Is print dead?
Absolutely, according to Things&Ink Editor Alice Snape, who announced in an open letter on the magazine's blog that they would no longer be creating the magazine in the form of glossy, printed pages.
Alice Snape launched the magazine over three years ago, after growing a love and passion for tattoos. Things&Ink aims to provide a source of tattoo inspiration for men and women.
She wrote in her blog post: "From the first ever cover with the tattoo artist who inspired me to want to become heavily tattooed, to our latest cover for The Horror Issue, the magazine has progressed and grown immensely over the years… and I really hope we have inspired readers, young and old."
"I truly believe that we have made an impact on the tattoo world." Alice Snape
Alice comments upon the decline of print media.
"As much as it pains me to say it, print is dying. Which is heartbreaking for me, I always loved the feel of a new book or magazine! Even the smell, opening the cover and wondering what you will discover… But the magazine world is changing, and without financial support, independently run magazines just cannot survive. As much as I have loved creating every single issue of Things&Ink, I just cannot take the financial burden anymore. Although the magazine looks like it is thriving, it is actually really struggling. I work as a freelance magazine editor and writer, and almost every penny I have earned over the years has been ploughed back into the magazine."
Alice revealed that the brand would continue, just not in print format: "Things&Ink has become a very recognised brand, and although we will no longer exist in print, we will exist online in the form of this blog, and our social media accounts. We will also still organise events and exhibitions and be a hub for people who are passionate about art and tattoos."
She takes a moment in her announcement to thank all those who have been involved in the creation of Things&Ink, from tattoo artists and writers, to photographers and make-up artists involved in generating their beautiful front cover images.
"Running a tattoo magazine means that we have had a rare glimpse into the tattoo world, tattoo artists have opened up to us and given us a unique take on what could have been a very closed world. We have met some of the most incredible artists along the way, and hope we continue to do so… I also hope that as many of our readers, contributors, artists, friends and supporters will join us at our exhibition The Archive, opening on Thursday 31 March at the Circle in London… and don’t be sad, come celebrate!"
Read more about the event - UK Tattoo Magazine Things & Ink Announce Next Exhibition: The Archive.
Alice ends: "Thanks so much for reading this, what is my final – and most difficult to write – editor’s letter… it has been a pleasure compiling every issue for you, and I hope I can continue to inspire by curating content for this blog and also artwork for future exhibitions… there’s lots of cool projects brewing."