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Generation Nordic Poetry / / Gabby Colledge talks tattooing, performing and fashion



Since entering the tattoo scene six months ago, 23 year old singer and South London local girl Gabby Colledge has developed a unique and fresh tattoo style, gaining her recognition in the tattoo world, fashion world (Refinery 29, Elle Australia, The Debrief UK) and a huge social media following. Specialising in delicate designs and pointillism style dot work, Gabby’s work is at the forefront of the modern tattoo movement. We kicked off our celebration of young, up-and-coming creative talents by having a chat with this mega-babe.


How / why did you get into tattooing?

I’d studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art for four years, mostly doing colourful abstract painting and video work, and wasn’t really sure how to translate my art into a career. I’ve always had a passion for tattoos, so I risked quitting my hospitality job of seven years for an apprenticeship at Demzines in Streatham. Luckily the work flowed instantly and it took off at a speed that I couldn’t have imagined!

You’ve got a huge (and growing!) following. Being so busy with tattooing, how do you make time for song-writing and performing?

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Although tattooing is admittedly fairly all consuming and takes up most of my time, I allow a couple days a week to write songs and re-gather! While I’m busy and active I generally feel more motivated musically anyway, and it’s a lovely release to pick up the guitar and go into my own little world of writing!


Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

Many of my designs are ideas that the client has requested, which definitely keeps me on my toes and can be fairly adventurous! It’s really sweet to hear the back-stories of their ideas, which are more often than not family based or relatable to a certain feeling or time in their lives. Most of my personal designs are inspired by nature, and by things I’ve randomly seen while walking around.

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You’re well known for you beautiful botanical designs. Are they your favourite to tattoo, or have you got another style you love to do?

Six months ago I dreaded attempting to draw a flower! The high demand for these pieces has given me so much practice, and in a very hippy way I’m becoming so much closer to nature because of it. They are currently my favourite pieces to tattoo yes; they’re a lot more fluid and free in their nature, so I get to do a lot of freehand line and dotwork within them which is always fun.

What’s your perfect outfit to tattoo in?

My khaki dungarees and some Nike trainers – it has to be something comfy that I don’t mind covering in ink.

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Have you ever tattooed yourself?

I’ve done a few little ones around my ankles, and gradually built up the courage to do a larger leafy peony piece on my leg. Surprisingly the pain isn’t too bad as the concentration is so high!

Where do you see your career taking you in 5 years time?

It’s hard to say, as a career in music is so unpredictable, however I’d ideally like to find a balance between singing and tattooing, doing them both professionally. I’d also like to travel with the tattooing, and do some guest spots in other countries! Things have unfolded so quickly within these first six months that it really excites me to see what the future holds.


Follow Gabby Colledge on Instagram: @gabbycolledge

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Designer Spotlight // Jean-Charles de Castelbajac //

Fashion Designer, collaborative Artist, and also a French Marquis, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac has a vibrant career that has spanned 45 years, and continues to soar to new heights each year! He pioneered the bold cross between Fashion and Art, and as such, his idiosyncratic and innovative creations are a fun mix of bright colours and pop culture references, occasionally feature toys and always have a sense of humour. He has been inspired by and collaborated with many renowned artists over the span of his career, and has been exhibited in countless galleries and museums across the world, such as the V+A in London and the Fashion Museum of Paris.

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It’s that wonderful time of year again, when party-goers descend upon their Glastonbury’s, Isle of Wight’s and Secret Garden Parties in full festival spirit. Each year, we take our festival fashion cues from the Queens of Coachella and Glastonbury; Kate Bosworth, Alexa Chung, Florence Welsh, Gigi Hadid, Sienna Miller and Vanessa Hudgens! Whether you’re going for whimsical 1970’s boho vibes with fringed suede, a flowy top and elaborate flower crown, or your look is a little more grunge, a-la Kate Moss and her leather trousers, circa 2008 Glastonbury – Nordic Poetry have got all the goods to have you kitted out in style.
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        Many names flew about during the “Swinging Sixties”, however one name proved predominant over all others, Raymond ‘Ossie’ Clark. Ossie was a young fashion designer that made his mark with his elegant and feminine gowns. He considered women to be goddesses and his ability to capture the beauty of a woman’s silhouette within the realm of fashion put him in great demand. Manolo Blahnik had once said “He created an incredible magic with the body and achieved what fashion should do – produce desire”
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Nordic Poetry in Vice Magazine

Vice Magazine features Nordic Poetry. Been a while since we’ve blogged at Nordic Poetry, but we’re back on it. The Shop at Boxpark Unit 11 is going very well…thanks for asking. It’s given us a lot to think about, and now with our new spring collection just to about to be launched at, we’re pleased to have had some of carefully chosen cloths featured in this months VICE magazine, pick up a copy, it’s not half a bad read neither!

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Health play Birthday’s Dalston

At Nordic Poetry, occasionally…just occasionally believe the Monday post party weekend malaise requires medicating. So what better response than to head out to Dalston’s Birthdays and go get HEALTH. For those that have know idea what I’m talking about, then let me introduce you to ‘Health’, a four-piece project led by Jacob Duzsik. A band that originated from the L.A art space ‘The smell’, producing clangorous primal guitar, against tribal drumming, raw synth and tripped out melancholic vocals.

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LeaLea Jones wears Nordic Poetry!


Up and coming artist LeaLea Jones was recently photographed by Scott Smith, of Design Vertigo, for German magazine Tail wearing exclusive Nordic Poetry clothing. Having recently finished her debut album, set for release in September 2013, LeaLea is well on the way to becoming a music sensation. Her music has a cinematic feel, with plenty of big brass, bass and mellow jazz vocals.

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Theatre : Macbeth

If Shakespeare were around today, what would he make of all the adaptations of his most famous plays? Perhaps he’d be flattered that around 400 years later, he’s still one of the best, if not the best playwrights around. Or would he be angry at the way his characters are being portrayed and the settings other directors have used. This leads me to the next adaptation of his famous tragedy – Macbeth.

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Nordic Poetry interviews Swedish punk band Holograms

Nordic Poetry caught up with the Holograms in London as they are getting ready to play at 1234 Saturday 1st September.

This month we wrote a short blog post about the Holograms (Swedish punk band) who have been playing 
in our office none stop. So when they agreed to meet us in East London, you could imagine our excitement
 at the chance to get some rare stories and have fun styling them in our favourite A/W trends.

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Fashion icons: Imelda Marcos

At Nordic Poetry we love to explore the history of fashion as this, of course, is what makes vintage clothes just so interesting!  However its not just about the clothes, its also the people who wore them which makes our passion for vintage fashion so great. So follow our blog for features on fashion icons who have made marks in history. Some you may instantly recognise and others like our first fashion icon, Filipino politician Imelda Marcos, may be a nice new surprise for you.

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