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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

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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.

Social Handles:

Tattoo Artist – @nic.fury

Tattoo Shop Facebook – Trade Mark Tattoo 

Tattoo Shop Instagram – @trade_mark_tattoo 

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Tattoo Artist: Seona Stewart

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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.

Social Handles:

Tattoo Artist – @seonaleigh
Tattoo Shop Facebook – 1933 Classic Tattoos 

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Tattoo Shop: Trade Mark Tattoo

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

A friend of mine who was tattooing at the time and had seen my art work suggested that I apply for an apprenticeship at a local tattoo shop, which I did, got the job, and fell in love instantly.

What does the tattoo industry mean to you?

The industry has been kind to me, luckily, as I would be nowhere without the support I have received from fellow artists. It’s essentially my livelihood and my passion, so it means the world to me.

Which style of tattoo to you enjoy creating?

I’ve always enjoyed black work in a multitude of styles, but lately I’m loving anything with solid bold line work shaded with some peppery textured black and grey.

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Tattoo Artist – @rebecca_claxton_tattoo

Tattoo Artist Facebook – Rebecca Claxton Tattoos 

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

I had always wanted to focus on piercing and body modification but in 2004 I was given the opportunity to learn how to tattoo. I apprenticed under Marisa at what was then Tattoo World, and then spent almost two years in London learning from two amazing artists I worked with. I had to unlearn a fair amount of bad habits but the journey, for me, has been worth every single second of struggle and joy that I’ve experienced over the years.

What does the tattoo industry mean to you?

Tattooing means everything to me. It’s brought me to this point in my life and has brought me lifelong friendships. It’s taught me to never give up on myself and to never stop wanting something you are passionate about. Without the intention of it sounding too cliché, it really is a lot more than just a profession, it really has become a part of everything I am today.

Which style of tattoo to you enjoy creating?

I would love to be doing a lot more neo traditional work. I love the bold line work and have always loved working in colour. I have also been fortunate enough to do a few collaboration pieces with Rasty and totally wish people would get more of those. I also find great reward in being able to pull off good black and grey work, but if the choice was to do either or, colour for me, hands down.

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I started working part time at Wildfire Tattoos in 1995. I was strictly a cleaner when I started, it turned into an apprenticeship as I proved my competence. I used to make needles, scrub tubes and draw up client designs for 5 years before I started tattooing customers.

What does the tattoo industry mean to you?

The tattoo industry is a way to make a living by putting your heart into art. I am grateful for tattooing every day. Tattoos are magical, industry means to create, and we get paid to make magic. What could be better than that?!

Which style of tattoo to you enjoy creating?

The reality is that I enjoy the variety of the work that I do. The simple answer would be black etching, line work, but life and tattooing are too complicated for simple answers.

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I was always very interested in art in general from a very young age and as I got older I became pretty obsessed tattooing in all aspects. It took me about two years and many different ventures until I finally landed my self an apprenticeship, which is where I learnt the basics of my craft and over years have managed to progress to where I am today.

What does the tattoo industry mean to you?

This industry means a ton to me. It has literally given me a sustainable career, which I well and truly love and care about.

Which style of tattoo to you enjoy creating?

I definitely have a strong base which stems from traditional American tattooing, but as my style has developed over the years I think I’ve picked up a bit of a neo-traditional look to my tattoos.

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

I have always been very artistic and art has been my favourite thing to do for as long as I can remember. I did my apprenticeship in Durban and since the day I started, I fell in love with tattooing.

What does the tattoo industry mean to you?

Tattooing to me isn’t an industry, it’s more of a family. It’s a culture.

Which style of tattoo to you enjoy creating?

I really enjoy black and grey realism and micro realism because that’s the style I used to draw growing up. It has come more naturally to me. 

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Tattoo Artist: Tarzan

Tattoo Shop: Trade Mark Tattoo

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

In 2012 I found myself managing a tattoo shop, now known as Trade Mark Tattoo. Through managing and exposure to the industry, I learned about Hand Poked Tattoos, and I was instantly hooked.

What does the tattoo industry mean to you?

Without it I wouldn’t be where I am now, and I really love where I am. It motivates me to be better and allows me to meet people from all over the world.

Which style of tattoo to you enjoy creating?

I specialise in Hand Pokes tattoos. I really enjoy doing bugs, animal heads and pattern-work, any image done in a bold simple style is great.

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Tattoo Artist: Shelby Downey

Tattoo Shop: SheKnows Ink

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

My mother actually suggested I look into getting an apprenticeship. I was familiar with getting tattoos but I had never actually thought of pursuing it as a career, but it turned out to be the best thing I could have ever done.

What does the tattoo industry mean to you?

For me, it means everything. Being able to do something every day that sets your soul on fire, where you can be yourself and create art, sometimes even help somebody through something, I can’t see myself doing anything else, and I wouldn’t give this industry up for anything or anybody.

Which style of tattoo to you enjoy creating?

I love to do illustrative, fine detail, black and grey semi realism work the most. Anything that is high attention to detail.

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Nic Lewis

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

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Seona Stewart

Tattoo Artist: Seona Stewart Tattoo Shop: 1933 Classic Tattoos Give us some insight into how you became a full time tattoo artist? I was studying music when I was introduced

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Rebecca Claxton

Tattoo Artist: Rebecca Claxton Tattoo Shop: Trade Mark Tattoo Give us some insight into how you became a full time tattoo artist? A friend of mine who was tattooing at the time

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Ronald Jacobs

Tattoo Artist: Ronald Jacobs Tattoo Shop: 1933 Classic Tattoos Give us some insight into how you became a full time tattoo artist? I had always wanted to focus on piercing and body

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Tyler B. Murphy

Tattoo Artist: Tyler B. Murphy Tattoo Shop: Sins of Style Give us some insight into how you became a full time tattoo artist? I started working part time at Wildfire Tattoos in

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Mason Murdey

Tattoo Artist: Mason Murdey Tattoo Shop: Tried and True Tattoos Give us some insight into how you became a full time tattoo artist? I was always very interested in art in general

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Shayleen Asher-Wood

Tattoo Artist: Shayleen Asher-Wood Tattoo Shop: More Than Hype Give us some insight into how you became a full time tattoo artist? I have always been very artistic and art

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