Adriana de Barros, also known as “The Tattoo Journalist,” is a Portuguese-Canadian writer, historian, and photographer who has covered the arts for over two decades.

De Barros is the founding editor of Scene360, an online magazine specializing in tattoo documentation, and a Webby Award winner of the “Best Art” initiative in 2015. Despite her interest in painting and sculpture, she prefers to write about tattooing because this ancient practice is insufficiently documented; even modern tattooing is not always noted realistically, and it is vital to preserving its history.

De Barros is the author of the print series “Ta’too.” She has also written for Raking Light Projects, Orion Publishing Group, and other book publishers. In addition to Tattoo Kulture, Skin Art, Total Tattoo, Tattoo Life, Skin & Ink, Reinventing The Tattoo, Inked, Tattoo Revue, Inkers, Skin Deep, and Ladies of Tattooing Worldwide magazines.


interview with Fibs

A discussion with “Shape-and Motion” Tattooist Fibs

Kari Barba on Tattoos for Women Magazine

An interview with the Tattoo Queen—Legend Kari Barba

Shane tan's bodysuits

A talk with Singaporean Shane Tan about his incredible bodysuits

Freddy Negrete in tattoo kulture

An interview with black-and-grey tattoo legend Freddy Negrete

Paul Booth portrait by Paolo Duran

Paul Booth in a forthcoming interview with Gore magazine

Q&A with American legend Charlie Cartwright for Total Tattoo magazine

Featured Artists:

Pinky Yun
Charlie Cartwright
Filip Leu
Jack Rudy
Freddy Negrete
Madame Chinchilla
Fip Buchanan
Kari Barba
Freddy Corbin
Paul Booth
Chris Garver
Shane Tan

Henning Jørgensen
Eddy Reyes Sr
Takahiro Kitamura
Gerhard Wiesbeck
Kenji Alucky
Jeff Croci
Mike Cole
Cindy Maxwell
Carlos Torres
Julian Siebert
Teresa Sharpe
Mo Ganji
Chaim Machlev
Paul Talbot
Ami James
Norm Love Letters
Michela Bottin
Mirko Sata
Alexis Vaatete
Nikko Hurtado
Ryan A. Malarkey
Tommy Montoya
Michael Taguet
Yanina Viland
Yashka Steiner

Jimmy Shy
Brando Chiesa
Oscar Hove
Mr K
Silvano Fiato
Adriaan Machete
Otto D’Ambra
Kirk Nilsen
Makoto Chi
Ilya Cascad
Alexandre Abreu
Ilya Kuznetsov
Filip Henningsson
Alberto Solposto
Rit Kit
Julim Rosa
Mauro Amaral
Jelle Poksflok
Ivana Belakova
Frederico Rabelo
Daniela Sagel
Ian Damien
El Nawal
Delphin Musquet
Dave Lao


Photoshoot of Freddy Corbin at Temple Tattoo studio in Oakland

Tattooist Michela Bottin at the Golden State Expo

Event Photography at Seventh Son’s Art Show

Nighttime shot of 111 Minna Gallery

Book Reviews

Releases & Booklets

The creation of the press release for Raking Light Projects’ “Deity”

The creation of the press release for Raking Light Projects’ “Deity”

tattoo playing cards

Laurence King’s Playing Cards Booklet Tattoo History Writing