My Interest in tattooing started the moment I had my first tattoo, I was an art student at the time and was working towards a fine art degree,
graduating in 1988. My mediums at that time were mostly oil paint but I also worked with airbrush before that. I think the fusion of man and machine to create art has been something that has always appealed to me. Hence my fascination with bio-mechanical work.
The moment I watched the machine putting pigment into the skin, I knew I was hooked. I knew from that moment what I would spend the rest of my life doing.
Getting an apprenticeship back in the late 90s was no easy task but I never gave up. I think I contacted every tattooist in the UK at that time and was preparing to look abroad. Eventually I was allowed to watch and learn at a ta tattooist reasonably local to myself, which I am always eternally grateful for, as it was a foot in the door to this art form that is continually evolving and changing.
I set up my own studio, Needle Asylum in the year of 2000 and have continually sought out ways to improve my art work. I feel that the learning never stops and that every artist (tattooist or otherwise) I have met has helped to take my own art to the next level.
I have traveled the globe to learn from some of the very best in the industry, and regularly work conventions around the UK and abroad.
My preferred style is in black and grey, I like realism, enjoy portraits and Japanese work.
My Studies in the Japanese art of Iaido fostered my interest in Japanese culture and tattoos. I love to do big Japanese work too.
For me all these influences come to shape the designs I am working on, the greatest influence is the shape of the body part as the natural flow of the individual should guide the design process.
I have now added digital manipulation to the design process to help show clients the ideas and flow for the location intended. I recently passed the Adobe certified exam to help facilitate this process.
We also have the most up to date methods of sterilization and cross contamination control available and work closely with the environment agency to ensure this is at the highest possible standard.