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Polly at the Bristol Tattoo Convention

I have known Polly for a couple of years but not socially.  She worked in the tiny kitchen not much bigger than a cupboard at the Boston Tea Party in Clifton Village, which is where I live and it is my favourite coffee shop.  But meeting her at the convention allowed us to chat as equals rather than as customer and server.   I had always known that she was keen on tattoos and we would snatch conversations about her visits to Cardiff, where she gets her ink.  Now was the chance to find out much more.  She says her first tattoo was when she was seventeen, a small one on her back.  But it was not until she was 29/30 that she really started to go for it.   She went to Chris Collins at Frontier in Wales  and decided to test him out and says she gave him a generally hard time asking him to alter everything including the lower part of her backpiece.  He must have passed t

Bristol Tattoo Convention 2015

  At last Bristol has its own Tattoo Convention and for the first time ever I was able to cycle to such an event.  It took place in the Passenger Shed at Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station. I went on the Sunday 14th June and it was nice and busy.   The convention was a pretty small one and focussed on tattoos and tattoos alone.  There was no other entertainment going on, just serious tattooing.  The organisers are committed to repeating it next year which is very good news for me.   Here is a selection of some of the photos I took.  Over the next week or two I will feature most people here and give some of their own personal stories.      Jacqui Moore who is one of the most tattooed people in the country along with her well known tattooist husband Curly, not shown here.  My friend Polly. This is the longest beard I have seen. 

Down to the knee on my left leg

There is always a frisson of excitement for me when a big expanse of untouched skin is first tattooed, even if the work is only at a preliminary stage.  And so it is here where the Harlequin pattern has been outlined and the filling in has just begun.  The virgin area will never be uninked again.