Looking back, the destination had always been mapped out but the journey to Armadillo Ink has been an amazing if not sometimes sad experience. I was born pencil in hand, or so my Mum has always told me. I followed the artists path through school and college, and study aside I was always involved in other creative activities, tinkled with jewellery, ceramics, textiles but it was always the craft of tattooing that was my main draw. It was only a matter of time and opportunity before I could get into the artists chair.
I cut my teeth in a well known studio enjoying the varied opportunities of a well known established and experienced artist, Baz K, and soaked up the benefits of his experience under a typical apprenticeship. For this break and opportunity I shall forever be grateful. Life changed and I found myself in a position to be able to take the step and open my own place, thus Armadillo Ink was born. With the love and support of amazing friends and family the studio has gone from strength to strength and my work has been featured in several publications. It’s a hard graft, no doubt but ultimately being the master of your own destiny is worth it.
I gain my inspiration from many sources, I am fascinated with Indian textile designs, culture and artwork, Eastern culture, Henna paintings, Ernst Haeckels work in botany , so many artists to name. In the world of Tattooing, there are so many that I admire but to list a few, Anil Gupta from New York, Guy Aitchinson and his amazing use of colour theory, Claire Reids amazing ability to tattoo as though she is painting a canvas, my list is endless and I apologise for leaving out so many many artists who inspire me on a daily basis.
My love of my craft is my life, it’s a 24/7 and 365 day pleasure. Being an artist is a way of life, not a 9-5 job. I value the clients input, you give me a canvas to create my art upon and in return I give you what I do and love, to wear everyday.
So if you have an idea, no matter how small or big, come on down to Armadillo Ink, lets work together and see what we can create for you to wear with pride for the rest of your life.