Rops’ ‘Violence ou Satyres’.

The exhibition presents de Sade as a veritable legend whose work, despite its blatant ignorance of contemporary (then, and now) notions of morality, influences art with its violently erotic philosophy.

Sade: Attacking the Sun is on show now until the 25th January 2015 at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

More information can be found on their website, here 



An interview with Hairaiser

Hairaiser makes images to satisfy his fetish for women with excess body hair.  The internet found images of stereotypically beautiful women have been manipulated by Hairaiser in often subtle ways – a provocatively posed woman at first seems quite normal  until your eyes travel down and you are enlightened with a downy covering of manly fur covering her legs. Some images are more blatant, Angelina Jolie or a 90s porn star with a good few weeks worth of growth on their faces are particularly delightful. There is something almost charming about the photographs that Hairaiser manipulates, verging on the in-offensive and absurd but simultaneously fantastically surreal. Some of the worlds most idolised modern women are turned into a drag queen’s dream. In a society where body hair on a woman is deemed unsightly its nice that Hairaiser has taken his fetish to the extreme that he has, even if this amount of body hair is unusual for most women to achieve.

We spoke to Hairaiser more about how his fetish has developed and the images that he makes.


Could you explain to us what attracts you to hairy women?

Why of course! I find it quite natural that a woman does not shave, and I honestly do not know why I am attracted to those who have a lot of hair. I like it and that’s it, I love to caress the legs of my wife when she hasn’t shaved, kiss her lips and feel the hairs of her upper lip. I think the fluff, when its thick, it is very feminine and sensual. Hairy women are beautiful to me.

At what point did you realise that you were attracted to hairy women? Was there a defining experience for you in your past?

Ever since puberty [...]

Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude

Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude opens at the Courtauld Gallery on the 23rd October and is the first major museum exhibition solely dedicated to the Vienesse artist’s work in the UK.

The exhibition focuses solely on Schiele and his nude subject which played a seminal role in his short but prolific career.

Schiele is known for his sexually provocative images that reinvented the classical depiction of the human figure. He challenged outmoded conventions of the nude by depicting the male and female figure in contorted poses and an unidealised form.

Themes that run throughout the exhibition are those of self-expression, procreation, sexuality and eroticism, acted out by various models- from himself to his sister, male friends, his wife and lovers, prostitutes, pregnant mothers and babies.

The images are often sexually explicit and erotically charged; Schiele was the first artist to address both human sexual anatomy and sexual psychology frankly through figure drawing. The explicit nature of Schiele’s artistic pursuits eventually criminalized him, he was imprisoned for two months in 1912 for contravening public decency.

The Radical Nude showcases thirty eight of his nude works that show Schiele’s talent for an explicit and raw depiction of not only the human form but human sexuality.

The exhibition runs from 23rd October until the 18th January at the Courtauld Gallery, London
More information can be found here


The Cock in Cocteau

‘Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying’ Jean Cocteau.

Saturday marked the anniversary of the death of the French poet, artist and filmmaker Jean Cocteau. A touché a tout (a finger in every pie) Cocteau was often misunderstood. He walked a lonely path but was notoriously ahead of his time with inimitable elegance. In 1930 he produced 18 explicit drawings for the anonymously published erotic story Le Livre Blanc, written by Cocteau himself. Described as “obscenely pious’, the drawings are erotic and gives the viewer a visual expression to the sense of being torn between a fallen ideal, the sexuality of dreams and a slide into fantasy. They are not the symbols of simple, unequivocal obsession or a comment on the division between heterosexuality and homosexuality, but a quest for the pure, his personal truth. Sensitively drawn, the models came from a variety of backgrounds. Some were casual pickups; others were lovers and friends, including the precocious writer Raymond Radiguet and the actor Jean Marais.


“His body was more like the one I saw in my dreams than the young, powerfully equipped body of an adolescent: a perfect body, rigged out with muscles like a ship with ropes”. This fluidity of aesthetics and theatrics is in a constant state of movement and to Cocteau the ecstasy of joy and fear. The male body itself becomes fluid….

The body was sat slightly hunched but with vigour. His torso was long. His tan had faded. As he stretched his arms towards the sky the ridges of his sport shone through. Blood ran like the ink on [...]

Seol Cheong Kwon at Sang Bleu London

Artist Seol Cheong Kwon will be presenting an exhibition at the brand new Sang Bleu gallery in the Sang Bleu London space in conjunction with Frieze art fair. The private view will take place on the 16th of October from 6-9pm.

To celebrate, we’ve interviewed Seol about the work she’ll be exhibiting, her relationship to Sang Bleu, her career and where she wants to go.

What do you hope the viewer will get out of your work being shown at Sang Bleu and what do you want to get out of it?

I would like the viewer to enjoy the work on an aesthetic level, to question the limits and processes of photography as a medium, and to consider the ramifications of a singular photographic based image in a society where the proliferation of the same repeated images is rampant.

My interest in Sang Bleu started during a point in my life when I had very little capacity to understand the world outside of my own created one. But when I stumbled upon it, I immediately felt a connection: first with the title of the magazine, because of this notion of nobility, blood lines, not only on a level of economic class, but on a tribal level, and then for my individual relationship with its’ aesthetic of tattoo, drawing, style and fetish.   As a multidisciplinary forum anchored by an underlying thread which speaks to certain “rites of passage”, I connected to the structure and topics, since I never worked with only one medium and one subject and didn’t follow the mold of how an artist should work or establish themselves in the art world.  Today I feel differently, being less contrarian, I am willing to take certain steps if it enables me [...]

Sang Bleu Vêtements is now live!



Sang Bleu Vetements is now live! At you will be able to purchase our growing selection of Sang Bleu designed clothes and past issues of Sang Bleu magazine.

A video has been made to celebrate this new release and was directed by Hope Plescia with creative direction from Maxime Buchi. The film explores the work of the UK Barbarians and features models Rory O’Hara, Jorgi Miltchev and Akira.