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James Rype

James Rype

Tattoo Artist: James Rype

Tattoo Shop: The Tattoo Gallery

Give us some insight into your journey of becoming a tattoo artist?

I have always had a deep passion for drawing and painting. One day while I was doing a mural I got offered an apprenticeship and I haven’t looked back since.

What style of tattoo do you enjoy creating the most?

I don’t get stuck on one particular style, although I do enjoy themed colour, black and grey realism, and style mash-up. As well as custom script pieces and a bit of freehand to tie it all together.

Where would you like to see your career take you? 

To places I’ve never imagined hopefully, possible sponsorship, maybe even to travel more and tattoo abroad. More conventions, hoping to collect a few trophies/ prizes. Tattoo some famous people I admire perhaps.

Social Handles:

Tattoo Artist Instagram – @rypism

Tattoo Shop Instagram – @thetattoogallerysa

Tattoo Shop Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/thetattoogallerysa

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How did you get into tattooing and ultimately become a full time artist?

My love for tattooing in general started at 15. In school we had a career choice project that we had to complete within the space of nine months and I was over the moon that I had the choice to choose any career out there, so why not go hard and choose tattooing.

What goals do you have for yourself and your career?

My goal for myself personally is to give people the art that they want and make sure that they leave happy with a great experience that they can go and share with everyone they know. A lot of people think that tattoos have to be meaningful in terms of what they represent but in my situation I think that the whole experience from start to finish is the most meaningful aspect of the tattoo. My goal is to progress as an individual artist of many trades.

What style of tattoos do you enjoy creating the most, and why?

Traditional/ neo-traditional – that’s my go-to style and I enjoy it because it’s bold. You can make them as personalised as possible or you can have them straight off a poster, just like a sticker. 

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