Artist Spotlight #3
What got you interested in the tattoo business?
It started when I got my first tattoo really, it was a traditional swallow and heart that I’m sure thousands of people have. I liked it then and I still really like it now. That’s what really sparked my interest. It also helped me to realise the style I wanted to work in.
How long have you been tattooing?
I have been tattooing since January 2013. I’d previously been working in an office after I’d left university trying to find something I really waned to do. I’d had a few tattoos and l really liked the atmosphere of tattoo studios I’d visited. I started to think about doing it and started doing really terrible drawings and managed to somehow get an apprenticeship.
What style(s) do you specialise in?
I do mostly traditional and neo traditional styles.
What is your favourite part of the industry?
That I can go into work everyday and enjoy what I do. It is also a craft I can take anywhere in the world if I ever want to escape the rain of Manchester.
We believe getting a tattoo takes thought, research and a licensed, professional tattoo artist. What would be your advice to someone looking to get their first tattoo?
Research everything! If you like a particular style google it, search on Pintrest, Instagram. Check out your local artists, check out the convention circuit. Don’t limit yourself. Never walk into a tattoo studio and say “I want a tattoo but I don’t know what I want.” Don’t be cheap, pay for good work it’s on you forever.
What artists have influenced you and your style of working?
To begin with it was Sailor Jerry. Once I knew more about what was out there I took influence from Myke Chambers and Kirk Jones. Basically anything bold and bright!
There are always up and coming artists looking to make a name for themselves within the industry. What would be your advice to upcoming tattoo artists?
Never stop learning. Do not become complacent. Be humble and remember that you don’t know everything.
What problems do you encounter working within the industry?
A lot of customers seem to concentrate on the price, specifically getting the lowest price. This is made worse by the amount of scratchers and bad studios who charge next to nothing. People who have the attitude of “my mate can tattoo, he does it in his house and he’ll do it for £30” cheapens the industry a lot.
The other is tattoo TV programmes massively misrepresenting what the industry is. But there has been far to much said about that industry wide already so I’m sure it already been covered a million times.
At The Tattoo Book, we strive to provide the public with the tools to locate, research and contact licensed, professional tattoo artists and studios. What are your thoughts on the services we offer on the website?
I think it is a great idea and I hope artists and customers use it.
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