Artist Spotlight #7
Hi Jamie, thanks for taking the time to talk to us. So, when did you first pick up a tattoo machine?
I first got hold of one around 6 years ago I think, might be more.
What got you interested in the tattoo business?
I’m not really sure if there was a particular thing. I just had a skillset that was limited to certain job categories. It was engineering or this and luckily I tried this and fell in love with it .
What style(s) do you specialise in?
I’m not sure if I specialise exactly but I prefer to do realism, especially horror and slightly abstract things like trash polka. I’m just as happy to do colour as I am black and grey.
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 research and more research! I’d also suggest once you’ve found the right artist to give them a bit of freedom with the design and you will be much happier at the end of it.
What is your favourite part about the industry?
All the cool people I’ve met both as clients and other tattooists. I’d say that 75% of the people I’ve met through tattooing have been cool as hell.
If you could change one thing about the industry, what would it be?
I’d make it a lot harder for anyone to get a licence – with a practical tattoo exam, art exam and a contamination/ hygeine exam and to be able to buy tattoo supplies without a licence should be impossible.
What’s the craziest thing anyone has ever asked you to tattoo?
Oh I don’t know. I don’t tend to get asked for silly things anymore. I think it would be a few years ago, I did 5 little elephant outlines on 5 guys bum cheeks! Not exactly crazy though, just minging…
You’re currently own your own studio Sunken Hollow Tattoo Studio, do you have any advice to artists who may be looking to open their own studio in the future?
Don’t do it! Haha…the only advice I can give anyone is to work like hell. If you’re not prepared to graft then dont try to get a studio. Oh, and watch out for snakes! A sound bit of advice from my bud Andy “large” Murphy.
What artists influenced you and your style of working?
All of them haha…But there’s a few that blow my mind. Emilio winters is sick! Domantais Parvainis is a wizard as well. Mr Dist does nice skulls. I think I try to take bits of what I like from every style or artist and see how I can fit that into my own work. I just couldn’t name them all…
What advice would you give to any aspiring artists who may be influenced by you and your work?
Are they mad?! Same advice as with tattooing in general. Just work hard. I draw or paint for large amounts of time on top of tattooing and I’ve been doing that for years on top of running a business and having a family, always trying to constantly out do my last tattoo. It’s a grind sometimes but it’s worth it!
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’s a good idea to be fair. If people had one repository to go and find the info they needed and as long as there was a quality vetting element then there would be far less shitty tattoos out there. Maybe people wouldn’t have as many reservations towards tattooing.
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