Showing posts from July, 2012

Pubic tattoo

The work in my groin and pubic area has been completed.  Years ago Louis Molloy did the central figure in this picture but avoided going all the way.  Now Ben has tattooed a circle of clouds all around the image that goes as far as it can without inking my genitalia.  This completes the work on my torso. Added to that Ben has worked some hair detail on a much older art nouveau image originally tattooed in the nineties.  Months ago Ben covered the black hair with brown.  Today he gave the hair some texture. To mark the end of this phase Ben took some pictures of my whole body.

Tattoos at Bristol Harbour Festival

Today at the Bristol Harbour Festival there were plenty of tattoos on display. Notably there was Jemma , who is a Fraud Investigator for an insurance company during the week but by night and weekend she's a girl heading towards a body suit.  She's having her work done by her boy friend, Marcos, at the Broad Street Studio in Bath. At work she keeps her tattoos covered, but happily on a sunny Saturday afternoon they are there for the world to see.  And it's beautifully executed. By great good fortune I bumped into Anna Ayres.   Anna is the wife of the late Dave Ayres of Bristol's Skin Deep studio in Old Market in the centre of Bristol.  Dave's life came to an untimely end in 2009 when he died in an accident on his Harley Davidson.  Hundreds of bikers formed a procession at his funeral. In this photo you can see boats in the background at Bristol's harbour.  I asked Anna if all her work was done by her ex-husband and had she stopped her body art s

A tattooed artist's artists

David Gamble David Gamble is not a tattoo artist but a tattooed artist. I met David for the first time outside the RWA (Royal West of England Academy)  in Bristol just after he had delivered his paintings to the Clifton Arts Club exhibition at the Bristol School of Art just over a week ago.   You can find out more about David's work at Rembrandt Robert Lenkiewicz David is unusual, not because he has the images of people he admires tattooed on his arms, but because both those images are of artists.  The first will be a name known to everyone, whether interested in art or not - Rembrandt.  But the other is Robert Lenkiewicz .  David writes "I knew him for five years and in that time he taught me a great deal about painting. He did about twelve thousand paintings in his life and I have seen a few of hundred of them and got to examine them quite closely. I think he is the closest thi

Bristol's Gay Pride Festival

I went down to the Gay and Lesbian Festival in Bristol today.  It was over three sites, one of which is close to where I live and it here that I was campaigning for George Ferguson to become Bristol's first mayor.  Handing out leaflets I could hardly fail to notice the number of tattoos on show, even though it was a miserable day's weather. Above you can see Lindsey, who had her arm piece done by Slug in Chippenham. She plans to have her arm completed by him in due course. Then there is Ben, who is a body piercer from Wales, who neck was very strikingly covered with ink.  There's no going back for him. I could have spent the whole time photographing tattoos, but I was there for other reasons so had to get on with my work.

Danish tattoos

I have just spent a few days in Copenhagen, visiting my son David and his partner Joannah.  It's a lovely city and we were able to cycle everywhere with ease.  The city is as flat as a pancake and all the main roads have cycle paths on either side. On Friday, yesterday, I went back to Nyhavn, in the city centre, on my own.  Eventually I stumbled across a tattoo studio, Tattoo Ole. Front of shop was Miguel who is half Filipino.  He was there with his young sister, who appeared to be of school age and sat languidly copying some tattoo outlines, just to occupy herself.  She barely looked up.  The tattooist hadn't yet arrived and there was no hurry as there had been a late cancellation. As I usuually do when  dropping by at tattoo studios, I showed off my own work.  Then I asked Miguel what work he had.  He gave me a good glimpse, so I asked if he'd let me photograph him.  This he did, though I had to ask him to drop his trousers so I could see the whole back piece.  H

Extreme finger nails

I was eating at the Italian Restaurant, La Grotta, in Union Street in the centre of Bristol today, with a male friend of mine.  The young woman who appeared to be in charge had exceptionally long finger nails.  I asked her about them and said I presumed they were false.  But they are not.  They have a little artificial help to keep the tips from being damaged, but they represent a year's growth of real finger nails. These hands belong to Graziella, whose family owns the restaurant.  When I see someone who has gone to great lengths to alter their appearance I assume there is something else different about them too.  Why did she decide not to cut her nails for a year?  Graziella says it's because she likes the attention it attracts to her.  It's certainly a talking point. Obviously there are a few people with nails that are far longer, you see them in online articles and images, but these are perhaps the longest I have personally seen on someone I have met.  After the