Showing posts from June, 2017

Progress with my left arm sleeve

 I went to Birmingham again in May, five months after Jo Harrison had begun the lower left arm sleeve.  This was to be the longest ever session I had had.  It started at 9:30 am and at 4:15 pm I had to give up early.  I couldn't make it until 5:00 pm.  In the time available Jo had drawn on me the rest of the design, completed all the very detailed black outlines and then begun with the colour. While, the arm is probably the easiest area of the body to tattoo, later in the day my body strength weakened all of a sudden.  I just couldn't cope with any area Jo tried to touch.  A big disappointment. Next time I will limit myself to a half session. Here is Jo herself after she had finished for the day.


This was my third visit to the Bristol Tattoo Convention and it seems busier than ever.  I was there on the Sunday which is usually quieter than Saturday. Derryth Ridge was at the stall for the national Maritime Museum in Falmouth.  That was something new.  But very relevant given that they have the UK's biggest exhibition on the history of Tattoos in the UK. Felicity Tocher is a tattoo trainee at the Higgins and Co studio in Eastbourne.  She has been working there for three years but last December picked up the needles and started the long process of becoming a trained tattooist.  Jamie Wintle is from Bristol and had just had his head tattooed the previous day.  Here he is with his partner Jodie.  They both have the same haircuts! Bristol Tattoo Convention is for the tattoo purist.  What is there is tattooing.  No piercing, no roller blade races, no glamour models and fire eating.  Just tattooing. I love the fact that I have a successful con