I’ve always loved drawing, and I got into tattooing after studying Fine Art at Uni.
I am now 33 and with that I can say that finally I feel content in myself, my tattoo career and where it is headed.
I have been tattooing for around 9 years. I got my first tattoo when I was 22 and I completely feel in love with whole experience! From the atmosphere of the studio to the excitement of seeing something I had created turned into a tattoo on my skin, I was completely buzzing. By the time I saw the end result I thought ‘I need to do this myself’, to create amazing art on skin. I was then in pursuit of learning all I could possibly learn. I began by doing huge amounts of research and then fully immersed myself in the world of tattooing.
“I began by doing huge amounts of research and then fully immersed myself in the world of tattooing.”
I was always very into art and drawing as a child, and at primary school would always be asked to draw for class displays or for examples on the board. Through secondary school I was frequently called on by teachers for different artwork and friends would often ask for help with art homework. Even though I was always very shy at school, as my skills and confidence grew I lost my inhibitions, I knew I had found what I loved and what I was good at. I also knew that I wanted to have a career that involved the skills I had discovered.
I had originally planned to become an art teacher and with that completed three A-Levels at Ely Sixth Form, which included Art and Art History. After that I did a foundation art course at Cambridge Regional College. Knowing in myself that I had chosen the right path, I went on to complete a three year Fine Art course at Anglia Ruskin University. However, after my tattoo experience at 22, everything changed. I finished uni and through a mutual friend was offered an amazing opportunity to work at a very respected local studio. Steve took me under his wing, taught me, and helped me learn so much more.
I continue to learn everyday and working with the Almost Angels Tattoo Family I am living my dream job; they give me so much drive & enthusiasm and I am using my passion and skills in a way that earns me a living. Our whole team, our little family, it just works. I can’t see myself doing anything else now and I strive to push myself forward in all aspects of my work.
I am very influenced by Realism but enjoy working with many styles of tattooing. I love how surrealism can be paired and complimented with the unusual, the different and the surreal; mixing styles and crossing over the normal. Artist I admire include Sarah Miller, Liz Cooke, Phil Garcia, Nikko Hurtardo and Lianne Moule.
I am still finding my own personal style or ‘stamp’ for my work, and although of course a lot of my work is customer orientated, I like to take a person’s idea and put my own spin on it. It’s awesome when a client wants me to ‘do my own thing’ with their tattoo; this is what it’s all about, what clients want from me and I love that.
This is not a 9-5 job. This is a lifestyle.