ARTS & CULTURE | Tattoo Artist

I started in this business making and selling landscape photographs for business and personal collectors, but I have always been drawn to people. I find, especially the creative type, artists, musicians etc interesting.

This is my series of images of tattoo artists, a very difficult group to convince to let me make a picture of them. Quite a few said no and I did get asked some very strange questions, anyway these guys are the ones who gave me a go. They where all made in their studios, except the last one of Aiko.

When someone gives up some of their time in their day just so I can make a picture, I feel obliged to make sure I do the best I can. As was the case with all of them I first made a light reading of the room then I put some light into the face with a flash remotely fired through a softbox placed high and pointing down. I did shoot tethered to a laptop just to make sure I got it right. I find using a computer screen gives me more added insurance over the shoot rather than trying to make things out on the back of camera.

Zane Donnellan

Eddy-Lou

Ebony Mellowship

Drew Shallis

Shannon Richmond

Kimma

Eric and Eden

Johnboy Walton

This is Aiko who’s body has been painted on by Eddy-Lou.

Aiko