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Kat Richter

Kat Richter

Tattoo Artist: Kat Richter

Tattoo Shop: Obsidian Black Tattoos

Give us some insight into how you became a full time tattoo artist?

I started working in the industry back in 2013, when I was 16. I was still in school, so I dedicated every weekend to work – I’d go in, do designs, handle the clients, observe the other artists working there, and basically just did a lot of admin. The first year out of school was an exciting one, as I could then finally work full time and eventually start tattooing. I ended up opening my own, private Studio, in December 2017. I slowly started establishing my client base, got to practice more and improve my skills and so my journey started.

What first attracted you to the trade?
I was a little rebel, in an incredibly conservative school, so anything that went against their system immediately attracted me towards it – including tattoos. In all honesty, it wasn’t even my idea to become a tattoo artist. I was just that kid in school who was constantly drawing – including drawing on myself, so it was actually my classmates who brought up the idea by asking “why don’t you become a tattoo artist?”, which lead me to thinking about the trade, doing some research on it and falling in love with it.

Which style of tattoo to you enjoy creating?

It’s always black work. I love to do esoteric inspired pieces, illustrative pieces, encyclopaedia textbook illustration inspired pieces. Anything with detail and/ or plants is just up my alley.

Social Handles:

Tattoo Artist – @kat_r_art

Tattoo Shop Facebook – Obsidian Black Tattoos

Tattoo Shop Instagram – @obsidianblack_tattoos 

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Tattoo Artist: Nick Lewis

Tattoo Shop: Trade Mark Tattoo

Give us some insight into how you became a full time tattoo artist?

As a teenager, I got into graffiti, and spent a lot of time drawing and painting. I tried getting a normal 9 – 5, I was completely over it by the time I turned 30. I was getting tattooed at the time, and having spent a fair amount of time in shop, and missing having a creative outlet, my incredibly perceptive wife suggested I look into tattooing as a career. After a lot of praying for direction, and many rejected requests at an apprenticeship, those prayers where answered and Mully from Electric Eye took me on as his apprentice.

What do you feel is one of the most important lessons you’ve learnt over the years tattooing?

To not underestimate the power or significance that a simple tattoo has for its wearer. We sometimes take for granted that we have one of the best ways to pass time and make money in this lifetime, that we don’t consider that even though we have tattooed a thousand *insert design here*, Kelsey has only ever wanted that *insert design here* because she has a connection to it.

Which style of tattoo to you enjoy creating?

It’s constantly changing. I like the challenges that come along with the different styles. I love the mixed line weights and colour blends of Neo Traditional. I enjoy soft black and grey as well, and the boldness and solid colour of traditional is what I’m trying to get more into now.

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Tattoo Artist – @nic.fury

Tattoo Shop Facebook – Trade Mark Tattoo 

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Seona Stewart

Tattoo Artist: Seona Stewart

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Give us some insight into how you became a full time tattoo artist?

I was studying music when I was introduced to the tattoo industry. When I left collage, it was quite difficult to find work in the music industry and at that time I bumped into a friend who was doing her tattoo apprenticeship and told me some shops to look into that were looking for apprentices. so I checked it out and that was that.

What does the tattoo industry mean to you?

There’s some weird and wonderful people in this industry and it’s nice to be a part of it in some way.

Which style of tattoo to you enjoy creating?

I try push my own drawing style but it’s taken me along time to figure it out what ‘tattoo style’ I fit into, but I’m glad to have taken the time.

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