Ross Hallam

from Handstyle Tattoos

What first attracted you to the trade and spurred your passion for it?
I think my love for subcultures like graffiti, skateboarding and growing up in the hardcore punk rock scene first exposed me to Tattooing and the individuality it allows you to express. The sense of community as well as the rich history it has, has allowed me to be part of the beautiful permanence it brings to my life.

Given the opportunity to tattoo any one person, who would it be and why?
I’d say both my parents. I doubt either of them would ever get tattooed by me but I owe so much to them for supporting me through my career as a Tattooer. My Mom for the patience and humility she taught me and my Father for the hard working DIY ethic he instilled in me.

What style of tattoo do you enjoy creating the most and why?
I’d say it’s a close toss-up between American Traditional and Japanese. I really love the simplicity, boldness and how well those styles of tattoos age. They read really well on the skin from a distance or up close, and allow for solid outlines, heavily saturated colours or the finesse of soft black and grey or hard whip shading.

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